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DILG conducts media briefing, town meeting on CoRe

December 8, 2019

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental  -- In line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to address the endemic issues of corruption, unemployment, and regional inequality, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Misamis Occidental conducted a Constitutional Reform Provincial Roadshow: Media Briefing and Townhall Meeting at the New Function Hall, Capitol, Oroquieta City. The event was attended by various media outlets and local government units representatives in Misamis Occidental. This came as part of the two-day event roadshow the Core is doing in the different regions as a venue where people are informed on constitutional reforms and federalism. The activity aims to develop and implement a public relations and social media plan that will make federalism a prior issue, leading immediate solution in the country to be implemented by project management office, the communication bureau or the PCOO with the assistance of the regional and provincial offices of the Philippine Information Agency. DILG Provincial Director Pablio Benitez Jr. said the CoRe aims to inform and educate the people on the profits of constitutional reform and create an interface dialogue between the government and constituents on how to address pressing issues peculiar in the province. Benitez also reiterated the role of media in disseminating information on its constitutional reform advocacy. “Among the activities for the provincial roadshows are CoRe media briefing, town hall meeting, and CoRe talk and convention campaign with leaders and members of the multi-sectoral group,” said Benitez. During the media briefing, ConCom member, Professor Eddie Alih discussed the Constitutional Reforms which has four pillars of messaging: Pagyamanin ang probinsya, paluwagin ang Metro Manila (Enriching the province, outspan Metro Manila); Gobyerno para sa tao, hindi para sa trapo (Government for the people, not for the traditional politician); Bukas na ekonomiya nang lahat ay may pag-asa (Hope for open economy for all); and Bagong konstitusyon para sa bagong henerasyon (New constitution for the new generation). “We are campaigning for specifically the equality provisions, such as the political party reform and the anti-dynasty commission, and the open economy for all,” Alih said. As explained, it has been 32 years since the 1987 Constitution was enacted and between then and now, a lot of things have already changed.  There are new challenges and problems thus the need to adopt and look into what part of the constitution needs to be amended. “This time, we are older and hopefully wiser. We have a better product now. It is a slow process but we still think by 2022 before President Rodrigo Duterte steps down, it will be accomplished at least the specific amendments but ideally the new Constitution,” Alih added. Alih believed that the new form of government will reduce poverty, corruption and political dynasty in the country. “Let us all sacrifice for this country, for the sake of our beloved nation and our people. Now is the time to change the system of our government,” Alih said. The government will continue the campaign for constitutional reforms as a key component of the President’s economic and political reform agenda as a response to the changing needs of the people and to further strengthen the Philippine economy and national security. “This public confusion on federalism must be settled with a firm, resolute stance that we prefer political and economic reforms over preserving the political and economic elite's hold on power and the national wealth,” said Alih. “Change is hard but constitutional reform is the way change we need for the future we want,” he added. (SMRN /PIA MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL)  

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DILG launches 1st constitutional reform roadshow in MisOcc

December 8, 2019

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Misamis Occidental held a constitutional reform provincial roadshow dubbed “BALANGAYAN 2019: Sabay-Sabay na Pagsagwan Tungo sa Maunlad Na Bayan” at the Provincial Cultural and Farmers Training Center, this city. More than 1,000 participants coming from local government units, barangay officials and SK federated president in the province as well as community/civil society organization representatives in attendance. DILG Provincial Director, Pablio Benitez Jr. said Balangayan aims to raise public awareness on the importance of constitutional reforms and provide a venue to talk about developmental issues and concerns of local communities.  It also aims to have a public dialogue and consultation on constitutional reforms that need to speed up progress for the country. He said the roadshow will also become the platform for citizen’s participation and deliberation in constitutional reform. “We should all be informed on what CoRe is all about as one of the thrusts of the national government to uplift our lives in the coming years and for the next generation,” Benitez said. “I know that there are things that we need to do but we will just put our acts together. I know that we can achieve what we want to happen in our country,” Benitez added.. Constitutional Reform Professor Eddie Alih served as resource speakers during the two-day event. He said the current Philippine Constitution is no longer relevant and responsive to the present needs, problems and issues confronting our country. There is also a need to address the political, social and economic problems of our country today. He discussed the need to amend the current 1987 Philippine Constitution as well as the advantages of shifting from a unitary to a federal form of government. “What we all want is the government closer to the people and a way to do this is to form a government on a regional level and that is the Federalism which the President is proposing,” Alih explained. In line with this, Alih said the Cabinet-level task force assigned to review the proposed new Constitution submitted by the Constitutional Commission chaired by former Chief Justice Ricardo Puno is now finalizing the amendments it would push in line with the new strategy. "Let’s change the system of government now within the term of President Duterte. Why? Because President Duterte has a political will and despite the opposition, Duterte remains popular,” he added. Among the constitutional reforms that the DILG is advocating is the institutionalization of a clear provision implementing the Supreme Court’s so-called Mandanas Ruling, which gave regions equal share with the national government of the internal revenue income, Alih added. The DILG also supports a proposal to empower the regions by transforming the Regional Development Council (RDC) into a Regional Development Authority (RDA) that would have full powers.  Alih said the IATF is also finalizing discussions on key political and economic reforms to equalize opportunities for elective posts and open up the economy to foreign investments that are currently limited by the 1987 Constitution. Come with us then and let us begin our journey towards “Pederalismo Para Sa Tunay na Pagbabago!” Alih said.  (SMRN/PIA MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL)

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CHR-10 enjoins youth in promoting human rights

December 7, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Kicking off the National Human Rights Consciousness Week with a motorcade and opening program, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-10 urges the youth to take part in fostering and strengthening campaign on human rights. With the theme, "Youth Standing Up for Human Rights," the celebration slated December 4-10, aims to capitalize on the current momentum and spotlight the leadership role of youth in collective movements as a source of inspiration for a better future. CHR Regional Director Jeanne Ivy Abrina said the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) "recognizes what we already have and what we struggled for. It gives us the hope that we can be more than we could have been." Having the UDHR as their ultimate guide in doing their daily work, Abrina said such will be enforced if other stakeholders like the youth could help in upholding what is just and right. The event also aims to celebrate the potential of youth as constructive agents of change, amplify their voices, and engage a broad range of global audiences in the promotion and protection of rights. For her part, Department of Justice Parole and Probation Administration (DOJ-PPA)-10 Regional Director Rosa Lacanglacang said it is everybody’s responsibility to know and uphold human rights not only in times when one’s rights are abused. “Let us move together as one with our youth standing up for human rights because we are one,” Lacanglacang added.  International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems and to celebrate and reinforce the achievements of humanity. (RTP/PIA10)

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Invest in nutrition, says NNC exec

December 7, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – If we can influence our youngster to invest in nutrition, then we have a better chance of saving more children from malnutrition and giving them a higher chance of having better lives,” said Executive Director of National Nutrition Council Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang. In her message during the Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony held at N Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City on November 28, Dayanghirang also urged local chief executives to use their powers to make a difference through investing in nutrition. The 2019 Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony aims to give recognition in the form of incentives/awards such as the Quality Nutrition Program (QNP), Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) and the Outstanding BNS. The Quality Nutrition Program Certificate is given to a municipality, city or province for being on track on nutrition program as indicated by its Overall Very Satisfactory compliance of the 2018 nutrition standards with ratings not lower than three (3) and with an overall score of 75% and above. This award is given in lieu of the Green Banner. This year’s Regional awardees as confirmed by the Regional Nutrition Committee X (Resolution No. 1 series of 2019) were Kadingilan, Quezon and Valencia City, Bukidnon and Bonifacio and Tudela, Misamis Occidental as Quality Nutrition Program award recipients; Ms. Rose N. Alipoyo of Brgy. Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City as the 2018 Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (ROBNS); and Award of Merit for Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Occidental and Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon as CROWN, First and Second Year CROWN Maintenance Awardees, respectively. Mayor Clive D. Quiño of Manolo Fortich Bukidnon in his response speech as the 2ndYear Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Maintenance Awardee said the award is a celebration of the successes of those who pledged to fight malnutrition. He said that the efforts of the LGU do not stop there. He cited that their responsibilities now go beyond the traditional.  The fight against malnutrition, he said, must have more policy support from the local decision-makers; more intensified mobilization of local government units; more partnerships, linkages, and collaboration with different sectors; strengthened health and nutrition systems capacity; more sustainable programs for implementation; and more adaptive to research undertakings and use of new technologies and interventions. He said that the local government is one of the key players who will ensure everyone’s right to adequate nutrition. “I believe that everyone in this room would agree that as public servants, what is more important than awards and recognitions is the knowledge that what we are doing is right and must be pursued. On behalf of the awardees, we step up to the challenge and we accept our mission to conquer our greater lens to support our journey as one region in nutrition,” Quino said. The National Nutrition Council is mandated among others, to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the country’s food and nutrition plan and program. (Renee Mae F. Guhiting/ PIA10 Intern)

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Sec. Andanar to help improve education in MisOcc

December 7, 2019

TANGUB CITY, Misamis Occidental - Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Jose Ruperto Martin M. Andanar said he would give his full support to the thrust of the local government of Misamis Occidental to improve the status of education in the province. In a press conference, Andanar cited education as the greatest equalizer in society. Based on the findings of the local government, there are only a handful of high schools in the province, specifically in areas affected by the communist group.  The tendency, Andanar said, is for the students to drop out due to lack of schools in the area.  Andanar gave assurance that he will be working together with the national government to add more high schools in the province of Misamis Occidental. For her part, Tangub City Mayor Jennifer Wee-Tan said the Department of Education can do a lot to help those areas affected by the communist.  As the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for region 10, Andanar said, one of the important effects of having a CORDS is that the region has a national government that is listening. “Now, our responsibility is to be able to communicate and know the needs of the people and ensure that it will be heard in Palace,” he said.  During his visit, Andanar was given an extensive tour in the city by Governor Philip Tan and Mayor Jennifer Wee-Tan. He also served as the keynote speaker during the opening and lighting of the Christmas Symbols Festival held at Tangub City, Plaza on December 1. He said, “This is the first time that I was toured extensively in Tangub, I want to share with you that I witnessed how beautiful Belvedere is and the site of the Gardens of the World.” He was very impressed by the leadership of Governor Tan because of the improvement and the non-stop development of the city. He also mentioned the construction of the Panguil Bay Bridge that will connect Tubod, Lanao del Norte and Tangub, Misamis Occidental and is to be the longest bridge in the Philippines.  He said this will be a city with a citizenry that is ready for major development. (Shaine Mae R. Nagtalon/PIA Misamis Occidental)

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35 brgys in Iligan continue community drug rehab program

December 7, 2019

ILIGAN CITY  - The city government of Iligan continues to support President Rodrigo R. Duterte's war against drugs as 35 barangays continue its Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation Program (CBDRP), according to Dr. Gino C. Meteoro, CBDRP supervisor. In line with the week-long national observance of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week from November 18-22, 2019, the Iligan City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ICADAC) lined-up various programs and activities. This year’s theme, “Katarungan Para sa Kalusugan, Kalusugan Para sa Katarungan” has enjoined all local and national government offices, schools and the barangay councils, religious groups, as well as business/industries, and non-government organizations, to actively support and participate the activities lined-up. In a report during the activity launching, ICADAC has presented that from January to November 14, 2019, forty-three clients were assisted and processed for admission to Iligan City Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center at Sitio Fatima, Barangay Abuno. Out of this number, 20 were admitted for in-house treatment. In coordination with the City Health Office (CHO), it also conducted a pre-screening drug testing to 5,357 individuals, broken down to 1,280 job order applicants; 3,871 Tokhang responders/surrenderers undergoing community-based rehabilitation program (CBRP); 190 recovering drug dependents (after-care enrollees); and 16 barangay personnel. Dr. Meteoro has confirmed that nine barangays were declared drug-cleared while two barangays, Kalilangan and Panorogangan, were declared drug-free. Another program that was introduced and was opened in October was the Facility-Based Drug Rehabilitation with Dr. Ray P. Sage, as the program director. The facility is inside the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Brgy. Tipanoy. There are 16 detainees with orders from the court to undergo six months of in-house treatment. The rehabilitation will no longer be transferred to government rehabilitation centers but the program will be brought inside the Iligan BJMP facility for three months only. Moreover, some 24 personalities from the city’s 10 barangays were admitted to Balay Silangan, temporarily located in the basement of the City’s Drug Rehab Center in Brgy. Abuno, with Retired Colonel Leony Roy G. Ga as the program director. The temporary Balay Silangan opened last October 1 and caters drug pushers listed in the validated watchlist, the first batch of which are free of charge or no monthly fee. They would avail of a three months program with services from the City Health Office, Department of Justice-Public Attorney’s Office, City Mayor’s Office-Moral Recovery Program and on the third month would be training on livelihood opportunities.  Further, each family of the admitted pusher is provided with one sack of rice, assorted canned goods, dried fish and coffee monthly for two months while on the third month their provision will be shouldered by the barangay they come from.n As reported, the permanent Balay Silangan Facility has started its construction and will be opened and functional anytime in December 2019. ICADAC has continuous activities, undertake wholesome activities for the youth as an alternative to dangerous drugs, organize awareness advocacy/education campaigns., post-anti-drugs abuse slogans and posters in the workplace/ school campus/ barangays, and conduct unannounced random drug tests. (LVG/PIA Iligan) 

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