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National highway streetlights project in Claveria town hit for clear violation

January 7, 2020

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental - While the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Public Works and Highways are busy in the implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte's road clearing directive, yet a certain road street lighting project somewhere in Claveria town, Misamis Oriental is getting the ire of many folks. An FB post went viral after photos of this streetlighting project were posted yesterday, and which got the attention of many people, especially those who live in Claveria town, Misamis Oriental. Lily Umali-Cagas said there is no coordination between project implementors, which is maybe the reason, why they didn't realize it is a violation of President Rodrigo Duterte's marching orders. Based on said order, streetlights should follow the 15 meters away guideline from the center of the road from both sides, either left or right side of the highway, in which this streetlight project in Barangay Patrocinio, Claveria clearly violated. MDN tried to contact Claveria Mayor Meraluna Salvaleon Abrogar to shed light on the matter but she is not available at press time. Meanwhile, DILG has already warned to prosecute municipal and city mayors who did not implement the road clearing project of Pres. Duterte in their respective places. In a press statement Sunday, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año has named ten mayors who will be facing administrative cases for their failure to implement the president's directive. The mayors who will be facing administrative sanctions include the following: Mayor Reynaldo Marco of Baco, Oriental Mindoro Mayor Tomas Bongalonta Jr of Pili, Camarines Sur Mayor Dean Michael Singco of Ginatilan, Cebu Mayor Edgar Tan of Pagsanghan, Samar Mayor Boen Dorotheo Cabahug of Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur Mayor Joel Sulong of Lapuyan, Zamboanga del Sur Mayor Joseph Uayan of Sagay, Camiguin Mayor Helenio Abecia of Guinsiliban, Camiguin Mayor Antonio Baculio of Manticao, Misamis Oriental Mayor Alicia Mori of Caraga, Davao Oriental The DILG chief executive said the first 10 mayors were among the 97 mayors all over the country who failed to properly answer the directives of their office. They have also failed to implement properly the road clearing order of the president.  Año said his office mean business and they are ready to sanction whoever is not following orders which could hamper developments and peace and order in the countryside. "Hindi tayo nagbibiro noong sinabi natin na handa tayong sampahan sila ng kaso," the DILG secretary warned.  

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"Bogus Cop" who extorts money at Bulua Terminal arrested in Bukidnon

January 6, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -  Finally, after 40 hours of hot pursuit operation conducted by the police, this "bogus cop," who has been extorting money and kilos of fish at Bulua fish landing area, fell into the hands of police authorities. The suspect, identified as a certain Glenn Calang, was arrested in Baungon town, Bukidnon Province by a joint operatives of the Cagayan de Oro Police Station 7 Bulua and operatives of the Regional Intelligence Division of the Philipine National Police in North Mindanao. Irene Floro, former president of the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Oro Chamber) said the whole population at Bulua West Bound Terminal were very thankful yesterday as they heard the arrest of the suspect Glenn Calang somewhere in Baungon town. "Ang kinatibuk-ang wholesalers sa Bulua Fish landing nalipay sa kaabtik sa atong mga kapulisan pinaagi sa joint efforts sa Cagayan de Oro City Police Station 7 Bulua Precinct and Regional Intelligence Division," Ms Floro said in her FB account. Meanwhile, Ms Maricel Casiño-Rivera, chief of the City Information Office commended the immdiate response of the vendors, policemen from Bulua Police precinct and the office of the Regional Intel Division. "We commend your immediate response to the situation. It was a classic example of community vigilance and cooperation that resulted to the arrest of this perpetrator. Sa kanunay nato nga gibalik balik nga kampanya nga ang security ug safety sa komunidad responsibilidad sa tanan. Kudos to you and to everyone involved especially the law enforcers. It's not a perfect world pero bentaha gyud kung magkahiusa ug magtinabangay kitang tanan," Rivera said. Floro said the arrest of the Calang should serve as a lesson that extortion is a crime punishable by law and whoever will did the same offense should be dealth with accordingly. "Bogus Cop" extorting money at Bulua Westbound Terminal "Hinaot nga ang mga sama niini nga panghitabo panalaminan sa mga dautan nga elemento. Kay ang krimen dili gyud mo padayun diri sa dakbayan tungod kay adunay panaghiusa ug pag tinabangay sa kapulisan ug ang kumunidad aron masugpo ang mga binuhatan nga makadaut sa panginabuhian ug lumulupyo sa Cagayan de Oro City," she concluded. It can be recalled that on January 1, 2020, an unidentified suspect who allegedly called himself a policeman has reportedly been extorting money from the vendors inside the Bulua Westbound Terminal. Vendors were shocked as the "fake policeman" started roaming around the vendor's stalls and one by one extorted them money. Unlucky, the suspect, who failed to extort money as vendors did not allow him - as they have no sales on that particular day being January 1 and the terminal was empty with passengers. The "fake cop" allegedly pointed his still undetermined pistol to some of the fish wholesalers. One of the vendors said the suspect has been frequenting the fish landing area and would ask for several kilos of fish, telling them it was his son's birthday. (JCE)

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LTFRB apprehends several Angkas drivers; impounds motorcycles 

January 5, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Members of the apprehending team of the Land Transportion Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Northern Mindanao have arrested several Angkas drivers for violations. The LTFRB said in its FB account, Angkas drivers were arrested for operating as taxi service outside of the designated area, as stipulated in the guidelines for Motorcycle Taxi Service Pilot Implementation Study area (MTSPIS) The LFTFRB said they conducted crackdown after receiving complaints from concerned citizens and competing drivers from taxi and other vehicles. Under the law, the government agency said, motorcycles are strictly prohibited from being utilized as public transportation. The exemption only is that the ongoing MC Pilot Study program being implemented by TWG in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu, which is done to help congress formulate a new law which would enable MCs to be considered as a new public transportation mode. Meanwhile, the reported apprehensions made by the LTFRB were also the subject of the netizens bad reactions on the LTFRB's alleged bias apprehensions. One of the netizens commented that there are a lot of colorum vehicles plying in Cagayan de Oro and elsewhere in Mindanao but only Angkas was singed out. Resan Baculi said a lot of colorum vehicles in Cagayan de Oro should be their main point of action as these drivers have been operating illegally ever since. "Wala na talaga akong masasabi sa LTFRB ng CDO. Mabuhay kayo! Nagkalat nga ang mga colorum na sasakyan sa CDO na nag tagal na tumatakbo sa city gaya ng bao-bao. Habal-habal, taxi na walang prangkisa at van. May nagawa ba kayo?," Baculi asked. 

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Bombo Radyo Sees 20/20 by Expanding its Areas of Dominance in Digital and Terrestrial Platforms.

January 5, 2020

Bombo Radyo Philippines, a provincial brand with big dreams bares to expand its power and reach with more areas to conquer from its dominant presence in 24 key cities nationwide, as it holds its traditional Top Level Management Conference in Iloilo City from January 6 to 11, 2020. Dr. Rogelio M. Florete, the Chairman Emeritus of 31 strong AM & FM radio stations disclosed that for the year 2020, in Bombo Radyo’s front burner is to set up AM & FM radio stations in several more cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, bringing its coverage to at least 30 key cities nationwide. As the Media Mogul clears the way for its leadership transition on to Ms. Margaret Ruth C. Florete, the network’s President/CEO, Bombo Radyo dictates the pace among its competitors by keeping “In Step with Digital Technology”, for this year’s TLMC Theme to highlight its disruptive presence in FB Live. All Area Managers, Station Managers, News Directors and Chief Technicians are to be assembled in just one roof to be given their marching orders to use the strong Bombo Radyo content to conquer the digital platforms that are opened up to reach a worldwide audience. Also, Ms. Florete invites all music loving Ilonggo not to miss the once-a-year chance to experience the 3rd National Bombo Music Festival during the live performance of the twelve (12) Finalists on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the newly renovated West Visayas State University Cultural Center in Lapaz, Iloilo City. The Bombo Music Festival is the Network’s wide ranging contribution to music and forms a third of its tri-offering of the Network’s Corporate Socio-Cultural Responsibility Projects. A 31-piece Bombo Symphony Orchestra will provide the beautiful live accompaniment for each of the Interpreters of the Finalists for an unforgettable evening.  A prestigious Board of Judges will select this year’s Bombo Music Festival Champion & other top winners who will bring home bigger prizes and whose musical compositions has been playing in all Bombo Radyo & Star FM Stations and made available for listening or download in all digital platforms- Spotify, I-Tunes, YouTube Music and Google-Music. This year’s heavyweight jury is composed of Mr. Ryan Cayabyab, a pre-eminent musician and National Artist and Magsaysay Awardee in Music; Vehnee Saturno,   certified gold record producer and renowned  composer; young hit makers and artists - Bituin Escalante and Myrus Ramirez as well as Jesuit composer Father Peter Pojol.    

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DILG to mayors: "Pedicabs, trikes out of national highways" 

January 5, 2020

MANILA - The Department of interior and Local Government (DILG) has recently warned all city and municipal mayors to disallow pedicabs and motorcycles from plying along the national highways all over the country. DILG officer-in-charge Secretary Eduardo M. Año said all this are for safety purposes of all people in the streets, be it passengers or drivers and operators. “For safety reasons, no tricycle or pedicab should operate on national highways utilized by four-wheel vehicles greater than four tons and where normal speed exceeds 40 kilometers per hour,” Año pointed out. Hes aid the government recognizes that pedicab and tricycle operations give livelihood opportunities and income to the marginalized Filipino families but allowing them to ply on the main thoroughfares only put them in danger situations, aside from the fact that they can also create traffic. Año said “The regulation of tricycles and pedicabs on national highways is, therefore, to the best interest of everyone.”  He also made it clear that said vehicles may only be allowed by virtue of a Sangguninag Panlungsod (city or municipal councils) to traverse to the main highways if there is no other no alternative routes to transfer to other areas in their respective cities and towns. Año said he ordered the directive after receiving reports that there are a lot of pedicabs and tricycles plying the routes even in the main thoroughfares which really pose hazards and dangers among passengers, vehicles and drivers as a whole. He also warned municipal and city mayors to strictly adhere to the standards and guidelines provided for by Memorandum Circular 2007-01, which include the basic considerations in the preparation and implmentation of city or municipal pedicab and tricycle franchises, regulatory ordinances or codes.  Among those basic guidelines, Año said, includes banning of tricyles and pedicabs along national highways as well as prohibiting said vehicles to carry more passengers more than the allowable limits, or what is only authorized in their franchises.  

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Kuyamis Festival in Misor kicks off Monday, January 6

January 4, 2020

The 7th edition of Kuyamis Festival will kick off Monday, January 6, 2020, with street dancing, Kuyamis pageant and booth display as among the highlights of the festival. There is also a culture and arts exhibit at Centrio Ayala Mall and other activities at De Lara Park in Cagayan de Oro.

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