Mis Occ positive for paralytic shellfish poison
by Hannah Mae S. Salugsugan
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, April 7 (PIA) - Shellfishes collected from Murcielagos Bay, Misamis Occidental are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison or “red tide” toxin that is beyond the regulatory limit.
This was revealed by the latest laboratory test results of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Mis. Occ. Provincial Government.
Thus, BFAR warns residents, fisherfolks and consumers that all types of shellfish and the “Acetes” specie or “alamang” (minute shrimps) from Murcielagos Bay are not safe for human consumption.
Although fish, squids, shrimps and crabs gathered from these area are declared safe to eat, they must be fresh, properly washed and their internal organs, such as, gills and intestines must be removed before cooking.
Other areas that are proclaimed by BFAR to be positive for paralytic shellfish poison are Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur and the coastal waters of Bolinao and Anda in Pangasinan, while Mansiloc Bay in Zambales is now positive for red tide toxin.
Until these areas are declared free from paralytic shellfish poison, consumers and fisherfolks alike must be on their guards with their consumption and catching of sea foods, particularly shellfishes. (PIA-10)
Demand for I-Rice in Camiguin rises
by: Jorie C. Valcorza
CAMIGUIN, Mambajao, April 7 (PIA 10) – Barely a month after its launching, demand for iron-fortified rice (I-Rice) in the island surges as it needs more additional bags to sustain its requirements.
National Food Authority (NFA) Director for region 10, Gil Pepito B. Paqueo ordered the initial transport of some 500 sacks of locally milled fortified rice in the province.
Currently, NFA is under the test milling phase, that’s why it cannot fully supply the total rice requirement in the island as of press time, Pacqueo said.
The test is necessary for them to see the quality of new milled rice as well as determine its quantity after threshing.
In region 10, the government purchases untreshed rice at the price of Php17 per kilo and twice that amount will dwell the closest market value of Php34 per kilo.
With NFA as the sole distributor of I-rice in the region, through its authorized retailers, people can avail of this with the iron fortificant at the amount of only Php27.00 to PhP28.00 per kilo for regular milled and well-milled rice, respectively.
Meanwhile, to meet the gap of I-rice requirement in Camiguin, NFA is utilizing imported rice to go with the I-mix.
Mila P. Tanguamos, head of NFA Camiguin, said that they have been actively campaigning for I-Rice, capitalizing on its nutritional advantages in every information drive and conducting demonstrations and taste tests in each municipal or barangay outreach programs. (PIA 10)
POEA-10 posts job opportunities for Saudi Arabia
by: Lessie Paje
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, April 7 (PIA) - The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, region 10, (POEA-10) Cagayan de Oro City Field Unit, informs the public of the government to government hiring by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
Anne Aspara S. Abas, Officer-in-Charge of POEA-10, said the Ministry of Health, KSA is now looking for 100 male and female Doctors/Physicians and 100 male and female Respiratory Therapists (RT) with the following qualifications:
Graduate of Doctor of Medicine (MD), with board license, not more than 55 years of age for Doctor/Physician and at least two (2)-yr. work experience for doctors/physicians.
Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, with board license, at least 21 years of age with at least one (1)-yr. hospital work experience for RT.
Salary offers for Doctors/Physicians: Saudi Real (SR) 5,000 per one-year experience plus and SR200 for every year of work experience.
For Respiratory Therapists: SR3, 600,for those with one-year experience, SR4080, for those with 2-yr experience plus SR160 for every year of work experience.
Qualified applicants may register online at www.poea.gov.ph or www.eregister.gov.ph and personally submit a detailed resumẻ POEA Manpower Registry Division, Window M, Ground Floor, Blas F. Ople Bldg., Ortigas Ave. corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City
Include the job description, school credentials, employment certificates, Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) credentials, valid National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance, original and photocopy of the first page of passport, six (6) pieces 2x2 recent photo.
Applications may also be sent to the POEA Regional Extension Unit-10,G/F Trinidad Bldg., Yacapin St. Cagayan de Oro City, on or before the deadline of submission on April 14, this year.
Those who will submit their applications personally must present original documents, and those who will register online will be asked to present original documents for authentication or written information before forwarding the resume to the employer. (PIA)
Clustering, building supply chain key in developing local market
by: Danielle Venz
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, April 7 (PIA) -- Local industries are encouraged to cluster themselves and build the supply chain to develop the local market before venturing into export business.
This suggestion was raised by Dr. Sixto K. Roxas, chairman of T.M. Kalaw Institute for Sustainable Development, in an interview at the sidelines of the forum on productivity and competitiveness in the Philippines organized by the Development Academy of the Philippines.
"The trend towards international productivity is building inter-link clusters of industries. If you build them as clusters, then you are creating the purchasing power and developing the local market at the same time," he reasoned.
Roxas stressed the need to increase a nation's ability to export many goods produced with high productivity which could translate into higher national productivity.
He said among the industries that could yield higher output are agro-industrial industries like dairy, hatchery, feedmill, livestock and meat production.
"So, it's agro-industrialization to start with. Eventually, you are doing your manufacturing, transport, metal industry, plastic industries and you have the service industries," he stressed.
Roxas said building the supply chain should be among the key strategies in developing sustainable local economic development plans.
"So that in the market, you do not have only enterprises that are looking at the use of resources to maximize their profits but communities are negotiating with them from the point of view of maximizing wealth and welfare of the communities in the use of resources. So that you have a real playing field," he added.
Roxas said the local economic development plans likewise need to identify particular industries the local governments should develop in order for them become competitive.
"It is a strong advocacy of ours that every community must have a domain. The priority for the use of natural resources will be wealth and welfare of the local people," he said.
"It should be based on the local resources, it should go in the assessment of the land use and resources and then the culture of the people and what is the starting point. You cannot have a one size fits all because every community has a starting point that has to be taken into account in determining the trajectory of development," he added. (PENF/PIA-10)
RDRRMC to launch a fun run in CdeO
by Florence A. Ramos
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, April 7 (PIA) - The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) of Region X will launch a “Fun Run” on May 29, 2011, Sunday, 6:00 a.m.
This activity aims to raise funds to augment expenses for the month-long activities lined-up in connection with the observance of National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) this coming July.
It also aims to promote health awareness among government employees and civilian populace, and enhance camaraderie and “esprit de corps” among RDRRMC member agencies, stakeholders, civil society and private organizations in the region.
Director Carmelito A. Lupo of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), region 10 and Chairperson of RDRRMC-10 said participants must be at least 18 years old and above to be able to join.
A registration fee of P350 is required for every participant to cover the expenses for one (1) jersey race shirt with their corresponding race number.
Lupo also said the race will be in two (2) categories: the 3-km. and the 5-km. run which the participants will choose according to their pleasure and will follow this criteria:
Participants must be physically and mentally fit, they may run as groups or individually, they should bring their own supplies, such as, food, water, etc. and they must be at the starting point one (1) hour before the run.
The assembly or starting line and the culmination or finish line will be at the McArthur Park, Provincial Capitol Grounds at A. Velez St., Cagayan de Oro.
Registration forms are available at the RDRRMC office located at the 2nd floor Marcoso Building, Corrales-Hayes Sts. or during the day of the race. (PIA-10)
RDC–X pitches DRR/CCA in local dev’t planning, decision-making processes
by: Genesis Monterde
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, April 7 (PIA) – The Regional Development Council, region 10 (RDC-X) has passed Resolution No. 4, s. 2011, supporting the project on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (IDRR/CCA) in local development planning and decision-making processes (LDPDMP).
This, following the NEDA-UNDP-European Commission Humanitarian Aid (DIPECHO) 2008 Guidelines for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction in Sub-national Development and Land Use/Physical Planning as the foundation for mainstreaming.
Engr. Leon M. Dacanay, Jr., Director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), said the project aims to mainstream the integrated concerns of DRR/CCA into the Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plans (PDPFP).
The project is also collaborating with NEDA-Agriculture Staff (AS) in the implementation of selected outputs for the Millennium Development Goal Achievement Fund 1656: Strengthening the Philippines’ Institutional Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change Project (or the MDG-F 1656 Project).
Jointly undertaken by the government of the Philippines (GOP) and the United Nations Agencies with funding from the Spanish Government, NEDA in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), is implementing the project
Under the IDRR/CCA Project, the 2008 Guidelines shall be enhanced to incorporate climate change and parameters such as temperature rise, changes in rainfall pattern and sea-level rise, sectoral impacts for coastal resources, health, agriculture, water and forestry, and potential impacts on existing hazards.
Administrative Order No. 1 issued on September 17, 2010 directed local government units, particularly the provinces, to adopt and use the 2008 Guidelines and NEDA to conduct capability-building activities for planning offices at the local, regional and national levels on the use of the Guidelines.
The project has the following five major components and their corresponding outputs: capacity building for regional trainers, organizing the provinces’ DR Assessment–Part 1, DR Assessment – Part II and Integrating DRA Results in the PDPFP.
Dacanay said NEDA-X, together with the regional pool of trainers, will take the lead in the provision of technical assistance, from Component 2 to 5, to provinces in the formulation/preparation of DRR/CCA-Enhanced PDPFPs.
The expression of interest of the non-pilot provinces namely, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental articulates their commitment to participate in the IDRR/CCA project for the preparation of DRR/CCA-Enhanced Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan using the guideline, with technical assistance from the regional pool of trainers. (PIA 10)
Tourist arrivals in Northern Mindanao, up 41.47% in 2010
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, April 7 (PIA) – A total of 1,483,525 tourists visited Northern Mindanao in 2010, higher by 41.47% compared to 1,048,662 in 2009.
Of this figure, 1,439,431 or 97.03% were Filipinos, while 44,094 or 2.97% were foreigners, Director Catalino E. Chan III of the Dept. of Tourism (DOT), region 10 said.
He also said the most favored destination by the Filipino tourists was the Ozamiz-Oroquita-Tangub-Misamis Occidental Cluster, probably due to Christmas Symbols Festival held every December, with 667,507 tourists or 46.37%.
This was followed by the Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental area where most of the regional meetings and conventions were held, with 374,872 or 26.04%.
Next was Camiguin because of its “Panaad” during the Lenten Season and Lanzones Festival in October, with 282,820 or 19.65%, then Iligan City-Lanao del Norte, 102,564 or 7.13% and the Malaybalay-Valencia-Bukidnon, 11,668 or 0.81%.
For the foreign tourists, however, the Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental area was the most favored destination with 31,032 or 70.38%, followed by Camiguin, 8,152 or 18.49%, Ozamiz-Oroquieta-Tangub-Misamis Occidental Cluster, 2,366 or 5.37%, Iligan-Lanao del Norte, 2,033 or 4.61% and Malaybalay-Valencia-Bukidnon, 511 or 1.15%.
Meanwhile, the most number of foreign tourists came from the following: East Asian countries with 11,423 or 25.91%, followed by those from North America, 10,676 or 24.21%, Europe 6,605 or 14.98%, Oceania, 2,058 or 4.67%, ASEAN, 1,182 or 2.68%, India, 680 or 1.54%, Saudi Arabia, 360 or 0.82% and those classified as “others” with 4,314 or 9.78%, and “Balikbayans” who were also considered foreign tourists, with 6,796 or 15.41%.
Meanwhile, the leading tourist-producing countries that visited region 10 were noted by DOT-10:
East Asia: Korea, 4,936 or 43.21%, China, 2,894 or 25.33%, Japan, 2,249 or 19.69%, Taiwan, 785 or 6.87% and Hongkong, 559 or 4.89%.
ASEAN: Singapore, 463 or 39.17%, Thailand, 228 or 19.29%, Malaysia, 197 or 16.66% and those of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
North America: United States of America (USA), 8,479 or 79.42% and Canada, 2,197 or 20.58%.
Oceania: Australia with 1,665 or 80.90% and New Zealand, 393 or 19.10%, and
Europe: Germany, 2,055 or 31.11%, United Kingdom, 985 or 14.91%, France and Netherland, 541 or 8.19%, each, and those of Austria, Belguim, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. (PIA-10)
DA honors 2010 Region 10 Gawad Saka winners
by Joanne L. Olson
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, April 7 (PIA) – The Dept. of Agriculture (DA), region 10, through the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Council (RAFC) has recently honored the 2010 Gawad Saka Winners of Northern Mindanao at Harbor Lights Hotel, this city.
A yearly search since the ‘70s, Gawad Saka aims to acknowledge excellent agricultural key players that unquestionably support the efforts of DA for national food security and self-sufficiency thru reducing incidences of poverty in the rural areas by sustaining natural resources and generating jobs and livelihoods.
As such, it recognizes the commendable achievements of farmers, fisherfolks, farm communities, clubs and organizations, and scientists alike.
For 2010 the awardees include five (5) individuals and three (3) organizations, namely:
Fredimor G. Pueblos, Outstanding Rice Farmer. For adopting the hybrid rice technology commercially introduced by DA in 2001, this farmer from Lanao del Norte is now popularly known for growing chemical-free rice in which he enjoys an average production of 9-10 tons per hectare.
Pastor Hanani P. Nietes, Outstanding Small Animal Raiser. He owns a dairy goat and breeder farm, wherein he earned a net income of over P 300,000 in 2009.
Dr. Henry E. Dejarme, Outstanding Agricultural Scientist, from the Mindanao State University – Naawan, he has done extensive research both in freshwater and in marine aquaculture species, as well, as exerted significant efforts in coastal resource assessment, particularly on mangrove resource assessment and rehabilitation.
Rodrigo L. Basallo, Outstanding Fisherfarmer (Fish Capture). Like Nietes and Dejarme, Basallo comes from Misamis Oriental.
Abdias Rosalita Family from Bukidnon, Outstanding Farm Family. Currently, the family takes pride in their orchard which houses 15 fruit trees ranging from pomelo, papaya, durian, guyabano, jackfruit and several others. including high yielding varieties of corn, cassava, coffee, sugarcane, vegetables, cultured mushrooms while also raising goats and chickens.
Kibalabag Rural Improvement Club, Outstanding RIC. From its humble beginnings of having only one sari-sari store, this club with Higaonon members, has attained remarkable successes by having two (2) additional stores while also engaging in handicraft-making that resulted to an impressive net income of more than half a million pesos in 2009.
Siegfred C. Balaki another luminary from Bukidnon, owns a 4-hectare farmland in which he produces granola potatoes, round cabbage, bell pepper and lettuce. For round cabbage alone, he targets 500 kilos every month that allowed him to earn P 150,000.
Aloran Municipal Agriculture and Fisheries Council (MAF), Outstanding MAFC. The group was recognized due to their exemplary work as evidenced by passing and endorsing 15 resolutions, 11 of which have been implemented.
They were able to ask financial assistance from the Livelihood Enhancement for Agricultural Development (LEAD) of DA for projects on fish shelter and peanut production to provide a viable source of income among the farmers and fisher folk within their area.
For bagging the coveted Gawad Saka awards, the honorees in the individual category will receive a cash award of P 20,000 and a plaque of recognition while the achievers in the group category will reap a cash award of P 30,000 and a plaque of recognition.
In a message from DA-10 Regional Executive Director Lealyn A. Ramos which was delivered by DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Constancio C. Maghanoy, Jr., she acknowledged how deeply fortunate the attendees are in the said gathering.
“All of us here are blessed to closely meet people who are not mere achievers to their chosen field in farming, but are extraordinary individuals who are undeniably epitomes of triumph that each and every one of us are worthy of emulating,” she said.
She further showed her optimism for the agricultural sector and even posed a challenge to the different stakeholders by saying, “Hopefully, this awarding would lead you to redefine your focus, energies and resources to reach the same success that our awardees have attained.”
The said event was also witnessed by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), the National Agricultural Fisheries Council (NAFC), the members of the Regional Management Committee, P4MP, the 4-H Club Federation, industry associations and other esteemed guests. (PIA-10)
POEA: Inotera Memories Inc. now needs 289 technical assistants
by: Lessie Paje
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, April 7 (PIA)- - The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), region 10, Cagayan de Oro City Branch, announces the special hiring program of 289 Technical Assistants for Inotera Memories, Inc. in Taiwan.
Anne Apasra S. Abas, Officer-in-Charge of POEA-10, said the job is open to both male and female applicants, as long as they have the following qualifications:
For male applicants: at least college graduate of courses related to motor and machinery, must be 25 to 35 years old, stands 155- 175 cm. and weighs 55-88 kg.
For female applicants: must be at least college graduate, 20 to 30 years old, stands 150-175 cm. and weighs 55-88 kg.
The salary offered is NT$17,880/mo. with a job description of maintenance and repair of wafer machine, for the males and to operate the machine and move materials of semi conductors, for the females.
Abas said the Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resumẻ of the qualified applicants will be endorsed to the employer for evaluation or selection but former Inotera workers will be given priority.
Those who will be qualified may personally submit a detailed resumẻ with job description, school credits, employment certificates, original and photocopy of the first page of passport, and two pcs. 2x2 of recent photo to the POEA Manpower Registry Division, Window 1, Ground Floor Blas F. Ople Bldg., Ortigas Ave. corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City or register online at www.poea.gov.ph orwww.eregister.poea.gov.ph.
Deadline for submission is on 26 of April, this year, while the conduct of written examination and interview is scheduled on May 1-15, 2011, Abas added. (PIA-10)
DTI-Normin announces the filling up of vacant posts
by Lessie Paje
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oreintal, April 6. (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Region 10, has announced the filling up of their vacant positions from April 4-15, 2011.
Director Alicia V. Euseña, Director of DTI-10, said the following vacant positions with their corresponding Salary Grades (SG) are as follows:
Three (3) Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist (STIDS), SG 18, one (1) Trade and Industry Development Specialist (TIDS), SG 15, two (2) Trade and Industry Development Analyst (TIDA), SG 11, one (1) Administrative Officer I (AO-I), SG II, one (1) Cashier II, SG 14, and one (1) Accountant II, SG 16.
Euseña said based on four (4) sets of qualifications, Education, Experience, Training/ Seminars and Career Service Professional (CSP) Eligibility, these vacant positions are:
STIDS: Bachelor’s degree relevant to the job, must have at least two years of experience in trade/industry development promotion, research or other relevant work, have undergone eight (8) hours of relevant training and a CSP or its equivalent.
TIDS: Bachelor’s degree relevant to the job, One (1) year of experience in trade/industry development promotion, research or other related work, four (4) hours of relevant training and a CSP or its equivalent.
TIDA: Bachelor’s degree relevant to the job and a CSP or its equivalent while experience and training are not required.
AO-I willing to be assigned in Misamis Occidental: Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration or any degree including or supplemented by 12 units in Public Administration Management, six(6) months of responsible experience which must have provided familiarity with management, principles, methods and techniques in planning, directing and coordinating various administrative functions and a CSP.
Cashier II: Bachelor’s degree in Commerce or Business Administration or Bachelor’s degree including supplemented by 12 units in Accounting, six (6) months of experience in direct handling and/or safekeeping of cash items or one (1) year of experience in direct handling and/or safekeeping of cash items, eight (8) hours of relevant trainings and a CSP eligibility or its equivalent.
Accountant II: Bachelor’s degree in Commerce or Business Administration major in accounting, one (1) year of experience in examination, analysis and interpretation of accounting data and reports, eight (8) hours of relevant training and R.A. 1080 (CPA).
Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications with their bio-data, transcript of record (TOR) and certificate of eligibility to the Chairman, Selection and Promotion Board, DTI-10 not later than April 15, 2011, Euseña added. (PIA-10)
Cebuano News: RDC X gisubli ang membership sa special non-voting members
by: Lessie Paje
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, April 7 (PIA) - Ang Regional Development Council (RDC), region 10, nagpasa ug usa ka resolusyon kabahin sa pagpapabalik sa lima (5) sa mga myembro sa konseho isip special non-voting members (SNVM).
Ang maong resolusyon gipasa atol sa ika-88 nga RDC Full Council Meeting didto sa Iligan City, dili pa lamang dugay.
Kalakip niining lima (5) ka mga SNVM mao ang National Statistics Office (NSO), National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army (4ID, PA) ug ang Gender Advocates sa Region X (GA-X), ang bag-o nga ngalan kanhi-ay nga Gender Advocates and Women In Government Service kon GA-WINGS-10.
Nasuta sa konseho nga kini nga mga SVNM kinsa nagagikan sa government ug non government organizations (GO/NGO) nagpakita sa ilang tinguha sa pagpadayon sa pagserbisyo sa RDC-X.
Matud pa ni Engr. Leon M. Dacanay, Jr., Director sa National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), region 10, ang termino sa mga opisyales sa RDC-X matapos matag tulo (3) ka tuig ug karon sa 2010-2013, lain nga hut-ong sa mga opisyales and misugod na sa ilang pagserbisyo sulod sa ilang termino.
Kini nga mga ahensya nagpabilin nga aktibo sa pagsalmot ug paghatag ug technical support alang sa malambuon ug malampusong pagpatuman sa katungdanan sa RDC-X, ang pinakataas nga planning ug policy- making body sa rehiyon,” matud pa ni Dacanay.
Si Dacanay, kinsa mao usab ang Vice Chairperson sa RDC-X nag-ingon nga ang RDC-X Macro and Development Administration Committee nagkompirma nga kini nga mga GO/NGO’s nakatabang gayud sa buluhaton sa RDC-X. (PIA 10)
And the good news is “All Hostages are Safe” – Municipal Crisis Management Committee, La Purisima Hostage Crisis
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, April 6 (PIA) – President Benigno S. Aquino III has commended, today, the Municipal Crisis Committee of the La Purisima Hostage Crisis for the successful handling of the situation.
“All of the 12 hostages have been recovered at 6 o’clock this morning and that they are now safe and already with us,” the Committee announced.
In a press statement, the Committee said, “Our troops found the hostages abandoned by their captors at Sitio Balete, Brgy. La Purisima, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.”
It also said that the development was a result of a dialogue between Agusan del Sur Governor Adolph Edward G. Plaza and Prosperidad Mayor Albin D. Magdamit, with that of the Perez brothers, the alleged hostage takers.
The Perezes clarified their demand that what they only wanted was for them to be treated fairly which were then assured by Gov Plaza and Mayor Magdamit.
“We believe that with these assurances, along with the mounting pressure from our troops on ground, forced the abductors to leave their hostages,” the Committee said.
Along with Governor Plaza, the Committee took their cue from the clear instructions given by Pres. Aquino who has been keeping track of the situation from the very beginning to exhaust all peaceful means to resolve the hostage situation, the Committee said.
Meanwhile, the 12 rescued hostages are: Narciso Oliveros, District Supervisor, Apolonio Alibangbang, Head Teacher, La Purisima Elementary School, Filipina Quitoy, Teacher-in-Charge, Gacub Primary School, Joel Sausa, District Property Custodian, Manuel Mordeno, Teacher-in-Charge, New Maasin Elementary School, Mary Jane Bedrijo, volunteer pre-school teacher, Allan Galdiano, teacher, Daldy Rodriguez, “habal-habal” driver, Arnold Quitoy Rico Binambang, Galvan Vocales, and an 8-year old child.
All the victims were found to be in good physical condition except for some minor bruises and insect bites, the Committee also said.
At the moment, all of the hostages are being given medical attention by our doctors and are undergoing stress debriefing with our psychologists and social workers to ameliorate the impact of their ordeal as captives and at the same time help them to move on after this experience.
As for the kidnappers, our troops are now pursuing them as we hope to bring them to justice the soonest possible time. Our laws shall be wielded in a manner with which they shall be fully made accountable for their crime.
The commitment of the government to resolve the hostage situation was clearly manifested. The preservation of lives, both of the victims and of the abductors, was the primordial concern. In each step of the way, decisions were made with the ultimate goal of the safe release of the hostages.
At the end of the day, regardless of motivations or reasons behind any action of an individual or group of men, we are still governed by our laws and it is our job to see to it that these laws shall always prevail.
Several lessons have been drawn from this experience which the government can use for a coordinated and efficient response to parallel situations, as well as to avert similar occurrences in the future.
The Committee also expressed their deep gratitude to all the people who have been involved and have helped them in one way or another in resolving the situation peacefully.
“We would also like to acknowledge the full support given to us by the national government and other agencies in ending the crisis. Our appreciation also goes to our friends in the media for their cooperation, understanding, and professionalism in covering this incident,” the Committee added. (PIA-10)
4ID Chief commends 75IB soldiers for recovery of landmine s in Surigao Sur
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Ooriental, April 6 (PIA) – Maj. Gen. Victor A. Felix, Commander of the 4th Infantry Division (4ID), Philippine Army, hascommended the efforts of the soldiers belonging to the 75 Infantry Battalion (75IB) for the recent recovery of landmines in Surigao del Sur (SDS).
Felix said operating troops from 75IB recovered two (2) landmines with two (2) blasting caps after a routine patrol in Sitio Sta Rita, Barangay Sta. Juana, Tagbilana, Surigao del Sur (SDS), last April 3 at 5:00 p.m.
The soldiers under the operational control of 401st Infantry Brigade (401Bde) based in St. Christine Lianga, SDS, while on a patrol, discovered a trace of wires belonging to a landmine planted along the road of the said area. The explosives were immediately brought to the 75IB headquarters for safe keeping.
Felix said he is happy that the landmines were recovered and that they didn’t hurt anybody, especially the civilian populace.
“This terrorist device does not choose who to kill in the field, nor distinguish between an armed soldier and an unsuspecting civilian. We need to put an end to the use of such barbaric devices,” the 4ID Chief said.
Meanwhile, Maj. Eugenio Julio C. Osias IV, 4ID Spokesperson and Commanding Officer of the 4th Civil-Military Operation (4CMO) Battalion, said that the community played an essential part in giving details and information to proper authorities.
“The efforts of the Army were made easier to preempt terrorist attacks with the help of the people in the community. The success of the operation was one of the best examples of what we can achieve if we work hand-in-hand in achieving a common goal,” Osias said.
Iligan exec authorizes ICPO Chief to strengthen PNP SWAT Team
by Melvin T. Anggot/Virgilio C. Garcia
ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, April 6 (PIA) – Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz authorized P/Sr. Supt. Celso G. Regencia to strengthen the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team of the Iligan City Police Office (ICPO).
In a flag raising program at city hall, the Mayor has tasked the ICPO chief to submit a budget proposal for the project.
Cruz said SWAT is important in the city’s desire to strengthen and make effective Task Force Defensa Iligan or TFDI.
This is a special composite team of police, military and other volunteer groups in the campaign against kidnapping, carnapping and terrorism.
The mayor said his administration has prioritized peace and order as a prerequisite to sustainable development.
Cruz said he is worried that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) forces have splintered which will affect the current peace talk between the government and the MILF. (CIO/PIA10)
ICPO nets 15 loose firearms in first 15 days of new Police Chief
by Melvin T. Anggot/Virgilio C. Garcia
ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, April 6 (PIA) – At least 15 loose firearms were confiscated by the Iligan City Police Office (ICPO) during the first 15 days of P/Sr. Supt. Celso G. Regencia, the new City Police Director
“I am elated and proud of this accomplishment of the ICPO, which I believe is the result of he effective implementation of Operation Bakal,” Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz said.
For his part, Regencia said this is one of their strategies in their campaign against bad elements that perpetrate robbery, murder and other crimes in the city.
The ICPO Chief said they are doing everything in return for the trust and confidence given them by the City Government. (CIO/PIA10)
City Health Office initiates MR-SIA program against measles
by Melvin T. Anggot/Virgilio C. Garcia
ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, April 6 (PIA) - The City Health Office has started to implement the free vaccination of children against measles under the program Measles-Rubella Supplemental Immunization Activity (MR-SIA) to formally launch the program in the city.
The ceremonial immunization was initiated with the vaccination of two (2) children in the flag raising ceremony at city hall, yesterday, wherein Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz administered vitamin A capsule orally to children.
Under the MR-SIA program, a door-to-door vaccination will be conducted for children with ages nine months old to eight years old against measles, starting April 4 to May 4, or a total of 20 working days. (CIO/PIA10)
Iligan dad supports signature campaign versus sex trafficking
by Melvin T. Anggot/Virgilio C. Garcia
ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, April 6 (PIA) - Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz supported the signature campaign of Kagawad Bayani Areola of the Sangguniang Bayan against sex trafficking victimizing children and the youth.
The signature campaign is aimed at making people aware of the many incidents of sex trafficking happening around the world through the internet in private rooms and residences, in the city.
Cruz is urging the public to get involved in resolving the issue.
The Mayor believes that it would be difficult to stop sex trafficking without the support of parents, barangay officials and law enforcers.
The signature campaign against sex trafficking is initiated by the Dept. of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and The Body Shop, a firm under an international movement called End Child Prostitution and Trafficking or ECPAT. (CIO/PIA10)
Iligan City gov’t sends resolution supporting steps to abolish the Oil Deregulation Law
by Melvin T. Anggot/Virgilio C. Garcia
ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, April 6 (PIA) - The city government of Iligan sent the Senate a resolution supporting House Bill No. 2569 abolishing the Downstream Oil Deregulation Act of 1998.
This was confirmed by Kagawad Moises Dalisay, Jr., of the Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP), author of the Resolution and Chairperson of the Committee on Energy of the City Council.
The SP believes that HB 2569 is relevant at this time as gasoline and other petroleum products continue to rise.
It also believes that the oil deregulation law failed to create a competitive oil market and secure a normal supply of the commodity.
Dalisay said he understands the strike of the transport groups recently as this is one way to urge the government to check on the oil cartel of big oil companies.
He added it is about time to abolish the said law and bring back the Oil Price Destabilization Fund of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos. (CIO/PIA-10)
Cebuano News: Daghang kaayuhan makuta sa vermicomposting
by Lessie Paje
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, April 6 (PIA) – Daghan ang kaayuhan nga mahatag sa Vermicomposting isip usa ka alternatibong komersyal nga abono.
Mao kini ang giingon ni Nasrollah M. Macaumbang, usa ka Communications Relations Officer sa Watershed Management Division-Mindanao Generation (WMD-MinGen), National Power Corporation (NPC), kinsa nakahimo na niini nga paagi.
Ang Vermicomposting usa ka pamaagi sa paghimo o pagbuhat sa vermicompost, usa ka organikong abono gikan sa malata nga mga materyales (Bio-degradable Materials) nga basura pinaagi sa tabang sa mga wati kon earthworms.
Matud pa ni ang vermicomposting makahatag ug usa ka ekonomikanhong pamaagi aron makab-ot ang taas nga ani o kita sa pagpanguma.
Kini tungod sa mga tinunaw nga nahimo sa mga wati nga adunay dala nga Nitrogens, phosphorus ug potassium, nga nag-unang kinahanglanon sa tanom.
Matud usab Macaumbang, maayo kini sa palibut tungod kay makahimu kini sa pagwala sa problema sa mga hugaw o sagbot ug ang panginahanglan sa pagpuno sa yuta, pagpakunhod sa paggamit sa mga dili organikong abono ug mga pestisedyo.
Ang mga wati nga mao ang Red worms (Eusenia foeida o Eisenia Andrei) o ang African night crawler (Eudrilus eugeniae) ug ang worm food nga gikan sa mga bakahan, manokan, rabbit kun hugaw sa kabayo, preskong pagkaun, mga pre-compost ga-gikan sa hugaw sa pagkaun, legume hays o mga gipangkumot-kumot nga mag cardboard.
Cebuano News: MICT walay operation sa Biernes Santo, Abril 22
by Lessie Paje
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, April 6 (PIA) - Ang Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT), Misamis Oriental, nagpahibalo sa pagsuspende sa ilang operasyon karong umaabot Biernes Santo sa Abril 22, ning tuiga.
Si Jose Mari G. Fernandez, MICT Operations Manager, maoy ang nagpahibalo sa tanang Shipping Line, Container Operators, Brokers ug Forwarders, Trucking Companies, Exporters ug Importers ug uban pang mga mogamit sa pantalan aron ilang mahikay ang pagbalhin sa ilang mga gikatakdang bulohaton sa maong panahon.
Matud pa ni Fernandez, ang temporaryong pagsuspende sa terminal operations sa MICT magsugod sa 7:00 sa buntag, sa Biernes Santo, Abril 22, ug mubalik sa sunod nga adlaw, sa Sabado de Gloria, Abril 23, dinha sa Gate, Container Yard ug Vessel Operations sa MCT sa Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.
Ang temporayng pag-suspende sa transaksyon sa billing ug dokyumentasyon nga bahin magsugod usab sa pareho nga takna, alas 7:00 sa buntag sa Abril 22, ug mubalik pagka sunod nga adlaw, Abril 23.
Si Fernandez usab miingon nga maong schedule gi-ubanan sa temporaryong pagsuspende sa Port Operations didto sa Manila South Harbor, Manila North Harbor ug Manila International Container Terminal kon MICT didto sa kaulohan.
Alang sa dugang kasayuran, mahimong motawag lang sa MICT Services, Inc., pinaagi sa Operations Manager, telepono numero (088) 567-12-07, telefax (08822) 742-953 o mobile phone 09285517493 ug 09228930160 o pina-agi sa email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (PIA-10)
Cebuano News: Export nga Lubi sa Amihanang Mindanao daku ang pagsaka sa gidaghanon ug kantidad sa dolyar sa tuig 2010
by Lessie Paje
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, April 6 (PIA) - Mikabat sa 484,216 metrico tonelada ang “volume” kon gidaghanon sa produkto sa lubi nga gibaligya sa Amihanang Mindanao ngadto sa laing nasud sa tuig 2010.
Kini adunay pagsaka nga 92.64% kon nuybenta y dos punto saysienta y kwatro porsyento kun itandi sa 251,356 metriko tonelada, niadtong tuig 2009.
Ang maong gidaghanaon nagkantidad sa US$417.66 million o kwatro siyentos desisiete punto saysenta e sais milyones ka dolyar sa gitawag nga “freight on-board (FOB).”
Mas taas usab kini nga 116.64% kon usa ka gatos ug disesais punto saysienta y kwatro ka porsyento kun itandi sa FOB nga US$192.79 million o usa ka gatos nuybe sisyentos dos punto setenta y nuybe millyones ka dolyar ika komparar kaniadtong tuig 2009.
Ang “FOB” nagpasabot nga ang gasto sa transportasyon pagdala ngadto sa laing nasud pagabayran sa moplait niini, matud pa ni Director Luis G. Cruz sa Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) region 10.
Matud pa ni Cruz, nag-una ang “Coconut Water” sa mga produkto sa lubi nga gibaligya ngadto sa laing nasud ug gisundan kini sa gitawag nga “Coconut Peat.”
Ang uban naga langkob sa “Coconut Cream,” “Coconut Milk Powder,” “Desiccated Coconut,” “Activated Carbon,” “Coconut Chemicals,” “Reduced Fat Coconut,” “Coconut Shell,” “Copra Cake/Meal,” “Coconut Husk Chips,” “Coconut Coir Fiber,” ug “Coconut Charcoal.” (PIA-10)