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No more Sokor waste in Tagoloan

September 4, 2020

Customs Collector for Northern Mindanao John Simon shows to reporters the vacant lot where tons of imported garbage from South Korea were once stored, in a Phividec area in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. Simon said about 6,500 metric tons from South Korea were finally shipped back after 2 years of being stocked at the Phividec facility. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

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SEC gets ISO certification for all core services

September 2, 2020

THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has successfully attained ISO 9001:2015 Certification for its quality management system covering all core services across its main and extension offices. The Commission, under the leadership of Chairperson Emilio B. Aquino and Commissioners Ephyro Luis B. Amatong, Javey Paul D. Francisco, Kelvin Lester K. Lee and Karlo S. Bello, formally received the certificate from TÜV Rheinland Philippines, Inc., headed by Managing Director Tristan Arwen G. Loveres, in a virtual awarding ceremony on August 26. The ISO 9001:2015 Certification attests to the Commission’s adherence to world-class standards in the provision of regulatory services over the corporate sector, the capital market participants, and the securities and investment instruments market in the Philippines, and protection of the investing public. The ISO 9001:2015 further covers the provision of registration of partnerships and corporations doing business in the Philippines in the SEC Extension Offices in Baguio, Tarlac, Legazpi, Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga. “When I received the first ISO 9001:2015 Certification of the Commission early last year, I committed that it was but the start of the great transformation of the SEC under my leadership,” Chairperson Aquino said, as he received the main certificate on behalf of the Commission. “The transformation of the SEC as the gateway to doing business in the Philippines continues. Soon, we will start our journey toward digital transformation to keep pace with, if not ahead of, the fast-changing needs of the business industry and the capital market.” The Commission first obtained ISO 9001:2015 Certification in 2018 for its quality management system covering the registration of partnerships and corporations doing business in the Philippines, and the licensing of capital market institutions and professionals. From the initial 59 documented procedures, the SEC successfully expanded the scope of its ISO-certified quality management system to cover 122 documented procedures. The audit also revealed that the Commission’s quality management system has zero nonconformity to the ISO 9001:2015 standards. “The ISO 9001:2015 Certification is exceptionally meaningful to the SEC,” Commissioner Amatong noted during the virtual awarding ceremony. “As a customer-centric organization, we appreciate that it provides us with an external and objective assessment of the quality of our services based on international standards. We take pride in the consistent assessment that we are compliant with ISO 9001:2015 standards. At the same time, we take steps to continuously improve the quality of our services as espoused by the standards.”

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PCCI Mindanao urges Economic Stimulus measures for business survival & continuity

September 2, 2020

The affiliate chambers of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Mindanao are urging government to prioritize a package of economic stimulus measures aimed at ensuring business survival and continuity during the 29th Mindanao Business Conference on September 10-11, 2020.  The first ever virtual hosting of Mindanao’s biggest business conference of the PCCI will be hosted by the Davao Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) through online live streaming via ZOOM with a record audience expected to participate in the virtual event despite restrictions on travel and gatherings brought by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “With theme, Mindanao: Journeying to the New Normal, we recognize the urgent need to boost confidence to overcome emerging challenges and opportunities,” said Ma. Teresa A. Alegrio, PCCI Area Vice President for Mindanao. “This stems from a deep understanding of what the new normal presents so that responses to meet them are carefully crafted.” MinBizCon is an annual event organized by the PCCI that aims to create a venue for businessmen, key industry players, government executives, and other private sector leaders to discuss economic concerns and opportunities in Mindanao resulting to policy actions for the development of the region. Through PCCI Mindanao Resolution no. 2020-004 (A Resolution Endorsing To The IATF-EID Proposed Intervention Measures For Business Survival And Continuity of Mindanao MSMEs and Other Industries) the 42 local Chambers of Mindanao will be requesting the National Government’s immediate and urgent intervention to prioritize a package of proposed recommendations aimed at ensuring  the business survival and continuity of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), in the manufacturing and industry, and agricultural sector. MSME’s constitute over 90 percent of the number of business establishments nationwide and in Mindanao. The resolution covers Health Care Capacity, Infrastructure, Economic Stimulus, Structural Reforms, Capacity Building, and Domestic Tourism. The package of economic stimulus measures PCCI Mindanao is urging government to immediately undertake includes the following: ·        For the Department of Agriculture to prioritize strategic areas for modernizing agriculture due to the availability of raw materials in order to address food security as well as the supply chain for the manufacture of PPEs including Central Mindanao, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Norte, Tawi-Tawi, and South Cotabato;   ·        For the Board of Investments (BOI) and LGUs to provide attractive incentives for companies investing in health care-related projects, including conversion of commercial spaces to quarantine facilities, construction of sanitary landfills and importation of special equipment for the safe and proper disposal of infectious and pathological wastes of hospitals and households;   ·        For the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to acknowledge the BMBE law by exempting micro enterprises capitalized below P3M from paying income tax and mandatory compliance of minimum wage adjustments;   ·        For Land Bank and DBP to extend/re-structure the loan terms and maturity dates of loans extended to micro-finance institutions so that the latter can provide re-start/re-open credit assistance to micro enterprises mostly engaged in retail enterprises or services (vendors, repair services etc);   ·        For DILG to encourage LGUs to provide tax credits or discounts on Real Property Taxes (RPT) due from private companies who offer moratoriums on the payment of commercial rents and leases;   ·        Institutionalize the KADIWA Express Food Logistics Program of the Department of Agriculture to promote farm to market linkages; The foregoing proposals were extensively discussed across all the 42 Local Chambers of Commerce in Mindanao during several Regional Consultations with PCCI President Ambassador Benedicto Yujuico, PCCI Mindanao Area Vice President Maria Teresa R. Alegrio, and PCCI Regional Governors Arturo Milan (South Eastern Mindanao), Roderico R. Bioco (Northern Mindanao), Paul Gudmalin (Western Mindanao), Pete Marquez (Central Mindanao), Aldrin Ibbo (BARMM), Julie Senense (Eastern (CARAGA) Mindanao) and Loreta Sy (South Western Mindanao) with Promote NorMin Foundation President Elpidio M. Paras. (PCCI Mindanao)

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MisOr's Roman Catholics install new head

August 30, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A Chemical Engineer was installed Friday morning as the new head of Misamis Oriental's over one million Roman Catholics following the official retirement of Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, 77, effective Aug. 28, 2020. Amid the COVID-19 anxiety and stricter observance of “social distancing,” Archbishop Jose Cabantan, 63, D.D. was installed sans the pompous revelry other than the applause of witnessing priests and laymen of the Roman Catholic Archdioceses of Misamis Oriental. Local government officials, the immediate members of the family, friends, visitors, and invited guests also witnessed the installation at the St. Augustine Cathedral in Cagayan De Oro City just as the city celebrates its Feast Day of St. Augustine. Archbishop Jose Araneta Cabantan, 63, D.D. a Chemical Engineer, was ordained a priest on April 30, 1990 at St. John The Baptist Parish in Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental. On February 17, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Cabantan as the Bishop of Malaybalay, but was ordained Bishop on April 30, 2010 before he was installed Bishop at the San Isidro Cathedral in Malaybalay on May 15, 2010. A native of Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental, Pope Francis installed Cabantan as the Fifth Archbishop of Cagayan De Oro City on August 28, 2020. The first Archbishop of Misamis Oriental was the late Archbishop James Thomas Gibbon Hayes, S.J., who served from March 16, 1933 until his retirement on Oct. 13, 1970. The Archdiocese of Misamis Oriental covers 62 parishes covering the province, Cagayan De Oro City, Camiguin and part of Malitbog, Bukidnon with an estimated Roman Catholic population of over one million.

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266 modern Nanays join virtual 'Hakab Na 2020'

August 30, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Some 266 breastfeeding mothers, here, together in a 'big latch on' annual event to underscore the importance of breastfeeding to children's nutrition and development especially during the COVID-19 contagion, the Modern Nanays of Mindanao (MNM) held the first-ever virtual Hakab Na 2020, August 29. Emphasizing the need to provide breast milk to children 0-6 months old, MNM Founder Nadine Casiño said mothers need not worry on milk suply. "Mu-flow gihapon ang milk bisag unsa ka kakapoy or stressed. Naa mo’y gatas tungod sa hormones ninyo tungod kay babae mo, makabreastfeed gyud mo." (The milk will still flow no matter how tired or stressed you are. You will really have milk [to feed your baby] because you are women, you can really practice breastfeeding) Giving tips on promoting mother and child care during a contagion, Dr. Maria Asuncion Silvestre, member of the Independent Review Group for the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) in Early Essential Newborn Care (EENC), said, "Ugaliin ang paghuhugas ng kamay gamit ang tubig at sabon, panatilihing malinis ang kapaligiran ng ina at ng sanggol, umiwas sa mga matataong lugar, at panatilihin ang isang metrong layo sa mga taong nagpapakita ng sintomas ng COVID-19." (Make washing of hands with soap and water a habit, maintain cleanliness in the mother and child's environment, refrain from going in crowded areas, and maintain distance from people who manifest COVID-19 symptoms) For pregnant women, Silvestre urges mothers to monitor their diet, eat nutritious food and refrain from smoking as these can affect the total development of the baby inside their wombs. She also reminded pregnant mothers not to miss or postponse their prenatal check-ups even with the declaration of community quarantine. "It’s going to be a different normal; hopefully a better normal for our children. Let’s not make the preditions come true that malnutrition will go up by 14 percent. Let’s not allow that to happen. Be your child's frontliner," Silvestre added. For working mothers, Registered Nutritionist Shiella Balbanida said mothers should "build their milk stash one month before going back to work and learn how to hand express breastmilk." Balbanida added that family support and joining mothers' support group can help working mothers continue their breastfeeding journey noting the pressure it takes to be one. Hakab Na is an annual event slated every month of August and held in various parts of the country to support and promote the Breastfeeding Month celebration. (RTP/PIA10) Photo release: The Modern Nanays of Mindanao (MNM) holds the first-ever virtual Hakab Na 2020, August 29 bringing in 266 breastfeeding mothers in a big latch on event. (RTP/PIA10)

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NGCP donates ambulances to 4 more hospitals

August 29, 2020

On August 11, NGCP turned over four (4) brand new ambulances to government hospitals around the country as part of its COVID-19 relief and response efforts.      The Rizal Medical Center, San Lazaro Hospital, Ospital ng Sampaloc, and Siargao District Hospital received one ambulance unit each from NGCP as part of the company’s  P1- Billion donation to the Filipino people.       This is in addition to the ambulances previously donated to the Philippine General Hospital, Philippine Orthopedic Center, Philippine Heart Center, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, and Binan Doctors Hospital last July 05.      NGCP’s earlier donations include medical equipment and supplies such as mechanical ventilators, ultrasound machines, x-ray machines, RT-PCR  machines, SteraMist systems, hazmat suits, face masks, face shields, and other personal protective equipment (PPEs), sanitizers, disinfectants, and  non-contact thermometers to more than 300 hospitals around the country. Quezon City and Mandaluyong City also received assistance through the turnover of 50 testing booths and the conduct of 10,000 COVID-19 testing to the city’s residents, while Navotas City received a donation of 500 test kits.      NGCP also donated P10 million to Project ARK, a pooled COVID testing initiative in partnership with local government units in Metro Manila.      Other NGCP COVID-19 response and relief projects currently in the works include the donation of four donning and doffing chambers and five isolation rooms to several government hospitals.      “NGCP’s service to the country does not end with quality transmission services. In the spirit of bayanihan, we are continuously looking for ways to help our nation fight and overcome this unprecedented global health crisis,” NGCP said.      NGCP also engaged in grocery distribution to 1,028 LGUs across the country and other initiatives such as Meals on Wheels, a hot meals feeding program for indigent communities; and a PhP5 million donation to Project Ugnayan, which distributes supermarket vouchers to economically displaced families in Metro Manila.      NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders and Vice Chairman of the Board Henry Sy, Jr. and Co-Vice Chairman Robert Coyiuto, Jr.

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