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Dark clouds ahead; new weather disturbance up


FILIPINOS have yet to recover from the ooding brought by the southwest monsoon, but on Friday the weather bureau said it was monitoring a low- pressure area that could enter the Philippines next week to bring more rain. Weather forecaster Raymond Ordinario said there was a chance that the disturbance spotted near the Pacic Ocean Friday afternoon would develop into a storm. It would be named Helen once it entered the Philippine area of responsibility by Monday or Tuesday. Ordinario said the low-pressure area would likely enhance the southwest monsoon and bring heavy rain especially over westNext page ern Luzon.

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Massive clean-up begins


Thousands harnessed for Metro rehab alone
By Jonathan Fernandez, Macon Araneta, Laila Gomez and Jess Malabanan

The nation faced the massive task of cleaning up 95 towns and cities of muck and debris and rehabilitating roads, bridges and other public infrastructure damaged by oods that left 60 dead and displaced more than 2.4 million people, ofcials said on Friday.
The Metro Manila Development Authority elded an army of 500 street sweepers armed with hoses and brooms and backed by re trucks, water pumps, and heavy equipment but volunteers from youth and civic groups have also offered to join the clean up. I have deployed one team for each of the 17 local government units of Metro Manila. We have to start our clean-up early to prevent clogging of our drainage and waterways, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said.
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THE misery caused by the ooding resulting from the non-stop rain this week is deeply etched in the faces of the evacuees in and out of the evacuation centers. The ooding that started on Sunday left at least 60 people dead and submerged more than half of Metro Manila, which is home to 12 million people. About 2.4 million people there and in the nearby provinces were affected, forcing more than 360,000 people to seek

Flood toll on victims: Despair and anguish

shelter in government-run evacuation centers. We have no more house to go back to, said 56-year-old Ana Ramos whose house on Tumana Street in Marikina was washed out by the raging Marikina River. Septuagenarian Barceliza Cabudbud, a resident of Sunrise Creek in Bagong Silangan village in Quezon City, suffered the same fate: Her house was of
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JBC postpones yet again Indian slips decision on CJ shortlist out of Abu
By Rey E. Requejo
THE Judicial and Bar Council on Friday postponed its vote on the shortlist of candidates for chief justice of the Supreme Court after failing to agree on a proposal to change a rule that disqualies any aspirant with pending criminal or administrative cases. A change in the rule would enable Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to qualify for a spot on the shortlist despite two pending disbarment cases against her before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr., a member of the council representing the House, said Undersecretary Michael Frederick Musngi of the Ofce of the President moved to postpone the vote to Monday, Aug. 13, after a deadlock ensued over the rule change proposal. Tupas said councils members were inclined to apply the existing rules to disqualify the three candidates, including De Lima. But Musngi, who is a substitute for De Lima on the council, pleaded for the council to suspend the rule on the basis of equity. Tupas, who had proposed the rule change, seconded Musngis suggestion. One member of the council, however, objected to the proposal that led to a lengthy discussion, Tupas said, without identifying which member had objected. Tupas said the debate came to an impasse when the issue of integrity was raised. Next page

camp, runs to freedom

Army of sweepers. Residents came out of their homes to help clean Araneta Avenue in Quezon City of
the muck and debris left by the ood. MANNY PALMERO

Chinas diplomatic blitz Cambodia recalls envoy over remarks leaves out PH, Vietnam By Sara D. Fabunan
CHINAS Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has embarked on a threenation swing in South East Asia where he is expected to discuss the South China Sea issue. In a report by the China Daily, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Yang would pay ofcial visits to Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia on Aug. 9-13 at the invitation of his counterparts from those countries. Curiously, the diplomatic blitz does not include stopovers in Hanoi and Manila, which Beijing has accused of challenging its sovereignty over the South China Sea islands. Chinese experts believe that Yang will seek understanding from the island nations on the territorial issue, including Indonesia
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CAMBODIA has recalled its ambassador to the Philippines, apparently after the envoy accused Manila of playing dirty politics on the South China Sea issue, an ofcial said Friday. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said Cambodian Ambassador Hos Sereythonh had been recalled, but refused to give any reason for it. Last month, Del Rosario sum-

moned Sereythonh to explain the comments he made to a Manila daily blaming the Philippines and Vietnam for trying to sabotage and hijack the 45th Foreign Ministerial Meeting held in Phnom Penh. The ambassador, though, failed to appear, pleading sickness. Del Rosario said Cambodias Foreign Minister Hor Namhong sent him a letter announcing that Sereythonh had been recalled and would not be able to complete his

three-year term as an envoy. Sereythonhs term is supposed to end on July 27, 2013. Del Rosario said Namhong had named a new ambassador who would take over from Sereythonh and requested Manila to facilitate the agreement process that will allow the new envoy to immediately take over the vacated post. Theres a process of accepting the new ambassador, so we are doing it now. We call it

AN INDIAN man kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf terrorists escaped from them in Sulu on Friday after being held captive for nearly 14 months, an ofcial said. Bijo Kolara Veetil escaped before dawn Friday as his captors were preparing breakfast, said Sulu provincial police chief Antonio Freyra. A heavily bearded Veetil, 37, later told reporters at a hospital that after he slipped out of the militants encampment in the hinterlands of Patikul town, a villager brought him to a provincial ofcial, who handed him to police. He was then taken to Next page the hospital.

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Honor guards salute as the Asean ag was raised during a ceremony marking the 45th anniversary of the regional group at Vietnams Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hanoi. Inset is Chinese Foreign Minsiter Yang Jiechi.

INTERIOR Secretary Jesse Robredo on Friday ordered ve mayors of Maguindanao to explain why they should not be charged for abandoning their posts during the simultaneous attacks on their towns by Moro rebels this week. Four soldiers and four civilians were killed after the members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement led by Ameril Umbra Kato. We have received reliable information that said local chief executives were not in their respective towns when Katos men perpetrated the attacks,

Mayors on carpet for abandoning posts

Robredo said. Most of them are said to be holding ofces-cumresidences in Cotabato City. The ve are Mayor Bai Zandra Sinsuat Ampatuan of Saydona town, Mayor Bai Reshal Santiago Ampatuan of Datu Unsa, Mayor Bai Bongbong Midtimbang Ampatuan of Datu Hoffer town, Mayor Datu Saudi Sheam II Ampatuan of Saudi Ampatuan, and Vice-Mayor Kanor Ampatuan of Salibo town. Robredo gave the ofcials ve days to comply with his order. Next page

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Bijo Kolara Veetil sits on a wheelchair in Jolo, Sulu, after he escaped from 14 months of captivity by the Abu Sayyaf. AP

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was chief legal counsel for then President Fidel Ramos. Vizconde also alleged that Carpio pushed for the impeachment and eventual removal of Chief Justice Renato Corona. The dismissal of the disbarment complaint came as the Judicial and Bar Council failed to vote on the list of candidates for chief justice that it will submit to President Benigno Aquino III. Voting has been deferred to Monday, Aug. 13, as the council considers a proposal to change a rule that automatically disqualies candidates with pending criminal or administrative cases. The rule affects Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Solicitor-General Francis Jardeleza, and Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Teresita Herbosa. Presidential Commission on Good Government chairman Andres Bautista also has a pending case against him. Rey E. Requejo

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Carpio disbarment rejected


THE Supreme Court on Friday dumped the disbarment complaint against Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio for lack of merit because the members of the Court could only be removed by impeachment.
In a special en banc session, the Court ruled that Lauro Vizcondes disbarment complaint accusing Carpio of lobbying with fellow justices to acquit the convicted killers of his wife and two daughters in 1991 could not be acted on because the sitting justices could only be impeached and not disbarred. The Court earlier ruled in two administrative cases that incumbent justices could only be removed through impeachment and cleared Carpio of Vizcondes charge in a ruling last year. Vizconde led a disbarment complaint against Carpio on Aug. 6., saying he had been inuential in the appointment of people to various posts in the Judiciary in 1992, when he

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He said the southwest monsoon would continue to affect Northern and Central Luzon on Saturday, particularly Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales and Bataan. But good weather would prevail in Metro Manila while Mindanao would be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms, Ordinario said. The weather bureau, meanwhile, said gale-force winds were expected to affect the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Central Luzon. It advised shing boats and other small vessels in these areas not to venture out to sea. Jonathan Fernandez

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which plays a leading mediating role in the talks among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations members. Indonesia mediated on the South China Sea dispute after the foreign ministers of the 10-member Asean last month failed to issue a joint communique at their meeting in Phnom Penh because they could not agree on a paragraph on the territorial disputes. Natalegawa then embarked on a 36-hour shuttle diplomacy tour of the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore that resulted in the Asean member states agreeing on a joint statement outlining Aseans six key principles on the issue. On Wednesday, Natalegawa warned of a risk of further tensions in the South China Sea if a collective and common approach was not soon agreed on. He was referring to a code of conduct on the South China Sea designed to reduce tensions. He said he hoped to compare notes on the South China Sea with Yang during his visit. Qin said Yang would also focus on building better bilateral relations during the trip as Beijing did not want to see its broad ties with the region dominated by the issue. China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei all have claims over some islands and waters in the South China Sea. Yang will also act as cochairman with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa on the second meeting of the joint committee for bilateral cooperation between the two governments. Peking Universitys Yang Baoyun said the key point to achieve consensus in any code of conduct was not to challenge Chinas sovereignty. That is the bottom line, he said. Yang said the differences on the South China Sea issue among the Southeast Asian countries had deepened and now dominated their relations with China. But I believe the problem has been played up too much by the media and countries including the US which seek to maximize their own interests. US State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said on Aug. 3 that China raised tensions in the region last month by establishing a city and garrison in the South China Sea.

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Kato and his group attacked the military detachments in the ve towns before midnight on Aug. 4. The military later said that two of the soldiers were mutilated. The attacks reportedly were in retaliation for the militarys attack on a Moro enclave in Maguindanao and the death of 10 Moro rebels in Basilan on July 26. There have been sporadic reghts between soldiers and rebels in Mindanao the last ve days. Kato was a former brigade commander of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front who is facing a string of criminal charges for his participation in the 2008 attacks on civilians in Mindanao after the Supreme Court rejected a proposed deal between the government and the MILF awarding territory to the rebel group. The MILF last year expelled Kato for his abuses insubordination. Florante S. Solmerin and Jonathan Fernandez

Free meal. Children line up for the free food being distributed by by govenment agencies and civic groups at the Baseco Compound in Tondo,
Manila. DANNY PATA

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has ordered its regional ofces affected by the oods to submit an assessment of the damage in their respective areas, but in Metro Manila asphalting and concreting work has started on major roads, according to Public Works Undersecretary Alfredo Tolentino. In Quezon City, ofcials elded 200 dump trucks and 700 people to clean up the streets and asked residents to come out and help the city recover from the damage caused by the oods. Frederika Rentory, head of the citys Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department, said she expected to nish the clean up in two weeks because of the thick mounds of mud and debris. Thousands of people have been utilized for the clean up in Metro Manila to restore the streets despite the damages caused by the oods. In Manila, Vice Mayor Isko Moreno warned business establishments against increasing the prices of prime commodities and avoid aggravating the condition of people affected by the oods. We are appealing to businesses not to aim for higher prots at the expense of the people already suffering from the latest calamity, Moreno said. Floods swamped many parts

of Metro Manila, the central and northern Luzon after11 days of continous downpour triggered by the southwest monsoon that ended on Thursday. The sun came out strong and the sky was clear on Friday, but the weather bureau said a low pressure area, which could become a storm, was developing in the Pacic Ocean and it might enter the Philippines by Monday or Tuesday. From rescue and evacuation work, the Bureau of Fire Protection has shifted to clean-up operations and rationing of water to refugees in evacuation centers, BFP chief Ruben Bearis said. Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo said: After the oodwaters receded another huge problem came up: garbage and mud. We need the BFP to clean up this mess. The Kabataan Partylist and Anakbayan also called on youth groups to join the clean up and help repair damaged classrooms and school furnitures in Manila, Quezon City, Marikina, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela. The ood brouight by 11 days of rain left many of our public elementary and high schools in a state of disrepair, said Vencer Crisostomo, national coordinator of the Balik Eskwela Drive organized by the Tulong Kabataan Volunteer Network. With our public education system receiving insufcient funds for maintenance and operating expenses from the national govern-

ment every year, it is not surprising if affected schools will not be able to mend ood-damaged facilties on their own. In these trying times, the youths should lead in ensuring that schools will be able to continue operations as soon as possible. Let us continue to spread the spirit of volunterism and collective action to make sure that students will return to their classes as soon as possible. President Aquino, who visited an evacuation center in Capas, Tarlac, welcomed the announcement of two major oil rms to hold price increases as a way of helping people recover from the calamity. Prices are going up in the world market, but Petron and Shell have decided on their own to delay the increase in the prices of their products in sympathy to our displaced residents, Aquino said. As Aquino was making the announcement in Tarlac, other oil rmsChevron Philippines, Unioil Petroleum and Seaoilsaid they had also suspended increases in pump prices. But the Department of Energy said supply of liqueed petroleum gas would become scarce in the coming days because supply ships were unable to dock because of the rough seas at Bataan Port. If ooding subsided and good weather will continue, the supply is expected to normalize next week. We warn retailers not to take advantage of the situation. Based on

our monitoring after the August price increase, the retail price for an 11kg LPG tank should be around P700, a spokesman said. Other than Capas, Mr. Aquino also visited Paniqui, Dinalupihan in Bataan, San Fernando City in Pampanga, Obando and Malolos in Bulacan. On the way to Paniqui, the helicopter carrying him and several members of his Cabinet was formed to make an emergency landing near the Luisita exit of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac expressway when it encountered heavy rainfall. The area ... was not occupied by much trafc, so there was no trafc disruption. No one was injured, Presidential Communications Development Secretary Ramon Carandang said. The Department of Health, anticipating a possible outbreak of leptospirosis, a disease caused by rats swimming in oodwaters, distributed doxycycline capsules in evacuation centers. Because we cannot prevent people from wading in ood waters, we are providing prophylaxis for them so they will not be affected by leptospirosis, said Eduardo Janairo, Health regional director for National Capital Region. About 28,000 square meters of roads were damaged in Metro Manila with a total value of about P27 million, according to Public Works chief Reynaldo Tagudando.

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When that question on integrity was raised, we have to be unanimous. Its a veto power. Thats why we were not able to resolve that issue, Tupas said. As a result, the council members moved voting to Monday at 11 a.m. The shortlist of candidates will be forwarded to President Benigno Aquino III on the same day, giving him eight days to select the next chief justice. He has 90 days from May 29, when former Chief Justice Renato Corona was removed from ofce in an impeachment trial, to make the appointment. We decided to do it Monday but we also decided that Monday should be the last resetting considering the deadline for the Chief Executive to appoint the chief justice. It was just a motion duly seconded but there was no voting, Tupas said. He said the council would have to take a vote on his proposal to amend the rule on disqualication of nominees because they failed to arrive at a consensus due to the objection to the proposal on the basis of integrity. Friday was the fth time that the council deferred the voting on the shortlist.

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the more than 50 houses washed away by the oods. Cabudbud used to plant sweet potatoes in her small plot, earning P100 to P200 a day selling the tubers to support her seven-year-old granddaughter. She and her granddaughter are now in an evacuation center, and she needs even more money to buy school supplies for her . Susan Riatasa, 47, a resident of Gasangan in Tondo, is also in an evacuation center with her three children aged nine, 14 and 15 after the floods buried their shanty. There, she has to divide a cup of porridge for the three. We have no choice. This is better than having nothing at all, she said. Meldy Cadel, a mother of two, and Elpisa Yulo, 36, who is pregnant, also complain that they get only a bowl of porridge. Cadel must divide the bowl of porridge among her four children. Jeepney driver Arturo Sante, 37, said Tuesdays downpour made him earn money that wasnt even good enough to buy a meal. All that was left for me was 38 pesos, he said. Manila Standard reporter Florante Solmerin said just the sight of the heavily silted Marikina River swelling was terrifying especially to his wife Amelia and their sevenyear-old daughter Ayesha Zoe. He remembers tropical storm Ondoy that devastated Marikina in 2009. Ondoy cost us dearly in terms of lost possessions, he said. Gigi Muoz-David, Jonathan Fernandez, Macon Ramos-Araneta, Sara Susanne D. Fabunan and Florante S. Solmerin, with The AP

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a process of agreement and hopefully we will be able to do it as soon as possible, Del Rosario said. He said Sereythonhs remarks did not affect the Philippines bilateral relations with Cambodia. I dont think if affects the bilateral relations at all. I like to think that we are looking at a healthy bilateral relations with Cambodia, Del Rosario told reporters at the sidelines of the 45th anniversary

celebration at the Department of Foreign Affairs. Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said it was Cambodias prerogative to recall its envoy. He did not elaborate. We hope the Cambodian ambassador will help reinforce the friendship that exists between our two countries, Hernandez said in a statement. The Philippines has charged that during the meeting in Cambodia, a close ally of China, Cambodia rejected at least ve

drafts of a joint statement that would have addressed the maritime row with Beijing over the South China Sea. China claims sovereignty over nearly all of the sea, which is believed to sit atop vast gas and oil deposits. But Asean members the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei as well as Taiwan have overlapping claims in the area. Tensions have escalated this year, with Beijing becoming embroiled in diplomatic rows with Manila and Hanoi.

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Veetil, who worked as an operations manager for a garment company in Kuwait, said he was kidnapped in June 2011 while visiting his wifes family in Patikul. The kidnappers demanded about P300,000 in ransom but his family refused to pay. He said he wasnt harmed because he is a Muslim.

The Abu Sayyaf is notorious for kidnappings, beheadings and bombings, and is on the US list of terrorist groups. The group is believed to be holding Australian, Malaysian and Japanese nationals in their jungle hideouts in the south. A veteran Jordanian TV reporter, Baker Atyani, and his two Filipino crew members are still in the custody of the militants they had gone to interview two months ago. AP CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK

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Oil firms put off price hike


By Joyce Pangco Paares and Maricel Cruz

PRESIDENT Aquino on Friday said two major oil rmsPetron and Pilipinas Shellhave pledged not to increase prices of petroleum products as Metro Manila and several provinces in Luzon recover from the massive ooding caused by the southwest monsoon.
Mr. Aquino obtained the oil rms commitment but not after some of them raised pump prices, thus prompting a congressman to take shots at the industry players for being insensitive to the plight of ood-stricken Filipinos. Prices are going up in the world market, but Petron and Shell have decided on their own to delay the increase in the prices of their products in sympathy to our displaced residents, the President said. They will lose revenues with this move, but they have decided to voluntarily lose a little money to show to all affected residents that you are not alone, he added. Apart from the two major oil rms, Chevron Philippines, Unioil Petroleum Philippines and Seaoil have also decided to defer the pump price hike until next week. Torrential rains in the last few days triggered heavy ooding in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, displacing some two million people. The President visited several affected areas in Central Luzon yesterday, including Capas and Paniqui in Tarlac; Dinalupihan in Bataan; San Fernando City in Pampanga; and Obando and Malolos in Bulacan. On his way to Paniqui, Mr. Aquinos chopper had to make an emergency landing near the Luisita exit of the Subic-ClarkTarlac expressway at around 9 a.m. yesterday. The President and several Cabinet ofcials with him were unharmed, and they continued their visit by land. They were on their way to visit evacuation centers in the town of Paniqui when the chopper encountered heavy rains and was forced to land at the Luisita exit of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) around 9 a.m. Meanwhile, Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano on Friday denounced the oil companies for inappropriately raising prices early this week while residents of Metro Manila and nearby provinces were suffering severe ooding brought about by torrential rainfall.

Emergency stop. President Aquino makes an emergency landing on the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway near Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac because of poor visibility brought about by heavy rains Friday. He inspected ooded areas and distributed goods to evacuees. JAY MORALES/ MALACANANG PHOTO BUREAU

State witnesses rights, benets expanded


By Maricel V. Cruz
THE House of Representatives has approved on third and nal reading a bill expanding the rights and benets of prospective witnesses to help the authorities prosecute criminals and strengthen the administration of justice. House Bill 5714 authored by Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara seeks to amend Republic Act 6981 otherwise known as Witness Protection, Security and Benet Act. The measure shall provide a secure housing facility and relocation to the witness and may be extended to any member of the family within the second degree of consanguinity. The measure allows the witness to change his/her identity and physiological appearance without the need for a separate judicial order or administrative proceedings. To ensure the condentiality of any proceedings and avoid disclosure of the identity of the witness, the Secretary of Justice may direct all concerned agencies to make the necessary entries in the respective registries, the bill stated. While in the temporary shelter provided by the program, the necessary medical attention, treatment, hospitalization and medicines needed for any injury or illness incurred or suffered by the Witness, including the spouse and minor or dependent children shall be at the expense of the Program. The proposed law mandates the grant of free education from primary to college level in any state school, college or university to the witness minor or dependent children during the Witness admission to the Program and up to one year after the termination of his witness duty. The witness duty shall include his/her attendance in court, body or authority where one is required as well as in conferences and interviews with prosecutors or investigating ofcers. A witness who is relocated to an accredited Witness Protection Security and Benet Program (WPSBP) safehouse or temporary shelter shall be considered to be under witness duty, the bill added. To avail of the protection program, the witness shall enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) which sets certain responsibilities, among others, not to communicate with any adverse party or negotiate for or enter into an amicable settlement on the civil or criminal aspect of the offense subject of the case and to comply with other conditions as the Secretary of Justice may deem proper to impose for the successful investigation or prosecution of the case.

First crack should go to flood victims


A RANKING administration lawmaker on Friday urged the Aquino administration to prioritize the ood victims in the selection of 800,000 beneciaries under the Conditional Cash Transfers program for 2013. Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara, chair of the House committee on higher and technical education, said the number of CCT recipients will increase to 3.8 million households in 2013, and the best and obvious candidates for inclusion are those who have all lost what little they had in the recent oods. Some 800,000 new slots will be opened and by any yardstick the poor who have been hard hit by oods should have the rst crack at them, Angara said. Angara defended the governments Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4 Ps) on accusations that the Department of Social Welfare and Development program may not have been implemented properly, and if all target beneciaries received assistance. The CCT is the best form of assistance that can be extended to disaster victims because it is sustained, organized and targeted, Angara said. After the oods have subsided, long after TV crews have packed up, and the last relief convoy has passed by, there should be a kind of help on the ground that should linger for a while, Angara said. And the best way to help victims get back on their feet is not through the one-time handout of a bag of groceries but sustained assistance like the CCT can offer, he added. Another advantage of enrolling ood victims in the CCT, Angara said, is that if these people live along esteros, one condition that can be attached to their stipend is for them to help keep these waterways clean. Maricel V. Cruz

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Robinsons donation
THE Robinsons group of mallsGalleria, Manila, Forum, Cainta, Metro East, Novaliches, Otis, Los Banos, Sta. Rosa, Lipa, Imus, Luisita, Dasmarinas, Pangasinan, Starmills, Tagaytay, Ilocos, and Angelesis acepting donations for ood victims in all their information counters during mall hours.

Canada workers project


CANADA is now hiring skilled foreign workers, including Filipinos under its Temporary Foreign Worker pilot project, the Department of Labor and Employment said on Friday. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa, Canada aid that the Canadian province of Alberta has expanded its pilot project effective July 16, 2012. The Alberta employers have been allowed to hire highly skilled foreign workers in certain in-demand occupations other than steamtter/pipetters, she said. The expansion of this pilot project will enable more employers in Alberta to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis to ll up short-term skills and labor needs when Canadians or permanent residents are unavailable, Baldoz said. Vito Barcelo

Like a black hole. After the heavy rains come the potholes such as that on Anda Circle in Intramuros, Manila. LINO SANTOS

Baguio presses for arbitration on John Hay


BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan in his weekly Ugnayang Panlunsod batted for arbitration to resolve the row between Bases Conversion and Development Authority and Camp John Hay Development Corp. He said the state agency took his statement out of context over the citys position of allegedly joining the move to collecting the P3 billion as posted in the Web. Domogan said he was after what is the right collectible amount based on what is legal and equitable and that is precisely why the matter is subject of an arbitration. The BCDA in its press statements has been seeking P3 billion from CHJDevco over alleged due lease rentals. CHJDevco executive vice president Alfredo Yniguez, also chief operating ofcer, said that the agreement with BCDA was rescinded in January 2011 for arbitration as ordered by Regional Trial Court Branch 6 Acting Presiding Judge Cecilia DulayArchog. We have been working on nding a win-win solution to give the most that we can to the government as well as the City of Baguio, he said. That is why our counter offer to BCDA will give the government not only P3 Billion but over P8 Billion in revenues. Rey Requejo Domogan

Dole Food loses case in LA


LOS ANGELESA Los Angeles Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by nearly 3,000 Filipino workers claiming injury from pesticide exposure while working for Dole Food Co. The Ventura County Star reports the plaintiffs said they were exposed to the pesticides at banana plantations more than 30 years ago. The food company says an identical lawsuit led 13 years ago in the Philippines was dismissed by that countrys supreme court. AP

Calls mount for revision of school calendar; options floated


By Gigi David
SENATOR Franklin M. Drilon on Friday asked the Department of Education to consider changing the school calendar to avert class disruptions brought about by typhoons and heavy rains. Education Secretary Armin Luistro said a September opening of classes was possible but the pros and cons should be weighed. We are open to any proposal that will help us achieve our goal, but whether or not to move the opening of classes to September, the main consideration is the comfort of the schoolchildren. Drilon was the latest among lawmakers to propose a revision of the school calendar. I am suggesting to Education Secretary Armin Luistro that a decision be made because, in my view, all indications would lead to the need to revise our school year for the benet of everyone, Drilon said. An Education regional survey in 2009 showed that 66% of respondents opposed the September opening. Among the factors considered by the oppositors are high temperature and long holidaysLent, estas, etc.during the summer months. Those who were in favor of a September opening cited the various diseases that afflict school children who have to wade through floodwaters during the months of June, July and August. Classes in most areas of Luzon, particularly the National Capital Region and Central Luzon, have been suspended since Tuesday because of torrential rains that submerged the regions, Drilon said. Apart from expressing concern about the safety of the schoolchildren and youth who choose to attend classes despite the typhoons and massive ooding, Drilon was also alarmed over the downside effect on the students of the frequent suspensions of classes. Their being absent in school means less absorption and less time to learn, he said. We are working on the improvement of our education system to create a competent human resource for our future. We have this new K+12 system in place, so that students will have more years to study and prepare themselves to work. The suspensions of classes, if not addressed decisively, will impair the quality of graduates we intend to produce, because their time to acquire new knowledge is being affected by these suspensions which are due to typhoons and rains, said Drilon.

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Programme had set procedures for resettlement in a secure and legal manner as noted by Linda Hitchcox in her 1990 book Vietnamese Refugees in Southeast Asian Camps. At the center in Bataan, asylum seekers took up lessons on the English language and on the culture of their destination. About her stay in Palawan, Hitchcox, an anthropologist, said she joined in most daily activities for her study. I was allowed to take a group of Vietnamese friends on a three-day hiking trip into the mountains to visit a nomadic group of forest dwellers, she wrote. The excursion also provided a rare

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THE principle of non-refoulement or non-return under the 1951 Geneva Convention and the 1967 Protocol on the Status of Refugees is instructive in looking back at the former processing center in Morong, now the site of the Bataan Technology Park. Refugees and asylum seekers rst arrived in Palawan and were afterwards sent to Bataan. Retired Commodore Amado Sanglay, BTP president and chief executive, has announced a festival for three days in October lining up a global reunion of Vietnamese asylum seekers along with eco-tourism activities at the towns Mt. Natib forest reserve and West

Boat people redux


Philippine Sea beachfront. Sometime after the centers closure in the mid-90s, the conditions were far from ideal in the Palawan asylum camp. On Valentines Day in 1996, military authorities got at least 84 boat people back to their country. Western Command Gen. Carlos Tanega, the camp administrator at the time, and his deputy, Navy Capt. Rex Robles, had the unsavory task of dragging the repatriates to an A320 Airbus bound for Tan Son Nhat Airbase. It was difcult to assure the displaced folk of humane treatment even as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees under the Orderly Departure chance to see Vietnamese in a tropical forest environment similar to that of Vietnam. Hitchcoxs account in 1987 described the excruciating pain suffered by people who had ed a country ripped apart by war. The contrasts between camp and forest behavior were very strong; the conversations more relaxed and freeranging with much reminiscing and story-telling, she mused. Instead of enticing only backpackers and weekend visitors, Sanglay should busy himself across the social network to convince the former campers and investors to settle there, for good.

Escalating word war


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AN EXPRESSION of US concern over the heightened tension in the South China Sea was met by a virulent shut up by Beijing mouthpiece The Peoples Daily which claimed Washington is encouraging the Philippines and Vietnam to push their claims on the disputed waters. For the politically uninitiated in the ways of China, there is no difference between Beijings ofcial position and statements and opinions expressed by the Peoples Daily. It is one and the same. The government -owned newspaper is the same attack dog wearing another collar. What Beijing cannot state ofcially without discarding diplomatese, the Peoples Daily says in the most strident language. The Chinese foreign ofce has summoned a senior US diplomat in Beijing to explain the provocative American statement over Chinas establishment of the Sansha Administrative City and a garrison in the Paracels which is being claimed by Vietnam. The State Department statement issued Thursday by spokesman Patrick Ventrell said Washington was concerned by the increase in tension in the South China Sea and was monitoring the situation closely. Specically, the US statement said the new city (Sansha) runs counter to collaborative diplomatic efforts to resolve differences and risk further escalating tensions in the region. Washington earlier had merely cautioned all claimant countries to pursue the diplomatic path. It was the rst strong statement directed at China giving the perception the US has crossed over from the sideline to take a more pivotal role in the region. Manila, Tokyo and Seoul were buoyed by US intent to remain an Asia-Pacic power. Hanoi, which has actual claim over the Paracels, has been unusually quiet giving rise to suspicion it might have cut a deal with Beijing. In the spirit of solidarity still prevailing in Asean, we hope Vietnam has not broken ranks. China prefers bilateral negotiations with other claimants and has rejected any multilateral approach. Manila announced that it would buy two ghter jets from Italy. The Japanese government has also
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Heres a word of warning to the Chinese.

offered to help secure Philippine maritime borders. Tokyo, although not a claimant in the SCS dispute, has a stake in the regions stability and fears the emergence of a powerful China. Expect China to call the Philippine plan to modernize its military as a hostile act. The Philippines has never been known as an aggressor at any time in its history. It has in fact been a victim of colonizers and invaders. Its recent acquisitions of two secondhand US ships and its plan to buy Italian planes for its depleted air farce is nothing but defensive measures. It is Chinas ambition for hegemony in the region that is really exacerbating the tinderbox situation .The underlying reason for Chinese aggression: the vast potential of oil, gas and minerals below the seabed of the disputed area. A word of warning to the Chinese: Listen to our national anthem and the words at kung may mangaapi, ay handang mamatay nang dahil sa iyo. ( and when there are bullies and aggressors, we are ready to die for the country) . No anthem in the world contains such fervor in the most unequivocal terms. While Filipinos seem to be disparate in so many ways, we are still a people who would rather die on our feet, than live on our knees. We have proven this in our wars with Spain, the US and Japan. While diplomacy is the right track, we must not allow it to lull us to sleep with the enemy and wake up the next morning to discover we have been raped. Meanwhile, the Cambodian Embassy in Manila in a Note Verbale has informed the DFA Ambassador Hos Sereythonh was leaving next week. Hos hasty departure was a result of his indiscreet remarks that dirty politics played by the Philippines and Vietnam was the cause of Asean failure to come up with a Code of Conduct on the South China Sea. The Asean foreign ministerial meeting was hosted by Phnom Penh.and the Chinese hand is widely seen in Cambodias handling of the meeting. Cambodia had no other recourse but to withdraw its ambassador. Hos position, in diplomatic parlance, has become untenable. His failure to heed a summons by the DFA on the pretext he was indisposed was inexcusable. He would have been declared by Manila as persona non grata which prompted Phnom Penh to pull him out early.

Never again!
POWER POINT
WITH the deluge of disaster images and pleas for rescue during the height of the recent widespread ooding, it did not feel good to be safely stuck at home. I wanted to go out and help but was immobilized, thinking that I might even end up becoming part of the problem. Questions ran through my head. Why should our people suffer? Is this inevitable? If such rains would now form part of our lives because of climate change, what should we do to at least mitigate its effects? It was incredibly absurd that some attributed the disaster to Gods wrath over the House of Representatives vote ending the debates on the reproductive health bill. But then, what can we expect when some legislators perform their duties guided by such beliefs as the number six is the devils number? I do not wish to make fun of peoples religious beliefs but sometimes, they become so extreme that the line between religion and superstition disappears. One ends up chuckling at the stupidity of some remarks. On the contrary, the loss and distress of our people are heartbreaking more than two million affected, tens of thousands needing rescue and evacuation, lives lost, homes and livelihood destroyed. For them, starting anew is a huge challenge. Jen only reached the second grade and was a child laborer in one Negros Occidental hacienda. She worked in our home for some years before marrying a young carpenter. Though unschooled, Jen is trustworthy and possessed an innate intelligence, thus, we employed her. Ondoy destroyed her Marikina house and just as her family was recovering, the recent ooding hit them again. Barely able to escape with nothing saved except the clothes on their backs, she now wonders how to start anew. Jen has one child. Multiply this story by tens of thousands and imagine how more difcult it will be for families with
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many young children. We hail the Filipinos resiliency and never-say-die spirit. We praise our bayanihan tradition. And rightly so. But I say, never again should our people be subjected to such suffering! How? It will not be easy. Earlier similar disasters failed to make us learn the hard lessons. I agree that the culture of preparedness is good. But as in other things, prevention is as, if not more important. There are things that ordinary people can do like putting garbage in bins and not on streets, trash segregation, composting, recycling and reusing things, drastically cutting down on using plastic, politicallycorrect consumerism, planting instead of cutting trees and plants, water and power conservation, etc. Small and simple acts done by many will impact positively on preventing the repeat of disasters. Beyond these, however, we need the government, both local and national, to do difcult, complex, and expensive but strategic solutions and preventive measures. I dont claim expertise on this. My ideas are borne out of self-study, observation, and limited knowledge on how things work, or do not work. Still, I would like to add my voice to those searching for strategic solutions to prevent or mitigate effects of calamities. For one, the :pwede na yan attitude should go. For instance, that asphalted utility holes issue should not have happened. In all government and government-approved projects, extra care should be taken on their possible impact not only on the environment but on people when typhoons, earthquakes, and similar natural calamities occur. I am fully aware that this means ghting the corruption that goes with deals on and in implementing projects. The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, R.A. 10121, is a good law that needs to be STRICTLY and FULLY implemented. Needless to say, environmental degradation must be arrested and efforts to rehabilitate need strengthening. Mother nature is a very good friend but a erce enemy. She punishes everyone, not only those who hurt her.
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Whatever happened to the National Land Use bill thats been in Congress for many years? We need a PLAN on how we use our lands. And this should respect our natural terrain. Areas not t for residential use should be reserved for other things. This is going to be extremely hard because some villages are in some of these areas and still others are occupied by informal settlers. But if we dont do this, more lives will be sacriced and entire communities, destroyed. As a student of Philippine history, I learned that the city of Manila and its environs were and are, NOT solid tracts of land. They are islands separated by natural bodies of water. The 1905 Burnham Manila plan obviously respected our waterways because these would prevent oods. They naturally ow out to the rivers, bays, seas and eventually, the ocean. But what did we do? We covered and built on some. We still have many though. When you go around the Metro, look for the creeks and youll be amazed at how many we have. But be prepared to also be disgusted at how much garbage they carry. A massive clean up is necessary to make them live again and help minimize ooding. Infrastructures such as ood ways, better drainage system, etc. are needed. The Department of Public Works and Highways says it has a ood prevention program plan but it will be expensive and needs ve years to complete. I am all for national government and experts looking into this, and if good, to immediately embark on it. Lastly, Metro Manila is too congested as people from the provinces continue to ock here in search of a better life. The long-term solution is to develop the rural areas. Balance industrialization with modernized agriculture and livelihood will be created. There will be less reasons to go to the metro and those here who are without employment may be encouraged to go back to their provinces. Big dreams, I know. But these are doable. Never again should millions of our people suffer! bethangsioco@gmail.com bethangsioco on Twitter and @

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IT WAS bound to happen: a disaster with no name. But what does this mean? Many things, but most of all, that this is now a regular thing, a frequent event and not a one-off phenomenon. It is the new normal, as Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje described it. But what do we do when we cannot even name what we are facing? Let me be clear. This time around, compared to the Ondoy and Sendong experiences, the government has been more effective in responding to the disaster and should be appreciated for that. From President Aquino to most local ofcials, government presence was seen and felt, a far cry particularly from the Ondoy and Sendong events when the disasters overwhelmed government response. I would like to specically praise Mayor Mon Ilagan of Cainta whom I personally witness taking charge of rescue operations. As his teacher on climate change and disaster risk reduction in the Ateneo School of Government, I am proud of his performance. We should appreciate Executive Director Benito Ramos and his colleagues from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for constantly being on the job, setting aside fatigue and not sleeping for more than a week, to deal with the situation. Likewise, we should be thankful of the many rescue teams that braved raging waters to save lives. I am also happy with the new Pagas
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IT IS not for the Church to pressure the government, but for it to enjoin its followers to act in accordance with its teachings. This, the Church should understand because authors of the proposed reproductive health bill have crossed more than half of the bridge just to accommodate the wishes of the prelates. Effectively, the bill has lost its compulsive power. This we say because the right to observe the law has become an option between those who wish to obey what the law proposes or to disobey it as the teachings of their Church enjoin them. Much that the reproductive health bill has become anti-climatic, there is nothing now that could cause the oppositors their anxiety. It is not even a law, but a mere legal decoration. Of course, some cynics would argue that to give our people their choice is by itself a transgression of the doctrinal teachings of the Church about life. For that matter, the issue about life is not even debatable. Rather, the paroxysm in our attitude towards the reproductive health bill has catalyzed instead the danger on how far the Church has encroached on many of the purely secular affairs of the State. The debate that is raging is no longer centered on what in fact the bill is all about, but on the infringement of the Church on the primordial right of the State to decide for its people, given the accepted political theorem that the people created their government to serve them, and not the other way around. To ensure that the State would not lose its political equanimity, it has to put up a barrier of Church and State separation to keep equality in our democratic society a working mechanism. To begin with, the spiritual transgression which the Church wants to emphasize is with the individual. It is on that basis why the proponents acceded to the idea of making the law optional. Given that premise, the Church therefore must refocus its attention to it is members to rally behind it, and not on the authors and their supporters. It is only from among its members where the Church could assert its moral ascendancy. That option in fact is an implied demarcation between the right of the State to its citizens and the right of the Church to its followers. Stated differently, while the State inhibits itself from imposing to the people what the law seeks to achieve, it cannot go beyond by forcing them to obey one that has been made optional. What is immoral is when the Church deprives
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A disaster with no name


rainfall warnings; better late than never, and in spite its limitations, it introduces a new tool that, once rened and improved over time, it could be very useful in arriving at the holy grail of disaster risk reductionzero casualty. Perhaps though, Pagasa could consider changing this to or supplementing it with a ood warning system that integrates rainfall forecasts with the current situation on the ground and the waterways of a place. A yellow warning could be misleading if the dams and rivers are already spilling as any amount of rainfall could cause oods. In my own community, the Ateneo de Manila, the disaster relief operations went on full swing spearheaded by students and coordinated by what we call the DREAM team. Even our sister schools in Mindanao mobilized to help their Metro Manila fellow Filipinos in their hour of need. While I appreciate the efforts of government and the private and citizen sectors, I believe however that there is still a lot to be done to get our response to disasters right. The rst thing to do is to change our mentality about climate-related disasters. These are not acts of God and are not force majeure, .e., unforeseen and unpredictable events. In fact, with the advent of climate change, as concluded by a recent report of the US space agency NASA, these extreme weather events are not only going to become more frequent but they are turning out to be worse than what was predicted. Indeed, in 1991, when I was doing my doctoral dissertation on climate change at Yale Law School, rainfall alone (without typhoons) did not gure as a threat to the Philippines or other countries. Now, it is clear that this is what we face and what we must adapt to. For example, it is a given that we will lose more school and work days than before and that we must nd ways to compensate for these. The second thing to be done is to establish a department-level and stand-alone disaster risk reduction and management agency. The 2010 DRRM law rightfully changed the policy paradigm from principally disaster preparedness to disaster risk reduction but it did not go far enough in that it retained the old institutional structure of having the Ofce of Civil Defense lead the work. The OCD is a good agency but it is designed for emergency response and not for DRR. Until we create a new agency devoted solely for DRRM, our response will continue to fall short. The third priority is long-term. For Metro Manila specically, although it applies to many of our cities, we have failed to manage land and water properly (the latter is true Luzon-wide). This failure magnies our risk to disasters making us more exposed and vulnerable. Dikes, sea-walls and other infrastructure-based solutions will not work until this land and water misuse is addressed. Correcting this failure is a complicated, difcult undertaking and deserves a column by itself. In the Book of Amos, in the Bible, The Lord says: I summon the waters of the sea and pour them upon the surface of the earth. No, I do not think it is because of the RH bill that we had this disaster. But the rain does come from the seawater vaporand they ll the surface of our earth that we have misused. It was bound to end this way a nameless disaster, normal from now on unless we change our ways. Facebook Page: Dean Tony La Vina Twitter: tonylavs

The Church could have elevated the debate to a higher and more sensible level.

its followers of their free will. In fact, the concession given by the proponents to make some of the provisions of the bill optional automatically decapitated all the arguments against it. For instance, one cannot argue against the law that relegates to the individual the freedom of choice. The more the Church takes an adamant position in opposing the bill, the more it exposes itself as practically with little or no sympathy because the focus is not on the individual, but in castigating the authors. The Church failed to analyze that ultimately, it is the individual that decides to commit or not to commit a sin. We are saying this not that the Church has run out of valid grounds to oppose the reproductive health bill. Rather, it has simply failed to distinguish the truth from fallacy and myth from reality. If only they managed to grasp that point, the Church could have elevated the debate to a higher and more sensible level. The debate could not have been conned to the individual, but on whether or not increased population is a bane to progress. Surely, the Church would have succeeded in exposing the ignorance of the authors in parroting overpopulation as a hindrance to progress. To make ourselves clear, the issue is on how to make human population most productive. We say this because only human beings can create and produce wealth. The epoch of human civilizations have time and again been proven that where there is population growth, progress cannot be far behind. In fact, no animal below man has ever produced a single wealth for us. We can only cite China as the best example of a country that has harnessed its burgeoning population to maximum productive capacity. Before that, Mao and his dogmatic Marxist followers feared that unless China does something to abate its population growth, the country would continue to sink deeper into the abyss of poverty. The Maoists always made the more than one billion Chinese their favorite whipping boy to justify their capricious policy of imposing the onechild policy for every married couple. The problem is that after Deng Xiao Peng abandoned that policy, China did not sink into the gutter as most feared. Rather, the economy boomed beyond their wildest dream. Although the relaxation in Chinas population growth cannot be pointed as directly responsible for the economic miracle, denitely the enormous manpower they managed to divert to productive use exposed the doomsday fear of overpopulation as both a myth and a fallacy. rodkap@gmail.com

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No brotherhood in hazing
By Atty. Carlos Mayorico Caliwara
Continued from Friday Phenomenon and herd mentality Hazing is a group phenomenon characterized by a herd mentality. There is peer pressure, and anyone who does not pass through this, can never be a member. This is wrong. It is never a tradition. It will not make a neophyte a better person. It is a means that does not justify the end. To be a neo is a personal but may not be an informed decision. To participate as the so-called master is a deliberate act with awareness of its nature and consequences. Hazing becomes a misleading bond that ties the members together. The organizations principles, doctrines and fraternal values are set aside. Hazing is incapable of being minimized, measured or quantied. A paddle whacked once may already be fatal. Medical attention or monitoring during a hazing activity will only embolden the participants to do more harm. It is not surprising for prospective members to still pursue their determination to belong and become a member - and the reasons are many. It could be due to the organizations objectives, personal (political clout, prestige , nancial or academic solutions) or sinister (connections, protection, ego tripping or pleasure). The list is not exclusive. It does not build loyalty and neither will it train the body to endure pain for future frat wars. There is no brotherhood in hazing. True and genuine brotherhood exists when the members exemplify the noble principles of their organization. Amending the law against hazing Hazing is actually torturing a person - physically, mentally and emotionally which results in physical injuries or even psychological damage or death. Since when can injuring a person or perhaps even murdering him be regulated and not totally banned or outlawed? Hazing is mala in se and inicting injuries or causing death to a person is totally wrong, harmful, immoral and lawless. This is inhumanity in its most condemnable form. It must be completely banned. The new law must explicitly dene hazing as a criminal offense. It should be differentiated from the process of initiation where the dignity and integrity of the person are respected, upheld and enhanced. The penalty should be reviewed. The school authorities must be required to compel the registration of legitimate fraternities, require the submission of the names of student members and its council of advisers composed of its alumni members, monitor the activities and projects of the organization, insure the presence of a school representative in the initiation process or ritual, and such other measures which will insure that the organizations are closely monitored against the commission of hazing to its students. In addition, since the concern is not strictly conned to hazing, in as much as there are also issues, the law shall create a national registry and regulatory body to be headed by the Secretary of Education with research capabilities and investigative functions. All appeals pertaining to administrative cases led in relation with the violation of the new law shall be decided by it. Partners in national development There are probably hundreds, if not thousands of fraternities, sororities, and other organizations or secret societies as well as their chapters in various high schools, colleges and universities, all over the country, and there is no way by which the growth or birth of new ones could be stopped. The concerns are for real, but the potentials of these fraternities and sororities in contributing to national development are great and may be harnessed. Meanwhile, the entire nation can only pray for those who have died because of hazing. They are innocent and helpless victims of the prevailing system. In order that they shall be deemed not to have died in vain, the campaign against hazing, as well as the advocacy espoused by a clear conscience as laid down herein, must be pursued. Atty. Caliwara graduated from the San Beda College of Law. He is a member of and have held national positions in organizations where the rigors of initiation rites were a prerequisite to acceptance. He is an advocate of peace and progress and is staunchly against hazing.

Playing to lose is strategy, not a scandal


By Noah Feldman
OLYMPIC athletes want to winwe all know that. So why are they being disqualied for trying to lose? After the badminton scandal that marred the early days of the games, the latest athlete to be kicked out was Algerian middle-distance runner Taouk Makhlou, who walked off the course in an 800 meters seminal on Aug. 6. Makhlou got lucky. After an appeal, the International Association of Athletics Federations accepted the doubtful excuse that he was feeling injured, and reinstated him. The next day, Makhlou won the gold medal in the 1,500 meters by almost threequarters of a second. That was not the performance of an injured man. Makhlou hadnt wanted to run the 800 at all. For some reason, his team had left him in it. Clearly, Makhlou knew his chances of winning gold in the 1,500 could be harmed by running the 800, which he had little chance to win. He was acting rationally in giving up. For that matter, so were the Chinese, Indonesian and South Korean badminton players who tried to throw early-round matches for a better draw in subsequent tournament rounds. So was the Japanese womens soccer team, which benched all but four starters and played for a tie against South Africa to avoid having to travel to Scotland for its next match. Real effort Why, exactly, do we have the instinct that acting rationally in order to win violates the Olympic spirit? The rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations, which governs Makhlous races, demand that athletes compete honestly with bona de effort or face mandatory elimination from future events in the same competition. The badminton rules are roughly the same. Of course, all the athletes in question were putting in a bona de effort to win gold medals. They just believed that the best way to do it was to focus themselves on the main event and put themselves in the best possible position for it. That path took them through a less than fully competitive effort in earlier matches or races. There was nothing inherently dishonest about their efforts, except that the rules require them to lie if they want to have the best possible chance of winning. One possibilitythe one the Olympic authorities would no doubt like us to embraceis that competitors should go all- out at all times, treating each moment of competition as sacred. After all, the Olympics have their origins in ancient religious ritual, and today sport can seem very much like a secular faith, complete with rituals like sacred ame and a solemn Olympic oath. The problem with this ideal is that it does not match reality. We see strategic competition all the time in sports, including the Olympicsand ordinarily, it does not bother us much, if at all. We compliment the intelligence of runners and swimmers who pace themselves in preliminary heats, rather than expending all of their energies. We accept the intentional walk in baseball as part of the game, even though it represents the opposite of bona de competition between pitcher and batter. We even accept that professional basketball and football teams will play their scrubs and accept near-certain defeat once they have made the playoffsnot just to protect against injury, but sometimes even to get a better playoff draw by losing. Perhaps it could be argued that the badminton players, at least, violated the spirit of the tournament, which was designed so that the qualiers from the initial pool would then compete in the next round according to a predetermined set of rankings. Yet it was the tournaments design that created the incentive for the teams to lose. In essence, the matches that the players were attempting to throw were exhibitions: All the teams involved had already qualied for the next round. Entertainment value Indeed, it could be argued that Makhlous tanking (if thats what it was) was worse than that of the badminton players. At least they were easing up within the context of the same tournament they sought to win. The runner, by contrast, was throwing one event to have a better chance of winning an entirely different one. The persistence of strategic competition despite the rules against it suggests another reason that the Olympic Games condemn the practice: the entertainment value. The Olympics are a big business, and organizers want the spectators to get their moneys worth. London Olympics Chairman Sebastian Coe inadvertently revealed this motive when he commented after the badminton scandal, Who wants to sit through something like that? By this logic, there is nothing sacrosanct about Olympic effort except that the spectators have paid good money to watch it while the networks and the sponsors have paid vast sums to show it. Far from embodying the aspiration to pure sport, the athletes are entertainers. As entertainers, they owe their responsibility not to ultimate victory but to putting on a good show at any moment when a paying customer might be watching. Once the underlying economic motive emerges, its easy to see that there is a conflict between our interests as consumers and the athletes as producers of value. From the athletes perspective, ultimate victory really is the goal. Not only do they want victory for its own sake, but their future earning capacity depends on winning gold. A runner such as Makhloufi can expect his appearance fees to go up significantly if he is an Olympic champion. We, on the other hand, want to be treated constantly to the spectacle of total effortof the kind we might never use ourselves in our own strategy-suffused lives. Bloomberg

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Laguna de Bay still rising


By Florante S. Solmerin
THE water level of Laguna de Bay is still rising because of water coming from surrounding mountains and residents of lakeshore towns in Laguna as well as eastern Metro Manila have been warned against more severe ooding, according to the state disaster agency. Do not forget and dont be complacent because the water at Laguna de Bay is still rising, said Executive Director Benito Ramos of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, noting that no less 17 lakeshore municipalities are being threatened. Torrential downpour in the past several days caused massive oods in the cities of Bian, Cabuyao, Calamba, Los Banos, Sta. Rosa and the town of San Pedro. The water is coming from the mountains and it usually takes a week before oodwaters recede in lakeside towns, Ramos said. The lake is fed by large catchment areas and 21 rivers, including the Pagsanjan River which is the source of 35 percent of the lakes water. Other rivers leading down to the lake are the Santa Cruz River, Balanak River, Marikina River, Mangangate River, Tunasan River, San Pedro River, Cabuyao River, San Cristobal River, San Juan River, the Bay, Calo and Maitem rivers in Bay, the Molawin, Dampalit and Pele rivers in Los Baos, the Pangil River, the Tanay River, the Morong River, the Siniloan River and the Sapang Baho River. He said the lakes water level has reached 13.8 meters above seal level after days of non-stop rain and more water is expected to come down from the mountains. Laguna Lake Development Authority general manager Neric Acosta said the lakes water level is nearing the 13.95 meters above sea level that was recorded during Tropical Storm Ondoy in September 2009. The normal water level is 12.5 meters from September to December and 10.5 meters during the dry season.

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mud and debris caused by heavy rain over the past few days. LINO SANTOS

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TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES: Notice is hereby given that on July 13, 2012, Bohol Light Company, Incorporated (BLCI) filed an application for approval of the Maximum Average Price (MAP RY2013) and its translation into distribution related rates of different customer classes for the second regulatory year of the ERC-approved Annual Revenue Requirement (ARR) under the Performance Based Regulation (PBR) for the regulatory period 2012-2015. In the said application, BLCI alleged, among others that: 1. It is a corporation duly organized and existing under Philippine laws, with principal address at R. Enerio St., Poblacion 3, Tagbilaran City, Bohol. It is a private distribution utility (DU) with Franchise and Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to operate electric light and power services in Tagbilaran City. In a Decision dated April 23, 2012 in ERC Case No. 2011-145 RC1, the Commission approved the said application with modification and it was directed to implement the approved Distribution, Supply and Metering Charges and the revised lifeline levels, discounts and subsidy stated therein. Pursuant to the Final Determination dated July 6, 2011 issued by the Commission in ERC Case No. 2010-117 RC2, it has calculated the MAP RY2013 of the Second Regulatory Period at PhP1.0509/kWh with an X-factor of 0.0465. The resulting MAP for RY 2013, without the application of side constraints, is as follows: MAP2013 = [ MAP2012 x { 1 + CWI2013- X }] + S2013- K2013 + ITA2013 MAP2013 = [ 1.0181 x {1 + 3.63% - 0.0465} ] + 0.0105 - (-0.0327) + 0 MAP2013 = PhP1.0509/kWh 5. Based on the said Final Determination and the Distribution Services and Open Access Rules (DSOAR), specifically, the conversion of the MAP into different rate elements per customer class, it has converted the computed MAP2013 (without the application of the side constraints) into a distribution rates structure as follows: Distribution PhP/kW PhP/kWh 1.0315 69.15 0.5016 0.7608 0.3165 0.7605 0.3064 0.7773 Supply PhP/Cust./Mo. 42.18 42.18 42.18 42.18 41.89 42.18 42.18 Metering PhP/Cust./Mo. PhP/kWh 5.00 0.1996 73.92 53.76 50.84 53.38 80.89 53.76 0.0602

Govt starts repair of damaged roads


By Joel E. Zurbano

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AT least 28,000 square meters of roads in Metro Manila were damaged by the oods caused by the heavy rain over the past few days and the Public Works Department will prioritize the repair of seven arterial roads, including Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, C5 Road, Roxas Boulevard, Taft Avenue, and Quezon Boulevard.
According to Undersecretary Alfredo Tolentino, the department has already started squaring segments of these major thoroughfares for asphalt-laying, like the segment of EDSA at the corner of Connecticut Street in San Juan City. A portion of the southbound section of EDSA, particularly along Connecticut street in San Juan City, was damaged. We call this shattered concrete pavement, (which) might have been caused by the continuous rainfall that saturated the base, said the departments Metro Manila regional director Reynaldo Tagundando. Tagudando said the department estimated that the cost of repairs has already reached P27 million. This is our initial estimate. We are still conducting further assessment and we will come up with the total worth of damage by Saturday afternoon, he said. Tolentino said the department will need four days to repair a 20-meter portion of the Marcos Highway in Antipolo City which collapsed the pavement. The heavy rains from the nearby mountains scoured what was beneath the roadway thus causing the pavement to collapse. There is a reinforced concrete pipe beneath the road but it was unable to contain the excessive volume of rain, said Tolentino. He said that it would take four days of continued dry weather to put an embankment and ll it up with base and sub-base course until it is already at level with the road. He added they would allow motorists to run through it to make it more compact. We would not immediately put concrete on the top because it might still compact and sink further. So we will temporarily put gravel so that the motorists could use it already, he added. Tolentino earlier said that they need at least two straight weeks of good weather to repair the big potholes along the major thoroughfares in Metro Manila. It will take two weeks to repair because they (potholes) are many. This would be for complete repair. We would start with the arterial roads such as the Roxas Boulevard and EDSA. We would prioritize these roads, said Tolentino.

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The conversion was effected in accordance with the Uniform Filing Requirements (UFR), the RDWR, as amended and the methodology described in Article V of the DSOAR. It used in its calculations the information contained in the aforementioned Final Determination. The Side Constraint Calculation for the Second Regulatory Period approved by the Commission is CWIt + SCt. The value of SC is twelve percent (12%) while CWI2013 was calculated at 3.63%. Thus, SC2013 is 15.63%. It has determined that the resulting MAP2013 and the converted distribution rates from said MAP2013 would result in the breach of the rates for Commercial, Public Buildings/Street Lights and Hospitals/Radio Stations customers. The computation of Side Constraints per Customer Class pursuant to Section 6.4 of the RDWR, as amended, is as follows: (CWIt + SCt) (3.63% + 12%) 15.63% % Increase 7.16 47.90 138.03 147.59 Status Within Side Constraints Side Constraints Breached Side Constraints Breached Side Constraints Breached

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Agency warns vs leptospirosis


THE Health Department distributed powerful antibiotics to all Metro Manila constituent governments on Friday to help prevent the proliferation of leptospirosis in evacuation centers. The departments Center for Health Development regional ofce distributed doxycycline capsules to the local government units, said Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo. Because we cannot prevent people from wading in ood waters, we are providing prophylaxis for them so that they will not be affected by leptospirosis, said Janairo. Janairo said he also advised hospitals to immediately provide rapid diagnostic tests to diagnose leptospirosis, an acute bacterial infection usually caused by contact with water contaminated by rat urine. Janairo said it would be best not to wade in oodwater, particularly if a person has any cuts or bruises, but if wading in oodwater cannot be avoided, it is best to wear protective gear. The DOH has allocated eleven boxes of doxycycline capsules to each of the 17 constituent units of Metro Manila. Each box contains 1,000 capsules with a 100mg dosage. For LGUs that had previously received an allotment, they will be given additional stocks to augment their supply. According to Janairo, each person will be given one 100mg doxycycline capsule weekly for protection against leptospirosis. Two capsules will be given to rescuers and those who are directly exposed to ood waters. Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona earlier assured that there is enough supply of doxycycline for those in the evacuation centers and people in the flooded communities all over the region.

IN BRIEF
La Mesa still under alert
THE water elevation of the La Mesa Dam in Novaliches, Quezon City has returned to normal but remains on red alert status. Hydrologist Gine Nievares of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said La Mesa Dams water level stood at 80.0 meters or slightly below the spilling level of 80.15 meters, on Friday. With this development, La Mesa Dam has ceased spilling excess water to the nearby Tullahan River, but it is still on red alert, Nievares said.

The breach in the aforementioned rate is attributable to the adjustment of MAP RY2013 as a result of under-recovery (Correction Factor - K) incurred due to late implementation of the Distribution, Supply and Metering Rates for RY2012. Order for the rate translation application for RY2012 was received on June 15, 2012 and will be implemented starting July 2012 billing. It requests the Commission that it be allowed to relax the side constraints for RY2013, specifically, the rates of Commercial, Public Buildings/ Street Lights and Hospitals/Radio Stations customers, in order to avoid the build-up of under-recoveries during the Second Regulatory Period. In support of this application, it submits the following: Schedule A B C D E F G H I J K Information Provided Computation of the MAP for the Regulatory Year Ending September 30, 2013 Computation of the Change in Weighted Index (CWI) Computation of the Actual Weighted Average Tariff (AWAT) Computation of the Differential Amount (DA) Computation of the Correction Factor (K) Computation of the S-Factor (S) Annual Historical and Forecast Data Side Constraint Testing Side Constraint Simulations Proposed Rates Comparison of Proposed and Existing Rates

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The approval of this application will enable it to fulfill its obligations under the PBR to timely implement its capital expenditure program and operating and maintenance programs for the Second Regulatory Period, specifically, for RY and to avoid deterioration of its services to the prejudice of its customers and the public. Thus, it prays that the Commission approve this application and authorize it to adopt and implement the following proposed distribution rate structure: Distribution PhP/kW PhP/kWh 1.0315 69.15 0.5016 0.7608 0.3165 0.7605 0.3064 0.7773 Supply PhP/Cust./Mo. 42.18 42.18 42.18 42.18 41.89 42.18 42.18 Metering PhP/Cust./Mo. PhP/kWh 5.00 0.1996 73.92 53.76 50.84 53.38 80.89 53.76 0.0602

Pag-IBIG loans readied


THE Pag-IBIG fund is setting up satellite ofces in Metro Manila and other provinces in Luzon to accommodate the expected surge of application for calamity loans by its members. Vice President Jejomar Binay, concurrent chairman of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council which administers the Pag-IBIG Fund, said members from disaster-hit areas may borrow as much as 80 percent of their total contributions at an interest rate of 5.95 percent. The loan shall be amortized in 24 months with a grace period of three months. Those who want to avail themselves of the loan should bring a duly accomplished Pag-IBIG Calamity Loan Application Form, signed and certied by the employer, and two identication cards. The mobile ofces will be set up in Robinsons Malls in Galleria in Ortigas and in Manila; Metro East in Pasig; Novaliches; Imus and Dasmarias in Cavite; Sta. Rosa in Laguna; and Starmills in San Fernando, Pampanga. Satellite ofces will also be established in the city or municipality halls of Caloocan, Malabon, Valenzuela and Navotas. Our goal is to provide immediate assistance to those affected by the disaster. Through the satellite ofces, their applications for calamity loan can be fasttracked, Binay said.

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Marikina lifts all alerts


THE Marikina River water level eased to below critical levels on Friday, prompting the city government to lift all alerts. The citys public information ofce said the rivers water level was at 14.8 meters above sea level as of 11:55 a.m., lifting the alarm that reached maximum level last Tuesday when the rivers water level rose to 21.5 meters above sea level. Marikina City Vice Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz said the rivers lower water level prompted authorities to allow evacuees to go back to their homes as oods subsided in most parts of the city, but the vice mayor reminded his constituents to keep monitoring the situation. Marikina has been ooded since Monday when the citys river started to rise due to heavy rains spawned by the southwest monsoon. Residents in low-lying areas were told to evacuate before dawn Thursday after the rivers water level rose to as high as 20.6 meters above sea level. But a few hours later, the water level was reported to have gone down. Cadiz said it was fortunate that no one among his constituents died at the height of ooding. Some residents chose to remain inside evacuation residents as ood waters in their area have yet to recede. Cadiz, meanwhile, appealed to volunteers to course their donations through the citys rescue headquarters at the Marikina City Sports Complex for orderly distribution.

The Commission has set the application for initial hearing, expository presentation, pre-trial conference and evidentiary hearing on August 29, 2012 (Wednesday) at two oclock in the afternoon (2:00 P.M.) at the Governors Mansion, CPG Avenue, Tagbilaran City, Bohol. All persons who have an interest in the subject matter of the proceeding may become a party by filing, at least five (5) days prior to the initial hearing and subject to the requirements in the ERCs Rules of Practice and Procedure, a verified petition with the Commission giving the docket number and the title of the proceeding and stating: (1) the petitioners name and address; (2) the nature of petitioners interest in the subject matter of the proceeding, and the way and manner in which such interest is affected by the issues involved in the proceeding; and (3) a statement of the relief desired. All other persons who may want their views known to the Commission with respect to the subject matter of the proceeding may file their opposition to the application or comment thereon at any stage of the proceeding before the applicant concludes the presentation of its evidence. No particular form of opposition or comment is required, but the document, letter or writing should contain the name and address of such person and a concise statement of the opposition or comment and the grounds relied upon. All such persons who may wish to have a copy of the application may request the applicant, prior to the date of the initial hearing, that they be furnished with a copy of the application. The applicant is hereby directed to furnish all those making such request with copies of the application and its attachments, subject to reimbursement of reasonable photocopying costs. Likewise, any such person may examine the application and other pertinent records filed with the Commission during the usual office hours. WITNESS, the Honorable Chairperson, ZENAIDA G. CRUZ-DUCUT, and the Honorable Commissioners, JOSE C. REYES,and ALFREDO J. NON, Energy Regulatory Commission, this 8th day of August, 2012 at Pasig City.

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In the Matter of the Application for Approval of the Translation Into Distribution Related Rates of Different Customer Classes for the First Regulatory Year of the ERC-Approved Annual Revenue Requirement (ARR) for Bohol Light and Power Company, Incorporated (BLCI) Under the Performance-Based Regulation (PBR) for the Regulatory Period 2012-2015, BLCI Applicant In the Matter of the Application for Approval of the Annual Revenue Requirement (ARR) and Performance Incentive Scheme (PIS) in Accordance with the Provisions of the Rules for Setting Distribution Wheeling Rates (RDWR), BLCI Applicant

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US beats Japan to win gold


WEMBLEY, EnglandThe United
States womens soccer team beat Japan, 2-1, to win its 3rd straight Olympic gold.
Carli Lloyd scored both goals for the US and Hope Solo was outstanding in goal, making a lunging save on a point-blank shot from Asuna Tanaka in the 84th minute to keep the Americans in front. The Americans avenged a loss in a penalty shootout to Japan in the World Cup nal and captured their third straight Olympic title. They snatched our dream last summer, US midelder Megan Rapinoe said. And this kind of feels like the nightmare turned back around. Lloyd scored early in both halves, Solo made a lunging late save as the Japanese pushed frantically for a tying goal, and the entire roster found the redemption it had been seeking since that penalty kick shootout loss in Germany last year. Before 80,203 fans at Wembley Stadium, an Olympic record for a womens soccer game, the teams put on a back-and-forth, dont-turn-your-head soccer showcase, proving again that these are the two premier teams in the world. Womens soccer is still in its formative stages in Britain, but the match proved more than worthy for the hallowed grounds of the beautiful game. At the nal whistle, there was a group-hug celebration that unleashed a year of bottled-up frustration. Many of the players paraded with the ag and put on the celebratory T-shirts. Solo was at center of the biggest scrum, tting for a player who was so crucial to the victory. The goalie gets a lot of ak for her off-eld pursuits, including Dancing With the Stars and her candid comments on Twitter, but she made several plays that showed again that shes the best in the world at what she does. Hope Solo, she says a lot on Twitter, I guess. I dont follow her, US coach Pia Sundhage said. But what matters is what kind of team player she is and how she performs. ... Today Hope Solo had a very good game. She brought the gold back to the United States of America. The US team has won four of the ve Olympic titles since womens soccer was introduced at the 1996 Atlanta Games, taking second place at the 2000 Games in Sydney. Settling for silver, the Japanese players huddled together in defeat, with coach Norio Sasaki trying to encourage them. Karina Maruyama was inconsolable. Aya Miyama bowed her head and Asuna Tanaka wiped away tears. But they were all smiles when they re-emerged for the medal ceremony, bouncing their way to the podium. Even though we got defeated and we couldnt win in this Olympics, if I look at it objectively, they all played very well, Sasaki said through a translator. There is nothing we should be ashamed of. Lloyd also scored the winning goal in the gold medal match against Brazil in Beijing four years ago. AP

United States Carli Lloyd, left, and goalkeeper Hope Solo celebrate after winning the womens soccer gold medal match against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. The United States won 2-1. AP

Defending champions trounce UE


By Jeric Lopez
THE defending champions are showing why they are still the favorites to repeat. The National University Bullpups are still lording it over in the juniors division of the 75th University Athletic Association of the Philippines as they remained unscathed thus far in their campaign. The Bullpups just won their fth straight game sans a defeat after they annihilated lowly University of the East Junior Warriors, 78-59, yesterday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig. NU now remained on top at 5-0 while UE, has still to win a game as it fell further down at 0-5. De La Salle Zobel and University of Santo Tomas likewise tallied victories to move up to identical 3-2 cards. The Junior Archers downed Adamson University Baby Falcons, 78-69, and the Tiger Cubs topped Ateneo De Manila Blue Eaglets, 83-77. Alvin Ungria scored a gamehigh 31 points to pace the dribblers from Espana. In the womens division, NU squeaked past La Salle, 46-45. The two squads are now tied at 3-2 in the standings.

No medals for Philippine Olympians


LONDON-In another disappointing campaign in the worlds biggest, toughest show of them all, Team Philippines will head home in a fews days holding an empty bag again and looking for answers on what went wrong in the 30th Olympic Games. There are still three days of action remaining before this Games ends with a joyous closing party on Sunday, but this early the 11-member Ph squad found itself with nothing else to do but enjoy the charms and splendor of this lovely city. It is going home with another big fat zero in a shameful stint that mirrored the disappointments of the past as BMX rider Danny Caluag went down on Thursday afternoon in the face of a highpowered opposition. Like boxer Mark Anthony Barriga, the Filipino-American rider went into battle with modest hopes of ending an embarrassing streak of winless campaigns that began in the Sydney Olympics and repeated in the Athens and Beijing Games. And like Barriga, Caluag proved not equal to the task, nishing last in his group in the quarternal action and missing to make the seminals in a big comedown for one who spent a lot of hard work and endured pain training for this Olympics. Its heart-breaking to see our athletes lose, but its heart-warming to see them competing proudly as a Filipino and giving their best in the Olympics, Team Philippines chief of mission Manny Lopez, who is also the Philippine Olympic Committee rst vice-president. There are lessons learned , which I know will serve them well when they compete again for the country in other international tournaments like the coming Southeast Asian Games and Asian Games, he added. Save for Barriga and Caluag, the other Filipino athletes like swimmers Jasmine Alkhaldi and Jessie Lacuna, archers Mark Javier and Rachelle Cabral, shooter Brian Rosario, long jumper Marestella Torres and 5,000-meter bet Rene Herrera, weighlifter Hidilyn Diaz and judoka Tomohiko Hoshina were not given a chance to gure in the medal ght, considering the depth of the opposition.

IN BRIEF
Postponed NCAA games start Monday
THE last two play dates in the rst round of the 88th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament will be held this coming Monday and Thursday at the Arena in San Juan. Management committee chairman Fr. Vic Calvo of season 88 host Letran said this after league ofcials met on the new schedule yesterday. The tiff between San Sebastian College and San Beda has been moved to Monday after the junior and senior games of Letran and Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers at The Arena in San Juan. The clash between San Beda and Letran is set on Thursday. It was called off because of heavy rains last July 21 and was rescheduled for the second time with the game between Mapua and Arellano. Peter Atencio

Dwight Howard headed to LA Lakers


THE Los Angeles Lakers have a deal in place to acquire Dwight Howard from Orlando in a four-team, eight-player trade also involving Denver and Philadelphia, and the NBA has scheduled a conference call tomorrow with the four general managers to nish the deal, according to multiple reports. Citing unidentied sources, ESPN rst reported the deal was in place. The Los Angeles Times, citing unidentied NBA executives, later conrmed the trade. The Denver Post conrmed the Nuggets end of the deal, and Yahoo! Sports also conrmed the trade, both citing unidentied sources. A person with knowledge of the trade also confirmed the Denver portion of the deal to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details have not been officially announced. Philadelphia would get Andrew Bynum from Los Angeles and Jason Richardson from Orlando, while Denver would get Andre Iguodala from the 76ers. Orlando would receive Arron Afalo and Al Harrington from Denver, Nikola Vucevic and Moe Harkless from Philadelphia, and lottery protected rst-round picks from each of the three teams. Howard had asked for a trade to Brooklyn, but Orlando failed to work out a deal with the Nets, opening the way for the Lakers to get the All-Star center. Howard averaged 20.6 points and 14.5 rebounds in 54 regular-season games for Orlando last season. In eight seasons with the Magic, he averaged 18.4 points and 13.0 rebounds. AP

Ateneo Open today


TEAM ASC seeks a second straight womens volleyball championship as the 2nd Ateneo Open Tournament blasts off today at the Blue Eagle Gym. There are 20 mens teams and 10 womens squads competing in the two-day event, which has a P10,000 cash prize at stake for the champions in both divisions. Games will start at 7:30 a.m. Ateneo Open Tournament head Khryzette Onishi said that the organizers have set up a booth where the participants and the fans can donate clothes, food, drinks, and cash for the victims of the massive flooding that hit Metro Manila. Team ASC is expected to face tough competition for the womens title from Hope Alumni, Spikers Avenue, Unicorns, Filchi Team, Team Makati, CVC Team, MC Plus, University of the Philippines and College of Saint Benilde. Ateneo, UP, University of the East, Unicorns and Kampo, meanwhile, lead the heavy 20-team mens division cast. For more details like the events Facebook account at www.facebook.com/ ateneoopen2012 or check the Web site at www.ateneoopen.com.

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Big things in store for local boxing


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AS the quest for world champions who could collectively ll up the void when Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao hangs up his gloves continues, we are pleased to see that the television networks who value sports, among them boxing as an essential programming element, are looking to do big things for the sport. The Philippines has always had a problem raising the necessary nances to help TV networks stage world title ghts at home which has resulted in many of our champions and challengers being forced to ght abroad where the prize money is good. WBO minimum weight champion, now light yweight champion Donnie Nietes defended his title in hostile Mexican territory three times but because of his innate skill and ghting heart prevailed before ALA Promotions in cooperation with the giant broadcast network ABS-CBN joined hands in staging

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Nietes light yweight title shot against Ramon Garcia Hirales in Bacolod City. It was a close ght and if it had been held in Mexico, Nietes would never have won a second world title. Thats not to mean that he was favored at home but that the hometown crowd was a motivating factor in his performance. Nietes won and richly deserved the decision. IBF light yweight champion Johnriel Casimero who survived a post-ght riot in Mar del Plata, Argentina to win the light yweight interim title with a rousing 10th round TKO over Luis Lazarte was elevated to full champion when Ulises Solis who had his jaw broken in two places after a scufe with the much bigger Saul Canelo Alvarez couldnt make the cutoff date for his mandatory title defense against Casimero. Casimero, as he has often done in the past, had to defend his title in Mexico against the undefeated Pedro Guevara (18-0, 13 KOs) and won a close but well-deserved split decision. Now, ABC 5 which telecast his title defense as well as his ght with Lazarte is studying the

possibility of staging his next title defense in the Philippines. This is an encouraging development because if the TV networks are able to muster the resources to stage world title ghts at home, our fans will get a chance to see their hometown heroes in action and our champions and challengers will enjoy the privilege of riding the crest of Filipino fan support. ABS-CBN has an ambitious and commendable effort in which they are teaming up with ALA Promotions to stage the battle for the vacant WBO bantamweight title between AJ Bazooka Banal and Pungluang Sor Singyu at the Mall of Asia Arena on October 20, one week after WBO/IBF super bantamweight champion Nonito The Filipino Flash Donaire takes on Japans classy WBC super champion Toshiaki Nishioka for what Don Jose Sulaiman told us would be the Diamond Belt, the first of which was won by Pacquiao when he whipped Miguel Cotto. Casimero is a young man, 22 years of age, determined to make a name for himself and ABC 5 obviously believes staging a title defense sometime in November, possibly at

the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu, would put the network in the ght fans consciousness and help build up its commitment to sports through AKTV IBC 13. Mexican TV networks thrive on competition and have at least three top class shows a week backed by big-time sponsors such as Tecate and Corona and others. Philippine television needs to have that same kind of involvement by the big corporate sponsors who spend millions on every Pacquiao ght in the US. We certainly dont begrudge them that right but we would hope that they look to the future and also support, in a smaller fashion at least, the other champions of today and the near future. Let them help build the sport in which Filipinos are unquestionably world class and they will benet from the positive results just as they have beneted from the incredible career of Manny Pacquiao. Promoter Sammy Gello-ani said he took a risk when Casimero defended his title in Mexico. Its time for the major sponsors to prevent our fighters from having to take such risks on a regular basis.

Ice skating at SM MOA


SM Ice Skating, in celebration of its 20th year of being the only ice skating destination in the country, together with Nissan, awarded the 2011 Sales Satisfaction Award, present Ice Deals for Cool Wheels. This anniversary promo, which will run from July 1Dec. 31, 2012 will give customers a chance to win a Brand New Nissan Grand Livina Highway StarElegance, which will make visiting the ice rink much more exciting and rewarding. So head on over to SM Ice Skating at SM Mall of Asia and SM Southmall and experience ice-terric fun at its fullest and be the lucky winner who will skate away with a brand new car.

Mayon trail run set


ALL trails lead to Legazpi City, Albay as the fth edition of the Mayon Trail Run, the countrys leading trail marathon, unfolds on Aug. 18. Organized by the City Government of Legazpi with the support of the Department of Tourism, the event will gather more than 300 extreme Filipino runners, as well as Kenyan ultramarathoners who will defend their titles. The marathon res off at Ligon Hill, and will pass through the Kapit Tuko trail, Wisdom trail, Yawa River, Bonga Gulley, Lava Wall, 4 x 4 trail and the ATV Mayon Trail Summit. The race, which also ends at Ligon Hill, passes through trails where lava ows during eruptions of Mayon Volcano.

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LONDON Move over, Kerri Strug. America has a new Olympian performing heroically on a broken leg. Runner Manteo Mitchell said he felt and heard his bula breaking midway through his lead-off leg of the 4x400-meter relay in qualifying heats. He kept running, going another 200 meters and handing off the baton to Joshua Mance. The US went on to nish second in the heat, advancing to the nal. America would not have kept its medal hopes alive in the event without the effort of Mitchell.

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Bolt rips Carl Lewis


break from basking in his historic Olympic sprinting double to ercely criticize former US athlete Carl Lewis.
Soon after winning gold in the 200 meters at the London Olympics for 100 and 200 titles at back-to-back games, Bolt said he had lost all respect for Lewis after the American was quoted as saying Jamaicas doping controls were not as strong as other countries. While not making any direct accusations, former 100 and 200 Olympic champion Lewis has said in recent years that Jamaican drug testing procedures might need to be tightened. The comments brought a stern reaction from Bolt at Olympic Stadium, right after he roared to an unprecedented second 200-meter title at the games. No other athlete has won the 200 twice at the Olympics, although Lewis won the event in 1984 and nished second in the 1988 Games. With the smile that had been a constant xture throughout his press conference vanishing from his face, Bolt lashed out at nine-time gold-medal winner Lewis after being asked if hed like to be compared with him or late sprinting great Jesse Owens. Im going to say something controversial right now. Carl Lewis, I have no respect for him, Bolt said. The things he says about the track athletes is really downgrading for another athlete to say something like that. I think hes just looking for attention, really, because nobody really talks much about him. That was really sad for me when I heard the other day what he was saying. It was upsetting. Ive lost all respect for him. All respect. Asked which specic comments from Lewis made him angry, Bolt replied: It was all about drugs. Talking about drugs. For me, an athlete out of the sport to be saying that. That was really upsetting for me. Really upsetting. To jump up and say something like that. As far as Im concerned hes looking for attention. Thats all. Bolt had already dealt with one question about doping when he was asked if he could guarantee that Jamaican sprinters - who swept the top three spots in the 200 - were clean. Without a doubt, Bolt said, sitting in between silver medalist Yohan Blake and bronze winner Warren Weir. We train really hard. AP

LONDONUsain Bolt took a momentary

Jamaicas Usain Bolt competes in the mens 200-meter nal during the athletics in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. AP

Azkals prepare for AFF Suzuki Cup


By Peter Atencio
THE Philippine Azkals, national football team, who moved up in the world rankings this week, are now in Chicago. They are getting for a series of friendly matches to prepare for the AFF Suzuki Cup in November in Thailand. Well have plenty of matches and camps for players to prove that they deserve to be with the team, said national coach Hans Michael Weiss before they left for the United States. The Azkals, who made an historic seminal stint in their previous campaign, received a warm welcome from the Filipino-American community at the Chicago OHare International Airport last Saturday, according to the Chicago-based Examiner.com. They were taken to dinner at Lou Malnatis Pizzareria in downtown Chicago, and then to Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer team. They watched the Fires invitational game against the Toronto FC. The Azkals are set to have a friendly with the Fire. But, rst the Azkals will play the Chicago Inferno at Wheatons Joe Bean stadium on August 11. The Azkals and the US Virgin Islands National team will then head out to Indianapolis at the Kuntz Stadium on August 17th to complete the 3-team round-robin. All games kick-off at 7:30 p.m. In the US with the Azkals are goalkeepers: Ref Cuaresma, Paulo Pascual, and Eduard Sacapano. The defenders are Robert Gier, Aly Borromeo, Carli De Murga, Jason Sabio, Matthew Uy, Demit Omphroy, and Roel Gener. The midelders are Marwin Angeles, Marvin Angeles, Misagh Bahadoran, Chieffy Caligdong, Jeffrey Christiaens, Jason De Jong, Anto Gonzales, Christopher Greatwich, Nestorio Margarse, Patrick Reichelt, Angel Guirado and Azkals hopeful Josh Boone. The forwards are OJ Porteria, Denis Wolf, and Ian Araneta.

Casimero wants next ght in Ph


INTERNATIONAL Boxing Federation light yweight champion Johnriel Casimeros successful title defense against former undefeated Mexican Pedro Guevara has sparked interest in the 22-year-old world champion with prospects for staging his next title defense in the Philippines already being discussed with top executives of ABC 5 and promoter Sammy Gello-ani. The title defense was telecast on a slightly delayed basis last Sunday on the Pinoy Knockout series and was replayed at.7:30 p.m. Friday over AKTV IBC 13. Casimero and his promoter Sammy Gello-ani visited the ABC 5 ofces Thursday to initially discuss plans for a possible Casimero title defense in the Philippines in November. Casimero also presented his championship belt to ABC 5 President and CEO Ray Espinosa who congratulated Casimero on his welcome victory which came one day after the heartbreaking loss of lone Olympic boxer Mark Anthony Barriga on a controversial decision at the London Olympic Games. Casimero in a press conference yesterday afternoon said he is willing to ght anyone, anywhere even as Gello-ani and ABC 5s Bobby Barreiro began discussions on the possibility of a title defense on November 17 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu. Ronnie Nathanielsz

Agojo bows out of US Womens Am


JAYVIE Agojo squeezed out a 1-up victory over Canadas Natalie Gleadall in the second round but succumbed to Oh Su-hyun of Australia, 4&3, in the next to bow out of US Womens Amateur Match Play at The Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio yesterday. Agojo, who followed up her 1-up win over Emily Childs in the opener of the knockout stage with an equally scrambling victory over Gleadall, never recovered from a shaky start against Oh, yielding three of the rst six holes. She did ght back to get to within one hole with a birdie on No. 8 but Oh struck back with a birdie on the ninth then pulled away with back-to-back birdies from No. 12. Oh then matched the ICTSI-backed bets pars in the next two holes to wrap up the win. Earlier, Cyna Rodriguez dropped a 4&3 setback to Nicole Zhang of Canada, who put away the Filipinas bid with three straight birdies from No. 13. Zhang kept his amazing form in the third round and shocked low medalist and reigning Queen Sirikit Cup champion Kim Hyo-joo of Korea, 1-up. The two other fancied bets, however, made it to the quarters with world No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand holding of Celine Boutier of France, 1-up, and Thai ace Ariya Jutanugarn disposing of Aussie Ashlee Dewhurst, 3&2.

Ateneo, UE head badminton cast


BADMINTON action in UAAP Season 75 gets going today with Ateneo and University of the East eyeing back-to-back championships in the mens and womens division, respectively, at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall. The Blue Eagles open their titleretention campaign against archrival La Salle in the mens ties that start at 9 a.m. Bannered by reigning MVP Toby Gadi, Ateneo annexed the mens crown by defeating National University, 3-1, in the nals last season. Despite losing Paulo Sunga to graduation, the Kennie Asuncionmentored Blue Eagles remain a potent force with Gadi, Pawi Natividad and Justin Natividad still around. I hope we can successfully defend the title for Season 75, said Gadi, a ve-time Open champion of the PBaRS (Philippine Badminton Ranking System) circuit. Joper Escueta, Aries delos Santos and Sonny Boy Montilla are hoping to help the Bulldogs bounce back from last seasons debacle. In the womens ties which will begin at 1 p.m., the Lady Warriors, who will sorely miss the services of last seasons MVP Fatima Cruz, battle the Lady Archers. The other opening-day mens ties pit NU against Far Eastern University, 2010-11 champion University of Santo Tomas against UE, and Adamson against University of the Philippines. Meanwhile, the other womens pairing are Ateneo-FEU, UP-Adamson and UST-NU. Other single-round eliminations matches are scheduled on August 12, 15, 18, 19 and 22. The seminals and nals is set on September 8, 9, 16, 22 and 23. Also on the first-semester schedule of Season 75 are beach volleyball later this month at the UE Caloocan sand court, table tennis, taekwondo, cheerdance, and swimming in September, and judo in October.

Caluag places dead last


LONDONBMX rider Danny Caluag obliged for a short talk with Filipino sportswriters along the aisle a few minutes after his fth and last race, smiling and telling everyone he was happy with the way things turned out in the 30th Olympic Games. Actually, there was nothing to smile about. The 25-year-old Caluag missed making it to the seminals, nishing deadlast in his group at the end of the verun quarternal round in a horrendous performance for one who spent a lot of hard work, long buildup and quite a fortune as he prepared for his rst Olympic debut. But all of that went down the drain on a hot, sunny Thursday afternoon before a crowd of 6,000 at the BMX track inside the Olympic Park. Im happy with my performance. You know, anything can happen in BMX racing, said Caluag as ve Filipino journalists bombarded him with questions of what went wrong . I did my best, I did everything. Right from the rst race, things didnt go right as he gured in a seven-man spill and eventually nished fth in a dismal start that had the handful of Filipinos in the crowd thinking that the road to the seminals would be tough and bumpy for Caluag. Indeed,it was. Although he recovered from that fall to run again, Caluag found the going tough in the next four stages, nishing dead-last or second-to-the-last to nish the quarternal round with a poor 29 point total after winding up seventh, fth and sixth, in Run 2, 3, 4 and 5, respectively. I have cuts and bruises all over my body. But i didnt mind them because I really wanted to make the next stage, said Caluag, his words sometimes inaudible amid the blaring music around the track during a break. Caluag, son of a Filipino couple from Bulacan and Nueva Ecija who migrated to the US before he was born, gallantly rode on his Speedco bike a few moments after that scary spillthe rst of eight recorded for the dayto nish fth with a time of 1 minute and 02. 086 seconds. But Caluag broke the 40-second barrier in the 450-meter ride through high ramp, banked corners and wave-like bumps only once, a testament that he could yet hold a candle against the nest riders from the United States and Europe who dominated the quarters.

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Exports growth slows down


IN BRIEF
Rapu-Rapu mine life
RAPU-RAPU Minerals Inc., a mining company controlled by Korean investors, plans to extend the life of its mine in Rapu-Rapu Island, Albay. We intend to continue exploration this year, next year. [Extending the mines life] Thats our objective, company president Rogelio Corpus told reporters at the sidelines of the quarterly Philippine mining forum at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City. Corpus said RRMI earmarked a sizable sum to determine the possibility of mine life extension as well as the exploration of other areas within its mining tenement. The intention is to comply with the regulation because in the MPSA [mineral production and sharing agreement], youre required to conduct exploration. If we do not nd anything, the project is over, he said. The company prepared and approved a mine closure plan that will involve P156 million to rehabilitate the mine site. Corpus said the company was expecting a slight decrease in revenues in 2012 due to the declining trend in copper prices in the world market. Volume-wise, were expecting the same. But, we are concerned that the price will continue its downtrend due to small but steady decline of world copper prices, he said. Othel V. Campos

By Maria Bernadette Lunas

EXPORTS in June rose at the

slowest pace in three months, missing economists estimates as the global slowdown and a strengthening peso crimped demand for electronics products.

Shipments abroad climbed 4.2 percent from a year earlier to $4.31 billion after a 19.7-percent advance reported earlier for May, the National Statistics Ofce said Friday. The median of 13 estimates in a Bloomberg News survey was for a 12-percent gain. Faltering expansions in the US and China are curbing demand for goods from Taiwan to Thailand, with Singapore reporting its economy shrank last quarter. Philippine exports are also damped by the peso, the top gainer against the US dollar this year in a

basket of 11 Asian currencies tracked by Bloomberg, making the countrys goods more expensive. The government expects exports, which accounts two-fths of the countrys economic output in expenditure terms, to grow 10 percent by the end of this year and further improve to 12 percent in 2013. The Semiconductors and Electronics Industries in the Philippines cut its full-year export growth forecast to 5 to 7 percent from 10 to 15 percent due to slowing demand from the countrys main trading partners. The export receipts in June brought total shipments in the rst six months of the year to $26.75 billion, up 7.7 percent from $24.85 billion year-on-year. Signs of a global slowdown are worse than before and exports will be one of the soft spots for the whole year for most Asian nations, Santitarn Sathirathai, a Singapore-based economist at Credit Suisse Group AG, said before the report. The bigger risk is if the strengthening of the peso goes on for a while, as it wil affect companies decisions of how much they want to produce in the Philippines. The peso fell to 41.885 against the US dollar.

The currency has gained about 5 percent this year, outpacing peers including the Malaysian ringgit and the Thai baht. Electronic products, which accounts for 44 percent of the export bill in June, tumbled 14.6 percent to $1.89 billion from $2.21 billion on year. Woodcraft and furniture abroad, the second top export earner in June, expanded 5.9 percent to $158.25 million from $149.49 million. Garments exports, however, dropped 7.1 percent to $148.88 million in June. Metal components were the biggest gainer among the top 10 Philippine exports, jumping 153 percent to $149.49 million. Ignition wiring set and other wiring set used in vehicles, aircraft and ships raked in $121.78 million, up 89 percent. Japan emerged as the countrys top destination, with a share of 16.4 percent of the total export revenue. Exports to Japan hit $704.96 million, down 24.7 percent from $935.85 million on year. Shipments to the US rose 17.1 percent to $674.21 million while exports to China grew 3.2 percent to $534.63 million. With Bloomberg

Ayala booked net income of P6.1b in 1st half


By Jenniffer B. Austria
CONGLOMERATE Ayala Corp. posted a net income of P6.1 billion in the rst six months of the year, up 23 percent from a year ago, on higher equity earnings from core businesses. Core net income in the six-month period, which includes extra-ordinary gains, was higher at P6.3 billion, or up 35 percent. Ayala said in a disclosure to the stock exchange the equity earnings of core and non-core businesses reached P7.7 billion in the rst semester, up 24 percent from P6.2 billion on year. We are encouraged to see the strong trajectory of our core businesses sustained through the rst half of this year. The performance reects the robust domestic demand and the fundamental strength of the economy, Ayala Corp. president and chief operating ofcer Fernando Zobel de Ayala said. Unit Ayala Land increased its net income by 28 percent to P4.3 billion after revenues grew 18 percent to P25 billion. Bank of the Philippine Islands reported a net prot of P9.4 billion in the rst half of the year, up 52 percent from P6.2 billion in the same period last year. The banks revenues rose 24 percent as net interest income climbed 9 percent. Noninterest income surged 51 percent. Manila Water Co. Inc. booked a net income of P2.6 billion in the rst half of the year, up 31 percent on year, on higher revenues from its concession area in the east zone of Metro Manila as well as new businesses. Globe Telecom reported a 10-percent decline in rst-half net income to P4.9 billion due to an increase in operating expenses and the impact of the accelerated depreciation arising from the network modernization program. The conglomerate had gross debt of P49 billion and cash of P23 billion as end-June. Ayala raised another P6.45 billion in cash after issuing a P10-billion, 15-year corporate bonds in May. The bonds had the longest tenor issued by a publiclylisted company. Ayala plans to use proceeds from the bond issue to nance new ventures into the power and transport infrastructure sectors.

ICTSI signs Nigerian deal

INTERNATIONAL Container Terminal Services Inc. and Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise signed Friday a sub-concession agreement for a container terminal at a deep water port in the Lagos Free Trade Area at Ibeju Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria. The Tolaram Port@Lekki is currently being developed and managed by the Tolaram Group in partnership with the Nigerian Port Authority and the Lagos government. The agreement grants ICTSI, as subconcessionaire, the exclusive right to develop and operate and provide certain handling equipment and container terminal services at the container terminal located within the Tolaram Port@Lekki for 21 years. The strategic location of the container terminal, combined with its state-of-the-art facilities, will enable Tolaram Port@Lekki to establish itself as the preferred port terminal in the region. With a quat of 1,200 meters, the modern facility, which is expected to be fully operational in 2016, will have an annual capacity of 2.5 million total equivalent units, making it the largest single terminal in sub-Saharan Africa. ICTSI is involved in the operations and development of 24 marine terminals and port projects in 17 countries.

Foreign investments rise 10.2% to $844m


By Anna Leah G. Estrada
FOREIGN direct investments rose 10.2 percent year-on-year in the rst ve months, despite the sharp drop recorded in May, the Bangko Sentral said Friday. The Bangko Sentral said net inows in the January-May period reached $844 million, up from $766 million recorded during the same period in 2011. Data, however, showed the FDI net inows in May plunged 96.4 percent to just $7 million from $195 million recorded during the same month last year. Investor sentiment remained subdued on the back of continued concerns over developments in some advanced economies, particularly the interlocking sovereign debt and banking crisis in the euro area, the Bangko Sentral said. This developed notwithstanding the positive developments in the local front, including news of the countrys better-thanexpected economic growth performance in the rst quarter of 2012 and Moodys positive credit rating action during the month, it added. The ve-month FDI gure was buoyed mainly by the $778-million net inows recorded in January. The rise in FDI [in the rst ve months] was driven mainly by equity capital, which yielded net inows of $992 million, the Bangko Sentral said.

Court afrms Red Bull deal

THE Court of Appeals afrmed its decision allowing the Thai manufacturer of Red Bull to designate another distributor in the Philippines, when it denied the motion for reconsideration led by a former distributor. The appellate court on July 31 issued a resolution denying for lack of merit the motion for reconsideration led by Energy Food and Drinks Inc., a former distributor led by businessman Renato Chua. Associate Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier of the Court of Appeals fourth division earlier issued a decision on Sept. 16, 2011 granting the petition for certiorari led by T.C. Pharmaceutical Industry Co. Ltd. of Thailand and nullied the writ of preliminary injunction issued by a Quezon City regional trial court that stopped the Thai manufacturer from choosing a new distributor of Red Bull products in the Philippines.

Govt studies unified mining contract


THE government said it is studying the creation of a in the mining sector, the IMF said. Meanwhile, the Board of Investments said it was single mining contract and other mineral industry reforms studying the economic provisions of the recently-issued suggested by the International Monetary Fund. We are currently studying the IMF reports specic mining policy. The EO [79] has already described the policy. This recommendations, and this will serve as an important input as we work with Congress and the various stakeholders would be the next logical step after the issuance of that in proposing amendments to existing laws dening the EO, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo said. Domingo said the BoI was just one of the technical scal regime on all mining activities, whether large or working groups studying the economic provisions of the small scale, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said. The IMF, which conducted a study of the Philippine policy. Other agencies are the Finance and Environment mining industry in response to the governments request Departments as well as the National Economic and for technical assistance, recommended the creation of a Development Authority. Maria Bernadette Lunas, Julito G. Rada single contract, instead of the current three. These three contracts are mineral production sharing agreements outside mineral reservations, MPSAs in mineral Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas OREIGN ATE reservations, and nancial and OMPOSITE INDEX Currency UnitXCHANGE Peso Friday, August 10, 2012 technical assistance agreements. US Dollar Closing August 10, 2012 United States Dollar 1.000000 41.7580 Indonesia Rupiah 0.000106 0.0044 MPSAs satisfy the constitutional 5200 Japan Yen 0.012724 0.5313 Thailand Baht 0.031766 1.3265 requirements of 60 percent of local 4460 UK Pound 1.564000 65.3095 UAE Dirham 0.272272 11.3695 ownership and 40-percent foreign 3720 Hong Kong Dollar 0.128931 5.3839 Euro Euro 1.230100 51.3665 ownership, while the FTAAs are 2980 Korea Won 0.000887 0.0370 the only arrangement that allows Switzerland Franc 1.024066 42.7629 China Yuan 0.157257 6.5667 100-percent foreign ownership. 2240 Canada Dollar 1.008980 42.1330 India Rupee 0.018093 0.7555 A modied version of the 1500 Singapore Dollar 0.803729 33.5621 Malaysia Ringgit 0.322217 13.4551 FTAA regime should be the Australia Dollar 1.057753 44.1696 1200 New Zealand Dollar 0.811886 33.9027 only regime available for future Bahrain Dinar 2.652590 110.7669 5,263.350 Taiwan Dollar 0.033400 1.3947 large mining projects, as over Saudi Arabia Rial 0.266667 11.1355 Source: PDS Bridge 6.74 restricting foreign investment Brunei Dollar 0.800512 33.4278 has likely held back investments

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Stocks up; Petron, Tanduay fall back


STOCKS closed slightly higher
Friday, reecting the moderate gains on Wall Street after US jobless claims unexpectedly fell and analysts said policy makers in China may do more to stimulate the worlds second-largest economy.
to P6.3 billion in 2012. DMCI Holdings Inc. rose 1.4 percent to P58.50. The company announced Thursday it offered 31 million British pounds or P2 billion for a controlling stake in ENK Plc, a London-listed miner which is developing the Acoje mine in Zambales. Tanduay Holdings Inc., the largest rum maker, slumped the most in eight months on plans to sell shares as it prepares to buy assets from controlling stockholder Lucio Tan. Tanduay dipped 4 percent to P11.90. Petron Corp. fell 3 percent to P9.80, after reporting a consolidated net income of just P432 million in the first half, down by 93 percent from P6 billion a year ago, reflecting the consolidation of its Malaysian businesses and The Philippine Stock Exchange index, the 30-company benchmark, picked up 6 points, or 0.1 percent, to close at 5,263.35. Value turnover was thin at P4.7 billion. The heavier index, representing all shares, gained 3 points, or 0.1 percent, to 3,488.85, even as losers outnumbered gainers, 85 to 64, with 49 issues unchanged. Holding rms led gainers while mining and property companies continued to decline, as authorities consolidated reports on ood damages. Ayala Corp. rose 1.2 percent to P430, after the conglomerate said net income in the rst half grew 23 percent to P6.1 billion. Metro Pacic Investments Corp. added 1.4 percent to P4.25. The conglomerate raised its core prot guidance from P6 billion Philippine operations. Meanwhile, Asian stock markets tumbled Friday as investors withdrew from riskier assets after Chinas trade suffered a steeper-than-expected slowdown. The gures, which came a day after China reported a slowdown in auto sales and factory output, underscored concerns that the worlds no. 2 economy was succumbing to an economic downturn despite government efforts to stimulate growth. Chinese trade data for July showed exports rising just 1 percent over a year earlier, sharply below forecasts of 5 percent. Import growth fell to 4.7 percent from the previous months 6.3 percent, also below forecasts. Japans Nikkei 225 index fell 1.2 percent to 8,867.45. Hong Kongs Hang Seng shed 0.9 percent to 20,087.71 and Australias S&P/ ASX 200 lost 0.5 percent to 4,286.70. South Koreas Kospi fell 0.2 percent to 1,937.76. Markets in Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia opened higher but fell after China released its trade data. With Bloomberg, AP

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SM Investments awards. SM Investments Corp., one of the Philippines leading conglomerates, received awards from international publication Alpha Southeast Asia. SM Investments executive vice president and chief nance ofcer Jose Sio (right) was awarded the Best CFO in the Philippines while SM Investments received awards in three categories, namely, Most Organized Investor Relations, Strong Adherence to Corporate Governance and Best Strategic CSR during the 2nd Annual Alpha Southeast Asia Institutional Investor Corporate Awards held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Makati City. Receiving the awards from Alpha Southeast Asia publisher Siddiq Bazarwala (second from right) are SM Investments executives (from left) Gil Gonzales, vice president for corporate governance and risk management; Corazon Guidote, senior vice president for investor relations; and Sio.

San Miguel to issue P80-b shares


By Jenniffer B. Austria
THE Securities and Exchange Commission approved the plan of conglomerate San Miguel Corp. to issue P80 billion worth of preferred shares. San Miguel will issue 1.067 billion Series 2 preferred shares, consisting of 960 million in primary shares and another 107 million to cover oversubscription for P75 apiece. The shares will come from a proposed increase in the companys authorized capital stock to P30 billion from P22.5 billion. The SEC has not yet approved the planned capital hike. The preferred shares are redeemable in ve, seven and 10 years, and will carry an interest rate of 7.5 percent, 7.635 percent and 8 percent, respectively. They will be listed under the rst board of the Philippine Stock Exchange. San Miguel plans to use proceeds from the offering to redeem P72.8 billion in preferred shares issued to stockholders, including the government, three years ago. It will use the balance of P5.6 billion for the partial repayment of short-term debt. San Miguel had short-term debt of P13.9 billion as of end-June. San Miguel has tapped 11 nancial institutions to underwrite the offering. They are Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp., Union Bank of the Philippines, BDO Capital & Investment Corp., China Banking Corp., RCBC Capital Corp., First Metro Investment Corp., ING Bank N.V. Manila, Philippine Commercial Capital Inc., Standard Chartered Bank, SB Capital and Investment Corp. and United Coconut Planters Bank. The offering period will run from Aug. 13 to Sept. 14. Listing date is set not later than Oct. 12. San Miguel is one of the largest companies in the Philippines in terms of market capitalization. It has leading businesses in beer, liquor, food, packaging, fuel and oil and energy. The traditional businesses of the company consist of beverage, food and packaging products and property development. The conglomerate has embarked on diversication strategy, expanding to a number of businesses, including fuel and oil, power, infrastructure and mining, telecommunications, airline and other businesses.
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FINANCIAL INDUSTRIAL HOLDING FIRMS PROPERTY SERVICES MINING & OIL GRAND TOTAL SHARES 12,150,350 336,926,689 71,297,061 149,877,873 429,656,316 908,381,126 1,908,289,415 VALUE 987,805,250.9 907,603,555.716 752,823,772.266 584,982,774.41 1,102,871,865.35 367,706,622.362 4,703,793,841 FINANCIAL 1,314.82 (DOWN) 9.24 INDUSTRIAL 7,896.89 (UP) 40.03 HOLDING FIRMS 4,412.11 (UP) 33.44 PROPERTY 2,018 (DOWN) 3.51 SERVICES 1,776.64 (UP) 0.72 MINING & OIL 21,142.15 (DOWN) 238.43 PSEI 5,263.35 (UP) 6.74 All Shares Index 3,488.95 (UP) 3.95 Gainers: 64; Losers: 85; Unchanged: 49; Total: 198

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M S T
Low STOCKS Close High Low Close Change Volume
62.00 76.30 0.71 471.20 21.60 19.40 0.74 72.00 2.46 36.00 94.85 1.97 73.30 380.00 44.50 146.00 900.00 101.00 (0.40) (0.72) (1.39) 0.17 (1.59) 0.00 (7.50) 0.56 0.00 0.00 (2.72) (1.50) (2.27) 1.12 0.23 2.10 1.12 (0.39)

Net Foreign

Trade/Buying
(50,794,461.00) 498,711.50 (659,090.00) 1,258,482.00

Banco de Oro Unibank Inc. Bank of PI Bankard, Inc. China Bank COL Financial Eastwest Bank First Abacus First Metro Inv. I-Remit Inc. Maybank ATR KE Metrobank Natl Reinsurance Corp. Phil. National Bank PSE Inc. RCBC `A Security Bank Sun Life Financial Union Bank Aboitiz Power Corp. Agrinurture Inc. Alliance Tuna Intl Inc. Alphaland Corp. Alsons Cons. Asiabest Group Calapan Venture Chemrez Technologies Inc. Cirtek Holdings (Chips) Energy Devt. Corp. (EDC) EEI Euro-Med Lab. First Gen Corp. First Holdings A Ginebra San Miguel Inc. Greenergy Holcim Philippines Inc. Integ. Micro-Electronics Ionics Inc Jollibee Foods Corp. LMG Chemicals Mabuhay Vinyl Corp. Manchester Intl. A Manchester Intl. B Manila Water Co. Inc. Mariwasa MFG. Inc. Megawide Mla. Elect. Co `A Panasonic Mfg Phil. Corp. Pancake House Inc. Pepsi-Cola Products Phil. Petron Corporation Phinma Corporation Phoenix Petroleum Phils. RFM Corporation Roxas Holdings San Miguel Brewery Inc. San Miguel Corp `A Seacem Splash Corporation Swift Foods, Inc. Tanduay Holdings TKC Steel Corp. Trans-Asia Oil Universal Robina Victorias Milling Vitarich Corp. Vulcan Indl. Abacus Cons. `A Aboitiz Equity Alcorn Gold Res. Alliance Global Inc. Anglo Holdings A Anscor `A Asia Amalgamated A ATN Holdings A ATN Holdings B Ayala Corp `A DMCI Holdings Filinvest Dev. Corp. Forum Pacic GT Capital JG Summit Holdings Jolliville Holdings Keppel Holdings `B Lopez Holdings Corp. Lodestar Invt. Holdg.Corp. Marcventures Hldgs., Inc. Metro Pacic Inv. Corp. Minerales Industrias Corp. MJCI Investments Inc. Pacica `A Prime Media Hldg SM Investments Inc. Solid Group Inc. South China Res. Inc. Transgrid Wellex Industries Zeus Holdings

Anchor Land Holdings Inc. A. Brown Co., Inc. Araneta Prop `A Arthaland Corp. Ayala Land `B Belle Corp. `A Cebu Holdings Cebu Prop. `A Century Property City & Land Dev. Crown Equities Inc. Cyber Bay Corp. Empire East Land Ever Gotesco Global-Estate Filinvest Land,Inc. Interport `A Keppel Properties Megaworld Corp. MRC Allied Ind. Phil. Estates Corp. Phil. Realty `A Primex Corp. Robinsons Land `B Rockwell Shang Properties Inc. SM Development `A SM Prime Holdings Sta. Lucia Land Inc. Starmalls Suntrust Home Dev. Inc. Vista Land & Lifescapes

ABS-CBN Acesite Hotel APC Group, Inc. Asian Terminals Inc. Bloomberry Boulevard Holdings Calata Corp. Cebu Air Inc. (5J) DFNN Inc. Easy Call Common FEUI Globe Telecom GMA Network Inc. Grand Plaza Hotel I.C.T.S.I. IP Converge IP E-Game Ventures Inc. IPVG Corp. ISM Communications JTH Davies Holdings Inc. Leisure & Resorts Liberty Telecom Macroasia Corp. Manila Jockey Pacic Online Sys. Corp. PAL Holdings Inc. Paxys Inc. Phil. Racing Club Phil. Seven Corp. Philweb.Com Inc. PLDT Common PremiereHorizon Puregold Transpacic Broadcast Waterfront Phils.

Abra Mining Apex `A Apex `B Atlas Cons. `A Atok-Big Wedge `A Basic Energy Corp. Benguet Corp `A Benguet Corp `B Century Peak Metals Hldgs Dizon Geograce Res. Phil. Inc. Lepanto `A Lepanto `B Manila Mining `A Manila Mining `B Nickelasia Nihao Mineral Resources Omico Oriental Peninsula Res. Oriental Pet. `A Petroenergy Res. Corp. Philex `A PhilexPetroleum Philodrill Corp. `A PNOC Expls `B Semirara Corp. United Paragon

ABS-CBN Holdings Corp. First Gen G First Phil. Hldgs.-Pref. GMA Holdings Inc. PCOR-Preferred SMPFC Preferred

Megaworld Corp. Warrants

FINANCIAL 62.25 62.80 61.90 76.85 76.50 75.95 0.72 0.71 0.71 470.40 471.40 471.20 21.95 22.00 21.00 19.40 19.70 19.26 0.80 0.74 0.74 71.60 72.00 72.00 2.46 2.50 2.30 36.00 36.00 28.00 97.50 97.50 94.80 2.00 1.98 1.94 75.00 73.50 72.80 375.80 380.00 368.20 44.40 44.75 44.00 143.00 147.00 143.00 890.00 900.00 900.00 101.40 101.40 101.00 INDUSTRIAL 34.65 34.70 34.10 8.53 8.57 8.53 1.43 1.44 1.40 29.50 29.50 29.30 1.40 1.38 1.36 23.45 24.80 21.30 2.35 2.38 2.35 2.52 2.52 2.50 9.71 9.70 9.30 5.70 5.79 5.65 7.70 7.74 7.52 1.91 1.91 1.91 18.18 18.34 18.10 76.55 77.50 76.50 20.95 21.00 21.00 0.0140 0.0150 0.0140 12.80 12.80 12.70 4.25 4.35 4.26 0.620 0.640 0.620 100.00 101.00 99.80 1.92 1.94 1.87 1.51 1.50 1.48 2.70 2.70 2.50 2.57 2.57 2.57 26.55 26.80 26.35 2.82 2.70 2.70 16.40 16.50 16.40 260.00 264.00 260.40 4.50 5.00 5.00 10.20 10.50 10.50 3.39 3.50 3.29 10.10 9.90 9.70 10.36 11.00 10.36 8.44 8.48 8.25 3.96 4.01 3.92 2.80 2.80 2.78 34.10 34.10 34.10 112.50 113.00 112.30 2.30 2.34 2.19 1.76 1.81 1.75 0.140 0.143 0.136 12.40 12.30 11.54 2.18 2.16 2.08 1.18 1.18 1.17 59.45 59.90 59.15 1.45 1.50 1.40 0.580 0.630 0.570 0.97 0.97 0.97 HOLDING FIRMS 0.69 0.71 0.68 48.50 49.00 47.50 0.0170 0.0170 0.0160 11.40 11.38 11.08 2.00 1.98 1.90 4.56 4.62 4.62 5.00 5.00 5.00 2.08 2.16 2.40 3.01 3.06 2.83 425.00 432.00 425.00 57.70 58.70 57.50 4.29 4.29 4.20 0.260 0.260 0.220 548.00 548.00 538.00 33.00 33.20 32.35 2.90 3.15 3.15 4.00 4.00 4.00 5.20 5.30 5.20 1.05 1.06 1.01 2.25 2.32 2.24 4.19 4.28 4.17 5.20 5.20 5.12 6.20 6.99 6.88 0.0540 0.0540 0.0540 1.410 1.520 1.520 730.50 740.00 728.00 1.81 1.85 1.70 1.16 1.17 1.10 450.00 450.00 450.00 0.3500 0.3550 0.3250 0.390 0.395 0.380 PROPERTY 19.90 20.20 18.00 2.60 2.60 2.60 0.550 0.550 0.550 0.171 0.172 0.170 22.65 23.00 22.45 4.80 4.82 4.78 5.53 5.54 5.51 5.00 5.00 4.90 1.38 1.40 1.37 2.59 2.59 2.59 0.079 0.079 0.071 0.82 0.80 0.80 0.840 0.850 0.830 0.190 0.200 0.190 1.94 1.96 1.90 1.33 1.33 1.31 1.28 1.23 1.22 2.55 2.50 2.49 2.26 2.29 2.22 0.1520 0.1570 0.1540 0.7600 0.7700 0.7000 0.440 0.440 0.440 3.50 3.63 3.60 19.56 19.50 19.12 3.98 4.42 4.05 2.83 2.85 2.72 6.17 6.21 6.09 14.06 14.16 13.96 0.72 0.74 0.70 4.08 4.09 4.00 0.530 0.510 0.510 4.390 4.430 4.380 SERVICES 28.50 29.50 28.50 1.68 1.80 1.50 0.600 0.610 0.600 9.00 9.00 9.00 9.85 10.00 9.60 0.1200 0.1490 0.1200 6.40 6.50 6.12 67.50 68.90 67.50 5.70 5.70 5.61 2.35 2.26 2.25 1000.00 1000.00 1000.00 1120.00 1135.00 1120.00 10.30 10.32 10.20 44.00 45.00 45.00 70.80 71.50 70.90 1.97 1.97 1.83 0.039 0.040 0.039 1.02 1.02 1.00 3.1000 3.1000 2.9200 2.63 2.60 2.55 8.35 8.30 7.99 2.80 2.80 2.80 2.80 2.80 2.80 2.90 2.99 2.74 14.30 14.20 14.08 7.12 7.12 7.00 3.07 3.04 3.00 9.50 9.50 9.50 66.00 70.00 67.00 16.34 16.48 16.36 2728.00 2736.00 2720.00 0.335 0.335 0.330 27.75 28.05 27.60 2.78 2.76 2.52 0.470 0.465 0.435 MINING & OIL 0.0040 0.0041 0.0040 4.70 4.75 4.70 4.75 4.75 4.70 17.00 17.08 16.80 27.35 28.00 27.00 0.250 0.250 0.245 24.95 23.25 23.10 23.70 23.75 23.60 1.16 1.16 1.15 21.00 22.95 17.56 0.56 0.57 0.55 1.110 1.120 1.060 1.180 1.220 1.090 0.0620 0.0610 0.0590 0.0610 0.0610 0.0590 25.90 25.85 25.70 8.28 8.31 7.01 0.6800 0.6800 0.6800 4.420 4.590 4.260 0.0180 0.0180 0.0170 6.00 6.00 5.93 19.06 19.30 18.40 38.00 37.90 36.75 0.049 0.050 0.048 50.00 53.00 52.50 228.00 228.40 227.80 0.0160 0.0160 0.0150 PREFERRED 27.50 28.50 26.90 103.00 103.10 103.00 103.00 102.80 102.80 10.42 10.30 10.14 111.30 111.60 110.70 1025.00 1028.00 1025.00 WARRANTS & BONDS 1.27 1.23 1.23

2,992,640 1,350,820 215,000 10,060 85,600 261,500 10,000 120 99,000 77,800 4,248,480 355,000 298,670 4,190 245,400.00 1,267,380 270 28,230

(311,007,309.50)

(4,767,739.00) 1,318,050.00 1,185,600.00 13,038,732.00 180,000.00 7,949,730.00 70,000.00 (150.00)

34.70 8.53 1.40 29.50 1.36 22.90 2.38 2.52 9.70 5.79 7.60 1.91 18.20 76.55 21.00 0.0150 12.80 4.30 0.630 101.00 1.87 1.48 2.70 2.57 26.60 2.70 16.40 264.00 5.00 10.50 3.40 9.80 10.36 8.38 3.99 2.78 34.10 113.00 2.27 1.81 0.136 11.90 2.16 1.18 59.90 1.40 0.630 0.97 0.70 49.00 0.0160 11.14 1.98 4.62 5.00 2.15 3.03 430.00 58.50 4.28 0.260 542.00 33.00 3.15 4.00 5.21 1.03 2.30 4.25 5.19 6.88 0.0540 1.520 740.00 1.82 1.10 450.00 0.3250 0.390 20.20 2.60 0.550 0.171 22.65 4.80 5.52 4.90 1.38 2.59 0.079 0.80 0.840 0.190 1.96 1.33 1.22 2.50 2.26 0.1540 0.7000 0.440 3.63 19.38 4.06 2.72 6.09 14.02 0.70 4.09 0.510 4.410

0.14 0.00 (2.10) 0.00 (2.86) (2.35) 1.28 0.00 (0.10) 1.58 (1.30) 0.00 0.11 0.00 0.24 7.14 0.00 1.18 1.61 1.00 (2.60) (1.99) 0.00 0.00 0.19 (4.26) 0.00 1.54 11.11 2.94 0.29 (2.97) 0.00 (0.71) 0.76 (0.71) 0.00 0.44 (1.30) 2.84 (2.86) (4.03) (0.92) 0.00 0.76 (3.45) 8.62 0.00 1.45 1.03 (5.88) (2.28) (1.00) 1.32 0.00 3.37 0.66 1.18 1.39 (0.23) 0.00 (1.09) 0.00 8.62 0.00 0.19 (1.90) 2.22 1.43 (0.19) 10.97 0.00 7.80 1.30 0.55 (5.17) 0.00 (7.14) 0.00 1.51 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 (0.18) (2.00) 0.00 0.00 0.00 (2.44) 0.00 0.00 1.03 0.00 (4.69) (1.96) 0.00 1.32 (7.89) 0.00 3.71 (0.92) 2.01 (3.89) (1.30) (0.28) (2.78) 0.25 (3.77) 0.46

1,257,000 74,400 879,000 2,200 856,000 197,600 78,000 220,000 33,100 12,447,300 541,000 1,000 4,776,800 1,066,700 34,000 257,400,000 2,100 66,000 115,000 751,330 311,000 12,000 33,000 2,000 365,300 19,000 112,900 72,250 2,000 10,000 2,636,000 10,155,300 3,000 39,700 4,611,000 26,000 96,000 403,900 15,508,000 87,000 890,000 13,514,100 23,000 201,000 1,953,530 3,286,000 1,668,000 10,000

(8,800.00) 71,400.00 176,000.00 (5,838,342.00) 240,800.00

11,851,058.00 (2,156,671.50) (955,000.00) (6,300.00) (19,925,008.50) 212,240.00

3,142,310.00 7,859,422.00

406,570.00 632,272.00 (829.00) (13,399,770.00)

41,970,031.00 4,612,150.00 777,032.00 (3,273,020.00) 146,180.00

4,229,000 1,467,600 6,800,000 8,603,900 331,000 30,000 45,300 154,000 56,000 481,700 606,550 78,000 220,000 94,400 555,200 1,000 12,000 1,892,300 1,398,000 513,000 27,348,000 192,100 1,300 5,000,000 1,000 179,240 3,092,000 100,000 100 6,180,000 1,600,000

350,000.00 43,578,505.00

(30,894,944.00)

54,289,532.00 (705,188.50) (27,974,260.00) 880,860.00 48,000.00 (6,586,467.00) (1,013,400.00) (137,900.00) (2,262,700.00) 699.00

(13,780,460.00) 29,700.00

132,000.00 40,190.00

2,800 10,000 2,000 2,700,000 7,696,400 1,679,000 8,600 23,000 3,047,000 5,000 350,000 1,346,000 581,700 670,000 5,989,000 11,701,000 69,000 10,000 46,391,000 3,800,000 36,654,000 100,000 20,000 4,571,100 1,556,000 26,000 1,087,000 7,275,400 390,000 50,000 50,000 6,287,000

15,962,720.00 (907,250.00) (909,760.00)

8,300.00 (5,163,600.00) 405,850.00

27,413,160.00 189,420.00 (844,840.00) 39,737,978.00 (47,000.00) 470,332.00 (35,522,326.00)

(2,959,380.00) (470,030.00)

28.60 1.54 0.600 9.00 10.00 0.1460 6.30 68.20 5.61 2.26 1000.00 1130.00 10.30 45.00 71.00 1.94 0.039 1.00 3.1000 2.60 8.30 2.80 2.80 2.81 14.10 7.00 3.00 9.50 70.00 16.48 2724.00 0.330 27.75 2.76 0.460 0.0041 4.75 4.70 16.98 28.00 0.245 23.10 23.60 1.15 22.50 0.57 1.090 1.150 0.0610 0.0600 25.80 8.07 0.6800 4.400 0.0170 5.93 18.94 37.90 0.048 52.50 228.00 0.0150

0.35 (8.33) 0.00 0.00 1.52 21.67 (1.56) 1.04 (1.58) (3.83) 0.00 0.89 0.00 2.27 0.28 (1.52) 0.00 (1.96) 0.00 (1.14) (0.60) 0.00 0.00 (3.10) (1.40) (1.69) (2.28) 0.00 6.06 0.86 (0.15) (1.49) 0.00 (0.72) (2.13)

326,900 5,962,000 650,000 66,200 53,563,900 337,730,000 273,200 69,050 34,100 7,000 360 100,360 985,900 3,000 910,600 316,000 10,600,000 702,000 6,000 258,000 1,732,700 1,000 135,000 5,838,000 43,900 75,000 982,000 1,005,000 317,220 911,100 56,095 2,660,000 452,800 15,000 150,000

(5,989,682.00) (2,194,900.00) 1,373,336.00

(4,539,115.00) (3,824,208.50) (77,790.00) 7,900.00 200,000.00 3,100.00 (726,910.00) 2,252,600.00 10,500.00

(547,500.00) 13,700,900.00 (807,616.00) (48,003,690.00) 3,420,780.00 12,600.00

2.50 1.06 (1.05) (0.12) 2.38 (2.00) (7.41) (0.42) (0.86) 7.14 1.79 (1.80) (2.54) (1.61) (1.64) (0.39) (2.54) 0.00 (0.45) (5.56) (1.17) (0.63) (0.26) (2.04) 5.00 0.00 (6.25)

106,000,000 94,000 198,000 459,200 2,700 3,160,000 5,900 7,600 90,000 1,637,900 2,377,000 36,381,000 31,472,000 168,800,000 39,910,000 764,300 5,097,900 50,000 948,000 72,800,000 62,000 5,548,900 288,700 398,000,000 2,900 148,840 33,900,000

2,447,800.00 73,470.00 175,000.00 (133,000.00) 8,120.00 (3,608,255.00)

1,548,530.00 (25,620.00) (257,000.00) 1,561,125.00 (8,840.00)

(19,041,114.00) (732,275.00) 1,961,220.00 (25,203,410.00)

27.65 103.10 102.80 10.20 110.70 1025.00 1.23

0.55 0.10 (0.19) (2.11) (0.54) 0.00 (3.15)

2,042,200 1,000 5,400 622,000 45,150 185 480,000

4,281,400.00

(456,330.00)

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(NATIONAL IRRIGATION ADMINISTRATION) Urdaneta, Pangasinan Tel./Fax No. 075-568-2308; 568-8442; 568-4876

SATURDAY

AUGUST 11, 2012

B3

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS


OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER
Isabela 4th District Engineering Office Quezon, San Isidro, Isabela

Republic of the Philippines

Department of Agriculture Pambansang Pangasiwaan ng Patubig

Republika ng Pilipinas

(NATIONAL IRRIGATION ADMINISTRATION) Urdaneta, Pangasinan Tel./Fax No. 075-568-2308; 568-8442; 568-4876

Department of Agriculture Pambansang Pangasiwaan ng Patubig

Republika ng Pilipinas

INVITATION TO BID
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the DPWH Isabela 4th District Engineering Office, through the DPWH Various/PDAF infrastructure funds, invites contractors to bid for the aforementioned projects: a b c d e f g h Contract ID No. Name of Project and 12BH 0052 Palagao Flood Control Project along Jct. Ipil-Quirino Bdry Rd., Location: : Sta. 0+072-Sta. 0+406; Palagao, Jones, Isabela Brief Description : FHR-Flood Control Major Item of Work : item 511 Approved Budget for the Contract : P 16,975,000.00 Duration, C.D. : 180 c.d. Cost of Bid Documents : P 10,000.00 : :

InvItatIon to BId ConstruCtIon of dIngras rIs


The National Irrigation Administration through the General Appropriation Act of 2012 now invites bids for the ConstruCtIon of dIngras rIs under GAA 101. The project is located in Dingras, Ilocos Norte. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. Contract Ref. No. A. PACKAGE 1 R1Php 4,012,786.13 INIMO-12-07-189 B. PACKAGE 2 R1Php 4,031,155.57 INIMO-12-07-190 Approved Budget Description of for the Contract Work (ABC) Canal Lining & Canal Structures. Canal Lining & Canal Structures. Contract Duration Pre-bid Location of Pre-bid & Opening of Bids Conference Opening of Bids NIA-Reg. Office Conf. Room, Urdaneta City, Pangasinan NIA-Reg. Office Conf. Room, Urdaneta City, Pangasinan 2.

InvItatIon to BId no. 187 ConstruCtIon of MasalIp rIs 2nd tranChe


The National Irrigation Administration, through the General Appropriation Act of 2012 intends to apply the sum of EIGHT MILLION SIX HUNDRED FOURTEEN THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED EIGHTY FIVE & 20/100 (PHP8,614,285.20) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for the Construction of Masalip RIS-2ND Tranche under Contract No R1LUIMO-12-07-187. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. 1. The National Irrigation Administration now invites bids for the Construction of Masalip RIS-2ND Tranche under GAA 101. The project is located in Agoo, La Union with the following description of work of Canalization & Canal Structures. Completion of the Works is required within One Hundred Fifty (150) calendar days. Bidder must have an experience of having completed, within a period ten (10) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a single contract that is similar to the contract to be bid, must be at least 50% of the ABC. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II, Instructions to Bidders. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least seventy five percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines. Interested bidders may obtain further information from National Irrigation Administration, Urdaneta City, Pangasinan (office of the Head, BAC Secretariat) and inspect the Bidding Documents from 8:00 A.M to 5:00 PM: A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the above address and upon payment at the NIA Cashier of a non-refundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount of EIGHT THOUSAND PESOS (Php8,000.00). Issuance & Availability of bidding documents is from the first day of advertisement/Posting of Invitation to Bid/ Request for Expression of interest until submission and receipt of bids. The National Irrigation Administration will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on August 3, 2012 at 10:00 M, at the NIA-Regional Office Conference Room, Urdaneta City, Pangasinan which shall be open to all interested parties who have purchased the Bidding Documents. Bids must be delivered on or before 2:00 PM, August 17, 2012 at the address below. Opening of Bids will immediately follow in the presence of the bidders representatives who choose to attend at the NIA-Region I Conference Room, Bayaoas, Urdaneta City, Pangasinan. Late bids shall not be accepted. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18.

120 c.d.

August 7, 2012 August 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM at 2:00 PM

Procurement shall be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in accordance with R.A. 9184 and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations. To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), purchase bid documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with DPWH; (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipinoowned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture; (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract; (d) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years; and (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment of at least 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check and preliminary examination of bids. Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Office before the deadline of receipt of LOI. The DPWH-POCW Central Office will only process contractors applications for registration with complete requirements, and issue the Contractors Registration Certificate (CRC). Registration forms may be downlloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph. Significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below: 1 2 3 4 5 Deadline of Receipt of LOI Issuance of Bid Documents Pre-Bid Conference Deadline of Receipt of Bids Opening of Bids August August August August August 14, 2012 4:00 P.M. 7-28, 2012 4:00 P.M. 16, 2012 11:00 A.M. 28, 2012 9:30 A.M. 28, 2012 10:00 A.M.

120 c.d.

August 7, 2012 August 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM at 2:00 PM

1. Bidder must have an experience of having completed, within a period ten (10) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a single contract that is similar to the contract to be bid, must be at least 50% of the ABC. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II, Instructions to Bidders. 2. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least seventy five percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines. 3. Interested bidders may obtain further information from National Irrigation Administration, Urdaneta City, Pangasinan (office of the Head, BAC Secretariat) and inspect the Bidding Documents from 8:00 A.M to 5:00 PM: 4. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the above address and upon payment at the NIA Cashier of a non-refundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount of FOUR THOUSAND PESOS (Php4,000.00) per package. 5. Issuance & Availability of bidding documents is from the first day of advertisement/Posting of Invitation to Bid/ Request for Expression of interest until submission and receipt of bids. Late bids shall not be accepted. 6. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18. 7. All bids must be accompanied by a Certificate of Site Inspection issued by the implementing office. 8. The National Irrigation Administration reserves the right to reject bids, declare a failure of bidding, and not to award the contract without incurring any liability if the funds/allotment for the project to be bid has been withheld or reduced through no fault of its own. 9. Awarding of Contract shall be held in abeyance prior to receipt of the Agency Budget Matrix (ABM) or Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) for the full cost of the project. For further information, please refer to: ENGR. MYRNA C. MARTINEZ - Head BAC Secretariat NIA-Regional Office No. 1 Barangay Bayaoas, Urdaneta City, Pangasinan Telefax No: (075)568-8442 E-mail address: niaengineeing@yahoo.com (Sgd.) ROBERTO Q. ABULE BAC Chairman
Republic of the Philippines

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The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at DPWHIsabela 4th DEO, Quezon, Isabela upon payment of non-refundable costs indicated above. Prospective bidders may also download the BDs if available, from the DPWH website. Prospective bidders that will download BDs from the website shall pay the stated fees on or before the submission of their bid documents. The Pre-Bid Conference shall be open only to interested parties who purchased the BDs. Bids must be accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form, as stated in Sec. 27.2 of the Revised IRR. Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specified in the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC chairman. The first envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include the eligibility requirements. The second envelope shall contain the financial component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and post-qualification. The DPWH Isabela 4th DEO reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and to annul the bidding process anytime before contract award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidders.

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10. All bids must be accompanied by a Certificate of Site Inspection issued by the implementing office. 11. The National Irrigation Administration reserves the right to reject bids, declare a failure of bidding, and not to award the contract without incurring any liability if the funds/allotment for the project to be bid has been withheld or reduced through no fault of its own. 12. Awarding of Contract shall be held in abeyance prior to receipt of the Agency Budget Matrix (ABM) or Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) for the full lost of the project. For further information, please refer to: ENGR. MYRNA C. MARTINEZ - Head BAC Secretariat NIA-Regional Office No. 1 Barangay Bayaoas, Urdaneta City, Pangasinan Telefax No: (075)568-8442 E-mail address: niaengineeing@yahoo.com (Sgd.) ROBERTO Q. ABULE BAC Chairman
(MST-Aug. 11, 2012)

(Sgd.) FERNANDO C. SALIM BAC Chairman

(MST-Aug. 11, 2012)

(MST-Aug. 11, 2012)

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER


Isabela City Sub-District Engineering Office Tabuk, Isabela City, Basilan

Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS


Misamis Oriental First Distgrict Engineering Office OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER Brgy 26., Gingoog City Tel./ Fax. No. (088) 861-1185 www.dpwh.gov.ph

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER


Sarangani District Engineering Office Alabel, Sarangani Province

Department of Public Works and Highways

Republic of the Philippines

INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID


The Department of Public Works and Highways, Isabela City SubDistrict Engineering Office, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors registered with and classified by the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) to apply for eligibility and if found eligible to bid for the contract to wit: 12JH0005 Asphalt Overlay/Repair and Rehabilitation of Basilan Circumferential Road (IsabelaLamitan Section) Kl+248 to K2+000 with exception Contract Location: Isabela City, Basilan Province Scope of Work: Asphalt Overlay, Installation of Guardrails Approved Budget for Contract (ABC): P 9,826,420.06 Contract Duration: 58 CD. Cost of Bidding Documents: P 10,000.00 Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in accordance with R.A. 9184 known as Government Procurement Reform Act, and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. To be eligible to bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), purchase bid documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with the DPWH, (b) Filipino Citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (d) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years and (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non discretionary pass/fail criteria in the Eligibility Check and preliminary examination of bids. Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their application for registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Office before the deadline for the receipt of LOI. The DPWH-POCW Central Office will only process contractors application for registration with the complete requirements and issue the Contractors Certificate of Registration (CRC). Registration forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website The significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below. BAC Activities 1. Issuance of Bidding Document 2. Pre-Bid Conference 3. Deadline of Receipt of LOI from Prospective Bidders 4. Receipt of Bid 5. Opening of Bids Schedule August 9-28, 2012 August 16, 2012 August 24, 2012 August 28, 2012 at 8:00am - 10:00am August 28,2012 at 10:00am Contract ID: Contract Name:

INVITATION TO BID
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Department of Public Works and Highways-Misamis Oriental First District Engineering Office (DPWH-MOFDEO), invites contractors to bid for the projects as specified below: Contract ID Contract Name Contract Location Scope of Work Availability of Fund Approved Budget for The Contract (ABC) Contract Duration Cost of Bid Documents LOI 12KK0051 Repair/Rehab/lmpvt of GCVR, Gingoog City Section (Km 1315+670-Km 1316+461) Asphalt Overlay of Along GCVR -791 Ln.mWith 791 Ln.m Pavement Markings : 151 -MVUC Fund : : : : : : : : Php 9,900,000.00 38 calendar days P 10,000.00 (Free) D.O. No. 52 S. 2011

INVITATION TO BID
The DPWH-Sarangani District Engineering Office, Alabel, Sarangani Province through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors to apply to bid for the following contract(s): 1. Contract ID No. Contract Name : 12ME0070 : Improvement of Cambuhan-Seaside Farm to Market Road, Contract Location : Maitum, Sarangani Province Scope o f Work : PCCP Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 9,700,000.00 Contract Duration : 100 Calendar days Source o f Funds : Government of the Philippines (GOP) : 12ME0071 : Improvement of Kiayap Falls Farm to Market Road, Contract Location : Maitum, Sarangani Province Scope of Work : PCCP Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 9,700,000.00 Contract Duration : 105 Calendar days Source o f Funds : Government of the Philippines (GOP

The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with the Revised IRR of R.A. 9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at the opening of bid. To bid for these contracts, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), purchase bid documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with the DPWH, (b) Filipino Citizen or 75% Filipino- owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of these contracts, (d) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, and (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/ fail criteria in the eligibility check and preliminary examination of bids. Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Office before the deadline for the receipt of LOI. The DPWH-POCW Central Office will only process contractors applications for registration with complete requirements and issue the Contractors Certificate of Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph. The significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below: Activities Issuance of Bid Documents Pre-bid Conference Deadline for the Submission of LOI Receipt of Bids Opening of Bids Schedule From August 8 to August 28, 2012, 10:00 A.M. August 16, 2012, 10:00 A.M. August 23, 2012, 3:00 P.M. Deadline. 10:00 A.M., August 28, 2012 August 28, 2012, 10:00 A.M

2. Contract ID No. Contract Name

The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with the revised IRR of R.A. 9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at the opening of bid. To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), purchase bid documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract (d) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of ten (10) years, and (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment for at least 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria i n the eligibility check and preliminary examination of bids. Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Office before the deadline for the receipt of LOI. The DPWH-POCW Central Office will only process contractors applications for registration, with complete requirements, and issue the Contractors Certificate of Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph. The significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below: 1. Issuance o f Bidding Documents 2. Pre-Bid Conference 3. Deadline of Receipt of LOI from Prospective Bidders 4. Receipt of Bids 5. Opening of Bids August 10 - 29, 2012 Until August 17, 2012 @ 2:00 P.M. Until August 29, 2012 @ 9:00 A.M. August 29, 2012 @ 10:00 A.M. August 29, 2012 @ 11:00 A.M.

The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at the BAC Secretariat, DPWH Isabela City Sub-District Engineering Office, Tabuk, Isabela City, Basilan, upon payment of a nonrefundable fee as stated above. Prospective bidders may also download the BDs from the DPWH website, if available. Prospective bidders that will download the BDs from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their Bid Documents. The PreBid Conference shall be open only to interested parties who have purchased the BDs. Bids must be accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form, as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR. Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specified in the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The first envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include a copy of the CRC. The second envelope shall contain the financial component of the bid. Contract will be awarded top the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid (LCRB) as determined in the bid evaluation and post-qualification. The DPWH Isabela City Sub-District Engineering Office reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder/s. Approved: (Sgd.) ARACELI S. ALBERTO BAC Chairman Noted: (Sgd.) BENSALI A. KASIM Engineer IV (ADE) OIC-District Engineer
(MST-Aug. 11 & 15, 2012)

The BAC will only receive Contractors LOI/Expression of Interest (NR-003) and issue Bidding Documents upon presentation of the original copies of their PCAB License and Contractors Registration Certificate (CRC) in person or thru their authorized representative as reflected in their CRC; Special Power of Attorney will not be accepted. The BAC will issue hard copies of bidding documents (BDs) at BAC Secretariat, 3rd Floor DPWH Building, Purok 5, Brgy. 26, Gingoog City, upon payment of a nonrefundable fee of the amount stated above. Prospective bidders may also download the BDs from the DPWH website, if applicable. Prospective bidders that will download the BDs from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their Bid Documents. The Pre-bid Conference shall be open only to interested parties who have purchased the BDs. Bids must be accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form, as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR. Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specified in the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The first envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include a copy of the CRC. The second envelope shall contain the financial component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and post-qualification. The Department of Public Works and Highways-Misamis Oriental First District Engineering Office reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process at any time prior contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder/s. Approved: (SGD) PEDRO M. MERCADO OIC - Asst. District Engineer BAC Chairman Noted: (SGD) OMAR P. DIRON OIC- District Engineer
(MST-Aug. 11, 2012)

The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at DPWHSarangani District Engineering Office, Alabel, Sarangani Province, upon payment of a non-refundable fee of: Ten Thousand Pesos (Php 10,000.00). Prospective Bidders may also download the BDs, from the DPWH web site. Prospective Bidders that will download the BDs from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their documents. The Pre-Bid Conference shall be open only to interested parties who have purchased BDs. Bids must be accompanied by a bid security in the amount and acceptable form, as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR. The Prospective Bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specified in the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The first envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include the copy of CRC. The second envelope shall contain financial component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and the post-qualification. The DPWH - Sarangani District Engineering Office reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid and to annul the bidding process any time before Contract award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidders. (Sgd.) LEO L . LABRADOR BAC Vice-Chairman
(MST-Aug. 11, 2012)

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Manila Standard TODAYEdited by Leo A. Estonilo
www.manilastandardtoday.com leoestonilo@gmail.com

Fish sector posts P387-m loss


By Othel Campos

FISH losses due to rains and oods beginning July 20 had reached more than P387 million, displacing aquafarm operators and hundreds of shermen in the Ilocos, Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog regions.

In a consolidated report to Director Asis Perez of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, among other provinces, Pampanga posted the highest loss amounting to P262 million. Majority of the shponds were in the harvestable stage, the report said. In Bulacan, production loss is estimated at P84 million; P15 million in Bataan; Cavite, P6.5 million; and Pangasinan, P5.78 million. Damage to infrastructure and other facilities, including bancas and shing gears stood at P10.1 million. In regions 1, 3 and 4A, the hardest hit were shpond and sh cage entrepreneurs who lost to P377 million. In Region 3 alone, some 2,300

sh pond operators faced two typhoons and the Habagat or Southwest Monsoon causing the loss of millions of sh fry and ngerlings and some 205 tons of harvestable stocks of milksh, tilapia, sugpo, mudcrab and vannamei or white shrimps. Perez said 16 percent of the 40,285 hectares of shponds were ooded with damage to facilities reaching P2.9 million. In Region 1, mostly in Pangasinan and La Union, sh loss caused by typhoon Gener and the monsoon rains exceeded more than P6.09 million among 96 shpond operators. The agencys research facility in Dagupan was not spared with damage to facilities for P90,000. In Region 4A, damage totaled P14.9 million with P7.8 million

in aquaculture production loss. Damged facilities include 169 units of boats and banca amounting to close to P6.5 million. At least 293 units of shing gears estimated at P504,000. and 10 units of caretakers hut estimated at P100,000 were also destroyed during the onslaught of typhoon Gener in Cavite and Laguna. The monsoon rains also disrupted the livelihood of seaweed producers in Barangay Uno and Dos at Calatagan with more than 30,000 kilos of seaweeds washed offshore and bamboo rafts wrecked by heavy rain. Some sh pens in Laguna de Bay, especially in Cardona were breeched, reslting in the escape of more than 100,000 pieces of bangus stocks.

Science school moves to Irosin site


By Dexter A. See
BAGUIO CITY--Young Cordillerans who excel in Science and Mathematics have more reasons to compete for full government scholarship and top level training with the establishment of the Philippine Science High School in Irisan town, overlooking the West Philippine Sea. Dr. Josette Biyo, PSSH executive director, said the Department of Science and Technology has earmarked around P200 million to build the academic facilities, laboratories, dormitories and to refurbish the 11th campus of the premiere secondary school. Earlier, Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro and Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo signed a deed of usufruct for a 3.6-hectare lot originally meant for Baguio City National High School which had opted to open its San Vicente campus. We want our qualied young Cordillerans to be able to avail of the quality education and training being provided by the PSHS system so that we will continue to excel in foreign science and math competitions, Biyo told Manila Standard, adding that the rst academic building worth P29 million will be completed April next year with an accompanying dormitory worth P12.5 million for 100 students ready before schoolyear 2013 to 2014. Mayor Mauricio Domogan authored the law to open the PSHS Cordillera campus when he was congressman, taking him six years to see the rst batch of scholars in June 2009. We strongly lobbied for the establishment of a Philippine Science High School Cordillera campus because we want our poor but deserving students to be able to maximize their inherent skills and knowledge, he said. Domogan said the school has furthered the citys prestige as an educational hub in Northern Luzon. Biyo commended PSHS students here after winning a merit award in the recent Singapore math contest where young Cordillerans showed global competitiveness.

Spillway. Ambuklao dam in Bokod, Benguet, releases water amid heavy rain. DANNY PATA

Department of Public Works and Highways


CARAGA Region XIII Agusan del Sur 1st District Engineering Office Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur

Republic of the Philippines

INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID


The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), 1st District Engineering Office, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, through the CY 2012 Regular Infra Project and re-advertise CY 2012 PDAF Project invites contractors to bid for the following: 1.) a. Contract ID b. Contract Name : 12NB0038 : Rehabilitation of Crossing Luna Flood Control along NRJ-BAYUGAN-ESPERANZA National Road (Section 3), K1276+648.40 K1276+726.40 Contract Location : Crossing Luna, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur Scope of Work : Pre-Stressed Concrete Sheet Piles, Reinforcing Steel Bars, Structural Concrete (Revetment Wall) Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php16,743,989.00 Contract Duration : 165 Calendar Days Bidding Documents Fee : Php10,000.00 Contract ID : 12NB0034 (re-ad) Contract Name : Construction of Flood Control Contract Location : Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur Scope of Work : Structure Excavation, Grouted Riprap Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php960,558.00 Contract Duration : 120 Calendar Days Bidding Documents Fee : Php1,000.00

Quezon to fete: Use your coconut


By Benjie Antioquia
LUCENA CITYGovernor David Suarez unveils next week the Niyogyugan trade fair of Quezon at the Perez Park, Capitol compound. The province-wide celebration highlights the 134th birth anniversary of the late President Manuel L. Quezon around a key agricultural product that had served as driver of the economy. Former Rep. Aleta Suarez, the governors mom, sought a consensus among various sectors to come up a theme to depict Quezon as the Home of Colorful Festivals, coining the word niyog and yugyug which aptly described the tree of life. As planned, niyogyugan serves as the hub of festivities ushered in by Tay-Tsinoy in Tayabas, Tagultol shing rites in Atimonan, Boling-Boling in Catanauan in Bondoc peninsula, Gayang in Guinyangan, and the internationally acclaimed Pahiyas of Lucban.

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Food aid. Kasangga Party List Rep. Ted Haresco with his Rolling Kusina brings relief to ood victims as part of his advocacy as member of the Joint Congressional Committee on National Disaster and Relief Management. MANNY PALMERO

The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with the Revised IRR of R. A. 9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at the opening of bid. To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), purchase bid documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (d) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, and (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/ fail criteria in the eligibility check and preliminary examination of bids. Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Office before the deadline for the receipt of LOI. The DPWH-POCW Central Office will only process contractors applications for registration with complete requirements and issue Contractors Certificate of Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph. The significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below: 1. Issuance of Bidding Documents 2. Pre-Bid Conference 3. Deadline of Receipt of LOI from Prospective Bidders 4. Receipt of Bids 5. Opening of Bids From: August 11,2012 To: September 3, 2012 10:00am on August 22, 2012 Until 5:00pm on August 28, 2012 Deadline: 12:00 noon on September 3, 2012 2:00pm on September 3, 2012

Public highways update


THE Department of Public Higways-Bureau of Maintenance announced that as of 8 a.m. on Friday certain infrastructure are not passable in Metro Manila, Cordilleras, Region 1, Region III and Region IV-A. National Capital Region Third Metro Manila DEO M. H. Del Pilar St, Valenzuela City a. Maligaya St. to Polo Bridge b. Polo Bridge to Lazaro St. (Brgy. Mabolo); Coloong Road 2, Km. 18+100; G. Lazaro St. from I. Fernando St., to Km. 17+000; Coloong Road 2, from M. H. Del Pilar St. to Batumbakal St. Not passable due to oods Cordillera Administrative Region Abra DEO Abra-Kalinga Road Km 488+150 Cutop, Malibcon Section Closed to trafc due to roadcut Region I La Union II DEO San Fernando-Bagulin Road Km 284-Km 285 Not passable due to rockslide Ilocos Sur 2nd DEO Narvacan-Sulvec Road Km 379+020-Km 379+160 Not passable due to roadcut Region III Bataan 1st DEO GSO Road, Brgy. Layac Km 100+400 100+450 Dinalupihan, Bataan; Jct. Layac-Balanga-Mariveles Port Road Km 103+100- Km 106+500, Brgy. Mandama, Cataning; Poblacion Tabacan Poblacion Road Km 100+400- Km 100+450, Brgy. Sta. Isabel Tabacan Not passable due to ooding Bataan 2nd DEO Bagac-Mariveles Road Km 188+000 and Km 188+500 Not passable due to landslides Blaan Bridge Km 188+351 Banayam Bridge Km 160+142 Not passable due to collapsed slope protection and damaged 2nd approach Paysawan Bridge (Timber) Km 165+000 Not passable due to heavy damage Bulacan 1st DEO Bigaa Plaridel via Malolos, Bulacan, Brgy. Panginay, Balagtas, Km 30+800-Km 32+000 Not passable due to oodwater Manila North Road, Km 30Km 31 Balagtas Market, Km 44+500- Km 46+000, Longos, Malolos Not passable due to underwater Bulacan 2nd DEO Manila North Road, Pandayan to SM Section, Marilao, K00018+636-K0022+1931; Banga Section, K0018+000K0018+200 Not passable to light vehicles due to ooding Pampanga 1st DEO Secondary Road Candaba-San Simon Road Km 69+680-Km 77+000; Baliwag-Candaba-Sta. Ana Road Km 63+700-Km 70+000; Sto. Tomas-Minalin Road Km 63+500-Km 74+000 Not passable due to ooding Pampanga 2nd DEO San Fernando-Lubao Road, Km 79+950-Km 77+250, Km 77+530-Km 77+900, San Juan Bautista, Guagua Sasmuan-Lubao Road, Km 75+640-Km 77+920, San Nicolas Lubao Km 77+700-Km 77+800, Sta. Lucia, Sasmuan Not passable due to ooding Tarlac 1st DEO Romulo Highway, Brgy. Tuec Section, Camiling, Tarlac, Km. 156+160-157+000, Brgy. Cacamilingan Sur, Km. 156+000-158+500 Paniqui-Camiling-Wawa Road, Brgy. Biad Section, Camiling, Tarlac, Km. 169+195-170+195, Brgy. Baang Section, Paniqui, Tarlac, Km. 154+300-154+800 Not passable due to Floodwater Tarlac 2nd DEO Brgy. San Roque & San Isidro, Lapaz, Tarlac Km 130+200- Km 130+900; Concepcion-Lapaz, Tarlac Km 136+150; Km 136+426 Brgy. San Roque and San Isidro Lapaz, Tarlac Not passable to light vehicles due to ooding Zambales 1st DEO Olongapo Bugallon Road, Km. 170+000-Km. 172+000, Brgy. Sindol, San Felipe Not Passable to light vehicles due to ooding Region IV-A Batangas 1st DEO Lemery-Taal Diversion Road Km 127+500 Not passable to light vehicles due to roadcut Laguna 1st DEO Calamba-Sta. Cruz-Famy Jct. Road Paete Pakil Section Km 103+150- Km 105+200 Paete-Pakil Section Paete-Famy-Poblacion, Road, Km. 109+000-km. 111+000, Pangil-Siniloan Section Not passable to light vehicles due to oods Rizal 1st DEO Marikina-Infanta Road (Marcos Highway) Km 34+100 (BosoBoso Section) Not passable due to oods and cut section

The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at the DPWH 1st District Engineering Office, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, upon payment of a non-refundable fee scheduled above. Prospective bidders may also download the BDs from the DPWH web site, if available. Prospective bidders that will download the BDs from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bid Documents. The Pre-Bid Conference shall be open to all interested bidders. Bids must accompanied by a bid security, in the amount stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR. Prospective bidders shall obtain the results of the eligibility check at the DPWH 1st District Engineering Office, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur. Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specified in the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The first envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include a copy of the CRC. The second envelope shall contain the financial component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and postqualification. The DPWH 1st District Engineering Office, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process at any time prior contract award, without hereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder/s. Approved: (Sgd.) MA. SUSAN M. QUISMUNDO Engineer III BAC Chairperson NOTED:
(MST-Aug. 11, 2012)

(Sgd.) JAIME T. BERNAT, SR. District Engineer

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