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Hino opens Butuan dealership today

November 26, 2019

The Philippines’ leading truck manufacturer and distributor Hino Motor Philippines will open its dealership in Butuan City today, serving its valued patrons in the five provinces of Caraga including consumer-rich Butuan and Surigao cities.      Bannered under the umbrella of Toyota Cagayan de Oro Group of Companies, Hino Butuan City offers the same brand of quality sales, parts and services together with the other 5 Toyota Dealerships in Northern Mindanao. It is also notable that Hino is a Toyota Group Company.      Located along Km. 5, National Highway, Libertad in the regional capital of Butuan City, the presence of the Hino dealership here is expected to boost the economy in this side of Mindanao, especially those in the trucking business.      Among the models available in Hino Butuan City are the Hino PUV, Hino 300 Series, Hino 500 Series, Hino 700 Series and Hino Busses.      Today’s opening will be led by no less than Hino Motor Philippines president Mr. Mitsuharu Tabata, Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada and Hino Butuan City president Ms. Betty Lu.      Aside from manufacturing vehicles and bodies, HMP also distributes genuine Hino parts and accessories and provides long-term maintenance services to its clients. It is also the only company which offers customization thus becoming a “one-stop shop” – from chassis assembly to building the body based on the desired specification of the client and further to vehicle maintenance, repair and refurbishing.      Hino Motor Philippines Corporation is the first bus body manufacturer in the country to receive ISO 9001:2000 Certification, a distinction that serves as a proof of unmatched product quality. Its leadership in the industry can be attributed to the durability and cost-effectiveness of Hino products and this is reflected in its tag line “Hino - Global brand, lifetime value.”

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P100m worth of abaca plant soon to rise in Lanao del Sur

November 25, 2019

MARAWI City, Lanao del Sur--A P100-million worth abaca fiber processing plant will soon be established in Barangay Calilangan in Balabagan town following the Bangsamoro Government Regional Board of Investment’s (RBOI) approval of the Hong Kong Feng Seng Heritage Philippines Inc. (HK FSH) registration. The plant, which will initially employ 107 workers, has a starting capacity of 12,000 metric tons of abaca fiber at 10 percent increase annually. All products will be exported to China for pulp making through Bloomfield (Xingtai) Specialty Paper Co. Ltd. Bloomfield supplies pulps to paper mills in China and the world. Manolito Hofer, HK FHS chief executive officer, said the project is part of his personal advocacy of helping end armed conflicts and push for development in his home province, Lanao del Sur. “I am optimistic that with the start of this facility, more opportunities will come to BARMM. HK FHS plans to establish additional 10,000 hectares of abaca plantations through contract growing all over the region including the Zamboanga Peninsula to generate around 20,000 or more workers in the next few years,” Hofer said. HK FSH will also set up an abaca tissue culture laboratory and nursery to supply its plantation needs. Initially, the nursery targets 2,000 plantlets for 1,000 hectares in its first year of operations and increase it as the project expands in the years to come. Meanwhile, RBOI Chairman Atty. Ishak Mastura said, “as the year closes, BARMM has shown the benefits of peace in terms of more willing investors in the region, especially since the Bangsamoro Organic Law just began its implementation this year thru the administration of Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim.” According to Minister Abuamri Taddik of the Ministry of Trade, Investments and Tourism (MTIT-BARMM), the region has developed an abaca industry roadmap focused on Lanao del Sur envisioned to maximize the potential of the area, empower the labor force through good agricultural practices and alleviate the lives of the people of the lake. The abaca is known worldwide as the “Manila Hemp”, with the Philippines as a top producer and exporter. The abaca fiber is considered the strongest of natural fibers. It is three times stronger than cotton. As per Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority's (PhilFIDA ) 2018 data, ARMM is among the top five abaca producing regions in the Philippines contributing 10.07 percent of the country’s total abaca production. Lanao del Sur is second to Sulu in abaca production in ARMM and ranks eight in the country. The province has an approximate 5,621 hectares of abaca plantations with an average yield of 0.69 metric tons per hectare of abaca production. The registration of HK FSH will allow the company to avail of fiscal and non-fiscal incentives from the government such as income tax holidays (ITH), duty-free importation on capital equipment and other applicable incentives upon the start of the project’s commercial operation. (Bureau of Public Information)

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After airstrike, govt troops scour Madamba-Madalum mountain ranges

November 23, 2019

ILIGAN City--After four bombs dropped past 7 a.m. on Saturday (November 23) by the FA 50 jet in the mountain ranges of Madalum and Madamba town in Lanao del Sur, the military is now scouring the area to confirm reports of residents that there are members of Dawlah Islamiya (DI) Lanao group training in the area. Colonel Jose Maria Cuerpo, commander of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade, said their combat operations started in November 10, when civilians in the area informed the military of the temporary camps, made of blue “trapal,” are built in the area. The combat operation going to the area resulted to the seizure of subversive documents along the way that include the recovery of the identification card and documents of motorcycle of Staff Sergeant Lito Polines, a personnel of the Army’s 553rd Engineer Battalion who was shot dead in Barnagay Basak Malutlut, Marawi City in October 7. The military has also discovered black flaglets with ISIS logo, bomb-making materials and improvised explosive devices from the area. This made the military believes that this group is a remnant of the DI, also known as the Maute-ISIS group. “With the recovery of Polines’ ID in the area, we are suspecting that this group is the same group who killed (Staff Sergeant Lito) Polines,” Cuerpo said. “We cannot penetrate their temporary camps because it is located on a strategic high location. We assured that no civilians were hurt during the air strike because it is around six kilometers from the community,” Cuerpo said in a phone interview. After the four airstrikes this morning, troops are now scouring the area to validate report that several members of the group have been killed. There was no reported injury or fatality from the government side. With this, the 103rd Brigade assures residents in Lanao del Sur and Marawi City that the ongoing combat operations against the DI is contained in the mountain ranges of the two municipalities. “This will not have any effect in the Islamic City of Marawi and Lanao del Sur, rather it will farther enhance and strengthen security environment in the province and again give positive assurance to the local government, businesses and kind hearted organizations to keep on delivering socio-economic programs to support the peace and development effort of the provincial, city and municipal governments,” Cuerpo said in a statement sent to media Saturday morning.

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PDEA-Normin destroys illegal drugs used as evidence in court

November 23, 2019

LUGAIT, Misamis Oriental--The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Northern Mindanao destroyed on Friday (November 23) the P44.6 million worth of dangerous drugs that the drug agency seized during their law enforcement operations in the region from March 2019. The destruction was done inside a burning facility called Keln of the Holcim Plant in Lugait Misamis Oriental using not less than 600 degrees Celsius heat. Wilkins Villanueva, director of PDEA 10, the drugs are composed of 39,180 grams of dried marijuana leaves, 4.8 kilograms of shabu or crystal meth, 2.1 ml or shabu liquid and 17 pills of ecstacy. These were already used as evidence of more than 500 cases filed and promulgated in different courts in Northern Mindanao according to Villanueva. “We are indeed fortunate that we have stumbled upon these illegal drugs and prevented their proliferation into the streets where they can inflict unimaginable damage to the precious lives of the people in the community,” Villanueva said. PDEA is mandated to undertake the destruction of all drug and non-drug evidence in accordance with section 21, Article II of the Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act and of the Dangerous Drugs Board Resolution Number 1, series of 2002 and 2007. The undertaking, according to Villanueva, ensures that there should be no recycling of dangerous drugs back to the streets. “As we destroy these dangerous drugs, we reflect on our drive to remain steadfast in our mission and to aggressively pursue organized drug personalities until the drug menace is subdued. Today, we have done another stage towards attaining our vision of a drug-free nation,” Villanueva said.

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PayMaya is 1st e-wallet to adopt national QR Ph standard 

November 23, 2019

PayMaya is 1st e-wallet to adopt national QR Ph standard    BOLSTERING DIGITAL TRANSACTIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES THROUGH QR Ph, THE NATIONAL QR CODE STANDARD. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, led by Governor Benjamin Diokno (center), together with the Philippine Payments Management Inc. (PPMI), spearheaded the official launch of QR Ph, the Philippines’ national QR code standard for digital payments, at the BSP headquarters in Manila on Wednesday. With him are RCBC President and CEO Eugene S. Acevedo (left) and UnionBank President and CEO Edwin R. Bautista (right) conducting a fund transfer transaction to the PayMaya account of BSP Governor Diokno by simply scanning the QR Ph code in his PayMaya app, the first e-wallet in the country to adopt the national QR code standard.      Digital financial services leader PayMaya became the first e-wallet in the Philippines on November 20 to officially adopt QR Ph, the national QR code standard launched by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).    PayMaya users can now receive money transfers from other institutions such as UnionBank, LANDBANK, Chinabank, AUB, and RCBC via the QR Ph code generated within the PayMaya app, represented by the QRPh logo in the middle of the code bearing the national colors of the Philippines.    To receive money from other banks and financial institutions, a PayMaya account holder just needs to go to the Settings section of the app and click on the QR code icon to reveal their unique QR Ph-compliant code. The sender can then scan this code via their participating bank’s mobile app to initiate the fund transfer.   QR Ph is available for person-to-person (P2P) fund transfers upon launch but will soon be expanded for merchant QR payments.    “This is yet another milestone initiative that will help accelerate the adoption of digital payments across the country. We congratulate the BSP for spearheading the launch of the national QR code standard, QR Ph, as we reaffirm our commitment at PayMaya to fully support all efforts for wider cashless adoption and financial inclusion for all Filipinos,” said Orlando B. Vea, Founder and CEO of PayMaya.   With QR Ph launched and for full implementation by June 2020, more Filipinos as well as micro and small enterprises are expected to onboard the formal financial system as they are now able to easily do inter-operable electronic fund transfers and digital payments for their day-to-day transactions using their mobile phones.    The adoption of QR Ph is a collaboration between the BSP and the Philippines Payments Management, Inc. (PPMI), the country’s Payment System Management Body under the National Retail Payment System (NRPS) regulatory framework. PayMaya is a member of the PPMI.   Aside from integrating QR Ph to its app, PayMaya has also been working with government agencies including the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the Social Security System (SSS), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), and the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC), as well as Valenzuela City, Quezon City, and Manila City, among others, to integrate card and emerging digital payments acceptance within their respective online and branch office services.     "As we work with the government and the rest of the industry to push for QR Ph and enabling card and emerging digital payments acceptance for government agencies, more Filipinos will embrace the convenience, added value, and security of going cashless,” Vea added.   PayMaya, the digital financial services arm of Voyager Innovations, is the only financial technology company in the Philippines offering integrated consumer and merchant payment solutions with the widest on-ground branch network. It is the first to give millions of Filipinos an e-wallet that allows them to pay cashless transactions at any time of the day, anywhere in the world, and from any device. It is the financial technology arm of Voyager Innovations, the leading technology company in the country backed by PLDT, KKR, Tencent, World Bank’s IFC and the IFC Emerging Asia Fund.    To know more about the products and solutions offered by PayMaya, visit www.PayMaya.com. [END]     BOOSTING FINANCIAL INCLUSION FOR ALL FILIPINOS THROUGH QR Ph, THE PHILIPPINES’ NATIONAL QR CODE STANDARD. Digital financial services leader PayMaya on became the first e-wallet in the Philippines last November 20 to officially adopt QR Ph, the national QR code standard launched by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), in cooperation with the Philippine Payments Management, Inc. (PPMI). By promoting the use of a common and inter-operable QR code standard across financial institutions, the BSP hopes to bring digital financial inclusion to all Filipinos.  BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno (middle) and PayMaya Founder and CEO Orlando B. Vea (third from right) are joined by early users of QR code for payments: Luzvinda Enriquez, a vendor from the Marulas Public Market (leftmost); Sherilyn Valdez, sari-sari store owner (2nd from left); Emilia Labantino, a rice farmer from Isabela (3rd from left); Jolly Mabanglo, a tricycle driver in Mandaluyong (2nd from right); and Rodrigo Caadan, a street food vendor (rightmost).                                    

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1 dies, 1 wounded: Cops hunt suspect in Maramag gun attack

November 22, 2019

ILIGAN City--Policemen are now tracking down the suspect responsible for the killing of one of the two siblings on Wednesday (November 20) night in  Barangay Dagumba-an, Maramag town in Bukidnon. Police Major Gil Agpaoa, chief of Maramag Police Station, identified the victims as Joseph, 36; and Jesus Bodiongan, 34. Agpaoa said the victims were brought to a nearby hospital but Joseph reportedly did not reach the hospital alive. He succumbed to a gunshot wound in the chest while Jesus was hit in his right leg. Initial police investigation said the siblings were on their way home from a neighbor’s wake where they served as cook, when they were attack by the suspect. Agpaoa said Jesus managed to identify their attacker. "In fact, Jesus said he hacked the suspect in the head with a ‘bolo’ that he used to slaughter the pig they cook in the wake of their neighbor. Maybe the suspect did not expect that one of the victims would survive,” Agpaoa added.

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