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House panel okays House Bill 3462

October 8, 2019

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental--The Committee on Health in the House of Representatives approved House Bill (HB) 3462 during a committee hearing last Monday (September 30). HB 3462, authored by Misamis Oriental second district Rep. Juliette T. Uy, is a measure that seeks to establish a 25-bed hospital in the municipality of Villanueva, some 26 kilometers east of Cagayan de Oro City. Uy said the Committee on Health has taken up, deliberated, and approved HB 3462 on September 30. If enacted into law, she said it will establish the Northern Mindanao District Hospital of Villanueva, which will be under the supervision of the Department of Health (DOH). In her explanatory note, Uy said the town of Villanueva is widely considered as the growing industrial hub in the province of Misamis Oriental. Not only in Misamis Oriental, she pointed out, but even in Northern Mindanao as it has 16 medium to large scale industries. With its growing local economy and the influx of industrial plants, Uy said there is a steady increase in the population of Villanueva. “In line with this, there is a need to establish a hospital in the area to ensure that the population is given adequate health care in the quickest possible time especially during emergencies,” said the lady lawmaker adding, “this is essential considering that Villanueva is 26 kilometers away from Cagayan de Oro City where the nearest hospitals are located.”

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14 Miss Earth 2019 beauties visit Misor for 2-day eco-tour

October 7, 2019

MISAMIS Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente "Bambi" Emano welcomed the 14 candidates of the 19th edition of Miss Earth 2019 pageant during the regular flag-raising ceremony held at the Capitol grounds in Cagayan de Oro City on Monday (October 7). The 14 of the 85 contestants of Miss Earth 2019 are on a two-day visit in Misamis Oriental from Monday (October 7) to Tuesday (October 8).. The fourteen candidates who are part of Water Group are Melanie Gassner (Austria), Maria Batistela (Brazil), Hu Wentian (China), Nera Nikolic (Croatia), Tejaswini Manogna (India), Letizia Percoco (Italy), Susan Kirui (Kenya), Georgia Bemah (Liberia), Alexia Tabone (Malta), Jociani Daysi Repossi (Paraguay), Nellys Pimentel (Puerto Rico), Anais Payet (Reunion Island), Titania Tiara Monic Matekuolava (Tonga) and Hoang Thi Hanh (Vietnam). It was learned that the 85 Miss Earth candidates were grouped according to the elements – the Fire and Air Groups were dispersed in other provinces elsewhere. During their two-day ecotour here, the 14 candidates will do a mangrove planting at Tubajon Aquamarine Park in Laguindingan municipality this morning (October 8), followed by an appreciation of the Initao-Libertad Protected Seascape, the only forest in the Philippines which traverses the national highway. Fresh from winning the prestigious 2018 Pearl Award for Best Tourism-Oriented LGU first runner-up, Misamis Oriental provincial tourism officer Atty. Jeffrey Saclot added another laurel to his laurel to his cap by hosting the two-day visit of the one of the top pageants in the world. “You will be visiting the cleanest coastline of the country,” Saclot told the candidates, referring to the Tubajon Aquamarine Park which is situated along the Laguindingan coast, which has been cited by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for its cleanliness. The candidates also did a fashion show Monday afternoon featuring the collections of designer Bea Bianca at Ayala Malls Centrio in Cagayan de Oro City. Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano expressed his gratitude to the organizers of Miss Earth for including Misamis Oriental in its itinerary, saying that it is a testament that the province has already been marked by national stakeholders as a tourist destination. The visit is part of the candidates’ pageant which will culminate on October 26 at Cove Manila in Ikeda Manila.

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British Council, Xavier Ateneo tie-up for peacebuilding project in Bangsamoro

October 4, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The British Council and Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan have joined forces for a peacebuilding effort for the Bangsamoro region called “Safe, Cohesive, and Just Communities (SCJC) Project: Art of Peace and Transforming Local Peace and Order Councils.” Xavier Ateneo's VP for social development Roel Ravanera and British Council (Philippines) country director Pilar Aramayo-Prudencio led the signing of the partnership agreement Tuesday, September 24, at the XU SocDev office.   “Today, with Xavier University’s partnership, we are taking the peacebuilding work of the British Council in the Philippines to a new level by introducing two new components to SCJC: Art of Peace and Transforming Local Peace and Order Councils,” Prudencio said. The project uses arts and culture education to “complement institutional and structural approaches to peacebuilding programming, in areas such as confidence building, skills training, self-expression, and intergroup understanding and tolerance.” The SCJC project will be pivoted in the Bangsamoro region. The details of the project will be rolled out soon by the British Council and the involved XU units. Prudencio added: “Arts and culture are regarded as a more neutral ground for mutual understanding than explicit peacebuilding activities because they are able to bring people from different groups together around a shared interest and goal, rather than around issues related to the conflict. They also provide a form of expression and a creative reflection.” In April this year, the British Council published a report that examined the value of culture in post-conflict recovery. The study drew on the experiences of Rwanda, Colombia, and Syria, highlighting the contribution of arts and cultural programs in post-conflict communities, through therapy, reconciliation, and civil society strengthening. “We also want to further understand the role of culture in promoting resilience in conflict-affected areas, and use this research to develop new theories of change,” Prudencio said. Xavier Ateneo was chosen by the British Council as a partner for this project because of the university’s “facilitation of interfaith dialogues, promotion of peace education, leadership in education training for Muslim teachers and Islamic values, and integration of culture and development in your social outreach programmes.” Ravanera believes that the arts can bring people together and result in a deeper cultural understanding. He also regarded this project as an opportunity to work with local governments and the Bangsamoro community. “Our experiences in Marawi, particularly with the internally displaced people (IDPs), along with our different peacebuilding programs will help us achieve the goals of this project,” Ravanera said. “We hope to serve the communities better and engage with them through arts and cultural education." During the partnership signing, Ravanera was joined by a number of deans, directors, and unit heads who form part of the SCJC project.    Xavier University holds a strong track record and experience in culture and social development, peacebuilding, outreach, and education programs. “We recognise your efforts working closely with local governments and community stakeholders and your creative approaches to peacebuilding through strategic communication and student-led campaigns that provided safe spaces for young people,” Prudencio said. As partners for peacebuilding, the two institutions look forward to working towards sustainable peace, good governance, and active citizen engagement for a more peaceful, secure, and resilient Bangsamoro.

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Rep. Juliette Uy files HB 3462 establishing 25-bed hospital in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental

October 3, 2019

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental--A 25-bed district hospital will soon rise in this town as second district Rep. Juliette T. Uy filed House Bill 3462 at the House of Representatives. Uy said HB 3462 seeks to establish the Northern Mindanao District Hospital of Villanueva, which will be under the supervision of the Department of Health (DOH). In her explanatory note, Uy said that the town of Villanueva is widely consideredas the growing industrial hub in the province of Misamis Oriental. Not only in Misamis Oriental, she pointed out, but even in Northern Mindanao as it has 16 medium to large scale industries. With its growing local economy and the influx of industrial plants, Uy said there is a steady increase in the population of Villanueva. "In line with this, there is a need to establish a hospital in the area to ensure that the population is given adequate health care in the quickest possible time especially during emergencies," said the lady lawmaker adding, "this is essential considering that Villanueva is 26 kilometers away from Cagayan de Oro City where the nearest hospitals are located."

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XU joins global call for climate justice

September 30, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--On a bright Saturday morning, students and faculty members of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan took to the streets the call to save and protect Mother Earth, saying there’s no Planet B. “The climate is changing, why can’t we?” one placard stated as the university students and formators marched from the XU Main Campus to the sidewalk along Corrales Avenue. Other placards said "Raise your voice, not the sea level," "Nature needs you, what will you do?" and "You do note climate change." The climate strikes all over the world urge public and private sectors to contribute to the attainment of climate justice and the creation of policies and programs to curb climate change. The XU climate strike was spearheaded by the XU National Service Training Program, made up of three components, namely, Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS), and Literacy Training Service (LTS). This activity formed part of the three-fold goal of XU-NSTP to achieving sustainable development: (1) To society, where the value of leadership in community engagement is highlighted; (2) To the economy, where the value for work and resources is maximized; and (3) To the environment, where the value of respect and care for sustainability of creation is observed. The organizers hope that the climate strike has inspired everyone to join the fight against climate change in their own ways and live a more sustainable and environment-friendly lifestyle. The September 28 climate strike came on the heels of the imposition of the “Absolute Prohibition of the Entry of Bottled Water to the XU Campus” and a series of clean-up drives and information campaigns in line with the International Coastal Clean-up Day led by the XU McKeough Marine Center. As a Jesuit university, Xavier Ateneo participates in the mission of the Society of Jesus in “the reconciliation with God, with others, and with creation; it seeks to serve the faith, promote justice, dialogue with cultures and religions, and protect the environment.”

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LTFRB-10 lauds transport groups for not joining strike

September 30, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Region 10 (LTFRB-10) lauded transport groups that did not join the nationwide strike held Monday as public utility jeepneys ply the city’s streets and thoroughfares throughout the day. LTFRB-10 Regional Director Aminoden Guro said this could be due to the fact that most of the transport groups in the city are already amenable to the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) of the Duterte administration. “Most of them have already understood and have appreciated the advantages of the PUVMP,” Guro said, in reference to the transport groups who refused to join the strike. “It’s (transport strike) actually useless to take to the streets because this program, whether they like it or not, will be pushed through by the government,” he added. Guro said it is only now that the government is not intimidated by protest actions by transport groups as it is bent on implementing the PUVMP by next year. He said the groups who have participated in the transport disruption such as Acto, Piston and Pasang Masda have no members in the city. The National Confederation of Transport Union, the only collective that has members here, has previously signified that they will not join the strike, he said. Besides, Guro said, they will not hesitate to enforce the LTFRB memorandum circular that orders the revocation of franchise to any PUV driver or operator that will take part in a transport strike. Guro was referring to MC 2011-004 that states: “The PUV operator shall not resort to cessation of service as a sign or demonstration of protest against any government decision or action under pain of suspension or cancellation of the authority to operate granted by the Board nor shall the PUV operator tolerate, allow or authorize personnel to join other committing acts prejudicial to the riding public including, but not limited to paralyzing transport services by intimidation, coercion or violence,” “I want to remind them that the franchise is a privilege granted to them by the government, and if resort actions that would convenience the riding public, then we have the power to revoke that franchise,” he said. Those who did not operate Monday will have to explain to the LTFRB the reason why, he said. “If their excuse why they were not able to operate during the date of the transport strike is justifiable, then we will consider it. But if their reason is not justifiable, then we will be forced to revoke their franchise,” Guro said.

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