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Uy bats for ease of doing business at the municipal level

April 21, 2019

Government efficiency, especially at the local government level, is the spark needed to ignite economic dynamism in the countryside, according to Misamis Oriental 2nd District Rep. Juliette T. Uy, who has resolved to shepherd the MisOr towns in her district toward effective compliance with the Ease of Doing Business Law (RA 11032).   "The Municipality of Villanueva, which ranked a modest 117th among 489 towns in the Department of Trade and Industry's competitiveness index, can serve as the peer group leader for the district," said Uy, who is vice chairperson of the House committee on small business and entrepreneurship development.   "Kapag less ang hassle sa pagkuha ng business permits at iba pang permit sa munisipyo, mas darami ang maliliit na negosyo. Ito ang mabisang paraan sa pagkamit ng economic dynamism o sigla ng lokal na ekonomiya at paglikha ng  mas maraming trabaho para sa mga mamamayan," the ranking lady solon added.   Uy, one of the authors of RA 11032 in the House, said her goal is to make the district's towns among the national models of LGU efficiency.   She said she will soon convene the MisOr second district local executives to "map out a results-focused action plan to streamline all important LGU processes."   "Dapat ngayong taon pa lang, meron na agad ilang proseso na mas mabilis at mahusay na kaysa dati. Dapat tataas agad ang dami ng bagong negosyong naitayo. Meron tayong mga itatakdang indicators of progress at feedback mula sa publiko," Uy explained.   "Every year there must be significant, double-digit progress measurable in terms of number of new businesses, jobs created, and satisfied customers," she added.   Uy said she will coordinate with the DTI and its attached agency, the Small Business Corporation, so that new businesses get enough support in low-interest loans and entrepreneurship training.   "I also want the Farm Tourism Law and mariculture businesses to gain momentum in Misamis Oriental because we have strong potential in high value crops and inland fishing," the congresswoman said.

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Comelec warns Jasaan mayor of courting election offense

April 21, 2019

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial elections supervisor in Misamis Oriental has warned Jasaan Mayor Julius Pagaspas that he could be charged for violation of the Fair Elections Act if he would not allow a specific political party to hold campaign rallies in the municipality. In a three-page resolution dated April 12 this year, provincial elections supervisor Aleli Dayo-Ramirez stated that her office has received a complaint from PaDayon Pilipino represented by Floramae Jo Abbu alleging that the office of the municipal mayor in Jasaan had refused to act on the party’s request to conduct a rally in the said municipality on April 10. Upon receiving the complaint, Dayo-Ramirez immediately dispatched municipal elections officer Lailani Nazi to conduct an investigation on the matter. During the course of the probe, Nazi’s office discovered that the office of the mayor of Jasaan granted 29 days for another political party, Team Unity, to conduct a campaign rally in the said municipality while PaDayon Pilipino was asking only for one date. In her report to Dayo-Ramirez, Nazi concluded that the actions of the mayor of Jasaan constituted a violation of Section 32 of Republic  Act 9006, otherwise known as the Fair Elections Act, which stated that “the approving official shall give all candidates and parties equal and fair opportunity as to date, time and place, to hold public political meetings or rallies.” Upon receiving the report, Dayo-Ramirez immediately granted PaDayon Pilipino a total of eight days to conduct handshaking and campaign rallies in the said municipality in eight barangays. Dayo-Ramirez further stated that if the mayor of Jasaan would prevent PaDayon Pilipino from holding the sorties in those dates, he would be liable under the Fair Elections Act.

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Jaraula clarifies issues on The Golden Mile Project

April 20, 2019

Former Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula has issued a clarification about his Golden Mile Project after allegedly being “ridiculed and vilified” by radio commentators on the “unfinished” renovation of the Amphitheatre.   In a statement sent to this newspaper, Jaraula explained the historical background of the project which eventually led to the controversial demolition of the former Amphitheatre known as the “Amphi” to Kagay-anons.   “The block referred to as the Amphitheater, from Burgos to Capistrano Streets, used to be the Public Market. The western half was the “wet” portion and the upper half was for dry goods. The other block from Capistrano to Rizal Streets was likewise for dry goods. In 1958 the Cogon Market was made operational under the leadership of Mayor Justiniano “Tinying” Borja and Vice Mayor Jesus “Jake”Seriña.”   “Under the same leadership the entire “Divisoria Park” from Burgos to Corrales was fully developed and was recipient of a national award in 1963 for “beautification” among local governments. City Engineer Herminio Lucero was the designer and trusted official of Mayor Borja.  It is unfortunate he died not long thereafter.”   Jaraula noted how even before he assumed office as Mayor in July 2007 the Amphitheater was non-operational and was enclosed with barbwire.   “It was “over-used” and needed rehabilitation. This was aggravated by the need for additional space in the City Hall complex so that taxpayers would not jump from one office to another area, wasting so much time in between,” he noted.   The Golden Mile   Thus, he conceived the Golden Mile Project in response to the crying need to expand the City Hall Complex at the time to accommodate the growing demands of the expanding city.   “When I took over in 2007 City Councilors did not have individual offices which we used to have. There was a demand for a One-Stop-Shop to consolidate City offices and save taxpayers time and expense. I humbly accepted the challenge and conceived of the Golden Mile Project.   Among the salient features of the project were enhancement of the river bank to prevent flooding; expansion of City Hall; construction of a multi-storey City Center to house a Public Library, Tourism and Museum,  with commercial floors to partly finance the Project; and redevelopment of the Amphitheatre to be integrated with the City Center.   In 2009, his administration was able to construct with local funds the Legislative and Administrative Buildings surrounding the Barangay/Tourism Hall by buying the old residential area of the late Assemblyman Isidro “Ñor Idroy” Vamenta and a portion of the late Edmundo Chaves property for a “discounted rate” of P13, 000 per square meter. This was considered a good bargain by former City Councilor Lourdes “Inday” Laviña since the prevailing price was at P25k/Sq.M.   The Golden Mile Master Plan called for the acquisition of all the areas bounded by the river bank and Burgos Street up to Hotel Ramon owned by the Chaves, Reyes, Roa, Montalvan, Gacula, and Pelaez families.   Moving Forward   “We started with the 782 Sq.M, lot of the late Angel Chaves right beside Hotel Ramon and at the back of the Amphitheater, with the very specific purpose of putting up the City Center, also at a bargain, thanks to Charisse (Chaves) and Rafael “Pepot”Fortich.”   “We paid off the “occupants” of the property for their houses (whether paying or non-paying of rentals) and they demolished the same and vacated the area. In fact, this generous couple donated One Million (P1,000,000.00) Pesos as their contribution to the construction of the City Center with the condition that proper acknowledgment thereof be placed in the Center Marker. The amount was deposited with the City Treasurer’s Office.”   The plan also called for the construction of a foot/pedestrian bridge at the back of the City Center towards Brgy. Carmen, in the area owned by the late Domingo Vamenta.   “This was and still is a necessity since the Ysalina Bridge is always congested and dangerous to pedestrians. A view from the Science building of Xavier University and the Golden Friendship Park would have been extended up to Brgy. Carmen. Of course, it was fully understood at the time that all these could not be accomplished in just “one term”.  And I only had one term.”   All Legal and Approved   Jaraula noted all the foregoing were covered by corresponding Resolutions and Ordinances, none of which has been repealed. They are available at the City Council for the honest and responsible commentators and scholars.   ·Resolution No. 9305 – 2008 “ResolutionAdopting the Golden Mile Project consisting of (600) Six Hundred Meters of Walkway from the junction of Toribio Chaves Street to the proposed Boulevard along the river bank , going upstream to the 5th Bridge, and 1 kilometer of Boulevard from Toribio Chaves Street going downstream to J.R. Borja Street (or thereabout).   Correspondingly authorizing the dredging and reclamation of the Cagayan River as may be convenient and necessary for the early completion of the Project; and for this purpose authorizing the Honorable City Mayor to negotiate with any person, entity, or Corporation to undertake the Project or any part thereof, provided that any and all agreements in relation thereto shall be subject to the final approval of the Sangguniang  Panlungsod.” (Unanimously Carried on September 8, 2008)   ·Resolution No. 9306 – 2008 “Resolution Authorizing the Redevelopment of the Golden Friendship Park (formerly Divisoria), including the extension of the same up to the proposed Boulevard along the River Bank and all the way to Barangay Carmen through a Walk Bridge, and the consequent acquisition of the area behind the Amphitheater, and for this purpose authorizing the Honorable City Mayor to conduct negotiations with any person, entity, or Corporation, as may be necessary to fulfill the foregoing functions, provided that any and all agreements in relation thereto shall be subject to the approval of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.” (Unanimously carried on September 8, 2008)   ·Ordinance No. 11262 - 2008  “An Ordinance Authorizing Honorable City Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula to immediately implement or undertake the Redevelopment of the Community Amphitheatre Area at Divisoria, this City, as part of the Golden Mile Project, and further authorizing: the City Mayor to negotiate with Mr. Angel Chaves for the acquisition of his property affected by the said Project and to file expropriation proceedings in Court in case of failure thereof.” (Unanimously Approved December 15, 2008)   ·Resolution No. 9560 – 2009 “Resolution Authorizing the Construction of a Multi-Storey City Center at the back of the Amphitheater (Chaves Lot to be acquired by the City) and the Immediate Bidding process therefor after compliance of basic requirements and in connection with the Redevelopment of the Amphitheater, further Authorizing the Construction of an Elevated Floor for the Amphitheater with the present Ground Floor serving as the area for Pay Parking and the Stage over Burgos Street, and other purposes.” (Carried by Majority on February 24, 2009)   ·Ordinance No. 11379 – 2009 “An Ordinance Appropriating the sum of P10,975,881.00 from the Item “Non – Office Land Acquisition/Expropriation” in the 2009 Annual Budget to be made available for the full payment of the claim for just compensation including Registration and Documentation expenses of the Lot owned by Mr. Angel Chaves, located at Barangay No. 6, this City, which was affected by the construction of a Multi-Storey City Center at the back of the Amphitheater; and for this purpose, authorizing the Honorable City Mayor to sign the Deed of Absolute Sale thereof. (Approved by Majority on May 5, 2009)   The Incomplete Amphi   Asked why the Golden Mile Project remained incomplete, Jaraula explained that the reconstruction of the Amphi was almost finished with stage already done but it had to await the construction of the City Center to which it has been integrated.   “In fact, the first to use it was ABS-CBN. This was specifically why the Angel Chaves lot was purchased to construct the City Center thereon and integrate the Amphi thereto,” he noted.   “In  the meantime, I used the ground floor of the Old Water Tank across Gaston Park to  “put up” the Museum which is being used until now as such without being expanded,” Jaraula added. Thus, he explained that the main reason why the Golden Mile Project, including the Amphi, was not completed was because the succeeding administrations did not elect to pursue it.   “There was an offer by a Korean consortium to put up a 30-storey building but my 3-year term ended faster. It was always assumed that the projects covered  by the resolutions and ordinances quoted could not be finished in just one term and subsequent administrations were expected to finish them through since they were neither amended nor repealed,” he said.

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BREAKING NEWS!! DXJM radio commentator Francis Patindol stabbed dead on Black Saturday

April 20, 2019

BREAKING NEWS!! CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (April 20,2019) - DXJM radio commentator Francis Patindol was stabbed to death on Black Saturday while with companions outside the Alba Copy Center on Narra Road, Barangay New Society, Butuan City. His unknown attacker immediately fled to still unknown direction to elude arrrest from responding police officers. Patindol was based in Cagayan de Oro City, but transferred to Butuan City after he accepted an offer to anchor a radio program on DXJM.  Patindol was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital in Butuan City but he died several minutes after due to a fatal stab wound inflicted by his attacker. The motive of the killing was still unknown at press time and police probers are still 'facing a blank wall' why the radio commentator was stabbed to death. His colleague and friend Ercel Maandig, who is also a practicing journalist in the city helped facilitated the transfer of Patindol's remains to his immediate relatives in Cagayan de Oro ...full blown story to follow        

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FRANCIS PATINDOL CASE: Police release cartographic sketch of radioman's attacker

April 20, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The police have just released the cartographic sketch of the suspect who attacked and stabbed to death a radio commentator of dxJM Butuan City. Based on the initial profiling and investigation of the police, the attacker of Patindol was a drunk trisicad barker and dispatcher. The police did not  yet release the full name of the suspect at press time as it might jeopardize their follow up operations. But MDN digital has identified the suspect's identity from some media friends as a certain Ulating Macarampat Barapangcat aka Ola Saransamen. The suspect immediately fled from the crime scene and eluded arrest from responding police operatives.    The suspect, according to initial investigations of police probers of Butuan City, was a public utility jeepney (PUJ) dispatcher and barker and he was known in the place where he is usually barking for passengers.  Meanwhile, Caraga Police Regional Director BGen Gilbert DC Cruz immediately orderd the Butuan Police Office to conduct massive manhunt operations and arrest the culprit as soon as possible. Francis Patindol was a radio blocktimer of dxJM and he died at the MJ Santos Hospital in Butuan City due to a fatal stab wound in his left chest. Police probers are still 'facing a blank wall' as to the  motive of killing the radio broadcaster. Patindol's remains is now transferred to his immediate relatives in Cagayan de Oro with the efforts of his journalist-friend Ercel Maandig, who also sought the help of incumbent representative of the city's 2nd district Maximo Rodriguez.

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Ex Peru President Shot Himself Dead

April 19, 2019

LIMA, Peru - A former president of the country of Peru shot himself dead on Wednesday (April 17,2019) reportedly to avoid arrest from police authorities who arrived at his house and execute the arrest order. Former president Allan Garcia was still rushed to the Casimiro Ulloa hospital in Lima but attending physicians pronounced him dead three hours later. Garcia was accused of taking bribes from one of the biggest construction companies in the country known as Odebrecht. But until his untimely demise, the former president has maintained that he was a victim of political peresecution and his dectractors has no solid evidence to prove their allegations. Prior to his death, Garcia sought assylum at the Uruguayan embassy in November, but his request was reportedly denied in December of last year. Police investigation disclosed that police authorities reportedly stormed at Garcia's front door to execute the arrest but before they could hand over the arrest papers, a gunshot was heard inside Garcia's house. Garcia, 69 year's old, put a bullet in his skull. The doctors tried all their best to revive the former president but he expired three hours after extensive medical operation. His death was even confirmed by the incumbent president of the country, President Martinez Vizcarra. Interior Minister Carlos Moran told reporters that prior to the former president's death he has told police that he needed to call his lawyer. He went to his room and locked the door. In just minutes, government authorities heard a shot from a firearm inside his room. They forcibly opened the door and found the former president sitting and already bathed in blood coming from his head. Gracia has served his country for two terms. His first was from 1985 to 1990 and another term was from 2006  to 2011.     The former president was investigated since February 2011 due to alleged bribery from a Brazillian company reportedly in return for contracts in favor of the construction firm Odebrecht. The construction company has earlier admitted they allegedly bribed the Garcia administration to the tune of $29 Million they allegedly gave to Peruvian officials. But then President Garcia denied the accusations and instead pointed to his dectractors and political opponents as behind the smear campaign to malign his administration. The country has been plagued with corruptions in years and this also resulted to the arrest of another former president of Peru arrested and detained last week. He was identified by police authorities as former president Pedro Pablo Kucyznski.  

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