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Marawi and Beyond
by: Abp. Antonio Ledesma, SJ

As we approach the first anniversary of the Marawi Siege that started on May 23, 2017, several questions have begun to loom large. What is the future of Marawi? How do we help the thousands of internally displaced persons return to their homes or new surroundings? What will happen to the second draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law now pending in Congress? How do we address the specter of violent extremism that may be spreading to other parts of Mindanao? What is the role of religious leaders? What is the contribution of schools as well as of ordinary communities of Christians, Muslims and indigenous people in building a Culture of Peace?

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Wear One For Boracay – Let’s Show Our Support For Boracay’s Recovery
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Hello friends, In a few days from now, Boracay will be closing its shores for the 6-month island rehabilitation initiative in an effort to save and rebrand Boracay as a sustainable green destination.

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Seven Seas Official Statement
by: PR

Recently, Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort, located in Brgy. Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental, has been the subject of a lot of speculation with regard to reports made by local media outlets regarding a closure order by the DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources).

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Colmenares hails PCC order suspending Grab acquisition of Uber
by: PR

Bayan Muna Chairman Neri Colmenares welcomed the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) order to Uber to continue its services beyond April 8, delaying Grab’s takeover deal for weeks, or even months.

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Oro Chamber denies endorsing COWD Privatization
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The Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. has denied it has endorsed the privatization of the Cagayan de Oro City Water District (COWD) in a statement posted Tuesday, March 27, 2018, on its Facebook page.

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COWD: No need to notify PCC on bulk water joint venture
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The Cagayan de Oro Water District says it did not notify the Philippine Competition Commission of its joint venture with MetroPac Water Investments, Corp. because there was no need to do it. “We will wait for the PCC to decide but MetroPac has already replied to that issue,” said Eduardo Montalvan, chairman of the COWD Board of Directors during a press conference last week. “The threshold (for notification) of PCC, if I’m not mistaken, is P3-bilion, so it has to be a P3-billion project and ours is only P140-million.”

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On the Proposed Establishment of a Mindanao Wholesale Electricity Spot Market
by: David A. Tauli

1. The extension of the Philippine Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) to Mindanao or, stated another way, the incorporation of the Mindanao Grid into the Philippine WESM, is legally and technically possible only when the Visayas-Mindanao Interconnection Project (VMIP) is implemented.

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LIBERALIZATION OF TELECOMS TO BRING HIGHER CHARGES
by: Bayan Muna PR

The Duterte administration’s call for “immediate steps to ease foreign investment limits” in the country “will only open up the Philippine economy to further foreign strangle and unjust control, particularly the basic and strategic industries, like telecommunications, infrastructure, health and media."

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Peace talks in Rome cry for peace in Mindanao
by: Angelo Lorenzo

In Rome, Mona Lisa Pangan smiled upon witnessing the works of her Maker. Although Leonardo Da Vinci may be regarded as the true Renaissance man, his works could only go so far as timeless spectacles. The framed image of a woman, bearing the same name, despite the beauty of her smile’s mystery, could never compare to the incomprehensible and divine grace of the true Artist who created – by His will – both Mona and Da Vinci in His own image and likeness.

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A CRY FOR PEACE IN MINDANAO: War is the Mother of all Poverty
by: Joint Statement

We, a group of Muslims and Christians and members of civil society from Mindanao, have answered the invitation of the Sant’Egidio Community to come together in Rome to dialogue on peace in Mindanao.

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ON THE BUSECO-NORTH BUKIDNON POWER CORPORATION POWER SUPPLY AGREEMENT
by: David A. Tauli

On January 19, 2017, the Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BUSECO) entered into a power supply agreement (PSA) with the North Bukidnon Power Corporation (NBPC), under which BUSECO will be supplied 5 MW of peaking power for a period of 15 years at a rate of around 12.00 pesos per kilowatt-hour.

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Ringing of De Profundis church bells
by: Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ

On this feast of St. Augustine, together with other church leaders and dioceses, we express our deep concern for the continued spate of extra-judicial killings that have claimed even young lives and many others without due process. These summary killings and violations of human rights cannot be justified by invoking the greater common good – which our recent history teaches us will only lead to greater recourse to arms and authoritarianism and a worsening malaise in society.

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A CALL FOR PEACE IN MARAWI
by: PR

We, board members of the Bishops-Ulama Conference, express our solidarity and sympathies with all the families and communities – both Muslim and Christian – affected by the crisis in Marawi City.

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Why Literature Matters
by: Eunice Baliong

“What is the relevance of say, Shakespeare, to an engineering student who is trying to build a bridge?” asked two-time Palanca awardee Dr Anthony Tan as he began his talk in “Why Literature Matters: A Literary Forum.”

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Archbishop Antonio Ledesma’s Pastoral Letters against the Casino
by: PR

Archbishop Ledesma's Pastoral Letters for Op-Ed Pages

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Not to WESM, Yes to Economic Dispatch in Mindanao
by: David A. Tauli

It is economic dispatch that needs to be implemented in the Mindanao grid, instead of illegally parachuting the WESM into a grid that is not connected to the Luzon-Visayas grid.

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An Alternative Electricity Market to WESM in Mindanao
by: David A. Tauli

The Association of Mindanao Electric Cooperatives is having their General Membership Meeting today, February 17, 2017, here in Cagayan De Oro City. The delegates and guests, mostly from the generating companies, spent the morning on a workshop discussing an alternative electricity market for Mindanao that would address the problem of providing electric power supply to their member-consumers that is adequate, reliable, and at least cost.

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Open Letter on Mindanao WESM
by: David A. Tauli

Open Letter on Mindanao WESM

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The Proposed Wholesale Electricity Spot Market in Mindanao, Part 3
by: David A. Tauli

Today, February 13, 2017, the Department of Energy conducted in Cagayan de Oro a “Public Consultation on Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) in Mindanao”, which was stated to be one of a series of public consultations on the draft Department Circular “Declaring the Launch of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) in Mindanao and Providing for Transition Arrangements”.

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Land governance policy overhaul to prevent spread of Metro Manila’s ‘urban nightmare,’ says Dominguez
by: Paola Alvarez

Metro Manila’s “urban nightmare” underscores the urgency of overhauling the country’s obsolete land governance policies to prevent this severe case of poor land administration from spreading all over the country, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said.

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