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Take anti-Covid-19 vaccines, public told

March 2, 2021

MISAMIS Oriental--Three provincial board members yesterday urged their constituents to take the Corona virus 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines for their safety and prevention from the disease. Provincial board member Wayne Militante said: "Ang pagpavaccine iovid-1mo na personal choice ila na nga health issue kana." "But definitely I will undergo and take the anti-Covid-19 vaccines," Militante said. Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federated President Kerwin Jess Soldevilla said that he will also take the vaccines. Likewise Soldevilla said that youth he will also convince other youth leaders in 23 municipalities and two cities including 25 towns and cities to also take the vaccinces. Meanwhile, Association of the Barangay Council (ABC) Federated President Leonard Winstanley vowed to lead other barangay officials in taking the anti-Covid-19 vaccinces. Winstanley said everyone  has to take the vaccine "para ma preventionan sa Covid-19." "Para sa kaayuhan nato, ako isip ABC president sa probinsiya sa Misamis Oriental ako gyud magpavaccine kay isipilang amahan sa mga kapitanes  para maaghatgyud gyud nako pud sila para sa ilang safety," Winstanley said.

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Yanson Group of Bus Companies

March 2, 2021

Jigger Jerusalem (left), Mindanao Public Transport Press Corps president, and Celer Estologa, Yanson Group of Bus Companies legal and media relations officer for Mindanao, make the thumbs up sign during the press corps' oath-taking ceremony on Wednesday (Feb. 24) at the Big Tree Arcade, Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

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Coco Levy Act to benefit 3.5M Filipino farmers and spur the development of our coconut industry

March 2, 2021

President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing into law of a measure that seeks to create a trust fund for coconut farmers through the selling of assets procured through the coco levy fund would benefit the country’s 3.5 million coconut farmers from 68 coconut producing provinces owning not more than five hectares, for the last 10 years said Sen. Cynthia A. Villar    “The coconut farmers are the poorest in the country. They earn only about P1,500 a month. This fund which rightfully belongs to the coconut farmers, should be plowed back to them for their own direct benefit,” also said Villar, chairperson of the Senate committee on Agriculture and Food.   Villar, principal sponsor  of Senate Bill No. 1396 or the "Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act," stressed this law is in consonance with the declared policy of the state to consolidate the benefits due to coconut farmers and to expedite their delivery to attain increased incomes for them and to alleviate poverty and achieve social equality.    She hopes this law  will finally resolve the decades-old issue surrounding the coco levy fund. She said it will carry out its two-pronged goal—to help coconut farmers and develop the coconut industry.   Under Senate Bill 1396, which was adopted by the House of Representative government is mandated to turn over P75 billion cash of the coconut levy assets in the next five years to create a trust fund for our coconut farmers.    Immediately after the passage of the bill into law, Villar said the Bureau of Treasury (BTr) shall transfer P10 billion to the trust fund and for the succeeding years, according to the following schedule:   P10 billion in the second year; P15 billion, third year; P15 billion, fourth year; and P25 billion, fifth year.   Furthermore, she said fhe trust fund will be augmented with all proceeds of privatization or disposition of the Coconut Levy Assets remitted directly by the BTr and the Privatization and Management Office.   Senator Villar said P5B of the trust fund will be used upon enactment of the law for the following programs. In addition to the programs of the Philippine Coconut Authority which will be given a separate budget. The minimum disbursement per year will be P5B but it can be bigger.   LIVELIHOOD AND INCREASED INCOME- 54%    • 15% for planting and replanting of hybrid coconut seedlings and  production of hybrid coconut seedlings by the Philippine Coconut Authority.   •    5 percent for research and production of hybrid coconut seedlings by the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD);   •    10 percent to be shared equally for farm improvements through diversification and intercropping with livestock, dairy, poultry, coffee and cacao production by the National Dairy Authority and the Department of Agriculture; Native Animal Program; and High Value Crop Program to be divided equally   •    10 percent for shared facilities for processing by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech); to be given to cooperatives. If there’s no cooperative in the town, it will go to LGUs;   •    5 percent for organizing and empowering coconut farmer organizations and their cooperatives under the Cooperative Development Authority;   •    5 percent for research, marketing and promotion by the Bureau of Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development under the Department of Trade and Industry;   •    4 percent for crop insurance to be implemented by the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation;     CREDIT – 10%   •    10 percent to be shared equally for the credit programs of the Development Bank of the Philippines and the Land Bank of the Philippines   INFRA – 10%   •    10 percent for infrastructure development  to be implemented by the, Department of Public Works and Highways in coconut producing LGUs                 EDUCATION – 16%   •    8 percent for Scholarship programs for farmers and their families to be implemented by the Commission on Higher Education;   •    8 percent for the training of coconut farmers and their families as listed in the coconut farmers registry in farm schools through Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and Agricultural Training Institute to be shared equally;   HEALTH – 10%    •    10 percent for health and medical programs for farmers and their families to be implemented by agency created by the Philippine Coconut Authority, for this purpose    Under the measure, the Philippine Coconut Authority Board (PCA) has been reconstituted and strengthened to ensure the participation of coconut farmers in the crafting and implementation of the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Plan.    The PCA Board shall be composed of the  Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture (as chairperson), Trade and Industry, Budget and Management,  Finance, and DOST and PCA, and three farmer-representatives from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

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MinDA forms P7-B Panguil Bay Project monitoring body

March 2, 2021

DAVAO CITY - The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will initiate the organization of the Infrastructure Monitoring and Advisory Group (IMAG) to ensure transparency and accountability in the implementation of the PHP7 billion Panguil Bay Bridge Project. The 3.7-kilometer bridge will connect Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and Tubod, Lanao del Norte, “During a consultation meeting with officials of Misamis Occidental led by Governor Philip Tan and Vice Governor Aurora Almonte, MinDA presented the IMAG as an effective mechanism in ensuring the efficient implementation of the project with the direct involvement of the stakeholders in the area,” Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Tuesday (March 2). The IMAG, institutionalized when Sec. Paul Dominguez was Presidential Assistant for Mindanao and head of the Mindanao Economic Development Council, includes local officials, civic organizations, Dept. of Public Works and Highways, religious sector, the media, and the local stakeholders, the MinDA chief further added. He said the IMAG provided a venue for all sectors involved in the projects to resolve problems and issues affecting the implementation. “Recognizing the importance of public involvement and the need for transparency and accountability, MinDA has initiated the organization of the IMAG in all provinces of Mindanao to be headed by the Governor,” Piñol said. Earlier, Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib also approved the recommendation of MinDA for the organization of the IMAG to monitor the implementation of the Samal Island-Davao City Bridge which had been delayed by Right-Of-Way issues and the Tagum City-Digos City Railway Project. On Sunday, March 7, MinDA will also present the IMAG concept to Zamboanga Sibugay Governor Wilter Palma to oversee and monitor the implementation of the Alicia-Olutanga Road Project funded by the Asian Development Bank. “The organization of the IMAG in every province is expected to allow local stakeholders to take an active role in the monitoring of projects and ensuring that these are implemented according to specifications and within the programmed schedule,” Piñol emphasized.

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Pacquiao blames widespread corruption for PH insurgency

February 27, 2021

The country's insurgency problem is rooted on widespread corruption that has denied rural communities the necessary infrastructure, proper education and decent livelihood, Senator Manny Pacquaio said Saturday as he was formally presented with some 130  Communist Party of the Philippines- New People's Army (CPP-NPA) surrenderees at the 88th Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Maramag, Bukidnon.     Senator Pacquaio, who holds a rank of Colonel as an Army reservist, said many rural folks especially the "lumads" are easily lured to turn against the government because of the absence of a sustainable government support for their communities.   " Hindi nabibigyan ng.suporta ang ating mga lumad dahil sa matinding.kurapsyon.  Yung mga pondo na napupunta dapat sa pagpapatayo ng mga paaralan, paglalagay ng mga kalsada sa kanayunan at pagbibigay ng kabuhayan at ay napupunta sa mga kurap at mga ganid na pulitiko. Kailangan nating ubusin itong mga kurap upang mas marami pang rebelde ang magbalik-loob sa ating pamahalaan," Pacquiao explained.      " Nagkakaroon ng pagkakataon itong mga NPA na mag-recruit sa mga lumad communities sa kawalan ng kabuhayan at kawalan  ng suporta sa edukasyon galing sa pamahalaan, " he added.     Senator Pacquaio said that he has already coordinated with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Region 10  so that the surrenderees can access funding support from the government's Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).     The surrenderees who mostly belong to tbe Manobo-Higaonon tribes that are prevalent in Central Mindanao will be given funding for rabbit farming.      Pacquiao said that investors from Davao City and General Santos City have already signed up to buy directly from the lumad surrenderees their live rabbit produce.      Pacquiao, who was born in a remote and  mountainous barangay in Kibawe said that apart from livelihood, there is an urgent need to fastrack the government's full implementation of Republic Act  8371 othewise known as the "The Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997".      He said that one pressing problem among lumad communities is the lack of housing despite clear provisions under RA 8371 that guarantees their right to their ancestral domain.      Pacquaio said that the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) should expedite the issuance of ancestral domain titles for the lumads as a gesture of the government's commitment to help the IPs.     "Ang laganap na insurgency sa bansa ay bunga ng kapabayaan ng ating pamahalaan. Kailangan nating ang makatotohanang pagtulong para sa ating mga mahihirap upang mas magkaroon ng kapayapaan sa ating bayan," Pacquiao said.     During the presentation of the 130 surrenderees that was facilitated by 88th Infantry Batallion Commander Lt. Col Chrisyian James Vingno,  Pacquiao made a commitment that he would focus on streamlining the process of titling for ancestral lands would allocate funds to provide the  needed agricultural support for  lumad farming communities.     Several high-powered firearms that were surrended by the former rebels were also presenvarted to Pacquaio in a ceremonial turn-over ceremony.      Apart from the government's cash-for-firearm program, Pacquiao said that rebel returnees must be given sustainable livelihood support.    Pacquaio said he has already instructed his office to coordinate with the Department of Agriculture (DA)  for the "needs assessment" of the surrenderees which would allow him to determine the support that they actually need.   Pacquiao, who is also chair of the Senate Committee on Public Works said he will also ask the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to set aside funds for the construction of access road and post-harvest facilities for the communities of the rebel surenderees.    After receiving the rebel surenderees, Pacquaio proceeded to Brgy. Panadtalan to  distribute grocery packs, Chooks-to-Go chicken and P1,000 cash to some 1,000 residents of the town Maramag.

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COPC relaunches “Meet the Press” program, covered by MDNN, JaoTV, RMN, others

February 26, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY-  The Cagayan de Oro Press Club (COPC) under recently re-elected Club president Dr. Manny V. Jaudian, in cooperation with SM Cag de Oro has  resurrected the past COPC program – Meet the Press.      In an elaborate ceremony held, February 24, at the SM Uptown Events Center, the COPC held the relaunching, with the presence of COPC exec vice president Allan Mediante, who is also editor in chief of Mindanao Daily News, and Ms. Ivy Guantero of SM Cag de Oro.      Coverages of this weekly program (which would be held at the COPC bldg.. and SM malls) will be provided by MDNN Digital Channel and  Mindanao Dally News; Business Week, of the Sudaria Group of Publications);  Jao TV and DearBC TV; RMN;  the Rock FM under Philipp Ken Jaudian, and all other copc member radio and TV groups.      The weekly  program, according to Dr. Jaudian would invite government officials, as well as business leaders who would shed light on their various on-going projects for the benefit of transparency for the public. “We are not going to charge anything for the presence of invited guests whether from public or private institutions, not even sponsorships on food, snacks or lunch  (as what could have been an unethical practice by some groups before), “Jaudian elaborated.  He added that the COPC and sponsors like SM will handle the reception logistics.      Mediante, on the other hand, said the resurgence of the “Meet the Press” under the present COPC administration will help combat disinformation, fake news, and political exploitation. “Anybody from the highest echelons of governance in the public and private sectors, are free to join us, present their issues which are of prime importance to public knowledge and information dissemination,” he added.      The COPC “:Meet the Press” will be held every Wednesday from 10:00 am to 12 noon, and will be anchored by COPC director Jao Gumapac.

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