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PH chessers stun 11th seed Britons
FOR the first time since the Philippines started joining the Chess Olympiad in 1956, Filipinos have a big chance to be among the world’s Top 3 going into the tournament’s last three rounds. This, after the gritty Philippine men’s team crushed 11th-seed England, 3-1, in the eighth round of the 40th World Chess Olympiad at the WOW Convention Center in IstanFull story on A8 bul, Turkey.

Puno tries to get into Robredo’s condo unit
THE day after Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo was declared missing as a result of his plane crashing in Masbate, his deputy, Undersecretary Rico Puno, attempted to break into Robredo’s condominium and offices in the National Police Commission and the Interior Department, apparently to gain access to “sensitive” documents, a report from ABS-CBN said Thursday night. The aborted break-in purportedly prompted Robredo’s wife Leni to ask President Benigno Aquino III to secure the documents that supposedly contained information pertaining to an investigation on Puno and some police officials. Five days after the plane crash on Aug. 18, the President ordered Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to secure the documents in the couple’s condominium unit in Quezon City. Mrs. Robredo admitted to the press in Naga that she her
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House to Aquino: Get mad, pass RH
Palace allies ‘intensely’ divided on health bill
By Christine F. Herrera, Maricel Cruz and Macon Ramos-Araneta
Garden sign. A garden bed displays the Apec meeting 2012 on Russky Island, site of the summit. Photo at extreme left shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Hu Jintao, and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang during separate arrivals. Photo below shows Russian warships and submarines berthed at the Vladivostok port.

China told to walk the talk on free sea passage
By Sara D. Fabunan
INSTEAD of being appeased by China’s assurance that its neighboring countries would continue to enjoy “freedom of navigation” in the South China Sea, the Philippines said it viewed the statement with “guarded optimism” and urged Beijing to back its assurance with “concrete action.” The assurance was earlier made by Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jeichi in a joint press conference with United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who made a brief stopover in Beijing on Wednesday. “Certainly, words that would give assurance are always welcome,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said on Thursday. Next page

HOUSE leaders on Thursday urged President Benigno Aquino III to order his Liberal Party allies to pass the reproductive health bill, which has been stymied by resistance from within his own party.
“We hope we not only get marching orders. We hope he will get mad,” said House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales III, who said Mr. Aquino should take the lead as he did during the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona. “We are really divided and we really need somebody who will arbitrate,” Gonzales told a news conference. Gonzales described as “intense” the debate during the all-majority caucus called by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Wednesday to discuss a possible compromise that would win over the Catholic Church and its allies in Congress. Next page

PNoy to leave for Vladivostok with 66 officials
By Sara D. Fabunan
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III, together with 66 other government officials and business leaders, leave for Vladivostok, Russia, today to attend the 20th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the delegation would include Cabinet secretaries Albert del Rosario of Foreign Affairs, newly-designated Interior and Local Government secretary Manuel Roxas, representing the Transportation and Communication Department; Cesar Purisima of Finance, Gregory Domingo of Trade and Industry, Jose Rene Almendras of Energy, and Miguel Perez-Rubio, chief of the presidential protocol. “The business delegation, I have no copy yet but we will release it as soon as I have that,” Lacierda said on Thursday. He said the President’s delegation will fly to Russia via chartered flights and will arrive at Vladivostok International Airport at 9:00 p.m. (Russian time). Twenty other world leaders are expected to show up during the summit, which will be
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LP: P317b temporarily housed in special fund
By Christine F. Herrera
THE Liberal Party on Thursday said some P317 billion in funds, including P24.8 billion in pork barrel for lawmakers, were only “temporarily housed” in the Special Purpose Fund of the 2013 national budget. In a press conference Thursday, the chairman of the House committee on appropriations, Cavite Rep. Joseph Emilio Abaya, said the Palace had given the various departments a month to submit the details of their projects that would be funded by the P317 billion allocation. To blunt criticism that President Benigno Aquino III could use the money for the 2013 midterm elections, Abaya said there was no specific provision giving the Executive sole discretion over the use of the fund. Next page

NPC restricts members to be adopted by UNA
By Maricel V. Cruz
THE members of the National People’s Coalition that will be adopted by the United Nationalist Alliance, the coalition between Vice President Jejomar Binay’s PDP Laban and former President Joseph Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, will not be allowed by the NPC to go up the stage with the coalition’s candidates or join their campaign sorties, an official said Thursday. Reports said the NPC’s Senator Loren Legarda and Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile, and Senator Francis Escudero and Grace Poe Llamanzares of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board would likely be adopted by UNA. UNA would be adopting Escudero and Llamanzares even if they also became Liberal Party candidates, the reports said. “If we cannot complete the slate, we will adopt Grace and Chiz [Escudero],” Senator Jinggoy Estrada, chairman of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, told reporters. Next page

Fuentebella faces graft raps for failure to disclose assets
By Merck Maguddayao and Maricel Cruz
A FORMEr town councilor filed graft charges at the Ombudsman on Thursday against Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Camarines Sur Rep. Arnulfo Fuentebella for failure to declare ownership of land assets in five towns in the province totaling 36 hectares with an estimated value of P20 million. Francisco Tria, former councilor of Sagnay town, presented to the Ombudsman a copy of the Fuentebella’s 2011 statement of assets and liabilities and copies of the land titles under Fuentebella’s name that were not included in his declaration. “If that was the cause of former Chief Justice Renato Corona’s removal from office by impeachment, then why spare the
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Giant cake. Hotel and restaurant owners unveil a giant wedding cake in Baguio City during the cel-

ebration of Hotel and Restaurant Association Week. Inset shows US Ambassador Harry Thomas, HRAB President Anthony de Leon, and Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan getting their own piece of the cake and eating it too. DAVID CHAN

Aquino not bothered by ‘epal’ pols
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III preferred not to have his face placed on tarpaulins announcing public works, but the Palace would not be stopping politicians from putting his picture alongside theirs, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said on Thursday. He said it was up to the people to decide if those officials placing
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‘Biggest’ wedding cake served to 10k
By Dexter A. See
BAGUIO CITY—United States Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. and around 10,000 visitors and residents here partook of the five-ton wedding cake that the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio presented to the public to signal the start of the three-day Hotel and Restaurant Tourism Weekend in the Summer Capital. “We congratulate the HRAB and the volunteers who prepared the largest wedding cake over the past four days since it was able to
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Filipino hospitality in Russia
By Joyce Pangco Pañares

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self made the request that their apartment be secured. According to a report by ABS-CBN’s Anthony Taberna on TV Patrol Thursday, Leni Robredo asked for heightened security after she was notified that Puno had attempted to enter the condominium unit. Based on the logbook of the security guard at the Robredos’ condominium on 20 Lansbergh Place, Puno was reportedly accompanied by police general Joel Pagdilao and policemen Oliver Tanseco and Apollo Reuben Tugaluk, the report says. Tanseco was allegedly able to enter the building but was prevented from entering Robredo’s condominium unit by the househelp, according to ABS-CBN. Tanseco then called Robredo’s lawyer and asked for permission, but he was still not allowed in the absence of a search warrant, the report said. The ABS-CBN report said Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman was with Leni when Leni received a call from someone who had notified her about Puno’s attempted entry. Two weeks before Robredo died, he was reportedly able to tell President Aquino about the pending investigation, the ABS-CBN report said. Puno has been the subject of various complaints that eventually reached the President. Christine F. Herrera

VLADIVOSTOK—WhenP resident Benigno Aquino III and the leaders from other countries arrive here for the 20th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting, they will experience Filipino hospitality in a Russian Far East setting, officials said Thursday.
They said 72 of about 150 Fil- and Spa, who had been importipino hotel workers here were ed by the Russian government’s from Cebu’s Movenpick Resort Apec organizing committee to

serve as receptionists, bellboys and chambermaids. “We are well known for our hospitality services,” said Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for International Economic Relations Laura del Rosario. “This is a good opportunity for us to showcase our abilities as a people. These are people who will be attending to the heads of state as well as other high-level officials.” At least 21 leaders from the Pacific Rim countries were expected to attend the summit. About

50 venues and facilities have been built from scratch, including a four-lane bridge linking the city to the nearby Russky Island. Organizers expect about 10,000 guests to attend the meetings on the island, which used to be an isolated military base. The Russian government has deployed warships, warplanes and ground-based air defense systems to protect the delegations. In addition to the Filipinos, the organizers also recruited workers from South Korea and more than 900 trained volun-

teers from various regions of Russia, according to Apec Business Summit’s deputy head Zamir Shukhov. He said the volunteers went through various tests on foreign languages including English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean. But some Filipinos told reporters many of them had picked up a few Russian phrases and the Russians had tried to master some Cebuano words. They expect President Aquino, a Pampango, to feel at home with the Cebuanos.

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Abaya added that the funds were temporarily parked in the Special Purpose Fund item, but would eventually be released to the various departments. He acknowledged that the funds were supposed to be allocated to the different departments. “You cannot lodge it just anywhere so it was placed in a temporary housing and an errata would be issued later on once the details and breakdowns are ready,” Abaya said. Kabataan Rep. Raymond Palatino, who was critical of the budget, dismissed Abaya’s explanation as “a flimsy excuse.” “Palusot lang yan. The P317 billion is meant for a lump sum appropriation that the President and the Liberal Party could use wherever they want it. But then again, the Liberal Party in the previous administration was vocal against lump sum appropriations that do not give out details as to where the money goes, and so they renamed it [the] Special Purpose Fund,” Palatino said. “The Special Purpose Fund has the same function as lump sum appropriations,” Palatino added. But Abaya said time constraints prevented the departments from giving a detailed breakdown. “(Budget) Secretary (Florencio) Abad said these are funds supposed to be lodged in the departments. Clearly, the intention of the 2013 budget is to go itemized, as much as possible, and do away with lump sum funds,” Abaya said. “So the departments were given a month to submit [a detailed breakdown] to the DBM.”

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He said the caucus agreed that three bishops – including Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles and Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas -- would sit down with House and Senate leaders to arrive at a compromise, but said the House would not give up the main thrust of the RH bill. Arguelles had earlier gifted pro-RH lawmakers with an image of the Virgin Mary and asked them to reverse their stand on the bill. Incoming Transportation Secretary and Cavite Rep. Jospeh Emilio Abaya, who is also secretary general of Mr. Aquino’s Liberal Party, opposes the bill. In the same news conference, Abaya said he was hoping that the two opposing camps would be able to reach a middle ground. He said he also believed that the President was being careful so as not to completely antagonize the Catholic bishops. Gonzales said, however, that pro-RH lawmakers would not

give up state funding to give the poor acess to contraceptives. He said even if the poor could make an informed choice in family planning, this would be meaningless without access to those choices. Gonzales said House leaders want to subsidize access to contraceptives only to the 5.2 million people who are considered the poorest of the poor, because middle-income and rich couples could afford to buy them. Highlighting the split among the President’s own allies, Gonzales said three of the six deputy speakers were against the RH bill: Maria Isabelle Climaco of Zamboanga City, Pablo Garcia of Cebu and Raul Daza of Northern Samar. Climaco and Daza are members of the Liberal Party while Garcia is with the National Unity Party, which belongs to the majority. Gonzales said the situation was such that the opposition have become “amused spectators” because the majority was itself divided. “On the floor, the ones fighting are members of the majority torial line-up of the administration’s Liberal Party. A source from the Liberal Party said Legarda’s commitment to join the UNA had political setbacks, and that she might end up running under UNA with fellow NPC party-mate Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile. The source said the Liberal Party’s leaders were turned off by Legarda’s “political opportunism.” House Majority Leader and Mandaluyong Rep. Neptali Gonzales II said the NPC would not allow Legarda and Enrile to take the stage with UNA’s can-

coalition,” Gonzales said. “Our opponents are also members of the Liberal Party, so it’s really difficult. Even the leaders are divided.” Belmonte said the bill might be put on the backburner if no compromise is reached as the House must give priority to the 2013 national budget. He added that the chances of an early vote appeared slim, because Congress goes on a two-week break on Sept. 21. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, a staunch opponent of the RH bill, said the senators were divided as well, with nine being in favor of the bill, eight opposing it, and six still undecided. Senate president pro tempore Jinggoy Estrada, on the other hand, said he saw pro-RH and anti-RH senators tied at 10 each, with three undecided. Estrada said he belongs to the undecided camp, and added that the two other senators are seeking reelection. Senator Panfilo Lacson, who supports the RH bill, earlier said it would pass with 14 senators voting for it. didates during their campaign sorties should they decide to be adopted candidates of that coalition. But he said that whether or not Legarda and Enrile would be running under UNA “has not been formally conveyed by the NPC.” Cavite Rep. Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya Jr., the LP’s secretary general, denied that Legarda would run under the UNA. “That has not been formally conveyed by the NPC,” he aid. “That is why our lists remain 15 to 16. As to the credibility of this information, we will validate.” lapping claims on the islands. Earlier reports said the countries involved in the conflict were hoping to iron out their differences during the Apec summit. But Justin Logan of the Washington Cato Institute said that the issue might further divide those countries if it was discussed during the summit. He cited as an example the “sour outcome” of the 45th Association of Southeast Asian Nation Ministers Meeting where foreign ministry leaders failed to issue a joint communique. Lacierda, however, said there was no basis for the apprehensions of some people since the 21 world leaders would mostly talk about the economy and how they could help each other. “I don’t think so. This is primarily an economic summit so I don’t believe that it should be a hindrance to a discussion among the members of the Apec,” Lacierda said. But he said President Aquino was expected to advance the country’s interests, including its sovereignty over its islands. Law of the Sea (Unclos), and its existence does not depend solely on the will or assurance of one or any individual State,” the statement said. It added that “no State can arrogate unto itself the unilateral right to determine or assure the existence or nonexistence of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea. Rather the freedom of navigation is an established right that commands respect from everybody as a matter of international obligation. “What if China refuses or with-

Senator Pia Cayetano, author of the Senate version of the RH bill, said she was willing to introduce an amendment to clearly state that abortion is a crime to squelch Church-led criticism that the measure was “pro-abortion.” She also proposed other amendments in response to criticism by those opposed to the RH bill. To address opposition from Enrile and Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, she deleted a phrase that referred to contraceptives as “essential medicine.” Cayetano introduced the amendments after Sotto’s fourpart speech opposing the RH bill. At the Senate Thursday, Cayetano got an earful from Enrile, who castigated her for insinuating that he was trying to derail voting on the bill by prolonging the debates. “I’ve been in the Senate for a long, long time... and I’ve never been asked to say the purpose of my interpellation. I never used any dilatory tactics against the passage of any bill. Every question I ask here has relevance to the question at hand,” he said.

Fuentebella...
deputy speaker of the House?” Tria said. Tria was referring to Corona’s ouster by impeachment for failure to include bank deposits and other assets in his annual declaration, a requirement for government officials and employees. Corona was the first chief justice to be impeached for misdeclaration of his assets. Fuentebella face at least one year in prison and permanent disqualification from public office if found guilty of the charges. The land titles covered properties in the towns of Sagnay, Tigaon, San Jose, and Goa in Camarines Sur. Tria, who annexed at least 16 land titles in his complaint, said the ommission was deliberate. “There can be no conclusion than that of willful or deliberate omission, middeclaration or non-declaration of the above numerated lots in (Fuentebella’s) statement of assets and liabilities,” Tria said. When sought for his side on the charges, Fuentebella declined to give a statement on the charges filed against him. He said in his text message he would would consult his lawyers and “wait for the proper time to answer the charges.”

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He said the UNA would be willing to adopt Escudero and Llamanzares a close friend of the Estradas. “Senator Escudero is a sure winner whether he decides to run under the LP or under UNA,” he said. Sources said the leaders of the Nationalist People’s Coalition were working “double time” to accommodate Legarda in the dominant Liberal Party as she was in danger of losing her chance to be included in the sena-

Biggest...
serve its purpose of enticing visitors to again come up to Baguio and take a break,” Thomas told the crowd inside the SM City Baguio. Its five-ton weight aside, the HRAB’s wedding cake was 20.5 feet high, 24 feet by 24 feet wide on the base, and divided into four layers: 18 feet by 18 feet on the second layer, 12 feet by 12 feet on the third layer, and 6 feet by 6 feet on the fourth layer.

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR Consultancy Services for the Appraisal / Valuation of LRTA Assets and Facilities
The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) through its GOP for 2012 intends to apply the sum of Five Million Pesos only (Php 5,000,000.00) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for the Consultancy Services for the Appraisal / Valuation of LRTA Assets and Facilities. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at the opening of the financial proposals. The LRTA now calls for the submission of Expression of Interest and Eligibility Documents for the Consultancy Services for the Appraisal / Valuation of LRTA Assets and Facilities. Interested consultants must submit their Eligibility Documents on or before September 19, 2012 at 9:00 in the morning at Line 2 Cafeteria, LRTA Depot, Marcos Highway, Santolan, Pasig City. Applications for eligibility will be evaluated based on a nondiscretionary “pass-fail” criterion. The BAC shall draw up the short list of consultants from those who have submitted eligibility documents/Expression of Interest and have been determined as eligible in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act 9184, otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”, and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR). The short list shall consist of three (3) prospective bidders who will be entitled to submit bids. The criteria and rating system for short listing are:  Applicable experience of the consultant and members in case of joint ventures, considering both the overall experiences of the firm or, in the case of new firms, the individual experiences of the principal and key staff, including the items when employed by other consultants – fifty (50%) percent;  Qualification of personnel who may be assigned to the job vis-à-vis extent and complexity of the undertaking – thirty (30%) percent;  Current workload relative to capacity – twenty (20%) percent. The top three (3) prospective bidders must achieve at least an average of fifty (50%) percent to be qualified for short listing. The Eligibility Documents and Eligibility Data Sheet shall be available at the Office of the LRTA – BAC Secretariat upon submission of an Expression of Interest. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using nondiscretionary “pass/fail” criterion as specified in the Revised IRR of RA No. 9184. Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least sixty (60%) percent interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines. The Procuring Entity shall evaluate bids using the Quality-Cost Based Evaluation/ Selection (QCBE/QCBS) procedure. For this purpose, the Technical and Financial Proposals shall be given weights at sixty (60%) percent and forty (40%) percent, respectively, comprising a total of one hundred (100%) percent. The criteria and rating system for the evaluation of bids shall be provided in the Instructions to Bidders. The contract shall not be more than four (4) months and the Consultant shall commence work within seven (7) days after receipt of Notice to Proceed (NTP). For further information, please refer to: Mr. Eduardo A. Abiva Head, BAC Secretariat LRTA Compound, Administration Building, Aurora Boulevard, Pasay City Tel. Nos.: (+632) 8530041 local 8382 Facsimile No.: (+632) 8557796 Email Address: bacsec_lrta@yahoo.com Website: lrta.gov.ph (Sgd.) MR. LUTGARDO C. NAVARRO Chairman, Bids & Awards Committee
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highlighted by the Apec leaders’ meeting on Sept. 8-9 on Russky Island. Last week, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Laura del Rosario confirmed that Chinese president Hu Jintao had requested a bilateral meeting with President Aquino at the Apec meeting. But Lacierda said the Chinese foreign ministry and Foreign Affairs had yet to confirm the meeting between the two Asian leaders. “You must remember that it is the Chinese side who asked for the bilateral talks. So we will confirm the meeting as soon as it has been ironed out by both the DFA and the Chinese Foreign Ministry.” The Philippines, Vietnam and recently Japan clashed with China over Beijing’s aggressive territorial claims on both the South China Sea and the East China Sea, which faces Japan. Three other countries--Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei--have over-

“We will always have to advance our national interest. That’s of course, the primary concern of each and every nation and in relation to trade and economic interests”, he said. Expected to welcome the president’s party are officials of the Foreign Ministry Affairs of the Russian Federation, the governor of the Primorsky Krai region in Vladivostork and Philippine Embassy officials led by Ambassador to Moscow Alejandro Mosqeura, Charge d’ Affaires Dinno Oblena and Consul General Yuri Kostyukov of the Philippine Consulate. A day after his arrival, president Aquino will have separate one-on-one meetings with leaders of other countries, as arranged by their foreign ministries. These include heads of states of Singapore, Chile and Vietnam. Aside from the bilateral meetings on Saturday, Mr. Aquino is also scheduled to attend the APEC leaders retreat session in the afternoon. Later, he will participate in a dialogue with his fellow leaders in the APEC Business Advisory Council. draws such assurance, does that mean that the freedom of navigation does not exist in the West Philippine Sea? We wish to seek a clarification on this.” Foreign Affairs’ statement, though, gave Beijing the benefit of the doubt, saying “such statement should be welcomed” if the Chinese meant that it recognized and would abide by its obligation under international law, particularly UNCLOS, with regard to the exercise of freedom of navigation in the high seas, and accordingly respect the exclusive economic

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their names on tarpaulins and posters announcing their projects to the public were worthy to be elected. Senator Miriam DefensorSantiago has filed a bill aimed at shaming the so-called epal politicians who claim credit for projects built with public funds. “We leave the people to decide on this kind of election campaigning,” Lacierda said. “Second, it is clear as far as the President is concerned that he does not want his picture posted in any public works. zones of all the littoral states in the West Philippine Sea. The statement, however, warned that if China made the statement in the context of affirming its nine-dash line claim over the entire West Philippine Sea by making it appear that it is the sole guarantor of freedom of navigation, such comment “should be cause of serious concern and accordingly should be objected to”. The department also reiterated “the Philippine position that the nine-dash of China is an excessive claim in violation of international law.”

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“[But] it would be more welcome if it was followed by concrete action towards the fulfillment of those words.” In a statement released Thursday, the Foreign Affairs Department said the Chinese should clarify Yang’s statement since it believed that “freedom of navigation is a customary right.” “Freedom of navigation” was a “customary right under international law, specifically the United Nations on the Convention of the

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exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea. By mid-September, Mosquera said a group of exporters of Philippine mangoes and bananas will arrive in Vladivostok to talk to potential buyers. “If you will look at our trade figures, it seems that we have a lot of things to do there. We would like to close a little bit the gap between our trade balance (which is in favor of Russia),” Mosquera added. Last year, bilateral trade between Russia and the Philippines stood at more than $700 million. Top exports to Russia from the Philippines include aircraft parts, dessicated coconut, lighters, personal care products, and banana chips.

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Manila-Vladivostok flights eyed
By Joyce Pangco Pañares

VLADIVOSTOK (via PLDT)—The Philippines is seeking wider cooperation and fresh investments with Russia in the areas of mining and oil exploration as well as a possible direct flight between Manila and this port city.
Philippine Ambassador to Russia Alejandro Mosquera said a reputable tour operator is now in Manila, trying to arrange a flight direct to Manila. The tour operator is now in Boracay looking for hotels to make arrangements for more Russians who will be coming to the Philippines, he said. Russian tourists are big spenders and their number has grown significantly over the last five years, from about 4,000 to 21,000, according to Mosquera. The Aquino administration will also invite Russian businessmen to participate in the Public-Private Partnership projects being rolled out by the Aquino administration.

“Areas of possible cooperation are in the energy and extractive industries. Russia has a very extensive experience in the extractive industry and they also have the technology in mining and in the extraction of oil and gas,” Mosquera said. “We would like them also to come and look for opportunities in our PPP projects,” he added. President Benigno Aquino III has recently signed Executive Order No. 79 that harmonizes mining policies of the national and local governments in a bid to make the extractive industry more attractive to investors while raising revenues for the state. The government has also been offering service contracts for oil and gas blocks within its 200 nautical mile

Apec to limit curbs on food shipments
VLADIVOSTOK (via PLDT)—Trade ministers of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation have agreed to limit protectionist policies on food exports among its 21 member-economies. In a briefing, Russian Economic Development Minister Andrey Belousov said the member-economies of APEC have agreed to boost food security, and one measure identified is to lessen the restrictions on the exportation of food commodities. “Food markets are entering a new period of instability due to the unprecedented drought in the United States. Food prices have already started rising, which is why ministers are paying greater attention to these issues,” Belousov said. “The solution to the food security issues depends on investment, incentives and promoting investment in agriculture. A very important objective is to limit protectionism, particularly the fight against food export restrictions, because many economies are likely to respond to the food crisis by restricting the export of food commodities,” Belousov added. He said the trade ministers were “almost unanimous” in saying that increasing restrictions on food exports is a “negative trend.” “We also agreed on vital importance of transparency of the food markets and information exchange, in particular a more or less real-time exchange of information about the situation on the food markets,” Belousov added. APEC’s 21 member-economies, accounting for approximately 40 percent of the world’s population, 54 percent of world gross domestic product and 44 percent of world trade. Joyce Pangco Pañares
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DepEd- Smart online contest
THE Department of Education and Smart Communications have launched online a nationwide poster-making, photo and video-making contests as part of the 2012 National Teachers’ Month and World Teachers’ Day. Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the contest aims to encourage elementary and high school students to express how much they honor and value their teachers through the use of multi-media. As online contests, the outputs of the students can be shared in a wider community, making teachers’ day celebrations as widely observed as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. The poster making contest is for elementary pupils while the photo and video-making contest are for high school students. Entries to the contest should be in by Sept. 12 and the finalists to be subsequently chosen will be uploaded for public viewing and online voting. Each school should submit only one entry per contest category. Except for the video contest, an entry shared by two or more individuals is not allowed. Gigi Muñoz-David

COMMISSION ON APPOINTMENTS

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President Benigno S. Aquino III has submitted to the Commission on Appointments (C.A.) for confirmation the ad interim appointments of the following officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines: Alan R. Luga, Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz, III and Gerardo T. Layug – Major General; Gerardo D. Jamorabo and Gregorio Pio P. Catapang – Brigadier General; Generoso M. Ponio (PA), Cesar D. De Mesa (PA), Arthur M. Cordura (PAF), Florante M. Amano (PAF), Araus Robert F. Musico (PAF), Rocky J. Binag (PAF), Gerardo M. Zamudio, Jr. (PAF), Rene Raoul DC Honasan (PAF), Romeo Jerome M. Dirilo, Jr. (PAF), Dennis G. Estrella (PA), Benjam L. Espinosa (PN-M), Temoteo Ferdinand B. Blasco (PN-M), Catherine N. Gosingan (MC), Eulalio C. Eclipse, Jr. (MC), Arsenio B. Belen, Jr. (MC), Harold V. Constantino (DC) and Bartolome Vicente O. Bacarro (PA) - Colonel; and Jesus Ricardo Z. Nava, Jr. (PN) and Emmanuel G. Manuel (PN) - Captain The public may submit any information, written report or sworn complaints or oppositions in forty (40) copies on the above appointments to the CA Secretariat, 6th Floor, PNB Financial Center, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Metro Manila. For the schedule of the public hearings, the CA Secretariat can be reached through telephone numbers 551-7532, 831-0893, 831-1824, 834-2706, 831-1566 and 834-2713. 06 September 2012.

Smuggling foiled. Customs chief Ruffy Biazon (center) and his deputy Peter Manzano hold a press conference along with
other Customs officials after filing charges against several traders and companies for smuggling 23 vehicles with a combined worth of P18 million. SONNY ESPIRITU
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NPA finance man nabbed
AN alleged finance officer of the Executive Committee of the New People’s Army was captured while two of his men were killed in a firefight Wednesday in Iriga City, Camarines Sur, the military said on Thursday. The rebel leader was identified as Edgardo Sevilla alias Palong, said Major Angelo Guzman, spokesman of the Army’s 9th infantry division. A 5-minute firefight erupted at around 4 p.m. when a platoon of soldiers chanced upon the rebels in a remote barangay. A 9mm Bereta pistol and cal.45 pistol were recovered from the encounter site. Sevilla was wounded in the leg and brought to the Bicol Medical Hospital for medical treatment, Guzman said. The rebel head was allegedly involved in various criminal cases, such as attempted murder and frustrated murder. Sevilla is a native of Barangay San Ramon, Libon, Albay. Florante Solmerin

FVR leads roadshow in Dagupan, Baguio
FORMER President Fidel V. Ramos and former Defense Secretary Renato S. De Villa will go on a nationwide roadshow titled: “Pilipinas: The Story Behind the Glory” starting on September 14 at the Lyceum Northwestern University Gymnasium in Dagupan City and at the Philippine Military Academy on September 15. Dagupan City Mayor Benjamin S. Lim will host the maiden run of the Pilipinas Roadshow which is a joint exposition of two valuable materials: the film showing of tagaligtas, a one-hour documentary on the Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force (PNP-SAF), and the book tour of the recently published historical saga entitled silver linings: 25 Years of the EDSA People Power Revolution. Silver linings, meanwhile, is a defining book that covers more than 50 years of Philippine history, told from the points of view of key military and police officers involved in the 1986 EDSA Revolution, along with other notable personalities in the Armed Forces and the government. The 500-page book presents the untold stories of EDSA, and valuable insights on how and why Philippine society is where it is today. It is authored by Melandrew T. Velasco, a native of Dagupan City more known as the family biographer of Fidel V. Ramos who has produced more than 12 books in association with the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation including the said book, and co-authored by the First SAF Commander Gen. Reynaldo V. Velasco (ret.) and former Interior and Local Government Secretary Rafael M. Alunan III.

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Health budget put under special fund
By Macon Araneta
SENATOR Franklin M. Drilon has asked the Department of Budget and Management to return to the Department of Health a P13.56 billion allocation that is now placed under a new special purpose fund in the proposed P2-trillion national expenditures program. The Health funds are meant for the construction and repair of health center facilities, according to Drilon, chairman of the senate finance committee, who said he was not comfortable with the lump-sum special funds “It is very difficult to monitor and it is against the principle of transparency. The committee prefers to avoid these lump sum allocations,” he said. “The construction of rural health units and public hospitals which were left under a sorry state is crucial,” he said. He said some people living in the far-flung areas cannot even afford to go to provincial and public hospitals to get treatment. In the recent hearing of the Health’s proposed P55.48 billion budget, Health Secretary Enrique Ona told Drilon’s committee that the allocation for the Health Facilities Enhancement Program was put under the Priority Social and Economic Projects Fund. “The DBM said there was an incomplete identification of all the health centers to be constructed, but that has been submitted already since the budget was submitted, it remains under the Priority Social and Economic Projects Fund,” said Ona.

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ManilaStandardToday Adelle Chua, Editor

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God who appointed her to the post. Now her colleague, Associate Justice Arturo Brion, who was also considered for the top post, has asked that the court compel the Judicial and Bar Council to release the result of his evaluation. Brion is said to have obtained a rating of 3— satisfactory. An official of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines says that a low rating does not disqualify a candidate so long as he or she is not diagnosed with psychosis. Most importantly, the President has decided. The JBC has said it will investigate the leak. It did not challenge the authenticity

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FILIPINOS seem to be preoccupied with psychological tests. During the 2010 presidential campaign, the critics and rivals of then-candidate Benigno Aquino III tried to raise the issue of his mental and psychological fitness to hold office. This was later on dismissed as a malicious ploy to dampen Aquino’s popularity. Filipinos voted for him, anyway. Two years hence, and psychological fitness is again an issue with the appointment of Aquino’s schoolmate, Maria Lourdes Sereno, as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Sereno, 52, is the youngest member of

State of mind
the court. She will be heading the Judiciary for the next 18 years. Coinciding with her apointment is the leak of the alleged results of the psychological test to which all nominees to the top judicial post were subjected. Sereno gained a score of 4 in a range where 1 was the highest and 5 the lowest. She was also described as dramatic and emotional and religiously preoccupied in all aspects of her life. She possesses depressive markers and a tendency to make decisions based on current mood. Sereno elicited more doubts when, during her first speech at the high court’s flag ceremony Monday, she claimed it was of the documents. The state of mind and the psychological tendencies of those who will shape our nation’s jurisprudence is of paramount importance. The demand for transparency is justified. Weren’t the interviews of candidates made public, as well? What makes the evaluation results any different? Unfortunately, Sereno herself is not too keen on getting this issue out of the way as she deferred the voting on Brion’s request until the next en banc session. Her actions have been interpreted as a refusal to be transparent. This is one test the new Chief Justice must not fail.

God and CJ Sereno
COLUMNS are made by journalists like me. But only God—not even President Noynoy Aquino—can make a chief justice. As for judges, according to the new chief justice of the Supreme Court, they are better read than heard, which was why they should maintain a “dignified silence.” Which was probably why, on her very first flag ceremony this week, seven of the fellow justices of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno took her word for it and skipped her inaugural address to the officials and other workers of the Court. The justices’ reason for the staging the boycott seems to be to protest Sereno’s appointment over her more senior, more deserving, more experienced, and more “everything” peers. Had they stopped by, however, they would have heard Sereno herself explain how she got the job of chief justice even if they had every advantage over her. Sereno had God on her side. And God (or Aquino) loves Sereno so much that He appointed her to the Supreme Court twice in the past two years. Sereno didn’t actually say that; what she said was that her appointment to the high court “came from God alone” and not from some earthbound authority. A born-again Christian, Sereno said she was a “servantleader” who has to accept “with much humility” her commission from God. So the justices—especially those who applied for the position of chief justice but who were rejected— should stop this childish protest and get on with their work, as God (or Aquino) had intended. That’s what God’s spokesman—who looked just like Secretary for Something or Other Carandang—said, when asked about the supposed snub that Sereno received from her colleagues. “We hope that everybody will give Justice Sereno a chance to prove herself,” said Carandang, speaking, I surmise, for God. “What I think is important for us, the public, is whether or not the justice system becomes more responsive to [our] needs.” Forgive me; it can get really confusing, as Senator Joker Arroyo has discovered, if one accepts that Sereno was appointed by God, instead of by Aquino. “After the Chief Justice expressed her belief that she was anointed by the Good Lord as chief magistrate, I hope she would not think she has now infallibility in her judicial opinions,” Arroyo jokingly said. But infallibility, to a limited extent, has always been a prerogative of the Supreme Court when it comes to matters of law as the ultimate arbiter of legal matters. This interpretative infallibility, however, can lead to the expulsion the chief justice, if God (sorry, the President) decides to start impeachment proceedings against him or her in Congress.

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It can get really confusing if one accepts that Sereno was appointed by God.

God giveth, after all, and God (or the God who is elected after the previous God) taketh away. Also, a servant-leader is defined in religious circles as someone who leads by doing even the most menial jobs and is not, as the heathen have suggested, the head waiter at Aquino’s favorite Grilla Restaurant in Greenhills or the “mayordoma” at Hacienda Luisita. Joker was right. It can get really confusing. *** A day after snubbing Sereno, the protesting Supreme Court justices decided they’ve had enough of “dignified silence.” In a noisy en banc session, they demanded to know the results of the psychiatric tests conducted upon the behest of the Judicial and Bar Council—tests where Sereno, even if she was God’s anointed, scored the lowest. The story about the raucous Tuesday session (as well as Sereno’s scoring a failing “4” in the JBC’s psychiatric tests) was broken by the Manila Times’ Jomar Canlas. Canlas reported that the justices “invoked public interest [in calling for] the disclosure of the confidential [test] records”— as well as a justifiable personal interest, in the case of one senior justice who applied for the chief justiceship but failed to get it. Associate Justice Antonio Brion had earlier asked JBC to give him a copy of his test scores; since the vetting council has refused, Brion is now asking the Court to compel it to do so. “Everybody knows the result of my psychiatric test, except me,” Canlas’ source quoted Brion as saying during the heated deliberations. Sereno, according to Canlas, was mostly quiet during the deliberations, perhaps because she was still maintaining her version of a dignified silence. It could also be that Sereno was wondering how long her legitimacy would be questioned and what new basis would be used to make it difficult for her to do the President’s —excuse me, God’s—bidding. But the results of the psychiatric tests conducted by JBC are important, according to my own sources, because they could be prima facie evidence of the illegality of Sereno’s inclusion in the council’s short list. After all, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, who was widely believed to be God’s (sorry, Aquino’s) bet, was excluded on the grounds that she had pending disbarment cases—cases that, as De Lima correctly pointed out, were still not clearly identified as administrative (which would not disqualify her) or criminal (which would) at the time of JBC’s consideration of her application. Sereno’s reported test results, on the other hand, were conclusive and should have prevented her from being included in the short list submitted by JBC to God (pardon me, Aquino). At the very least, the disclosure of the test results would certainly make Brion a happier man. Of course, even if JBC allows the release of the test results, that does not guarantee that Sereno will be removed from office. Only God (and, yes, Aquino) can do that, it seems.

What Aquino can learn from Putin
FIRST THINGS FIRST
WHEN President Aquino goes to the 20th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders Summit on Russky Island off the coast of Vladivostok this weekend, he will be visiting one of Russia’s most exciting regions, one not usually visited by the average traveler. It should be good for the President’s body and soul. Together with all the other Apec leaders, Mr. Aquino will be looking at the global crisis that began purely as a financial trans-Atlantic crisis, then became a full-blown economic crisis, then finally a systemic one. The summit may not be able to offer any solutions, but it would have achieved its purpose if it could at least give the APEC leaders a clear, coherent and comprehensive view of the world’s real problems. This is absolutely necessary because some governments, not excluding our own, tend to mistake the symptoms of the disease for the disease itself, and expend their best time and energy on the peripheral issues rather than on the fundamental ones. Each of the Apec leaders should have something to throw into the discussions. But perhaps Russian President Vladimir Putin could do everyone a big favor by making the other Apec leaders see that the irreversible ageing of our human population (“demographic winter” to the Russians) is now a major problem that threatens a big part—if not indeed the whole—of mankind. Mr. Aquino, who wants Congress to pass a patently unconstitutional reproductive health bill, needs to see and hear this for himself, perhaps

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even more than President Obama, who wants to export abortion and same-sex “marriage” around the world, needs to. He has to hear it from the leader of a once-populous country that has suffered the worst effects of population control. If he learns the truth from Mr. Putin within Mr. Obama’s hearing, then he could kill the RH bill when he comes home, without having to worry about a coup being arranged or instigated by Washington. At the Demographic Summit in Moscow in June-July, 2011, I was the herald of good news, and the Philippines everyone’s envy when I said we still had a robust population, growing at 1.9 percent per annum, with a total fertility rate of 2.3. That birth rate has since come down to 1.34 percent, and the TFR to 2.0. At the sidelines of the Second Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul last March, then-president, nowPrime Minister Dmitry Medvedev expressed his appreciation for the Philippine participation in the Moscow conference. I could not tell him I was there on my own, purely as a concerned humanitarian worker, and that the government meanwhile was working in the opposite direction. Despite all the science, law and logic against the RH bill, the high-handed pressure to have it enacted continues to intensify, and the debate has become a debate of the deaf and blind. The proRH advocates hear nothing except the mantra of population control, and they see nothing except the eugenicist idea that has made them blind. After some Ateneo “professors” had fouled up in their reading of the bill and the Constitution, comes now a group of De La Salle “professors” with their academic humbug proclaiming the anti-life bill as a pro-life bill. George Orwell, who invented Newspeak, would
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have been woefully entertained. To cut short the process and save the RH funders some dollars, I suggest the following: • If anyone can show that Filipino women and men are prohibited from practicing contraception or sterilization right now, then let us pass the RH bill. • If anyone can show that the Constitution does not provide that the State “shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception,” then let us pass the RH bill. • If anyone can show that the State’s constitutional duty “to protect the life of the unborn from conception” extend only to the unborn who will survive the State’s own program of contraception, then let us pass the RH bill. • If anyone can show that the Constitution allows the State to tell any religious group what to believe and what not to believe with respect to any moral or religious question, then let us pass the RH bill. • If anyone can show that the State provides free medical care to poor women and men who are sick of cancer, heart, kidney, liver, stomach, tuberculosis, diabetes, or any other disease, then let us pass the RH bill for the same poor men and women. • If anyone can show that the Constitution says the State, rather than parents, is the primary educator of children, then let us pass the RH bill. • If anyone can show that the family is a creation of the State and that the Constitution gives the State the right or duty to run the intimate affairs of married couples and families, then let us pass the RH bill. But if the RH proponents are unable to do any of the above, let us simply archive the stupid bill, focus on our real problems and move on. fstatad@gmail.com

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By Peter Enav
TAIPEI — They are mere specks on the map. Many are uninhabited, and others sparsely so by fishermen and seasonal residents. Yet the disputed ownership of these tiny constellations of islands is inflaming nationalist fervor from the cold North Pacific to the tropical South China Sea. In recent weeks, these longsimmering tensions have returned to a boil, with violent protests in Chinese cities, a provocative island junket by South Korea’s lame-duck president, and Japan’s government reportedly planning to buy disputed islands from their private owners. The popular analysis is that the rising tensions are fueled by a regional power shift that has seen China become increasingly assertive with its neighbors in securing claims over potentially resource-rich waters to its south and east. But the growing acrimony may have at least as much to do with domestic political posturing. “Wrapping yourself up in the national flag gives a very convenient exit for people with other agendas to justify their positions,” says political scientist Koichi Nakano of Tokyo’s Sophia University. Nationalism has often been used by China’s communist leaders to cover up domestic problems — such as the economic slowdown the country is now facing, not to mention problems with a growing rich-poor divide and official corruption. The same could be said, to an extent, in Japan and South Korea, where some politicians seem to be using the island disputes to further their agenda ahead of elections or to divert attention from thornier topics. Few believe the diverse Asian actors in this rapidly developing drama will actually come to blows, but manipulation of popular opinion in island disputants like China, South Korea and the Philippines is raising the chances of violence by either accident or miscalculation. Such an outcome would seriously threaten the fragile tranquility that has helped catapult tens of millions of Asians from poverty to prosperity. The disputed islands were on the agenda this week as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled across the region. Meeting Monday with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, she urged members of the 10-nation

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Release those test results
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is psychologically unqualified because the JBC gave her an unsatisfactory rating in this aspect. She reportedly got a 4 where the highest rating is 1. Supreme Court Associate Justice Arturo Brion has already sought the release of his JBC tests. It is on record that JBC members Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta and retired Justice Regino Hermosisima voted against Sereno. The reports are disturbing. She is said to be “dramatic and emotional, she appears energetic and all smiles and agreeable, but with religious preoccupation in all significant aspects of her life. She projects a happy mood but has depressive markers, too.” Further, there is a strong TENDENCY TO MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON CURRENT MOOD THUS, OUTCOME IS HIGHLY SUBJECTIVE AND SELFRIGHT-EOUS.” Sereno is said to be a born-again Christian. I’m not saying that Sereno should not be chief justice. The president has already exercised his prerogative. Still, people have the right to know, if only for the sake of transparency. After all, Sereno will head the Judiciary for 18 long years! *** I must commend Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto for remaining steadfast in his series of privilege speeches against the reproductive health bill. When we come right down to it, the bill only seeks to eliminate the family by controlling the population. This is a policy espoused by the United States to perpetuate its dominance over less developed countries like the Philippines. Sotto has been subjected to attacks in media—in editorials and columns, especially—about his sentiments against the RH bill. But these attacks on the person of Sotto, from outright ad hominem arguments to plagiarism, have not gone to the core of Sotto’s arguments. He has challenged his critics to argue, point by point, on the RH bill. Instead they have attacked his person. This so-called family-planning approach treats children like mere commodities.

Nationalism stokes island disputes around Asia
Association of Southeast Asian Nations to present a united front to China in dealing with territorial disputes in the South China Sea. She also discussed the issue with Chinese leaders during meetings in Beijing this week. Preferred access to potentially lucrative oil and gas reserves and rich fishing grounds is helping to drive the disputes, along with an increasingly prosperous and militarily strong China that is beginning to challenge America’s historic supremacy as a Pacific power. “There is a big power shift in this region and that is encouraging the parties involved to make their case in order not to lose their ground,” said security specialist Narushige Michishita of Japan’s National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. But the nationalist card is also front and center as governments jockey for position. “Nationalism is playing a very large role in all of these disputes,” said international relations specialist George Tsai of Taipei’s Chinese Culture University. “Whether it’s China, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines or Korea, all these countries are appealing to nationalist sentiments.” Right-wing politicians in Japan are using the issue to drum up nationalist support, and even mainstream politicians within the ruling party seem willing to let the issue grab headlines from issues like a tax hike and energy policy reforms that are being demanded after last year’s nuclear disaster, Nakano says. Similar motives can be seen in outgoing South Korean President Lee Myung-bak’s visit to an island claimed by Seoul and Tokyo as he seeks to boost his legacy on what could become a key issue in his party’s bid to maintain power in what will be a toughly fought election. Last month lame duck Lee became the first Korean president to set foot on Dokdo island, which is called Takeshima by Japan. Korea and Japan have a bitter history — marked by decades of harsh Japanese colonial rule on the Korean peninsula. Thumbing one’s nose at Tokyo has long had substantial cache for millions of Koreans. “I’m skeptical that this has anything to do with international relations,” Nakano said. “It has more to do with domestic politics because internationally it doesn’t make any sense.” In the Philippines, President Benigno Aquino III has been much more outspoken than predecessor Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on the need to defend the country’s territorial claims, and has publicly appealed to the U.S. for help with China’s challenge to disputed areas in the South China Sea. Aquino wants international arbitrators to resolve the issues, a stance that has nettled China, which insists the best way of settling differences with Asian neighbors is through bilateral talks. China has also been at loggerheads with Vietnam, particularly after Beijing’s formal creation of a municipality headquartered on Woody Island in the Paracel Islands, long a bone of contention between the two nations. China and Vietnam have a millennia-long history of fear and loathing, and China’s establishment of a Paracels prefecture prompted antiChina demonstrations in Hanoi, where authorities are normally quick to squelch popular manifestations of anger. Vietnam has also sparred with Taiwan over the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands, claimed by China, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia. On Tuesday, the Taiwanese Coast Guard held a live fire exercise on Taiping Island in the Spratly chain, partly in response to the Vietnamese occupation of other Spratly locations. Taiwanese legislators rushed to attend the exercises. Just north of Taiwan, China and Japan remain immersed in their long-running battle over what the Japanese call the Senkaku Islands and the Chinese call Diaoyutai. Located roughly equidistant from Chinese and Japanese territory, the Japanese-controlled islands surged to prominence earlier this year when Shintaro Ishihara, Tokyo’s strongly nationalistic governor, proposed purchasing and developing them. Japan’s central government stepped in, and on Wednesday Japanese media reported it had agreed to buy several islands from their private Japanese owners — a move that Japanese experts say is an attempt to sideline Ishihara and his nationalistic agenda. Thousands took to the streets in Chinese cities last month to protest Japan’s claims, with demonstrators burning flags and vandalizing Japanese restaurants and cars. Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada maintained Thursday that the flare up had not hurt official relations between the countries and emotions on both sides were being fanned by activists.

THE Philippines is no longer wanting of good news, something that the country has been deprived of for several years. First came the news that the gross domestic product grew by 5.9 percent in the second quarter. This is slightly lower than the 6.4-percent growth achieved in the first quarter, but it still falls within the government’s targets. Now we hear that for the first time, the Philippines is in the top 50 percent in the world ranking for competitiveness. The gains are attributed to the performing government of President Aquino. In fact, the Philippines scored a double-digit improvement in its ranking. We are now at the 65th spot among 144 surveyed. This only confirms what Ruchir Sharma, head of emerging markets division at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, said about breakout nations. The Philippines is no longer a joke! However we continue to lag behind other Asian economies. Singapore ranked second, Taiwan 13th, South Korea 19th, Malaysia 25th, Thailand 38th, Indonesia 50th and India 59th. It was found that we still need to beef up infrastructure. This should follow if the Aquino administration gives priority to its public-private partnership program. Despite the gains, we could still do better. Imagine how much more competitive the Philippines would become if we eased the 40-percent foreign ownership cap on companies. President Aquino’s anti-corruption drive should make us hopeful that we will do even better and become even more competitive in the next three years. *** The Judicial and Bar Council must release the results of the psychological tests undergone by those who were considered for the position of chief justice. There are sectors saying that

The people deserve to know.

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WHY is the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas apparently bending over backwards to accommodate the French company Oberthur Technologies in the supply agreement for machine readable e-passports? BSP has a tie-up with the Department of Foreign Affairs in the production of e-passports and Oberthur Technologies supplies the e-covers with attached microchips containing vital information about the holders of the Philippine travel document. There has been a long-running controversy that some of the e-passports jointly manufactured by the DFA and Oberthur for the past four years are defective. The covers are said to peel off and the stitching sometimes falls apart. There was also furor about the bidding for the e-passport covers held by BSP last February. Oberthur won the bidding for the new supply contract for passport e-covers but it was unable to deliver the e-covers contracted for because of its failure to give a sample of the e-cover that is acceptable to BSP and the DFA. The French company submitted a sample twice and in both times, the samples were deemed unacceptable. It’s a mystery that a company which has been supplying e-covers for the production of e-passport for the past four years would have difficulties supplying an acceptable sample. Perhaps the congressional inquiry that is expected to be conducted on Oberthur and its supply contract with BSP, as well as reported defects in the BSP-manufactured passports being issued by DFA to travellers, will unravel the mystery. An even bigger puzzle was the winning bid of Oberthur. The French company submitted a bid of $2.50 per cover. The conundrum here is that in the old supply contract of Oberthur with BSP the price was $5 per cover. What the proposed congressional investigation earlier called by Agham partylist Rep. Angelo Palmones and Rep. Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna can also answer is why the price dropped from $5 to $2.50. Adding to the confusion is the price being charged by Oberthur for the emergency procurement of e-passport covers. The emergency happened because Oberthur failed to submit acceptable samples after winning the new bidding. Because of the shortage, BSP has asked Oberthur to provide covers while the issue of the unacceptable samples is being sorted out. The price per cover under the emergency procurement is $5.76. If you are confused, you’re not alone. So are we. The Oberthur situation is really perplexing. Consider the facts: Oberthur supplied the e-passport covers for four years for $5; then in the new bidding which they won the price per cover went down to $2.50. In the emergency purchase, the price went up to $5.76. All the pricing is from one supplier, Oberthur. BSP however appears bent on continuing its supply contract with Oberthur. Sources say that during the meeting by BSP last August 30, the BSP Bids and Awards Committee chaired by lawyer Enrique Domingo was instructed to talk to Oberthur and ask the company to make a drastic reduction of the price per cover of the emergency procurement while there are still unresolved issues on the postbidding disqualification of Oberthur. The sources say that it was BSP Deputy Governor for the Resource Management Sector and Security Plant Complex Juan de Zuñiga Jr. who made a personal call to Oberthur to ask the supplier to bring down the price so the issue would die down. The price of the e-passport cover under the emergency purchase is a big issue but an even bigger one that the BSP should immediately make a decision on is the holding of a new bidding for the long-term supply of the covers. In the scale of things for BSP, the e-passport cover contract is not big. The old Oberthur contract implemented in July 2008 and which ended early this year involved $20.5 million or roughly P900 million pesos. For other, however, this is a big contract. In fact, some people might bring this issue to the Ombudsman if the information coming from sources is true that BSP officials led by de Zuñiga and BAC chairman Domingo insist on pushing through with the award to Oberthur despite its failure to provide an acceptable sample of the cover it would supply. De Zuñiga and Domingo are both lawyers and they know of the possible consequences of their actions. We are sure that they would not allow any violation of the government procurement law. AP

EVERYMAN
By Val Abelgas
THE appointment of two Liberal Party stalwarts to highly sensitive Cabinet posts signals the start of a three-year long campaign of President Aquino’s party to hold on to Malacañang for six more years after Aquino’s term expires in 2016. Last week, Aquino named LP president Mar Roxas, his running mate in the 2010 elections, as head of the powerful Department of the Interior and Local Government, replacing the late Secretary Jesse Robredo. Aquino also named leading LP member Cavite Rep. Joseph E. A. Abaya as secretary of the equally sensitive Department of Transportation and Communications, replacing Roxas. While very few question the capabilities of both Roxas and Abaya, many correctly pointed out that the appointments were tied to next year’s senatorial and local elections and the 2016 presidential elections. “An LP member positioned in such a key government position as the DILG is crucial for their party’s ambitions for 2013 and 2016,” said San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito, who is expected to run as one of the senatorial candidates of the rival

‘Daang matuwid’ has turns on election year?
United Nationalist Alliance. President Aquino’s party “is apparently maximizing their being in power by ensuring that powerful portfolios are given to their party mates,” he said. Ejercito was stating the obvious. President Benigno Aquino III is, after all, a politician. He grew up in a political environment, his father, the late Senator Ninoy Aquino having aimed for the presidency all his political life; his late mother President Cory Aquino having campaigned for the presidency herself during the snap election against the late President Marcos; and his uncles —former Representatives Peping and Danding Cojuangco and Jose Yap – having been veterans of numerous political campaigns. Aquino knows he has to retain control of both the Senate and Congress to push his reform agenda in the last three years of his tenure. He also knows that he has to have control and influence over the thousands of local officials to succeed as president. He has to make sure he has loyal allies in those two important departments – the DILG and the DOTC – to boost the chances of his party mates and coalition members in both the 2013 and 2016 elections. Like all politicians, Aquino will do everything in his power to make sure his party or coalition wins in the midterm elections next year. It is not difficult to understand, therefore, that Malacañang has submitted a P2-trillion national budget that, according to civil society groups, include P282.4 billion in “hidden and vague budget allocations for bonuses, dole and other activities that do not create employment.” Social Watch Philippines and Alternative Budget Initiative demanded that the government disclose the “nitty gritty” of the P2trillion national budget for 2013 for the sake of transparency. Earlier, Agham Rep. Angelo Palmones and Kabataan Rep. Raymond Palatino characterized the 2013 spending plan as “an election budget” that included an allocation of P60.4 billion to hire 164,230 new state workers starting in 2013, an election year. The groups also pointed to a sudden spike in the retirement benefits fund in the Special Purpose Fund, to P98.7 billion in 2013 from P34.4 billion in 2012. “Have a significant number of government employees, civil servants and military personnel retired all at the same time? What is the rationale for this?” they asked. The two groups also questioned the P22.4-billion allocation for Priority Social Economic Project Funds, a new budget item, when the government had already earmarked P56 billion for the Department of Social Welfare and Development of which around P44 billion would go to the conditional cash transfer program, which has been criticized as a straight dole. Aside from these special purpose funds, the two groups also questioned the inclusion of P117.54 billion unprogrammed funds for 2013 and a huge budget for “Personal Services.” All these special funds sound familiar, except that during the administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the allocations were in the form of agricultural incentives, including the controversial P728-million fertilizer fund, the P218.7-million budget for hybrid rice, certified seeds, farm inputs and fertilizers for farmers in four regions during the 2007 mid-term elections, the P2-billion swine fund, and the P3.1billion irrigation fund. These election funds also took the form of hundreds of millions of pesos from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corp. for supposed health and other programs for the poor. Why is it that during election years, special funds such as the above pad the national budget? Why is it that the Aquino administration under-spent in the first two years resulting in budget surplus and slow economic growth, and then suddenly is willing to accumulate a big budget deficit during an election year? Have Aquino and his allies found it convenient to take a little turn from the “daang matuwid” for political expediency? Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, another LP stalwart, has a lot of explaining to do in the coming budget deliberations. The Filipino people have to be vigilant and listen to his explanation. If Aquino were really sincere about his “daang matuwid,” the path has to remain straight all the way to 2016, with no left or right turns during election years. Mr. Abelgas is a former managing editor of the Manila Standard.

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Licenses to be inspected
THE Land Transportation Office will physically inspect the licenses of passenger bus drivers in a bid to lessen the number of road mishaps involving buses on major roads. Teofilo Guadiz III, the LTO’s Metro Manila regional chief, said he will field at least 20 traffic law enforcers inspect the licenses at loading and unloading bays on Edsa-Guadalupe, Makati City; Edsa-Ortigas Avenue; Edsa-Baclaran, and Edsa-Balintawak toward the North Luzon Expressway. “Bus operators will also be held liable for negligence if they fail to check if their driver’s licenses do not allow drivers to safely operate such heavy vehicles,” he said. An erring driver could be slapped with three-month suspension of his license and a P6,000 fine while operators face fine of P6,000 and the impounding of the vehicle. Rio N. Araja

Cops victimize chief’s son
INCOMING Metro Manila police chief Leonardo Espina is after the necks of two policemen who allegedly tried to shake down P20,000 from his son whom they accosted for purportedly having “phone sex” along a busy street in Quezon City.
Espina said his son stopped at the curb along Santolan Road in Quezon City last Sept. 4 to answer a call from a classmate who was waiting to have dinner with him, when two policemen on board a police car, marked QC-57, showed up and accused him of engaging in phone sex. The two cops, later identified as Senior Police Officer 4 Jose dela Pena and PO2 Resty del Rosario, allegedly ordered Espina’s son to take the front passenger seat while one of them drove the car and demanded P20,000 from Espina’s son. When they stopped in front of an automated teller machine so Espina’s son could withdraw the money, the younger Espina decided to instead call his father. When the cops learned they were speaking to the incoming Metro Manila police chief, they handed the phone back to the son and left the scene. “[I’m] very angry because the suspects are men in uniform like me and it just so happened that the victim is my son. It could have happened to anybody and that’s why I’m so angry,” Espina told journalists at Camp Crame. “We don’t want to work with this kind of uniformed men in the service.” QC police chief Mario dela Vega relieved the two cops on Thursday and ordered them reassigned to the QC police headquarters, pending an investigation. Dela Vega said Dela Peña and del Rosario have yet reported for work since the incident happened and they will be considered absent without leave if they do not show up by Friday. Meanwhile, two congressmen demanded a review of the Philippine National Police’s Integrated Transformation Program because of the incident. Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento, vice chairman of the House Committee on Public Order and Safety, said the program should be revisited. House Assistant Majority Leader and party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna of Citizens Battle against Corruption echoed Sarmiento’s call and said the incident is a “a classic example of the law catching up with the extortionist policemen.” With Jonathan Fernandez and MaricelC ruz

Prosecutor’s staff nabbed
THE National Bureau of Investigation arrested last week a staff member of the staff of Deputy State Prosecutor Severino Gana after she allegedly tried to extort P250,000 from a ramp model and former Mutya ng Pilipinas contestant Nuriza G. Abeja. The NBI identified the suspect as Mutya delos Santos Santiago, alias Mutya Tobes, alias Mutya SantiagoTobes, an employee of the Department of Justice, who allegedly asked Abeja to pay the money so she would not be included in a family law suit that had already been dismissed. Abeja complained to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and the NBI conducted an entrapment operation inside the Gana’s office at Room 128, ground floor of the DOJ’s main building on Padre Faura St. last August 31, when Gana was not around. Macon Ramos-Araneta

Under control. Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim personally inspects a building that was hit by

a fire at the Tutuban Mall in Divisoria. The fire was declared under control Thursday morning, more than 24 hours after it broke out after midnight of Wednesday.

Mall fire under control
THE fire that struck the Tutuban Mall in Divisoria, Manila was finally placed under control on Thursday, more than 24 hours after it broke out before dawn of Wednesday, according to officials of the Bureau of Fire Protection. BFP Metro Manila chief Santiago Laguna said they declared the fire under control at 10 a.m. of Thursday, after 74 firemen suffered respiratory difficulties due to the smoke and bruises from falling debris. Tutuban Properties Inc., which manages the Tutuban Mall thanked firefighters for containing the fire that hit the Cluster Building after midnight of Wednesday. The property manager said other buildings in the mall, particularly Centermall and Prime Block, resumed operations when the fire was declared under control. “We believe that the current situation is but a minor setback in the redevelopment of Tutuban Center. Management affirms its commitment to move towards a new and revitalized Cluster Building,” the firm said in a statement. It took several hours before firemen could determine the cause of the fire and some tenants refused to leave the premises because they were afraid they would lose their inventories to looters. Firefighters eventually issued a warning early Thursday morning against people who might think of sneaking into the mall because of the danger it posed to their lives due to falling debris or being trapped inside the burning structure. A few hours before the fire was placed under control, firefighters thought it would take up to three days to put out the fire because of the textile, clothing and other combustible material that were already smoldering in heavily padlocked stores. Laguna said they also lacked sufficient breathing apparatus, preventing them from breaching the smoke so they could put out the fire.
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Taguig pushers arrested
THREE alleged drug pushers belonging to the notorious Ortega Drug Group operating in Taguig City were arrested during a buy-bust operation conducted at a house utilized as a drug den in Barangay Bagumbayan, PDEA chief Jose Gutierrez said Thursday. Gutierrez identified the suspects as Alfredo Ortega, 54; Melissa Lim, 32; and Jennilyn Bonina, 27, who are all residents of 221 Paso Street, Barangay Bagumbayan, Taguig City and included in the PDEA Order of Battle. Jonathan Fernandez

No revamp, Abaya says
By Maricel V. Cruz
CAVITE Rep. Joseph Emilio Abaya Jr. said on Thursday there will be no revamp at the Department of Transportation and Communication when he assumes leadership of the agency on the third week of October. “I am generally keeping Secretary Mar Roxas’ people in the DOTC. I am just bringing in executive assistants, someone who would answer my phone,” Abaya said, adding that the DOTC already has very competent personnel. Abaya said he wanted to avoid the public perception that rules and policies at the department will change and re-start from scratch when he comes aboard. Abaya also said he will retain Virginia Torres as chief of the Land Transportation Office and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board chairman Jaime Jacob. “Until I get my feet wet, study the system and find reason to replace them, we will keep everybody. It wouldn’t be logical for me to just replace people without reason the moment I assume office, so the safest is to retain until I have justification,” Abaya said. Abaya was appointed to the DOTC after President Aquino named Roxas as the replacement for the late Interior and Local Government Sec. Jesse Robredo who died in a plane crash last August 18.

Department of Public Works and Highways OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER
Agusan del Norte Engineering District Butuan City DPWH INFRA -07- Standard Advertisement-Revised IRR Caraga, Region XIII

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS NORTH MANILA ENGINEERING DISTRICT

Office of the District Engineer
Nagtahan, Manila Tel. Nos.: 714-0604 * 715-15-10

NOTICE OF VACANT POSITION
NORTH MANILA ENGINEERING DISTRICT: (One) Administrative Officer IV, SG-15, Item No. ADOF4 – 30010 – 2012 Qualification: Education: Bachelors Degree, Experience: 1 year of relevant experience, Training: 4 hours of relevant training, Eligibility: Career Service (Professional). (Two) Administrative Assistant I, SG-7, Item Nos. ADAS1 – 30005 – 2012 and ADAS1 – 30006 – 2012 Qualification: Education: Completion of 2 years studies in College or High School, Experience: No experience, required, Eligibility: Career Service (Sub-Professional) Data Encoder (MC I s. 96 CAT I). Deadline for submission of requirements will be on September 14, 2012.
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INVITATION TO BID
The DPWH DISTRICT ENGINEERING OFFICE, J. Rosales Avenue,Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, through its Bids and Awards Committee ( BAC), invites contractors to apply to bid for the following contract(s): 12NA0027 RepairlRehab./Improvement of Surigao-Agusan Road along Brgy. Comagascas Section, Cabadbaran City, Contract Location: Agusan del Norte Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php P 9,900,000.00 Contract Duration: 45 calendar days Contract ID: Contract Name: 12NA0028 Repair/Rehab./ Improvement of Daang Maharlika (Surigao- Agusan Road) Tagbuyacan Section, Contract Location: Santiago, Agusan del Norte Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php P 9,900,000.00 Contract Duration: 45 calendar days Contract ID: Contract Name: 12NA0029 Repair/Rehab./Improvement of Surigao-Agusan Road along Brgy. Dona Telesfora Section Contract Location: Tubay, Agusan del Norte Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php P 9,900,000.00 Contract Duration: 45 calendar days Contract ID: Contract Name: Procurement will 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) 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 with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (c) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, and (d) 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 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 contractor’s applications for registration, with complete requirements, and issue the Contractor’s 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. Receipt of LOI from Prospective Bidders 2. Issuance of Bid – Documents 3. Pre-Bid Conference 4. Receipts of Bids 5. Opening of Bids September 17, 2012 10:00 a.m. Sept. 5, 2012 to Sept. 24,2012 September 12, 2012 10:00 a.m. September 24, 2012 at 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. September 24, 2012 10:15 a.m.

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Republic of the Philippines

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF ORIENTAL MINDORO
Camilmil, Calapan City 5200, Oriental Mindoro

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DPWH ROAD REPAIR ADVISORY
The Public is informed on the following road repairs to be undertaken on September 7 (10 PM) to September 10 (4 AM), 2012. Expect traftic build-up/congestion. Please take alternate routes. NAME of ROADS/LIMITS 1. C.M. Recto, Manila Between Masangkay St. and A-Rivera St. 2. C-2, Tondo, Manila between Imelda St. and Velasquez St. 3. Road 10 (R-10), Tondo, Manila between C-2 and Shell Station going to Navotas 4. EDSA, Quezon City (northbound) between Quezon Ave. and North Ave. 4th lane from center island 5. EDSA, Quezon City (southbound) between Walter Mart and Bansalangin St. 1st lane from sidewalk 6. EDSA, Mandaluyong City (northbound) between Berkeley St. and Poveda St. 7. EDSA, Mandaluyong City (southbound) between SMDC/Boni Avenue and Apo St. 8. Rizal Avenue Extension, Caloocan City (southbound) corner C-3 Road 9. Samson Road, Caloocan City (westbound) between Masagana St. and Heroes St. 10. Samson Road, Caloocan City (westbound) between University Avenue and Bisig ng Kabataan St. DPWH OFFICE TEL. NOS. NMED 714-0608/12 DE ROGELIO S. CRESPO (0915) 215-8102 QCFED 431-4597 to 98 DE ROSELLER A. TOLENTINO (0906) 479- 1800 FMMED 641-2370 DE ROBERTO P. NlCOLAS (0917) 516-0007 TMMED 293-2739 DE MARLO B. CORREA (0917) 53 1-6020

INVITATION TO BID ITB No. GS-2012-131 and 132
The Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro invites PhilGeps registered suppliers to Apply for EligIbility and to Bid for the hereunder list of item/s. Item/Description Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) Php 2,975,249.57 Bid Document Fee Php 14,876.25 Source of Funding

1. Supply and delivery of Construction Materials for Construction of Four (4) Classroom at Aurelio Arago Mem. National High School, Victoria, Oriental Mindoro 2. Supply and delivery of Cement for various Barangays - Provincewide

Trust Fund (SARO No. BMB11-0002407)

Php 2,999,880.00

Php 14,999.40

20% Development Fund

The schedule at bidding activities is as follows: 1. Pre-procurement Conference 2. Advertlsement/Posting of ITB - Bulletin Board of the PGOM - PGOM Website - PhilGEPS Website - Newspaper of General Nationwide Circulation 3. Issuance of Bidding Documents 4. Pre-Bid Conference 5. Deadline of Submission of Bids 8. Opening of Bid In sealed envelope a) Eligibility Requirements and Technical Proposal b) Financial Proposal : September 07, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at BAC Office : : : : : : : September 10, 2012 September 10, 2012 September 10, 2012 September 11, 2012 September 17, 2012 - October 05, 2012 September 21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at BAC Office October 04,2012 at 1 :30 p.m. at BAC Office

: October 04, 2012 at 2:00 p.rn. at BAC Office : October 04, 2012 at 2;00 p.m. at BAC Office

The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD’s) at DPWH DISTRICT ENGINEERING OFFICE, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, upon payment of a nonrefundable fee of (P 10,000.00). Prospective bidders may also download the BD’ s, if available, from the DPWH web site. Prospective bidders that will download the BD’s from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bids Documents. The Pre-bid Conference shall be open only to interested parties who have purchased the BD’s. Bids must accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form, as stated in Section 27.2 of the IRR. Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplishment forms as specified in the BD's in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The first envelop 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 the post-qualification. The DPWH DISTRICT ENGINEERING OFFICE, J. Rosales Avenue, Agusan del Norte, reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before Contract Award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidders. Approved by: (Sgd.) CLARO S. COMILING Chief MQC Section BAC Chairman
(MST-Sept. 7, 2012)

Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in R.A. 9184 and its IRR otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. The complete let of bidding documents may be purchased at the BAC Secretariat upon payment of non-refundable price of bid documents indicated above. Pre-Bid Conference shall be opened to all interested parties, however only those who purchased the Bidding Documents may participate in the discussion at said conference. All particulars relative to eligibility requirements and screening, bid security, performance security, pre-bid conference, evaluation of bids, post qualification and award of contract shall be governed by the provision of R.A 9184 and its IRR. The PGOM reserves the right to accept or reject bid to annul bidding process. and to reject all bids at anytime prior to contract award without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders. For further Information, pIease refer to: MR. JULIO R. ICAL Head, BAC Secretariat Provincial Capitol, Camilmil, Calapan City Tel Nos. (043) 283-7120 (043) 286-7447 (Sgd.) ENGR. ELMER V. DILAY Provincial Engineer BAC Chairman

For any concern, complaint, suggestion, recommendation, observation, please call 165-02; or (02) 536-3477 or text DPWH (space) message then send to 2920. Thank you. NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION Department of Public Works and Highways 2nd Street, Port Area, Manila Tel. Nos. (02) 304-3713; 304-3620; 304-3700 For and in the absence of the Regional Director (Sgd.) NICASIO G. TAMBAL Assistant Regional Director
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Anvaya Cove Triathlon set
CHAMPIONS from the past have been invited to race with a new batch of competitors, who will soon converge at the scenic Anvaya Cove Beach and Nature Club in Morong, Bataan as the 5th Anvaya Cove Invitational Triathlon fires off on Oct. 20 and 21, 2012. Previous event champions include Levy Ang, Geraldine Santiago, Kevin Lyndonn Eijansantos, Franchesca Carpo, David Verlee, Andrea Lagman and Carina Dayondon. While Ang and Santiago have signed up, Eijansantos will be excluded from the main sprint distance triathlon (1.2 Km swim – 32 Km bike – 6 Km run) event due to his inclusion in the PH Team’s training pool. In the event sponsored by Globe Telecom, Ayala Land Premier, Century Tuna, Gatorade, Philippine Sports Commission, Asian Centre for Insulation Philippines and Standard Insurance, are several race categories that include SuperTriKids aquathlon (swim-run), a family triathlon relay, regular triathlon relay and short-distance races for youth triathletes. In addition, members of the PH Triathlon Team will participate as guest competitors and have their personal time trials. “ACBNC is happy to host the fifth version of this race that keeps growing every year. We will roll out the usual red carpet for all participants and guests and they can expect to be pampered and entertained to the nines by our staff and personnel. We are proud that the Anvaya Triathlon is considered one of the best organized triathlons in the country and we hope to add on to that reputation,” ACBNC General Manager George Cadhit said.

2 different goodbyes
several short, clipped answers, when asked about Berdych’s recent success morphed into a shocker of an evening, Andy Roddick and against him. “I don’t see him play every match he plays on tour. That’s why I can’t Roger Federer both bid farewell to Flushing Meadows. really answer that question.’’ Roddick is leaving for good, a moment 6 Tomas Berdych, who improved to 4-3 in Roddick, however, lingered over his final he knew would come this week. his last seven matches against the 17-time official session with the reporters. He said it Federer is presumably gone only until Grand Slam champion, ending Federer’s was fun to be in Arthur Ashe Stadium, lisnext year, though the timing of his 2012 string of US Open semifinal appearances tening to the fans spur him on with cheers US Open exit was unexpected. at eight, much the way he halted Federer’s of “Let’s go Andy’’—and to play tennis Roddick lost 6-7 (1), 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4 to streak of 23 straight trips to major semifi- simply for tennis’ sake. No. 7 seed Juan Martin del Potro to bring nals back in 2010 at Wimbledon. “It wasn’t about ranking points or paythe curtain down on his career WednesThe two losers’ news conferences were checks or anything else,’’ Roddick said. day—an ending that came, fittingly, on the where the postmatch drama was. They “This week I felt like I was 12 years old, court where he won his only Grand Slam couldn’t have been any different in tone. playing in a park. It was extremely innotitle, back in 2003. “Maybe it’s a good matchup for him,’’ cent. That was fun. I enjoyed it.’’ Federer fell 7-6 (1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to No. top-seeded Federer said in one of his Last week, Roddick used the occasion of

NEW YORK—On an emotion-filled afternoon that

his 30th birthday to announce the US Open would be his last tournament as a pro. He did get one bonus day on the grounds, thanks to a rainstorm that delayed his match Tuesday with him leading 1-0 in the first-set tiebreaker. He hit the ground running, won six of seven points after the restart and won the tiebreaker. That, however, was as good as things would get. He dropped the second set in a tiebreaker, fell behind by two early breaks in the third, then after getting broken early in the fourth set, he could feel the end was near. He appeared to be trying to avoid crying while serving in the next-to-last game. In the stands, both his mother, Blanche, and his wife, actress-model Brooklyn Decker, were wiping away tears. AP

La Salle-Greenhills, UST lead SBP-Passrelle meet
LA Salle Green Hills Team A led the parade of winners in the Small Basketeers of the Philippines division, while University of Santo Tomas remained flawless in the Passerelle division, as the elimination round of the MILO-sponsored SBP-Passerelle NCR tournament nears its exciting conclusion. The SBP—Passerelle remains the country’s most renowned annual inter-school league for the country’s basketball players aged 9 to 11 (SBP) and 12 – 14 (Passerelle). Organized by the award winning Basketball Efficiency Scientific Training Center, the twin tournament aims to develop the country’s next generation of basketball heroes. In SBP action, LSGH-A trounced Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati, 49-20 to lead Group A; while in Group B, San Beda College Alabang proved too much for Marist School Team B, 52-44. In Group C, San Beda College Rizal overwhelmed Chiang Kai Shek College, 75-53. In Group D action, De La Salle Santiago Zobel Team A toyed with School of St. Anthony, 57-31 and Marist School Team A beat St. Mary’s College, 51-36. In the Passerelle division’s Group A hostilities, De La Salle Santiago Zobel Team A defeated Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati 59-43, Ateneo de Manila University bested Marist School 70-46 and Xavier School Team A blasted School of St. Anthony, 7846. Kid’s World Christian Academy beat De La Salle Santiago Zobel Team B, 52-48 in Group B, while in Group C, UST beat Claret School of Quezon City, 57-46, Notre Dame of Greater Manila trounced Xavier School Team B 78-60 and San Beda College Rizal Team B defeated St. Paul College Makati, 75-52.

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Mayol training in Cuba
FORMER World Boxing Council light flyweight champion Rodel Mayol is currently training in Cuba with Nonoy Neri for his title fight against International Boxing Federation super flyweight champion Juan Carlos Sanchez in Sinaloa, Mexico on Sept. 22 (23 in Manila) in a fight card to be telecast by AKTV IBC 13. MP Promotions’ Michael Koncz, who handles Mayol, told the Manila Standard that the Filipino will return to Los Angeles on Monday to continue his training at the Wild Card Gym of Freddie Roach. Manny Pacquiao’s adviser said Mayol, who is 31, is getting on in years, but has put in a string of impressive performances since losing in a flyweight title fight against Omar Nino Romero who subsequently lost his title to Brian Viloria. He said Mayol is ready to win another world title. A 10-round bout between Mexican warrior Jorge Arce who has announced he plans to face the winner between World Boxing Organization/IBF champion Nonito Donaire and Japan’s WBC super champion Toshiaki Nishioka when they clash for the WBC Diamond Belt on Oct. 13, will be the main event in the hometown of both Arce and Sanchez. Ronnie Nathanielsz
Organized by the award-winning Basketball Efficiency Scientific Training Center, SBP – Passerelle is the country’s most renowned annual inter-school league for the country’s basketball players aged 9 to 11 (SBP) and 12 to 14 (Passerelle).

Monster Energy wakeboarding at Lago de Oro Wake Park
TOP national female rider Samantha Bermudez delivered another shining moment for the Philippines, when she barged into the semifinals of the 34th stop of the 2012 Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup Series recently at the Rainbow Bridge Wake Park, Odaiba Beach in Japan. It was the second major international feat for the 26-year-old Bermudez after clinching the bronze medal in the Southeast Asian Games last year in Palembang, Indonesia. Teammate Carlo de la Torre likewise gave an impressive performance, but with the tough, talented field of 44 riders from 21 countries, his total score garnered from the two runs failed to qualify him to the next round. Bermudez was just one step shy of making it to the finals. From the starting list of 16 riders, only 12 moved on to the semifinals. From there, only six female riders—three each from the two semifinal groups—had the chance to vie for the final round for the prestigious crown. Angelika Schriber who eventually emerged the overall Open Ladies champion of the event. Bermudez’s feat further inspired Wake Boarding and Waterskiing Association of the Philippines president JV Borromeo to further push his programs aimed at discovering and developing worldcaliber wakeboarders and wakeskaters. Determined to turn that vision to reality, Borromeo tapped partner corporate sponsors in staging the “1st Monster Energy Drink Philippine Qualifier Series presented by Safeguard Active” kicking off Saturday at the Lago do Oro Wake Park in Calatagan, Batangas He hopes that wakeboarding and wakeskating standouts would come out and be discovered as he expects around 70 riders plunging into the tough battle for the titles at stake in this three-stop National Series, also supported by DECA Homes, Stokedinc, Ripcurl, Electric Visual, CWB and CTRL Wakeboards.

Aussie U-18 in goodwill tour
By Lito Cinco
A 16-MAN Under-18 developmental team from the Australian College of Basketball in New South Wales plays 10 school and professional basketball teams starting on Sunday as part of a combined goodwill and toughening series for the squad. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipininassanctioned event, organized jointly by the Philippine Sports Commission, the Intramuros Administration of the Department of Tourism and the Basketball New South Wales, kicks off with two games hosted by Ateneo de Manila. The fist game is at 8 a.m. against Trace College, to be followed by the game between the young Aussies and Ateneo’s Team B. Arellano University takes its turn on Sept. 10 at 8 a.m. at the school’s gym, while in the afternoon, the delegation will pay a courtesy call to Philippine Sports Commissioner Iggy Clavecilla. The group is headed by BSNW’s Danny Martinez and head coach Phil Smyth, who was the team captain of the very first Australian Youth team in 1976 that toured the Philippines with the PH Youth team then. TIP gets first crack at the team on Sept. 11 in the morning, while professional team Ginebra takes on young visitors at 3 p.m. at the San Andres gym, in cooperation with the Manila Sports Council. STI and Mapua play the Australian team on Sept. 12, before Petron gives more basketball lessons to the team on Sept. 13 at the Acropolis gym at 10 a.m.

Agojo leads PAL cast
IN-FORM Jayvie Agojo will lead Manila Southwoods’ title-retention bid in the Philippine Airlines Ladies’ Interclub golf championships slated Sept. 18 to 21 at the Sta. Barbara golf course in Iloilo. Agojo won the women’s individual crown of the recent Southeast Asian Amateur Golf Championship last week in Indonesia. Supporting Agojo are teammates Lora Roberto, Miya Legaspi, June Hee Kyung, Regine de Guzman, Bernadette Abiera, Sunshine Baraquel and Marie Claire Ong. Expected to give Southwoods a run for its money is last year’s runner-up Del Monte, led by Lovelyn Guioguio. The other members are Kristine Leonen, Taj Tabanas, Apple Fudolin, Rainstar Roque, Eva Minoza, Ping Jarales and Pam Mariano. At least 27 teams, including four foreign squads, are entered in the event sponsored by People Asia, Avis Car Rental, Airbus, TV5, Crossover, The Filipino Channel, 100Plus, Summit Water, Tanduay Ice and the Department of Tourism. Also supporting the four-day golfest are B/E Aerospace, Boeing,Sarabia Manor Hotel and Conventions Center, Diamond Hotel, EDSA Shangri-La, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, Print Town/ Lexmedia and Tanduay Distillers.

Cyna ties Ababa for lead
HONG KONG—Cyna Rodriguez birdied No. 18 to salvage a one-over 72 and tie a faltering Sarah Ababa at the helm even as Jayvie Agojo moved within one with a solid 69 in the second round of the Hong Kong Ladies Amateur Open at the Discovery Bay Golf Club here yesterday. Rodriguez’s 72 proved enough to gain her a piece of the lead at 140 as Ababa stumbled with a three over 74, setting up a wide- open battle for the crown in today’s final round of the 54-hole championship. Agojo made sure to get into the mix, shooting one of the day’s two best scores of two-under 69 and closing in on her ICTSI-PH teammates at 141 in a tie with local bet Michelle Cheung, who made a 70.

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SPORTS CHAT
DENNIS PRINCIPE
GETTING PHYSICAL. Fajardo finally got a sampling of PBA action when he started at center for Petron in Thursday’s tune-up game versus Rain or Shine. Before the game, he expected a tough battle knowing that he will be up against certified bangers Beau Belga and JR Quinahan. “Ang daming siko. Nakatikim din ako. Pero part naman sa game ‘yun. Hindi maiiwasan, “ said the soft-spoken Fajardo. In some ways, Fajardo believes it helped him a lot that he was able to play in the ASEAN Basketball League as it made him a much tougher player, both physically and mentally. “Sa ABL kasi, may mga malalaking Americans ako kalaban. Malaking tulong talaga ‘yun,” said Fajardo. Fajardo disclosed he wants to test his mettle against former Meralco bigman Asi Taulava. “Siya kasi ‘yung nag-dominate sa liga. Gusto ko subukan yung lakas ko sa kaniya,” said Fajardo. Unfortunately for Fajardo, he may not get that wish of playing against Taulava, who has reportedly signed a deal with ABL team San Miguel. WALK-IN TALENT. Fajardo admitted he has no knowledge about basketball until he reached college. The 6’10” behemoth said the only sport he knew during his younger days was billiards. “Wala talaga ako alam sa basketball noon. Ang alam ko lang sa basketball, pagshoot, two points. ‘Yun lang,” said Fajardo. After high school, Fajardo said he decided to try out with the University of Cebu and try his luck in basketball with an objective of earning a scholarship. “Dahil siguro malaki ako kaya ako nakuha. Pero malaki ang pasalamat ko kasi nag-tiyaga sa akin ‘yung UC,” said Fajardo, who counts Dondon Hontiveros as one of his basketball influences. WHO’S THE COACH? Weeks ago, celebrated point guard and now-retired Olsen Racela was named the new head coach of the Petron Blaze Boosters, replacing Ato Agustin. But in their tune-up game against Rain or Shine, Serbian coach Rajko Toroman was seen designing plays and shouting out instructions to Petron players. “May collaboration kaming dalawa and understandably since umpisa pa lang namin, mas vocal siya ngayon. Pero it’s more of tandem kasi nagkakapaan pa kami sa isa’t isa,” said Racela. Racela assures everything will be more established as they plan to play seven more tune-up games before the Sept. 30 opening. VENUE RESERVED. American promoter Bob Arum has officially reserved a Dec. 8 outing for Manny Pacquiao with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. According to Canadian agent and Pacquiao representative Michael Koncz, they have obtained a go-signal from the Filipino icon to set aside the Dec. 8 schedule at the MGM Grand Garden in las Vegas. But Arum has yet to hear from Pacquiao the Filipino fighter’s preferred opponent for that date. Arum said all he knows is that Pacquiao is still choosing from between tormentor Timothy Bradley and bitter Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez. On the side of Marquez, Mexican promoter Fernando Beltran is confident they can get the nod as Pacquiao’s next foe. Beltran confirms they have already agreed to all the details of the fight contract that will give them the fourth opportunity to fight. Updates about PBA teams’ tune-up games along with coaches and players interviews will be the main topics in next week’s Sports Chat episodes. Also to be tackled is the seemingly suspenseful decision of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao regarding his next fight. Expected to join the show next week via phonepatch are promoter Bob Arum and famed trainer Freddie Roach. Sports Chat is aired Monday to Friday from 6 to 8 a.m. over dzSR Sports Radio 918kHz on your AM dial.

SM rink celebrates 20 year
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OVER the past 20 years, SM Ice Skating has been the go-to place for families and barkadas to bond, have fun and enjoy the thrill of ice skating. It has also undoubtedly given its full support to aspiring skaters, with their awesome spins, jumps, foot works and ice exhibitions, to become highly competitive athletes, more than capable to compete around the globe. SM Ice Skating Rink celebrates 20 years of resounding success in the Philippines on Sept. 15, 5 p.m. Outstanding presentations will be rendered by Ice Skating students and coaches from 1992 to 2012 that will surely amaze spectators as they glide inside the rink with their best routines. Influential people from SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and Ice Skating Organizations are also expected to come and join the said event. Exciting treats and raffle prizes await the attendees of this year’s anniversary celebration.
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LOOKS like rookie top pick June Mar Fajardo will be having a fruitful career in the Philippine Basketball Association. No less than Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao was all praises for the newest Petron slotman after their teams met in their first tune-game this off-season, which the Painters won, 101-98. “The other teams better be ready for him because he is going to get a lot of touches and he is going to get better. He’ll be a big headache for other teams,” said Guiao. Guiao said he has never seen a big man as agile as Fajardo in all the years that he has coached in the PBA. “He runs fast going down on defense and reacts well in transition. He’s very mobile and has decent shooting touch. There is no comparison because we only have few big men like him,” said Guiao. Guiao added Fajardo is more coordinated physically in comparing him to one of his former players Bonel Balingit. “He will probably get to the point where his basketball IQ will develop like that of Marlou Aquino,” added Guiao.

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SCOOP SESSION TODAY
TRIATHLON Association of the Philippines president Tom Carrasco, Philippine Amateur Baseball Association chief Hector Navasero and national coach Boy Velasco will appear as guests in today’s edition of the SCOOP Sa Kamayan weekly session at the Kamayan RestaurantPadre Faura. Carrasco will be talking about the Asian Duathlon Championship TRAP is hosting in November during the forum, sponsored by Powerade, AKTV and FILA, while Navasero will tackle on the national baseball team’s coming defense of the biennial Asia Baseball Cup.

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Riera U. Mallari, Editor battles Li Chao. Only Ding, the team’s highest scorer, and Bu have not played in the Philippines, but he lost to So in the 2011 World Cup first round. Wang Hao beat So in the 2007 World Juniors. Barbosa, the Filipinos’ top scorer, is expected to have his hands full against Ding, who likes attacking positions in contrast to Barbosa’s slow positional play. The last time Philippines faced China in 2008, So upset Ni Hua in a game that was circulated in chess magazines around the world. But two years before that, then top board Paragua resigned against Bu in an endgame later found to be drawn. A showdown with China is considered the litmus test of Philippine chess strength since the Chinese are the top chess- playing nation in Asia after India. The last Philippine triumph over China was also in Istanbul in the 2000 Chess Olympiad, when Idel Datu defeated Wu Wenjin in the Filipinos’ 2.5-1.5 win.

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PH chessers stun Britons
NO one took Jayson Gonzales
seriously a day before the Philippine chess team left for the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul. The national team captain told people he believed the current lineup was strong because of its camaraderie.
“This is one of the strongest teams we have selected. Every one gets along with each other and this will be a factor” Gonzales told the Manila Standard. Eight rounds into the biennial event in Istanbul, the Philippines is now tied for second place with former champion Armenia, China, US and Germany with 13 match points after demolishing England, 3-1, Wednesday night. Eugene Torre beat nemesis Nigel Short for the first time in 22 years when the former England no. 1 blundered a piece on the 41st move of a Nimzo Indian. After draws by Mark Paragua against Nicolas Pert and So with Michael Adams on board 1, Oliver Barbosa took 102 moves to end the resistance of Gawain Jones on board 2 in an endgame, where the Filipino was about to force mate in two. The Philippines’ latest conquest will be put to test Thursday night when it faces China, whose players are familiar with the Filipinos’ style, having beaten them in the last two Olympiads and being winners in international events in the Philippines. “That is an advantage. They know us,” said Reggie Tee, the sponsor of Wesley So. According to the team pairings on the event’s Website, So will play Wang Hao, Barbosa faces Ding Liren, Torre tackles Bu Xiangzhi and Mark Paragua

La Salle’s Jarelan ‘Oda’ Tampus crashes into UP’s Alvin Padilla while going for a shot in a UAAP game won by the Archers, 76-69. EY ACASIO

Alas carries Warriors surprise Eagles for 2nd straight win Knights By Jeric Lopez past Pirates
By Peter Atencio
KEVIN Alas came up with one of his best games of the season as he led the Letran Knights to a 76-60 Games Saturday drubbing (The Arena in San Juan) of the Ly12 nn • UPHSD vs EAC (jrs) ceum Phil2 p.m. • San Beda vs ippines JRU (jrs) 4 p.m. • UPHSD vs University EAC (srs) Pirates in 6 p.m. • San Beda vs JRU (srs) the 88th National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan. Alas fired 30 points, almost matching his highest output in 13 matches, as he carried the Knights to their seventh triumph against three losses. His efforts allowed the Knights to firm up their grip on fourth spot. Letran coach Louie Alas’ son exploded with 10 points as the Knights took charge with a 1710 advantage in the first period. Alas joined hands with Raymund Almazan and Kevin Racal for 21 points in the second canto, and the Knights held the Pirates to just 10 points in the quarter. The trio’s domination of the shaded lanes enabled the Knights to race to a 38-20 advantage at halftime. Dexter Zamora had 16 points for the Pirates (2-11), who missed ailing coach Bonnie Tan and player John Azores in the second half. Tan, who nursed a fever, had to leave at halftime as his assistant coach Chris Brower took over. Azores was thrown out in the 7:33 of the third following a disqualifying foul. The 6’1” Alas, who tallied 31 points in Letran’s first-round encounters with San Sebastian College and Jose Rizal University, tallied eight points in the third period. Alas led Letran to a 10-0 blast in the last 1:08 of the third as the Knights posted their biggest lead, 58-30. Knights coach Louie Alas attributed their win to their excellent defensive efforts in the first half. FOR the second straight time, Chris Javier played hero as he lifted University of the East to a stunning 79-77 squeaker against Ateneo de Manila in probably the biggest upset win in the 75th University Athletic Association of the Philippines yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena. With the game tied at 77-all, Javier caught the ball in the left wing from a Roy Sumang pass and sank the game-winner with 0.4 tick left to give the Red Warriors the shocking win. Javier was the savior again, but Gene Belleza scored a game-high 28 points, 10 in the payoff period, with five rebounds to pace UE. As a result of this stunner, the Blue Eagles, although they remained at the top, failed to become the first team to reach the Final Four as they slipped to 9-2, while the Warriors moved up to sixth after improving to 3-8. UE coach Boyzie Zamar has won two of his first three assignments since returning to the Warriors’ bench. Both wins came in similar fashion, with Javier sinking the game-winner. “The first win was sweet, but this second win is much sweeter since it’s against the defending champion Ateneo,” said Zamar, who has been with the team for two weeks after taking over from Jerry Codinera before the start of the second round. In the second game, Almond Vosotros scored a game-high 21 points and four rebounds to lead La Salle to a 76-69 victory over University of the

Philippines. The Green Archers strengthened their hold on the no. 4 spot as they moved up to 7-4, a full game ahead of NU (6-5), while the Fighting Maroons remained at the bottom with 1-10 after losing their fourth straight. Just five days ago, Javier also hit the game-winning triple against UP also from the left side of the floor. “It’s another magical shot by Chris (Javier). All our plays are situational and nagkataon na libre ulit si Chris,” said Zamar.

Patriots near volley crown
SPIKERS from La Salle-Dasmarinas proved unstoppable Wednesday in Game 1 of the 11th Universities and Colleges Athletic Association volleyball finals at the Olivarez College gymnasium in Sucat, Paranaque. The Patriots once again got big plays from four veterans as they prevailed over the Olivarez College Sea Lions, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22, in the men’s division. On the other hand, the Lady Patriots, with former teammate Jennifer Manzano calling the shots, leaned on the heroics of rookie Monique Tiangco in the final set as they turned back the Philippine School of Business Administration Lady Jaguars, 25-15, 25-21, 25-15. The Patriots, behind veterans Joel Villanueva, Alvin Cacayurin, Abdul Alkasim and Hudri Kona, moved to within a win shy of their 10th men’s crown in this spikefest supported by Mikasa and Molten Balls. The Lady Patriots also neared their 10th consecutive crown, and their fifth under coach Darwin Campana. Villanueva proved to be a thorn on the Sea Lions’ side right at their own hometurf as he scored eight straight points with his serves, allowing the Patriots to shatter at 5-all deadlock and storm to a 13-5 lead, en route to a 25-22 second-set win. Alkasim then led a 4-0 run in the next set with his placement shots and kills, before teaming up with Cacayurin and Kona as the Patriots took a 9-2 advantage on the way o a 25-19 win. They then scored a 25-22 third-set triumph.

Asi rejects Bolts’ offer Sinfuego grabs lead
ASI Taulava will not rejoin Meralco after all. The 6’9” behemoth declined the Bolts’ two-year maximum salary extension offer and will instead explore other options at this juncture of his career. Taulava’s agent Sheryl Reyes confirmed late Wednesday night that they have indeed refused to take Meralco’s offer for undisclosed reasons. “We have officially declined Meralco’s offer for Asi (Taulava). We would like to thank the MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan) group for everything they have given him through the years,’’ announced Reyes on his Twitter account. Taulava, who spent the last two seasons with the Bolts, have several other offers on the table, including a proposal from a couple of squads from the Asean Basketball League, as well as from a club in China, Foshan, which plays in the Chinese Basketball League and another PBA squad Barako Bull. Reyes added that they will announce Taulava’s next career move once they finally make up their minds. Taulava is most likely headed to play for the San Miguel Beermen in the ABL. With Taulava gone, the Bolts will now have a bit of a shortage upfront and will need to rely heavily on FilipinoAmerican rookies Cliff Hodge and Kelly Nabong to provide strength inside. Jeric Lopez CAGAYAN DE ORO – Richard Sinfuego charged back at the front to card a four-under 68 and grabbed a onestroke lead over Rufino Bayron as Richard Abaring and Rico Depilo cracked under pressure in the second round of the P1 million ICTSI Pueblo de Oro Championship here yesterday. Sinfuego, who never missed the cut but never got into contention in all 10 legs of the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour, rammed in three birdies from long range in the last nine holes at the Pueblo layout, turning what had been a mediocre round into a brilliant one. Not only did it put Sinfuego in the lead at three-under 141, but it also gave the soft-spoken Ilolilo native a chance to finally end a long slump and erase the stigma of a final hole miscue two years ago in Del Monte where he was disqualified along with two others that spoiled his first crack at the PGT crown. Bayron, who won a pro tournament as an amateur three years ago, posted a 142 after a second straight 71, barely missing joining Sinfuego at the helm with a final hole bogey that marred an otherwise flawless round.

Pacman must work hard if he fights Marquez, says Roach
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
CELEBRATED trainer Freddie Roach has warned Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao he will have to get into the gym and work real hard if he faces Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Dec. 8. With a fight against Timothy Bradley not a marketable proposition although the American won Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization welterweight title in a widely condemned split decision, Marquez is the remaining option for the Filipino icon. And judging by Roach’s comments, a fourth fight appears likely. However, Pacquiao’s adviser Pacquiao appears to be engrossed Michael Koncz told Manila Stanin his congressional re-election dard he was scheduled to talk to bid, charity work and his role as a Pacquiao on Thursday night bible-toting preacher, promptbefore any decision is aning Roach to tell Jenna Jay nounced. he believes Pacquiao “really But Roach is clearly conneeds to focus. It’s a very difcerned about a fourth fight ficult fight, style-wise for us. with Marquez. He does give us problems, but In an interview with Jenna I think if Manny gets in the best Jay of Doghouse Boxing’s “On shape he can, we will finally close the Ropes” radio show, Roach said Pacquiao the book on Marquez.” a showdown with Marquez is a very difPacquiao dropped Marquez three ficult fight. times in the opening round of their first “Because Marquez has a difficult style, encounter before the Mexican counterwe just have to get in the gym and work real punched his way to a split draw, alhard for this fight,” said Roach. though an admitted scoring error by judge Burt Clements, who scored the first round 10-7 instead of 10-6 as the two other judges did, cost Pacquiao the decision in a World Boxing Association/International Boxing Federation featherweight title bout. Pacquiao won a close rematch by a majority decision to grab Marquez’s World Boxing Council super featherweight title and then retained his WBO welterweight title in a hugely controversial split decision victory. Ever since then, Marquez has been pleading for one more crack at Pacquiao even as he continues to claim that he won all three fights but was robbed of the decision in all three fights by the judges.

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Business
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Ray S. Eñano, Editor extrastory2000@gmail.com Roderick T. dela Cruz, Assistant Editor component in the Meralco bill, reflected a P1.34 per kWh reduction to P5.40 per kWh in September from August’s P6.74 pe kW This is the lowest r h. generation cost since March. Meralco said charges from WESM, the trading floor of electricity, went down significantly to P8.74 per kWh from P14.70 per kWh. The power distributor attributed the lower WESM charges to several factors including lower demand for electricity that can be attributed to the rainy weather brought about by typhoon Gener and the monsoon rains. Meralco said the long weekends in August also led to lower demand. It said the availability of hydroelectric power plants improved and helped bring down spot market prices. The distributor said charges from the independent power producers also decreased by P0.48 per kWh. Operations of the Malampaya pipeline went back to normal, allowing the Sta. Rita and San Lorenzo gas-fired power plants of First Gas Power Corp. to resume operations on cheaper natural gas. The two major plants resorted to using more expensive liquid fuel during the Malampaya pipeline shutdown in July to ensure continuity of supply, while the Ilijan plant administered by South Premiere Power Corp. operated below optimal capacity. The National Power Corp., meanwhile, registered a P0.47 per kWh increase in generation cost to P5.45 per kWh from P4.99 per kWh. WESM’s share to Meralco’s power requirements for the supply month of August declined to 3.5 percent from 12.9 percent as the natural gas-fired plants went back to normal operations. The share of IPPs and Napocor stood at 47.3 and 49.2 percent, respectively. The transmission charge also went down in September by P0.14 per kWh, mainly due to lower ancillary service charges from the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines. The system loss charge also dropped P0.16 per kWh, following the reductions in generation and transmission costs.

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Meralco declares big rate cut
By Alena Mae S. Flores

CUSTOMERS of Manila Electric Co., the

country’s largest power distributor, will enjoy a big power rate cut amounting to P1.73 per kilowatthour in their September bills.

IN BRIEF
Jobs await Lexmark workers
THE Philippine Economic Zone Authority assured Thursday that new jobs at the Mactan Economic Zone will be made available to workers that will be displaced by the planned closure of Cebu-based printer maker Lexmark International Philippines in 2015. “Peza will help them find new employment within the ecozone,” Peza director-general Lilia de Lima told reporters at the sidelines of a Toyota event in Santa Rosa, Laguna. Lexmark earlier said it would shut down its inkjet cartridge manufacturing facility in Mactan by the end of 2015, or around 16 years since it started operations there. The company said it would focus on the more profitable imaging and software businesses. De Lima said affected Lexmark workers would surely find new jobs “unless they don’t want to work anymore.” The closure would affect 1,100 workers, or about a third of Lexmark’s workforce in Cebu. Aside from the Mactan plant, Lexmark also established software, firmware development and test laboratories in two Lexmark Research and Development Corp. buildings at the Cebu Business Park. Its shared services center occupies a third building. More 3,000 employees at these facilities were already informed of the planned shutdown. Lexmark is among the biggest locators at the 63-hectare Mactan Economic Zone 2, where it currently occupies more than three hectares. Julito G. Rada

Meralco said Thursday the big reduction was due to the lower spot market prices at the wholesale electricity spot market, reduced generation costs charged by its suppliers, and smaller transmission and system loss charges. A reduction of P1.73 per kilowatthour means residential customers with a consumption level of 200 kWh a month will save P346 in their electricity bill this month from around P2,400 in August. The generation charge, the biggest

Toyota building P350-m school
TOYOTA Motor Philippines Corp. is investing P350 million in a world-class technical school in Santa Rosa, Laguna that will train highly-skilled automotive technicians. “Skilled Filipino automotive technicians are in high demand not only in the Philippines but all over the world as well. With this new technical school, we expect that we will be able to give more young Filipinos attractive job opportunities in Toyota affiliates here and abroad,” TMP president Michinobu Sugata said in his speech during the groundbreaking ceremony for the learning facility on Thursday. TMP vice president Rommel Gutierrez said the school would be constructed on a one-hectare area but it would be eventually expanded to 10 hectares in the future. “More vehicle fleet will be on the road and will further increase the demand for automotive technicians to provide after-sales service,” Sugata said. Sugata noted that last year, Toyota started a project with Abdul Latif Jameel Co. Ltd., its authorized distributor in Saudi Arabia, to dispatch 180 young Filipino technicians there. Toyota earlier said the school would be operational next year. The groundbreaking coincided with the 20th anniversary of Toyota Autoparts Philippines. TAP has been manufacturing different auto parts for sales here and abroad. Julito G. Rada

Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. breaks ground for a world-class technical school at the Toyota Special Economic Zone in Santa Rosa, Laguna that will train highlyskilled automotive technicians. Attending the groundbreaking ceremony are (from left) business leader Washington Sycip, Metrobank Group and Toyota Motor Philippines chairman George Ty, former President Fidel Ramos, visiting Toyota Motor Corp. honorary chairman Shoichiro Toyoda and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe. TEDDY PELAEZ

Filinvest launches new project
FILINVEST Land Inc., the property arm of the Gotianun family, recently launched a more affordable mid-rise development in Pasig City that offers “more space” and “more value” to potential condominium buyers. Filinvest Land said in a disclosure to the stock exchange One Spatial Pasig, located on a 1.8-hectare property along Amang Rodriguez Street, is the first of the medium-rise buildings the company would offer to the market costing P1.8 million per unit. The project is expected to generate P1.5 billion in revenues for the company. All units being offered have a floor size of 32 square meters, which is ideal for start-up families. Buyers also have the option to combine up to three units. Filinvest Land said the units under the mediumrise buildings were larger and were designed for functionality and efficiency. The company said it would continue to build spatial MRBs using a construction methodology which allows units to be free of beams and columns, so homeowners can enjoy bigger and unobstructed livable space. It also relies on reusable forms, which save around 3,000 pieces of plywood and 85,000 board feet of lumber per building. Jenniffer B. Austria

Korean firms eye coal plants Corn farmers ask DA
SIX energy companies in South Korea have expressed interest in investing in PNOC Exploration Corp.’s two coal power projects in Zamboanga Sibugay and Isabela. PNOC Exploration vice president and compliance officer Silvestre Punsalan III said Korea Electric Power Corp., the largest power company in South Korea, along with five other South Korean power generation firms relayed their intention to participate in the projects during a recent visit to South Korea. “This is a good sign that they are looking at PNOC EC. Most of those we talked to are interested in our two minemouth plants,” Punsalan told reporters. “We are very much interested in Sokor companies because of their technology,” Punsalan said. Kepco, one of the biggest power producers in the world, owns the 200-megawatt Naga coal project and operates the 1,200-MW Ilijan combined cycle power plant. PNOC Exploration is pursuing the construction of two mine-mouth coal plants in Zamboanga Sibugay and Isabela with a combined capacity of 200 megawatts that is estimated to cost $400 million. “We are not leaning on any company. It will still go through bidding [but] we are benchmarking our possible partners to a company like Kepco,” Punsalan said. He said PNOC EC would take a maximum 49-percent stake in the coal projects, which would utilize coal from the company’s existing coal concession contracts. He said several local firms had also expressed interest in a joint venture for the coal projects. PNOC Exploration, however, has yet to choose its transaction advisor that will define the terms of reference for the bidding. “Sept. 11 is the next board meeting. We will be recommending to the board the transaction advisor for the two coal projects,” Punsalan said. Alena Mae S. Flores

to review export rules
By Othel V. Campos
CORN farmers have asked the Agriculture Department to rationalize the rules governing imports and exports of corn to allow farmers to access foreign markets. “Corn importation is liberalized but the exportation of this same commodity is restricted. There are those of us, local farmers, who want to make hay while there’s sun. We want to export corn while world prices are still high, but we are not allowed [to export] just because of an antiquated law that indirectly prohibits the export of corn,” Philippine Maize Federation president Roger Navarro said in an interview Thursday. Navarro said the National Food Authority invoked Presidential Decree No. 4 signed on Sept. 26, 1972, which was later amended to regulate the rice and corn industry and prohibit the exportation of the country’s two staples unless there was a guaranteed surplus in output. The corn group, in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, reiterated their request to export corn, as a way of motivating farmers to plant more corn. This, the group said, would redound to the stabilization of supply and price of the commodity. “We shall be able to uplift the dignity of our corn farmers, and at the same time accelerate corn postharvest investment nationwide as this will guarantee the quality of corn that the market so badly need both for local and export,” the group said in a letter dated Aug. 31. The federation said while it understood the position of the NFA in invoking PD 4, it also believed that the said policy should have been superseded when the Philippines became a signatory and a member of the World Trade Organization and Asean Free Trade Area. “What we cannot understand is while DA allows importation of corn and corn substitute, it denies and restricts local corn for export. In this situation it would not be hard to detect if the policy is fair or unfair for the local corn farmers,” the group said. The group is seeking government approval to export as much as 400,000 metric tons of yellow corn following a surge in the world market price due to the drought that hit the United States.

DMCI raises stake in Zambales miner
By Jenniffer B. Austria
CONSUNJI-LED DMCI Holdings Inc. and its joint venture partner now own a 60.7percent interest in ENK Plc., a UK-listed nickel mining firm that is developing a nickel mine in Zambales. DMCI said in a disclosure to the stock exchange it had acquired, together with its partner D&A Income Ltd., additional 89.56 million shares representing 34.2percent interest of ENK’s entire issued share capital. DMCI also acquired 15.55 million shares, equivalent to additional 5.9 percent of ENK, by buying shares in the market. Prior to these transactions, the two parties already owned 53.98 million shares, representing 20.6 percent of entire issued share of ENK. DMCI teamed up with D&A in August to acquire ENK, which is developing Acoje mine, a nickel laterite mining project in Zambales that covers about 3,765 hectares. Under the terms of the offer, ENK shareholders will be paid 19 pence for each share worth 49.8 million pounds or P3.2 billion. DMCI said it would spend up to 31 million pounds or P2 billion for the bid while the remaining amount would be taken up by its partner D&A, which is an investment company, owned by a trust of which Graham Edwards is a principal beneficiary. Graham Edwards is chief executive of Telereal Trillium, one of the largest property companies in the United Kingdom. DMCI is currently mining Acoje through a three-year contract signed in 2010. DMCI, the listing holding firm of the Consunji family, has interests in various businesses, including in construction, power generation, coal mining, water utility and real estate development.
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Thursday, September 6, 2012
Indonesia Thailand UAE Euro Korea China India Malaysia New Zealand Taiwan Rupiah Baht Dirham Euro Won Yuan Rupee Ringgit Dollar Dollar 0.000105 0.032000 0.272272 1.260200 0.000880 0.157500 0.017887 0.321182 0.793273 0.033509 0.0044 1.3427 11.4243 52.8767 0.0369 6.6085 0.7505 13.4765 33.2849 1.4060
Source: PDS Bridge

E ATE PSE COMPOSITE INDEX F OREIGNUnitXCHANGE RPeso Currency US Dollar
Closing September 6, 2012
United States Japan UK Hong Kong Switzerland Canada Singapore Australia Bahrain Saudi Arabia Brunei Dollar Yen Pound Dollar Franc Dollar Dollar Dollar Dinar Rial Dollar 1.000000 0.012758 1.590400 0.128924 1.046463 1.009795 0.801732 1.018434 2.652590 0.266667 0.798531 41.9590 0.5353 66.7316 5.4095 43.9085 42.3700 33.6399 42.7325 111.3000 11.1891 33.5056 5200 4460 3720 2980 2240 1500 1200

P584-P695 LPG/11-kg tank
P47.15-P53.07 Unleaded Gasoline

OIL PRICES
TODAY

PESO-DOLLAR RATE
Closing September 6, 2012
40 42 44 46 48

P38.40-P41.05 Diesel P40.30-P52.20 Kerosene P27.20-P31.00 Auto LPG

P41.870
CLOSE

5,150.11

0.70

HIGH P41.870 LOW P41.950AVERAGE P41.908 VOLUME 804.080M

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Horse owner ‘Non-Sense’
AT THE Sta. Ana race park last Sunday, Happy Hour stoolies said a slight disturbance occurred when an irate horse owner went racing into the paddock area (that portion where horses are assembled and paraded prior to a race), berating the racing personnel and demanding to see the employee who dared to have his precious animal suspended. According to sources, the horse (with an unusual name whose initials are texting-related), which took part in the Saturday races, was noticed limping as it trotted past the finish line. It turns out there was some injury to the left forelimb—something which the Philippine Racing Club Inc. personnel duly noted and became the basis for the decision to give the horse a 21-day suspension. Actually, the term “suspension” is a misnomer, Happy Hour racing aficionados explained, since the word has a negative connotation (like when jockeys are suspended for “lack of interest”—a polite way to describe the act of deliberately throwing a race) which was not the case that Saturday because the purpose was to give the horse some downtime from racing to give it the chance to rest and recover. Obviously, Mr. Big Horse Owner did not see it that way and was unappreciative of the concern for his beast of burden. So he went charging in search of the offending race personnel, who promptly showed himself when he heard the commotion, politely saying “Sir, were you looking for me?” or something to that effect. A barrage of insults then ensued from Mr. Big, questioning the qualification of the employee, from what school did he graduate and did he have a proper license, etc. But the worst part was when the horse owner reportedly issued an ominous threat: “You don’t know who you’re up against! Be careful, because I’m Mr. _____!” he warned in Filipino. Naturally, this was enough to distress the poor employee, who reported the incident to the local police and made sure it was in the blotter. Happy Hour sources said the Philippine Racing Commission (Philracom), which has been apprised of the incident, is having the matter investigated. Hopefully, the incident will serve as an opportunity to instill discipline and professionalism among stakeholders in the horse racing industry, including arrogant owners like Mr. No (horse) Sense. Big laughs for Wahaha founder Business tycoon and Wahaha founder Zong Qinghou must be literally laughing all the way to the bank after dislodging Baidu search engine owner Robin Li as China’s wealthiest man. Wahaha, which means “laughing children,” is one of China’s biggest drink manufacturers whose startup capital (a loan actually) of 140,000 renminbi 25 years ago has catapulted its owner into the top of the Chinese food chain with an estimated $21.6-billion net worth according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Those familiar with the 66-year-old Zong joke that the biz whiz accumulated all that wealth because he makes sure that he does not exceed his spending capacity of $20 a day. Over the years, the beverage manufacturer that started out with a very modest three employees in Changseng district has grown into a huge conglomerate with 60 factories in 29 provinces, 150 subsidiaries and 58 production bases, with top-of-the-line automatic production lines for beverages from sodas, water, juices, to milk formulas and health foods as well as children’s apparel. Definitely not something to laugh at. Clint’s empty chair Depending which side you’re on, Clint Eastwood’s 10-minute monologue with an imaginary Barack Obama in an empty chair was either a stroke of brilliance or an exercise in silliness. During the Republican National Convention, the legendary actor/ director lectured Obama on the latter’s failure to keep his promises, telling Obama why he should now “let go” and make Republican candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan take over. Dirty Harry fans say the stunt was actually effective because it was symbolic of Obama being nothing but an “empty suit” with “empty promises” with the empty American job market making life more and more difficult for ordinary citizens. Others though criticize Clint’s “rambling monologue,” speculating that perhaps he is showing signs of Alzheimer’s. In any case, the stint has given Netizens one more topic to tweet about, with “Eastwooding” now one of the latest trends as more people are taking photos of themselves next to an empty chair. We won’t be surprised if people will soon start changing their ring tones into the Luther Vandross song that goes, “A chair is still a chair…” ••• For comments, reactions, photos, stories and related concerns, readers may e-mail to happyhourtoday2012@ yahoo.com.

70.50 77.45 1.82 595.00 23.90 20.70 89.00 3.26 102.50 94.50 77.80 95.00 500.00 45.50 155.20 1100.00 140.00 35.50 13.58 23.95 1.70 1.62 2.75 9.74 6.41 7.77 25.00 19.40 79.30 27.00 0.02 13.10 6.00 2.35 120.00 8.40 1.90 27.45 6.95 18.10 280.60 12.20 3.65 16.00 13.70 14.94 4.42 3.90 34.60 129.20 2.62 2.44 0.196 14.66 2.88 1.41 69.20 5.50 0.77 1.18 59.90 13.70 2.60 5.02 2.98 4.16 485.20 64.80 5.20 0.98 556.00 5.22 36.20 4.19 6.21 1.54 0.91 3.82 4.65 6.24 9.66 0.0770 2.20 0.82 4.10 0.490 760.00 2.71 1.57 0.420 0.620 48.00 3.34 0.83 24.15 5.62 9.00 2.85 2.91 1.50 0.092 1.11 0.94 3.80 0.310 2.74 1.44 2.14 2.34 0.36 0.990 19.94 7.71 2.85 8.95 18.20 4.55 0.64 4.66 42.00 18.98 0.78 10.92 28.80 102.80 0.5300 24.00 82.50 9.70 1270.00 11.00 77.00 0.98 6.80 4.70 34.50 3.87 5.1900 3.45 10.30 3.96 4.08 22.95 8.58 3.39 10.00 71.00 17.88 2886.00 0.39 30.15 3.30 0.79 0.0083 6.20 20.80 48.00 0.345 29.00 34.00 2.23 61.80 1.21 1.81 2.070 0.085 0.840 36.50 12.84 8.40 0.032 0.033 7.05 28.25 48.00 0.062 257.80 0.029 50.00 580.00 103.50 11.02 116.70 80.00 1050.00 0.210

2.30 7.41 4.83 2.80 5.80 12.50 51.50 17.50 0.0110 7.80 3.80 0.61 80.00

1.04 1.11 18.10 0.75 8.12 215.00 7.50 1.96 9.70 10.20 8.05 1.01 2.01 26.50 110.20 1.25 1.73 0.112 3.30 1.99 0.90 37.00 1.05 0.320

A leadership agenda
MAYA BALTAZAR HERRERA

THIS week, the World Economic Forum released the 2012-2013 Global Competitiveness Report. The USA, number one in rankings for many years, fell 2 slots to 7th. This is the fourth year of decline for the US which has been affected by the financial crisis and continuing weakness in its macroeconomic stability, aggravated by political deadlock. Switzerland and Singapore maintained their first and second position rankings. The Philippines rose 10 slots to 65. This follows a similar 10-slot jump the year before. Overall, the Philippines has jumped 22 slots in the rankings since its lowest point in 2009. Basis of competitiveness The 2012 report covers 144 economies. The economies are classified into 5 categories along a development continuum. At one end of the continuum are countries who have factor-driven economies (stage 1). The spectrum progresses through economies that are efficiencydriven (stage 3) and to innovation-driven economies (stage 5) at the other end of the spectrum. In between the three categories are economies transitioning from one stage to another. At this point, it is important to understand that the countries are primarily classfied on the basis of GDP per capita, which is used as a proxy for wages. A secondary factor is used for wealthy nations who rely primarily on the export of minerals. If at least 70 percent of total exports is mineral exports, these countries are classified as factor-driven. This is important to policy-makers because this means the competitive index is not just about business competitiveness, it is about the ability of the country to create wealth on a per capita basis – and, is hence, a measure of the resultant ability of a country to care for its citizens. The rankings themselves are generated using a 12pillar method. The 12 pillars are themselves organized into three categories, which correspond to the key types of economies (factor-driven, efficiency-driven and innovation-driven). The reason for this is that the basis of competition for these different types of economies tend to relate more closely to certain factors. Factor-driven economies are dependent on “factor” endowments—primarily natural resources and a labor force with at least basic education. Within th analytic frame of global competitiveness, the basis of competition for factor-driven economies are the “basic requirements” of: institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic environment, and health and primary education—which is related to the quality of a basic labor force. As a country progresses and becomes more competitive, wages increase and productivity must increase in order for industries to be able to compete. In simple terms, in a global market, each country must compete using the global market price. In order to do this, countries with higher wages must compensate with more efficient processes and work forces or better quality. Within the competitiveness framework, efficiencydriven countries have economies that are driven by “efficiency enhancers”: higher education and training, goods market efficiency, labor market efficiency, financial market development, technological readiness, and market size. Finally, at the upper end of the spectrum are countries

INTEGRATIONS

whose wages have risen so much that they can only be sustained by industries that compete on the basis of producing entirely differentiated products. For these countries, the drivers of the economy are “innovation and sophistication factors:” business sophistication, and innovation. Driving development The Philippines is categorized as a stage 2 economy, transitioning from factor-driven to efficiency-driven. We are in the same category as Mongolia and Sri Lanka. Our neighbors, Indonesia and Thailand, are categorized as stage 3 economies: efficiency-driven. Malaysia is categorized as an economy transitioning from efficiencydriven to innovation-driven. Five Asian countries are categorized as innovationdriven: Hong Kong (China SAR), Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. Of these, three (Singapore, HK and Japan) are in the top three. While it is interesting to look at how Asian countries, and especially our closest comparators, are categorized and it is a pleasure to learn that our rankings have increased, the true value of the competitiveness analysis lies in understanding which factors need to be addressed in order to drive the development of the country. The Philippines actually ranks 80th in Basic Requirements, 61st in Efficiency Enhancers and 64th in Innovation and Sophistication factors. Other than for Innovation (94) and Labor Market Efficiency (103). Our lowest rankings among the 12 pillars are actually in four of the five basic requirement factors: Infrastructure (98), Health and Primary Education (98), and Institutions (94). Our highest rankings are in: Market size (35), Macroeconomic environment (36), Business Sophistication (49), and Financial Market Development (58). Surprisingly, we rank higher in Higher Education and Training (64) than we do in Health and Primary Education. The report also identifies the most problematic factors for doing business. In the Philippines, the top seven are: Corruption, Inefficient government bureaucracy, Inadequate supply of Infrastructure, Policy Instability, Tax Regulations, Tax Rates and Restrictive Labor Regulations. An agenda for leadership One of the most important precepts of good management is evidence-based decision-making, one driven by clearly measurable results. The Aquino government seems to have gotten at least one thing right: Corruption is a key item that needs to be addressed. However, that is only one thing. There are many other things that need to be addressed. For example, each of the 12 pillars are composed of subfactors. The subfactor in which the Philippines ranks lowest (137 of 144) is: Number of Procedures required to open a business. It seems clear that the job of government in the Philippines is not only to help build the basis for competitiveness (infrastructure, primary education, societal order), it is also to reduce the burden on business. The Global Competitiveness analysis provides a concise basis for prioritizing government action. It is an excellent starting point for building an agenda for leadership. As the Philippines gears up for another election, I urge voters across the country to keep this question in mind: “Are our leaders focusing on the right things?” You can e-mail Maya at integrations_manila@yahoo.com. Or visit her site at integrations.tumblr.com or www.mayaherrera.com.

0.65 35.50 8.00 1.80 3.00 1.49 2.30 272.00 30.50 3.30 0.10 455.40 2.94 19.00 2.27 4.00 0.61 0.300 1.800 2.56 3.40 1.22 0.045 1.20 0.44 1.56 0.285 450.00 1.08 1.14 0.101 0.082 18.00 1.70 0.42 13.36 3.08 2.26 1.35 1.20 1.05 0.060 0.67 0.54 2.90 0.10 1.63 0.98 0.65 1.51 0.150 0.089 10.00 2.51 1.81 6.00 10.94 1.80 0.45 2.60

24.80 1.05 0.45 7.30 12.20 4.45 0.1010 5.20 60.80 5.44 831.00 6.18 43.40 0.36 4.30 1.75 0.036 1.00 2.550 2.01 5.90 2.70 1.21 13.80 5.35 1.05 5.00 18.00 12.10 2096.00 0.25 10.68 2.42 0.34 0.0038 3.01 14.50 20.00 0.170 19.98 21.20 1.05 6.96 0.50 1.0600 1.0900 0.042 0.570 15.04 2.91 2.99 0.014 0.014 5.10 18.40 3.00 0.017 161.10 0.015

T RADING S UMMARY
FINANCIAL INDUSTRIAL HOLDING FIRMS PROPERTY SERVICES MINING & OIL GRAND TOTAL

SHARES 7,387,045 90,733,011 77,039,626 138,464,224 514,280,082 348,167,236 1,176,071,224

VALUE 545,138,282.90 734,120,919.01 1,157,233,976.21 528,893,800.18 834,795,187.06 109,868,976.76 3,910,051,142.117

FINANCIAL 1,291.21 (up) 9.10 INDUSTRIAL 7,852.20 (up) 20.96 HOLDING FIRMS 4,333.31 (up) 6.78 PROPERTY 1,971.06 (down) 5.21 SERVICES 1,739.46 (down) 7.93 MINING & OIL 21,117.98 (up) 39.10 PSEI 5,150.11 (down) 0.70 All Shares Index 3,428.90 (up) 4.54 Gainers: 76; Losers: 68; Unchanged:44; Total: 188

23.05 535.00 100.00 6.00 108.90 74.50 1000.00 0.00

M S T
STOCKS Close High Low Close Change Volume
60.20 72.75 0.70 51.15 20.50 19.74 74.75 2.85 91.95 76.00 69.60 87.00 372.00 44.00 150.00 915.00 101.80 1.18 (0.21) 1.45 6.90 0.00 0.51 2.40 (2.40) (0.16) (0.65) (0.14) 0.00 0.00 1.15 (0.33) (1.08) 0.79

%

Net Foreign

Trade/Buying
1,104,782.50 20,006,086.50 (44,410.00)

Banco de Oro Unibank Inc. Bank of PI Bankard, Inc. China Bank COL Financial Eastwest Bank First Metro Inv. I-Remit Inc. Metrobank Phil Bank of Comm Phil. National Bank Phil. Savings Bank PSE Inc. RCBC `A’ Security Bank Sun Life Financial Union Bank Aboitiz Power Corp. Agrinurture Inc. Alaska Milk Corp. Alliance Tuna Intl Inc. Alsons Cons. Asiabest Group Chemrez Technologies Inc. Cirtek Holdings (Chips) Energy Devt. Corp. (EDC) EEI Federal Chemicals First Gen Corp. First Holdings ‘A’ Ginebra San Miguel Inc. Greenergy Holcim Philippines Inc. Integ. Micro-Electronics Ionics Inc Jollibee Foods Corp. Lafarge Rep LMG Chemicals Mabuhay Vinyl Corp. Manila Water Co. Inc. Mariwasa MFG. Inc. Megawide Mla. Elect. Co `A’ 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. Abacus Cons. `A’ Aboitiz Equity Alliance Global Inc. Anglo Holdings A Anscor `A’ ATN Holdings A ATN Holdings B Ayala Corp `A’ DMCI Holdings Filinvest Dev. Corp. Forum Pacific GT Capital House of Inv. JG Summit Holdings Jolliville Holdings Lopez Holdings Corp. Lodestar Invt. Holdg.Corp. Mabuhay Holdings `A’ Marcventures Hldgs., Inc. Metro Pacific Inv. Corp. Minerales Industrias Corp. MJCI Investments Inc. Pacifica `A’ Prime Media Hldg Prime Orion Republic Glass ‘A’ Sinophil Corp. SM Investments Inc. Solid Group Inc. South China Res. Inc. Unioil Res. & Hldgs Wellex Industries

59.50 72.90 0.69 47.85 20.50 19.64 73.00 2.92 92.10 76.50 69.70 87.00 372.00 43.50 150.50 925.00 101.00

FINANCIAL 60.80 73.40 0.70 51.50 20.50 19.76 74.75 2.85 92.30 76.00 70.00 87.00 372.00 44.05 150.60 915.00 101.80

59.45 72.65 0.70 48.00 20.50 19.60 73.00 2.70 91.70 76.00 69.35 87.00 372.00 43.50 150.00 915.00 101.70

808,580 1,216,940 70,000 677,200 5,700 567,800 220 14,000 3,030,810 100 519,840 10 300 223,900.00 247,400 110 3,850

438,572.00 (747.50) (100,331,812.00) (9,082,585.00)

3,720.00 (1,205,675.00) 23,290,077.00 (109,856.00) (81,226,460.00)

33.45 8.50 23.50 1.49 1.34 21.25 2.57 9.68 5.90 7.35 9.71 18.30 76.90 19.20 0.0160 12.40 3.99 0.620 94.00 9.30 2.30 1.55 26.55 2.52 16.400 250.20 7.10 3.81 10.00 11.00 8.20 4.10 2.70 34.40 111.50 2.39 1.80 0.142 11.50 2.21 1.14 61.50 1.28 0.580

INDUSTRIAL 33.80 8.50 23.70 1.50 1.35 21.90 2.58 9.65 5.98 7.38 9.71 18.90 77.40 19.10 0.0160 13.00 4.09 0.630 97.00 9.00 2.32 1.49 26.50 2.50 16.420 253.40 7.05 3.87 10.20 11.00 8.35 4.12 2.70 34.40 111.50 2.46 1.80 0.142 12.02 2.21 1.18 62.25 1.32 0.590

32.80 8.36 23.50 1.48 1.35 19.96 2.54 9.25 5.89 7.29 9.71 18.30 76.65 19.10 0.0160 12.40 4.00 0.620 94.00 9.00 2.25 1.49 26.20 2.50 16.260 250.20 6.95 3.75 9.95 10.26 8.20 4.05 2.70 34.40 110.90 2.36 1.75 0.140 11.50 2.02 1.14 61.50 1.28 0.580

33.55 8.40 23.50 1.49 1.35 20.30 2.54 9.65 5.90 7.29 9.71 18.38 76.65 19.10 0.0160 12.42 4.00 0.620 96.30 9.00 2.25 1.49 26.25 2.50 16.300 250.20 7.00 3.84 10.20 10.90 8.20 4.07 2.70 34.40 111.00 2.39 1.75 0.140 11.90 2.20 1.18 62.10 1.29 0.580

0.30 (1.18) 0.00 0.00 0.75 (4.47) (1.17) (0.31) 0.00 (0.82) 0.00 0.44 (0.33) (0.52) 0.00 0.16 0.25 0.00 2.45 (3.23) (2.17) (3.87) (1.13) (0.79) (0.61) 0.00 (1.41) 0.79 2.00 (0.91) 0.00 (0.73) 0.00 0.00 (0.45) 0.00 (2.78) (1.41) 3.48 (0.45) 3.51 0.98 0.78 0.00

6,938,000 20,200 6,800 31,000 20,000 342,000 626,000 12,100 9,119,900 676,700 1,000 1,077,200 158,030 500 44,300,000 119,500 31,000 356,000 212,430 50,300 232,000 1,000 1,267,000 4,000 78,300 139,230 94,900 8,061,000 560,500 2,200 8,100 346,000 11,000 100,000 169,200 5,145,000 139,000 600,000 2,735,400 68,000 1,499,000 2,706,850 2,193,000 273,000 27,779,000 516,600 22,942,400 5,000 12,000 169,000 1,000 514,030 589,010 40,000 10,000 27,080 1,000 1,087,000 50,000 6,788,200 1,188,000 800,000 366,000 6,513,000 36,100 23,000 50,000 3,000 430,000 1,000 20,000 144,830 2,266,000 10,000 450,000 160,000 100 174,000 14,000 5,580,100 1,460,000 3,800 3,530,000 45,000 1 70,000 1,905,000 18,792,000 130,000 5,230,000 6,685,000 33,627,000 136,000 35,041,000 1,370,000 4,170,000 5,718,100 108,000 104,000 536,800 7,204,200 1,000 253,000 6,561,000

(661,592.00) (207,200.00) (28,397,930.00) 629,040.00

9,827,998.00 (1,104,103.50) (19,200.00) 125,356.00 (10,014,656.50)

(8,928,860.00)

(376,430.00) (12,718,372.00) (645,435.00) 4,522,300.00 (898,000.00) (977,950.00)

(8,127,286.00)

(1,148,816.00) 124,097,033.00 245,760.00

0.72 47.50 12.06 1.94 4.56 1.54 1.90 417.60 56.60 4.04 0.248 538.00 4.86 31.95 2.99 5.12 1.03 0.440 2.31 4.19 5.09 6.00 0.0510 1.400 0.465 2.00 0.305 715.50 2.10 1.12 0.2400 0.3200 20.35 3.00 0.530 22.35 4.82 5.50 1.54 2.40 1.14 0.071 0.81 0.850 3.69 0.200 1.82 1.30 1.20 2.17 0.1640 0.6700 18.30 3.45 2.70 6.06 13.60 3.99 0.510 4.480

HOLDING FIRMS 0.75 0.72 48.00 47.20 12.26 12.02 2.00 1.96 4.58 4.56 1.54 1.50 1.92 1.92 418.00 415.00 56.70 56.00 4.05 3.97 0.249 0.249 540.00 537.50 4.80 4.80 32.40 31.65 2.99 2.99 5.20 5.13 1.08 1.03 0.430 0.430 2.31 2.26 4.21 4.15 5.10 5.07 6.68 5.98 0.0530 0.0520 1.310 1.310 0.465 0.465 2.00 2.00 0.305 0.305 720.50 715.50 2.10 2.00 1.13 1.13 0.2490 0.2400 0.3250 0.3150 PROPERTY 20.20 20.20 3.04 2.90 0.600 0.600 22.50 22.05 4.88 4.73 5.50 5.50 1.53 1.49 2.47 2.25 1.15 1.15 0.069 0.069 0.80 0.78 0.860 0.840 3.76 3.68 0.206 0.196 1.85 1.83 1.31 1.29 1.26 1.22 2.20 2.17 0.1650 0.1640 0.6800 0.6700 18.48 17.90 3.46 3.41 2.76 2.70 6.10 6.05 13.90 13.62 4.00 4.00 0.510 0.510 4.500 4.440

0.73 47.50 12.22 2.00 4.56 1.53 1.92 416.00 56.05 4.00 0.249 538.50 4.80 32.25 2.99 5.15 1.03 0.430 2.26 4.18 5.10 6.62 0.0520 1.310 0.465 2.00 0.305 719.00 2.09 1.13 0.2490 0.3200

1.39 0.00 1.33 3.09 0.00 (0.65) 1.05 (0.38) (0.97) (0.99) 0.40 0.09 (1.23) 0.94 0.00 0.59 0.00 (2.27) (2.16) (0.24) 0.20 10.33 1.96 (6.43) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.49 (0.48) 0.89 3.75 0.00

36,500.00 (14,611,215.00) 237,607,620.00 (54,760.00)

(66,926,834.00) (16,194,388.00) (119,100.00) 5,002,980.00 (2,372,615.00) 23,981,545.00

43,000.00 5,313,270.00

(647,810.00) 651,800.00

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

20.20 3.00 0.600 22.15 4.85 5.50 1.53 2.45 1.15 0.069 0.78 0.840 3.68 0.205 1.84 1.30 1.26 2.19 0.1640 0.6800 18.32 3.41 2.76 6.08 13.62 4.00 0.510 4.460

(0.74) 0.00 13.21 (0.89) 0.62 0.00 (0.65) 2.08 0.88 (2.82) (3.70) (1.18) (0.27) 2.50 1.10 0.00 5.00 0.92 0.00 1.49 0.11 (1.16) 2.22 0.33 0.15 0.25 0.00 (0.45)

(4,884,235.00) 73,170.00 (233,600.00) 11,500.00

158,000.00 421,680.00

20,170.00 (1,839,060.00) 2,943,850.00 (15,811,460.00)

(21,518,714.00) 3,450.00 (1,001,317.00) (36,606,376.00) (4,130,790.00)

ABS-CBN Acesite Hotel APC Group, Inc. Asian Terminals Inc. Berjaya Phils. Inc. Bloomberry Boulevard Holdings Calata Corp. Cebu Air Inc. (5J) DFNN Inc. Globe Telecom GMA Network Inc. I.C.T.S.I. Information Capital Tech. IPeople Inc. `A’ IP Converge IP E-Game Ventures Inc. IPVG Corp. ISM Communications JTH Davies Holdings Inc. Leisure & Resorts Macroasia Corp. Manila Jockey Pacific Online Sys. Corp. PAL Holdings Inc. Paxys Inc. Phil. Racing Club Phil. Seven Corp. Philweb.Com Inc. PLDT Common PremiereHorizon Puregold Transpacific Broadcast Waterfront Phils.

27.50 1.41 0.610 9.00 26.90 9.50 0.1570 5.60 59.00 5.79 1105.00 9.70 67.20 0.390 7.20 1.95 0.029 1.00 3.1000 1.51 7.48 2.89 2.53 13.98 7.67 2.74 9.50 69.00 16.96 2726.00 0.315 29.05 2.64 0.455 0.0046 5.00 16.98 26.90 0.260 23.00 22.60 1.08 22.00 0.57 1.130 1.190 0.0590 0.0600 17.00 7.10 4.450 0.0170 0.0180 5.96 18.90 32.70 0.048 219.20 0.0140

SERVICES 28.50 27.35 1.45 1.36 0.630 0.610 9.05 9.00 26.90 26.00 9.60 9.45 0.1570 0.1520 5.65 5.60 60.25 59.00 5.50 5.50 1123.00 1100.00 9.75 9.63 68.50 66.10 0.390 0.390 7.50 7.50 2.15 1.97 0.028 0.025 1.01 1.00 3.1000 2.9600 1.52 1.51 7.64 7.30 2.80 2.80 2.88 2.51 14.10 13.98 7.67 7.55 2.78 2.70 9.41 9.41 68.00 68.00 16.98 16.52 2728.00 2702.00 0.315 0.315 29.65 29.05 2.55 2.50 0.465 0.465

28.50 3.64 1.43 1.42 0.610 0.00 9.00 0.00 26.00 (3.35) 9.49 (0.11) 0.1550 (1.27) 5.60 0.00 60.00 1.69 5.50 (5.01) 1100.00 (0.45) 9.75 0.52 67.50 0.45 0.390 0.00 7.50 4.17 2.00 2.56 0.025 (13.79) 1.01 1.00 3.1000 0.00 1.52 0.66 7.55 0.94 2.80 (3.11) 2.85 12.65 13.98 0.00 7.65 (0.26) 2.78 1.46 9.41 (0.95) 68.00 (1.45) 16.52 (2.59) 2702.00 (0.88) 0.315 0.00 29.30 0.86 2.55 (3.41) 0.465 2.20 0.0046 4.95 17.00 27.80 0.260 23.95 23.50 1.05 22.25 0.56 1.130 1.190 0.0600 0.0610 17.18 7.15 4.480 0.0170 0.0190 5.96 18.76 32.50 0.048 220.00 0.0150 0.00 (1.00) 0.12 3.35 0.00 4.13 3.98 (2.78) 1.14 (1.75) 0.00 0.00 1.69 1.67 1.06 0.70 0.67 0.00 5.56 0.00 (0.74) (0.61) 0.00 0.36 7.14

112,900 223,000 350,000 101,000 200 20,662,600 51,940,000 103,700 816,890 500 83,030 63,600 117,480 20,000 10,000 177,000 425,600,000 301,000 374,000 30,000 1,128,300 42,000 4,219,000 29,200 27,600 851,000 10,000 16,860 586,400 96,865 10,000 2,474,700 98,000 10,000 108,000,000 2,400 304,400 42,000 830,000 32,600 24,900 2,518,000 236,100 4,089,000 6,343,000 2,088,000 57,930,000 14,810,000 222,000 971,400 5,782,000 14,500,000 20,200,000 8,000 935,200 72,400 81,800,000 72,130 25,000,000 963,700 60 3,190 393,600 185,730 520 0.30

(49,040,642.00) (26,350.00) (18,756,760.00) (995,760.00)

3,004,954.50 7,800.00

65,300.00

3,186,452.00

18,650.00 14,000.00 (38,000.00) 340,000.00 4,053,406.00 (41,185,540.00) 9,186,205.00 50,000.00 (37,600.00)

Abra Mining Apex `A’ 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 Oriental Peninsula Res. Oriental Pet. `A’ Oriental Pet. `B’ Petroenergy Res. Corp. Philex `A’ PhilexPetroleum Philodrill Corp. `A’ Semirara Corp. United Paragon

MINING & OIL 0.0048 0.0046 4.95 4.68 17.10 16.86 27.80 26.90 0.260 0.255 23.95 23.00 23.50 22.75 1.05 1.05 22.50 21.65 0.58 0.55 1.130 1.110 1.190 1.170 0.0600 0.0590 0.0610 0.0600 17.20 17.16 7.20 7.05 4.500 4.350 0.0170 0.0170 0.0190 0.0190 5.96 5.96 18.86 18.62 33.30 32.50 0.048 0.047 220.80 218.80 0.0150 0.0150 PREFERRED 28.40 545.00 103.50 9.70 108.80 73.50 1014.00

(1,315,106.00) 514,810.00

(11,375.00) (2,643,900.00) 41,800.00 112,000.00 (39,760.00)

(420,000.00) 438,600.00 3,377,303.00

70,054.00 (130,000.00) 117,500.00 (2,641,342.00)

ABS-CBN Holdings Corp. Ayala Corp. Pref `A’ First Gen G GMA Holdings Inc. PCOR-Preferred SMC Preferred 1 SMPFC Preferred Omico Corp. Warrant

27.45 545.00 103.50 9.70 108.80 75.30 1010.00

27.20 545.00 103.50 9.60 108.00 73.50 1010.00

28.05 2.19 545.00 0.00 103.50 0.00 9.69 (0.10) 108.50 (0.28) 73.50 (2.39) 1013.00 0.0300 (6.25)

(3,775,335.00) 1,982,010.00 9,045

WARRANTS & BONDS 0.0320 0.0310 0.0300

1,300,000

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2012

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EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS
Notice is hereby given that the estate of the late JOSE ROY V. CHAM who died on February 15, 2012 was extra-judicially settled with waiver of rights among heirs as per Doc. No. 300; Page No. 197; Book No. XV; Series of 2012 under Notary Public ATTY. REGINAL L. JOSE.
(MST-Sept. 7, 14 & 21, 2012)

Republic of the Philippines National Capital Judicial Region Regional Trial Court Branch 62 Makati City IN THE MATTER OF THE INSTESTATE ESTATE OF JOSE ROLANDO J. BEREDO, PETITION FOR ISSUANCE OF LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION PAULA MARIE F. BEREDO, Petitioner. SP. PROC. NO. M-7338 x--------------------------------------x ORDER

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
INVITATION TO BID FOR THE SUPPLY, DELIVERY, INSTALLATION & TRAINING OF VARIOUS ENGINEERING DESIGN SOFTWARE
The Department of Public Works & Highways thru its Bids and Award committee for Goods, through GAA 2012, intends to apply the sum of Eight Million Seven Hundred Fifty Four Thousand Pesos only (Php 8.754,000.00) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) for the Supply, Delivery. Installation & Training of Various Engineering Design Software. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automaticalIy rejected at bid opening. LOT 1 2 QTY 26 16 16 SOFTWARE AutoCAD LT 2013 AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Network Version (Legacy/upgrade) STAAD Pro v8i Network Version (Upgrade) ABC Php6,346,000.00 Php2,408,000.00

Sta. Catalina St., Brgy. Holy Spirit Quezon City Tel. Nos. 431-4597 * 931-1652 * 931-1568 ( 431-4598 Fax No. 951-4696

QUEZON CITY FIRST ENGINEERING DISTRICT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

INVITATION TO BID
The Department ef Public Works And Highways-Quezon City First Engineering District, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors to apply for eligibility and, if found eligible, to bid for the following contract: Name of Project Amount 1. Rehabilitation of Sauyo Road, Brgy. Sauyo, District 2, Q.C. P 7,839,163.80 2. Repair/Rehabilitation of A. Bonifacio Ave., Q.C. P 14,368,125.00 Procurement will 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) together with their Class “A” Documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with the DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 73% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (c) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, and (d) 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 in the eligibility check, 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 Contractor’s applications for registration, with completes requirements, and issue the Contractor’s 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. Submission of LOI’s from Prospective Bidders 4. Receipt of Bids 5. Opening of Bids September 4 to 24, 2012 September 12, 2012 @ 2:00 P.M. Deadline: Sept. 17, 2012 until 10:00 A.M Sept. 24, 2012 until 10:00 A.M. Sept. 24, 2012 @ 2:00 P.M.

The Department of Public Works & Highways now invites bids for the Supply, Delivery, Installation & Training of Various Engineering Design Software for use at various Offices in the Department. Delivery of the goods is required as specified in the Schedule of Requirement. Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Project whose value must be at least 50% of the. ABC. The description of an. eligible .bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, In Section II, Instruction To Bidders. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary “pass/fail’ criterion as specified in the Revised Implementing Rules a nd Regulations (R-IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 9184, otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”. Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnership or organizations with at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the PhiIippines, and to citizens organizations of a country the laws or regulations of which grant similar rights or privileges to Filipino citizens, pursuant to RA 5183 and subject to Commonwealth Act 138. !nterested bidders may obtain information from. the BAC for ,Goods Secretariat and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below during Monday to Friday at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders on September 07, 2012 until before 10:00 a.m. of October 3, 2012 from the Secretariat, BAC for Goods, Ground Floor, DPWH Bldg., Bonifacio Drive Port, Area, Manila and upon payment of a non-refundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount of Ten Thousand Pesos (Php 10,000.00). It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhiIGEPS) and the website of the Department of Public Works & Highways, provided that Bidders shall pay the nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents riot later than the submission of bids. The Department of Public Works & Highways will hold a Pre-Bid conference on September 19, 2012, 10:00 a.m. at the Office of the Chairman, BAC, for Goods, 2nd Floor, DPWH Bldg., Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila, which shall, be open to, all interested parties. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before 10:00 a.m.of October 03, 2012. All Bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18. Office of the Chairman, BAC for Goods C/O BAC for Goods Secretariat Ground Floor, DPWH Bldg. Bonifacio Drive, Port Area Manila Bid Opening shall be on October 03, 2012 at 10:00 a.m, at the Office of the Chairman, BAC for Goods at 2nd Floor, DPWH Bldg., Bonifacio Drive, Port Area. Manila. Bids will be opened in the presence of the Bidder’s representatives who choose to attend. Late bids shall not be accepted. The Department of Public Works and Highway reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time, prior to contact award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders. (Sgd.) ROY L. MANAO, CESO VI Assistant Secretary for Support Service Chairman, BAC for Goods
(MST-Sept. 7, 2012)

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This is a special proceedings covered by Part II of the Rules of Court with prayer for the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and/ or Preliminary (Mandatory) Injunction. Summons upon one Nancy Ferrer was personally served on July 30, 2012. It appearing from the Petition for Issuance of Letters of Administration, petitioner is one of the alleged heirs and a youngest daughter of the deceased Jose Rolando J. Beredo, who died on April 9, 2010 while residing at # 5294 Binakod St., Brgy., Olympia, Makati City, a place well within the jurisdiction of this Court The other purported heirs are her older brother, Jose Policarpio F. Beredo and her biological mother, Nancy Ferrer, who according to petitioner’s allegation had deserted her family while the decedent was still alive to live an extra-marital affair. Petitioner alleges that the estate of the decedent comprises of property located at 19888 Fir St., Executive Heights Subdivision, Paranaque City with assessed value of fifty four thousand (Php54,000.00) Philippine currency for the land and sixty thousand eight hundred forty (Php60,840.00) Philippine currency for the improvements, and with real estate tax obligation in the total amount of nine thousand two hundred twenty five & 62/100(Php9,225.62)Philippine currency. Likewise, the petition alledges that the lone property hereto mentioned was subject of a Deed of Absolute Sale executed by the decedent and the purported wife, Nancy Ferrer sometime in 1997 and the buyer thereof, a certain Dr. Ma. Eulalia J. Beredo is now pressing for the implementation of the agreement against the estate of the deceased. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that a hearing upon said petition be had in

this court sitting at the eleventh (11th) Floor of the New Makati City Hall at 8:30 o’clock a.m., on Wednesday, the 3rd day of October 2012, at which time and place all persons interested in said estate, as creditors or otherwise, are hereby cited and , ordered to appear to show cause, if any they have, why the prayer of said petitioner should not be granted. Notice of this Order shall be given by publication thereof once a week for three (3) successive weeks prior to the date of the hearing in a newspaper chosen through a raffle pursuant to En Banc Resolution (A.M. No. 01-01-07-SC) dated October 16, 2001, Supreme Court Circular No. 5-98 dated January 12, 1998 and P.D. No. 10791 The Process Server of this Court is ordered to post a copy of this order in at least three conspicuous places within the vicinity of this Court for at least ten (10) days before the scheduled hearing. Petitioner is ordered to immediately inform this Court of the current address purported buyer, Dr. Ma. Eulalia J. Beredo where she may be notified of the Court’s processes and to facilitate the prompt compliance hereto for decreed. In the meantime, without delving into the merits of the main action, as there appears an issue on possession of the subject real property, and petitioner then prays that a temporary restraining order and/or preliminary injunctive writ issue against the actual possessor/ s thereof Ms. Nancy Ferrer and other individuals deriving their right of possession from the former directing the said persons to leave the premises or enjoin them from occupying or possessing the same, introducing improvements or dispose of, mortgage, lease, or hypothecate in any manner said property or any other similar actions thereof, let the matter he heard on Wednesday, the 15th day of August 2012, at 8:30 o’clock a.m. and all the persons affected, Ms. Nancy Ferrer and other individuals deriving their right of possession from the former are ordered to appear an show cause why the prayed TRO and/or Injunctive writ should not issue in favor, of the petitioner. SO ORDERED. City of Makati, July 31,2012 (Sgd.) SELMA PALACIO ALARAS Judge ______________
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"Revising and Consolidating All Laws and Decrees Regulating Publication of Judicial Notices, Advertisements for Public Biddings, Notices of Auction Sales and Other Similar Notices" (MST-Sep. 7, 14 & 21, 2012)

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS LAGUNA II DISTRICT ENGINEERING OFFICE
Los Baños, Laguna ITB No. 2012-18 Region IV-A

Republic of the Philippines

INVITATION TO BID/REQUESTS FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the DPWH-Laguna II District Engineering Office , Los Banos, Laguna invites contractors to bid for the aforementioned projects: 1. a. Contract ID : b. Contract Name: 12DI0090 Preventive Maintenance (MFO-1) (Intermittent Section) Asphalt overlay 80mm with corrections of Sta. Rosa-Ulat-Tagaytay Road , K0044+450 – K0045+000 Santa Rosa City, Laguna Asphalt overlay of road P 16,198,420.00 50 c.d. P 10,000.00 12DI0091 Preventive Maintenance (MFO-1) (Intermittent Section) Overlay 100 mm of Sta. Rosa-Ulat-Tagaytay Road , K0047+850 – K0048+196 Santa Rosa City, Laguna Asphalt overlay of road P 6,793,360.00 40 c.d. P 10,000.00 12DI0092 Widening of Old Manila South Road, K0041+820 – K0042+960 , Cabuyao Section Cabuyao, Laguna Widening of road P 9,800,000.00 98 c.d. P 10,000.00 12DI0093 Preventive Maintenance (MFO-1) (Intermittent Section) Overlay 80 mm of Manila South Road, K0050+322 – K0050+864 Calamba City, Laguna Asphalt overlay of road P 12,166,700.00 45 c.d. P 10,000.00 12DI0094 Widening of Calamba-Sta. Cruz-Famy Junction Road K0053+700 – K0054+610 Calamba Section, including ROW Calamba City Widening of road P 11,760,000.00 90 c.d. P 10,000.00 12DI0095 Rehab./reconst./upgrading of damaged paved national roads (MFO-2) (Intermittent Section) Makiling Park Road K0066+862 – K0067+758 Los Banos, Laguna Rehab./reconst./upgrading of damaged paved national roads P 15,681,960.00 90 c.d. P 10,000.00 12DI0096 Widening of Calamba-Sta. Cruz-Famy Junction Road K0057+660 – K0059+290 Los Banos Section Los Banos, Laguna Widening of road P 19,600,000.00 196 c.d. P 10,000.00 12DI0097 Widening of Mayapa-Canlubang-Cadre Road Mayapa Section K0050+540 – K0051+864 Calamba City Widening of road P 19,600,000.00 150 c.d. P 10,000.00 12DI0098 Const. of 2-storey 4-cl bldg. at Sampaguita Village NHS, Brgy. Calendola San Pedro, Laguna Const. of 2-storey 4-cl bldg. P 5,400,000.00 90 c.d. P 10,000.00

Prospective bidders may download the LOI Forms from DPWH website: www.dpwh.gov.ph. (allowing the filing of Letter of Intent free of charge and prescribing fixed costs of bidding documents as per D.O. No. 52 dated October 3, 2011). The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD’s) at DPWH-Qnezon City First Engineering District Sta Catalina St., Brgy. Holy Spirit, Q.C., BAC Secretariat’s office. Prospective bidders may also download the BD’s, if available, from the DPWH website. Bidders that will download the BD’s from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bid documents. 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 BD’s 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 the post qualification. Interested contractors ate also required to present the originals of their PCAB License and Contractor’s Registration Certificate to the BAC for authentication and issuance of Bid Documents: a) PCAB License; b) Contractor’s Registration Certificate (CRC); c) Certificate of Materials Engineer Accreditation; d) Authorizing Managing Officer; e) Certificate of Safety Officer Seminar from DOLE; f) Phil-GEPS Order Form (Document Request List). The Quezon City First Engineering District assumes no responsibility whatsoever to compensate or indemnify bidders for any expenses incurred in the preparation of the bid. The Quezon City First Engineering District reserves the right to accept or reject any bid and to annul the bidding process and reject all Bids at any time|prior to contract award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidder or Bidders. (Sgd.) MARLYN G. INGUILLO Engineer III (BAC-Chairman) Noted: (Sgd.) ROSELLER A. TOLENTINO District Engineer
(MST-Sept. 7, 2012)

c. Contract Location: d. Scope of Work : e. Approved Budget for Contract (ABC): f. Contract Duration : g. Cost. Of Bidding Documents: 2. a. Contract ID : b. Contract Name: c. Contract Location: d. Scope of Work : e. Approved Budget for Contract (ABC): f. Contract Duration : g. Cost. Of Bidding Documents: 3. a. Contract ID : b. Contract Name: c. Contract Location: d. Scope of Work : e. Approved Budget for Contract (ABC): f. Contract Duration : g. Cost. Of Bidding Documents: 4. a. Contract ID : b. Contract Name:

c. Contract Location: d. Scope of Work : e. Approved Budget for Contract (ABC): f. Contract Duration : g. Cost. Of Bidding Documents: 5. a. Contract ID : b. Contract Name: c. Contract Location: d. Scope of Work : e. Approved Budget for Contract (ABC): f. Contract Duration : g. Cost. Of Bidding Documents: 6. a. Contract ID : b. Contract Name: c. Contract Location: d. Scope of Work : e. Approved Budget for Contract (ABC): f. Contract Duration : g. Cost. Of Bidding Documents: 7. a. Contract ID : b. Contract Name: c. Contract Location: d. Scope of Work : e. Approved Budget for Contract (ABC): f. Contract Duration : g. Cost. Of Bidding Documents: 8. a. Contract ID : b. Contract Name: c. Contract Location: d. Scope of Work : e. Approved Budget for Contract (ABC): f. Contract Duration : g. Cost. Of Bidding Documents: 9. a. Contract ID : b. Contract Name: c. Contract Location: d. Scope of Work : e. Approved Budget for Contract (ABC): f. Contract Duration : g. Cost. Of Bidding Documents:

DAVAO ORIENTAL FIRST DISTRICT ENGINEERING OFFICE OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER
Baganga, Davao Oriental Region XI

Department of Public Works and Highways

Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS

Republic of the Philippines

Office of the Regional Director
Region II- Cagayan Valley Region Tuguegarao City

INVITATION TO BID
The DPWH Davao Oriental First District Engineering Office, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors to apply to bid for the following projects: 1. Contract ID : 12LF0016 Contract Name : Repair/Maintenance of San Alfonso Revetment Contract Location : Cateel, Davao Oriental Brief Description : Repair/Maint. Of 174 ln.m. San Alfonso Revetment Approved Budget for the : Php8,730,000.00 Contract Contract Duration : 186 Calendar Days Source of Funds : CY-2012 Flood Control and Drainage Structure 2. Contract ID Contract Name : 12LF0017 : Package 3- Flood Control and Drainage Structures 1. Repair/Maint. Of Quinonoan Revetment, TarragonaPhp1,455,019.44-ABC 2. Repair/Maint. Of Lingayao River, Manay Php2,166,977.55-ABC 3. Repair/Maint. Of Carabatuan Revetment, Boston Php1,939,983.00-ABC Contract Location : District 1, Davao Oriental Brief Description : Repair/Maint. Of 54 ln.m. Quinonoan Revetment Repair/Maint. Of 97ln.m. Lingayao Revetment Repair/Maint. Of 33.85ln.m. Carabatuan Revetment Total Approved Budget for : Php5,561,980.00 the Contract Contract Duration : 105 Calendar Days Source of Funds : CY-2012 Flood Control and Drainage Structure

INVITATION TO BID
The DPWH Regional Office No. 2 through Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors to apply to bid for the following contracts. 12B00019 CONSTRUCTION OF KATIMBANG BRIDGE AND ROAD APPROACHES, EASTERN NAGTIPUNAN ARC Contract Location: Nagtipunan, Quirino Brief Description: Concreting of Roads and Approaches (0.20m thk), drainage and slope protection works, construction of detour road, Construction of 201.68 ln.m.PSCG Bridge on bored piles Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): P 129,428,637.52 Contract Duration: 690 CD Contract ID: Contract name: Procurement will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in accordance with RA 9184 and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations. To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), purchased 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, (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’ application 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 time and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below: 1. 2. 3. 4. Issuance of Bidding Documents Pre-Bid Conference Receipt of Bids Opening of Bids September 7-27, 2012 September 14, 2012 10:00 AM, September 27, 2012 10:30 AM, September 27, 2012

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 or his/her duly authorized representative as indicated in the CRC 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 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary “pass/fail” criteria in the eligibility check and preliminary examination of bids. Letter of Intent (LOI’s) sent thru mail or fax will not be accepted. Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration to the DPWH POCW Central Office before the deadline for the receipt of LOI’s. The DPWH POCW Central Office will only process contractors’ application for registration with complete requirements and issue the Contractor’s 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 September 6, 2012 to September 25, 2012 September 14, 2012 @ 10:00 a.m. September 19, 2012 @ 12:00noon September 25, 2012 until 2:00 p.m. September 25, 2012 @ 2:15 p.m.

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 the DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, or joint venture, (c) with PCAB License applicable to the type and cot of this contract, (d) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of the 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, preliminary examination of bids. Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration, to the DPWH – POCW Central Office before the deadline set below for the receipt of LOIs. The DPWH POCW-Central will only process contractor’s application for registration with complete requirements and issue the Contractor’s 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. Receipt of LOIs from Prospective Bidders 4. Receipt of Bids: 5. Opening of Bids September 07-26, 2012 10:00 am September 14, 2012 September 7-21, 2012 up to 2:00 P.M. only Before 2:00 P.M. September 26, 2012 2:00 P.M. September 26, 2012

The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at BAC Secretariat, DPWH Davao Oriental First District Engineering Office, Baganga, Davao Oriental, upon payment of a nonrefundable fee of Php10,000.00 (BD’s Fee) per projects. Prospective bidders may also download the BD’s from the DPWH website, if available. Prospective bidders that will download the BD’s from the DWPH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bids documents. The Pre-Bid Conference shall be open only to interested bidders who have purchased the BD’s. Bids must 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 BD’s 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. Only the Prospective Bidders or their duly authorized representatives as indicated in the CRC will submit BD’s. The DPWH Davao Oriental First District Engineering Office reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, and to annul the bidding process anytime before contract award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidder/s. Approved By : (Sgd.) ALBERTO L. CAINGHOG Asst. District Engineer Chairman, BAC
(MST-Sept. 7, 2012)

The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD’s) at the DPWH Regional Office No. 2, upon payment of a non refundable fees of P40,000.00. Prospective bidders may also download the BD’s from the DPWH website, if available prospective bidders that will download the BD’s from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bids documents. 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 BD’s in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The first envelope shall contain the technical component of 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 DPWH Regional Office No. 2 reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before Contract award, without incurring any liability. Approved by: (Sgd.) EDILBERTO B. BATTUNG Chief Materials Quality Control And Hydrology Division (BAC Chairman)
(MST-Sept. 7, 2012)

The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD’S) at Dpwh-Laguna II District Engineering Office, Brgy. Bambang, Los Banos, Laguna upon payment of a non-refundable fee. Prospective bidders may also download the BD’s from the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph. if available. Prospective bidders that will download the BD’s from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bids Documents. The Pre-Bid Conference shall be open only to interested parties who have purchased the BD’s. Bids must 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 BD’s 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. Interested contractors are also required to present the originals of their PCAB License and contractor’s Registration Certificate to the BAC for authentication. The DPWH-Laguna II District Engineering Office reserves the right to accept or reject any bid and to annul the bidding process at any time prior contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder/s. Approved by: (Sgd.) RAUL S. ARCETA BAC Chairman DPWH-Laguna II District Engineering Office Brgy. Bambang, Los Banos, Laguna Telefax.No. (049)536-3714 E-mail address : laguna2deo&@yahoo.com NOTED : (Sgd.) JOEL F. LIMPENGCO OIC-District Engineer
(MST-Sept. 7, 2012)

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Motul powers Saito for win in Formula Drift
ON ROUND 1 of Formula Drift Asia held last July, Japanese drift sensation Daigo Saito seized first place for the second time this season. The Japanese champion, whose team has been supported by Motul since the beginning of the year, brilliantly repelled Indonesian Rio Saputro Budihardjo’s attacks in the Finals – the latter’s talent catching everyone by surprise. In front of 9000 fans of this increasingly popular sport, the two drivers delivered a relentless battle, performing spectacular slides accompanied by clouds of smoke from overheated tires. During the first run, the Indonesian had a spin, leaving Saito in command before he committed a fault, forcing a second run. Saito then took the lead, driving his drift-battle Lexus with Budihardjo being unable to catch him. “I’m happy to win this Singapore race for the second time,” noted Saito. “The Final was difficult against Budihardjo who was in great shape all weekend. I had to focus and give it my best shot to get victory. I’ve always loved this meeting in Singapore because the crowd is extremely enthusiastic,” he adds. This performance allowed Saito to increase his championship lead. Formula Drift Asia is an offshoot of the North American formula drift competition, a spectacular and growing discipline. Team Motul-Saito is preparing for the second round of Formula Drift Asia to be held in Thailand in September. For details on how to improve your car’s performance on and off the track, call Autoplus Sportzentrium at 726-0399 log on to www.motul.com. ph. Motul oil and lubricants are also available in select dealers nationwide.

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Ford's power line up; (inset) One fast pony

Ford’s muscle car weekend
Text and photos by Dino Ray V. Directo III

Sideways racing in Clark
ROUND 2 of the Lateral Drift Championship Series was recently held at the Clark International Speedway. The second leg was dubbed as “DRIFT FOR A CAUSE” because competitors donated P500 each for the flood victims of tropical storm Habagat. Drift for a cause will continue to accept donations until Round 3 on September 8 at Quirino Grandstand and Round 4 at September 28 at Marikina City Hall. A total of 8 amateurs battled for the top spot. The amateur track layout was similar to the pros, with just minor adjustments with the takeoff area and the first clipping point with a slower entry speed. Pampanga’s resident drifter Tintin David and Robert Tan battled for 3rd place, with David eventually taking third spot overall. In the Pro Division was anybody’s game as Alex Perez of Team Yellow Cab failed to make it to the top 4 as his top rival David Feliciano of DMF Drift Team dampened his hopes. Eat Bulaga host Ryan Agoncillo of Team Yellow advanced to the top 4 as he battled with Feliciano for 3rd place and failed to keep up with the father of Philippine drifting as David took 3rd place again for Round 2 for the second straight round. The battle for First place was another classic duel between defending Champion Audel Sison of Team Autocraft and Boodie Dabasol of Team Turbo Café. Sison made a mistake on run two and took a higher line nearly hitting Dabasol in the second clipping point which ended up losing speed and failing to catch up to mirror the opponent in front putting Dabasol in the top spot of Round Two. The next round of the Lateral Drift Championship will be on September 8 starting 1pm at the Quirino Grandstand to be powered by the 2012 Hyundai Genesis. Lateral Drift is sponsored by Dickies, DC shoes, Light Hand Dental Clinic, Atoy Customs, Aikka Paints, and EDSA hosting.

WHAT better way is there to jump start your day than a cup of coffee with friends and a dose of Detroit muscle. Everyone was in high spirits as Ford Group Philippines threw caution to the wind and gathered enthusiasts and motoring journalists for a daylong VIP test drive of the iconic Ford Mustang.

Mustang generation's display was a crowd drawer

Held at the country’s premier leisure hub Fort Global City in Taguig, the event required the participants to drive around a preplanned route around the Fort. The ground shook as a pair of Mustangs took to the streets, with some of the participants gamely shifting to high gear and burning some rubber to the delight of the onlookers. Traffic literally stopped as this writer drove the 5.0 liter V8 GT Premium Model aggressively around the corners and hearing the rumble of that American muscle definitely wet my appetite to push the car more in the straightaway. “The Mustang is Ford’s most popular car and we are proud to finally offer it in the local market. We are confident that this car will carve a respectable niche in the country given its thrilling driving experience,” states Prudz Castillo, Marketing Manager of FGP. After a few rounds with the 5.0 liter variant, this writer got behind the wheel of the more genteel 3.7 liter V6 version. “Having a Mustang in our vehicle line up has been a trademark of mine when-

ever I get assigned to a country. I made this available in Japan, and I am doing it here in the Philippines after seeing for myself that the Mustang has a great following here,” adds Randy Krieger, President of FGP. An added attraction to the muscle car weekend experience was the display of well preserved and customized Mustangs from the different generations. Aside from the Mustang V8 Premium, the display area had a collectors dream line up starting with a 1966 Mustang Convertible; a mint condition 1967 Shelby GT500, popularly known as “Eleanor” of the “Gone in 60 seconds” fame; and a mean looking 1974 Mustang Cobra II, which looks ready to take on any challenger at the next stop sign. The Ford Mustang debuted last July 18 and is the fourth vehicle launched by Ford this year. According to Castillo, Ford has received more than 60 bookings of the new Mustang. It goes on sale this month in Ford dealerships around the country.

Isuzu unleashes 2013 Sportivo X
KNOWN for its durability, reliability and fuel efficiency, Isuzu introduces the latest iteration of its bestseller, the Crosswind X. “The Crosswind is a very important model for Isuzu Philippines Corporation as we intend to reach a sales target of 13,000 units this year,” said IPC President Ryoji Yamazaki. While still offering the practicality of the Crosswind model range, the Sportivo X boasts of class leading features. The new version has roof rails that are perfect for securing various outdoor gear, a rear spoiler with a high-mount LED stop lamp and reverse camera, and side-view mirrors with power-fold feature and are garnished with chrome and integrated LED turn signal lamps. The lower part of the Sportivo X is adorned with practical side step boards and a pair of all-weather foglamps in front. Big 15-inch performance alloy wheels wrapped with all-terrain tires round up the model’s list of special external features. Combined with the elegant and comfort features of the 2013 Sportivo X is the proven engine that also powers the Crosswind XT and the Crosswind XL. This is Isuzu’s fuel-efficient and environment-friendly Euro2-compliant, four-cylinder 4JA1-L Direct Diesel Injected, turbocharged 2.5-liter power plant, which makes 85ps and 18.9kg-m. Ensuring a comfortable ride for all Crosswind models are independent double wishbone with torsion bar springs plus stabilizer bar front suspension and Isuzu’s patented Flex Ride MOVE rear suspension. Safety for the Crosswind models’ occupants is addressed by passenger-restraint seatbelts, child-proof door locks and side-impact door beams. The 2013 Sportivo X comes in Rich Red, Satin Silver and Ebony Black while the Crosswind XT comes in Glacial White, Midnight Blue and Rich Red, and the Crosswind XL is available in Glacial White and Titanium Silver. IPC prices the 2013 Sportivo X A/T at P1,205,000; the Sportivo X M/T at P1,140,000; XT at P883,000; and the XL at P794,000.

Flawless detailing
Text and photo by Riva M. Galveztan
FORGET about repainting. Sonax, a German company manufacturing car care products, has the ultimate solution to what would usually be a headache to the average Joe on the road. Motorists wish they could avoid external factors such as overexposure to sunlight, falling debris, after-effects of pollution, careless motorists and bystanders, among others. However, these are all inevitably part of the domestic motoring scene. Considering all these factors, car owners determined to keep their prized automobiles look as pristine as possible without having to spend tons of money detailing or worse repainting. With the wide range of Sonax Xtreme paintwork care products, car owners will start thinking twice about having their car repainted. The Sonax Xtreme Brilliant Wax 1 for pure paintwork preservation and the Sonax Xtreme Polish+Wax 2 & 3 for polishing are both armed with the new Sonax Hybrid Net Protection Technology, an enhanced preservation formula that leaves the surface with gentle smoothness and a brilliant deep shine. A single application of Sonax Xtreme Polish+Wax 3 is enough to restore the original color and deep gloss, making the paint appear as new. In the Sonax Tech Talk where the new line of products was introduced, I personally witnessed the brilliance of Sonax car care products—leaving hardly any scratches behind after a 10-minute detailing procedure using the Sonax ProfiLine Brilliant Shine Detailer and Polymer Net Shield. Jeremy Ong, Sonax Regional Support Manager explained the science behind the state-of-theart Hybrid Polymer Technology which acts as a long-term sealant. The Singapore-based manager frequents Manila to ensure that the technicians are trained according to Sonax standards. Since establishing the brand back in the 1950s, the company Sonax GmbH has moved into pole position among the producers of car care products.

Scientific car protection

Millions of motorists in Germany and in more than 90 countries around the globe trust the expertise of Neuburg-based Sonax. Icons in the automotive and racing industry such as Ayrton Senna, Hanns-Joachim Stuck, Michael Schumacher, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Jacques Villeneuve have all raced past the finishing line sporting the Sonax logo on either their cars or racing suits. From car polish to additives – a wide range of products and services indeed reflects the expertise and versatility of Sonax. For hassle-free, do-it-yourself individuals who want to keep their cars squeaky clean Sonax has these

products: Xtreme Wheel Cleaner, which amazingly cleans the dirtcovered wheel (inside and out) in just a few minutes; Sonax Xtreme Leather Care Foam, which immediately gets rid of the stains on leather seats; Sonax Xtreme Interior Cleaner, which eliminates all the unpleasant odor and wipes off blemished spots. For those who are interested in professional vehicle valeting using Sonax products, visit ARC Automotive located at 1159 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. This is currently the only shop authorized by Waido Marketing & Distribution Inc., exclusive distributor of Sonax in the Philippines.

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The Boeing 777-300 ER, the latest addition to the PAL fleet

PHILIPPINE Airlines has many reasons to celebrate this year. The company welcomed its new president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang, who also heads San Miguel Corp. Recently, PAL marked another milestone at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati ShangriLa Hotel when it unveiled an addition to its fleet--the Boeng 777-300ER, a 370- seater twin jet set to elevate a passenger’s airline experience to greater heights.
“Our number one priority is to turn around PAL by tapping into the strengths of San Miguel Corp. and the Lucio Tan Group of Companies,” says Ang. “Our growth strategy for Philippine Airlines is simple: modernization of its fleet, expansion of its network, and improvements in passenger service.” Great features, innovations During the event, Ang shared some of PAL’s exciting innovations as well as the features that passengers may expect aboard the Boeng 777-300ER. The major highlight of the event was the announcement of PAL’s five elite “Master Chefs,” who debuted their culinary expertise for guests. PAL’s master chefs feature a major remake on the menu to heighten guests inflight experience. Fernando Aracama, Aracama’s executive chef creates Filipino dishes for domestic and international airline services while Billy King, former executive chef of InterContinental Manila’s Prince Rotisserie serves Western dishes for international flights. Malaysian chef See Cheong Yan, who is currently the culinary director of Enderun Colleges creates Chinese menu, Masahiro Mizumoto, executive chef of Traders Hotel will take charge of the Japanese cuisine and Khun Suwanna Puangdee, Dusit Thani Manila’s executive chef for its Benjarong restaurant will serve Thai cuisine for PAL passengers. Another advancement that PAL patrons will enjoy is its electronic “book and buy” ticketing kiosks at select Petron Gas stations, for a faster and hassle-free booking of tickets. “The kiosks, which features a touch-screen panel, will be available for PAL and Airphil Express passengers make use of wireless accessibility powered by Wi-Tribe 4G and Eastern Communications,” shares Ang during the event. On to greater heights “Soon, PAL will be flying directly to Toronto, Paris and New York,” shares Ang. As part of its refurbishment, PAL also tied-up with giant tech Apple and promises to make the third generation Apple iPads available onboard all trans-Pacific flights for inflight entertainment. “PAL is the very first full service airline in Asia to have the world’s most sought-after mobile device onboard its flights, available for both business and economy class passengers. The iPads will be pre-loaded with various inflight entertainment options, from the latest full-length movies, TV shows, music, games, to the latest newspapers and magazines,” he adds. Well-attended event PAL also introduced its new brand ambassador, Filipino-British Patti Grandidge, who also hosted the event. Seen during the event were movers and shakers from the government and the private sector including Airphil Express president Iñigo Zobel; Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr.; Boeing director for Asia-Pacific Dan Schull; San Miguel Corporation chief finance officer Ferdinand Constantino; SMC senior vice president Aurora Calderon; Alphaland’s Roberto “Bobby” Ongpin; SGV founder Washington Sycip; lawyer. Estelito P. Mendoza; and McDonalds president George Yang.

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From left: Ang, Mendoza, Constantino, lawyer Susan Mendoza and Calderon

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PAL president Ramon S. Ang addresses the crowd

Chef See Cheong Yan

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Marriott Cafe goes Japanese
MARRIOTT Café come to terms with the fact that Japan will be forever loved for its culinary offerings with a classic appeal, the restaurant is adding a teppanyaki station, grilling only the freshest and meaty choices of seafood, fish, beef, pork, and chicken. If you’re in the mood to get filled with something like this, look no further as chef Meik Brammer makes everything tastier and satisfying in all aspects from the grill to the plate. Everyone is just as smitten to anything grilled which qualifies teppanyaki as one indulgent comfort food. If visiting for the first time, the gorgeously marbled diced US beef tenderloin is the ultimate piece de resistance for its sophisticated quality. Soft, full of intense flavor, and laden with a special teppanyaki sauce, it’s a consistent choice of every meat lover whether its medium rare or well done. And if craving for a combo of something lightly peppered with natural saltiness, kaisen is sure to hit the right spots of anyone’s taste buds from the shrimps, tuna, salmon, and squid. Match everything with your choice of vegetables such as beansprout, cabbage, carrot, green bell pepper, white onion, zucchini, red bell pepper or celery which not only taste great, they’re also packed with flavors. You can convert it to a complete meal too by adding rice whipped up with meat sauce and spices, where in the mixing results to an aromatic golden brown color. For inquiries or reservations, call Marriott Café at 988-9999.

First class vacay at Plantation Bay
A resort in a class of its own, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa was awarded by Trip Advisor for Business with a Certificate of Excellence for achieving a rating of 4.0. The firstclass, vacation estate situated on a secluded area of Mactan Island, Cebu was cited for its high standards based on feedback from its well-traveled guests. Efficiently run by its general manager Efren Belarmino, Plantation Bay Plantation Bay Resort and Spa is known for its spacious and well-appointed rooms, courteous staff, abundant food choices, and fantastic in and out-of-the-water activities. For reservations and inquiries, call Plantation Bay Resort and Spa at (63-32) 505-9800 or its Manila sales office at (63-2) 844-5024 to 25, e-mail sales@plantationbay.com or visit their Web site at plantationbay.com.

Culinary treasures at Diamond Hotel
Malaysia offers one of Asia’s finest cuisines with its wide variety of cooking styles and flavors, mainly influenced by its three major races: Malay, Chinese and Indian, as well as the myriad of ethnic groups from its different regions, experience Malaysian culinary diversity with Makanan Lazat: A Malaysian Food Festival, highlighting the culinary masterpieces meticulously prepared by guest Malaysian Chef Cheong Yan See of Enderun Colleges until Sept. 16. Let the culinary adventure begin and prepare for a gastronomic feast with a spread of authentic Malay fares at Corniche restaurant’s lunch and dinner buffet. From the aromatic and flavorful mains, to a tempting assortment of desserts, Chef See will ensure that Corniche’s sumptuous buffet with be teeming with Malaysia’s popular dishes

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Do’s and don’ts for healthy feet
BURLINGTON, the socks authority, suggests the following tips to keep your feet in best form Do : Check your feet regularly. Take note of any change in their general appearance, like color and texture. Be wary of unusual swelling and changes in the toenails which might signal fungal infection. Discolored, thick, cracked or crumbling nail are distress signals that needs medication and therefore, should never be hidden with nail polish. Keep your feet clean and dry. Thoroughly clean and scrub your feet with antiseptic soap and lukewarm water every time you take a bath. Dry them well with soft towel to avoid the growth of fungi. Keep close attention to the gaps between the toes. We recommend the use of BioFresh antimicrobial Foot Spray to avoid sweaty feet. Trim toenails properly. Cut straight across; avoid getting too close to the skin or drastically rounding the corners of the nails, which can cause painful, ingrown toenails that may also lead to infection. Bio-fresh anti-microbial socks helps in preventing bacteria build up in the toe nails area. Invest in an appropriate and well fitting shoe. Always buy the right size, as shoes that are too tight tend to bruise or tear the skin within the pressure points of the feet. Comfort should never be sacrificed for style. Shop for footgear at the end of the day to compensate for foot swelling that occurs later in the day, and wear the proper hosiery with the shoes. Don’t: Never walk barefoot, especially in public areas. Be sure to wear shower shoes at gyms, in locker rooms, and public pools. These places may most probably be the breeding ground for fungi which may lead to infections. Do not wear other people’s footwear. Fungal infections are contagious, so avoid sharing shoes and socks. Never self medicate foot woes. A podiatrist is a doctor who is specialized in treating disorders of the foot. If you notice or feel anything unusual with your feet, do not hesitate to consult one immediately Don’t use hot water in cleaning our feet. Instead wash your feet with lukewarm water .

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Enjoy mobile browsing at its best
THE Nokia Asha 311 is now available for purchase in the Philippines. The Nokia Asha 311 is a fast and fluid 3.5G capacitive touchscreen device, powered by a 1GHz processor to provide a great internet experience to consumers who want to be set free from excessive data consumption costs and short battery life. The engaging, fully redesigned Nokia Asha Touch interface sits at the heart of an incredibly rich mobile Internet experience. With just a single swipe, users are able to: Enjoy faster and more affordable web browsing. The Nokia Asha 311 takes full advantage of the Nokia Browser 2.0, a major recent update which uses Nokia's cloud technology to make Internet browsing up to twice as fast and 85 percent cheaper than with comparable browsers. Enjoy a world of entertainment. The Nokia Asha 311 comes with 15 levels of Angry Birds as a free, pre-loaded app, as well as a gift of 40 free-to-download*EA games including Tetris®, Bejeweled®, Need for Speed(TM) The Run and EA SPORTS(TM) FIFA 12. Stay in touch and informed. The pre-loaded social application allows users to keep track of their friends and family on Facebook and Twitter directly from the home screen. Messaging apps like WhatsApp make it easy to communicate in real-time, while the pre-loaded Nokia Maps means that users need never get lost again. The Nokia Asha 311 features a 3.2MP camera and can support up to 32GBof expandable memory. The device is available in four colours: Sand White, Blue, Dark Grey and Rose Red. The suggested retail price for the Nokia Asha 311is P5,650.

By Lica Valdez

WOMAN
people. Gone is the age where women were forced to wear figure altering clothes so they could look good in the latest fashion. However, ForMe, a local clothes brand, isn’t just looking at the typical frame. ForMe has the modern woman in mind and understands that she is diverse, empowered, and chic. Recently, this same clothing brand has launched its new line Charme Francais and introduced their new brand ambassador, Patti Grandidge. The new line Charme Francais was inspired by Parisian fashion, whose style is romantic, feminine and playful. Combining this with traces of vintage—such as the use of dolman sleeves, flat

Addressing the modern
that the Golden ABC team has trusted me to represent their female apparel line in the country. By becoming a part of the brand I wish to help inspire and connect with women to put their best selves forward every day.” “On one side you have something sophisticated, elegant and classy and then you have something fun, flirty and casual. You have everything in one—the whole collection is very stylish and very refined. I am very proud to wear ForMe,” added Patti. Lastly, she gives all the women her style advice: “Comfort is key. If you’re comfortable you’ll exude confidence and an aura of selfassurance. Poise is important as you always want to look your best. Make a statement when you want, whether it be with bold accessories, or a neon ensemble. Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles to change up your look—your fashion persona can be as dynamic as you are!” For more information about the ForMe line and accessories, visit www.forme.com.ph.

WHEN we see cute clothes up in display, we’re more than eager to try them on. We do a little happy dance (inside or out) when they have the design in the right size and take the clothes to the changing room. Unfortunately, what usually happens is that clothes look better on the rack then on you.
But why does this happen, despite the clothes being our size? What most people don’t know about clothes is that some clothes are meant for a specific figure or “body type.” Brands often focus on two or three body types, and no matter how cute or beautiful a piece of clothing might be—if it doesn’t fit your figure, it just won’t look as good as you’ve imagined. Local brands often go for the typically Asian figure. Since majority of Filipinas have petite frames, these brands have tailored clothes designed for that figure. But what local brands seem to forget is the diversity of our country and its

collars, and color blocking and geared towards the busy modern woman—the line mixes elegance, whimsical and function. Grandidge is a host on ETC's Etcetera and manages her online business Sweet Patti Cakes. Yes, this lovely girl bakes her own cupcakes. When she was asked to describe her new endeavor as the brand ambassador, Patti had this to say, “I am very excited for ForMe’s new Charme Français collection. As a known brand that accentuates femininity, I feel so honored

The perfect mix
accentuate curves for that headturner look at any special event. Metallics and shine also dominate the season with sequinned fabrics for tops and dresses for understated elegance. To achieve a more laidback look, ornate and richly textured fabrics like jacquards in trousers, dresses and coats are used to make a statement. Plush velvet and fabrics in tones of berry, forest green, teal, dark gray and black are used to give a rugged yet refined look. Winter prints of blooms on dark backgrounds add a feminine touch to shirts and dresses, as seen in Red Herring.The return of the military inspired coat and jacket, with metal buttons, double breasted fastening and shoulder epaulettes is also a key style this season. The menswear collection is inspired by the old and new – the English countryside and the city vibe for both relaxed and formal ensembles. The color palette focuses on shades of earthy browns, and forest green, updated with highlights of inky blues, bottle green, mustard and burnt reds. Chambray and crossweave shirts, cords and denim jeans are essentials for a versatile look. The "café society" look is also evident this season, anchored around tonal dressing to create a relaxed yet sophisticated look playing with black, pale gray and camel tones. Debenhams stores are located at ShangriLa Plaza Mall, Rustan’s Makati, Trinoma and Abreeza mall in Davao.

Ambassadeur Gilles Garachon, Ambassador Francisco Benedicto and Consul Michel Lhuillier

Make your own design of Havaianas slippers.

Adam and Anna Feji Brown ( guest artist) with Consul Michel and Amparito Lhuillier at Bastille Day

At Cathay cocktails- Connie Cimafranca, new gm Grace Ho. Country manager Martin Xu and Maggie Wong

Bastille Day, Metro Alabang and Havaianas
MILA C. ESPINA

At Waterfront Lobby-Consul John Domingo, Dame Kit S. Yeung , Sally Dy and Flor Ynclino

DEBENHAM'S, UK’s most renowned retail brand, offers a variety of sophisticated styles for men and women this season. For women, each outfit allows versatility and provides staples that are easy to mix and match to suit any occasion. Body con silhouettes are updated in the season’s must have fabrics, leather and lace. Sexy dresses and pencil skirts are key with peplum details on dresses, skirts and jackets. Sheer panels, lace details, exposed zips and peephole details make every piece unique and out of the ordinary. Star and Diamond by Julien Macdonald provide dresses that are stylish and

AH CEBU!
HOPPING from one event to the other is easy in Cebu. One can’t do it in Manila, Quezon City or Makati. I had the pleasure of celebrating Bastille Day with French Ambassadeur Gilles Garachon

Happy guests Jenny Franco, Margie Lhuillier, Tata Kintanar and Bo Hauri

and Consul Michel and Amparito Lhuillier at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel. Old friends Dr. and Mrs. Jose Enriquez de las Penas are the proud parents at the debut of their lovely daughter, Mary Ellen Johns de las Penas at the Marquee Ballroom of Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa ( Sept. 9). A well-attended affair was the launch of Metro Gaisano Alabang ( will write more on this), a magnum opus of Margaret G. Ang

!The first anniversary of Havaianas at the SM Northwing was fun with Jaja Chiongbian attending to her guests designing their own Havaianas slipper. More events coming up in September! WaterFront Cebu City Hotel opened its newly refurbished lobby with general manager Alfred Portenchlager at the reception line. Cathay Pacific said goodbye to Maggie Wong and hello to Grace Ho.

Canon launches limited-edition printer
PRINTING aficionados can now can be part of Canon Philippines’ 15th year anniversary by purchasing a limited edition commemorative All-In-One printer model—the Wine Red Pixma MG3170, which is also available in Glossy Black and White. This is the first red printer in the Philippine market, and red is the trademark color of the renowned digital imaging brand. These uniquely colored printers encompass mobile printing, superior image quality, and artistic freedom. The PIXMA MG3170, along with all the compact printers from the new Pixma inkjet printer range, offers unique printers via Wi-Fi, and print photographs and documents directly from their mobile devices. To achieve the high level of image quality that users expect of a Canon product, these new printers use FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) technology to create microscopic ink droplets as small as 2pl to print high-quality images and photos. The limited edition models are now available in various IT dealers and Canon concept stores nationwide. Both units are priced at P4,495. For information, call 02-884-9000 or visit www.canon.com.ph.

features such as the Full HD movie print, Fun Filter effects, and even wireless connectivity to mobile devices. With mobile printing, users can connect their iOS or Android devices to their

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR
REGION VII, CEBU CITY

Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR
REGION VII, CEBU CITY

Republic of the Philippines

INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID
The Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office 7 (DPWH Regional Office 7), 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: Contract I.D. Contract Name : 12H00075 : Upgrading of Jct. (LIR) Buenavista, Carmen-Danao-Gatafe Road, Bohol Physical Target : 4.63kms Contract Duration : 180 Calendar Days Approved Budget for the Contract: PHP 89,822,000.00 Bid Documents : Php 30,000.00 Contract I.D. Contract Name : 12H00076 : Construction/Improvement of Concepcion, Danao-Buenavista, Carmen Road, Bohol Physical Target : 6.50kms Contract Duration: 210 Calendar Days Approved Budget for the Contract: PHP 126,100,000.00 Bid Documents: Php 40,000.00 Contract I.D. : 12H00077 Contract Name : Upgrading of Balilihan-Hanopol-Batuan Road Bohol Physical Target : 5.00 kms Contract Duration : 210 Calendar Days Approved Budget for the Contract: PHP 97,000,000.00 Bid Documents : Php 30,000.00 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) together with their Class “A” 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 with PCAB License applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (c) completion of a similar project/contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, (d) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment from a reputable universal and commercial banks for at least 10% of ABC. (e) Letter of Authority for the representative /Liason Officer (As reflected in the CRC) to submit LOI and Bids, Have key personnel and equipment owned and or leased listed in the Eligibility Forms available for the prosecution of the project. Letter of Intent (LOI’s) sent thru mail or fax will not be accepted. The DPWH – BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check, preliminary examination of bids, evaluation of bids and post qualification. Unregistered contractors, however, may submit their applications for registration, to DPWH-POCW, Central Office before the deadline for the receipt of LOIs. The DPWH-POCW Central Office will process only, the contractor’s applications for registration with complete requirements and issue the Contractor’s Certificate of Registration (CRC) before processing their LOIs. The DPWH Central BAC-TWG will process only those with complete registration requirements. All particulars relative to Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid security, Performance Security, Pre Bidding conference(s) , Evaluation of Bids, Post Qualification and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent provisions of RA 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR). The significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown be below: Contract ID 12H00075 & 12H00076 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Issuance of Bidding Documents : From: Sept. 14, 2012-October 2, 2012 Deadline of LOI’s from Prospective bidders: Sept. 14, 2012 until 3:00 P.M. Pre Bid Conference : September 21, 2012 -10:00 A.M. Receipts of Bids: October 2, 2012 -10:00A.M. to 10:30 A.M. Opening of Bids: October 2, 2012- 1:00 P.M.

INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID
The Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office 7 (DPWH Regional Office 7), 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: Contract I.D. Contract Name : 12H00078 : Improvement/Upgrading of Maribojoc-Antequera-Catagbacan, Loon Road, Bohol Physical Target : 5.00kms Contract Duration : 210 Calendar Days Approved Budget for the Contract: PHP 97,000,000.00 Bid Documents : Php 30,000.00 Contract I.D. : 12H00079 Contract Name : Rehabilitation of Panglao Island Circumferential Road, Bohol Physical Target : 7.50kms Contract Duration : 240 Calendar Days Approved Budget for the Contract: PHP 145,500,000.00 Bid Documents : Php 40,000.00 Contract I.D. : 12H00080 Contract Name : Upgrading of Jct. TER, Jagna-Sierra Bullones Road, Bohol Physical Target : 2.75 kms Contract Duration : 180 Calendar Days Approved Budget for the Contract: PHP 53,350,000.00 Bid Documents : Php 30,000.00 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) together with their Class “A” 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 with PCAB License applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (c) completion of a similar project/contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, (d) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment from a reputable universal and commercial banks for at least 10% of ABC. (e) Letter of Authority for the representative /Liason Officer (As reflected in the CRC) to submit LOI and Bids, Have key personnel and equipment owned and or leased listed in the Eligibility Forms available for the prosecution of the project. Letter of Intent (LOI’s) sent thru mail or fax will not be accepted. The DPWH – BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check, preliminary examination of bids, evaluation of bids and post qualification. Unregistered contractors, however, may submit their applications for registration, to DPWHPOCW, Central Office before the deadline for the receipt of LOIs. The DPWH-POCW Central Office will process only, the contractor’s applications for registration with complete requirements and issue the Contractor’s Certificate of Registration (CRC) before processing their LOIs. The DPWH Central BAC-TWG will process only those with complete registration requirements. All particulars relative to Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid security, Performance Security, Pre Bidding conference(s), Evaluation of Bids, Post Qualification and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent provisions of RA 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR). The significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown be below; Contract ID 12H00078 & 12H00079 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Issuance of Bidding Documents : From: Sept. 17, 2012-October 8, 2012 Deadline of LOI’s from Prospective bidders: Sept. 17, 2012 until 3:00 P.M. Pre Bid Conference : September 26, 2012 -1:00 P.M. Receipts of Bids: October 8, 2012 -10:00A.M. to 10:30 A.M. Opening of Bids: October 8, 2012- 1:00 P.M. Issuance of Bidding Documents : From: Sept. 17, 2012-October 9, 2012 Deadline of LOI’s from Prospective bidders: Sept. 17, 2012 until 3:00 P.M. Pre Bid Conference : September 27, 2012 -1:00 P.M. Receipts of Bids: October 9, 2012 -10:00A.M. to 10:30 A.M. Opening of Bids: October 9, 2012- 1:00 P.M.

INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID
The Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office 7 (DPWH Regional Office 7), 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: Contract I.D. Contract Name : 12H00081 : Upgrading of Jct. Dat-an, Carmen-Sierra Bullones-Pilar- Alicia Road, Bohol A. Pilar Section- 2.434 kms B. Alicia Section- 2.566 kms Contract Duration : 210 Calendar Days Approved Budget for the Contract: PHP 97,000,000.00 Bid Documents : Php 30,000.00 Contract I.D. : 12H00082 Contract Name : Improvement of Tagbilaran –Corella Road, Bohol Physical Target : 5.00kms Contract Duration : 210 Calendar Days Approved Budget for the Contract: PHP 97,000,000.00 Bid Documents : Php 30,000.00 Contract I.D. Contract Name : 12H00083 : Improvement of Tagbilaran North Road (Tagbilaran-CortesTubigon, with intermittent sections), Bohol Physical Target : 5.00 kms Contract Duration : 210 Calendar Days Approved Budget for the Contract: PHP 97,000,000.00 Bid Documents : Php 30,000.00 Contract I.D. : 12H00084 Contract Name : Widening of Mactan Circumferential Road, Cebu Physical Target : 5.69 kms Contract Duration : 240 Calendar Days Approved Budget for the Contract: PHP 110,415,100.00 Bid Documents : Php 40,000.00 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) together with their Class “A” 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 with PCAB License applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (c) completion of a similar project/contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, (d) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment from a reputable universal and commercial banks for at least 10% of ABC. (e) Letter of Authority for the representative /Liason Officer (As reflected in the CRC) to submit LOI and Bids, Have key personnel and equipment owned and or leased listed in the Eligibility Forms available for the prosecution of the project. Letter of Intent (LOI’s) sent thru mail or fax will not be accepted. The DPWH – BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check, preliminary examination of bids, evaluation of bids and post qualification. Unregistered contractors, however, may submit their applications for registration, to DPWHPOCW, Central Office before the deadline for the receipt of LOIs. The DPWH-POCW Central Office will process only, the contractor’s applications for registration with complete requirements and issue the Contractor’s Certificate of Registration (CRC) before processing their LOIs. The DPWH Central BAC-TWG will process only those with complete registration requirements. All particulars relative to Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid security, Performance Security, Pre Bidding conference(s), Evaluation of Bids, Post Qualification and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent provisions of RA 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR). The significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown be below: Contract ID 12H00081 & 12H00082 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Issuance of Bidding Documents : From: Sept. 21, 2012-October 10, 2012 Deadline of LOI’s from Prospective bidders: Sept. 21, 2012 until 3:00 P.M. Pre Bid Conference : September 28, 2012 -1:00 P.M. Receipts of Bids: October 10, 2012 -10:00A.M. to 10:30 A.M. Opening of Bids: October 10, 2012- 1:00 P.M. Issuance of Bidding Documents : From: Sept. 21, 2012-October 11, 2012 Deadline of LOI’s from Prospective bidders: Sept. 21, 2012 until 3:00 P.M. Pre Bid Conference : September 28, 2012 -1:00 P.M. Receipts of Bids: October 11, 2012 -10:00A.M. to 10:30 A.M. Opening of Bids: October 11, 2012- 1:00 P.M.

Contract ID 12H00077 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Issuance of Bidding Documents : From: Sept. 14, 2012-October 3, 2012 Deadline of LOI’s from Prospective bidders: Sept. 14, 2012 until 3:00 P.M. Pre Bid Conference : September 21, 2012 -10:00 A.M. Receipts of Bids: October 3, 2012 -10:00A.M. to 10:30 A.M. Opening of Bids: October 3, 2012- 1:00 P.M.

Contract ID 12H00080

Contract ID 12H00083 & 12H00084

Prospective bidders may download the Registration and LOI Forms from the DPWH website www. dpwh.gov.ph. Prospective bidders shall submit their accomplished LOIs and obtain the results of the eligibility check at the same address. Prospective bidders may also download the Bidding Documents (BDs), if available, from the DPWH web site. Bidders that will download the BD’S from the DPWH Website shall pay the said fees as stated aboved on or before the submission of their bid documents. 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 BAC will also issue hard copies of the (BDs) at the same address upon payment of a nonrefundable fee as stated above. Interested Bidders may obtain further information and inspect the bidding Documents at the same address.. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders’ representatives who choose to attend and late bids shall not be accepted. The DPWH Regional Office 7 reserves the right to accept or reject any bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before Contract award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidders and no responsibility whatsoever to compensate or indemnify bidders for any expenses incurred in the preparation of their bids. Approved by:
(MST-Sept. 7, 2012)

Prospective bidders may download the Registration and LOI Forms from the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph. Prospective bidders shall submit their accomplished LOIs and obtain the results of the eligibility check at the same address. Prospective bidders may also download the Bidding Documents (BDs), if available, from the DPWH web site. Bidders that will download the BD’S from the DPWH Website shall pay the said fees as stated aboved on or before the submission of their bid documents. 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 BAC will also issue hard copies of the (BDs) at the same address upon payment of a non-refundable fee as stated above. Interested Bidders may obtain further information and inspect the bidding Documents at the same address.. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders’ representatives who choose to attend and late bids shall not be accepted. The DPWH Regional Office 7 reserves the right to accept or reject any bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before Contract award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidders and no responsibility whatsoever to compensate or indemnify bidders for any expenses incurred in the preparation of their bids. Approved by: (Sgd.) Atty. AYAON S. MANGGIS BAC Chairman
(MST-Sept. 7, 2012)

Prospective bidders may download the Registration and LOI Forms from the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph. Prospective bidders shall submit their accomplished LOIs and obtain the results of the eligibility check at the same address. Prospective bidders may also download the Bidding Documents (BDs), if available, from the DPWH web site. Bidders that will download the BD’S from the DPWH Website shall pay the said fees as stated aboved on or before the submission of their bid documents. 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 BAC will also issue hard copies of the (BDs) at the same address upon payment of a non-refundable fee as stated above. Interested Bidders may obtain further information and inspect the bidding Documents at the same address.. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders’ representatives who choose to attend and late bids shall not be accepted. The DPWH Regional Office 7 reserves the right to accept or reject any bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before Contract award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidders and no responsibility whatsoever to compensate or indemnify bidders for any expenses incurred in the preparation of their bids. Approved by:
(MST-Sept. 7, 2012)

(Sgd.) Atty. AYAON S. MANGGIS BAC Chairman

AYAON S. MANGGIS BAC Chairman

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS DPWH-Bohol 2nd Sub-District Engineering Office Bood, Ubay, Bohol
DPWH INFRA-07 - Standard Advertisement-Revised IRR

Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS DPWH-Bohol 2nd Sub-District Engineering Office Bood, Ubay, Bohol
DPWH INFRA-07 - Standard Advertisement-Revised IRR

Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS DPWH-Bohol 2nd Sub-District Engineering Office Bood, Ubay, Bohol
DPWH INFRA-07 - Standard Advertisement-Revised IRR

Republic of the Philippines

INVITATION TO BID
The Department of Public Works and Highways, Bohol 2 nd Sub-District Engineering Office, Ubay, Bohol, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors to apply to bid for the following contract(s): Contract ID Contract Name Contract Location : : : 12HC0007 Asphalt Overlay of Tagbilaran East Road a) K0122+000-K0123+004 ( Poblacion, Trinidad, Bohol) b) K0126+000-K0127 +001 (Tagum Norte, Trinidad, Bohol)

INVITATION TO BID
The Department of Public Works and Highways, Bohol 2nd Sub-District Engineering Office, Ubay, Bohol, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors to apply to bid for the following contract(s): Contract ID Contract Name Contract Location : 12HC0008 : Asphalt Overlay of Tagbilaran East Road : a) K0138+294-K0139+000 (Bood, Ubay, Bohol) b) K0141 +000-K0141 +1 040 (Calanggaman, Ubay, Bohol)

INVITATION TO BID
The Department of Public Works and Highways, Bohol 2nd Sub-District Engineering Office, Ubay, Bohol, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors to apply to bid for the following contract(s): Contract ID Contract Name Contract Location : 12HC0009 : Asphalt Overlay of Tagbilaran East Road : a) K0145+000-K0146+002 (Lomangog, Ubay, Bohol) b) K0149+000-K0149+990 (San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol)

Scope of Works a) K0122+000-K0123+004 (POBLACION, TRINIDAD, BOHOL) - P 12,356,830.00 Item 300 - Aggregate Surface Course (For Shouldering Only) Item 302 - Bituminous Tack Coat Item 310 a - Bituminous Concrete Surface Course, 1st Layer, t=50mm) Item 310 a - Bituminous Concrete Surface Course (2nd Layer, t=50mm) SPL 1 - Mobilization and Demobilization SPL 2 - Provide Project Sign Board SPL 3 - Construction Safety and Health K0126+000-K0127+001 (TAGUM NORTE, TRINIDAD, BOHOL) - P 12,739,010.00 Item 300 - Aggregate Surface Course (For Shouldering Only) Item 302 - Bituminous Tack Coat Item 310 a - Bituminous Concrete Surface Course (1st Layer, t=50mm) Item 310 a - Bituminous Concrete Surface Course (2nd Layer, t=50mm) Item 612( 1 ) - Reflectorized Thermoplastic Pavement Markings (White) SPL 1 - Mobilization and Demobilization SPL 2 - Provide Project Sign Board SPL 3 - Construction Safety and Health Approved Budget for the Contract : P 25,095,840.00 Contract Duration : 92 calendar days Procurement will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in accordance with RA. 9184 and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations. To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen of 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative or joint venture with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (c) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, (d) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment for at least 10% of ABC and (e) Must Own an Asphalt Concrete Batching Plant Accredited by the Bureau of Research and Standards pursuant to D.O. #253, Series of 2003 dated September 22, 2003 and should be located within Bohol Province. 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 contractor’s applications for registration, with complete requirements, and issue the Contractor’s 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. Receipt of LOI from Prospective Bidders 2. Issuance of Bidding Documents 3. Pre-Bid Conference 4. Receipt of Bids 5. Opening of Bids September 26, 2012 (deadline) From September 18 - October 1, 2012 2:00 P.M., September 18, 2012 October 1, 2012 2:00 P.M., October 1,2012 b)

Scope of Works a) K0138+294-K0139+000 (BOOD, UBAY, BOHOL) - P 7,643,600.00 Item 300 - Aggregate Surface Course (For Shouldering Only) Item 302 - Bituminous Tack Coat Item 310 a - Bituminous Concrete Surface Course, 1st Layer, t=50mm) Item 310 a - Bituminous Concrete Surface Course (2nd Layer, t=50mm) Item 612( 1) - Reflectorized Thermoplastic Pavement Markings (White) SPL 1 - Mobilization and Demobilization SPL 2 - Provide Project Sign Board SPL 3 - Construction Safety and Health b) K0141 +000-K0141 +1040 (CALANGGAMAN, UBAY, BOHOL) - P 13,374,360.00 Item 300 - Aggregate Surface Course (For Shouldering Only) Item 302 - Bituminous Tack Coat Item 310 a - Bituminous Concrete Surface Course (1st Layer, t=50mm) Item 310 a - Bituminous Concrete Surface Course (2nd Layer, t=50mm) Item 612( 1) - Reflectorized Thermoplastic Pavement Markings (White) Item 612(2) - Reflectorized Thermoplastic Pavement Markings (Yellow) SPL 1 - Mobilization and Demobilization SPL 2 - Provide Project Sign Board SPL 3 - Construction Safety and Health Approved Budget for the Contract : P 21 ,017,960.00 Contract Duration : 81 calendar days

Scope of Works: a) K0145+000-K0146+002 (LOMANGOG, UBAY, BOHOL) - P 12,739,010.00 Item 300 - Aggregate Surface Course (For Shouldering Only) Item 302 - Bituminous Tack Coat Item 310 a - Bituminous Concrete Surface Course, 1st Layer, t=50mm) Item 310 a - Bituminous Concrete Surface Course (2nd Layer, t=50mm) SPL 1 - Mobilization and Demobilization SPL 2 - Provide Project Sign Board SPL 3 - Construction Safety and Health b) K0149+000-K0149+990 (SAN PASCUAL. UBAY, BOHOL) - P 12,610,970.00 Item 300 - Aggregate Surface Course (For Shouldering Only) Item 302 - Bituminous Tack Coat Item 310 a - Bituminous Concrete Surface Course (1st Layer, t=50mm) Item 310 a - Bituminous Concrete Surface Course (2nd Layer, t=50mm) SPL 1 - Mobilization and Demobilization SPL 2 - Provide Project Sign Board SPL 3 - Construction Safety and Health Approved Budget for the Contract : P 25,349,980.00 Contract Duration : 93 calendar days Procurement will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in accordance with RA. 9184 and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations. To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen of 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative or joint venture with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (c) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, (d) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment for at least 10% of ABC and (e) Must Own an Asphalt Concrete Batching Plant Accredited by the Bureau of Research and Standards pursuant to D.O. #253, Series of 2003 dated September 22, 2003 and should be located within Bohol Province. 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 contractor’s applications for registration, with complete requirements, and issue the Contractor’s 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. Receipt of LOI from Prospective Bidders 2. Issuance of Bidding Documents 3. Pre-Bid Conference 4. Receipt of Bids 5. Opening of Bids September 26, 2012 (deadline) From September 18 - October 1, 2012 2:00 P.M., September 18, 2012 October 1, 2012 2:00 P.M., October 1,2012

Procurement will 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) and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen of 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative or joint venture with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (c) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, (d) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment for at least 10% of ABC and (e) Must Own an Asphalt Concrete Batching Plant Accredited by the Bureau of Research and Standards pursuant to D.O. #253, Series of 2003 dated September 22, 2003 and should be located within Bohol Province. 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 contractor’s applications for registration, with complete requirements, and issue the Contractor’s 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. Receipt of LOI from Prospective Bidders 2. Issuance of Bidding Documents 3. Pre-Bid Conference 4. Receipt of Bids 5. Opening of Bids September 26, 2012 (deadline) From September 18 - October 1, 2012 2:00 P.M., September 18, 2012 October 1, 2012 2:00 P.M., October 1,2012

The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD’s) at DPWH-Bohol 2nd Sub-District Engineering Office, Bood, Ubay, Bohol, upon payment of a nonrefundable fee of Twenty Thousand Pesos Only (P 20,000.00). Prospective bidders may also download the BDs, if available, 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 bids Documents. Bids must 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 BD’s 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 the post-qualification. The DPWH-Bohol 2nd Sub-District Engineering Office reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before Contract award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidders. Approved: (Sgd.) JUNIBE C. FROILAN Engineer III BAC Chairman Telefax No. (038) 518-8051

The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD’s) at DPWH-Bohol 2nd Sub-District Engineering Office, Bood, Ubay, Bohol, upon payment of a nonrefundable fee of Twenty Thousand Pesos Only (P20,000.00). Prospective bidders may also download the BDs, if available, 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 bids Documents. Bids must 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 BD’s 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 the post-qualification. The DPWH-Bohol 2nd Sub-District Engineering Office reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before Contract award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidders. Approved: (Sgd.) JUNIBE C. FROILAN Engineer III BAC Chairman Telefax No. (038) 518-8051

The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD’s) at DPWH-Bohol 2nd SubDistrict Engineering Office, Bood, Ubay, Bohol, upon payment of a nonrefundable fee of Twenty Thousand Pesos Only (P20,000.00). Prospective bidders may also download the BDs, if available, 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 bids Documents. Bids must 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 BD’s 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 the post-qualification. The DPWH-Bohol 2nd Sub-District Engineering Office reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before Contract award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidders. Approved: (Sgd.) JUNIBE C. FROILAN Engineer III BAC Chairman Telefax No. (038) 518-8051
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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 Isah V. Red, Editor standard.showbiz@gmail.com

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Kapuso maintains lead
nationwide
GMA7 had a strong start for the second half of 2012 winning in nationwide television ratings in July.
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According to data (July 1 to 21 official data; July 22 to 31 overnight data), GMA Network earned 33.3 points in total day (6 a.m. to 12 midnight) household audience shares in National Urban Philippines, 1.1 points higher than ABSCBN’s 32.2 and 18.4 points higher than TV5’s 14.9. In the same period, GMA took the lead in nationwide household audience share from closest competitor in the morning block (6 a.m. to 12 n.n.) with 30.7 points, 0.3 point higher than ABSCBN’s 30.4. GMA’s showing in the afternoon block (12 n.n. to 6 p.m.) nationwide remained strong—posting 13.3-point margin over ABS-CBN; and 24.2-point margin over TV5. In the evening block (inclusive of the heavily watched primetime from 6 to 11 p.m.), the network improved its nationwide share points by 0.4 from June, while ABS-CBN dropped two points. In Urban Luzon, which comprises 77 percent of national urban television households, GMA prevailed upon ABS-CBN and TV5 in total day household audience share and across all time blocks. Christian Bautista celebrates 10 GMA was the most years in showbiz

watched free-to-air channel in the said area in July with 37.1 total day household audience share points versus ABSCBN’s 27.9 and TV5’s 14.4. Compared to its closest competitor’s performance in Urban Luzon, GMA was ahead by 5.8 points in the morning block, a whopping 21.4 points in the afternoon block, and 1.6
Louise delos Reyes with One True Love co-star Alden Richards

People
…are talking about
Paolo Avelino Cosmo Bachelor Bash to women is what the FHM Victory Party to men. Hence, appearing on the cover of the popular women’s magazine and headlining this year’s bash makes Paolo the hottest male property in showbiz today. That’s why he denies he has a kid and is in a relationship, we heard. Amorosa According to a reliable source, the horror flick earned more than double compared to the movie ticket receipts of I Do Bi Doo Bi Doo, considering the latter is backed up by massive PR machinery and earned rave reviews from movie writers. Apparently, the Filipinos are not ready for a musical film. Will they be ever? Zendee Rose If you were a fan of YouTube, you must have watched the video of a young girl belting “And I am Telling You” in a karaoke inside a mall. And we are telling you she is the next singer to watch out for. She has just received a personal invitation from Carson Daly to audition in season 3 of The Voice, also invited to appear in Ellen Degeneres show.

points in the evening block. There were 16 GMA programs in the list of top 30 programs in Urban Luzon. These include the primetime newscast 24 Oras, weekend primetime top rater Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (KMJS), the first internationally franchised Filipino show Eat Bulaga, the epic primetime program Luna Blanca, Makapiling Kang Muli, and One True Love. In the Kapuso bailiwick of Mega Manila, which comprises 59.5 percent of national urban TV households, GMA similarly was ahead of ABS-CBN and TV5. GMA had a 37.9 total day household audience share points, 11.5 points higher than ABS-CBN’s 26.4, and 22.9 points higher than TV5’s 15. GMA was ahead by 7.6 points in the morning block, a commanding 23.5 points in the afternoon block, and 4.2 points in the evening block versus ABS-CBN. There were 18 GMA programs included in the list of top 30 programs in Mega Manila, six of which made it to the list of top 10 programs. These are KMJS, 24 Oras, Eat Bulaga, Luna Blanca, Makapiling Kang Muli and One True Love. Data of the above are from Nielsen TV Audience Measurement, to which GMA Network subscribs along with 21 other companies including another major network, TV5; Faulkner Media; CBN Asia; 15 advertising agencies and three regional clients. On the other hand, ABSCBN is the only local major TV network reportedly subscribing to Kantar Media, formerly known as TNS.

The Nielsen TV Audience Measurement has a sample size of 1,190 homes in Mega Manila versus Kantar Media’s 770 homes. Nielsen also has a nationwide sample size of 2,000 homes compared to the lower sample size of 1,370 utilized by Kantar Media.

Christian Bautista’s anniversary gig
Asiansation (that’s how his fans call him) Christian Bautista has top billed numerous concerts here and abroad, but he assures his fans that his 10th anniversary concert X Class will give everyone an extraordinary concert experience—from changing sets to jaw-dropping technology to beautiful music and amazing performances. X Class will be at the Meralco Theater on Oct. 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14. It gathers also the best men on the concert scene, like concert director Rowell Santiago and musical director Louie Ocampo. “X Class will really be the biggest concert series for me. I have been given this rare chance of working with the industry’s best Direk Rowell and Sir Louie,” says Christian. “More than that, I get to perform where it all started—at the Meralco Theater, where I first performed professionally.” Christian had his theater debut in Trumpet’s The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Years later, he topbilled Stages’ production of West Side Story. “Meralco Theater has opened a lot of doors for me,” adds Christian. “So it is just fitting that I celebrate my 10th year there. Everyone can expect

the elements of musical theater fused with the exciting elements of a pop concert in X Class. It will surely be an exciting experience for the audience.” Christian, for the past weeks, has already started training for some of the new things he will showcase in the concert. He underscores how important this concert is for him. “It is my 10th year, and this concert celebrates the past 10 years and gives a glimpse of where I will be for the next 10 years.” “X Class will feature all the elements that fans wants to see and hear in my shows, but we are doing it in a new, edgier fashion,” he explains. “I am very excited to celebrate this milestone with everyone, so I hope everyone will join me in X Class.” X Class promises to give viewers an intimate yet spectacular concert experience. For tickets, call Ticketworld at 891-9999. For further inquiries call Stages at 818-1111 ext. 225.

Ricky’s anti-aging special

tures on a 40-year old Thai lady who looks like a teenager and two individuals who got extremely depressed after tragic accidents. “Instead of wallowing in self pity and misery, these persons found new strength and regained their physical beauty,” describes Reyes. Being an advocate of alternative ways of delaying the aging process Reyes visited Villa Medica in Edenkoben, Germany and later talked to Geoffrey Huertgen and Bobby Kittichaiwong, resident doctors in Villa Medica, Bangkok, Thailand for the very controversial Fresh Cell Therapy (FCT). Many Filipinos from show business and politics have tried FCT. The different stem cell procedures will be one of the highlights in this week’s Life and Style With Ricky Reyes episode. As a bonus, a natural beauty regimen on how to maintain one’s good looks will be demonstrated, as well. It is part of the “Gandang Forever” procedure at Ricky Reyes Salons.

Call it vanity or any other word but absolutely nobody wants to look, feel and act old. Watch GMA News TV’s Life and Style with Ricky Reyes tomorrow, 10 to 11 a.m. in which the ever resourceful Ricky Reyes reveals the secret of staying youth- Ricky Reyes with Villa Medica resident doctors Geoffrey Huertgen (right) and Bobby ful and beautiful. There will be fea- Kittichaiwong

Chaye has the heart for teachers
JUNE Cheryl “Chaye” Cabal-Revilla is a very sensible lady. When asked to describe her job, she pauses thoughtfully to compose an answer that is meaningful, encompassing, and ultimately powerful. “It’s a position of trust with no elbow room for mistakes because committing one would affect the integrity of the entire group.” Chaye, known to those who matter, is the trusted finance whiz inside the Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) group. Her turf— anything concerning finances. And if you know just how many corporations now belong to the corporation being represented by the MVP group, you will know simply that Chaye’s work is definitely not a walk in the park. On paper, Chaye’s position is that of being the Controller and Financial Reporting and Controllership Head of PLDT. She is also a director/chief financial officer/treasurer of certain subsidiaries of PLDT including TV5 International, PLDT-Smart Foundation, Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation. And those are not even half of the many hats she wears. Anything and everything about finances, Chaye is right on the money. “Our job in finance is the glue that holds everything together. It’s a key role; one that requires accuracy. A wrong placement of a decimal point, a wrong forecast, will mean disaster and make the company lose face,” says she who works for a company and its subsidiaries that earned a total of company. This is not just a job for me, it’s my passion,” she said. Despite her success in the corporate world, Chaye is not oblivious to what’s out there. Her heart remains in the right place. She and her friends in PLDT decided to give back to the community. Others call it an act of kindness or generosity or volunteerism. But Chaye calls it Gabay Guro. “We realized that since the government nor PLDT can’t give scholarships to all Filipino children, then the next best thing would be to encourage and uplift the teachers. “Changing the life of one teacher has a positive multiplier effect. Make one teacher feel important and he or she will become a better teacher to hundreds of students.” There’s the sensible lady talking again. And she puts money where her mouth is. Chaye recalls a time when a group of teachers from the province walked all the way from Edsa-Guadalupe to the PLDT office on Ayala Ave. bearing a basket full of vegetables as a token of their appreciation for all that Gabay Guro has done. “They said, ‘Teacher po kami, gusto lang po namin magpasalamat.’ I was speechless,” says Chaye, her voice softening from the recollection. Then again, helping others is nothing new to Chaye. She comes from a family of public servants in Leyte, her dad being a mayor there, while her husband Strike Revilla, is Mayor of Bacoor City in Cavite.

…are not talking about
Artista Academy If the industry based what a hit TV program is upon ratings alone, then TV5’s reality talent search is a big flop. Wilma Galvante must be scratching her head since her brainchild has not joined the roster of most-watched programs in the primetime block since it premiered in July. Melissa Ricks FHM calls her the “new queen of our universe” as she appeared on the cover of the glossy in a white suit and a white silk swimsuit. The finished product looks okay while a little tame. In other words, not inviting and definitely will not attract the male species in the universe. Ciara Sotto We totally understand where she is coming from and we are actually impressed by how she weaves her words to defend her comedian turned politician father, Tito Sotto. We just wish her father had her brains. In this situation, we hope she just stayed mum as she only calls public attention and underscore her father’s shortcomings.

Chaye with Manny Pangilinan

39 billion pesos in 2011, the biggest core income made by a business enterprise in the country bar none. Then again, PLDT knows how to pick the right employees with Chaye as one shining example. “I didn’t get here without hard work, no one does. When I was new, there were times when I had to stay for three straight days at the office. There’s just so much work to do! I would literally watch the sun rise and set from my window. But I can’t imagine working anywhere else. If I leave, I’d rather plant rice and vegetables than be with another

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