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Filinvest, local community execs ink deal for quick access to financial benefits

October 18, 2019

OFFICIALS of FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDC Misamis) and the Municipality of Villanueva in Misamis Oriental (MisOr) recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that will enable the town to have direct access to its financial benefits.   The MOA is for the establishment of trust accounts in compliance with the amended Energy Regulations 1-94 (ER 1-94) of the Department of Energy (DOE).   Through the DOE Department Circular (DC) 2018-08-0021, power generation companies can now transfer financial benefits directly to their respective host communities.   Under the ER 1-94, a policy stipulated in the DOE Act of 1992 and Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA), the community hosting the energy resource and/or energy generating facility is entitled to a revenue share of one-centavo per kilowatt-hour (P0.01/kWh) of the total electricity sales.   Of the one-centavo per kilowatt-hour, 50 percent will go to the Electrification Fund (EF), 25 percent for the Development and Livelihood Fund (DLF), and the remaining 25 percent for the Reforestation, Watershed Management, Health and/or Environment Enhancement Fund (RWMHEEF).    “We are very happy with this development because finally what is due to the LGUs under the EPIRA Law and the ER 1-94 will now be implemented immediately,” said FDC Misamis president and chief executive officer Juan Eugenio L. Roxas.   With the streamlined process, host communities can now utilize the fund in realizing development projects. “It is with great joy that I stand in front of you (today) that we’re finally signing the MOA for the opening of the trust fund,” said Villanueva Mayor Jennie Rosalie Uy.   Uy noted that the ER 1-94 fund is key to fast-track the progress of the municipality.   She also took the chance to recognized FDC Misamis for its constant support to the projects of the municipality.   “In every development that we have in the LGU, FDC Misamis is our partner, one of our most supportive partners,” Uy said.   Villanueva is among the seven host communities that will benefit from DLF and RWMHEEF.   The six others are the Municipality of Tagoloan, Barangays Sta. Ana, Tambobong and Balacanas as the affected barangays, Misamis Oriental as the host province and Northern Mindanao as the host region.     All of which will follow suit soon.  FDC Misamis is a subsidiary of FDC Utilities, Inc. and a member of the Filinvest Development Corporation. It is the owner and operator of a 3x135-MW circulating fluidized bed coal thermal plant situated within the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate. It is one of Mindanao’s biggest baseload power plants and is among the cheapest source of reliable power in the region.    

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Mindanao quake: 5 dead, 89 injured

October 18, 2019

THE National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday said the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that jolted Tulunan, North Cotabato and several areas in Mindanao killed 5 and injured 89 others. In an update signed and released by NDRRMC executive director Ricardo Jalad said three of the deaths are from Magsaysay town, Davao Del Sur, while M'lang, Cotabato and Datu Paglas, Maguindanao, had one each. Meanwhile, 89 were reported injured in Davao Region, Soccsksargen and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Also, 144 infrastructures were reported damaged in Region 11, 12, and the BARMM. A total of 613 families or 3,068 persons were affected by the earthquake in Region 11 and 12. "Affected families in Region XII (12) were evacuated after the earthquake. Said families returned to their homes on 17 October 2019. 8 a.m. meanwhile, affected families in Region XI (11) are staying with their relatives and/ or friends," the agency added. (PNA)

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UN-Habitat, SHFC break ground for permanent housing of residents living in Marawi's ‘no build zone’

October 18, 2019

MARAWI City--To mark the second year of commemorating the liberation of Marawi from the influence of terrorist, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) broke ground in Barangay West Dulay here for the construction of more than 100 permanent housing units for the families from the two barangays who will be evicted from their present places. One hundred nine families of Agus Malangas and Saduc Riverside Homeowners Association in Barangays Saduc Proper, Raya Saduc, South Madaya and Daguduban are set to leave their present area because the local government is implementing the law declaring six-meter easement along the Agus River “no build zone.” The UN-Habitat has committed to build 1,500 permanent housing units in Marawi through the 500-million pesos funding of the Japan government which was signed into an agreement by President Rodrigo Duterte and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the sidelines of ASEAN Summit last year. Aside from the families living within the three to six-meter easement along Agus River, the families living within the 20-meter reclaimed area infront of Lake Lanao were also identified as beneficiaries of the project. In West Dulay, UN-Habitat partnered with SHFC which purchased the 1.8 hectare land, one of the two properties acquired by SHFC in January, this year, to jump-start the “Rebuilding Marawi City through Community-driven Shelter and Livelihood Support” initiative. In January, SHFC held a groundbreaking ceremony in Barangay Dulay Proper for the construction of 800 permanent housing units for the families from the most affected area (MAA). SHFC President Atty. Arnolfo Cabling said it took them long to start the project because of the challenges they met such as the purchase of land. “Lot acquisition has been our problem because we have problem with respect to lot ownership, titles and many others," said Cabling. Earlier last week, a groundbreaking ceremony was also held in Barangay Kilala, a site acquired by the National Housing Authority (NHA), for the construction of 500 permanent housing units for the families living in ‘no build zones’ inside the MAA. The NHA is still looking for other site in Marawi for the rest of permanent housing units to complete the 1,900 units for the families living in "no build zone."

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DepEd condemns slay attempt on Bukidnon teacher

October 18, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The Department of Education (DepEd) strongly condemns the shooting of Zhydee Bitago Cabañelez, an elementary teacher at Dalit Elementary School (ES)  in Valencia City, Bukidnon on October 15, 2019.    In a statement, DepEd has called on authorities to conduct an exhaustive investigation of the gruesome incident and expects results that will bring the perpetrators to justice.   Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones also instructed DepEd-X and the Schools Division Office of Valencia City to submit complete incident reports and obtain investigation reports from the authorities.    Four (4) unidentified gunmen onboard motorcycles went inside the victim’s classroom and shot the victim and her husband, Mr. Ramil Cabañelez, also a teacher in the same school. The husband managed to escape while the victim sustained serious physical injuries.    Initial police reports forwarded by Valencia City Police Chief Zurki Serenas showed that the victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds but is now in stable condition at the hospital and will be provided with psychological first aid as soon as possible.    Meanwhile, DepEd said pupils, parents, and teachers in Dalit ES have already been stress debriefed a day after the shooting incident.  The conduct of the 2nd Periodical Test scheduled on October 17 and 18, in the school was also postponed.   In a coordination meeting, Barangay and Sitio leaders committed to assign CVO and Purok leaders to serve as security officers during school hours. They will also accompany teachers in coming to school and going home at least until the Pulangi River.   Moreover, DepEd-X Regional Director Arturo Bayocot confirmed that DepEd Central and local offices have collected financial contributions to augment funds for the hospitalization of the victim.    DepEd sternly enjoins the community, local officials, and law enforcement agencies to work closely in ensuring the safety of schools, learners, and teachers. (DepEd)

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Strong quake in Mindanao also hit Cagayan de Oro's tallest hotel

October 17, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - A strong earthquake that hit Mindanao yesterday also made a crack in the city's newest and tallest hotel, according to a report received by this paper Wednesday. City Engineer Roland Pacuribot shows to the media yesterday a crack at the city's tallest hotel. (File Photo) Based on Philvoc's report, the city was hit by a strong quake at an intensity of 3 while in North Cotabato and General Santos reportedly experienced Magnitude 6.3. The crack was reported by City Engineer Roland Pacuribot as he made immmediate check and inspection at Limketkai's Luxe Hotel. But the City Engineer quickly said the crack was only small and minor repairs are only needed. The media who covered the site inspection made by the City Engineer also made the crack in public purposely to make awareness that even the newest buildings made up of the latest in building construction materials are not safe for tremors. Meanwhile, in Misamis Oriental, Governor Vincente "Bambi" immediately instructed Engr Mario Batar, the provincial engineer, to immediately make ocular inspections on buildings owned by the provincial government. The governor's order developed after yesterday's 6.3 Magnitude  that hit many citys and provinces in Southern Philippines. The quake's epicenter was in Tulunan North Cotabato based on the report made public by Philvocs. The said government agency said the quake was tectonic in origin. Engr Batar last night around 9:00pm immediately inspected the primises of the Provincial Capitol to monitor the structural integrity of the building to keep the employees safe from future dangers of the upcoming earthquakes and all forms of calamity. A sketchy report also said one was dead in North Cotabato after he was bombarded with a falling debris as a result of the strong tremor.   ALL PHOTOS BY ERCEL MAANDIG

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Solons back measure raising salaries of Comelec workers

October 17, 2019

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur--The two lawmakers of this province have co-authored House Bill 1669 filed by Rep. Luis Raymund “RLay” Favis Villafuerte Jr. of the 2nd District of Camarines Sur which seeks to standardize the salaries of workers of the Commission on Election (Comelec). Rep. Alfelito M. Bascug of the 1st District and Rep. Adolph Edward G. Plaza of the province’s 2nd District separately signed the manifest of support of the proposed bill , “An Act Reorganizing the Comelec Offices” at their respective congressional offices at the Provincial Capitol on October 15. When HB 1669 becomes a law, all Comelec workers nationwide will enjoy standard salary grades at par with fellow government workers in the Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Justice and Commission on Audit. Presently, Comelec workers in the municipal level are still receiving salaries six steps behind from the salary grades of these other government agencies. Both Rep. Bascug and Rep. Plaza agreed that the Comelec workers deserve the long overdue increase of their salaries and benefits being the stewards to exercise of democracy by way of performing their poll duties. Gov. Santiago B. Cane, Jr. witnessed the ceremonial signing of the manifest of support to HB 1669 together with officers and staff of the Provincial Comelec Office. Lawyer Raquel B. Limbaco, Provincial Election Supervisor III and Frederico A. Blanco, Election Officer IV who is also ASCEA-EU President thanked the two congressmen of the province for standing as co-auhors of the proposed law to standardize the salaries of Comelec workers.

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