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Elimination. The ve nalists in the Miss Universe contest, top, pose


for the nal elimination, and at right Miss Universe Olivia Culp of the United States and rst runner-up Janine Tugonon of the Philippines congratulate each other. AP

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Miss USA wins crown; PH bet first runner-up


LAS VEGASA 20-year-old Boston University sophomore and a self-described cellist-nerd brought the Miss Universe crown back to the United States for the rst time in more than a decade when she won the televised contest Wednesday. Olivia Culpo beat out 88 other beauty queens to take the title from Leila Lopes of Angola during the two-hour competition at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon, came in second, while Miss Venezuela, Irene Soa Esser Quintero, placed third. The Filipinos reaction to Tugonons placing in the contest was mixed, with some expressing elation and others disappointment over the results because, they said, she should have won the title. Deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said Filipinos were proud of Tugonon even if she failed to get the crown. Tugonon, 23, graduated with honors from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in pharmacy. From her winning as Binibining Pilipinas [Miss Philippines] to representing our proud nation on the stage of Miss Universe, the Filipino people have supported Ms. Tugonon throughout her journey, and in the hearts of our countrymen she is our winner, our Miss Philippines, Valte said. Vice President Jejomar Binay said Tugonons nish was a triumph for the Filipino people and the perfect way to end the year.
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De Lima may appeal Ray Aquinos release


By Rey E. Requejo and Macon Ramos-Araneta
THE government may ask a Manila court to reconsider its order to release former police ofcer Michael Ray Aquino, who was cleared of double murder charges Monday, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Thursday. De Lima said she also ordered prosectors handling the November 2000 killings of publicist Salvador Bubby Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito, to look into the possibility of elevating their case to the Court of Appeals. De Lima said she was surprised when Judge Carolina Icasiano-Sison ordered Aquinos release on Wednesday, after his acquittal on Monday. She said she had yet to determine the judges grounds for ordering Aquinos immediate release. The Justice secretary said it was possible that the Manila court cleared Aquino after it denied a bid by a co-accused, former police ofcer Cezar Mancao II, to become a state witness. The court did not accept the testimony of Mancao as well as the move of the prosecution to discharge him as state witness, she said. De Lima said the court might also have been inuenced by the appeals court decision last year to dismiss the case against Senator Panlo Lacson in the same killings. Prosecutor General Claro Arellano said the Justice Department only received a copy of the release order Thursday, after Aquino was released from detention at the
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Magpale sworn in, Garcia digs in


Impasse clouds Cebu political front
By Joyce Pangco Panares and Jonathan Fernandez THE political turmoil in Cebu over Malacanangs suspension of Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for alleged abuse of authority reached an impasse on Thursday with two politicians claiming power to rule the province.
rying out her new functions. Her (Garcias) presence (in the provincial capitol) does not concern me, she said. DILG ofcials posted the suspension order on the bulletin board last Wednesday when they could not serve it on the governor. It said Garcia abused her authority when she, among
Acting Governor Magpale

Aquino hails sin tax law as Xmas gift to Filipinos


By Joyce Pangco Paares
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Thursday signed into law the sin tax reform law that is expected to raise additional P33.96 billion for the government. This is an early Christmas gift to millions of Filipinos who will benet from the universal health program and who will be weaned out from vices, Mr. Aquino said. The President also assured tobacco farmers that they have nothing to fear from the new law. He said Republic Act No. 10351 will provide additional funding for tobacco farmers livelihood support program from the revenues generated from excise tax on cigarettes. Eighty percent of the incremental revenues after deducting the support for farmers will be allocated for the universal health care program and 20 percent will be allocated for nationwide medical assistance and health enhancement facilities program. Next page

Garcia, who barricaded herself at the provincial capitol to prevent Vice Governor Agnes Magpale from taking over her seat, has issued orders to department heads that she remain in control despite the suspension order, which she claimed she has not received. Garcia shot back at Malacanang with a deant message in her Twitter account: To whom this may concern: You can do your worst. I will continue to do my best for Cebu and my beloved Confrontation. Suspended Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia greets her Cebuanos. Her message was not lost at the supporters even as police cordoned off the provincial capitol where Department of Interior and Local Garcias supporters continued to hold a vigil other things, withheld the budGovernment (DILG), which has su- Roxas said. Magpale, who talked to report- get for the ofce of Vice Govpervisory power over local government units, and Sec Manuel Roxas ers in the nearby Legislative Of- ernor Gregorio Sanchez Jr., said Magpale has now the authority ce building, said she has taken who died last year. Police cordoned the proto remove the suspended governor. her oath as acting governor and There is a law and we are or- the presence of Garcia in the cap- vincial capitol as thousands of Next page dered to carry it out without bias, itol will not distract her from car-

Espino told to explain jueteng raps in 15 days


By Joyce P. Paares and Maricel Cruz
MALACAAMG on Thursday gave Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino 15 days to explain charges that he received almost P1 billion in jueteng payoffs and announced it will start an ofcial investigation on the issue. Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas said he has been ordered by President Aquino conduct a probe on the claims of a town mayor and a barangay chairman
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Civil case vs Globe Asiatique dismissed


By Rey E. Requejo
THE Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch on Thursday declared as nal, executory and immutable in favor of Globe Asiatique in one of the civil cases led by Home Development Mutual Fund, or Pag-IBIG Fund, against Deln Lee and his co-accused. But in a telephone interview, Pag-IBIG President and Chief Executive Ofcer Atty. Darlene Berberabe said that the decision of the Makati court does not exonerate Deln Lee and company from the criminal case the HDMF led against them. Globe Asiatique is trying to muddle up the issue. The Makati Court decision is not about the criminal case we led against
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SoKors first female president vows to work on reunification


SOUTH Korea elected its rst female president amid promises to reach out to North Korea with more humanitarian and deeper engagement. Park Geun Hye rst lived in South Koreas presidential mansion as a child, after her father seized power in a coup. Fifty years later, she returns vowing to heal the wounds of his legacy. Park yesterday defeated opposition candidate Moon Jae In, culminating a 14 year-career as a lawmaker, during which she earned the nickname Queen of Elections for engineering victories as chairwoman of her party. After losing both her parents to assassinations, she has wounds of her own -- in 2006, a man slashed her face with a box cutter at a rally. As she begins her single ve-year term, Park must honor the support of older South Koreans who yearn for a return to the average 10.3 percent annual growth of her fathers last nine years, while persuading younger South Koreans that shes left the shadow of
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Milestone.

Park Geunhye, South Koreas rst elected female president, celebrates with her supporters in Soul. AP

Break. President Benigno Aquino III takes an ice-cream break at the airport in Manila, where he
welcomed arriving Filipino workers on Thursday.

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done in the proper way, she said. Valte denied reports that Malacanang was easing out the opposition before the run up to the midterm elections next year and said the Administration has also meted out penalties to ofcials who are partymates of the president. She cited the case of the governor of Kalinga, who was suspended for assaulting a radio announcer, and Pagadian Mayor Samuel Co, who is facing charges for involvement in an investment scam. Garcia, who has served two terms as governor, has announced plans to run for a congressional seat in the third district under the opposition United Nationalist Alliance headed by former President Joseph Estrada and Vice President Jejomar Binay. Garcias brother, the incumbent third district congressman Pablo John Garcia, is a candidate for governor. He is running against Hilario Davide Jr., the administration-backed candidate. Garcia said he was preparing to question her suspension at the Court of Appeals and seek temporary relief, noting it was served beyond the prescribed period set by the Local Government Code. She said the investigation of the case against her ended in August 2011 and under the Local Government Code the president must render a decision 30 days after the end of the investigation. The timing is very suspect. Not only is it nearing ... the time when most of the courts will be closed during the holidays, its also very near the coming elections in May, she said. And according to this suspension order, I am to be suspended for six monthsthat is

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Another storm threatens


ANOTHER storm threatens the country and the areas in Mindanao ravaged by Typhoon Pablo, which killed 1,047 people, affected millions and caused P24 billion in damage to agriculture, infrastructure and private property early this month. But Benito Ramos, head of the National Disaster Risk and Reduction and Management Council, said the new lowpressure area 2,000 kilometers from the Philippines had only a slim chance of developing into a full-blown storm. Still, the weather bureau said Thursday the low-pressure area could intensify into a cyclone before entering the country on Sunday afternoon or evening. If the weather disturbance does enter the country, it will be the 19th storm to visit and will be named Quinta. In other developments: The Armed Forces saved P2 million from its simplied celebration of its 77th anniversary. The money will be turned over to Pablos victims The military said Thursday there was nothing wrong if the rebels and their families affected by Typhoon Pablo were queuing up for relief because they also needed assistance The Coast Guard on Thursday placed all its units on heightened alert as it prepared for the huge volume of passengers boarding ships this holiday season. Ramos alerted all the disaster units in Eastern Mindanao and the Visayas to prepare for a possible relocation of Pablos victims to a safer place. The Coast Guard has deployed ve rescue vessels in Davao to help the possible victims of the brewing storm. We should ensure that all personnel already in place remain in their position watching for any eventuality in case another typhoon hits Mindanao, Ramos said. Francisco Tuyay, Florante S. Solmerin and Joel E. Zurbano

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followers of Garcia held overnight vigils at the facade of the domed building. As the crowd swelled, Magpale accused Garcia of bribing people to surround the capitol. Garcia called Cebus business leaders to a meeting when word of her suspension spread throughout the city to appraise them of the situation and her plans as chief executive of the province. It is quite obvious that in the light of recent events, some people would readily resort to abuse their political clout for their own political gain, she told members of the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. I think Cebuanos are used to the rules of fair play. I guess that is something that we need to show

lest the others forget that there is such a value as fairness, she said. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma described the suspension as untimely and unfortunate because of the coming elections next May, but she advised Garcia to accept it as reality. He said that if Garcia is a victim of injustice, ultimately, the truth will come out soon. Malacaang called on Garcia to heed the suspension order or to get a restraining order from the court so that government services to the people will not be disrupted. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte called on Cebuanos to be calm and said she does not expect the police to physically remove Garcia from the capitol because of her deance of a lawful order. That will not necessarily end in something like that. We are all reasonable people and this can be

practically the rest of my term. Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Ofce Secretary Ricky Carandang welcomed Garcias plan to go to the courts to question the suspension order. If the process was indeed not followed and there were lapses on the part of the DILG, then the best thing to do, right now, which is exactly what she did, is to bring it to court. The court will see very quickly that the process was not followed and it will issue a decision, he said. If the process was not followed, the governor has nothing to fear. In the meantime, there is a presumption of regularity and she should step down, le her (petition) and if the process was not followed, it is only a matter of time when the court will say the rules were not followed, Carandang said. Culpo was good enough during preliminary competitions to be chosen as one of 16 seminalists who moved on to compete in the pageants nale. Her bid lasted through swimsuit, evening wear, and interview competitions that saw cuts after each round. She won over the judges, even after tripping slightly during the evening gown competition. Telecasters pointed it out but also noted her poised recovery. Minutes before the middle child of ve was crowned, she was asked whether she had ever done something she regretted. Id like to start off by saying that every experience no matter what it is, good or bad, youll learn from it. Thats just life, she said. But something Ive done Ive regretted is probably picking on my siblings growing up, because you appreciate them so much more as you grow older. All the contestants spent the past two weeks in Sin City, where they posed in hardhats at a hotel groundbreaking, took a painting lesson, and pranked hotel guests by hiding in their rooms. Culpo was the rst Miss USA winner from Rhode Island when she took the national crown in Las Vegas in June. She grew up in Cranston with two professional musicians for parents and has played the cello alongside world-renowned classical musician Yo-Yo Ma. On her Miss Universe page, she said she hoped to pursue a career in lm or television, and cited Audrey Hepburn as a role model because of her generosity, intelligence and grace. AP, with Maricel Cruz Seoul. In September, Park apologized to the families of victims of her fathers regime and said she wanted to heal those scars. I understand that the end does not justify the means, and this should be a lasting value for democracy, Park said then. During her campaign, Park, who has never been married and has no children, portrayed herself as a daughter of South Koreas history. She worked to counter claims by her opponent Moon Jae In that her cloistered upbringing in the Blue House compound left her out of touch. A campaign advertisement told of how she dedicated the rest of her life to South Koreas people after she was hospitalized in the 2006 knife attack by a man who said he had been falsely imprisoned for 15 years. I dont have a family to care for or children to pass my wealth to, Park, the oldest of three children, said in a Dec. 16 debate. My only family is you -- the people. Spending so much of her life steeped in South Koreas politics may help Park as the rst woman leader in a country dominated by men, said Oh Suk Tae, an economist at Standard Chartered Bank Korea. AP and Bloomberg tious and spurious because in the rst place, defendant HDMF was the one, that approved all the PAG-IBIG FUND membership and loan applications of the buyers-borrowers which defendant HDMF claims to be substantially composed of ctitious and spurious buyers-borrowers. Simply stated, the introduction of any evidence by defendant HDMF regarding the alleged spurious and ctitious buyersborrowers becomes inconsequential, immaterial, and irrelevant as it is the one which approved their PAG-IBIG membership, approved their loan applications and supposedly post-validated their eligibility for loans, it said.

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The charm, grace, and and wit she exuded during the pageant is proof that we Filipinos can stand out in the global arena, Binay said. She has captured the hearts of the judges, our [countrymen], and the people around the world who watched the pageant. Truly, she is the epitome of beauty, brains, and Filipina empowerment. The leaders of the House of Representatives, led by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Assistant Majority Leader Karlo Nograles, Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento, and Rep. Teodorico Haresco congratulated Tugonon. Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz said it didnt matter if Tugonon failed to win the crown; what was important was what she intended to do after the competition. Let me tell you once and for all: It doesnt matter whether you win or lose; its what you do after. Diaz, the First Filipina to bring home the Miss Universe crown, said there had been beauty queens who simply faded away after winning. Miss Universe 1973 Margie Moran said she was annoyed and disappointed that Tugonon didnt win the crown because she was clearly the best in this years competition. Culpos coronation ends a long losing spell for the US in the Miss Universe competition co-owned by Donald Trump and NBC. An American had not won the right to be called Miss Universe since Brook Lee won the title in 1997.

Plywood this time. Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon, left, and Richard Rebong, head of Customs Intelligence Divison, show reporters smuggled plywood worth P1.6 million that Customs agents seized at the Manila International Container Port. SONNY ESPIRITU

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National Bureau of Investigation Wednesday night. Aquino, former head of operations of the defunct Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force, was detained at the NBI headquarters following his extradition from the US in June 2011 to stand trial for the Dacer-Corbito murders. In a statement released Thursday, Aquino said he bore no ill will toward anyone who implicated him in the Dacer-Corbito murders. I am looking forward to rebuilding the life I had before these unfortunate events. I neither hold responsible nor bear ill feelings against anyone for implicating me and some of my men in this case, he said. Having spent 69 months in various jails in the United States and 18 months at the NBI facility, I am grateful, happy and relieved to

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Of the total revenues expected for the rst year of implementation, P23.4 billion will come from cigarettes, P6.06 billion from distilled spirits, and P4.5 billion from fermented liquors. To prevent excise tax from being eroded by ination, the new law provides for a 4 percent increase every year effective 2016 for distilled spirits, and 2018 for cigarettes and beer. But tobacco farmers said the new law signals the death knell for the industry. We are in mourning because this is the beginning of the demise of the tobacco industry in our country, Philtobacco Growers Association head Saturnino Distor said. They did not listen to any of our appeals. Our only weapon left is through the ballot. We will mobilize our forces to campaign against all the senators and congressmen who voted in favor of this anti-farmer, antiworker and anti-consumer law not only in tobacco-producing provinces but in other parts of the country, Distor said. We expect that once consumers feel the effect of the high prices, they will take action as well, he added. Distor claimed re-electionist senators stand to lose around 4.5 million votes from tobacco-producing regions in Northern Luzon alone during the 2013 elections. We will follow the call of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile to express how hurt we are with this neglect and insensitivity in the May 2013 elections, he said. The leftist group Anakbayan said greed, not health care, was the reason behind the new sin taxes. The loose change being promised by the Sin Tax Law for the health sector pales in comparison to the host of anti-health measures being undertaken by the Aquino regime, said Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan national chairman, who criticized the administrations plan to phase out charity wards in government hospitals. With Macon RamosAraneta and Gigi Munoz David

be reunited with my family, especially this Christmas season. At this point, I intend to make up for the time I was not with them, he said. He said he also prays for the release of the other suspects accused in the Dacer-Corbito case. I sincerely hope that true and fair justice be likewise served to all the parties in this case, Aquino said. Apart from Lacson, another accused, former police superintendent Glenn Dumlao has also been cleared. The Justice Department continues to use Mancao as its key witness despite a nding by the Court of Appeals that his testimony was not credible. Aquinos lawyer, Napoleon Poblador, conrmed that his client was enjoying his freedom to the fullest and was making up lost time with his family. He said Aquino was resting, but he promised to talk to the media in the next few days. After 10 years in hiding in the tions in May next year. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia was suspended this week for alleged abuse of authority but she deed the order and barricaded herself in the provincial capitol. Valenzuela Rep. Rex Gatchalian of the NPC defended Espino and pointed to local politics as the root of the charges against the governor. Let us not forget that elections are coming and given the huge advantage that he enjoys over his perceived opponents, as evidenced by the latest survey results, it is not hard to think that politics could be the reason behind all these attacks, Gatchalian said. The NPC is solidly behind Governor Espino, who has been dragged into this controversy, not by his sown doing, but by some peopole, who are out to destroy his good name and reputation, he said. emphasize that the said decisions do not exonerate Deln Lee and his co-accused who remain in hiding. The Makati RTC, in its decision, said the members of the HDMF Board of Trustees failed to le a motion for reconsideration of its resolution dated January 30, 2012 in Civil Case No. 10-1120. In a resolution dated December 11, 2012, the Makati City RTC, Branch 58 also denied for lack of merit the motions for reconsideration individually led by defendants Emma Linda Faria and Atty. Berberabe, who were likewise sued for malice and evident bad faith. In a related case, the Court of Appeals First Division denied on October 12, 2012 the petition for

United States, Aquino was extradited to the Philippines in June last year, and had since been detained at the NBI. He had pleaded not guilty to the double-murder charges over the November 2000 abduction and killing of Dacer and Corbito. He has no other pending cases. He had earlier been cleared of any involvement in the Kuratong Baleleng case together with Senator Lacson. This latest acquittal by a Manila court in the Dacer-Corbito case is nal. It is not just technical so the prosecution can no longer appeal it, Poblador said. During the hearing of the Dacer-Corbito case, Mancao applied to become a state witness against Aquino and Lacson, but his bid was denied. Because of this, his testimony was deemed inadmissible, Poblador said. Poblador said the courts release order means the evidence against Aquino was not enough to establish guilt beyond reasonable doubt. Gatchalian said Roxas, who is former president of the Liberal Party, presented Orduna in a press conference. In the end, we are condent that Governor Espino will be vindicated, not only in the forthcoming probe on the matter, but more importantly, in the coming elections when the people would surely reelect him into ofce, Gatchalian said. Samar Rep. Ben Evardone of the Liberal Party denied it was persecuting Espino and Garcia, saying there is nothing political in the cases led against them and the actions against them were based on valid complaints. We vehemently deny that LP is persecuting non-LP governors. LP has nothing to do with it, said Evardone, who claimed he was assigned by the party leadership to speak on the issue. certiorari led by Atty. Berberabe against Judge Eugene C. Paras, RTC Makati, Globe Asiatique and Deln Lee. Globe Asiatique said that the decision of the Makati Court, along with the decision of the Court of Appeals First Division upholding the orders of the Makati RTC Branch 58 legally support the earlier decision of the CA 10th Division in a related case wherein petitioner Christina Sagun, one of Globe Asiatiques ofcials, was exonerated of the crime of syndicated estafa. Globe Asiatique claims that the decisions of the Makati RTC and the CA First Division as well as the decision of the CA 10th Division which ruled to absolve peti-

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his dictatorial 18-year regime. Her policy challenges include a newly emboldened North Korea and pressure to tame the business conglomerates known as chaebol that her father helped create. She has recanted some of her fathers excesses but we have to see how she treads on particular issues, said Hahm Chai Bong, president of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul. Shes a very principled woman and is known for sticking to her position despite all opposition and odds. If she wants something, shell go after it. Park, 60, became South Koreas rst lady at age 22, after her mother was slain in a 1974 attempt on the life of her father, Park Chung Hee, and temporarily left public life when he was killed in 1979. While per capita income expanded more than six-fold during his rule, he also used torture, censorship and public executions to crack down on dissent. I will end the history of division and conict through reconciliation and fairness, Park said at a press conference today in tioner Sagun also rendered baseless the nding of probable cause for syndicated estafa by Judge Amifaith Fider-Reyes of the Pampanga RTC Branch 42 against Deln Lee, Dexter Lee, Cristina Salagan and HDMF notary public Alex Alvarez. In its decision, the Makati RTC said that defendants should not be allowed to trie with the provisions of the MOA, FCAs, and CSAs because these are the laws between plaintiff Globe Asiatique and defendant HDMF that govern their contractual relationship. Defendants should not be allowed to escape liability with impunity by simply alleging that the defaulting buyers-borrowers are cti-

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that Espino received protection money from jueteng operators Roxas hinted of possible disciplinary action against Espino based on prescribed rules and procedures on investigation of administrative cases against elective local ofcials. Espino, a candidate of the Nationalist Peoples Coaltion is running for reelection against Alaminos Mayor Hernani Braganza, a member of President Aquinos Liberal Party. Bugallon Mayor Ricardo Orduna and Barangay Chairman Fernando Alimagno claimed he received not less than P800 million bribe from jueteng operators. Espino was the second opposition governor to face penalties weeks before the start of ofcial campaing for the midterm elec-

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them, but one of those civil cases that they are facing in connection with the case. This does not absolve the defendants on the criminal aspect of the case, Berberabe said. They [Globe Asiatique] actually led a case against the [HDMF] Board, which has no legal entity. They may have won this one, but the criminal case stays, she added. Joey Salgada, spokesman of Vice-President and housing czar Jejomar Binay, said that Binay had already instructed HDMF to avail itself of appropriate legal remedies.| He added that we would like to

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the deadline imposed by the poll body for substitute candidates. The commission only allows substitutes belonging to the same party until today, Dec. 21. Under Comelec Resolution No. 9518, it provides that there shall be no substitution due to withdrawal after this day. Villanueva was accompanied by his wife Dory and Bangon Pilipinas supporters led by former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, former National Economic and Development Authority chief Cielito Habito and other prominent personalities. Former Health undersecretary Jade Del Mundo and former Bulacan Governor Roberto Pagdan-

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Angara opts out; Villanueva in


By Joel E. Zurbano and Ferdie Domingo

TWO prominent personalities sprang


surprise decisions on Thursday on the eve of the Mayan doomsday prediction.
First was Senator Edgardo Angara who dropped out of the gubernatorial contest in his province, a shocking announcement that a political observer said jolted his provincemates the way they were stunned by the knockout loss of Manny Pacquiao. The second was TV evangelist Eddie Villanueva of the Jesus Is Lord movement who said he would take the place of his partys senatorial candidate Israel Virgines in the 2013 election, a last-minute decision. Angara for his part said he had decided to accept a Cabinet position. He would be replaced by his brother Baler Mayor Arthur Angara as stqandard-bearer of his party the Laban gn Demokratikong Pilipino.

In taking the place of Virgines, Villanueva said it was a last minute decision. There has been a clamor within Bangon Pilipinas (his party) to eld a candidate to keep the vision (of seeing a new Philippines) burning, said Villanueva after he led his candidacy before the Elections Commission main ofce in Manila. Early that day, Virgines withdrew his candidacy before the Comelec, resulting in a vacancy in the partys only senatorial slot for the 2013 midterm polls. He said the party is giving way to a more capable leader such as Villanueva in the national elections. Villanueva was able to beat

ganan were also present in the ling of his candidacy. It was Puno and the Bro. Eddie for Senator Movement, which reportedly convinced the evangelist to run for senator. Early this month, the commission granted the petition of Virgines to include his name in the list of senatorial candidates, accepting his alibi that he was on his way to the Comelec main ofce to le his certicate of candidacy when he was caught in heavy trafc.

11th hour

Evangelist Eddie Villanueva shows his certificate of candidacy in the presence of wife Dory, former Economic Planning secretary Cielito Habito (left) and supporters after the filing at he Comelec office to firm up his plan to run for Senate. Inset, Senator Edgardo Angara. DANNY PATA

Less than four months after he launched his gubernatorial bid during his 78th birthday celebration last September 30, Angara made the announcement following a meeting with local political leaders at his residence in Barangay Reserva at around 11 am yesterday. The STANDARD TODAY tried to call up the Angaras Senator Angara, his Congressman Juan Edgardo, his sister Gov. Bellaor Angara-Castillo and the senators running mate and nephew Rommel - for their statements. But for one reason or another, none of them returned the calls nor can be reached. But a local political leader of the Angaras, who declined to be named, conrmed the meeting and the announcement. The senator, the leader said, told those present that he received a position in the Cabinet which he had accepted. He declined to specify what particular position it was. Those present were the governor, Rommel and Mayor Angara who was himself reportedly taken aback by the announcement. Sources said one of the compelling reasons for the senators withdrawal, aside from the offer was the low ranking of his son, Congressman Angara in recent surveys. The Harvard-educated congressman, a recipient of the prestigious Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM), was ranked 13th in the latest Social Weather Stations Survey, down from a high of seven a months ago. Only last month, the senator

called on his political leaders in the province to explain to Aurorans that he would not be able to devote himself full-time in the campaign trail because he would also be helping his son out. Angara is the longest-serving senator in the post-Edsa Senate with Aurora leaders saying its about time the province benet from the services of its own son. The commission earlier declared 50 of the 84 people who led COCs as nuisance candidates. The commission en banc stated that the poll body refused to give due course and cancelled the certicates of candidacy of the 50 candidates due to the following reasons: 1) not shown genuine interest or seriousness to run for the position of senator; 2) not nominated by a political party or are not supported by a registered political party with a national constituency have not shown or proven their capacity to independently wage a national campaign; and 3) by other circumstances or acts which clearly demonstrate that the candidate has no intention to run for senator.

Senatoriables
The senatorial candidates of Liberal Party are incumbent Senators Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Aquilino Pimentel III, Alan Peter Cayetano, and Antonio Trillanes IV; Congressmen Juan Edgardo Angara and Cynthia Villar; former senators Ramon Magsaysay Jr. and Jamby Madrigal; losing 2010 senatorial bet Risa Hontiveros; Paolo Aquino IV and Grace Poe-Llamenzares. The UNA senatorial candidates are incumbent Senator Gregorio Honasan; incumbent congressmen Juan Ponce Enrile Jr., Maria Milagros Magsaysay and Joseph Victor Ejercito; former senators Richard Gordon, Juan Miguel Zubiri and Ernesto Maceda; Margarita Cojuangco and Nancy Binay. The other qualied candidates are incumbent Bayan Muna party list Rep. Teddy Casino, 2010 losing presidential bet John Carlos delos Reyes, Marwil Llasos, Rizalito David, Palawan City Mayor Edward Hagedorn and retired Gen. Ramon Montano.

P2-t budget, sin tax highlight legislative work


THE passage of the P2-trillion national budget for 2013 and the sin tax which were signed into law by President Simeon Benigno Aquino III capped the work in Congress as it goes on a month-long Christmas and New Year vacation. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said the Senate ended its plenary sessions on Wednesday having approved 87 of its own bills and 234 bills from the House of Representatives since Third Regular Session opened in July 2012. Congress will resume regular session on Jan. 21, 2013. On record, 28 other bills are pending for approval by the President, which include, among others, the absentee voting for media bill, the Kasambahay bill which provides additional protection and benets for house helpers, the bill amending the act to eliminate trafcking in persons especially women and children, the proposed law requiring all registered voters without biometric data to have their photographs, ngerprints and signatures, among others, captured through the methods of biometric data, and the bill dening and penalizing the crime of enforced or involuntary disappearance. Approved by the Senate and pending in the conference committee are the bills amending the Peoples Television Network Inc., the Senate version of the Freedom of Information bill, and the bill providing for the reparation and recognition of Martial Law victims. Also passed on third reading this month were the proposed Act authorizing wiretapping and interception and recording of communications and surveillance of drug pushers and manufacturers, the bill reorganizing and modernizing the National Bureau of Investigation, the bill strengthening the Bureau of Corrections, the bill extending the life of the Land Bank of the Philippines, and the bill granting income tax exemptions to international carriers on the basis of reciprocity. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have approved bills creating regional and municipal trial courts, establishing national high schools, and converting provincial roads into national roads, among other measures. Macon Ramos-Araneta

Govt, Reds call truce; Norway to broker peace


THE Philippine government and communist rebels have agreed on a nationwide truce to help restart peace talks to end one of Asias longest-running insurgencies. The Communist Party of the Philippines says it has ordered the New Peoples Army to stop attacks on military and police forces starting Thursday. The cease-re agreement was reached following a meeting of negotiators this week in Holland where rebel leaders live in exile. The rebels had earlier declared a monthlong cease-re in a southern province ravaged by a typhoon that killed more than 1,000 people. Thursdays announcement says this has been extended to Jan. 15, and will cover other areas where the guerrillas operate. AP

IN BRIEF

Donation. Metrobank Foundation (MBFI) and GT Foundation (GTF) release calamity assistance for Typhoon Pablo victims. Metrobank Foundation Executive Director Nicanor Torres Jr. (2nd from right) turns-over the donation of MBFI and GT Foundation, the family foundation of Metrobank Group Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty, to the Philippine Red Cross, through its Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon (2nd from left). MBFI and GT Foundation donated a total of P5-million to eight organizations to help families affected by Typhoon Pablo. Witnessing the donation turn-over are (from left) Philippine Red Cross Gwendolyn and MBFI Grants Ofcer Marievic Mariano.

Framework deal with MILF gets Congress support


THE Senate approved on Wednesday night a resolution expressing support for the 2012 Framework Agreement between the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. It also endorsed the creation of a transition commission tasked to draft the proposed Bangsamoro basic law that will be submitted to Congress for enactment. Senator Teosto Guingona III, who introduced Resolution No. 922, said the framework agreement is crucial in the attainment of lasting peace and economic development in the region. All senators were later made coauthors of the resolution. The signing of the agreement has inspired optimism and hope that a just framework for peace in the Muslim Mindanao region, through a partnership with the Bangsamoro, has been achieved, Guingona said in his resolution. Macon Araneta

Iligan asks Audit commish for end to Mindanao outages


The Iligan City government said on Thursday that it appealed to the Commission on Audit to immediately resolve the power outages in several Mindanao cities by settling the issue on the ownership of the 102-megawatt Iligan Diesel Power Plant as provided by a court order that granted Iligan City ownership of the electricity generation facility. In a recent letter-appeal, the Iligan city government requested COA to reconsider the conditions it imposed on the disposal of the 102-megawatt dieselred power plant whose rehabilitation and operation would end brownouts that cut off electricity supply in most Mindanao cities for two to eight hours daily since summer this year. We are hopeful that despite its busy workload, the COA will be able to resolve these matters with dispatch in order to help ease the burden of brownouts currently borne by the people of Iligan and the rest of Mindanao, Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Cruz said. In its Motion for Reconsideration led with the COA, the Iligan city government noted that the cases and subsequent appeals led by Napocor to question the tax delinquency sale had been dismissed by Branch 3 of the Iligan Regional Trial Court that also settled in a compromise agreement between the Napocor and the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corporation that took over all of Napocors assets under the new EPIRA Law and the Iligan city government under the Aquino Administration on May 23, 2011. The Iligan city government took ownership of the diesel-red power plant in April 25, 2007 from the state-owned National Power Corporation in a tax delinquency sale because of the government power rms non-payment of local taxes. The Napocor formally turned over ownership and operation of the power plant to the city government under the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III on December 2010.

2 graftbusters sacked
THE governments anti-graft body has sacked its own investigator and grounded another ofcer for alleged extortion. In a joint resolution, the Ombudsman Internal Affairs Board dismissed from service Wilger Urmaza of the Ombudsman Field Investigation Ofce and suspended for six months Juan Dita de la Cruz of the Ofce of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Military and Other Law Enforcement Ofcers. Evidence showed that Urmaza attempted to extort money from Remedios Espinosa, officer-in-charge of the Import Assessment Service of the Bureau of Customs.Merck Maguddayao

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priming was successful because they easily created jobs and increased consumer spending that eventually bolstered the economy in general. The government of President Aquino has greatly learned its lessons in the early years of its ofce when it deliberately cut down on spending. Without pump-priming, the economy slowed down from its robust pace during the last two quarters of the Arroyo administration The Budget Department, meanwhile, has made sure that public spending will increase signicantly from a year ago by completing the pre-procurement work on infrastructure projects scheduled for construction next year. We have every reason to believe that public spending will go on a condent and energetic trajectory in 2013, Abad declared This will allow us space so many of these projects can exceed or even be completed before the election

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BUDGET Secretary Florencio Abad did raise a legitimate proposal to exempt some national infrastructure projects from the election ban on public works projects. The Philippine badly needs major roads, bridges, rail systems and ports across the archipelago if it wants to ensure a meaningful economic growth. The election season tends to restrict spending in the rst three months of the year and for the most part of the second quarter

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because of the provision against public construction in this time of the year. The election ban is unfortunate as the dry season provides the perfect timing for construction. The Philippines must spend heavily on infrastructure in the early part of the year to boost the gross domestic product. The past administration took advantage of good weather in the rst few months of a year by front-loading expenses to get the economy going. Such pumpban. We have a good three months. The government may succeed in getting an exemption from the election ban from the Commission on Elections, especially on vital infrastructure projects. Mr. Abad and the government as a whole, however, must ensure that the projects are being built to lift the economy, and not for reasons that will merely boost the stock of administration candidates.

Recalculating Aquinos RH win


FIRST THINGS FIRST
WITH President Aquino rolling out the pork and cracking the whip at the same time, the House of Representatives passed the infamous Reproductive Health bill by a vote of 113 for and 104 against on second reading, and 133 for and 79 against, on third. In the Senate the vote on second reading did not change on third---13 in favor, 8 against. It was a technical victory for the pro-RH bloc as far as passing the bill was concerned. But by no means was it a genuine victory for Aquino, who had wanted to humiliate the Church, nor a signal victory of the Filipino people, as claimed by those celebratory full page newspaper ads that gave you an idea of the kind of money owing out of the pro-RH groups ears. Just look at the numbers and do the math yourself. The House has 287 members. Fifty percent plus 1 of that number constitutes a quorum of 144. On second reading, 113 voted for the measure, 104 voted against, for a total of 217. Sixty-six were absent and did not vote. For the third and nal reading, Aquino started calling even those who, like Cagayan de Oros Congressman Rufus Rodriguez, were leading the anti-RH action on the oor. Then the House voted---133 in favor, and 79 against. For certain unavoidable reasons, there were those who, like Buhay Partylist Congressmen Michael Velarde and Erwin Tieng, two young pillars of the antis, arrived late and failed to vote. The pros gained 20 more votes, and the antis lost 29 of what they had. This means that if all the 20 additional votes for the pros had come from the 104 antis, then nine others had simply chosen no longer to vote. But we have had no time to check, the additional 20 or any portion thereof could have come from the 66 original absentees. The bottom line is this. The total number of those who voted declined from 217 on second reading to 215 on third. And the 133 members who voted for the bill did not quite constitute half of the House. More congressmen then (154) showed revulsion for the bill either by voting against (79) or by not voting at all (75). Clearly, not everyone had the courage to risk Aquinos ire and lose the projects they had expected to deliver to their respective constituencies. But they did not have the heart to openly support a constitutionally inrm bill either. If Aquino has done any recalculating, he would have seen that the numbers were

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While the Constitution says the State is the protector of the life of the unborn from conception, the proposed law prescribes birth control to all, and makes the State the main provider and promoter of contraception.

simply not in his favor. The Catholic vote, which according to the crooked pollsters cannot possibly exist, has nally arrived. It is here. Aquino may not be completely unaware of it. How else explain his saying in a cable TV broadcast after the vote that he had nothing to do with it, despite his being in the thick of it? It was like saying he had nothing to do with the impeachment and removal of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona after he did it. Or that, as a senator, he never signed up for the RH bill but had been listed as a co-author by sheer mistake. This was something he told the bishops as a presidential candidate, and they believed it. We hope Aquino realizes the deep mess he has created. By allowing himself to be completely under the thumb of foreign population controllers he has shown the countrys urgent need to be liberated from his puppetry and his masters pernicious control and inuence. By showing total disrespect and contempt for the religious belief of the Catholic majority, he has justied the need for a strong Church response. A fusion of nationalist and Catholic forces could emerge to lead the call for reform and regime change. Some analysts now suspect that Aquinos decision to remove Corona from the Supreme Court and name his own Chief Justice was part of a long-term plan to prepare for a constitutional challenge to the RH law, whose passage he had obviously committed to his foreign patrons when he rst assumed ofce. But despite all this, many lawyers and non-lawyers alike are condent that no SC justice could possibly misread the Constitution to legitimize a patently unconstitutional enactment. Until the nal vote, the pros tried to focus their arguments on the supposed economic, demographic, and scientic wisdom and merits of the bill, while the antis insisted on the lack thereof. The pros refused to touch its constitutionality, and the antis failed to exploit it. In the voting in the House, only two congressmen cited the bills constitutional inrmity; in the Senate, not even Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, a legal luminary, did. Yet the most glaring constitutional disconnect now stares us in the face. While the Constitution says the State is the protector of the life of the unborn from conception, the proposed law prescribes birth control to all, and makes the State the main provider and promoter of contraception. While the Constitution guarantees religious freedom, the proposed law attacks the Catholic majoritys right to exercise that freedom. fstatad@gmail.com

Shooting renews argument over video-game violence


By Lou Kesten
WASHINGTONIn the days since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., a shellshocked nation has looked for reasons. The list of culprits cited include easy access to guns, a strained mental-health system and the culture of violence the entertainment industrys embrace of violence in movies, TV shows and, especially, video games. The violence in the entertainment cultureparticularly, with the extraordinary realism to video games, movies now, et ceteradoes cause vulnerable young men to be more violent, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said. There might well be some direct connection between people who have some mental instability and when they go over the edgethey transport themselves, they become part of one of those video games, said Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, where 12 people were killed in a movie theater shooting in July. White House adviser David Axelrod tweeted, But shouldnt we also quit marketing murder as a game? And Donald Trump weighed in, tweeting, Video game violence & glorication must be stoppedit is creating monsters! There have been unconrmed media reports that 20-year-old Newtown shooter Adam Lanza enjoyed a range of video games, from the bloody Call of Duty series to the innocuous Dance Dance Revolution. But the same could be said for about 80 percent of Americans in Lanzas age group, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Law enforcement ofcials havent made any connection between Lanzas possible motives and his interest in games. The video game industry has been mostly silent since Fridays attack, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. The Entertainment Software Association, which represents game publishers in Washington, has yet to respond to politicians criticisms. Hal Halpin, president of the nonprot Entertainment Consumers Association, said, Id simply and respectfully point to the lack of evidence to support any causal link. Its unlikely that lawmakers will pursue legislation to regulate the sales of video games; such efforts were rejected again and again in a series of court cases over the last decade. Indeed, the industry seemed to have moved beyond the entire issue last year, when the Supreme Court revoked a California law criminalizing the sale of violent games to minors. The Supreme Court decision focused on First Amendment concerns; in the majority opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that games are as much entitled to the protection of free speech as the best of literature. Scalia also agreed with the ESAs argument that researchers havent established a link between media violence and real-life violence. Psychological studies purporting to show a connection between exposure to violent video games and harmful effects on children do not prove that such exposure causes minors to act aggressively, Scalia wrote. Still, that doesnt make games impervious to criticism, or even some soul-searching within the gaming community. At this years E3the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the industrys largest U.S. gatheringsome attendees were stunned by the intensity of violence on display. A demo for Sonys The Last of Us ended with a villain taking a shotgun blast to the face. A scene from Ubisofts Splinter Cell: Blacklist showed the hero torturing an enemy. A trailer for Square Enixs Hitman: Absolution showed the protagonist slaughtering a team of lingerie-clad assassins disguised as nuns. The ultraviolence has to stop, designer Warren Spector told the GamesIndustry website after E3. I do believe that we are fetishizing violence, and now in some cases actually combining it with an adolescent approach to sexuality. I just think its in bad taste. Ultimately I think it will cause us trouble. The violence of these games can be off-putting, Brian Crecente, news editor for the gaming website Polygon, said Monday. The video-game industry is wrestling with the same issues as movies and TV. Theres this tension between violent games that sell really well and games like Journey, a beautiful, artistic creation that was well received by critics but didnt sell as much. During November, typically the peak month for pre-holiday game releases, the two best sellers were the military shooters Call of Duty: Black Ops II, from Activision, and Halo 4, from Microsoft. But even with the dominance of the genre, Crecente said, There has been a feeling that some of the sameness of war games is grating on people. Critic John Peter Grant said, Ive also sensed a growing degree of fatigue with ultra-violent games, but not necessarily because of the violence per se. The problem, Grant said, is that violence as a mechanic gets old really fast. Games are amazing possibility spaces! And if the chief way I can interact with them is by destroying and killing? That seems like such a waste of potential. There are some hints of a growing self-awareness creeping into the gaming community. One gamer Antwand Pearman, editor of the website GamerFitNationhas called for other players to join in a Day of Cease-Fire for Online Shooters this Friday, one week after the massacre. We are simply making a statement, Pearman said, that we as gamers are not going to sit back and ignore the lives that were lost. AP

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RH Bill will be poll issue in 2013


NOTICE to all 365 Club members and wannabees at Hotel Intercontinental Hotel Jeepney Coffeeshop: We have foregone the traditional Christmas party for the year and whatever donations and contributions we can get from generous members, we have decided to donate them to the Typhoon Pablo victims in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley. Atty. Boy Reyno, our president and yours truly as chairman emeritus of the Club, together with our secretary-treasurer Maloli Espinosa-Supnet, have agreed that well just have a simple breakfast together tomorrow from 8 in the morning until 11 o clock for club members and club wannabees. Heres wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! *** Despite the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill and its Bicameral ratication, pro-life and anti-RH Bill advocates have not given up the ght. And neither have the Bishops Conference of the Philippines raised the white ag. More than preparing to challenge the RH Bill once its signed into law by President Aquino before the Supreme Court on its constitutionality, pro-life and antiRH Bill advocates and the CBCP will make the promotion of contraception using state funds an election issue for the 2013 polls. There may not be a Catholic vote just as theres an Iglesia Ni Cristo vote, but the bishops and priests will certainly take to the pulpits to denounce re-lectionists and congressional wannabees who voted in favor of the RH bill. And the bishops and priests have a running score on who they are. A negative vote of the Catholic faithful can certainly be the tipping point for members of Congress who voted and supported the RH Bill, like when bishops and priests in a particular congressional district exhort the faithful to vote against a reelectionist or a wannabee. A Catholic vote may not have stopped former Health Secretary Juan Flavier, a proponent for condoms, from becoming a senator, nor stopped Protestants Fidel V. Ramos from becoming President in 1992, but I can predict this time a negative Catholic vote will make the difference. *** When two whistleblowers from Pangasinan came out from the woodwork against Governor Amado Espino, who is running for reelection, that Espino was getting as much as close to a billion pesos in jueteng money, my immediate reaction was that its about time the illegal numbers game in that province and elsewhere be exposed. But, on closer look, something tells me that theres more than meets the eye on the accusation thrown against Espino, a Nationalist Peoples Coalition reelectionist, who is being challenged by Liberal Party candidate. Santa Banana, the timing was suspicious since the 2013 polls are coming up. Im not saying here that Espino is not guilty as charged. But, more than the afdavit of two whistle blowers that they passed on jueteng money to the governor led before the Ombudsman, there should be some kind of documentary evidence to support the charge. My gulay, when politics is involved, anybody can just come out of the woodwork to accuse another since the name of the game is trial by publicity. Once your name is mentioned in some crime or another, public perception is already against you since people think of the worse in any public ofcial. With the announcement of Malacaang suspending Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia for six months (again the timing is suspect since the 2013 polls are just ve months away), Im getting convinced that theres a pattern of harassment and persecution by the Aquino administration to demonize anybody it believes not their ally or friend to enable members of the Liberal Party and their allies to replace the opposition. The very fact that the sister of Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras has been sworn into ofce as replacement of Gwen Garcia raises suspicion that President Aquino is all-out to control vote-rich provinces like Pangasinan and Cebu for the upcoming polls. Thats why I cannot blame Governor Gwen Garcia, who is on her last term and running for Congress, from refusing to vacate her post claiming its a power grab. Santa Banana, one need not be a rocket scientist to smell something rotten in Denmark. Just how this pattern for political harassment and persecution will lead to is any bodys guess. But, it would appear that Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas is also preparing for a presidential contest with Vice President Jojo Binay come 2016, with Roxas becoming the Palace pointman in both cases of Pangasinan and Cebu. It would seem President Aquino is all-out to make Roxas the next President. But, my gulay, will he? I have my doubts. *** If there are two administration ofcials that President Aquino can truly be proud of against the many deadwoods and barnacles in government, I can name two BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto Henares and MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino. Henares, who has tread on grounds that even angels have feared to tread by going against big businessmen and personalities, and the BIR head they love to hate, but she has done something her predecessors have not done beforebecome the BIR commissioner who has collected P1 trillion. I commend Kim not only for her fearless campaign against Tax evaders, but for being a cut above the rest. In my book, shes not only a performer, but an achiever. In the same vein, I also commend Tolentino for having done much more than former MMDA chairman before him and for doing so much to make Metro Manilas avenues, highways and streets safe for motorists and pedestrians. And above all,f or his innovative approaches to solve Metro Manilas trafc gridlocks by implementing measures to rid Edsa for one, of the many colorum buses. I had the opportunity to have a oneon-one with the MMDA chairman immediately after he was appointed by the President, courtesy of a mutual friend, and I found him very receptive to new ideas what to do to make Metro Manilas avenues and street safer for everybody. I specically recommended a special lane for motorbikes in the wake of so many accidents caused by unregulated crisscrossing of motorcycles along busy thoroughfares, like Edsa. And Im glad that Tolentino did it. Santa Banana, what I like best with Tolentino is that he is always cool and never gets rattled despite the brickbats thrown at him by jeepney and bus operators who have long been abusing our streets. Despite a meager budget, Tolentino has done so much. Tolentino deserves praise.

Baguio court vindicates SM


ITS good that unlike Rock superstar Sting who swallowed hook, line and sinker the hyperbolic story on the supposed environmental disaster posed by the plan of SM Baguio to ball and transfer 182 trees, Baguio Regional Trial Court Judge Antonio Esteves took time to really study the issues. Based on the deceptive and erroneous claims made in a letter from a member of the so-called Project Save 182 group which talked about the SM plans to CUT DOWN 182 fully grown trees in deance of a court order Sting decided to move his December 9 one-night concert from the stateof-the-art SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena to the Araneta Coliseum. Had Sting went through even a cursory validation of the claims of the letter-writer he would have found out that the number of trees involved in the whole brouhaha is only 182 pine and alnus trees out of some 2,000 trees in the SM Baguio complex in Luneta Hill. Sting would have also found out that the 182 trees will not be cut down but rather they will be earth balled by experts hired by SM and would be transferred to a more viable location. Thankfully the Baguio RTC was more discerning than Sting. After a hearing which lasted more than eight months Judge Esteves dismissed the two cases led by the Cordillera Global Network against Environment Secretary Ramon Paje Jr., Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan and SM Supermalls Inc. Esteves also lifted the Temporary Environment Protection Order he issued earlier. This means that SM can now proceed with its P1.2 billion expansion project that was being undertaken, according to SM Supermalls Inc. president Annie Garcia not so much for commercial purposes but as a long term solution to the erosion issue for the whole SM Baguio complex that could threaten its main structures. In its 20-page decision, the Baguio RTC identied nine issues for resolution namely: 1. Whether the issuance of the Tree Cutting and Earth-balling permit to SM by DENR and the City of Baguio followed legal and procedural requirements; 2. Whether the legal and procedural requirements for issuance of the ECC were complied with by SM; 3. Whether the legal and procedural requirements for the issuance of a Building Permit were complied with by SM; 4. Whether the cutting and earthballing of the trees at the Luneta Hill property of SM will cause irreparable damage and detrimental effect to the residents of Baguio City, the complainants and the environment; 5. Whether the proposed site of the development project is validly owned by SM in connection with the allegations of irregularities in the issuance of Building Permit; 6. Whether SM complied with the Zoning Ordinances of the City of Baguio; 7. Whether SM will suffer irreparable damage in the event that the proposed expansion of the mall will not be allowed; 8. Whether the plaintiffs failed to exhaust administrative remedies for protesting the issuance of permits and licenses; 9. Whether the Cordillera Global Network and other plaintiffs have the legal personality to le these cases in Court. The Baguio RTC ruled that SM fully complied with all the legal and procedural requirements for the issuance of the ECC, the earth-balling permit and the building permit. It also said that the plaintiffs failed to exhaust the administrative remedies. The ruling basically said that SM was undertaking the earth-balling of trees in its own property and not on public land or the property of the plaintiff and all it needed was clearance and permit from the DENR. The Court said that EO 23 or the Total Log Ban, cited by the plaintiffs, does not apply to the SM expansion project and that the plaintiffs failed to present any evidence to show that the affected 182 trees are part of a national and residual forest. On the claim that the earth-balling of the 182 trees will cause irreparable damage to the environment the Court said that the testimony of Dr. Michael Bengwayan, convenor of the Project Save 182, is not based on personal knowledge but on mere predictions and that they appears to be mere conclusions of fact devoid of any scientic basis. Judge Esteves ruled that transferring 182 trees in Luneta Hill would cause no irreparable damage to the environment or to the city residents. Bengwayan said they are not giving up the ght and will make a petition for certiorari before the Supreme Court. Despite the adverse court ruling Bengwayan and his groups should be happy for some victories. They were able to hoodwink Sting from moving the concert venue out of MOA Arena and they were able to delay the project for more than eight months already. Of course their credibility has also suffered somewhat in trying to make a mountain out of a molehill but it seems that this does not matter to them.

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BNMI claries nickel shipment report


This is in reaction to the Manila Standard Today story last December 17 titled Cargo ship impounded by Cecille Garcia. The records will show that BNMI is the legitimate contractor and operator of a nickel mine in Sta. Cruz, Zambales, under MPSA No. 226-205-111. In the course of its direct shipping ore (DSO) operation, specically the loading of nickel ore to foreign vessels from the ports of Candelaria and Bolitok, Sta. Cruz, it normally charters barges from various shipping companies, it is emphasized that all shipments of nickel ore by BNMI have approved OTP, MOEP and other export documents duly issued by the MGB, PPA, LGU and other government agencies. Last June 2012, during the start of the rainy season, BNMI was in need of a barge of larger capacity (4,500 DWT) in addition to its other smaller chartered barges, that could withstand the big swells off the waters in Candelaria (due to start of rainy season). BNMI was introduced to Neo-Ocean, which was connected to Blue Max which allegedly had a dredging contract for river sand (lahar) in Botolan, Zambales with the LGU (reportedly the lahar is used for a reclamation project in Singapore). Neo-Ocean had several barges in Botolan that were idle at the time and 2 barges (with tugboat) were offered to BNMI. Local barges were in short supply during this period. After being satised of the complete papers of the barge owner, the Korean owned barges were used by BMMI - in addition to its other chartered barges owned by different companies, for loading of ve (5) shipments during June, September, October and November 2012, under a daily charter arrangement or as needed when there is loading only. The barges were not used by BNMI for other purposes except for loading of nickel ore. Both the Harbor Master of Masinloc and the PPA was informed of the barge use. BNMI does not have knowledge of other chartering contracts entered into by the Korean barge owner with other persons. The Korean owned barges were never exclusive to BNMI because its main activity is the dredging contract in Botolan. BNMI had opportunity to use the barges only for limited time and solely conned to its nickel loading operation. BNMI is not into mining, nor buying, or exporting of chromite and magnetite (black) sand. Any allegations to the contrary are false, malicious and unfounded. All its nickel shipments are properly covered with permits and all taxes, duties arid other port charges have been paid to the government. As large scale miner, BNMI will not risked sanctions from the government by engaging into small scale mining in chromite and magnetite sand. ATTY. REYNALDO P. MENDOZA SVP-Legal Services

Social Welfare an overburdened workhorse


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AM I my brothers keeper? is a question that I like answered afrmatively with He aint heavy, Hes my brother. The title of this hit song of The Hollies, my friend Rene pointed out, is similar to the motto of Boys Town that Father Edward J. Flanagan founded. Boys Towns story was poignant enough to be adapted into a movie that won for Spencer Tracy an Oscar Best Actor Award. Time and again, Filipinos show they care for their less fortunate brothers during ordinary and extra-ordinary times when calamities strike. Individuals and institutions spontaneously give until it hurts. These outpourings of non-governmental initiatives also expose the inadequacy of governmental response. They accentuate the need for a more effective national social welfare and disaster response program despite the omnipresence of the devolved Department of Social Welfare and Development in all forefronts of our disasters. Floods, typhoons, earthquakes, res, volcanic
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eruptions, tsunamis, landslides, and mudslides consume its time, personnel and budgetary resources. Yet, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, an agency under the Department of National Defense, has been designated as the one responsible for ensuring the protection and welfare of the people during disasters or emergencies. DSWD has its hands already full in administering a multitude of programs that demand its undivided attention on conventional social welfare programs for the abused, homeless and abandoned elderly, women, youth, persons with disability, etc. It conducts livelihood training programs, clears adoption and travel documents of minors, and attends to distressed overseas Filipino workers. It assists indigents get funding for their life-saving surgical operations. DSWD has been the unchallenged agency for social welfare and public assistance activities, a role that was further strengthened in 2003 under Executive Order 221. But no hint was ever dropped about any expanded role concerning social protection, a newlydeveloped social framework of social insurance, labor market interventions

and social assistance. Social Security System, Government Service Insurance System and PhilHealth make up only a part of the social insurance component. Unnoticed, DSWD recently reinvented itself by assuming a very ambitious mission: To develop, implement and coordinate social protection and poverty reduction solutions for and with the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged. I was pleased reading DSWDs vision of a society where the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged are empowered for an improved quality of life but was aghast that it now envisions itself to be the worlds standard for the delivery of coordinated social services and social protection for poverty reduction by 2030. All these require the unconditional commitment of Presidents yet to be elected in 2016, 2022 and 2028. The Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 abruptly established a social pension program with DSWD as implementor. This program increased tremendously its load. With little preparation and a miniscule budget of P1.2 billion, DSWD could only accommodate about 200,000 beneciaries out of the 6.3 million senior citizens. In contrast, it accelerated the devel-

opment of the conditional cash transfer program from a mere pilot project in 2007 into one of the countrys most popular social programs with a cumulative budget that is soon to reach P100 billion. By 27 June 2012, its registered beneciary households stand at 3 million. It is implemented in 79 provinces covering 1,261 municipalities and 138 key cities in all 17 regions nationwide. The maintenance of a national registry of beneciaries is the most challenging operational aspect of the CCT program. Beneciaries must be continuously revalidated, compared with others to avoid duplication, and updated to add new beneciaries. The tasks are more demanding than the combined Comelec, SSS, GSIS and PhilHealth databases and could break the back of any workhorse. DSWD expanded too soon and too fast during the Arroyo and Aquino Administrations. It couldnt even muster enough condence to dispense on its own the budgeted billions of pesos to its millions of beneciaries. It had to contract out to non-governmental and peoples organizations, a convenient way of avoiding nancial responsibility, so thought DSWD. Not surprisingly, the Commission

on Audit has found DSWD ineffective in administering its huge funds. Worse, COA has uncovered a P2-billion leak in its fund transfers to NGOs and POs in 2011. An innovative social program would benet our people, but Congress must rst give its imprimatur via an enabling law. The operational structures, conditions and limitations are then collectively and transparently established in a more apolitical manner. But for reasons not disclosed publicly, the CCT program continues to operate and even expand devoid of this legislative process. So far the CCT program has been expediently given a huge budget in the General Appropriations Act but on a year-to-year basis. It is immediately terminated once deprived of budgetary allocation. We weep in silence when we see a small child carry a bigger brother with disability and clap our hands in applause when we witness townspeople merrily move a house Bayanihan-style. But we stamp our feet in protest when we see a workhorse being overburdened. Like an overburdened workhorse, DSWDs workload should be lightened. Other public institutions would be more than capable carrying that load.

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By Maricel V. Cruz THE Philippines has become the rst Asian country to criminalize enforced disappearances after President Benigno Aquino III signed into law Republic Act No. 10350, or the Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012, on Wednesday, according to the laws principal sponsor Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman.
Lagman on Thursday welcomed the Chief Executives signing of the law which took almost two decades in the making. RA 10350 specied three elements of the crime of enforced disappearance: a victim is deprived of liberty, the perpetrator is the State or agents of the State and information on the whereabouts of the victim is concealed or denied. These principal elements make enforced disappearance a distinct crime separate from kidnapping, serious illegal detention, murder or any common crime, Lagman said. The law seeks to end impunity of offenders even as it envisions a new or a better breed of military, police and civilian ofcials and employees who respect and defend the human rights and civil liberties of the people they have sworn to serve and protect. No political instability, threat of war, state of war or any public emergencies can justify the suspension of the enforcement of RA 10350, Lagman said.

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More rotundas eyed
THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said it will put up eight permanent rotundas along different major intersections where the incidence of road mishaps is high. After yesterdays installation of the agencys rst portable rotunda on Epifanio de los Santos-Ayala Avenue interchange, Chairman Francis Tolentino announced his plan to task the agencys Planning Ofce to study the construction of permanent rotundas. He said they are coordinating with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts for the design of permanent and uniform rotundas, but he did not say where they would be put up.
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Earlier train schedules


TWO Metro Manila train lines will end operations two hours than usual on Christmas and New Years Eves to give their station and security personnel more time to get home and celebrate the holidays, according to LRT spokesman Hernando Cabrera. On Dec. 24, the rst trip of LRT Line 1 from Monumento to Baclaran via Taft Avenue will leave the Baclaran and Roosevelt stations at 5 a.m. while the the last trip will run at 8 p.m. LRT Line 2, on the other hand, leave the Santolan and Recto stations at 5 a.m. while the last trip from Santolan will be at 8 p.m. while the last trip from Recto will be at 8:30 p.m. On Dec. 31, the LRT-1s rst trains will leave Baclaran and Roosevelt at 5 a.m., and the last trips will be at 7 p.m. The LRT-2s rst trains will leave Santolan and Recto at 5 a.m. The last trip from Santolan will be at 7 p.m. and the last trip from Recto will be at 7:30 p.m. RIO N. ARAJA

Refurbished arms. Defense Undersecretary Fernando Manalo (left) inspects newly refurbished assault ries along with Government
Arsenal director Jonathan Mathir and military chief General Jessie Dellosa at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday. MANNY PALMERO

Makati centenarians to get P100,000 gift


THE Makati City Council recently approved the granting of P100,000 cash incentive to BLU Card holders who turned 100 years old in 2012, with an initial appropriation of P2 million. Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay said this one-time cash benet for resident-centenarians serves as the citys tribute for their contributions and role in the history and development of Makati through the years. We deeply cherish and value our senior citizens. We owe them so much for the progress and development that Makati has achieved thus far, and so we continue to think of ways to show our sincere gratitude and great respect for them, Binay said. Binay said City Ordinance No. 2012-099 provides that the centenarians can awail of the P100,000 cash incentive after complying with guidelines set by the Makati Social Welfare Department, which implements the BLU Card Program. The mayor also said those who reached the age of 100 years in 2012 but died afterwards will also be entitled to the cash gift, which will be given to his or her qualied heirs. According to Ryan Barcelo, MSWD ofcer-in-charge, beneciaries should be Filipino citizens, bonade residents of Makati, must have reached 100 years old from Jan. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2012 and must be a BLU Card and White Card holder for at least ve years. Barcelo said to date, they have identied at least nine potential recipients of the gift in the following barangays, one each in Comembo, Guadalupe Viejo, Olympia, Dasmarias, Forbes Park, Kasilawan, and Bangkal, and two in San Lorenzo. Also, the centenarians should be able to submit an original copy of their birth certicates or marriage certicates, BLU Card and White Card. Aside from the P100,000 cash incentive for centenarians, the city government recently increased the bi-annual allowances given to elderly citizens 70-79 years old from P2,000 to P3,000, and for those 80 years old and above, from P3,000 to P4,000. Meanwhile, those between 60-69 years old will still get the regular P2,000, also given in two equal installments. Other benets given to the Makati elderly, on top of those prescribed by the national law, include mobility aids (e.g. walking sticks, quad canes, wheelchairs), exemption from color coding, free movies, birthday cakes delivered during their birthdays, free haircut and salon treatments, and free massage. Makati senior citizens also enjoy free tours through Lakbay Saya.

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Republic of the Philippines

DePaRtment of Public WoRks anD HigHWays OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY


manila INVITATION FOR PREQUAUFICATION AND BIDS 21 December 2012 Road Upgrading and Preservation Project, UI Component JlCA Loan Agreement No. PH-P247:
i. the government of the Republic of the Philippines (gRP) has received a loan from Japan international cooperation agency (Jlca) toward the cost of the Road upgrading and Preservation Project on march 30, 2012. it is intended to apply a portion of the proceeds of this loan to eligible payments for which this Invitation for Prequalification and Bids is issued. the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) hereinafter referred to as the employer, invites local and foreign contractors and/or firms to apply for prequalification and bids for: Project Contract ID Name of Project Net length Location Duration Major Scope of Works : a.) b.) c.) III. Construction of 3.44 km. new PCCP Road 6.70 m wide and 230.00mm thick Reconstruction of four (4) Bridges ( Total Length= 213.20 I.m.) and repairs of six (6) Bridges ( Total Length= 218.52 ). construction of Drainage & slope Protection structures and miscellaneous Works : 12Z00074 : UI-1,CP I & III, Bongabon-Pantabangan. Canili-Bazal Road Sections, K0144+000 to K0167.277.85 and K0196+368.92 to K0219+900.00 with Exceptions : 3.93 Kilometers : Provinces of Nueva Ecija and Aurora : 510 calendar Days

Department of Public Works and Highways


OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Region V Legazpi City

invitation to Bid
the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Region V, Rawis, legazpi city, through its bids and awards committee (bac), invites contractors to apply to bid for the following contract(s): Contract ID: 12F00086 Contract Name: Rehab. Of NEDA 5 Regional Office Building. Contract Location: Rawis, Legazpi City Scope of Work: Building Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): P5,819,913.37 Contract Duration: 180 cd Cost of Bidding Documents: P10,000.00 Contract ID: Contract Name: 13F00007 Road Upgrading/Concreting of Tigaon-Goa-San JoseLagonoy-Guijalo via San Vicente Road. Contract Location: Camarines Sur Scope of Work: Road Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): P145,499,744.06 Contract Duration: 270 cd Cost of Bidding Documents: P50,000.00 Procurement will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in accordance with R.A. 9184 and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations and applicable DPWH Department orders/memoranda. to bid for this contract, a contractor must download the bid documents and pay the nonrefundable amount stated above for the bid documents at the cashier of any DPWH Office on or before the deadline and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture, (c) with Pcab license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (d) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, and (e) net financial contracting capacity at least equal to abc, or credit line commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check and preliminary examination of bids. unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Office before the deadline of the receipt of payment for bid documents. The DPWH POCW-Central Office will only process contractors applications for registration with complete requirements and issue the Contractors Certificate of Registration (CRC). Registration forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph. The significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below: 1. Pre-bid conference December 28, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. 2. Receipt of bids & Presentation of Deadline: until 10:00AM of January 9, 2013 Original Official Receipt of Payment for Bid Documents (Project Specific) 3. opening of bids 10:01AM of January 9, 2013 Prospective bidders shall present their ORIGINAL OFFICIAL RECEIPT OF PAYMENT for Bid Documents, project specific, to the BAC Secretariat of this Office before the deadline stated above for inclusion in the list of contractors for eligibility processing. All Bids must be accompanied by a Bid security in the form with the following schedule: Form cash, cashier s/manager s check, bank Draft/Guarantee confirmed by a Universal or commercial bank or irrevocable letter of credit surety bond callable upon demand issued by a surety or insurance company duly certified by the insurance commission as authorized to issue such security any combination of the foregoing Minimum amount in % of ABC two percent (2%)

Republic of the Philippines DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER Isabela City Sub-District Engineering Office Tabuk, Isabela City, Basilan
INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID
the Department of Public Works and Highways, lsabela City Sub-District Engineering Office, through its bids and awards committee (bac), invites contractors registered with and classified by the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) to apply for eligibility and if found eligible to bid for the contract to wit: Contract ID: Contract Name: 12JH0008 Repair/Rehabilitation and Improvement along Basilan Circumferential Road, Isabela-Lamitan Road Section K 0+760 to K1+260 with exception, Isabela City, Basilan Basilan Province RA-FUND 151-Special Road Support Fund Asphalt Overlay, Installation of Guardrail

ii.

Contract Location: Source of Fund: Scope of Work: approved budget for Contract: Php 9,778,634.54 Contract Duration: 45 CD cost of bidding Documents P10,000.00

Prequalification will be conducted through prequalification procedures specified in the Guidelines for Procurement under Japanese ODA Loans, dated March 2009, and is open to all bidders from eligible source countries as defined in the guidelines. (i) (ii) foreign contractors/applicants should be licensed in their own countries and areas and authenticated by the Philippine embassy/consulate in their country. local contractors/applicants should be holding Pcab license with category AAA and Certificate of Registration and Classification of Contractors as Large b for Roads and bridges issued by the Philippine contractors accreditation board (Pcab) and duly included in the DPWH Registry of contractors Both foreign and local contractors/applicants should have an ISO 9001:2008 Certification per DPWH D.O. No. 01, Series of 2011.

(iii) IV.

In case of a Joint Venture Applicant (JVA), the lead firm and member partners must satisfy the registration and classification requirements in order to meet the jointly and severally liable provision for any/all obligations, which the JVa may incur. the combined JVa shall meet the requirements of all the qualifying criteria (eligibility, general experience, Historical contract non-Performance and financial situation). JVa minimum percentage requirement only for average annual construction turnover of financial situation shall be; (i) (ii) each member of the JVa is required to meet individually a particular percentage (usually not less than 25%) of the qualification requirements. at least one member of the JVa is required to meet a particular percentage (usually not less than 40%) of the qualification requirements.

bidding will be conducted through open competitive. bidding procedures in accordance with R.A. 9184 known as Government Procurement Reform Act, and its Revised implementing Rules and Regulations. bids received in excess of the abc shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. to be eligible to bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a letter of intent (loi), purchase bid documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with the DPWH, (b) Filipino Citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture, (e) with Pcab license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (d) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years and (e) Net Financial contracting capacity at least equal to abc, or credit line commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC. The BAC witt 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 DPWHPOCW Central Office before the deadline for the receipt of LOI. The DPWHPOCW Central Office will only process contractors application for registratIon with the complete requirements and issue the Contractors Certificate of Registration (CRC). Registration forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph. The significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below: BAC Activities 1. Issuance of Bidding Documents 2. Pre-Bid Conference 3. Deadline of Receipt of LOIs from Prospective Bidders 4. Receipt of Bids 5. Opening of Bids Schedule December 21, 2012-January 22,2013 January 8, 2013 January 16, 2013 January 22, 2013 @ 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. January 22, 2013@ 10:00 A.M.

V.

The Applicant must meet the following minimum requirements: PARTICULARS Minimum Requirements average annual construction turnover for the P534.00M last five (5) years successful experience in the execution of the projects similar in nature and complexity comparable to the proposed project within the last ten (10) years: a) construction/Rehabilitation of three 18,900 sq.m. (each project) (3) PccP Road Project with minimum thickness of 230.00 mm. construction of three (3) PcDg or 60.00 I.m. total length (each bridge) RcDg bridges

five percent (5%)

b) VI.

Interested eligible Applicants may obtain further information and inspect the Prequalification and Bidding documents at: Road Upgrading and Preservation Project-Project Management Office (RUPP-PMO) Department of Public Works and Highways 2nd Street, Port Area, Manila 1018 Telephone No.: (632) 304-3679; (632) 304-3804 Fax No.: (632) 304-3658; (632) 304-3805 Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Proportionate to share of form with respect to total amount of security. bid securing Declaration that is an undertaking which states, among others, that the bidder shall enter into contract with the procuring entity and furnish the required performance security within ten (10) calendar days, or less, as indicated in the bidding Documents, from receipt of the Notice of Award, and committing to pay the corresponding fine and be suspended for a period of time from being qualified to participate in any government procurement activity in the event it violates any of the conditions stated therein as required in the guidelines issued by the gPPb.

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

VII. A complete set of Prequalification and Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Applicant(s) starting 26 December 2012 upon submission of a written application to the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee of P 40,000.00 or its equivalent in foreign currency. it may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine government electronic Procurement system (PhilgePs) and the website of the DPWH, provided that contractors/bidders shall pay the fee for the Prequalification and Bid Documents not later than the submission of their bids. VIII. Application for Prequalification and Bids should be submitted in sealed envelopes, delivered to the address below on or before 13 February 2013, 10:00 a.m. and must be accompanied by Bid Security in the following amount: 1. IX. P 6.50 Million or its equivalent in US Dollar or Japanese Yen; if bid security is in cash, cashiers or certified check, bank draft/guarantee or irrevocable letter of credit.

Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specified in the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The first envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include a copy of the cRc. the second envelope shall contain the financial component of the bid. The Technical and Financial Documents must be bounded, all documents shall be tabmarked and Documentary Stamp is required on all documents with Notary Public and properly sealed. all bidders are invited to attend the Pre-bid conference as scheduled for new instructions. contract will be awarded to the lowest calculated Responsive bid as determined in the bid evaluation and post-qualification. the DPWH 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. (sgd.) FERMIN E. PETEZA engineer V (bac chairman) DPWH, Ro V, Rawis, legazpi city NOTED: (sgd.) DANILO E. DEQUITO, CESO III Regional Director
(MST-Nov. 21, 2012

Bids will be opened in the presence of the prequalified Bidders representatives who choose to attend on April 11, 2013, 10:00 a.m. at the address below;

Central Procurement Office (CPO) Function Room, 5th floor, DPWH building bonifacio Drive, Port area, manila (sgd.) ALFREDO G. TOLENTINO undersecretary chairman, bac for civil Works for faPs
(MST-Nov. 21, 2012

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IN BRIEF
Team UAAP 7th place
VIENTIANETeam University Athletic Association of the Philippines fell short in its bid to equal the ve-gold medal haul two years ago after settling with three silver medals at the end of the 16th ASEAN University Games Wednesday here. La Salles ace tanker Johansen Aguilar failed to defend his 200-meter backstroke title, as the reigning UAAP Athlete of the Year nished second with a time 2:09.09, behind gold-medal winner Glenn Victor Sutanto of Indonesia, who nished with 2:08.36. University of the Philippines standout Claire Adorna also settled for the runnerup honors in the womens 200-meter backstroke, registering a time of 2:27.01, as Indonesian Patricia Yosita Hapsari won the gold with a time of 2:24.63. Also going home with a silver medal is Ateneo judoka Angelo Gabriel Gumila, who placed second in the Over 81 kg. category. By amassing two golds, 12 silvers and 16 bronzes, the PH student-athletes nished seventh in the biennial meet organized by the Asean University Sports Council. Team UAAP-Philippines recorded a fth-place nish two years ago in Chang Mai, Thailand.

Thunder clip Hawks wings


ATLANTAOklahoma Citys biggest stars displayed a unique version of balanced scoring against Atlanta: Russell Westbrook led the Thunder in the rst half and Kevin Durant dominated the Hawks over the nal two quarters.
Durant set a season high with 41 points and Oklahoma City held off Atlanta 100-92 on Wednesday night for its 12th straight win. Westbrook had 27 points21 in the rst halfand 11 assists. Durant scored 28 points in the second half, including 18 in the fourth, and also had 13 rebounds. No other Oklahoma City player scored in double gures. Theres going to be nights where one has the hot hand and theres going to be other nights the other does, said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. Both top scorers were hot against the Hawks. Durant made six of nine shots in the nal period, including three 3-pointers, and the Hawks couldnt nd a way to slow the 6-foot-9 forward. We double-teamed him, we zoned him, said Hawks coach Larry Drew. He still made shots. You cant stop him when hes hot like that. Durant said Westbrooks strong rst half helped open more opportunities for him after the break. He was aggressive and they were giving him jump shots, Durant said. We just played off of that. He was very good and it opened up for me in the second half. Durant acknowledged he launched some questionable shots. But my teammates wanted me to do it, he said. Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 19 points, Josh Smith had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Al Horford and Lou Williams scored 13 apiece. Durant was especially strong after Atlanta cut a 16-point decit midway through the third quarter to 73-69. AP

PH athletes must train early, says sports chair


THE Philippine Sports Commission is mobilizing a task force and a secretariat to encourage national athletes mostly in its priority list to start preparing for major international meets within the next two years. Ang thrust namin sa PSC is that we have to start early. January pa lang we have to have the task force and the secretariat of the SEA Games, said PSC chairman Ricardo Garcia. He added the Philippines participation in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar is not the only international competition the task force the secretariat will take care of. The joint body will also address the needs of athletes and delegates to be sent to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games and the Asian Games as well. Kailangan, January pa lang ma-set up na ito para iyung criteria kung sino ang atleta na dapat padala sa SEA Games, added Garcia. So far, there are 186 athletes who are part of the prioritization program, those who have won medals in the last SEA Games in Indonesia. But, only half of them have signed up for the program, which requires them to be fulltime athletes. Once identied. Tutukan mo na, stated Garcia. He said the priority athletes are on top of the PSCs list to be monitored and supported with allowances, housing, equipment and training. Peter Atencio

Clownish PH boxer hit


THE Philippines Eusebio Baluarte has been hit for his clownish behavior in a Pan Asia Boxing Association light middleweight title ght in Perth, Australia, in which he was stopped in the fourth round at the WA Italian Club in Perth, Western Australia. Daniel Dawson, nicknamed The Rock dropped Baluarte three times in the fourth round with vicious body shots to force an automatic stoppage by referee Charlie Lucas at 1:25 of the round. Boxing writer Neil Devey of the West Australian reported that Dawson, who improved to 39-3-1 with 26 knockouts looked in fantastic condition and was way too good for Baluarte (19-8, 12 KOs), whose tactic of holding up his arms and inviting Dawson to attack his body was described as ridiculous. The Aussie boxing writer blasted Baluarte, stating that annoyingly, the clownish behavior of Baluarte didnt stop at the nal bell and as soon as the ght was called off the Filipino boxer jumped straight to his feet and then found the energy to lift Dawson around the ring. Ronnie Nathanielsz

Cage opener. Paraaque City Councilor Benjo Bernabe leads the opening of the United Brotherhood Club Basketball League in Barangay Baclaran. The local government advocates athletic activities to promote sportsmanship and a healthy lifestyle in its campaign against crime and vice.

Another ALA boxer wins crown


By Ronnie Nathanielsz
A DAY after world-rated yweight champion Rocky Fuentes hammered Japans Oriental and Pacic Boxing Federation No. 9- ranked Yuki Nasu to retain his title, another crack ALA ghter Arthur Villanueva won the vacant OPBF super yweight title with a close, but hard-fought unanimous decision over Taiki Eto of Japan at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. Managed by Rev. Pastor Guanzon of Bacolod and nicknamed King Arthur, the No. 2 Villanueva was dropped twice according to a text message from trainer Edito Villamor, but recovered to punish No. 8-ranked Eto to win the nod of all three judges by margins of 113112, 114-112 and 113-112, which appeared hard to achieve especially against a Japanese opponent ghting before a hometown crowd. With the victory, the undefeated Villanueva improved his record to 21-0 with 12 knockouts, while Eto fell to 10-2 with 7 knockouts. Its tough to win a close ght in Japan and such a win is very seldom, ALA Gyms patron Tony Aldeguer told the Manila Standard. He added it is evident that Villanueva fought through the two knockdowns to demonstrate his ghting heart to earn the decision. Aldeguer said Fuentes, who is ranked No. 2 by the World Boxing Association and No. 3 by the World Boxing Council mauled Nasu to make the seventh successful defense of his regional belt. Fuentes is looking to face WBC champion Toshiyuki Igarashi of Japan.

Department of Public Works and Highways


OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Regional Office No. VIII Government Center, Baras, Palo, Leyte Telefax No.: (053) 323-5553 Email Add: dpwh.ro8_bacsec@yahoo.com.ph

Republic of the Philippines

Invitation to Bid
December 17, 2012 1. Contract ID Contract Name : 13IO0029 (Re-Bidding of 13IB0001 Eastern Samar) : Rehabilitation/Reconstruction along Jct. Taft Oras San Policarpo Arteche Road, K0960+000 K0960+1040, Eastern Samar Contract Location : Eastern Samar Brief Description/Scope of Work : Concrete Reblocking along Jct. Taft Oras San Policapo Arteche Road with a total length of 437.00 l.m., width=6.10 m., thickness=0.20 m., road shoulder at 1.50 m. on both sides and other scope of work indicated. Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) : Php 7,044,674.58 Contract Duration : 38 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents : Php 10,000.00 : 13IO0030 (Re-Bidding of 13IB0002 Eastern Samar) : Rehabilitation/Reconstruction along Jct. Taft Oras San Policarpo Arteche Road, K0908+3 85 K090 8 + 2110, Eastern Samar Contract Location : Eastern Samar Brief Description/Scope of Work : Concrete Reblocking along Jct. Taft Oras San Policarpo Arteche Road with a total length of 739.00 l.m., width=6.10m., thickness=0.20 m. road shoulder at 1.50 m. on both sides and other scope of work indicated. Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) : Php 11,863,560.54 Contract Duration : 54 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents : Php 25,000.00 : 13IO0031 (Re-Bidding of 13IB0003 Eastern Samar) : Rehabilitation/Reconstruction along Jct. Taft Oras San Policarpo Arteche Road, K0890+4 0 0 K0895+177, Eastern Samar Contract Location : Eastern Samar Brief Description/Scope of Work : Concrete Reblocking along Jct. Taft Oras San Policarpo Arteche Road with a total length of 1.517 km., width=6.10 m., thickness=0.20 m. road shoulder at 1.50 m. on both sides and other scope of work indicated. Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) : Php 22,873,208.82 Contract Duration : 95 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents : Php 25,000.00 : 13IO0032 (Re-Bidding of 13IB0005 Eastern Samar) : Raising of Grade & Drainage (Flooded Sections) Jct. Buenavista Lawaan Marabut Road, K0997+4 4 8.80 to K0998+292, Quinapondan, Eastern Samar Contract Location : Quinapondan, Eastern Samar Brief Description/Scope of Work : Removal and Replacement of existing 3 m. x 2.40 m. Double Barrel Box Culvert, Removal of existing PCCP, Raising of Road Elevation, Concreting of PCCP, W=6.70 m., L=752.32 m., T=0.23 m. and Removal of Obstruction (Nipa Trees) on waterways at downstream and other scope of work indicated. Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) : Php 22,764,932.52 Contract Duration : 138 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents : Php 25,000.00 The DPWH Regional Office No. VIII, Baras, Palo, Leyte, through the CY-2013 GAA (Regular Infrastructure Project) intends to apply the sum above stated being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for the abovementioned contract/s. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. The DPWH Regional Office No. VIII, Baras, Palo, Leyte now invites bids for the abovementioned description of works. Completion of the Works is required for the above stated contract duration. Bidders should have completed at least one (1) contract that is similar to this project/s, equivalent to at least fifty percent (50%) of the ABC. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly in Section II, Instructions to Bidders. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary pass/ fail criterion in the Eligibility Check and Preliminary Examination of Bids as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (lRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, organizations or joint venture with at least seventy five percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines. 4. Contractors/applicants who are interested in the DPWH civil works are required to register prior to the set scheduled of submission of bid while those already registered shall keep their records current and updated. Contractors eligibility to bid on the project will be determined using the DPWH Contract Profile Eligibility Process (CPEP) and subject to further post-qualification. Information on registration can be obtained at DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph. Interested bidders may obtain further information from DPWH Regional Office No. VIII, Baras, Palo, Leyte and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from 8:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the address below and upon payment of a nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount stated above. Bidders can make payments for the purchase of the Bidding Documents at any DPWH field offices. It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the Procuring Entity, provided that bidders shall pay the fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids. The significant date and time of procurement activities are shown below: PROCUREMENT 1. Issuance of Bidding Documents 2. Pre-Bid Conference 3. Deadline for Receipt of LOIs from Prospective Bidders 4. Deadline for Receipt/Submission of Bids 5. Opening of Bids 6. 7. ACTIVITY D A T E / T I M E December 19, 2012 January 10, 2013 December 27, 2012 @ 10:00 A.M. January 9, 2013 @ 5:00 P.M. January 10, 2013 @ 10:00 A.M. January 10, 2013 @ 1:30 P.M.

Jugo seals Philta tennis title clash with Eala


SECOND seed Juan Enrique Jugo survived a rst-set scare and went on to stop Alexandra Eala, 7-5, 6-1, and foil a brother-sister nale in the 10-unisex class of the Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Tennis Association Age-Group Tennis Championships at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center yesterday. Top seed Miko Eala primed up for a duel with Jugo with a 6-0, 6-0 rout of Nio Tria in their own semis clash in a victory that underscored his readiness to add the crown to his growing list of victories and avenge his sisters loss. Bettina Bautista trounced Gia Sagandoy, 6-3, 6-2, to advance to the nals of the girls 12-under division of the week-long, tournament put up by PSC and Philta with Dunlop Fort as the ofcial ball. Alexandra Eala and Mikaela Vicencio dispute the other nals berth at resumption of the other seminal matches today (Friday) with the nals set tomorrow (Saturday). Top seed Roxanne Resma played true to form and smothered Khim Iglupas, 6-3, 6-0, to book the rst championship berth in the premier girls 18-and-under category of the event which stakes ranking points. Khim Iglupas also fashioned out a straight 6-0, 6-2 victory over Erika Manduriao to move into the semis of the girls 16-and-under class while third seed Marcus del Rosario dropped just two games to clip Jugo, 6-0, 6-2, and clinch a spot in the semis of the boys 12-and-U division.

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BEING a promotional free agent in the United States, Chris The Dragon John of Indonesia, could be a worthy opponent for Philippine boxings newest sensation Nonito Donaire, Jr. The scenario may become a possibility now that Donaire has revealed a fervent plan to move up in weight and add another title division. Ive learned not to wait for anybody. Were going to take the high road out if theres an opportunity in that division, said Donaire. Though Donaire remains firm in wanting to fight undefeated Mexican and fellow superbantamweight title holder Abner Mares, he is aware of the major stumbling block that is preventing that fight from happening. Donaire ghts under Bob Arum, while Mares represents bitter promotional rival Golden Boy. In the featherweight division, Donaire would love to ght World Boxing Council champion Daniel Ponce De Leon of Mexico. But just like Mares, De Leon is also a Golden Boy ghter. Donaire believes Orlando Salidos days as World Boxing Organization featherweight champion are numbered as he expects title challenger Mikey Garcia to claim the crown in their Jan. 19 showdown in New York. Mikeys brother Robert is my trainer and so we are in one team. I dont see myself ghting Mikey, even if it involves a lot of money, said Donaire. ENTER THE DRAGON. The 33-year-old John is a longtime World Boxing Association featherweight champion and has defended his crown mostly in Indonesia, Japan and Australia since 2003. Johns selling point is that he is in an elite company and one a the few who have defeated Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez in the last ve years. In 2006, John kept his WBA crown when he decisioned Marquez in a 12-round bout held in Indonesia. The two other fighters who have defeated Marquez in that stretch were Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. John has kept an unblemished slate since turning professional in 1998 by winning 48 bouts with two draws spiked with 22 stoppages. PH-MX TIEBREAKER. Their names may not ring a bell but the countries these two boxers are representing surely do. Mexican Christian Esquivel and Filipino MalCYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK

colm Tunacao are set to battle in a world title eliminator tomorrow in Kobe, Japan. The winner will be declared by the World Boxing Council as mandatory challenger to current bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka of Japan. But more than the world title shot at stake, Tunacao and Esquivel are out to break the tie between Mexico and the Philippines in the two countrys championship battles between marquee ghters. In an overseas interview from Japan, the 35-year-old Tunacao revealed that several Mexican writers went to his gym and told him about their awareness regarding the rivalry. I was surprised when they told me this will break the tie between the Philippines and Mexico. It only means Mexicans are giving importance to this bout. I do hope our countrymen are also aware about this bout, said Tunacao. It all started when Brian Viloria battled Mexican Hernan Tyson Marquez in a WBO and WBA yweight unication match September of this year in Los Angeles, California. The ght saw the Philippines drawing rst blood when Viloria stopped Marquez in the 10th round. The Mexicans came back in a compelling way when Juan Manuel Marquez and lightweight world champion Miguel Angel Vazquez came out victors against their Filipino opponents in one card last Dec. 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marquez, of course, tallied the biggest win achieved by Mexico when he stopped Filipino sensation Manny Pacquiao via sixth-round knockout. In the undercard, Vazquez decisioned USbased Mercito Gesta, a native of Mandaue, via a 12-round decision to keep his International Boxing Federation lightweight crown. Donaire leveled the score via his smashing thirdround knockout win over Jorge Arce last December 15 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. OPPORTUNE CHANCE. For Tunacao, this is the right moment for him to vie for another world title. Tunacao became the toast of the town when he defeated Pacquiao conqueror Medgoen Singsurat via seventh-round TKO and reclaimed Pacquiaos WBC yweight title 2000. However, Tunacao lost the crown after being stopped by Thai sensation Pongsaklek Wonjongkam the following year. Tunacao said he was once successful in bringing back a world crown for the country when he reclaimed Pacquiaos WBC belt from Singsurat. This time, he is eyeing to duplicate the achievement by trying to regain the WBC bantamweight strap once held by Donaire.

REPuBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES REGIONAL TRIAL COURT NATIONAL CAPITAL JuDICIAL REGION OFFICE OF THE EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF QuEzON CITy EAST WEST BANKING CORP., Mortgagee/s. - versus CORAZON M. ALARILLA, Mortgagor/s. x-------------------------------------------x NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER ACT 3135 (AS AMENDED) uPON extra-judicial petition under ACT 3135, as amended by ACT 4118 and pursuant to the terms of the Deed of Real Estate Mortgage executed under the date of June 3, 2010 by CORAZON M. ALARILLA #4 Biya St., Silvina Village, Talipapa, Novaliches, QC./ #25 Malungay St., Veterans Village, Proj. 7, QC. Mortgagor/s in favor of EAST WEST BANKING CORP., Mortgagee/s to satisfy the mortgage debt in the amount of P2,124,332.60 as of October 15, 2012 inclusive of interest, penalty and other charges together with all the lawful fees and expenses of foreclosure sale, the Ex-Officio Sheriff of the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City, hereby announces that on JANUARY 17, 2013 at 10:00 o'clock in the morning or soon thereafter, in front of the main entrance of the Hall of Justice of Quezon City (beside Quezon City Hall) Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City, she will sell at public auction to the highest bidder and for cash, in Philippine currency, the following described real property/ies with all its improvements. TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. N-339443 Registry of Deeds-Quezon City A parcel of land (Lot 2, Blk. 4 of the cons. subdn. plan (LRC) Pcs-12386, being a portion of the cons. of Lots 397 & 766, both of Piedad Estate, LRC Rec. No. 5975), situated in the Barrio of Tandang Sora, Q. City, ls. of Luzon. Bounded on the NE., pts. 3 to 4 by Lot 3, Blk. 4 of the cons. subdn. plan; on the N., pts. 4 to 5 by Lot 771, Piedad Estate pls. 5 to 1 by Rpad Lot 1 (LRC) Psd-9023, on the SW., pts. 1 to 2 by Lot 1, Blk. 4, and on the NW., pts. 2 to 3 by Road Lot 5 (10.00 m. wide) both of the cons. subdn. plan. x x x x containing an area of TWO HuNDRED NINETy FOuR (294) SQ. METERS, more or less. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time and date. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to investigate for themselves the title to the said property/ies and the encumbrances thereon, if any there be. In the event that public auction should not take place on said date due to fortuitous event or if the aforesaid scheduled date is declared a non-working holiday, it shall be held on JANUARY 24, 2013 at the same time and place withiout further notice. Quezon city, Metro Manila, December 11, 2012. Checked & Verified By: (Sgd.) PERLITA V. ELE Clerk of Court VII & Ex-Officio Sheriff (Sgd.) PHILIPSON A. DOCABO Assisting Deputy Sheriff
WARNING: It is absolutely prohibited to remove, deface or destroy this Notice of Sheriff's Sale on or before the date of the auction sale under penalty of the law.
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Pre-Bid Conference will be held at BAC Office, DPWH Regional Office No. VIII, Baras, Palo, Leyte which shall be open only to all interested parties who have purchased the Bidding Documents. Bids must be delivered at BAC Office, DPWH Regional Office No. VIII, Baras, Palo, Leyte. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18, or a Bid Securing Declaration as an additional form of bid security, pursuant to GPPB Resolution No. 03-2012. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders representatives who choose to attend at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted. To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit the following: 1) DPWH Standard Form of Letter of Intent (LOI) on or before the deadline for submission of bids (per Department Memorandum dated November 15, 2012 with Subject: Deferment in the Implementation of Section C.3 of D.O. No. 64, Series of 2012); 2) Net Financial Contracting Capacity (NFCC) at least equal to ABC or Credit Line Commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC and 3) Original Receipt (OR) for payment of bidding documents before submission/dropping of bids. Bidders shall likewise submit their bids through their duly Authorized Liaison Officers only as specified in the Contractors Information (CI) of the Contractor Registration Certificate (CRC). The DPWH Regional Office No. VIII, Baras, Palo, Leyte reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability or obligation to the affected bidder or bidders. For further information, please refer to: EDGAR B. TABACON, CESO IV Assistant Regional Director (BAC Chairman)

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(SGD.) EDGAR B. TABACON, CESO IV Attention: Assistant Regional Director The Head, BAC Secretariat (BAC Chairman) DPWH Regional Office No. VIII, Baras, Palo, Leyte NOTED: Telefax No.: (053) 323-5553 Email Add: dpwh.ro8_bacsec@yahoo.com.ph (SGD.) ROLANDO M. ASIS, CESO III Regional Director
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Riera U. Mallari, Editor things we need to work on and improve so we can come out sharper for Game 2. Every game is not going to be an easy one against Alaska in this series, said Black. Im happy with how were playing defensively and physically, but we still need to improve on other things we didnt do well. Ryan Reyes scored on a game-winning trey to lift Talk N Text to a slim 66-65 victory over Alaska in Game 1 Wednesday night. Meanwhile, Guiao wants his wards to capitalize on whats going on for them to get a better edge against the loaded, but ailing Mixers. We want to have any kind of edge in this situation. I am very happy with the way things are turning out for us. We just need to be consistent from this point forward, said Guiao. Rain or Shine took Game 1 with a 91-83 topping of San Mig Coffee. To make things worse for the Mixers, superstar James Yap is questionable today after he hurt his right knee and hyperextended it during a loose ball scramble in the fourth quarter of the game. Yap left the game for good after the incident and was helped out by teammates as he was unable to walk back under

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Texters, Painters eye 2-0 lead


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they are, coaches Norman Black and Yeng Guiao know just how important a 2-0 series lead is.
And that is what their teams will be shooting for in Game 2 of their respective best-of-seven clashes against separate foes in the 2013 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup seminals today. The Tropang Texters dont expect things to get easier when they take on the dangerous Alaska Aces, who, on the other hand, will seek for the equalizer in Game 2 at 7:30 p.m. today at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. As for the Elasto Painters, condence and breaks seem to be on their side when they play the ailing San Mig Coffee in their own Game 2 at 5:15 p.m. We have to go back to the drawing board and see the

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his own power. Medyo masakit kaya nagpalabas na din ako. Hindi ko pa din alam kung gaano katindi yung injury, titignan pa din muna siguro, said Yap . Though his team came up short in Game 1, Alaska coach Luigi Trillo quickly shrugged off his teams loss as he looks forward to Game 2 thinking that his team has another ghting chance against the defending champions. We showed we can stay with this team. Thats very important. Talk N Text is so good that you cant win by 20, youre going to have to win it closely and thats what I expect in this series, said Trillo.

Lascuna cuts loose by 6 shots


TONY Lascuna went on a birdie-binge at the back and red a ve-under 67, pulling away by six over a stunned eld headed by Angelo Que halfway through the P2.5 million ICTSI Wack Wack Championship at Wack Wacks East course yesterday. Lascuna, who banked on a three-birdie string at the front for a lead-sharing 70 in a late tee-off Wednesday, came through with another threebirdie feat on a windless early morning ight, this time from No. 16 that capped his sterling backside start of 31 that included birdies on Nos. 11 and 14. He went six-under with a birdie on the third hole for the second straight day but settled for a 67 after missing a par-putt from six feet on seventh. Still, Lascuna broke away from Que with a 137, moving 36 holes away from winning the richest event on the ICTSIPhilippine Golf Tour and formalizing his claim on the coveted Order of Merit crown. My swing, iron and woods have been great, Im just really feeling good right now, said Lascuna, coming off a joint fth place nish with Que in last Sundays Johor Open in Malaysia, in Filipino. I hope I can sustain my form in the last two rounds and hopefully win this tournament, said Lascuna, who impressed ightmates Frankie Minoza and Miguel Tabuena. Que, who matched Lascunas opening 70, couldnt keep in step with the leader on a late start where the wind started to blow hard, fumbling with three bogeys with an eagle to show in a 37-36 round that dropped him to second at 143. While he (Lascuna) went for birdies because there was still no wind, I was forced to just go for pars because of the wind, which was coming from all directions, said Que.

Filipino Flash beats Khan in TV ratings


THE telecast of World Boxing Organization/Ring Magazine and World Boxing Council Diamond Belt super bantamweight and four-division world champion Nonito The Filipino Flash Donaires third-round knockout of Mexican warrior Jorge Arce rated more than double to the WBC silver light welterweight title ght between Amir Khan and Caros Molina. The US ratings reinforced the drawing power of the ght, telecast in the Philippines by ABS-CBN over Channel 2 and registered an average national rating of 34.7 percent, with a remarkable high of 49.0 percent in urban areas in Southern Luzon, overpowering competing networks ratings by a wide margin. Boxingscene.coms Keith Idec reported that according to ratings released this week by Nielsen Media Research, HBOs audience more than doubled Showtimes audience. The HBO World Championship Boxing broadcast highlighted by Donaires threeround demolition of Arce, drew slightly more than 1.3 million viewers, which was more than double the Showtime Championship Boxing telecast that featured Khans 10th-round stoppage of Carlos Molina, and drew roughly 616,000 viewers. HBOs telecast of the DonaireArce showdown from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas opened one hour before the Showtime live broadcast and had what was described as a strong lead-in, because the network replayed Juan Manuel Marquezs one-punch, sixth-round knockout of Manny Pacquiao. It was also noted that HBOs subscriber base exceeds Showtimes by approximately 8 million as well, which also accounts for some of HBOs advantage in boxing viewership. Ronnie Nathanielsz

Mad scramble. NLEXs Kevin Alas tumbles into Cebuana Lhuilliers JR Buensuceso in a mad scramble for ball possession during the Philippine Basketball Association D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. The Road Warriors won, 89-76.

Wack Wack named PHs best golf course


THE fabled East Course of Wack Wack Golf and Country Club was named the Best Golf Course in the Philippines during the 2012 Asian Golf Monthly Awards in Brunei recently. The par-72 East layout, home of the Philippine Open, bested the Sta. Elena Golf Club in Laguna and the Palmer Course of the Orchard Golf and Country Club in Cavite for the top award at a gala dinner of the event, regarded as the regions premier annual poll of golng establishments in the Asia Pacic. Twenty-seven other awards were handed out, including the best championship course in Asia Pacic won by the Mission Hills Blackstone Course. Wack Wack Golf and Country Club vice president Butch Campos received the award on behalf of WWGCC president Dr. Philip Ella Juico, under whose leadership and initiative the premier club has maintained its edge over its closest competitors. Among the notable attendees at the lavish gathering at the Empire Hotel and Country Club were pioneering Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, who received an Asia Pacic Lifetime Achievement Award, and famed golf course architect Ron Fream, who was inducted into the Asia Pacic Hall of Fame. Colin Montgomerie also received a Lifetime Achievement Award while the inaugural Asia Pacic Golf Group Global Legacy Award was bestowed upon Jack Nicklaus. Both Montgomerie and Nicklaus recorded acceptance videos.

Singapore turns back Thailand


Wack Wack Golf and Country Club president Dr. Philip Ella Juico (left) receives the Asia Pacic Groups award for Best Golf Course in the Philippines from WWGCC vice president Butch Campos as the other WWGCC board members look on during the WWGCCs annual fellowship Christmas Party with a thousand members in attendance. Campos accepted the award during the 2012 Asian Golf Monthly Awards in Brunei, Darussalam. Others in photo are board members (from left) Philip Tuazon, Carlo Baniqued, Tan She Ling, Pablo Soon and Lawrence Tan.

Donaire wants boxing out of his system, for now


By Ronnie Nathanielsz
FOLLOWING his four title ghts this year, World Boxing Organization, Ring Magazine and World Boxing Council Diamond Belt super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire wants to get boxing out of his system for a little while. Donaire received a warm welcome on his arrival early Wednesday morning as he spent much of the day shuttling between ABSCBN television and radio studios, where he was embraced by show business stars and simple fans. He scored a third-round knockout of Mexican warrior Jorge Arce at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas last Saturday. I want to keep boxing on a low for now. I think its time to really just rest at least for this month. I want to get boxing out of my mind and freshen my whole systemmy body and my mental state, Donaire told the Manila Standard. However, Donaire added: Once the next year comes in, you know Im going to be knocking on Bob Arums door and ask who have you got for me? Donaire also revealed he is ready for another busy year. I can take as many ghts as I can during the year and if I can do ve, I will do ve. I feel strong each time I get into the ring and each moment that Im in the gym. I just keep learning and learning and I like to ght, he said. Told that most people consider him a complete ghter, Donaire humbly disagreed. I am very hard on myself in the ght. If you ask my trainer Brian Schwartz, he was like why are you acting like that? I felt that I made so many mistakes early on and if he (Arce) was a better opponent, he could have capitalized on it and I could have been in trouble. Thats one thing I have to get out of my system. Its to learn not to be too condent and too relaxed and to go out there and start my gameplan rather than wait for it, wait for it. Donaire admitted he made a few mistakes in the ght against Arce and he needs to tweak and tune in. He also wants to take on WBC champion Abner Mares next, but realizes that the bad blood between his promoter, Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoyas Golden Boy Promotions, is likely to prevent the ght being made leaving World Boxing Association champion Guillermo Rigondeaux as the next option.

President Benigno S. Aquino III congratulates WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire during a courtesy call at the Music Room, Malacaan Palace on Thursday.

SINGAPORE banked on second-half goals by Khairul Amri and Baihakki Khaizan to give the White Lions a 3-1 victory over Thailand in the rst leg at the 2012 AFF-Suzuki Cup nals Wednesday night at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore. According to the tournaments ofcial Website, Amri sent in his third goal of the tournament in the 61st minute. It came two minutes after Thai midelder Adul Lahso equalized, and Amris heroics gave Singapore a 2-1 lead. Baihakki, who scored in the 92nd minute, then turned the ball in from close range in stoppage time to give the Lions a two-goal lead at endgame. The White Lions arranged a nals showdown with Thailand after beating the Philippine Azkals, 1-0, last Dec. 12, also in Singapore. The White Lions are now a win away from their fourth crown, going into the return match at the Supachalasai Stadium in Bangkok on Saturday. The Thais fought their way into the nals after drawing Malaysia, 1-all, in Kuala Lumpur, and later getting away with a 2-0 win Bangkok. Peter Atencio

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Ratings Services on Thursday upgraded its credit rating outlook on the Philippines from stable to positive, boosting optimism the country will get its rst investment grade next year.

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THE Bangko Sentral extended for three years the exemption of projects under the publicprivate partnership program from the 25-percent loan ceiling of banks. The Bangko Sentral said its policy-making body, the Monetary Board, extended for another three years the original three-year period allowing a separate single borrowers loan limit of 25 percent of the net worth of banks for PPP projects. It said the extension was expected to encourage the nancial sectors participation in the PPP program of the government, particularly with respect to the projects that were still in the pipeline. The Bangko Sentral issued Circular No. 700 in December 2010, allowing a separate single borrowers loan for PPP projects for three years ending Dec. 28, 2013. However, due to the long and complex process involved in the awarding of PPP projects, very few projects were awarded subsequent to said BSP issuance. Several projects are still in the pipeline, the Bangko Sentral said. It said following the approved extension, the window would be opened until Dec. 28, 2016. Loans, credit accommodations and guarantees based on the contracted amount as of Dec. 28, 2016 period shall not be increased but may be reduced and once reduced, said exposures shall not be increased thereafter, the Bangko Sentral said. Anna Leah Estrada

S&P afrmed its BB+ long-term and B shortterm sovereign credit ratings for the Philippines. It also afrmed its Asean regional scale rating of axBBB+/axA-2 on the Philippines and the transfer and convertibility assessment at BBB-. A positive outlook in credit rating is considered a precursor to an actual rating upgrade. The Philippines is currently rated one notch below investment grade by S&P, Moodys Investors Service and Fitch Ratings. We revised the outlook to positive to reect our

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Philippine Airlines opened two new ticket ofces inside Petron gas stations at Filinvest, Muntinlupa and C-5 Diego Silang, Taguig City to accommodate the rush of holiday travellers. After installing Bookand-Buy Kiosks at selected Petron stations, PAL is putting up more ticket ofces at Petron stations next year, rming up the close collaboration of the two San Miguel Corp.-managed companies. Shown are the PAL staff manning the C-5 Diego Silang ticket ofce right after the formal opening on Dec. 17.

Philex signs rehab deals


PHILEX Mining Corp. signed Wednesday night three separate agreements for the rehabilitation of areas affected by the tailings spill at its Padcal mine in Benguet province. The miners said the agreements seek to rehabilitate Balog Creek and its convergence area with Agno River, determine the quantity of tailings spill at its Padcal mine and revegetate abandoned tailings ponds. Harnessing the knowledge and expertise of independent academicians, scientists, and consultants is part of our sincere effort toward the remediation and rehabilitation of areas affected by the Aug. 1 accidental in Itogon, Philex Mining chairman and chief executive Manuel Pangilinan said in a statement. The rst proposal is to rehabilitate affected waters, complemented by ve other proposals on sediment transport modeling, fate analysis of heavy metals, characterization of sheries, estimation of economic loss and estimation of the environmental benets of biological rehabilitation. Othel V. Campos

Okada, Robinsons to open gaming complex in 2014 Globe completes By Jenniffer B. Austria BayanTel debt offer
By Lailany P. Gomez
GLOBE Telecom Inc. said Thursday it completed the tender offer on the restructured debt of Bayan Telecommunications Inc. and unit Radio Communications of the Philippines Inc. Globe said in a disclosure to the stock exchange at least 92.9 percent of the aggregate remaining principal amount of notes was validly tendered and not withdrawn when the tender offer expired Tuesday. It said all the conditions to the tender offer were satised or waived. Globe expects to accept for purchase all of the notes validly tendered and not withdrawn in the tender offer, Globes assistant corporate secretary Marisalve Ciocson-Co told the exchange. The Ayala-led rm earlier said it would pay holders an amount in cash equal to $310 for each $1,000 remaining principal amount of notes. Meanwhile, holders who tendered their notes after the extended early tender date would be paid $307.50 for each $1,000 remaining principal amount. As Globe has previously announced, it expects that the settlement date of the tender offer will occur not later than Dec. 21, 2012, New York City time, Ciocson said. The company said of the original outstanding principal of $200 million, the remaining principal amount stood at $184.5 million or $922.391 per $1,000 original principal amount of the notes. ROBINSONS Land Corp. and the Okada Groups Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment Inc. plan to open their $1-billion integrated entertainment and gaming complex in Paraaque City by late 2014. Robinsons Land general manager Henry Yap said in a media brieng the 44-hectare Manila Bay Resorts would have three hotels with 2,000 rooms. The consortium will build two luxury hotels and one budget hotel. Yap said the gaming component of the project would cover 30,000 square meters offering 3,000 slot machines and 500 gaming tables. He said for the retail development, Manila Bay Resorts would contain a shopping mall, a trade hall, luxury retail stores and restaurants. The casino complex will have a water fountain as one of its major attractions as well as residential towers, he added. Robinsons Land expects the landmark project to draw interest from local and foreign visitors, especially from Asia-Pacic. The project is also expected to generate more than 5,000 jobs. Robinsons Land signed a deal with Universal Entertainment Corp. of Japanese pachinko magnate Kazuo Okada to develop Manila Bay Resorts last week. Robinsons Land, under the agreement, will purchase a majority stake in a Eagle I Land Holdings Inc., a company that owns 30 hectares of land located within the casino project. Robinsons Land will also subscribe to a minority stake in Tiger Resorts, Leisure and Entertainment Inc., the company that was awarded provisional license to own, develop and manage an integrated mixed-use, resort, and gaming development within the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.s Entertainment City in Paraaque. The agreement is subject to comprehensive due diligence, with

denitive agreements expected to be signed by Jan. 31, 2013. Okadas Tiger Resort is one of the four groups given a license to operate a casino in Pagcors Entertainment City. The three others are Travellers International Holdings Inc., a joint venture between Alliance Global Group Inc. and Genting Hong Kong; Bloomberry Resorts Corp. of businessman Enrique Razon Jr.; and Premium Leisure and Amusement Inc. of Sy-led Belle Corp.

MACAU-BASED casino operator Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. completed the acquisition of dormant Manchester International Holdings Inc. Manchester said in a disclosure to the stock exchange it sold 255.27 million Class A shares and 128.21 million Class B shares to the Melco group via special block sale at the Philippine Stock Exchange. The move will pave the way for the backdoor listing of Melcos casino operations in the country. Major shareholders of Manchester International, namely Interpharma Holdings

Manchester renamed Melco Crown Vista Land increases capex to P18b in 2013
and Management Corp. and Pharma Industries Holdings Ltd., last week signed a binding agreement to sell their combined 93.06-percent stake in the company to MCE (Philippines) Investments Ltd. and MCE (Philippines) Investments No. 2 Corp. for P1.259 billion. The shares held by Interpharma and Pharma represent different classes of ordinary shares, which together make up 93.06 percent of the companys issued share capital. Meanwhile, the board of directors of Manchester also approved the change in the companys corporate name to Melco Crown (Philippines) Resorts Corp. A special stockholders meeting was set on Feb. 19, 2013 to approve the change in the companys corporate name. Melco earlier said it planned to manage and operate its Philippine businesses through Manchester. The companys Philippines operations may, among others, include its Philippine project, a casino, hotel, retail and entertainment complex, Melco said in a previous filing with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Jenniffer B. Austria
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Thursday, December 20, 2012
Indonesia Thailand UAE Euro Korea China India Malaysia New Zealand Taiwan Rupiah Baht Dirham Euro Won Yuan Rupee Ringgit Dollar Dollar 0.000104 0.032701 0.272272 1.323600 0.000932 0.160506 0.018332 0.327600 0.836400 0.034435 0.0043 1.3427 11.1792 54.3457 0.0383 6.5902 0.7527 13.4509 34.3417 1.4139
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VISTA Land & Lifescapes Inc., the property unit of the family of Senator Manuel Villar, is raising capital spending to over P18 billion in 2013 on expectations of a robust real estate industry. Vista Land said in a statement the company was adopting an aggressive expansion program to take advantage of the strong economy and prospects for faster growth in 2013. We will continue opening projects in new areas; we are currently in 31 provinces and 63 cities and municipalities around the country, said Manuel Paolo Villar, president and chief

executive of Vista Land, said. Vista Land said it would continue to launch condominium projects, especially in urban areas where demand from young professionals is increasing. It plans to build commercial development within or near its residential subdivisions to boost recurring income. These are expected to diversify the companys revenue streams and enhance the value of its residential projects. The macro environmental factors bode well for the property industry, especially for Vista Land, to be another good year, Villar said. Jenniffer B. Austria

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Courage
IT is the Friday before Christmas. This Friday marks the beginning of a weekend of preparations, not only for the holiday season but for the turning of the year. For some, this date, Dec. 21, 2012, which coincides with this years winter solstice, is not about Christmas at all. Today is the last day of the current cycle in the Mesoamerican long count calendar. This ancient calendar was used by many cultures in pre-Columbian Central America, and probably most popularly, by the Mayans. There are even some people who actually believe the world will end today. Also this week, on Dec. 18, the Reproductive Health bill was passed on third reading in both houses of congress. The senate version of the bill passed all three readings on the day of the third reading of the house version. Bloomberg.com, in an article Thursday actually pointed out that the versions of the bill had been introduced and blocked repeatedly since 1998. The matter of how The RH bill has been called many thingssensitive, divisive and other words not t for use in polite company. A measure of how high emotions run concerning this bill is that some of those impolite words have come from individuals one would normally expect to exhibit the most exemplary of speech and behavior, especially in public forums. Bloomberg credits the Philippine president for the passage of the RH bill. Bishop Gabriel Reyes, an outspoken Catholic leader also seems to believe that the president heavily inuenced the passing of the bill. Credit may not be the word he would use, I suspect. A Rappler report by Agence-France Presse quotes Reyes: The struggle between the pro-RH and the anti-RH... was really the struggle of Malacaang (the presidential palace). Aquino certied the bill as urgent following the successful passage of the bill on sin taxes, which he had earlier certied as the most urgent of the bills pending in Congress. Whether credit or blame, it is obviously unfair to discount the tireless work of the many people who supported the RH bill, including those who shepherded the bill through both houses of Congress. However, it is impossible to discount the reality that the president did, in fact, certify the bill as urgent. The question of what led to the RH bill nally being passed is a matter explained partially by the changes in the composition of the individuals who make up the two houses of Congress. Over the last decade, the number of women who serve in Congress increased. Also, there are now younger politicians in both houses. Whether male or female, these younger politicians are perhaps more cognizant of the changes in the constituency they serve. For a long time, the polls have shown that majority of Filipinos support the passage of the RH bill. As early as 2008, the Social Weather Station has been taking polls on the popular sentiment concerning the RH bill. In a June 2009 article, Mahar Mangahas wrote: The national survey and all three local polls (Manila, Paraaque and Cebu) showed great support for the bill. In fact, many legislators used this as an explanation for their afrmative vote for the billthat their vote reected the opinion of their constituencies. The question of why In a representative form of government, that is the expectation that we have of those we vote into the legislative housesthat they will represent us fairly. This does not always happen, of course. Quasi Romualdez, former Secretary of Health, actually pointed this out in a Dec. 13 Tweet: Unequal distribution of power is shown by the extremely close vote on RH despite overwhelming approval by electorate in polls. That the RH bill was successfully blocked for many

MAYA BALTAZAR HERRERA

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years in spite of scientic evidence that the electorate favored it could be taken as evidence that certain segments of the populace do have a disproportionate inuence on legislators. That it has nally passed could mean that we nally have enough men and women in Congress who actually listen to their electorate. Those who walk the corridors of power will afrm that some voices are heard over others and that more as well as less goes on than simply the honest work of legislation and governance. The temptation to deviate from the path of responsibility and integrity is rife even in the private sector. There are many in government and media who will point out that many forms of corruption require at least the passive complicity of the private sector. Bribery involves not only the ofcial who receives the bribe but also the individual who pays the bribe. A matter of courage In the international MBA classroom, when we speak about ethics, we cannot afford to discuss the matter in a vacuum. We must discuss the realities and challenges of operating in developing countries. Pursuing the ethical path can be very difcult in many developing countries. In fact, in some countries, even senior executives in the private sector will sometimes attempt to justify minor deviations from global policy. What my mentor, Prof. Jess Gallegos, always says about ethics is this: We can teach you how to determine what the ethical route is. What you actually do is your choice. Being ethical is very different from knowing what is ethical. Sometimes, doing what is right, requires courage. Ralph Waldo Emerson had this to say about courage: Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difculties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. There are those who believe the world will end today. If that is what you believe, then today you must be doing something that reects that belief. If you are Catholic, you believe that Noah endured ridicule while building the Ark. If you are Christian, you believe that Jesus endured torture and crucixion because he stood for something. They made their choices. The best that can ever be expected of people is that they do what they feel is right. For my students who graduated this year, here is what I hope they remember about the challenge of making tough decisions. The question of practicality is very real for those who have no choice. The man who has a gun pointed at his head can perhaps be forgiven for attacking his assailant. The father who needs to feed starving children can perhaps be forgiven for lifting fruit from a neighbors garden. But there are many who have the education, background and talent to walk away from a job that requires them to do something unethical. If you have talent, you have choices. This means you have responsibilities. The correct question to ask is this: Am I making the world a better place? Am I part of the solution? Or part of the problem? My sincere hope is that my students become part of the solution. Merry Christmas to all! You can e-mail Maya at integrations_manila@ yahoo.com. Or visit her site at integrations.tumblr. com or www.mayaherrera.aim.edu.

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End of the worldnot!


IF youre reading this column, then the world did not end today despite all that bunkum over a Mayan calendar (one of three, actually) whose cycle ends today. The Mayans themselves are amused at the mythical proportions that a wrong translation of an inscription at a Maya site in Mexico has spawned, with movies like 2012 perpetuating the ction. And so, the universe continues to exist as we know it. Cheers! Janine Mari T, proudly Filipina Oops, they did it againdoing a Bradley on Pinoys. No sour-graping here, but thats the reaction of many Filipinos over the rst runner-up win of Janine Mari Tugonon, the countrys bet for the recently concluded 2012 Miss Universe pageant that saw Miss USA Olivia Culpo take home the crown. Private and government ofces were practically non-functioning as employees waited for the results, cheers and high-ves erupting every now and then especially during the last few minutes when Miss Philippines was called as one of the 10 semi-nalists, then the nal ve. Women applauded, men wished they had a wife or a girlfriend like Janine, and the crowd watching at Planet Hollywood where whipped into a frenzy because of the poise and intelligence that she exuded in answering pageant judge Nigel Barkers question thus: Being Miss Universe is not just about knowing how to speak a specic language. Its about being able to inuence and inspire other people. No matter what language you have, as long as you have a heart to serve and a strong mind to show to people then you can be Miss Universe. It was the kind of answer truly worthy of the crown, but no matter the outcome, Janine has made all Pinoys proud. Beauty and brains, indeed. Cheers! Read Abayas lips: No winning bidder yet Another oops! This time, for some hombres who may have indulged too early that their brains have difculty understanding the words coming from the lips of Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Jun Abaya: No winning bidder yet. That is, for the P8-billion LTOIT project. The DOTC previously released statements pertaining to the status of the bids tendered a couple of weeks ago, but it seems one bidder is reading- and comprehension-challenged because it keeps claiming it had wonwhich is why Secretary Abaya is now going through all that trouble of reiterating his statement via a press conference. The DOTC chief said, in no uncertain terms: The bids submitted by the three lowest bidders are still undergoing the post-qualication process. Bidding for a government project is not a simple matter of submitting the lowest bid as some simpletons would like everyone to believe. The eventual winner is the one with the best offer at the lowest costmeaning government has to obtain maximum value at the least costwhich the post-qualication process should be able to vet. Otherwise, government projects will just be awarded to suppliers offering the lowest bid whether or not this supplier can actually deliver the goods or services at the quality and specications required by the government. So even if a companyin this case, Digitext offered the lowest bid at P3.8 billion, the DOTC and the LTO will need to evaluate if it can actually deliver the services it promises. Question: Does Digitext actually have any experience in administering a Drivers Licensing System, a Car registration System, a Vehicle Assembly/Importation System? Those in the know say Digitexts expertise is in medical transcription and cell center operationswhich will surely come in handy if people started keeling over or irately calling LTO due to bungled drivers license or vehicle registration papers. So what gives? It seems Digitext would be relying heavily on a third-party supplier to provide the expertise it lacksfrom companies based in Indiawhich makes for a complicated arrangement, raising the possibility that the production of licenses might be subcontracted to another party in India, which could lead to all sorts of problems, like the kind happening under the watch of the outgoing contractor. And oh, before we forget, Digitext is owned by last-term CamSur Gov. LRay Villafuerte, wife Lara and other provincial bureaucrats who, like the guv, are facing several plunder charges amounting to over P100 million. Something tells Happy Hour that Secretary Abaya is soberly and objectively assessing the bids for the LTOIT project. Christmas cheer for Benguet kids Its the season of giving, a n d 2,000 students f r o m Itogon a n d Tuba in Benguet received books, school supplies and math/ science audio-visual materials courtesy of the PLDTSmart Foundation in partnership with the Philex Group Foundation. PSF also gave away school bags while the US- based Asia Foundation sent its rst batch of book donations. Cheers! For comments, reactions, photos, stories and related concerns, readers may e-mail to happyhourtoday2012@ yahoo.com.

1.20 24.80 1.05 0.45 7.30 4.45 0.1010 5.20 60.80 5.44 1.45 800.00 831.00 6.18 43.40 0.36 5.00 4.30 1.75 0.036 1.00 0.042 2.550 5.90 2.60 1.03 0.57 1.21 13.80 5.35 1.05 5.00 18.00 12.10 2096.00 10.68 3.30 0.34

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SHARES 11,983,721 361,596,975 246,287,952 296,276,727 281,649,357 1,074,332,400 2,272,243,732

VALUE 1,057,565,995.45 2,298,258,855.64 1,320,565,916.18 1,558,121,440.61 1,153,813,015.19 2,276,783,311.49 9,666,325,898.5596

6.96 0.50 1.0600 1.0900 0.042 0.570 15.04 2.91 0.008 2.99 0.014 5.10 18.40 3.00 0.017 39.00 161.10 0.015 23.05 100.00 101.50 6.00 108.90

FINANCIAL 1,520.50 (up) 1.07 INDUSTRIAL 8,824.49 (up) 20.56 HOLDING FIRMS 5,116.32 (up) 73.41 PROPERTY 2,313.07 (up) 45.97 SERVICES 1,722.46 (down) 10.36 MINING & OIL 19,267.67 (down) 78.80 PSEI 5,797.74 (up) 45.35 All Shares Index 3,693.97 (up) 5.69 Gainers:77; Losers: 91; Unchanged:45; Total: 213

ABS-CBN Holdings Corp. First Gen G First Phil. Hldgs.-Pref. GMA Holdings Inc. PCOR-Preferred SMC Preferred A 74.50 SMC Preferred B SMC Preferred C 1000.00 SMPFC Preferred 0.87 Swift Pref 0.62 0.67 4.18

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Banco de Oro Unibank Inc. Bank of PI China Bank Citystate Savings COL Financial Eastwest Bank Filipino Fund Inc. Manulife Fin. Corp. Maybank ATR KE Metrobank Natl Reinsurance Corp. Phil. National Bank Phil. Savings Bank PSE Inc. RCBC `A Security Bank Union Bank Vantage Equities Aboitiz Power Corp. Agrinurture Inc. Alliance Tuna Intl Inc. Alphaland Corp. Alsons Cons. Asiabest Group Bogo Medellin Calapan Venture Conc. Aggr. `A Chemrez Technologies Inc. Cirtek Holdings (Chips) DNL Industries Inc. Energy Devt. Corp. (EDC) EEI Euro-Med Lab. Federal Chemicals First Gen Corp. First Holdings A Greenergy Holcim Philippines Inc. Integ. Micro-Electronics Jollibee Foods Corp. Lafarge Rep Liberty Flour LMG Chemicals LT Group Manchester Intl. A Manchester Intl. B 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 and Co. Roxas Holdings Salcon Power Corp. San Miguel Brewery Inc. San Miguel Corp `A San MiguelPure Foods `B Seacem Splash Corporation TKC Steel Corp. Trans-Asia Oil Universal Robina Victorias Milling Vitarich Corp. Vivant Corp. Vulcan Indl. Abacus Cons. `A Aboitiz Equity Alcorn Gold Res. Alliance Global Inc. Anglo Holdings A Anscor `A Asia Amalgamated A ATN Holdings A ATN Holdings B Ayala Corp `A DMCI Holdings F&J Prince A Filinvest Dev. Corp. GT Capital House of Inv. JG Summit Holdings Lopez Holdings Corp. Lodestar Invt. Holdg.Corp. Marcventures Hldgs., Inc. Metro Pacic Inv. Corp. Minerales Industrias Corp. MJCI Investments Inc. Pacica `A Prime Media Hldg Prime Orion Seafront `A Sinophil Corp. SM Investments Inc. Solid Group Inc. South China Res. Inc. Transgrid Unioil Res. & Hldgs Wellex Industries Zeus Holdings

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

2GO Group ABS-CBN Acesite Hotel APC Group, Inc. Asian Terminals Inc. Bloomberry Boulevard Holdings Calata Corp. Cebu Air Inc. (5J) DFNN Inc. Easy Call Common FEUI Globe Telecom GMA Network Inc. I.C.T.S.I. Information Capital Tech. Imperial Res. `A IPeople Inc. `A IP Converge IP E-Game Ventures Inc. IPVG Corp. Island Info ISM Communications Leisure & Resorts Liberty Telecom Lorenzo Shipping Manila Bulletin Manila Jockey Pacic Online Sys. Corp. PAL Holdings Inc. Paxys Inc. Phil. Racing Club Phil. Seven Corp. Philweb.Com Inc. PLDT Common Puregold STI Holdings Touch Solutions Waterfront Phils. Yehey

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FINANCIAL 71.95 72.10 71.85 95.00 95.10 94.10 55.40 55.40 55.00 25.00 27.00 25.00 19.50 19.48 19.20 28.85 28.90 28.65 10.22 11.80 10.90 500.00 503.00 502.00 21.50 21.90 20.30 99.10 100.00 99.25 1.70 1.78 1.70 88.95 89.45 87.55 90.00 93.00 90.00 408.00 407.00 402.00 58.00 58.10 57.00 162.20 162.20 161.50 114.50 114.50 113.50 2.34 2.38 2.34 INDUSTRIAL 36.70 37.05 36.65 6.80 7.05 6.80 1.99 2.01 1.98 27.40 24.15 24.15 1.27 1.28 1.25 18.64 18.88 18.58 66.00 60.00 55.30 4.05 4.05 4.05 65.00 65.00 64.00 2.95 2.95 2.94 19.84 22.00 19.10 4.40 4.450 4.39 6.88 6.86 6.75 9.90 10.00 9.95 1.90 1.81 1.80 11.00 10.20 9.90 22.50 23.05 22.50 88.85 90.20 88.85 0.0220 0.0220 0.0210 13.78 13.88 13.70 3.95 4.50 4.10 107.40 107.90 105.00 10.70 10.84 10.70 41.50 45.00 45.00 1.82 1.84 1.81 12.48 12.70 12.50 14.00 14.20 12.60 14.00 14.98 12.76 32.05 32.20 31.90 4.45 6.60 4.50 17.000 17.840 16.900 263.00 267.00 261.20 7.80 7.71 7.71 5.70 5.94 5.70 10.46 10.46 10.38 10.90 10.90 10.90 8.90 9.04 8.86 4.80 4.90 4.75 3.10 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.20 2.98 4.80 4.96 4.78 33.40 33.00 30.25 103.00 103.00 102.40 243.00 243.00 243.00 1.55 1.51 1.49 1.74 1.74 1.73 1.78 1.70 1.69 1.16 1.15 1.13 80.05 82.00 80.00 1.30 1.31 1.29 1.00 1.00 0.95 7.00 10.50 7.00 1.45 1.48 1.44 HOLDING FIRMS 0.66 0.67 0.65 52.10 52.20 51.95 0.1420 0.1440 0.1410 16.26 16.50 16.26 2.16 2.14 2.14 5.18 5.18 5.15 4.55 5.00 4.62 0.99 0.98 0.94 1.04 1.03 0.90 510.00 530.00 510.00 55.00 55.30 53.85 2.80 2.80 2.80 4.70 4.66 4.60 650.00 660.00 652.00 6.30 6.50 6.35 38.40 39.00 38.00 6.29 6.35 6.28 0.98 0.98 0.96 1.80 1.77 1.77 4.48 4.52 4.40 6.04 6.04 5.99 5.80 5.80 5.70 0.0500 0.0490 0.0490 1.300 1.280 1.280 0.560 0.570 0.570 1.62 1.85 1.85 0.315 0.315 0.315 830.00 873.50 847.00 1.92 2.17 1.93 1.04 1.04 1.04 495.00 405.00 405.00 0.2500 0.2600 0.2500 0.3100 0.3100 0.2950 0.355 0.350 0.345 PROPERTY 17.00 17.00 17.00 2.97 2.98 2.96 0.700 0.780 0.720 25.90 27.30 25.75 4.80 4.84 4.79 4.05 4.05 3.88 1.42 1.43 1.41 1.12 1.12 1.12 0.066 0.065 0.064 0.79 0.81 0.79 1.030 1.060 1.020 0.385 0.400 0.380 1.94 1.95 1.89 1.51 1.51 1.48 1.16 1.16 1.13 2.60 2.60 2.60 2.75 2.77 2.70 0.1560 0.1580 0.1550 0.7100 0.7400 0.6900 0.450 0.450 0.450 3.32 3.50 3.00 20.75 21.50 20.30 2.50 2.60 2.41 5.94 5.93 5.89 15.96 16.36 15.90 0.67 0.67 0.66 3.99 3.98 3.95 0.550 0.550 0.540 4.980 5.040 4.820 SERVICES 1.73 1.75 1.73 32.15 33.40 32.35 1.25 1.26 1.25 0.800 0.820 0.800 9.60 9.70 9.70 12.84 13.14 12.90 0.1390 0.1410 0.1370 4.08 4.10 3.98 63.50 63.20 60.15 4.10 4.10 4.10 2.90 2.94 2.94 1080.00 1080.00 1060.00 1106.00 1110.00 1098.00 9.00 9.05 8.96 72.10 74.00 72.00 0.385 0.405 0.405 7.80 6.20 6.20 9.30 8.80 8.70 3.00 3.15 3.01 0.026 0.027 0.025 0.56 0.59 0.55 0.0480 0.0500 0.0460 2.1800 2.2100 2.1800 7.70 7.96 7.69 2.40 2.30 2.30 1.65 1.33 1.32 0.71 0.71 0.69 2.49 2.57 2.56 13.82 13.90 13.82 4.84 4.75 4.53 3.03 3.13 2.93 9.50 9.31 9.31 83.00 78.00 78.00 12.36 12.38 12.18 2578.00 2576.00 2540.00 33.00 33.00 32.20 1.04 1.09 1.04 7.30 7.68 6.90 0.410 0.420 0.405 1.300 1.460 1.300 MINING & OIL 0.0058 0.0059 0.0057 4.75 4.60 4.60 18.84 19.00 18.76 16.70 17.80 10.00 0.265 0.275 0.265 18.60 18.60 18.60 0.86 0.86 0.86 1.04 1.05 1.02 14.80 15.40 14.56 0.51 0.52 0.50 1.000 1.020 0.990 1.100 1.110 1.080 0.0590 0.0590 0.0580 0.0590 0.0580 0.0580 16.12 16.14 16.04 5.00 5.10 5.00 0.5600 0.5500 0.5500 3.470 3.500 3.450 0.0200 0.0200 0.0190 5.90 6.00 5.90 15.24 15.240 14.960 29.40 29.40 28.60 0.040 0.040 0.039 41.00 40.00 40.00 224.80 231.20 225.00 0.0170 0.0170 0.0170 PREFERRED 32.60 33.55 32.60 105.50 105.50 105.00 103.00 103.50 103.50 9.35 9.35 9.26 107.10 107.70 107.70 74.85 74.85 74.85 74.10 74.10 74.10 75.00 74.90 74.50 1016.00 1016.00 1014.00 1.25 1.45 1.45 WARRANTS & BONDS 1.75 1.80 1.71 1.70 1.67 1.66 SME 9.00 11.88 8.00

2,612,760 1,247,970 20,710 500 23,200 429,300 10,000 120 7,500 6,270,090 201,000 291,940 34,310 18,790 184,680.00 181,880 305,890 143,000

(52,550.00) 35,605,405.50 5,000.00 5,984,155.00 2,957,725.50 (1,106,746.00) 2,799,478.00 14,289,131.00 24,219.00 (23,700.00) 22,678,465.00

0.82 1.47 0.50 (11.86) 0.00 1.29 (13.64) 0.00 (1.54) 0.00 8.37 0.00 (1.16) 1.01 (5.26) (7.27) 0.00 1.52 0.00 (0.58) 9.37 (0.37) 0.00 8.43 0.00 0.80 (7.29) (7.14) (0.31) 36.18 4.94 (0.38) (1.15) 3.51 (0.76) 0.00 0.00 0.63 (3.23) 6.67 1.04 (3.44) (0.19) 0.00 (3.23) (0.57) (5.06) (2.59) 2.06 (0.77) (4.00) 50.00 (0.69)

1,871,100 15,500 2,855,000 11,900 637,000 8,500 4,340 1,000 320 83,000 23,800 3,268,000 29,018,500 922,400 10,000 5,500 5,858,700 495,140 198,700,000 7,200 334,000 912,050 713,600 500 247,000 3,119,100 221,200 51,600 4,110,600 5,320,000 524,800 360,480 5,000 3,051,100 2,093,400 3,000 301,500 3,112,000 2,000 85,000 1,642,000 27,100 322,890 40 94,000 11,000 59,000 423,000 1,499,680 735,000 1,836,000 70,104,500 820,000

(579,950.00) 9,660.00 7,500.00

50.00

(4,091,440.00) 17,843,568.00 2,169,116.00 11,724,930.00 (6,480,066.00)

(30,300.00) (330,437.00) 2,320,860.00 (6,250.00) 34,470.00 7,757,865.00 (54,290.00) 937,606.00 12,645,174.00 (5,408,695.00) (8,777,160.00) 93,984.00 5,362,790.00 8,940.00 (4,492,910.00)

501,780.00 (84,930.00) 1,690.00 64,123,537.50

77,100.00 15,700.00 7,200.00

0.66 52.20 0.1420 16.50 2.14 5.16 4.96 0.98 1.01 530.00 55.00 2.80 4.60 653.00 6.39 38.00 6.34 0.98 1.77 4.43 6.02 5.70 0.0490 1.280 0.570 1.85 0.315 873.50 2.08 1.04 405.00 0.2600 0.3100 0.350 17.00 2.98 0.760 26.95 4.80 4.00 1.43 1.12 0.065 0.79 1.020 0.380 1.93 1.48 1.13 2.60 2.76 0.1560 0.6900 0.450 3.35 21.20 2.50 5.90 16.16 0.66 3.98 0.540 4.820

0.00 0.19 0.00 1.48 (0.93) (0.39) 9.01 (1.01) (2.88) 3.92 0.00 0.00 (2.13) 0.46 1.43 (1.04) 0.79 0.00 (1.67) (1.12) (0.33) (1.72) (2.00) (1.54) 1.79 14.20 0.00 5.24 8.33 0.00 (18.18) 4.00 0.00 (1.41) 0.00 0.34 8.57 4.05 0.00 (1.23) 0.70 0.00 (1.52) 0.00 (0.97) (1.30) (0.52) (1.99) (2.59) 0.00 0.36 0.00 (2.82) 0.00 0.90 2.17 0.00 (0.67) 1.25 (1.49) (0.25) (1.82) (3.21)

6,718,000 2,516,920 195,770,000 9,752,100 100,000 80,200 87,000 14,000 86,000 544,840 785,340 30,000 431,000 80,150 259,600 1,247,900 4,113,800 219,000 10,000 12,725,000 142,500 8,000 450,000 3,000 150,000 1,000 150,000 373,730 4,993,000 230,000 90 280,000 960,000 340,000

(33,000.00) 34,455,040.00 (15,620.00) 41,499,978.00 (10,290.00) 91,535,620.00 9,784,697.50 (1,415,010.00) (671,250.00)

6,804,850.00 469,165.00 (36,671,090.00)

5,717,295.00 (393,190.00)

8,300 75,000 1,019,000 9,441,400 149,443,000 43,000 3,279,000 830,000 210,000 1,101,000 14,848,000 6,610,000 2,799,000 5,427,000 255,000 6,000 37,872,000 8,100,000 10,918,000 600,000 71,000 4,225,200 3,450,000 2,620,700 13,424,700 1,160,000 26,000 23,000 16,396,000

(292,000.00) 36,373,160.00 947,420.00 (128,030.00) (661,760.00) 1,546,110.00 212,150.00 (1,404,430.00)

(23,987,160.00) (391,610.00)

(52,679,680.00) 3,377,950.00 1,435,412.00 51,340,318.00 (7,941,310.00) 31,140.00 (364,500.00)

1.73 0.00 33.40 3.89 1.25 0.00 0.810 1.25 9.70 1.04 13.06 1.71 0.1370 (1.44) 4.02 (1.47) 61.00 (3.94) 4.10 0.00 2.94 1.38 1080.00 1098.00 (0.72) 9.00 0.00 74.00 2.64 0.405 5.19 6.20 (20.51) 8.70 (6.45) 3.15 5.00 0.025 (3.85) 0.55 (1.79) 0.0500 4.17 2.2100 1.38 7.96 3.38 2.30 (4.17) 1.32 (20.00) 0.69 (2.82) 2.57 3.21 13.88 0.43 4.55 (5.99) 3.11 2.64 9.31 (2.00) 78.00 (6.02) 12.38 0.16 2540.00 (1.47) 32.30 (2.12) 1.07 2.88 7.66 4.93 0.405 (1.22) 1.350 3.85 (1.72) (3.16) (0.32) 0.00 3.77 0.00 0.00 (1.92) 3.78 0.00 (1.00) (1.82) (1.69) (1.69) (0.50) 0.00 (1.79) 0.29 0.00 0.00 (1.31) 0.00 (2.50) (2.44) 2.31 0.00

21,000 240,900 12,000 9,335,000 900 3,226,900 31,850,000 6,755,000 39,060 250,000 5,000 0.00 136,455 828,200 1,076,670 10,000 2,000 2,700 228,000 192,600,000 2,967,000 900,000 6,000 592,500 7,000 2,000 50,000 50,000 172,900 310,000 1,576,000 10,000 20 2,568,500 216,370 1,858,100 12,937,000 1,739,100 60,000 210,000

626,922.00 19,180.00 (345,220.00) (1,025,000.00) 340 (48,316,545.00)

194,136,979.00 4,050.00 (30,020.00) (2,039,300.00) (1,164,650.00) (593,570.00)

49,120.00 55,860.00

(18,649,974.00) (92,022,110.00) (47,068,110.00) 6,072,000.00 20,301.00

0.0057 4.60 18.78 16.70 0.275 18.60 0.86 1.02 15.36 0.51 0.990 1.080 0.0580 0.0580 16.04 5.00 0.5500 3.480 0.0200 5.90 15.04 29.40 0.039 40.00 230.00 0.0170

664,000,000 90,000 1,444,000 120,038,900 1,330,000 5,600 1,000,000 1,950,000 10,700 521,000 29,554,000 4,840,000 57,860,000 35,810,000 616,300 222,200 589,000 230,000 15,400,000 47,700 2,135,900 310,400 133,700,000 2,300 598,950 800,000 1,536,100 70,300 5,950 3,300,100 150 130 4,800 30,280 0.00 1,000 872,000 100,000 116,600

230,000.00 20,478,142.00 2,003,819,982.00

(3,120.00) 5,864.00 (211,460.00)

(804,362.00) 600,000.00 297,000.00 10,350.00 (1,768,016.00) (46,680.00) (627,900.00) 49,177,840.00

33.45 2.61 105.00 (0.47) 103.50 0.49 9.28 (0.75) 107.70 0.56 74.85 0.00 74.10 0.00 74.50 (0.67) 1016.00 1.45 16.00 1.80 1.66

12,806,950.00 17,422,788.00

1,440

2.86 (2.35) 7.33

1,509,190.00

9.66

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not been seen or heard from since the incident Saturday. Sombaths Singaporean wife, Ng Shui Meng, in an appeal Wednesday to the Lao government, described the video footage that showed her husbands encounter late Saturday at a police post in the Lao capital Vientiane. What purports to be a copy of the video has been posted on YouTube. It is now nearly four days since the disappearance of my husband and I have yet to hear anything of his whereabouts, she wrote,

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China is top builder of dams


TATAY RIVER Up a sweeping jungle valley in a remote corner of Cambodia, Chinese engineers and workers are raising a 100-meter high dam over the protests of villagers and activists. Only Chinese companies are willing to tame the Tatay and other rivers of Koh Kong province, one of Southeast Asias last great wilderness areas. Its a scenario that is hardly unique. Chinas giant state enterprises and banks have completed, are working on or are proposing some 300 dams from Algeria to Myanmar. Poor countries contend the dams are crucial to bringing electricity to tens of millions who live without it and boosting living standards. Environmental activists and other opponents counter that China, the worlds No. 1 dam builder, is willing and able to go where most Western companies, the World Bank and others wont tread anymore because of environmental, social, political or nancing concerns. China is the one nancier able to provide money for projects that dont meet international standards, said Ian Baird, an assistant professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin who has worked in Southeast Asia for decades. You go to China if you want to have them nanced. Viewed by some in the developing world as essential icons of progress, dams in countries as far apart as Ecuador, Myanmar and Zambia have spearheaded or reinforced Chinas rising economic might around the world. They are tied to or put up in tandem with other infrastructure projects and businesses, and power generation equipment ranks as Chinas secondlargest export earner after electrical machinery and equipment. The rise of China as a dambuilding power began in the early 2000s as its companies beat out then dominant Western competitors and just as anti-dam lobbyists were celebrating victories over the World Bank, until then the leading international dam nancier. In the United States, where the golden era of dams peaked in the 1960s, scores are being decommissioned. AP

Laos denies kidnapping social activist


BANGKOK The government of Laos on Thursday disavowed responsibility for the disappearance of a respected social activist and suggested he had been kidnapped over a personal dispute. The statement that did little to allay fears he is being held by government security forces. Sombath Somphone, 60, is believed to be in state custody after CCTV footage showed him being detained by police, his car driven away and then him being driven away separately in the company of two unidentied men. He has appealing to the government to please investigate my husbands disappearance as soon as possible, release information of his whereabouts and ensure his safety. Friends and colleagues of Sombath insist he has no known enemies. The statement of the Lao Foreign Affairs Minsry spokesman, dated Wednesday and posted on the website of the state news agency KPL, acknowledges receiving appeals from Sombaths wife and a copy of the video. Following the preliminary assessment of the incidence from the CCTV footage, the authorities concerned viewed that it may be possible Mr. Sombath has been kidnapped perhaps because of a personal conict or a conict in business, the statement said. It added that authorities concerned are currently and seriously investigating. Laos has an authoritarian government with little tolerance for dissent, but friends and associates said Sombaths work was neither directly political nor confrontational. AP

US, China economies inseparableWang


WASHINGTON The economies of China and the US have become interdependent and inseparable, a top Chinese ofcial said after high-level trade talks which were being watched for signs of how the two powers will cooperate after their respective political transitions.
Vice Premier Wang Qishan was speaking Wednesday after the annual US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade. Tackling dozens of thorny, detailed trade issues, the two days of talks were short on big outcomes but set an upbeat tone for relations after President Barack Obamas re-election and the elevation of new leaders of Chinas ruling Communist Party. Wang, who last month was elevated to a spot in the elite seven-man Politburo Standing Committee, said recovery of the world economy in the next ve years will be sluggish, so the US-China economic relationship has acquired critical importance. Our two countries have to strengthen our economic relationship. We have to come to terms with the fact that we have become interdependent and inseparable, he said. The two nations share more than $500 billion in two-way trade, heavily weighted in Chinas favor. That is a longstanding bone of contention for Washington, which has stepped up its trade complaints against China. It also wants Beijing to stimulate domestic demand so its economy is less reliant on export growth and allow more market access for American companies. New Chinese party leader Xi Jinping, who will succeed Hu Jintao as the nations president in March, is already under domestic pressure to revive a Chinese economy that has slowed some after three decades of rapid growth. AP

The word HOPE is illuminated on the front lawn of a funeral home during the wake of Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung in Woodbury, Connecticut on Dec. 19. A gunman opened re killing 26 people, including the principal and 20 children, at the school in Newtown before killing himself on Dec. 14. AP

IN BRIEF Gun laws unable to stem violent acts


27 die in Nigeria highway crash
LAGOSPolice in northwest Nigeria say 27 people riding atop a truck carrying livestock have been killed when it tipped over and crashed. Sokoto state police spokesman Sani Salisu said Wednesday that the crash happened Monday when the truck took a corner too fast on a major road in the state. Salisu said the truck had been heading to Nigerias Delta state in the nations oil-rich southern delta. He said some of those riding atop the truck survived the crash. Hitchhikers in the north often ride atop the trucks carrying produce and livestock to the south. Trafc crashes remain common in Nigeria, a nation with potholed highways and many speeding drivers. The World Health Organization has said Nigeria is the third worst country for trafc fatalities, after China and India. AP WASHINGTONOne early focus of new gun regulations by President Barack Obama and some lawmakers would reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons, a law widely regarded as imperfect. The ban, which existed for 10 years until 2004, would have made it illegal for the young gunman in Connecticut to use the 30-round magazines that allowed him to shoot so many elementary school students before he reloaded. But the ban and other US gun laws wouldnt have prevented his mothers purchase of the powerful assault rie or the especially deadly ammunition that he used to kill 26 people. A generation of U.S. gun laws and the inherent compromises intended to balance constitutional gun rights and public safety reects the intricacies of applying government policy to stem acts of mass violence. Since July, there have been at least four mass shootings that killed 47 people and wounded dozens more in Connecticut, Colorado, Oregon and Wisconsin. The killing of 20 children and six adults in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school appears to be a tipping point that pushed Congress and the White House toward tackling new gun laws. Obama on Wednesday directed Vice President Joe Biden to produce recommendations on new gun laws and pledged to push for them without delay. This time, the words need to lead to action, Obama said. The details of such laws have long stymied lawmakers. Gun control advocates say this has left signicant gaps in laws that have not had and likely would not have much impact on recent deadly shootings. The 1994 ban outlawed specic weapons, including the Colt AR-15, UZI and TEC-9, and high-capacity magazines and clips that held more than 10 bullets. But the law didnt outlaw the caliber the approximate internal diameter of the barrel of any of the high-powered weapons used in the most recent mass killings. AP

Hong Kong UN suspends polio drive in Pakistan to ban polluting vehicles


HONG Kong will ban highpolluting vehicles and offer subsidies to replace diesel-powered buses and trucks, after 15 years of clean-air measures failed to limit smog responsible for more than 3,000 premature deaths a year. The government will introduce its new carrot and stick approach next month, Christine Loh, undersecretary for environment, said in an interview. She said past incentives werent big enough, declining to provide the size of the planned subsidies. Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying is making air quality a priority as smoggy skies and choking exhaust fumes have turned the city into the worlds most polluted nancial center. Air quality has gotten worse since 2007, 10 years after then-chief executive Tung Chee-Hwa vowed to clean up pollution in his maiden policy speech. When we look at the totality of what were going to be pushing out, I think well be among the most aggressive in the world, Loh said. Leung will announce the new measures during his January policy speech, and reduction in emissions should start by 2014, she said. AP PESHAWARThe United Nations suspended its polio vaccination drive in Pakistan on Wednesday after eight people involved in the effort were shot dead in the past two days, a UN ofcial said. The suspension was a grave blow to the drive to bring an end to the scourge of polio in Pakistan, one of only three countries where the crippling disease still survives. On Wednesday, gunmen shot at a woman working on the campaign in northwest Pakistan, killing her and her driver, one of ve attacks during the day on polio workers. A male polio immunization worker was critically wounded in one of the shootings. This week six other people have been killed who were working on the immunization program, which has been jointly conducted with the Pakistani government. No one has claimed responsibility, but some Islamic extremists charge that the program is a cover for espionage. UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon condemned the killing as

$500-m in checks left at prayer site


JERUSALEMWorshippers usually leave notes to the Almighty at one of Judaisms holiest sites. But half a billion dollars? Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, who oversees Jerusalems Western Wall, said a worshipper found an envelope at the site Wednesday with 507 checks in the amount of about $1 million each. They were not addressed to anyone, and its doubtful they can be cashed. Rabinovitch said most are Nigerian. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said some were from the United States, Europe and Asia. Rabinovitch says he has found similar checks in Western Wall charity boxes before, but they all bounced. He says most of them were written by people from Africa. The rabbi says he thinks the check writers wanted to give all they had to the Creator of the universe. AP

cruel, senseless and inexcusable. He said the eight workers were among thousands across Pakistan working selessly to achieve the historic goal of polio eradication. Sarah Crowe, spokeswoman for UNICEF, said the vaccination program has been suspended everywhere in Pakistan until an investigation by the Pakistani government is completed. This is undoubtedly a tragic setback, but the campaign to eradicate polio will and must continue, she said. AP

Latin Americans are happiest people on planet


MEXICO CITYThe worlds happiest people arent in Qatar, the richest country by most measures. They arent in Japan, the nation with the highest life expectancy. Canada, with its chart-topping percentage of college graduates, doesnt make the top 10. A poll released Wednesday of nearly 150,000 people around the world says seven of the worlds 10 countries with the most upbeat attitudes are in Latin America. Many of the seven do poorly in traditional measures of well-being, like Guatemala, a country torn by decades of civil war followed by waves of gang-driven criminality that give it one of the highest homicide rates in the world. Guatemala sits just above Iraq on the United Nations Human Development Index, a composite of life expectancy, education and per capita income. But it ranks seventh in positive emotions. In Guatemala, its a culture of friendly people who are always smiling, said Luz Castillo, a 30year-old surng instructor. Despite all the problems that were facing, were surrounded by natural beauty that lets us get away from it all. Gallup Inc. asked about 1,000 people in each of 148 countries last year if they were well-rested, had been treated with respect, smiled or laughed a lot, learned or did something interesting and felt feelings of enjoyment the previous day. In Panama and Paraguay, 85 percent of those polled said yes to all ve, putting those countries at the top of the list. They were followed closely by El Salvador, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Guatemala, the Philippines, Ecuador and Costa Rica. AP

A jester sits at a bus stop during a clown parade in San Salvador, El Salvador. A global poll of nearly 150,000 people says seven of the worlds 10 countries with the most upbeat attitudes are in Latin America. Panama and Paraguay topped the list followed closely by El Salvador, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Guatemala, the Philippines, Ecuador and Costa Rica. AP

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The French connection


Text and photos by Dino Ray V. Directo III

THE French has always been known to be a bit of left of center and trendsetters. From their world renowned cuisine, designer RTWs and architecture, even cars that are from France are fashionably different.
With a brand name most Filipinos nd difcult to pronounce, Peugeot is the latest European brand to hit the domestic automotive market. For World Rally Championship (WRC) fans like this writer, Peugeot-Citroen represents the scourge of Japanese manufacturers starting with the agile Peugeot 307 of Marcus Gronholm and Sebastian Loebs feisty Citroen Xsara. These two cars battled it out with the Subaru Impreza STi and the

Large grinning grille highlights the 3008 design

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. So one can just imagine my excitement when Dong Magsajo, marketing guru of Eurobrands Distributor Incorporated exclusive importers of the French brand, lent me the Peugeot 3008 1.6 e-HDI for a weekend test drive. For starters, the most noticeable feature of the 3008 is its spaciousness, high stance and the oversized grinning grille design. Admittedly, this crossover variant is an SUV, part estate, part hatchback and part MPV rolled into one. While its lacks four-wheel drive, the 3008 offers a grip control system that does clever things with the traction control and ESP during aggressive driving on loose gravel and mud. Amazing is the word that best describes the suspension feel of this French MPV. The 3008 utilizes Peugeots familiar Platform Two which it shares with Citroen relatives. Developed by Japanese suspension specialist Kayaba, the 3008 rides on a simple torsion beam with central hydraulic cylinders linked to the rear dampers. It contains a oating piston pressurized to 20bar. This technology stiffens the dampers action and levels the 3008 during aggressive cornering maneuvers and a comfortable ride. The good stuff does not end there, step inside and one will marvel at the well laid out multi exible interior. The driver has a high vantage point and is cordoned off from the front passenger by a large central console big enough to accommodate a body bag. Paddle shifters are behind a meaty steering wheel and the dash controls are within easy reach with a digital heads up display speedometer thrown in for driver convenience. The rear cabin provides ample head and leg room and the 60/40 rear seats can be folded back further increasing its cargo hauling capacity. Hands down, anybody who has driven a 3008 would agree that the wow factor of this crossover MPV is its panoramic sun roof. This feature proved itself useful when I took my nephews and nieces for a drive around Makati City to marvel at the well lit buildings and avenues. That kept them behaved and seated as they ogled at the visual display as we drove along.

Hondas menu of options


WITH the success of the Honda Financing Option program for its entire model line-up last October, Honda Cars Philippines expands this program with Banco de Oro, Unionbank and Eastwest Bank. Unlike the usual nancing schemes that offer huge discounts but eventually recover this through astronomical interest rate, the Honda Financing provides customers with true savings through low down payment, low interest rates and all-in packages. Customers are entitled to special low interest rates for as low as 5.43% for the low monthly scheme, as low as 15% initial payment for the low downpayament, and an all-in package inclusive of chattel mortgage, LTO registration and one year comprehensive insurance; plus an inclusion of 3 years preventive maintenance if customers avail from Eastwest Bank. The Honda Financing Options is offered until December 31, 2012.

Road safety

TOYOTA Motor Philippines Corporation and the Automobile Association of the Philippines recently held a Unity Forum with the Metro Manila local government units as part of the AAP-Toyota Driving Under the Inuence Project. The forum aimed to promote the standardization of all LGUs ordinances pertaining to DUI, including alcohol level limits, procedures for apprehensions and adjudications, and reporting violations. Toyota and AAP believe that, with the active involvement of LGUs in the implementation of the project, efforts in reducing fatalities and injuries caused by DUI will be successfully consolidated. During the event, Toyota donated Road Trafc Safety educational DVDs for public utility vehicle drivers to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Boad. At the donation ceremony are (from left) AAP president Augusto Lagman, LTFRB board member Ronnie Corpus, Transportation assistant secretary Dante Lantin, TMP Foundation coordinating manager Ronald Gaspar, TMP rst vice president Jose Maria Aligada, and AAP vice president Johnny Angeles. CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK

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The Bellevue Resort Bohol

Bellevue Bohol
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By Dinna Chan Vasquez
Present during the event are (from left): Johnny Chan, Cong. Eric Aumentado, Gov. Ed Chatto, Mayor Benedicto Alcala, Pureza Chatto and Cory Quirino

IT RAINED on the night that Bellevue Bohol held its grand opening but guests braved the downpour and muddy grounds to take part in the festivities and enjoy the spread prepared by the resorts superb kitchen.
Among the guests were Cory Quirino, Minerva Tanseco, Beng Fores, Mike Toledo and Dorotheo Boy Toledo, Venus Raj, Peter and Sarah Dejaresco, Bobby and Ida Joseph and Hans Hauri of Marco Polo Plaza Hotel. Top local officials also came to fete the Bellevue, which Gov. Edgar Chatto declared would elevate standards for hotel excellence in Bohol. He was joined by Bohol Rep. Enrico Aumentado and Panglao Mayor Benedicto Alcala, who shared that owner and developer Johnny Chan was already helping Panglaos schoolchildren on his own even before the Bellevue was established. Festivities kicked off under the great Oh No! Its Johnny! Johnny Litton himself, and later, guests enjoyed the 60s music of the Bloomelds until the event ended with a spectacular reworks display. Bellevue Bohol is the rst ve-star resort in the area. The Bellevue Resort in Panglao provides a tropical oasis for tourists looking for the ultimate in comfort and luxurt. The Bellevue Resort is tucked away in a sliver of secluded beach at the southwestern tip of Bohol,making it perfect for guests who want privacy, peace and quiet. John Patrick Chan, managing director of The Bellevue Hotels & Resorts, said the resorts special location makes it an ideal sanctuary for privacy and indulgence. The Bellevue Hotels & Resorts has always stood for dedicated service, uncompromised quality and a penchant for innovation. The opening of The Bellevue Resort is proof our commitment to provide nothing but the best for our guests, said Chan. The resort has 159 exquisitely appointed luxury suites, which offer spectacular views of the beach and Bohols lush landscape. The resort features several restaurants and bars, each with their own distinctive tastes and style. Guests have a wide choice, whether they are looking for a quick snack, a buffet feast, or a special romantic dinner with a private table overlooking Doljo Beach. Flujo is the resorts sunken bar that offers cocktails, tropical shakes, and bar chow, while contemporary Western and Filipino fusion is featured at Cena restaurant. Lamian offers a buffet of international cuisine while Marea is the plaxe to go to for seafood.

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NOCHE BUENA TIPS FROM KITCHEN EXPERTS


Make your Noche Buena extra special this year by following these chefcertied recipes featuring Purefoods Fiesta Ham.

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Rock the holiday season with Cole Haans party-inspired collection that guarantees non-stop excitement from day to night.

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ment detailing transition any funloving girl from day to night with ease. Among this line-up are the Masquerade Metallic Dot Patent Flats and Black Mettalic Patent Flats-- both can make your typical workday into one voguish affair. The Lania Boot expresses individuality with shearling and ski-inspired buckle detailing; EVA wedge heel and Nike AIR y cushioning in the lightweight rubber outsole are made for move. Solved for the streets, the Gerina Boot shields you from snow and sleet with waterproof suede uppers. Bagaholics will love Cole Haans totes. The Crosby Suede Tote in neon ultra violet is not hard to rock with its chic style and color plus functionality. To a total glammed-up look at night, make the Reective City Clutch or Zip Pouch work perfect for festive shopping frenzy by day and club hopping by night. Past meets future The much-anticipated LunarGrand Wingtip and LunarGrand Chukka transform the casual street style into underthe-radar high fashion. Theyre both a conceptual clash of past meets futurethe unique and seamless fusion of timeless design and futuristic innovation. Incorporating Nikes innovative ultra-lightweight Lunarlon cushioning system into Cole Haans traditional construction techniques, the LunarGrand achieves unrivaled feel, exibility and motion. The lightweight and exible motion-enhancing properties are made possible by its well-tted heel, wider forefoot and slimmer rounded toe. The goal of the design process was to create a wingtip to take on the streets of New York Citya shoe that utilized motion-enhancing innovations at the same time as retaining its authentic and timeless aesthetic, says Phil Russo, Cole Haans vice president of Design. Marane Plaza

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Cole Haan recently launched its Fall and Winter 2012 Collection its store in the Power Plant Mall in Rockwell. Staying true to New Yorks clubbing scene, fashion lovers took joy from the collections energetic vibe, bright and colorful pieces and even a bar of fave cocktails to boot! Women were head over heels with Cole Haans Metallic, Shearling and Reective style gems while men took note of the

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FASHION authorities believe that the center of the fashion universe is New York City. The wellloved city is all about getting ahead while rocking your erce ensembles. But once the rst chill hits the city, the hustle and bustle mellows. Cole Haan lights up the cold winter nights and gears up for the festive season with its party-inspired collection-- a dynamic line-up of materials, textures and colorways that guarantees non-stop excitement through the season from day to night.
selections unique, ostentatious chucks. We are made of stardusts Any femme fatale is a star with her dashing style, but now you can wear the stars with Cole Haans Metallic Collection for Women. For ladies who want to storm the club with oomph sense of style, the Chelsea Pump is your perfect weapon. All eyes will be on you with its over-the-top glitter factor. In metallic sequin uppers, the Chel-

sea pieces come in a wide array of colorways. The Smoke Oil Spill Sequins and Bronze Spill Sequence will make your heart skip a beat! Aside from the Chelsea Pumps, the Air Julianna Pumps Black Glitter denes casual sophistication and glamour. If you want to rock pumps on a regular day, the Maple Sugar Patent Pump and Red Tango Patent Pump are the best ways to go! The reective trend is very much embraced this season. Cole Haans reectives for ladies come in fashionable, shiny loafers and oxfords. Drawing from the classic wingtip detail originally found in mens dress shoes, the Skylar Oxford rivals the twinkling city lights reecting off the snow-covered pavement with smooth reective textile upper. The Monroe Penny Loafer, also borrowing a page from the gentlemens books, gives a feminine and modern twist to the classic style with light-refracting material and injected TPU pod with concealed Nike AIR technology in the outsole. Men can also shine on even in the darkest nights with Mens Reective Collection. The Air Monroe Penny and Lunarlon Sole Coopers Square with light-refracting uppers are perfect for males who love to look ritzy all the time. The Janelle Ballet groups smooth textured metallic leather in luscious hues and jeweled orna-

Sticky note folio for notes and reminders.

CHRISTMAS is that time of Secret Santas, a fun and creative way of exchanging gifts between friends, classmates, and ofcemates. And youll nd a treasure trove of gifts for your Kris Kringle at SM Stationery your one stop shop for practical and functional gifts for school and the ofce. There are sticky note pack and memo pads for jotting down notes and reminders as well as Fancy ower pen weekly planners, journals, and notebooks to help them plan for a busy year ahead. Stylish laptop cushions and iPad cases; fashionable iPad stylus pens; and fancy USB ash drives are great techie treats. The Collection is available at the Stationery section of all SM Stores. Also visit our website at www.stationery.com.ph

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recipe les HAMazing Noche Buena


TIPS FROM THE KITCHEN EXPERTS
THE Noche Buena feast is the most important meal of the year. It is a celebration not just of the Filipino Christmas tradition, but also of family, togetherness, and the hope for a brighter year ahead. And while preparing a menu for the most special dinner of the year can be daunting, there are ways to make it less stressful, according to top chefs from the San Miguel Pure Foods Culinary Center. Chef Maricel Manalo, who heads the group, says that planning and drawing up a menu well in advance, is key. One should also consider the eating preferences of guests, says chef Martin del Prado. For practical reasons, you can also prioritize shopping for non-perishable ingredients, to help avoid panic-buying, says chef RJ Garcia. Chef KC Jardin, on the other hand, suggests preparing make-ahead dishes to save on cooking time. Here are some chef-certied recipes that are sure to make your noche buena this year even more special, featuring the avor-aged and slowcooked goodness of Purefoods Fiesta Ham, the star of the noche buena feast. Chef Maricel's Mixed Greens with Ham in Citrus Vinaigrette Ingredients: 150 g fresh arugula, washed 130 g red lollo rosso, washed 100 g romaine lettuce, washed 1-250 ml strawberry vinaigrette, market bought 1 k Purefoods Fiesta Ham, sliced 1 cup croutons, market bought 1 tbsp freshly cracked pepper Procedure: Chef Maricel Manalo with her In a wide preMixed Greens with Ham in sentation plate, Citrus Vinaigrette dish arrange arugula, lollo rosso and lettuce into your desired plating and drizzle some of the vinaigrette. Arrange sliced ham on top of it by twisting for the ham to stand. Drizzle the remaining vinaigrette around the salad greens put some croutons around it. Pour some peppers and serve immediately. Makes 6-8 servings. Chef Martins Tortilla Rolled Ham with Caramelized Pear Ingredients: 2 pcs pear fruit, slice in pieces

1 cup water 3 tbsp brown sugar tsp cinnamon powder 10 pcs our tortilla, market bought 1 k Purefoods Fiesta Ham, sliced 150 g Magnolia Queso de Bola, grated 1 tbsp Magnolia Nutri Oil, for brushing Procedure: In a medium size pan on low heat pour pear, fruit, sugar and cinnamon powder. Simmer for 10 minutes until color change and become syrupy. Set aside to cool. Get a piece of our tortilla and put a piece of ham on top of it, arrange grated queso de bola and a tbsp of caramelized pear and roll till end and seal with toothpick. Repeat procedure on the remaining ingredients. In grill pan on high heat, brush oil. Grill each rolled ham and let it have grill marks. Set aside. Slice tortilla rolled ham 1 inch and lock every slices with toothpick. Arrange in a plate and serve immediately. Chef Rjs Christmas Ham Glaze Ingredients: 1 btl raspberry jam (market bought) cup walnuts, chopped 1 btl San Miguel Premium All Malt Beer 3 pcs cinnamon bark 2 tbsp sugar 1-3.48 kl Purefoods Fiesta Ham Smoked Bone-In Procedure: Pre heat oven 350 degrees Celsius. In a pan, combine everything together. Simmer until it reduces in half. Set aside. Brush glaze all around the ham and broil in the oven for 10 minutes. Take out from the oven and rest ham for 5 minutes. Slice thinly and place in a presentation plate. Serve. Makes 15-20 servings. Makes 30 slices. Chef Kcs Asparagus Wrapped in Ham Ingredients: 1 k Purefoods Fiesta Ham, sliced 800 g asparagus, cleaned and washed Salt to taste 1 cup Magnolia Nutri Oil, for brushing 1-250 ml plum sauce, market bought 1 tbsp sesame seeds Procedure: In a plate, arrange esta ham slices and cut in half lengthwise. Set aside. In a bowl, season asparagus with salt and drizzle cup of oil. Mix well. Set aside. Pre-heat the grill on medium heat and brush with the remaining oil. Get 6 pcs of asparagus and wrap with ham and lock with toothpick. Repeat procedure on the remaining ingredients. Grill for 2 minutes each sides or until asparagus soften. Arrange in a plate and pour plum sauce on top of it and sesame seeds. Serve hot. Makes 25-30 pieces

Christmas for all times


CELEBRATING Christmas comes in many ways. A friend told me, Christmas is forever! It comes even when its still far from your thoughts. It can be had by even the poorest comer. The Zonta 1 and 2 led by presidents Lucille Colina and Myrna Ngochua, ably assisted by emcees Tina Ebrada and Linda Binghay and game guru Anita Sanchez, joined Having a grand time- Merle Cunanan, Zonta 2 forces to make their Christmas party hee-larious!. They had al- president Myrna Tan and Lydia Sia most everything from hearty dinner to songs, dances and games. Highlight was the honoring of two most durable Zontians, Felisa Chiongbian and Dr. Zuga S. Yuvienco. The Zonta 1 sang a song on graceful aging using the music of Edelweis; plus, a saucy version of the Gangnam beat by Janice Minor, Agnes Huetel, Tess Javier and Baby Schaap. The Zonta 2 had an all star cast tableau on the Christmas story .
ZONTA 2s all star cast of Christmas Story led by President Myrna Tan.

Zonta 1 Does Gangnam. Zontians Janice Minor, Tess Javier, Agnes Huetel and Baby Schaap ZONTA 1 with honoree Dr. Suga Yuvienco-Pauleen Deduque,Anita Cabinan, Julie Gandionco, Tata Onglatco, Letty Canoy, Stella Bernabe, Flor Miel, Betty Young, Fe Necesario, Lucy Segura and Lucille Colina

Zonta 1: Seated- Julie Gandionco, president Zonta 1 Lucille Colina, honoree Felisa Chiongbian, Chit Arcenas, Ginny Vamenta. Standing: Tess Chan, Pauleen Deduque, Tata Onglatco, Nellie Chiu, Anita Sanchez, Flor Limot-limot, Lucy Segura, Linda Binghay, Tina Ebrada , Baby Schaap and Ma. Luna Mendez

Zontians Forever-Standing-Pilar Puno, Stella Bernabe,, Odette Jereza, Elena Young. SeatedCynthia Dagot,Jane Llaban, Petite Garcia, Helen Yap, Gie Dychangco, Liza Young, Lily Ngochua, Flor Streegan, Pinky Chang and Elsa Basubas.

Amparito with children at Fuente

Amparito S Christmas Cheers Amparito L. Lhuillier chose to celebrate part of the yuletide season with some 300 public school graders at the Fuente Osmena park. A former teacher, Amparito has always been at home with children. Before treating the pupils with delicious merienda and songs performed by the Lhuillier( USJR) scholars, she told them the beautiful story and message of Christmas. It was a touching scenario!!! CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK

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games. Its not kids playing these games, by and large. Parents already dont buy their kids these types of games. Those top sellers at the site include Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)s Halo 4, Call of Duty and Assassins Creed 3 from Ubisoft Entertainment SA. (UBI) The drop in the shares is largely a kneejerk reaction, Creutz said. Stocks Retreat Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), publisher of Medal of Honor, fell 3.4 percent to $14.40 yesterday. Shares of the Redwood City, California-based company lost 3.3 percent a day earlier. Take- Two Interactive Software Inc. (TTWO), the New York-based maker of Grand Theft Auto, fell 5.4 percent to $11.98. GameStop Corp. (GME), the video-game chain, slid 0.6 percent to $27.55. Alan Lewis, a spokesman for

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facing growing pressure from Washington and advocacy groups concerned about possible links between violent games and tragedies like the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
A bill introduced yesterday by U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller directs the National Academy of Sciences to examine whether violent games and programs lead children to act aggressively, the West Virginia Democrat said in a statement. He will also press the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission to expand their studies. The advocacy group Common Sense Media cheered the moves. Enlarge image Customers shop at a videogame shop in New York, U.S. Shares of video-game makers and retailers fell as investors weighed possible fallout. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/ Bloomberg Recent court decisions demonstrate that some people still do not get it, Rockefeller said. They believe that violent video games are no more dangerous to young minds than classic literature or Saturday morning cartoons. Parents, pediatricians and psychologists know better. Shares of video-game makers and retailers fell as investors weighed possible fallout. Combat titles like the top-selling Call of Duty series from Activision Blizzard Inc. (ATVI) generate more than 20 percent of video-game software sales. U.S. retail sales of games, consoles and accessories fell 8 percent to $17 billion last year, according to NPD Group Inc., an industry researcher. We dont know the facts yet about Newtown and the shooter, said James Steyer, head of Common Sense Media, a San Francisco-based group that backed California limits on sales of violent games before they were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011. We do know that ultraviolent video games and other forms of violent media more broadly contribute to a culture of violence in American society. The renewed focus on violent

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games will deter some parents from buying such games for their children, said Colby Zintl, a spokeswoman for the group. Activision Shares Activision Blizzard, the largest video-game company, fell for a third day yesterday after the Dec. 14 shooting, losing 2.4 percent to $10.85 in New York. Its down 4.9 percent this week. Maryanne Lataif, a spokeswoman for the Santa Monica, California- based company, didnt respond to requests for comment. The game companies, through the Entertainment Software Association trade group, say their products are protected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Like movies, games are rated for violent content, with retailers voluntarily limiting sales of products rated M (Mature) and AO (Adults Only) to customers over ages 17 and 18, respectively. The industry adopted a voluntary rating system in 1994 under congressional pressure. Industry Comment The Entertainment Software Association, and the entire industry it represents, mourns the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the group said. The search for meaningful solutions must consider the broad range of actual factors that may have contributed to this tragedy. Any such study needs to include the years of extensive research that has shown no connection between entertainment and reallife violence. Adam Lanza, 20, the shooter in last weeks murders of 20 children and six women at the Sandy Hook Elementary, spent hours playing computer games such as Call of Duty and studying weapons in the basement of his mothers home, the Sun newspaper in the U.K. reported on Dec. 17. Legal efforts to limit or bar the sales of violent video games to minors have been struck down

by federal courts. In June 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled such a ban is an unconstitutional infringement of speech rights. Even where the protection of children is the object, the constitutional limits on governmental action apply, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for ve justices. The vote to strike down the law was 7-2, with the majority divided in its reasoning. Christmas Sales The attention generated by the Connecticut school shooting is unlikely to reduce sales during the Christmas season, according to Doug Creutz, an analyst at Cowen & Co. who recommends investors buy shares of the largest game companies. If you go to Amazon.com right now, and you look at their top selling games, four of the ve are what youd classify as violent games, Creutz said. People are still buying these

Take-Two, referred inquiries to the Entertainment Software Association. Jeff Brown, a spokesman for EA, also referred calls to the group. Beth Sharum, a spokeswoman for Grapevine, Texas-based GameStop, didnt respond to e-mailed and phone requests for comment. While sales may not suffer, the threat of increased regulation may be weighing on the stocks, said Daniel Ernst, an analyst with Hudson Square Research in New York. One should assume that as of today there is greater likelihood of regulation, Ernst said. I think that translates into the cost to the industry going up, possibly in the form of more detailed labeling on packages. Staying Quiet The companies themselves will probably remain quiet on the issue, Creutz said. Its tough to come out in the midst of a very emotional situation like this and

defend your product, Creutz said. Theyve been through this cycle before, and its never impacted their industry before. The likely scenario is neither will this. Past studies have failed to demonstrate a link between violent games and real violence, said Christopher Ferguson, an associate professor of psychology and communications at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. Policy makers should focus on more important issues including gun control and mental health, he said in an interview. We cant nd any evidence to support this idea that exposure to video-game violence contributes in any way to support the idea that these types of games or movies or TV shows are a contributing factor, Ferguson said. It doesnt need to be studied again. Bloomberg

Video-games gets a closer look. Customers shop at a video-game shop in New York as the US government examines whether violent
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SWEEP apps: College projects soon start-ups


A CELL PHONE and obstacle detection device for the blind. An SMS-based queuing system so one doesnt have to fall in line. An online platform that allows crowd-funding for a cause or any special occasion. These are some of the innovative mobile and wireless applications developed as college projects and are soon to test the market as startups. Wireless communications provider Smart Communications, Inc. has provided a platform for students to showcase their technical know-how and ingenuity by developing community-based wireless and mobile applications that address a specic need via the annual SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards. SWEEP stands for Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program. It is the rst-of-its-kind industry-academe technology partnership, with 44 colleges and universities in the elds of Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) and Information Technology. Under the program, schools are provided with technical laboratories, trainings on the latest trends and technologies in the telco industry. Over the past nine years of the SWEEP Awards, over 80 of those applications have reached the prototype stage and the telco is now giving these innovations the opportunity to become start-ups and viable business solutions. Many of these mobile and wireless apps provide innovative solutions to problems that beset communities. However, they have remained prototypes, mostly in compliance with the graduating students thesis requirements. With the help of the Idea Space Foundation, Inc. (ideaspace.ph), the non-prot incubator arm of the MPIC Group of Companies of which PLDT and Smart are part, these start-ups would be given that extra push. IdeaSpace aims to help these budding technology entrepreneurs develop innovative solutions and transform these into successful commercial products. It combines business incubation and acceleration by providing not only seed capital but also a host of services to startups such as business education and the opportunity to demonstrate or showcase products to potential investors and partner companies. Developers of three SWEEP apps have signied their wish for their prototypes to evolve into business enterprises. These are: Wearable Obstacle Detection System and Braille Cell Phone for the Blind, grand prize winner, 8th SWEEP Awards; TimeFree, nalist, 6th SWEEP Awards; and Pasagoods, grand prize winner, 5th SWEEP Awards. Braille cell phone, obstacle detector Graduating computer engineering students Girly Perando, Janiena Roxanne Dirain and Kristine Emy Matabang won for Mapua Institute of Technology last years grand prize for their application dedicated to helping the visually impaired experience both ease in mobility and communication in one device. The specialized mobile phone allows the user to receive and read text messages via the centuries-old Braille system in the form of a small rectangle containing two columns of three dots each. Placed on top of this rectangle is a traditional keypad. The phone vibrates when it receives a message, which can then be read (by character) with the dots, which raise automatically. Incoming and outgoing calls are facilitated through a headset. Like a normal mobile phone, the Braille phone also uses a subscriber identity module (SIM) card and is rechargeable. Hardwired to the console is a fourinch-long sensor, which by design is attached to a walking sticka necessity for blind or visually impaired individuals. If the sensor detects an obstruction, it vibrates and gives off a buzzing sound. The sensor can detect an object as far as ve meters away. The overall concept and design earned the all-female group the top prize in the competition. With an estimated half a million visually impaired people in the Philippines, this application has found its market niche. TimeFree In a nutshell, TimeFree allows one to leave the premises of the Maynilad payment center and be notied via SMS if his number is to be called soon. This enables the customer to do other things without losing his or her slot in the queue. The app creates a virtual queuing line, improving customer experience. A team of developers from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University is composed of then 5th year Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) students Philip Adrian Atilano, Joselle Macrohon, Chris Vem Modejar and Sharief Kayer Alsree. They conceptualized TimeFree as an SMS-based application that would enable users to make use of the waiting time of students and parents in the long queues during tuition payment periods. Since 2010 when the app was shortlisted in the SWEEP Awards, the developers of TimeFree have made major changes, specically going from a hardware-based system to a software-based one, primarily to reduce costs. From initially addressing a specic need in the university, TimeFree has since evolved into a system that addresses the needs of corporate clients. Early this year, the team started developing a proof of concept for the PLDT MGO Clinic, which processes the health clearances of employees under the MPIC Group. Two months later, the developers made a technical presentation and demonstration of the prototype. The developers are now further developing the prototype to accommodate additional service requirements of the PLDT MGO Clinic. The developers are also working on a proof of concept to improve the queuing system of the payment center of Smart sister rm, Maynilad Water Services Inc. Pasagoods Taking off from Smarts innovative and ground-breaking over-the-air reloading called Pasaload is Pasagoods, an online donating platform developed by the Ateneo de Manila University. The app (www.pasagoods.com) allows its users to get information, make transactions and track their gifts/donations to charity events and relief operations. Users can browse information online about the project and, because of a social network integration feature, can also easily share with friends via social network sites. Users can make online contributions via Paypal, credit card, Smart Money and Smart load credits. Updates are made available by subscribing to the project updates from the creator. It makes helping other people accessible to everyone. Team members Daniel Jeffrey Lagazo, Marc Ericsson Santos and Jason Paul Cruz initially activated the app in time for Christmas giftgiving to beneciaries of projects of accredited AdMU organizations.

Govt to roll out new flagship ICT program


THE government, through the Information and Communications Technology Ofce of Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICTO), is set to introduce a new ICT agship program that is focused on a few vital industries. Called Smarter Philippines, the initiative seeks to use ICT as a tool to develop priority sectors in the country. It is composed of several components such as Smarter Governance, Smarter People, Smarter High-Tech Industry, Smarter Computing, Smarter SMEs, Smarter Agriculture World Development, Smarter Environmental Healthcare, Energy and Transport, Smarter Disaster and Mitigation Public Safety, and Smarter Cities. Alejandro P. Melchor III, deputy executive director for ICT industry development of ICTO, said the government has recognized the immense power of ICT as a major tool in boosting the countrys economy. Melchor said that while some industries such as like agribusiness have no direct relation to the ICT industry, various smart technologies could still be employed by the sector. Smarter Philippines is a new program that will fuel tremendous growth to the ICT industry and create tremendous demand for engineering, content development, and domestic ICT industry, Melchor said. Though it has not been ofcially launched yet, the ICTO exec said some components of the program are already in operation. These include initiatives in governance, disaster risk reduction, and BPO-IT. One aspect of the project is iGovPhils, a pioneering program that aims to enhance the e-capabilities of the government to implement interconnected and efcient collaboration. Another part of the program is Project Noah, DOSTs widely acclaimed disaster preparedness project that has been extensively used by the public since its launch. Still another component is Smarter Cities, also known as Next Wave Cities, which promotes the countryside as suitable BPO destinations. The ICTO also recently launched its newest project, in collaboration with the Statistical Research and Training Center (SRTC), called ICT Industry Mapping Project. The initiative seeks to come up with a description and examination of the state and performance of the ICT industry as a whole and by segments. It also aims to measure employment and income contribution, and identify the sector or segment needs that have not yet been addressed by government policies and programs. Newsbytes.ph CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK

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TULONG Kapatid received an overwhelming response from Filipinos all over the world during its telethon for the victims of Typhoon Pablo. Not only was the group able to meet and exceed its P100 milliontarget in six hours for the affected communities-Tulong Kapatid also encouraged other organizations to step up their efforts in responding to the pleas of those in need. As the joint corporate social responsibility and disaster response initiative of the MVP Group of Companies, Tulong Kapatid led the rally of support for those severely affected by the recent typhoon. Despite the limited preparation time, the telethon saw Kapatid stars, news personalities and respected business leaders coming together for this worthy cause. The event was held both at the Kapatid Networks Novaliches and Broadway studios and was simulcast over TV5, AksyonTV and Radyo Singko 92.3 NewsFM, pre-empting the Kapatid Networks primetime programming. Speaking from Seoul, group chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan shared in an interview with News5 Chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes that a SMS from US Ambassador Harry Thomas last Sunday prompted him to initiate a telethon at the soonest possible time. He was also moved by accounts of MVP Groups corporate social responsibility forces including TV5s Alagang Kapatid Foundation and emergency response unit RESCUE5 who had seen Pablos wrath rsthand. Addressing his fellow Filipinos, MVP urged individuals and corporations to give no matter how big or small: Panahon ngayon ng Pasko. We cannot let our people down. The renowned philanthropist also told survivors of Pablo not to lose hope despite unimaginable damages the super typhoon caused. President Benigno S Aquino III also delivered a special message during the telethon and encouraged every Filipino to help in any way to help the people of Mindanao. Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa TV5. Malaki po ang maitutulong ng inyong inisyatiba upang maipadama sa ating mga kababayan na hindi sila nag-iisa, said the President. News5 Chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes led TV5s news organization in delivering disaster recovery-related stories with anchors Cheryl Cosim, Raffy Tulfo and Erwin Tulfo who reported live from New Bataan in Compostela Valley. On the entertainment front, Superstar Nora Aunor and Pinoy Explorer host Aga Muhlach were among the many celebrities who donated to the worthy cause. Kapatid stars and noted personalities like were also on hand as they took calls from fellow Filipinos keen to contribute what they could for the benet of the communities affected by Pablo. Sport5s Aaron Atayde and Jessica Mendoza, Team SMART Gilas Pilipinas 2.0 coach Chot Reyes and players from the Meralco Bolts and San Beda Red Lions also manned the phones during the telethon. Tulong Kapatids telephone lines remain open for cash pledges. You may call hotlines 689-555/6715555/936-5555 for your pledge and inquiries. You can also help by texting Tulong <amount> to 4483 for Smart, Talk N Text and Sun Cellular. Donations via Paypal can be sent to Alagang Kapatids Paypal account. For cash donations, interested parties may deposit through the Alagang Kapatid Foundations peso account at BDO (savings account number 00-5310-410164 with swift code BNORPHMM), CITI Bank (savings account number 0757138018 with swift code CITIPHMX) and BPI (savings account number 1443-053332 with swift code BOPIPHMM) under the name of Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc. For Kapatids overseas who want to donate to the cause, they may do so via the following US dollar accounts: BDO account number 10-5310-46264-4 with swift code BNORPHMM; CITI Bank account number 0757138026 with swift code CITIPHMX; and BPI account number 1444-0214-85 with swift code BOPIPHMM. Cash donations may also be coursed through Cebuana Lhullier outlets nationwide.

SIMPLY RED
Chris is sincere and straightforward, but quite importantly, is resolute with everything he endorses, like Ora Care Mouthrinse. The second of ve children, Chris still gets ushed with memories of his happy childhood. He shares how his father taught him the value of money and passed on the virtues of an upright businessman. We were taught to live relatively simple lives, he states. And when prodded about oral care and hygiene practices as a young boy, Chris says these were taught to them since they were small. And unlike most kids his age who dreaded dental visits, he always looked forward to them. Now that he is seen often whether off or on cam, he appreciates more than ever the importance of oral care. Having fresh breath with the use of the right mouthwash is the rst step to being condent so you can put your best foot forward in anything that you do. For me, it is the rst line of defense, he says. Chris notes that a mouthwash doesnt need to have a strong punch or a sting to be effective. Thats why I love OraCare. It uses puried water and does not contain alcohol. Moreover, it cleans hard-to-reach areas, reduces plaque build-up and stops those odor-causing bacteria in the mouth as it delivers a soothing gargling experience. I especially like Ora Care Cool variant. Only Ora Care has the breakthrough active ingredient known as Stabilized Chlorine Dioxidean agent that eliminates bad bacteria and volatile sulfur compounds minus the stinging sensation. Chris depends on OraCare and never leaves home without it. Its very convenient to bring everywhere I go. It really saves the day for me. Chris has recently been going around schools and parishes promoting responsible voting and campaign against anti-bullying. He is also busy with infotainment TV shows which he hosts including iBilib and Wattajob. Being in the spotlight puts me in a powerful platform. There is a reason why I was put here, to be a role model to the youth. So I am very particular with my advocacies, my businesses, my shows and the products I endorse, the PBA cager/TV host/entrepreneur/government ofcial says. On his endorsement of OraCare, Chris says his values are aligned with those of PascualLab, the company behind the product. I choose only the brands I truly believe in and Oracare is one of them. It is wholesome, practical and reliable; the same words I would describe myself, Chris explains.

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CHRIS TIU
on his rst line of defense
ITs HARD to miss Chris Tiu in a room full of people. And its hardly because he clamors for attention. He is, in fact, quite the opposite: quiet and self-effacing, and preferring to keep a low prole in spite of his fame. Perhaps its these very qualities that turn him into a celebrity magnet and the reason why companies do not think twice about signing him to endorse their products.
of life, the 17-year-old Kapamilya star said. Senator Edgardo Angara was the proponent of the Senior Citizens Act of 1992 while his son, Aurora Representative Edgardo Sonny Angara, authored the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. Among the benets included in the expanded version is the 20-percent d i s count and exthe rides and other attractions in the park it is heartwarming to see their bright eyes and glowing faces. How I wish I can do more his wife, fellow music icon Regine Velasquez decided to y out for the holidays. We will be in Australia to spend our Christmas with Nates halfsisters, Ogie shares. They believe that being close to the family is worth being far from home. Ogie also believes that gifts shouldnt only be a one-time provision. He believes in the longevity of the presents he gives to Baby Nate to help him in the long run. Being as religious as he is, Ogie believes that an essentiality he wants to pass onto his son is the faith that he and Regine practices. The greatest gift I can give my family is paternal love that will enrich them as they go on with their Christian walks in life. I would want Nate to have a wonderful Christian life, (reared) with the proper values. Another gift that Ogie and Regine pre-

Chris Tiu: Sportsman-turned-product endorser

Rep. Sonny Angara

Julia Montes

At the moment, Chris relishes his numerous blessings. And while nothing major is lined up for him for 2013, hes making the most of what he has now. I will continue to play basketball. My goal is to contribute signicantly so that my team could win a PBA championship. I will pursue TV hosting and grow my businesses. I want to take up a Masters degree in business abroad in the future because I love learning and studying, he discloses.

Aside from promoting her shows and a new movie, Julia Montes is also busy endorsing an advocacy supporting the countrys senior citizens. This advocacy for the elders is really close to my heart as I was cared for by my lola since I was a kid. When I rst learned about the offer, I did not hesitate to support this cause, Julia said. I admire Senator Angara and Congressman Angara for being the champions of the Senior Citizens Act. They have truly helped a lot of Filipino elders, including my Lola Flor, to have a better and easier way

Julia shares her advocacy for the elders

emption from the value-added tax on the sale of goods and services; free medical and dental service, diagnostic and laboratory fees in all government facilities; a monthly stipend of P500 for indigents; a ve-percent discount on water and electric bills; and, educational assistance for those who shall meet school admission requirements. The law also establishes an Ofce for Senior Citizens Affairs in all cities and municipalities, and a senior citizens ward in every government hospital. First-time violators of the law can face imprisonment of six months to two years and a ne ranging from P50,000 to P100,000, while for subsequent violations, the ne can go up to P200,000, and the prison term can reach six years. My father and I pushed for the Senior Citizens Act and its expanded version as a way to give back to the Filipino elders who have all played a signicant role in our society. It is time for us to recognize our duty to provide care and support for them, the younger Angara said. The lawmaker also explained why he thinks Julia was the perfect t to endorse their senior citizens advocacy. There is no doubt that she truly cares for the elders since she was raised by her grandmother. We hope that there are more Filipino youth who respect and love their lolos and lolas as much as Julia does, he said. Meanwhile, Julia said, I hope that through my endorsement, more people, especially the senior citizens, will become more aware of the benets and privileges that they deserve.

The Ricky Reyes Foundation recently treated the children at Hospicio de San Jose, Caritas Manila and Quezon City and the ailing little angels in the temporary shelter for children Childhaus to fun, thrill and excitement at Circle of Fun. For a day Ricky Reyes played Santa to the youngsters who await Christmas Day with hope. As they enjoy

Playing Santa to orphans and sick kids

pared for Baby Nate is a lifetime investment. We have acquired an insurance policy for Nate from Sun Life Financial that will ensure his security even in the event that we are gone. It will be benecial to him because it could supply any of his nancial needs in the future, Ogie says. Regine admits that it wasnt a consideration at rst. Before I had Nate, I didnt even believe in life insurance. Now, I know it is one of the most rewarding and secure investments you can give for your childs future, she afrms. Ogie being a spoiler father doesnt necessarily mean that he gives Baby Nate whatever he wants. Its considering his welfare long after now. It is important for parents to think long term for their childrens gold mainly because of lifes uncertainties. We may not be strong enough for our children when we grow old or we may not be there anymore, he says. Investing in a life insurance product from Sun Life will ensure the security of their future. The singer-songwriter Christmas wishes for confesses to believBaby Nate ing that time is a Ogie Alcasid has hit many notes limited resource in his lifetime, but nothing and that tocompares to the high day is the that his one year perfect old, Nate, has time to brought him. bank Being a dad on again, after so many years, keeps Ogie excited and driven. At my age, it is such a wonderful feeling to have a new baby in the house, he grins. His fondness with Baby Nate makes him admit that he is a spoiler as toa father. With that, he only morwants to provide his son row. I make sure with everything he can. I have time with Every day is a pursuit to give Baby Nate the best, Nate every day. and since Christmas is nearI am a hands-on ing, Ogie makes sure he keys dad, and Regine up with his presents. and I make sure Beginning with the celOgie Alcasid with baby that we take care ebration proper, Ogie and Nate of Nate. for them, says Reyes. The blow-by-blow account of the treat is featured in Gandang Ricky Reyes, Todo Na Toh tomorrow on GMA News TV, 9 to 10 a.m. In Make Over Magic, cancer patient Jovita Galvez regains self condence after the salon czar plays fairy godmother, wields a magic wand and make her feel and look beautiful. Gandang Ricky Reyes, Todo Na Toh features Erica Garcia and Orlando Arroyo who used to work as mere employees in Mexico but found success upon coming home to the country and sell the Cancun Unlimited MX3 capsule, tea and coffee extracted from the wonder fruit Garcinia Mangostana that cure many illnesses. Due to insistent requests from busy working mothers the show will present once again some special but easy to cook party dishes while members of the Philippine Association of CatereRs (PCAP) demonstrate several Christmas table set-ups.

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DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE DEPARTMENT OF BUDGET & MANAGEMENT BUREAU OF CUSTOMS JOINT CIRCULAR NO. 5-2012 (Joint Guidelines Implementing the Special Provision of the General Appropriations Act on VAT Refunds on Importation) October 31, 2012 Section 1. Background. This Joint Circular is issued in compliance with the provisions of Paragraph 4, Special Provision No.2, Budget of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) under Republic Act (RA.) No. 10155 or the FY 2012 General Appropriations Act (GAA), requiring issuance of guidelines jointly by the Department of Finance, Bureau of Customs and Department of Budget and Management to govern the refund of input value-added tax (VAT) on importations attributable to zero-rated transactions under Section 112 of RA. No. 8424, as amended. Section 2. Coverage. These guidelines shall cover all claims for refund of input VAT on importations attributable to zero-rated transactions under Section 112 of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) of 1997 or RA. No. 8424 (NIRC), as amended, which have been filed or lodged after the date of effectivity of this Joint Circular. . Section 3. Responsibilities. A. Department of Budget and Management (DBM). The DBM shall have the following duties: 1. Budget Preparation Ensure that the funding requirements for the tax refunds provided hereunder are included in the National Expenditure Program based on the amount requested by the BOC, as endorsed by the Department of Finance, subject to the provisions of the annual budget preparation guidelines issued by the DBM. . 2. Budget Execution 2.1 Ensure the timely release of the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) and Notice of Cash Allocation (NCA) upon receipt of the Special Budget Request duly endorsed by the BOC Commissioner or his authorized representative pursuant to DBM Circular Letter No. 99-9 dated 23 August 1999, together with the following supporting documents: 2.1.1 Copy of the Tax Credit Committee Resolution duly signed by its members; 2.1.2 list of Claimants as determined by the BOC based on its existing records signed by the BOC Commissioner or his authorized official together with the Waiver (Annex A"); and 2.1.3 Monthly Cash Program. 2.2. Return immediately those requests not supported by the complete documentary requirements enumerated above

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS


First Metro Manila Engineering District Westbank Road, Manggahan Floodway Rosario, Pasig City

Republic of the Philippines

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MST Classified Ads section requires a Two (2) day CUT-OFF PERIOD on all ITBs, BID BULLETIN, NOTICES and REOIs prior to publication date(s).

INVITATION TO BID
A. The Department of Public Works and Highways-First Metro Manila Engineering District, Westbank Road, Manggahan Floodway, Rosario, Pasig City through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors to apply to bid for the following contracts: 1. Contract ID No.: Contract Name: 0130B0001 Proposed Dredging of Mouth of Buli Creek, sta. 2+850 Sta. 2+950, Cainta River, Sta. 4+400 Sta. 4+550 and Taytay River Sta. 6+000 Sta. 6+150 along Manggahan Floodway Channel Contract Location: Cainta, Rizal & Taytay, Rizal Scope of Work: Construction/Repair/Rehabilitation of Multi-Purpose Building Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): PhP49,458,96.77 Contract Duration: 120 Calendar Days Cost of Bid Documents: PhP25,000.00 0130B0002 Construction/Repair/Rehabilitation of Multi-Purpose Building, Officers Quarter, Philippine Army, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Contract Location: Taguig City Scope of Work: Construction/Repair/Rehabilitation of Multi-Purpose Building Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): PhP10,000,000.00 Contract Duration: Calendar Days Cost of Bid Documents: PhP10,000.00 0130B0003 Construction/Repair/Rehabilitation of MultiPurpose Building, EP Quarter, Philippine Army, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Contract Location: Taguig City Scope of Work: Construction/Repair/Rehabilitation of Multi-Purpose Building Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): PhP10,000,000.00 Contract Duration: Calendar Days Cost of Bid Documents: PhP10,000.00 0130B0004 Construction of Multi-Purpose Building, Hulo Elementary School, Brgy. Hulo, Mandaluyong City Contract Location: Mandaluyong City Scope of Work: Construction of Multi-Purpose Building Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): PhP7,759,958.65 Contract Duration: 180 Calendar Days Cost of Bid Documents: PhP10,000.00

2. Contract ID No.: Contract Name:

3. Contract ID No.: Contract Name:

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE BUREAU OF INTERNAL REVENUE DEPARTMENT OF BUDGET AND MANAGEMENT JOINT CIRCULAR NO. 6-2012 (Joint Guidelines Implementing the Special Provision of the General Appropriations Act on Value Added Tax (VAT) Refunds) September 5, 2012 Section 1. Background. This Joint Circular is issued in compliance with the provisions of Paragraph 2, Special Provision No.4, Budget of the Bureau of Internal Revenue under Republic Act (RA.) No. 10155, or the FY 2012 General Appropriations Act (GAA), requiring issuance of guidelines.jointly by the DOF, BIR and DBM to govern the refund of input taxes attributable to zero-rated or effectively zero-rated transactions under Section 112 of RA. No. 8424, as amended. Section 2. Coverage. These guidelines shall cover all claims for refund of input VAT attributable to zero-rated or effectively zero-rated transactions under Section 112 of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) of 1997 or RA. No. 8424, as amended, filed or lodged with the BIR after the date of effectivity of this Joint Circular. Section 3. Responsibilities. A. Department of Budget and Management (DBM). The DBM shall have the Following duties: 1. Budget Preparation Ensure that the funding requirements for the tax refunds provided hereunder are included in the National Expenditure Program based on the amount requested by the BIR as endorsed by the Department of Finance, subject to the provisions of the annual budget preparation guidelines issued by the DBM. 2. Budget Execution 2.1 Ensure the timely release of the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) and Notice of Cash Allocation (NCA) upon receipt of the Special Budget Request from the BIR as endorsed by its Commissioner or designated signatory pursuant to DBM Circular Letter No. 99-9 dated 23 August 1999, together with the following supporting documents: 2.1.1 List of Claimants of VAT Refund signed by the BIR Commissioner or his/her authorized official with the Waiver (Annex A); and 2.1.2 Monthly Cash Program 2.2 Return immediately those requests not supported by the complete documentary requirements enumerated above. B. Department of Finance (DOF). The DOF shall favorably endorse to the DBM, BIRs request for funding or any necessary adjustments therein during the budget preparation. Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). The BIR shall: 1. Accept, audit/verify and process claims for VAT refund on local purchases and importations, as allowed under the NIRC of 1997, as amended, in accordance with existing revenue issuances. Approve all valid claims for VAT refund on local purchases, and insofar as input VAT on importations is concerned, determine the validity of the claim and issue the authority for the Bureau of Customs to issue the refund. Request for funding of approved refunds from the DBM, in accordance with existing guidelines and procedures. For taxpayers with pending claims for Tax Credit Certificates (TCCs) on VAT received by the BIR prior to the effectivity of Executive Order (EO) No. 68, including those with unclaimed TCCs, the BIR shall request for the taxpayers option in writing as to whether they would like to apply for refund instead.

4. Contract ID No.: Contract Name:

B. Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a single contract similar to the Project, equivalent to at least fifty percent (50%) of the ABC. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II, Instruction to Bidders. C. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. Bidding is restricted to Filipino Citizens/sole proprietorships, or organizations with at least seventy five percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines. LOI and/or Application for Eligibility and latest Class A Documents (Contained in the Contractors Registration Certificate)(CRC), 1.1 Legal Documents: a) Department of Trade and Industry Business Name Registration (DTI) or SEC Registration Certificate or CDA; b) Valid and Current Mayors Permit/Municipal License; C) Tax Clearance; 1.2) Technical Documents; a) Valid Joint Venture Agreement, in case of (J.V.) and Eligibility Docs for each member; b) Valid PCAB License and Registration c) Certificate of Materials Engineer Accreditation and Identification duly certified by the Authorized Managing Officer (AMO) d) Latest copy of Authorizing Managing Officer e) Certificate of Safety Officer Seminar from DOLE f) Phil-GEPS Order Form (Document Request List) g) CPEs rating for the 1st Quarter; 1.3) Financial Documents; are to be accepted by the BAC together with the Bids and other relevant documents on or before the deadline for submission of Bids. D. Interested Bidders may obtain further information from First Metro Manila Engineering District, and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from [8:00A.M.-12:00NN and 1:00P.M.-5:00P.M.]. E. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested bidders from the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee for the Bidding Documents. It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the procuring Entity, provided that bidders shall pay the fee for the Bidding Documents not later that the submission of their bids. F. 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 December 21, 2012 January 04, 2013 December 21, 2012 January 10, 2013 December 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM January 10, 2013 until 10:00 AM January 10, 2013 at 2:00 P.M.

B. Department of Finance (DOF). The DOF shall favorably endorse to the DBM, BOCs request for funding or any necessary adjustments therein during the budget preparation. C. Bureau of Customs (BOC). The BOC shall have the following responsibilities: 1. The BOC shall make sure that the supporting documents are complete, as follows: 1.1 1.2 Copy of claimants application for VAT refund pursuant to Sec. 112 of the NIRC, as amended; Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) endorsement to the BOC containing the BIRs determination of the validity of the claim for the VAT refunds on importation pursuant to Section 112 of the Tax Code, as amended, and issue the authority for the BOC to issue the refund; Original or certified true copies of the Import Entry and Internal Revenue Declarations (IEIRDs)/Bureau of Customs Official Receipts (BCORs) evidencing payment by claimant of the duties and taxes it paid on its importations subject of the claim; Certification from the Chief Accountant, Revenue Accounting Division (RAD), of the payments made by the applicant; Certification/Clearance from the Collection Service attesting that claimant has no outstanding account with the BOC; and Indorsement from the Accounting Division, Financial Management Office (FMO), of the computation of the final amount of refund due the applicant.

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The BOC shall separately submit to the DBM, the House Committee on Appropriations, and the Senate Committee on Finance, either in printed form or by electronic means, quarterly reports on the utilization of the amount appropriated for the payment of tax refunds, and ensure that said reports are likewise posted on its official website. The BOC shall verify the authenticity of the BIR endorsement with authority to issue the refund on input VAT on importations. Further, the BOC shall validate actual receipt of payments from the importer in compliance with the requirements of the Commission of Audit.

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Section 4. Procedures. The procedures for the refund of VAT claims shall be governed by relevant rules and regulations to be issued by the BOC. Section 5. Treatment of Pending Applications. Applicants whose tax credit certificates have yet to be issued (after they have signified their preference for the same) at the time of the effectivity of this Joint Circular, will be given the option to apply for refund instead . Section 6. Separability. In case any provision of this Joint Circular is declared unconstitutional or contrary to law, the other provisions which are not affected thereby shall continue to be in force and effect. Section 7. Effectivity. This Joint Circular shall take effect fifteen (15) days from its publication in the Official Gazette or in at least two (2) newspapers of general circulation.

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G. The First Metro Manila Engineering District, reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected or bidders. For further information, please refer to:

(Sgd.) MARIO E. ALCANTARA OIC-Chief, Maintenance Section Engineer III/BAC Chairman NOTED (Sgd.) ROBERTO S. NICOLAS District Engineer

CESAR V. PURISIMA Secretary Department of Finance

FLORENCIO B. ABAD Secretary Department of Budget and Management

The BIR shall also submit, either in printed form or by way of electronic document, separate quarterly reports on the utilization of the amounts appropriated for tax refunds to the DBM, the House Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Finance. It shall also ensure that said reports are likewise posted on its official website. Section 4. Guidelines and Procedures. The guidelines and procedures prescribed by the following issuances - Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 29-2009, Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) No. 16-2007, Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 222007, RR No. 16-2005, RMO No. 50-2002, Revenue Audit Memorandum Order No. 1-99, RMO No. 53-98, and RMO No. 40-94 - shall continue to remain in force, until amended by other revenue issuances in the future, in the processing by BIR of applications for refund of input VAT on zero-rated or effectively zero-rated transactions under Section 112 of the NIRC of 1997, as amended. Section 5. Treatment of Pending Applications. 5.1 Applications for cash conversion of TCCs pending with the BIR prior to the effectivity of this Joint Circular are to be governed by Section 204 of the NIRC of 1997, as amended, and other existing relevant issuances; and Taxpayers with applications for TCCs prior to the effectivity of EO No. 68 and this Joint Circular will be given the option to apply for refund instead.

ROZZANO RUFINO B. BIAZON Commissioner Bureau of Customs

(MST-Dec. 21, 2012)

(MST-Dec. 21, 2012)

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Section 5. Separability. In case any provision of this Joint Circular is declared unconstitutional or contrary to law, the other provisions, which are not affected thereby, shall continue to be in force and in effect. Section 6. Effectivity. This Joint Circular shall take effect fifteen (15) days from its publication in the Official Gazette or in at least two newspapers of general circulation.

CESAR V.PURISIMA Secretary Department of Finance

FLORENCIO B. ABAD Secretary Department of Budget and Management

KIM S. JACINTO-HENARES Commissioner Bureau of Internal Revenue

LIST OF CLAIMANTS FOR TAX REFUND DEPARTMENT: AGENCY: MDS-GSB BRANCH/MOS SUB ACCOUNT NO.: FUND CODE: CLAIMANTS Kind of Refund Date of Refund

ANNEX A

AMOUNT

TOTAL I hereby warrant that the above List was prepared in accordance with existing budgeting, accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

Php I hereby assume full responsibility for the veracity and accuracy of the listed claims, and the authenticity of the supporting documents as submitted by claimants. We hereby release the Department of Budget and Management from any liability, civil or criminal, arising from fictitious whether accounts, excessive disbursements and other anomalous transactions. Approved: ______________________________ Head of Agency or Authorized Official

Certified Correct: _____________________ Head of Collection Service ,(MST-Dec. 21, 2012)

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS


Office of the District Engineer LA UNION FIRST ENGINEERING DISTRICT
Lingsat, San Fernando City December 17, 2012

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS


Office of the District Engineer LA UNION FIRST ENGINEERING DISTRICT
Lingsat, San Fernando City December 17, 2012

Republic of the Philippines

Department of Public Works and Highways


CEBU CITY DISTRICT ENGINEERING OFFICE V. Sotto Street, Cebu City December 17, 2012

INVITATION TO BID
The DPWH - Cebu City District Engineering Office, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors registered with and classified by the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) to apply for eligibility and, if found eligible, to bid for the following contract: Item I RBH 1. Contract ID: Contract Name: 12HH0119 Concreting of Cambinocot Paril Farm to Market Road, Contract Location: Cebu City Description: Concreting Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 5,790,000.00 Contract Duration: 90 calendar days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php 10,000.00 Contract ID: Contract Name: 12HH0120 Concreting of Sirao Malubog Farm to Market Road, Sitio Langub (Cemetary) Contract Location: Cebu City Description: Concreting Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 5,790,000.00 Contract Duration: 90 calendar days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php 10,000.00

Invitation to Bid
Construction of 6-CL, 2 Storey Building at Catbangen Elementary School, San Fernando City, La Union
The Department of Public Works and Highways, La Union First Engineering District, through the CY 2013 Regular Infra School Building Program intends to apply the sum of Six Million Sixty Seven Thousand Three Hundred Fifty Pesos (P6,067,350.00) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for the Construction of 6-CL,2 Storey Building at Catbangen Elementary School, San Fernando City, La Union. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. The Department of Public Works and Highways La Union First Engineering District now invites bids for the Construction of 6-CL, 2 Storey Building at Catbangen Elementary School, San Fernando City, La Union. Completion of the Works is two hundred (200) calendar days. Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instructions to Bidders. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using nondiscretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (lRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/ sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least seventy five percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines. 4. Interested bidders may obtain further information from Department of Public Works and Highways La Union First Engineering District and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the address below and upon payment of a nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount of Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00). It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the Procuring Entity, provided that bidders shall pay the fee for the Bidding Documents not later that the submission of their bids. In the case of National Government Agencies, the General Appropriations Act and/ or continuing appropriations; in the case of GOCCs, GFls, and SUCs, the Corporate Budget for the contract approved by the governing Boards; in the case of LGUs, the Budget for the contract approved by the respective Sanggunian. (Section 5(a), RA 9184) A brief description of the scope of Works should be provided, including quantities, location of project, and other information necessary to enable potential bidders to decide whether or not to respond to the invitation. The Department of Public Works and Highways La Union First Engineering District will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on January 3, 2013. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before 12:00 Noon, January 15, 2013 at the DPWH La Union First Engineering District, Lingsat, City of San Fernando, La Union. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders representatives who choose to attend at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted. The Department of Public Works and Highways La Union First Engineering District reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders. For further information, please refer to: Approved by: (Sgd.) ISABELO V. LOPEZ, JR. BAC Chairman DPWH La Union First Engineering District Lingsat, City of San Fernando, La Union Fax. No./ Tel. No. 072-700-2938 Noted:

Invitation to Bid
Construction of 9-CL, 3 Storey Building at La Union National High School, San Fernando City, La Union
The Department of Public Works and Highways, La Union First Engineering District, through the CY 2013 Regular Infra School Building Program intends to apply the sum of Ten Million Five Hundred Eighty Six Thousand Five Hundred Eighty Pesos (P10,586,580.00) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for the Construction of 9-CL, 3 Storey Building at La Union National High School, San Fernando City, La Union. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. The Department of Public Works and Highways La Union First Engineering District now invites bids for the Construction of 9-CL, 3 Storey Building at La Union National High School, San Fernando City, La Union. Completion of the Works is Two Hundred Seventy (270) calendar days. Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instructions to Bidders. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using nondiscretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (lRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least seventy five percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines. 4. Interested bidders may obtain further information from Department of Public Works and Highways La Union First Engineering District and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the address below and upon payment of a nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount of Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00). It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the Procuring Entity, provided that bidders shall pay the fee for the Bidding Documents not later that the submission of their bids. In the case of National Government Agencies, the General Appropriations Act and/or continuing appropriations; in the case of GOCCs, GFls, and SUCs, the Corporate Budget for the contract approved by the governing Boards; in the case of LGUs, the Budget for the contract approved by the respective Sanggunian. (Section 5(a), RA 9184) A brief description of the scope of Works should be provided, including quantities, location of project, and other information necessary to enable potential bidders to decide whether or not to respond to the invitation. The Department of Public Works and Highways La Union First Engineering District will hold a Pre- Bid Conference on January 3, 2013. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before 12:00 Noon, January 15, 2013 at the DPWH La Union First Engineering District, Lingsat, City of San Fernando, La Union. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders representatives who choose to attend at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted. The Department of Public Works and Highways La Union First Engineering District reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders. For further information, please refer to: Approved by: (Sgd.) ISABELO V. LOPEZ, JR. BAC Chairman DPWH La Union First Engineering District Lingsat, City of San Fernando, La Union Fax. No./ Tel. No. 072-700-2938 Noted:

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The BAC will conduct this through open competitive bidding, using non-discretionary pass / fail criterion as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (R.A. 9184), otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. To be eligible to bid for the contract, a contractor must have a Current Cebu City Mayors Permit, Certificate of Registration with PhilGEPS and an approved Activation of BIR Electronic Filing and Payment System (EFPS) and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with the DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipinoowned partnership/corporation with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of the contract, (c) completion of a similar contract within ten (10) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, and (d) Net Financing Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment/cash deposit certificate for at least 10% of ABC, (e) Letter of Authority for the representative / Liason Officer (as reflected in the CRC) to submit Bids.. The DPWH will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check, preliminary evaluation of bids, evaluation of bids, post qualification and award. Unregistered contractors, however, may submit their LOIs simultaneously with their applications for registration, to the Cebu City District Engineering Office before the deadline set below the receipt of LOIs. The DPWH Central BAC-TWG will first process the contractors applications for registration and issue the Contractors Certificate of Registration (CRC) before processing their LOIs. The DPWH Central BAC-TWG will process only those with complete registration requirements. The significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below: 1. Issuance of Bidding Documents 2. Pre-bid Conference 3. Deadline of LOI from Prospective Bidders 4. Receipt of Bids 5. Opening of Bids 6. Venue of Activities Deadline: December 27,2012 January 16,2013 Date & time: January 4, 2013, 10:00 AM Date: January 11, 2013 Deadline: January 16, 2013, 8:00 to 10:00 AM Date & time: January 16, 2013, 2:00 PM Conference Hall, Cebu City District Engineering Office, V. Sotto St., Brgy. Tinago, Cebu City

Prospective bidders may download the Registration and LOI Forms from the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph. The BAC will issue hard copies of LOI Forms at Cebu City District Engineering Office. Prospective bidders shall submit their accomplished LOIs and obtain the results of the eligibility check at the same address at the day of Bidding. Prospective bidders may also download the Bidding Documents (BDs) , if available, for the DPWH website. Bidders that will download BDS from the DPWH Website shall pay the said fees as stated above on or before the submission of their bid documents. The BAC will issue hard copies of the BDs at the same address to eligible bidders upon payment of a non-refundable fee 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 Cebu City 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 bidders and no responsibility to compensate or indemnify bidders for any expenses incurred in the preparation of their bids. APPROVED: (Sgd.) ANACORITA E. DIEZ BAC Chairman NOTED: (Sgd.) NICOMEDES S. LEONOR, JR. District Engineer
(MST-Dec. 20 & 21, 2012)

(Sgd.) ELPIDIO C. PARAGAS District Engineer


(MST-Dec. 21, 2012)

(Sgd.) ELPIDIO C. PARAGAS District Engineer


(MST-Dec. 21, 2012)

Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS


Region IV-B, MIMAROPA

Republic of the Philippines

Republic of the Philippines

Department of Public Works and Highways


OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Caraga Region XIII J . Rosales Avenue, Butuan City

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER


Palawan III District Engineering Office Puerto Princesa City

Province of Ilocos Sur Municipality of Narvacan BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE

INVITATION TO BID FOR:


1) Contract ID: Contract Name: 12EG0065 Construction of 2 Storey 6CL, San Miguel National High School Contract Location: Puerto Princesa City Scope of Works: Excavation, Embankment, Soil Poisoning, Reinforced Concrete Footings, Columns, Girders, Beams, Stairs and Floor Slabs, Masonry CHB Walls, Carpentry and Joinery Works, Doors & Windows, Steel Roofs and Framing, Cement Plaster Finish, and Electrical Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): P6, 627, 740.00 Contract Duration: 260 calendar days Cost of Bid Documents: P10, 000.00

Invitation to Bid
1. The Department of Public Works and Highways, DPWH Regional Office XIII, J. Rosales Avenue Butuan City, through the FY -2013 DPWH INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM intents to apply the sum of Two Hundred Forty Nine Million Five Hundred Fifty Thousand Six Hundred Twenty Pesos and 41/100 (PhP249,550,620.41) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for the following projects: a. Contract ID : 12N00056 Contract Name : Road Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) of Jct. Del Carmen - Sta. Monica San Isidro Road, K0039+992.00 - K0043+640.00 Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): PhP 91,532,976.32 Contract ID : 12N00057 Contract Name : Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) of Jct. Osmea - Pilar Road, K19+000.00 - K20+500.00, & K22+620.00 - K24-+000.00 Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): PhP 90,417,724.79 Contract ID : 12N00058 Contract Name : Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) Of Jet. Cancohoy - Pilar Road, K25+792,27-K27+583.00 & K37+ 720 ~ K38+307.02 Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): PhP 67,599,919.30

INVITATION TO BID
THE MUNICIPALITY OF NARVACAN, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites Suppliers/Manufacturers / Distributors/Contractors to bid for the hereunder contract: Name of Contract: Location: Brief Description: Procurement of Service Vehicles Narvacan, Ilocos Sur Reconditioned Mini Pick-Up Type Vehicles Approved Budget for the contract (ABC): P5,250,000.00 Contract Duration: 90 Calendar Days Source of Fund: R.A. 7171 2nd Release Prospective bidders should have experience in undertaking a similar project within the last two (2) years with an amount of at least 50% of the ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the Eligibility Check/Screening as well as the Preliminary Examination of Bids. The BAC will conduct post qualification on the lowest calculated bid. All particulars relative to Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid Security, Performance Security, Pre-Bidding Conference, Evaluation of Bids, Post Qualification and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent provisions of RA 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR). The schedules of BAC activities are as follows: BAC Activities 1. Issuance of Eligibility Documents 2. Issuance & availability of Bidding Documents 3. Pre-bid Conference 4. Receipt and Opening of Bids (includes submission of Eligibility Requirements and Eligibility Check) 5. Bid Evaluation 6. Post Qualification 7. Approval of BAC Resolution/Issuance of Notice of Award 8. Contract Preparation and Signing 9. Approval of Contract 10. Issuance of Notice to Proceed Schedule Dec. 21, 2012-Jan. 10, 2013 Dec. 21, 2012-Jan. 10, 2013 December 28, 2012 2:30 PM, BAC Office January 10, 2013 2:30 PM BAC Office January 11, 2013 January 14, 2013 January 15, 2013 January 16, 2013 January 17, 2013 January 18, 2013

2) Contract ID: Contract Name: Contract Location: Scope of Works:

12EG0066 Construction of 2 Storey 6CL San Jose National High School Puerto Princesa City Excavation, Soil Poisoning, Reinforced Concrete Footing, Columns, Girders, Beams, Stairs. Ramp, and Floor Slabs, Masonry CHB Walls, Carpentry and Joinery Works, Doors and Windows, Steel Roof and Framing, Tiles, Electrical, and Sanitary Plumbing Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): P6, 627, 740.00 Contract Duration: 260 calendar days Cost of Bid Documents: P10, 000.00

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3) Contract ID: Contract Name: Contract Location: Scope of Works:

12EG0068 Construction of 3 Storey 6CL, Sicsican National High School, Puerto Princesa City Excavation, Soil Poisoning, Reinforced Concrete Footings, Columns, Girders, Beams, Stairs, Ramps, Floor Slabs, and Counter Sink, Masonry CHB Walls, Doors and Windows, Steel Roof and Framing, Cement Plaster Finish, and Electrical Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): P7, 379, 045.09 Contract Duration: 300 calendar days Cost of Bid Documents: P10, 000.00

2. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. The Department of Public Works and Highways, DPWH Regional Office XIII now invites bids for the aforementioned projects with the following scope of works: a.) 12N00056i Road Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) of Jct. Del Carmen - Sta. Monica - San Isidro Road, K0039+992.00 - K0043+640.00, which includes Removal of Existing Structures, Earthworks & Structure Excavation, Sub grade Preparation, Sub-base & Surface Course; PCCP, Drainage & Slope Protection Structures. Completion of Works Is required within 237 Calendar Days. b.) 12N00057i Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) of Jct. Osmea - Pilar Road, K19+000.00 - K20+500.00, & K22+620.00 - K24+000,00, which includes Removal of Existing Structure, Earthworks & structure Excavation, Subgrade, Preparation Course Sub-base, PCCP, Traffic Engineering, Drainage and Slope Protection Works. Completion of Works Is required 237 Calendar Days. c.) 12N00058; Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) of Jct, Cancohoy - Pilar Road, K25+792.27 - K27+583.00 & K37+720 - K38+307.02, which includes Clearing & Grubbing, Removal of Existing Structures, Earthworks, Subgrade & Subbase Preparation, Surface Course, PCCP, Slope Protection & Drainage Structures. Completion of Works is required within 220 Calendar days, 3. Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the project. 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 nondiscretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least seventy five percent (75%) interest or outstanding capita! stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines. 4. Interested bidders may obtain further information from Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office XIII, and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Mondays to Fridays. 5. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the address below starting on December 21, 2012 and upon payment of a non-refundable fee for the Bidding Documents In the amount of PhP30, 000.00. 6. It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronics Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of DPWH at http://www. dpwh.gov.ph provided that bidders shall pay the nonrefundable fee for the Documents not later than the submission of their bids. 7. The DPWH will hold a Pre-Bid conference on January 3,2012 at 10:00 A.M. at the address below open to all interested parties. 8. Bids must be delivered to the address below on January 17, 2012 at or before 10;00 A.M. All bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security, in Cash or Cashiers Check, Managers Check, Bank Guarantee, Irrevocable Letter of Credit, or Surety Bond. 9. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders representatives who choose to attend at the address below on January 17, 2013 at 10:00 A.M; Late bids shall not be accepted. 10. The DPWH reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process. and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders. 11. For further information, please refer to : SAMSON L. HEBRA, MBA Chief, Maintenance Division BAC Chairman J. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City Tel No. (085) 815-3553 (Sgd.) SAMSON L. HEBRA, MBA Chief, Maintenance Division BAC Chairman

The DPWH-Palawan III District Engineering Office, Puerto Princesa City, through the (CY2013 DepEd Basic Educational Facilities Fund) intends to apply the amount of (above indicated amount) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for (the above indicated name/no. of contract). Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. The DPWH-Palawan III District Engineering Office, Puerto Princesa City now invites bids for: (various construction projects indicated above). Completion of the Works is required (above indicated contract duration). Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section 11. Instructions to Bidders. 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 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 for at least 10% of the ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check, preliminary examination of bids. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least seventy five percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines. Interested bidders may obtain further information from DPWH-Palawan III District Engineering Office, Puerto Princesa City and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from [8:00-12:00 A.M. and 1:00-5:00 P.M.]. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the address below and upon payment of a nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents. It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) @ www.philgeps.net and the DPWH website @ www.dpwh. gov.ph, provided that bidders shall pay the fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids. The DPWH-Palawan III District Engineering Office, Puerto Princesa City will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on December 27, 2012 at 10:00a.m. at BAC Room- DPWH-Palawan III District Engineering Office, Puerto Princesa City which shall be open to all interested parties. Bids and Letter of Intent (LOI) must be delivered to the address below on or before January 7, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at DPWH-Palawan III District Engineering Office, Puerto Princesa City. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18. Bids will be opened on January 7, 2013 at 2:00 P.M.in the presence of the bidders representatives who choose to attend at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted. The DPWH-Palawan III District Engineering Office, Puerto Princesa City reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders. For further information, please refer to: (Sgd.) ALBINO D. SOCRATES, JR. Engineer III (BAC Chairman) DPWH-Palawan III District Engineering Office Brg. Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa City Tel. No.433-7313

The BAC will issue prospective bidders Eligibility Forms and Bidding Documents at the Office of the BAC Chairman, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, upon their payment of a non refundable amount of P 8,000.00 to the Municipal Treasurers Office, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur. The Local Government Unit of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur assumes no responsibility whatsoever to compensate or indemnify bidders for any expense incurred in the preparation of their bids. December 21, 2012 (Sgd.) ELEUTERIO G. INES BAC Chairman NOTED: (Sgd.) ZURIEL S. ZARAGOZA Municipal Mayor

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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES REGIONAL TRIAL COURT NATIONAL CAPITAL JUDICIAL REGION BRANCH 4, MANILA ELAINE GRACE CORPUZICO Petitioner, CIVIL CASE NO. 12128797 KOJI SUGIMOTO AND THE NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE (NSO) Respondents. x----------------------------x SUMMON The court in its Order dated December 4, 2012, directed the petitioner to serve Summons by Publication. NOW THEREFORE, Koji Sugimoto, you are summoned and required to file with this court your answer or any responsive pleading within thirty (30) days after the publication hereof, serving copy thereof to the petitioner through her counsel, Atty. Noubert T. Oliveros, at Public Attorney's Office, 4th Floor, Godino Building, 350 Arroceros St., Ermita, Manila. WITNESS, the HON. JOSE LORENZO R. DELA ROSA, Presiding Judge of the above-branch this 5th day of December 2012, in the City of Manila. (Sgd.) ATTY. FRANCISCO SANDINO A. MARCO Branch Clerk of Court
(MST-Dec. 21, 28 & Jan. 4, 2012)

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER Cagayan de Oro City 1st District Engineering Office
10 Regional Equipment Services Compound, Bulua Cagayan de Oro City
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INVITATION TO BID
1. The DPWH-Cagayan de Oro City 1st District Engineering Office through CY 2013 Regular Infra intends to apply the sum being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) for payments under the contract for the following projects listed hereunder. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. Contract ID: Contract Name: 12KH0107 Improvement of Drainage Structure at Sapang Creek along Butuan City Cagayan de Oro City Iligan City Road, Phase II, Cagayan de Oro City Contract Location: Brgy. Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City Brief Description: Flood Control / Hydraulics / Drainage Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 43,951,270.07 Contract Duration: 209 calendar days 2. The DPWH-Cagayan de Oro City 1st District Engineering Office now invites bids for the above listed projects. Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the project costing at least 50% of the ABC. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in section 11, Instruction to Bidders. 3. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. 4. Interested Bidders may obtain further information from DPWH-Cagayan de Oro City 1st District Engineering Office and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from 8:00AM 5:00PM. 5. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the address below and upon payment of a non refundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount of Twenty Five Thousand Pesos Only (Php 25,000.00). It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the Procuring Entity, provided that bidders shall pay the fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the date of submission of their bids. 6. The DPWH-Cagayan de Oro City 1st District Engineering Office will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on January 4, 2013 @ 2:00PM. Letters of Intent (LOI) including the NFCCs or Credit Line Commitments (CLCs) must be delivered to the address below on or before January 3, 2013 @ 5:00PM. 7. Bids must be delivered to the address below on January 15, 2013 @ 8:00 - 10:00AM. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders representative who choose to attend at the address below at 2:00PM January 15, 2012. Late bids shall not be accepted. 8. The DPWH-Cagayan de Oro City 1 District Engineering Office reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.
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2nd Floor Malong Building, Capitol Compound Lingayen, Pangasinan Tel. No. (075) 542-6918 Website@biddingandawards.pangasinan gov.ph, E-mail address: ebmendoza57@yahoo.com

INVITATION to BID
The Province of Pangasinan, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors registered and classified by the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) to bid for the project/s described hereunder: Project No. 1 Name of Project Location Source of Fund Approved Budget for the Contract Contract Duration Project No. 1 Name of Project Location Source of Fund Approved Budget for the Contract Contract Duration : : : : : : : : : : Concreting of Baluyot Vacante Road (Multi Purpose Pavement) Bautista, Pangasinan Livelihood Projects (PR#2012-12-10341) P 15,888,044.00 Ninety (90) Calendar Days Construction of Perimeter Fence along Brgy. Sabangan-Estanza-Malimpuec Road, Lingayen, Pangasinan Community Development Projects (PR#2012-12-10520) P 13,811,225.00 Two Hundred Thirty - Five (235) Calendar Days

Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorship, organizations/corporations with at least sixty percent (60%) of the interest belongs to citizens of the Philippines, and to citizen/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. Prospective bidders shall possess a valid PCAB license applicable to the contract (for the infrastructure project), have completed a similar contract with a value of at least fifty percent (50%) of the ABC to be bid, and have key personnel and equipment available for the prosecution of the contract. Certificate/s of satisfactory performance from the client of the declared completed similar projects shall be submitted for review. The bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. 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 R.A. 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulation (as amended). The complete schedule of activities is listed, as follows: BAC Activities 1. Pre-Procurement Conference 2. Issuance of Bid Documents 3. Pre-Bid Conference 4. Deadline of Submissions and Opening of Bids Schedule December 7, 2012 ; 10:00am December 15, 2012 January 4, 2013 December 21, 2012; 10:00am January 4, 2013; 10:00am

Republic of the Philippines

Department of Public Works and Highways


Isabela 1st District Engineering Office Ilagan, lsabela

ANNEX A

INVITATION TO BID
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the DPWH-lsabela 1st District Engineering Office, Ilagan, lsabela, invites contractors to bid for the aforementioned projects:

Contract ID

Contract Name/Location

Scope of Work

ABC

Bid Documents shall be issued only to contractors/bidders who have submitted formal Letter of Intent (LOI) at the BAC Office, 2/F Malong Building, Capitol Compound, Lingayen, Pangasinan and upon payment of P1,000.00 Accreditation Fee for new bidders, and a non-refundable amount of P16,000.00/bidder/project for project No. 1 and P14,000.00/bidder/project for project No. 2 to the Provincial Treasurers Office. Prospective bidders shall submit their Bid Documents to the BAC Office at the same address. The Province of Pangasinan assumes no responsibility whatsoever to compensate or indemnify bidders for any expenses incurred in the preparation for their bids. Moreover, the Province of Pangasinan reserves the right to reject any or all bid proposals, or declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract, and makes no assurance that contract shall be entered into as a result of this invitation without thereby incurring any liability in accordance with RA 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations. Approved by: (Sgd.) RAFAEL HOWARD F. BARAAN Provincial Administrator BAC Chairman
(MST-Dec. 21, 2012)

Contract Duration 40 CD

Cost of Bidding Documents 5,000.00

Source of Fund CY 2013Regular School Building

12BE0098

CLUSTER I-Construction of Various School Buildings, Ilagan City, Isabela Sta. Isabel NHS, Manaring Integrated School, Marana 1st E/S, Sablang E/S, Cabisera 19 E/S & San Manuel Cabisera 4 E /S CLUSTER II-Construction of Various School Buildings, Ilagan City, lsabela Baribad P/S, Cabannungan 1st E/S, San Antonio E/S (Sta. Maria P/S Annex), Cabisera 27 E/S & Morado P/S CLUSTER III-Construction of Various School Buildings, Tumauini, lsabela Fermeldy NHS (1-CL), Balug E/S (1-CL), Dalayya P/S, Santa E/S, Sta. Catalina P/S, Ugad P/S CLUSTER IV-Construction of Various School Buildings, Tumauini, lsabela Cumabao Integrated School (4- CL), Lapogan E/S (2-CL), Caligayan E/S (2-CL) CLUSTER V -Construction of Various School Buildings, Sta. Maria, lsabela Villabuena E/S (1 CL) & Sta. Maria NHS (3 CL) CLUSTER VI-Construction of Various School Buildings, Sto. Tomas, lsabela Barumbung E/S (2-units 1CL+1CL Pre-School) Bubug E/S (2 units 1-CL + 1 CL Pre-School) San Roque P/S (1-CL Pre-School Bldg.) Bagabag P/S (1-CL Pre-School Bldg.) CLUSTER VII- Construction of Various School Buildings- Delfin Albano, lsabela Jimenez P/S (1 CL), San Andres P/S (1-CL), Santor P/S (2-CL), Calaocan MS(1-CL PreSchool Bldg.) CLUSTER VIII - Construction of Various School Buildings Saui P/S, Cabagan, lsabela (1-CL) Caddangan P/S , San Pablo, lsabela CLUSTER IX-Construction of Various School Buildings, Palanan, lsabela Marikit P/S (2-CL Typhoon Resistant) Dibewan E/S (1-CL Pre-School) Didiyan E/S (1-CL Pre-School) Bisag P/S (1CL Pre-School) San Isidro E/S (1-CL Pre-School ) CLUSTER X-Construction of Various School Buildings, Divilacan, lsabela Dimasalansan E/S Bicobian E/S

Construction of 1-CL

3,659,999.52

12BE0099

Construction of 1-CL PreSchool Building

4,397,938.85

64 CD

5,000.00

CY 2013Regular School Building

9. For further information, please refer to: JOSE MARCOS S. DACANAY BAC Secretariat DPWH-Cagayan de Oro City 1st DEO 10th RES Compound, Bulua Cagayan de Oro City (SGD.) LEAH E. NALIPONGUIT Administrative Officer V BAC Chairperson NOTED: (SGD.) BONIFACIO R. LORA OIC District Engineer
(MST-Dec. 21, 2012)

12BE0100
Republic of the Philippines

Department of Public Works and Highways


OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Regional Office No. VIII Government Center, Baras, Palo, Leyte Telefax No.: (053) 323-5553 Email Add: dpwh.ro8_bacsec@yahoo.com.ph

Construction of 1-CL & 1CLPre-School Building Construction of 1-CL/2-CL & 4-CL

4,738,350.92

64 CD

5,000.00

CY 2013Regular School Building CY 2013Regular School Building CY 2013Regular School Building CY 2013Regular School Building

12BE0101

4,207,989.84

85 CD

5,000.00

Invitation to Bid
December 17, 2012 1. Contract ID Contract Name : 13IO0033 (Re-Bidding of 13IB0004 Eastern Samar) : Road Upgrading (Gravel to Paved) of Gaps along Jct. Taft Oras San Policarpo Arteche Road, K0951+811 K0952+244 & K0954+262 K0954+311 & K0954+342 K0954+794, Eastern Samar : Eastern Samar : Construction of PCCP, 934 ln.m. in Length, W=6.7 m., T=0.23 m. and 1.50 m. Road Shoulders at both sides and other scope of work to be done & 70 ln.m. Slope Protection. : Php 23,455,757.17 : 98 Calendar Days : Php 25,000.00 : 13IO0034 (Re-Bidding of 13IB0006 Eastern Samar) : Upgradin g (Gravel to Paved) of Arteche Jipapad Las Navas Rawis Road, Eastern Samar : Eastern Samar : Construction of PCCP, 1,098.00 ln.m. Length, W=6.7 m., T=0.23 m. and 1.50 m. Road shoulders at both sides and other scope of work to be done & 4-line 40 lin.m. RCPC, 0.90 m. Dia. : Php 24,631,971.65 : 102 Calendar Days : Php 25,000.00 : 13IO0035 (Re-Bidding of 13IB0007 Eastern Samar) : Upgrading of Access Road Borongan Llorente Closed Canopy Forest Area, Maydolong, Eastern Samar : Maydolong, Eastern Samar : Construction of PCCP, 2,370.00 ln.m. length, W=6.10 m., T=0.23 m. and 1.0 m Road Shoulder at both sides and other scope of work to be done & 2-line 10 ln.m. RCPC .90 m. dia. : Php 48,920,228.16 : 118 Calendar Days : Php 25,000.00 : 13IO0036 (Re-Bidding of 13IB0008 Eastern Samar) : Upgrading of Access Road to Brgy. Lalawigan (Jump-off point to Divinubo Island), Borongan C ity, Eastern Samar : Borongan City, Eastern Samar : Construction of PCCP, Divinubo Island to Parola (L=135 m., W=1.0 m., T=0.10 m.) & (L=513.9 m., W=1.5 m., T=0.10 m.), Lalawigan Access Road (L=125 m., W=5 m., T=0.23 m.) with Multi-Purpose Pavement of L=20 m., W=20 m., T=0.23 m. with sheet piles foundation, Divinubo Canal with total length of 200.00 m. with 1.12 m. height of revetment Divinubo Access Road to Tourist Area L=367.5 m., W=4.0 m., T=.15 m. and other scope of work to be done. : Php 15,645,845.76 : 113 Calendar Days : Php 25,000.00

12BE0102

Construction of 1-CL and 3-CL Construction of 2 units (1CL+1CL PreSchool & 1-CL Pre-School Building Construction of 1-CL /2-CL & 1-CL PreSchool Building Construction of 1-CL & 1 CL Pre-School Bldg.

2,428,997.51

84 CD

5,000.00

Contract Location Brief Description/Scope of Work

12BE0103

4,738,350.92

64 CD

5,000.00

Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY


Bonifacio Drive, Port Area Manila

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) Contract Duration Cost of Bidding Documents 2. Contract ID Contract Name Contract Location Brief Description/Scope of Work

INVITATION TO BID
For the Procurement of Security Services Requirement of the DPWH
The Department of Public Works & Highways (DPWH) thru its Bids and Awards Committee for Goods (BAC), through GAA 2012, intends to apply the sum of Eighty Two Million One Thousand Eight Hundred FiftyNine Pesos only (Php 82, 001,859.00) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under Contract ID: C-0709-0191-12, C-0709-0247-12, C-0505-0246-12, P-1800-0358-12, P-4200-0449-12. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. The Contract duration is three (3) years. The DPWH now invites bids for the Supply of DPWH Security Services requirement of 438 Security Personnel for deployment to various DPWH Offices, nationwide. 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.
1.

12BE0104

3,215,587.10

77 CD

5,000.00

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) Contract Duration Cost of Bidding Documents 3. Contract ID Contract Name Contract Location Brief Description/Scope of Work

CY 2013Regular School Building

12BE0105

1,489,587.69

64 CD

5,000.00

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) Contract Duration Cost of Bidding Documents 4. Contract ID Contract Name Contract Location Brief Description/Scope of Work

CY 2013Regular School Building CY 2013 -Regular School Building

12BE0106

Construction of 5,466,586.80 2-CL Typhoon Resistant & 1-CL Pre-School Building

153 CD

10,000.00

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) Contract Duration Cost of Bidding Documents

12BE0107

Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the Revised Implementing Rules and 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 one hundred percent (100%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines. Interested 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 December 21, 2012 until before 10:00 a.m. of January 9, 2013 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 Thirty Thousand Pesos (Php 30,000.00). It may also be downloaded from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the DPWH. However, the Bidders shall pay the non-refundable fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of bids. The DPWH will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on December 28, 2012, 10:00 a.m. at the Central Procurement Office (CPO) Function Room, 5th Floor, 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 January 9, 2013. 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 BAC for Goods Ground Floor, DPWH Bldg. Bonifacio Drive, Port Area Manila Bid Opening shall be on January 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the CPO Function Room, 5th Floor, DPWH Bldg., Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila. Bids will be opened in the presence of the Bidders representatives who choose to attend. Late bids shall not be accepted. The DPWH reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.

The DPWH Regional Office No. VIII, Baras, Palo, Leyte, through the CY-2013 GAA (Regular Infrastructure Project) intends to apply the sum above stated being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for the abovementioned contract/s. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. The DPWH Regional Office No. VIII, Baras, Palo, Leyte now invites bids for the abovementioned description of works. Completion of the Works is required for the above stated contract duration. Bidders should have completed at least one (1) contract that is similar to this project/s, equivalent to at least fifty percent (50%) of the ABC. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly in Section II, Instructions to Bidders. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary pass/fail criterion in the Eligibility Check and Preliminary Examination of Bids as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (lRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, organizations or joint venture with at least seventy five percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines.

Construction of 1 CL Typhoon Resistant

2,249,996.09

66 CD

5,000.00

CY 2013Regular School Building

2.

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

3.

4.

Contractors/applicants who are interested in the DPWH civil works are required to register prior to the set scheduled of submission of bid while those already registered shall keep their records current and updated. Contractors eligibility to bid on the project will be determined using the DPWH Contract Profile Eligibility Process (CPEP) and subject to further post-qualification. Information on registration can be obtained at DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph. Interested bidders may obtain further information from DPWH Regional Office No. VIII, Baras, Palo, Leyte and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from 8:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the address below and upon payment of a nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount stated above. Bidders can make payments for the purchase of the Bidding Documents at any DPWH field offices. It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the Procuring Entity, provided that bidders shall pay the fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids. The significant date and time of procurement activities are shown below: PROCUREMENT ACTIVITY 1. Issuance of Bidding Documents 2. Pre-Bid Conference 3. Deadline for Receipt of LOIs from Prospective Bidders 4. Deadline for Receipt/Submission of Bids 5. Opening of Bids DATE/TIME December 19, 2012 January 11, 2013 December 27, 2012 @ 10:00 A.M. January 10, 2013 @ 5:00 P.M. January 11, 2013 @ 10:00 A.M. January 11, 2013 @ 1:30 P.M.

5.

1. Issuance of Bidding Documents 2. Prebid Conference 3. Deadline of Receipt of LOI from Prospective Bidders 4. Receipt of Bids 5. Opening of Bids

From: December 18, 2012 to January 9, 2013 December 27, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. January 3, 2013 at 5:00 P.M. Deadline: January 9, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. 2:01 P.M. January 9, 2013

6. 7.

Pre-Bid Conference will be held at BAC Office, DPWH Regional Office No. VIII, Baras, Palo, Leyte which shall be open only to all interested parties who have purchased the Bidding Documents. Bids must be delivered at BAC Office, DPWH Regional Office No. VIII, Baras, Palo, Leyte. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18, or a Bid Securing Declaration as an additional form of bid security, pursuant to GPPB Resolution No. 03-2012. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders representatives who choose to attend at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted. To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit the following: 1) DPWH Standard Form of Letter of Intent (LOI) on or before the deadline for submission of bids (per Department Memorandum dated November 15, 2012 with Subject: Deferment in the Implementation of Section C.3 of D.O. No. 64, Series of 2012); 2) Net Financial Contracting Capacity (NFCC) at least equal to ABC or Credit Line Commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC and 3) Original Receipt (OR) for payment of bidding documents before submission/dropping of bids. Bidders shall likewise submit their bids through their duly Authorized Liaison Officers only as specified in the Contractors Information (CI) of the Contractor Registration Certificate (CRC). The DPWH Regional Office No. VIII, Baras, Palo, Leyte reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability or obligation to the affected bidder or bidders. For further information, please refer to: EDGAR B. TABACON, CESO IV Assistant Regional Director (BAC Chairman)

The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at DPWH-lsabela 1st District Engineering Office, Ilagan, lsabela, upon payment of a non-refundable fee stated above. Prospective bidders may also download the BDs from the DPWH web site, if available. Prospective Bidders that will download the BDs from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bid documents. The Pre-Bid Conference shall be open only to interested parties who have purchased the BDs. Bids must be accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form, as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR. Prospective Bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specified in the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The first envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include a copy of the CRC. The second envelope shall contain the financial component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and the post-qualification. The DPWH-lsabela 1st District Engineering Office, Ilagan, lsabela reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process at any time prior to Contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder/s. Approved by: (Sgd.) DEOFERIO P. VEHEMENTE, JR. Chief, Construction Section BAC Member
(MST-Dec. 21, 2012)

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(Sgd.) EUGENIO R. PIPO, JR. Assistant Secretary Chairman, Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) for Goods
(MST-Dec. 21, 2012

(SGD.) EDGAR B. TABACON, CESO IV Attention: Assistant Regional Director The Head, BAC Secretariat (BAC Chairman) DPWH Regional Office No. VIII, Baras, Palo, Leyte NOTED: Telefax No.: (053) 323-5553 Email Add: dpwh.ro8_bacsec@yahoo.com.ph (SGD.) ROLANDO M. ASIS, CESO III Regional Director
(MST-Dec. 21, 2012)

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13. Contract ID: 12DM0119 Contract Name: Completion of Bangad Bridge along Mulanay-San Francisco Road Contract Location: Mulanay, Quezon Scope of Work: Construction approaches, approach slab and concrete railings Target: 0.547 kms Approved Budget for the Contract: Php15,694,741.47 Source of Fund: CY 2013 Regular Infrastructure Projects Contract Duration: 67 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php25,000.00 14. Contract ID: 12DM0120 Contract Name: Completion of Talisay along San Francisco-San Andres-San Narciso Road Contract Location: Brgy. Talisay, San Andres, Quezon Scope of Work: Construction approaches, approach slab and slope protection Target: 0.910 kms Approved Budget for the Contract: Php37,831,196.93 Source of Fund: CY 2013 Regular Infrastructure Projects Contract Duration: 135 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php25,000.00 15. Contract ID: 12DM0121 Contract Name: Road Slip along Gumaca-Pitogo-Mulanay-San Narciso Road, Paitan Section Contract Location: K0275+883-K0276+103, Paitan Section, Mulanay, Quezon Scope of Work: Slope Protection (Gabions) and PCCP Target: 220 lm Approved Budget for the Contract: Php17,126,023.41 Source of Fund: CY 2013 Regular Infrastructure Projects Contract Duration: 180 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php25,000.00 16. Contract ID: 12DM0122 Contract Name: Road Upgrading (Concrete Paving) along TalabaSummit Panaon Road Contract Location: K0190+563-K0192+262 Scope of Work: PCCP and Slope Protection Target: 1.699 kms Approved Budget for the Contract: Php43,525,015.90 Source of Fund: CY 2013 Regular Infrastructure Projects Contract Duration: 164 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php25,000.00 17. Contract ID: 12DM0123 Contract Name: Road Upgrading (Concrete Paving) along TalabaSummit Panaon Road Contract Location: K0195+533-K0197+045 Scope of Work: PCCP and Slope Protection Target: 1.497 kms Approved Budget for the Contract: Php36,478,816.51 Source of Fund: CY 2013 Regular Infrastructure Projects Contract Duration: 141 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php25,000.00 18. Contract ID: 12DM0124 Contract Name: Constrution of Road from Marine Hatchery Project to National Highway Contract Location: Brgy. Punta, Unisan, Quezon Scope of Work: PCCP and FCD Target: 3.404 kms Approved Budget for the Contract: Php48,999,986.85 Source of Fund: CY 2012 VILP Contract Duration: 136 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php25,000.00 The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at the opening of bid. Bidders must have an experience of having completed at least one (1) contract similar to the project. 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 non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 9184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships/partnerships, or organizations with at least seventy-five percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines. The submission of Letter of Expression of Interest is from December 20, 2012 January 04, 2013 at 5:00 P.M. Interested Bidders may obtain further information from DPWH-Quezon 3rd District Engineering Office, BAC Secretariat Office, Catanauan, Quezon, Tel. Nos. (042)-3158195/(042)3158194, and inspect the Bidding Documents from 8:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M., Monday to Friday. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee for the Bidding Documents. It may also be downloaded free of charge from the Website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the DPWH, if available, provided that bidders shall pay the fee of Bidding Documents and shall submit the Original Receipt (OR) not later than the dead line of Submission of Expression of Interest. Interested contractors are also required to present the originals of their Contractors Registration Certificate (CRC) to the BAC for authentication, together with the printed copy of the Philgeps Order Form (Documents Request List DRL). Contractors must be represented by the Authorized Liaison Officer of the company, whose name is stated in their CRC. No substitution will be entertained. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Quezon 3rd Engineering District, Catanauan, Quezon will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on December 28, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at the DPWH, Quezon 3rd DEO Conference Room, which shall be open only to all interested parties. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before 10:00 A.M. of January 10, 2013. All Bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18. Bid opening shall be on January 10, 2013 after 2:00 P.M. at DPWH, Quezon 3rd District Engineering Office, Catanauan, Quezon. Bids will be opened in the presence of the Bidders representatives who choose to attend at the address below. Late Bids shall not be accepted. The DPWH Quezon 3rd District Engineering Office, Catanauan, Quezon, reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders. DPWH - Quezon 3rd District Engineering Office, Catanauan, Quezon, likewise assumes no obligation whatsoever to compensate or indemnify any bidder or winning bidders, as the case may be, for any expenses or loss that said party(ies) may incur in its participation in the pre-bidding and bidding process nor does it guarantee that an award will be made. (Sgd.) MARCELITO G. FERRER Assistant District Engineer Chairman, Bids and Awards Committee NOTED: (Sgd.) ROGELIO P. REJANO District Engineer
(MST-Dec. 21, 2012)

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Quezon 3rd District Engineering Office Catanauan, Quezon

INVITATION to BID
The Province of Pangasinan, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites suppliers/manufacturers/distributors/contractors to bid for the project/s described hereunder: Project No. 1 Name of Project Location Source of Fund Approved Budget for the Contract Project No. 2 Name of Project Location Source of Fund Approved Budget for the Contract Project No. 3 Name of Project Location Source of Fund Approved Budget for the Contract Project No. 4 Name of Project Location Source of Fund Approved Budget for the Contract Project No. 5 Name of Project Location Source of Fund Approved Budget for the Contract Project No. 6 Name of Project Location Source of Fund Approved Budget for the Contract Project No. 7 Name of Project Location Source of Fund Approved Budget for the Contract Project No. 8 Name of Project Location Source of Fund Approved Budget for the Contract Project No. 9 Name of Project Location Source of Fund Approved Budget for the Contract Project No. 10 Name of Project Location Source of Fund Approved Budget for the Contract : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : Delivery of 793.12 M.T. Asphalt Pre-Mix and 20 Drums Emulsified Asphalt (refer to bid documents) PGO, Lingayen, Pangasinan (for use in the Rehabilitation/ Asphalting along Balungao-Sta. Maria Road, Balungao & Sta. Maria, Pangasinan) General Fund (PR# 2012-11-10219) P 4,700,000.00 Delivery of 675 M.T. Asphalt Pre-Mix and 20 Drums Emulsified Asphalt (refer to bid documents) PGO, Lingayen, Pangasinan (for use in the Asphalt Overlay along Lingayen Plaza Extension Road, Rizal Street, Lingayen, Pangasinan) Geneal Fund (PR# 2012-11-10198) P 4,000,000.00 Delivery of 395 M.T. Asphalt Pre-Mix and 55 Drums Emulsified Asphalt (refer to bid documents) PGO, Lingayen, Pangasinan (for use in the Asphalting works along Bantayan-Talogtog-Bateng Road, Mangaldan, Pangasinan) General Fund (PR# 2012-12-10405) P3,000,000.00 Delivery of 400 M.T. Asphalt Pre-Mix and 17 Drums Emulsified Asphalt (refer to bid documents) PGO, Lingayen, Pangasinan (for use in the Asphalting of Brgy. Lauren Road, Umingan, Pangasinan) Community Development Projects (PR# 2012-12-10284) P2,444,800.00 Delivery of 410 M.T. Asphalt Pre-Mix and 14 Drums Emulsified Asphalt (refer to bid documents) PGO, Lingayen, Pangasinan (for use in the Asphalting of Municipal Streets of Malasiqui, Pangasinan) Community Development Projects (PR# 2012-12-10344) P2,456,600.00 Delivery of 353 M.T. Asphalt Pre-Mix and 15 Drums Emulsified Asphalt (refer to bid documents) PGO, Lingayen, Pangasinan (for use in the Asphalting of Aplaya Main Road, Brgy. Pangapisan North, Lingayen, Pangasinan) Community Development Projects (PR# 2012-11-10409) P2,157,500.00 Delivery of 337 M.T. Asphalt Pre-Mix and 14 Drums Emulsified Asphalt (refer to bid documents) PGO, Lingayen, Pangasinan (for use in the Asphalting of Brgy. Tanggal Sawang Road, Umingan, Pangasinan) Community Development Projects (PR# 2012-11-10281) P2,055,100.00 Delivery of 332 M.T. Asphalt Pre-Mix and 14 Drums Emulsified Asphalt (refer to bid documents) PGO, Lingayen, Pangasinan (for use in the Asphalting of Brgy. Del Rosario, Umingan, Pangasinan) Development Fund (PR# 2012-12-10286) P2,027,600.00 Delivery of 337.45 M.T. Asphalt Pre-Mix and 10 Drums Emulsified Asphalt (refer to bid documents) PGO, Lingayen, Pangasinan (for use in the Rehabilitation/ Blocktopping along Sta. Maria Flores Road, Umingan, Pangasinan) General Fund (PR# 2012-11-10220) P2,000,000.00 Delivery of 337.45 M.T. Asphalt Pre-Mix and 10 Drums Emulsified Asphalt (refer to bid documents) PGO, Lingayen, Pangasinan (for use in the Asphalt Paving along Burgos Iliw- Iliw Road, Burgos, Pangasinan) General Fund (PR# 2012-11-10196) P2,000,000.00

Invitation to Bid No. 2012-17


The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Quezon 3rd District Engineering Office, Catanauan, Quezon, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), now invites contractors to bid for the following contract(s): 1. Contract ID: 12DM0095 Contract Name: Const. of various 1-cl ES Building Contract Location: Pare Burgos, Agdangan and Unisan Scope of Work: Construction of 1-storey, 8-bldg ,8-cl Target: 8.00 B Approved Budget for the Contract: Php5,332,000.00 Source of Fund: CY 2013 Regular School Building Program Contract Duration: 60 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php10,000.00 2. Contract ID: 12DM0097 Contract Name: Const. of 2-Storey, 4 CL School Bldg. at Mabini Iba. E/S Contract Location: Macalelon, Quezon Scope of Work: Construction of 2-Storey, 4-cl Target: 4.00 B Approved Budget for the Contract: Php5,024,000.00 Source of Fund: CY 2013 Regular School Building Program Contract Duration: 200 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php10,000.00 3. Contract ID: 12DM0099 Contract Name: Const. of 2-Storey, 4 cl School Building at Lahing E/S Contract Location: Macalelon, Quezon Scope of Work: Construction of 2-Storey, 4-cl Target: 1.00 B Approved Budget for the Contract: Php5,024,000.00 Source of Fund: CY 2013 Regular School Building Program Contract Duration: 200 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php10,000.00 4. Contract ID: 12DM0102 Contract Name: Const. of various Elementary School Building Contract Location: San Francisco, Quezon Scope of Work: Construction of 1-Storey, 8-cl Target: 8.00 B Approved Budget for the Contract: Php5,683,000.00 Source of Fund: CY 2013 Regular School Building Program Contract Duration: 60 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php10,000.00 5. Contract ID: 12DM0106 Contract Name: Const. of 3-storey, 9-cl at Abuyon Elementary School Contract Location: San Narciso, Quezon Scope of Work: Construction of 3-Storey, 9-cl Target: 1.00 B Approved Budget for the Contract: Php11,905,000.00 Source of Fund: CY 2013 Regular School Building Program Contract Duration: 270 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php25,000.00 6. Contract ID: 12DM0110 Contract Name: Const. of 2-storey, 4-cl; 1-storey-1cl at San Vicente Kanluran NHS (San Isidro NHS-San Vicente Kanluran Ext.) Contract Location: Catanauan, Quezon Scope of Work: Construction 2-Storey, 4-cl; 1-storey-1cl Target: 2.00 B Approved Budget for the Contract: Php5,524,000.00 Source of Fund: CY 2013 Regular School Building Program Contract Duration: 200 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php10,000.00 7. Contract ID: 12DM0112 Contract Name: Const. various National High School Building Contract Location: San Francisco, Quezon Scope of Work: Construction 1-Storey, 1-cl, 1-storey-3-cl Target: 5.00 B Approved Budget for the Contract: Php7,306,000.00 Source of Fund: CY 2013 Regular School Building Program Contract Duration: 180 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php10,000.00 8. Contract ID: 12DM0113 Contract Name: Const. of 2-storey, 4-cl at Sto. Nio NHS (Pagsangahan NHS Ext.) Contract Location: San Francisco, Quezon Scope of Work: Construction 2-Storey, 4-cl; Target: 1.00 B Approved Budget for the Contract: Php10,548,000.00 Source of Fund: CY 2013 Regular School Building Program Contract Duration: 200 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php25,000.00 9. Contract ID: 12DM0114 Contract Name: Const. of 2-storey, 6-cl at Casay National High School Contract Location: San Francisco, Quezon Scope of Work: Construction 2-Storey, 6-cl Target: 1.00 B Approved Budget for the Contract: Php7,135,000.00 Source of Fund: CY 2013 Regular School Building Program Contract Duration: 270 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php10,000.00 10. Contract ID: 12DM0115 Contract Name: Const. of 2-storey, 4-cl, 1-storey, 1-cl at Butanguiad NHS Contract Location: San Francisco, Quezon Scope of Work: Construction 2-Storey, 4-cl, 1-storey, 1-cl Target: 2.00 B Approved Budget for the Contract: Php6,074,000.00 Source of Fund: CY 2013 Regular School Building Program Contract Duration: 200 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php10,000.00 11. Contract ID: 12DM0116 Contract Name: Const. of 2-storey, 4-cl, 1-storey, 1-cl at Camplora NHS Contract Location: San Andres, Quezon Scope of Work: Construction 2-Storey, 4-cl, 1-storey, 1-cl Target: 2.00 B Approved Budget for the Contract: Php5,824,000.00 Source of Fund: CY 2013 Regular School Building Program Contract Duration: 200 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php10,000.00 12. Contract ID: 12DM0117 Contract Name: Const. of 3-storey, 9-cl at Godofredo M. Tan Mem. SAT (San Narciso Voc. HS) Contract Location: San Narciso, Quezon Scope of Work: Construction of 3-Storey, 9-cl Target: 1.00 B Approved Budget for the Contract: Php11,905,000.00 Source of Fund: CY 2013 Regular School Building Program Contract Duration: 270 Calendar Days Cost of Bidding Documents: Php25,000.00

Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, organizations with at least sixty (60%) of the interest belongs to citizens of the Philippines, and to citizen/ 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. The bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. All particulars relative to the Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid Security, Performance Security, pre-Bidding Conference/s, Evaluating of Bids, Post Qualification and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent provisions of R.A. 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (as amended). The complete schedule of activities is listed, as follows:
BAC Activities 1. Pre-Procurement Conference 2. Issuance of Bid Documents 3. Pre-Bid Conference 4. Opening of Bids 5. Bid Evaluation 6. Post Qualification 7. Notice of Award Schedule December 12, 2012; 10:00am December 19, 2012 January 8, 2012 December 27, 2012; 10:00am for project no. 1 - 13 January 8, 2013; 10:00 am January 9, 2013 January 10, 2012 January 14, 2013

The bidders shall drop their duly accomplished eligibility requirements, technical and financial proposals in two separate sealed envelopes at the abovementioned address. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms. Late Bids shall not be accepted. Bid Documents can be availed at the BAC Office, 2/F Malong Building, Capitol Compound, Lingayen, Pangasinan upon payment to the Provincial Treasurers Office the amount of P1,000.00 Accreditation Fee for new bidders, and a non-refundable amount of P5,000.00/bidder/project for Project No. 1; P4,000.00/bidder/project for Project No. 2; P3,000.00/bidder/project for Project No. 3 8 and P2,000.00/bidder/project for Project No. 9 10 to the Provincial Treasurers Office. Prospective bidders shall submit their Bid Documents to the BAC Office at the same address. The Province of Pangasinan assumes no responsibility whatsoever to compensate or indemnify bidders for any expenses incurred in the preparation for their bids. Moreover, the Province of Pangasinan reserves the right to reject any or all bid proposals, or declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract, and makes no assurance that contract shall be entered into as a result of this invitation without thereby incurring any liability in accordance with RA 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations. Approved by: RAFAEL HOWARD F. BARAAN Provincial Administrator BAC Chairman
(MST-Dec. 21, 2012)