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"MDN FB Like & Share Challenge" winner is a SPED teacher from Camaman-an Elem School

June 18, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN Local News, June 18) - The grand winner of the recently concluded "Mindanao Daily News FB Like and Share Challenge" was already identified during a traditional raffle draw held live over Facebook yesterday (June 17), hosted by the famous radio jock and MDN's vice president for events and promotions, John Aaron del Bando.  The first promo grand winner is a Special Education (SPED) teacher from Camaman-an Elementary School, this city. She will receive a brandnew Huawei Y6 Pro, courtesy of MDN Publisher and CEO Dante M. Sudaria. Her Facebook alias is Carms Laya but her real name is Maria Carmela S. Laya, single, and a resident of Ramon Chavez St, Cagayan de Oro City. She was a proud daughter of Lawyer Ismael S. Laya and Mrs Letecia S. Laya. She finished her degree, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan), this city. WATCH THE LIVE RAFFLE BELOW:   Maam Carms, as fondly called by friends and co-workers, has dedicated her life for 15 years now as an educator of children with special needs, mostly autistic kids and children with learning disability. MDN digital was able to interview Ma'am Carms last night thru Facebook chat, and she said, she couldn't believe she had won a brand new Huawei Y6 Pro cellphone. Asked why she chose special education, Maam Carms answered: "I choose sped because I wanted to help children with disabilities. I wanted to help them become productive individuals in our country and to encourage them that they can also make a difference in our society." What is Sped? A special education teacher is someone who works with children and youths who have a variety of disabilities. Children with special needs require unique instruction by specially trained professionals to help them achieve their highest potential and strive to progress beyond their limitations. What does a Sped teacher do? Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. They adapt general education lessons and teach various subjects, such as reading, writing, and math, to students with mild and moderate disabilities. What makes a good special education teacher? A special education teacher needs to have intuitive skills to sense underlying issues behind a child's behavior, along with helping them as situations occur. Calming nature. The intensity of the classroom environment may also create stress. How do I get certified in special education? How to Become a Special Education Teacher 1. Earn a bachelor's degree in special education. 2. Complete a student teaching internship in a special education classroom. 3. Take your state's required tests for special education teachers. 4. Apply for your teaching license.   OTHER WINNERS OF THE GIVEAWAY CONTEST                 Meanwhile, the winner of the P500 cellphone load was Miss Jairel Barial Cornez, also a resident of this city. Saisai, as fondly called by friends and relatives, was a Batch 2018-2019 graduate at Capitol University, She graduated with a degree in Science and Technology Engineering and Mathematics. MDN contacted her last night to inform her that she won but all efforts proved futile as she did not respond to our call. Another winner of P300 load consolation prize was Noralyn Mapano Durano, a singer and musician who also lives in Cagayan de Oro for many years now. She has two kids and a loving husband. MDN messaged her in Facebook and informed her that she won P300 worth of load, and she can claim it at anytime, but the very young mother of two kids did not respond to our message yet. Hopefully, she will get her prize in one week's time. ###    --- ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter   

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21 enrolled under BJMP-Davao’s education program for inmates

June 18, 2019

“We aim to reduce recidivism once an inmate is released from prison,” JO1 Michelle Yian, BJMP-Davao community relations service officer Yian said of the program in an interview.  Of the 21 tertiary students, she said 14 are males and seven are females.  She said two female inmates had been released from jail but were still attending classes held at the two-story building inside the jail facility in Ma-a, Davao City.  The students, all government scholars, have taken up four-year degree programs in computer technology and agribusiness. Most of them were arrested for illegal drugs, she said.  Yian said aside from college, BJMP-Davao had also expanded the education program to cover senior high school students. The initial batch for K to 12 program will comprise 20 male and 20 female students.  She said BJMP-Davao aims to link up graduates from CEBB with establishments once they complete their jail terms.  “We have a tie-up with Social Entrepreneurship Technology and Business Institute (SETBI) and will establish a probation period for the inmates. We will maintain contact with them and later link them up with establishments and agencies to facilitate their re-entry into the society,” she said.  She said the inmates’ jail term would be reduced once they complete a four-year degree.  “We have observed our inmate students have changed. They are now more disciplined,” she said.  In 2016, BJMP-Davao officials signed a memorandum of agreement with officials from University of Southeastern Philippines and SETBI to materialize the Prison Rehabilitation and College Education Behind Bars, a comprehensive college educational program for the detainees in Ma-a Jail.

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5 out of 44 barangays in Iligan declared drug-cleared

June 18, 2019

The Iligan City Police Office (ICPO) reported this morning that five out of its 44 barangays have been declared by the Regional Oversight Committee (ROC) 'drug-cleared' after it complied with the requirements.   The ROC is composed of the regional directors of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Department Of Health (DOH), Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).   In a press briefing, Monday morning (June 17), Police Major Jovanne Cabusas, identified these barangays as Hindang, Mainit and Rogongon which are in  the hinterland a Ditucalan and Bagong Silang.   Another two hinterland barangays -Panoroganan and Kalilangan, are declared 'drug-free barangays'.   Cabusas explained that drug-free barangays do not have reported presence of drug personalities while drug-cleared barangays, although it has identified drug personalities, they are actively participating the Community-based Drug Rehabilitation Program (CBDRP).   When the Oplan Tokhang was intensified in July 2016 to the end of 2018, the ICPO has recorded 4,734 drug personalities turned themselves on to the police for clearing and 973 of them have finished the CBDRP.   There are 372 drug personalities from the six coastal barangays -Suarez, Sta. Filomena, Dalipuga, Mahayahay, Villa Verde and Tibanga, curently undergoing the CBDRP four times in a month.   "Our efforts of partnering with other sectors in initiating and facilitating the Drug Clearing Program, particularly the CBDRP, had made a big difference in the life of drug users who were formely the ones committing crimes," Cabusas said during the press briefing.   The ICPO further reported that since the implementation of project Double Barrel in 2016 until the end of 2018, there are 791 anti-illegal drugs operations that resulted to the arrest of 1,282 drug personalities and filing of 1,594 cases.   The anti-drug operations have also yeildd 1,880 grams of marijuana and 5,505 grams of shabu which has an estimated market value of Php30.5 million.

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IEC on peace, security set on June 20 in MSU Naawan

June 18, 2019

There will be two (2) sessions to be conducted during the IEC and each session will be attended by about 500 Fourth Year High School students of the university.  Resource persons will be coming from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-10, the 4thInfantry Division of the Philippine Army, the Police Regional Office 10 of the Philippine National Police (PRO-10, PNP) and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Regional Office 10 (NICA, RO-10).  The conduct of the IEC is part of the advocacy of the various government agencies to enhance the awareness of the student and youth sector on various peace and security concerns and spare them from the ill-effects of these problems.   Among the topics that will be discussed include Drug Abuse Prevention Education, Community Policing, Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism, Recruitment Strategy of the NPA. There will also be some sharing of experiences by former rebels to serve as encouragement for the students not to get involved in any militant organizations and illegal activities.   The 4thInfantry Division will also set up their LED Van to showcase the programs and activities of the Philippine Army while an Accordion Board containing photo exhibits will also be posted outside the venue for other students to see and become aware of the ongoing activity.    Moreover, PDEA will distribute reading materials/pamphlets on how to prevent getting hooked in illegal drugs. (PR)  

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Tension grips as Lumads in Capitol ground resist makeshift structure demolition

June 18, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN Local News, June 18) Tension gripped the city as internally displaced persons (IDPs) resisted demolition of newly-built makeshift shelters Tuesday morning inside the Vicente de Lara park. This, even as a top official of the province has earlier warned the lumads not to add additional structures inside the provincial park where the IDPs stayed to protest the installations of military camps in their community in sitio Mincamansi, Brgy Banglay in Lagonglong town, Misamis Oriental province.  Misamis Oriental Yevgeny Vincente "Bambi" Emano has allegedly kept mum on the demolitions by not visiting the park and see the actual situations, nor coming out in any media outlet to air his sentiments about the issue involving the lumad's demand to dismantle army camps in their community. Jonreboy Hilogon, one of the leaders of the group told reporters since it's already a rainy season and their old tent is no longer safe for the children and even the adult lumads, they are forced to build new makeshift shelters. Unfortunately, this action irked Provincial Legal Officer Neil Pacana that triggered the demolition. But the lumads have accused Governor Emano of ordering the demolition. "Unsa man diay ang pasalig ni Gobernador (Emano) nga tabangan niya ang mga lumad hangtod maangkon namo ang imong gidemanda nga pagpahawa sa militar sa sitio Mincamansi," Hilogon said in a loud voice. In June last year, lumads fled their homes in sitio Mincamansi in Lagonglong town for fear that they might be caught in the crossfire between NPA rebels and government forces.    Datu Reynaldo Ayuman, leader of the 100-strong lumads and their families said they have decided to make new makeshift dwellings as their families might get sick with the onset of the rainy season. "Wala kami plano mouli sa sitio Mincamansi, Barangay Banglay, lungsod sa Lagonglong hangtod anaa pa didto nagkampo ang mga military," Ayuman claimed. (We have no plans of going home to sitio Mincamansi, Barangay Banglay in Lagonglong town until the military troops are still there) MINOR LUMAD ARRESTED One of the minors, a son of the lumad was arrested by police authorities for allegedly carrying a bladed weapon and reportedly attempted to stab a member of the demolition team. Tension also heightened as the lumads kicked demolition men who tried to touch their belongings. "Bisan unsaon mi nila ug hadlok dili mi mahadlok ug dili mi mouli sa Mincamansi, a certain maricel who is also one of the women of the group also said. The provincial government fielded two aircon buses to ferry the luamds back to their origin in Lagonglong town. Dump trucks were also their to haul all lumbers and wooden materials used in making makeshift structures back to Lagonglong town. But despite repeated orders to start embarking on th bus, still the lumads are strong in their conviction and stand to stay at the provincial capitol even if all their belongings were already taken by the demolition team. FORCED EVACUATION Later, the lumad leaders decided to leave the provincial capitol and instead transferred at the church and building owned by the United Church of Christ in the Philipines. Pastor Ligaya San Francisco of the UCCP said they were shocked the lumad group seek refuge in their church but they have nothing to do at the moment as they are also mandated to help all people in need regardless of their church affiliations and status in life.    

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2 women arrested for falsely using Mayor Sara's name

June 18, 2019

DAVAO CITY (MDN Local News, June 18) - Two women have been arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for falsely claiming they were representatives of Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte. The suspects were identified by NBI operatives as Ida Josephine Villahermosa and Deltha Pasco Bernardo. Both Villahermosa and Bernardo are charged of usurpation of authority before the Office of the City Prosecutor in Quezon City. Investigation disclosed that the two suspects were reportedly following several cases at the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) when they were arrested by police authorities. Their arrest came after Mr Raul Nadela, chief of staff of City Mayor Sara Duterte, received a letter on June 11, 2019 from anonymous persons claiming that Villahermosa and Bernardo were falsely using the name of Mayor Sara Duterte in their transactions. Based on the complaint, unscrupulous individuals appeared at the NLRC office and they used the name of mayor Sara. Meanwhile, Mayor Sara Duterte herself has executed a sworn statement informing the public that she has not authorized anyone to use her name in all private and government transactions. The NBI said both the arrested suspects have pending cases of estafa and illegal recruitment.     

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