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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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Proposals for the Electric Power Industry in Mindanao: Addressing the Problem of Overcontracting of Power Supplies and the Alleged Overcapacity of Coal-Fired Power Plants
by: David A. Tauli

The Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AMRECO) and the AMRECO Power Supply Aggregation Group Corporation (AMRECO PSAGCORP) will be holding a workshop on February 17, 2017 in Cagayan de Oro City on the “Drafting of Rules for WESM in Mindanao”.

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RESUME GRP-NDF TALKS: PEACE MUST ALWAYS BE THE CHOICE!
by: Balay Mindanaw

Over six months ago, the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines chose the only thing chosen for them by the people, and that is PEACE.

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Hammer & Anvil – You got it right the first time, Mr. Cusi
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We hope Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi remains firm about his earlier decision to allocate the cheap hydroelectric power from the Agus-Pulangi Hydroelectric Complex to the island’s poorest of the poor. That’s because former Rep. Charito Plaza, recenty appointed to head the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), plans to usurp it for big business by allowing the payment of lower power rates in Mindanao’s economic zones in the Davao (Region 11), Caraga (Region 13) and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), and is even now drafting a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Energy.

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Hammer & Anvil – Poor, Hungry & Clueless in Mindanao
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The Palace press is crowing about how fewer Filipinos considered themselves poor in 2016 than any other year on record. "Change has indeed come, and it is being felt by our people," Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in report recently published in a national daily.

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Hammer & Anvil – The Hundred Year Flood
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Legend has it that a flood of gargantuan proportions would hit Cagayan de Oro every 100 years. That started in 1916, then more recently in 2009 when the city was hit in two consecutive weekends by non-stop rains that spawned floods the new generation haven’t seen the likes of.

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Hammer & Anvil – Kawat sa Atubangan
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How is it that Cagayan de Oro with only about two thirds of Davao City’s population has some 6,000 taxis to Davao’s 4,000? And that doesn’t count the colorum taxis yet which could also add up to a substantial number.

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Muslims in 2017
by: Samira Ali Gutoc-Tomawis

Statisticians warn anew that Filipinos will increase to as high as 105 million in population. In this mass is the community of Muslims who have the highest fertility rates. It is normal here to have 7-10 kids despite poverty.

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Battered Butig
by: Samira Ali Gutoc-Tomawis

Where is the Holiday Spirit in War-Torn Butig? One Butig lady could not use her eyes nor hear already. One body's head-top was still evident from his semi-burial state. These were some testimonies of the impact of war here in the Philippines.

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