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Close to 5k policemen nationwide to join local absentee voting on April 30

April 29, 2019

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar lbayalde last Monday said that close to 5,000 police officers expressed intent to participate in the absentee voting for the May 13 mid-term elections. “A total of 4,981 PNP personnel stationed in different regions nationwide have signified intention to participate in the Local Absentee Voting, including 163 personnel who will cast their absentee votes in Camp Crame tomorrow, April 30,” Albayalde told reporters on Monday’s press briefing. He said Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution 10443 allows Local Absentee Voting to certain voters for the May 13 elections starting Monday until Wednesday. The resolution provides that members of the PNP are entitled to avail of absentee voting, provided, they are duly registered voters and temporarily assigned in places where they are not registered, in the course of undertaking their public functions and duties. “We encourage all 190,000 PNP personnel to exercise their right and perform their duty to elect our country’s leaders,” Albayalde said. He reminded the police personnel are prohibited from engaging in any form of partisan political activity, the only political exercise that we are allowed to perform is to cast our votes. “We have been continuously rotating our personnel if we see things like providing unnecessary or unauthorized security to candidates, we relieve immediately that person, including the immediate superior whether he is the chief of police or the provincial director pending their investigation. It does not end with relieving them. They will be investigated and made to answer for their actions,” the PNP chief noted. For his part, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar urged PNP personnel assigned in Metro Manila to take advantage of the absentee voting in order to maximize the deployment of policemen and utilize all its resources in securing peace and order during the actual date of elections. “I exhort all policemen to vote and vote wisely. Our country deserves good leaders and we will be able to attain this by exercising our right to suffrage wisely,” Eleazar said. “It is the very reason that I would like to encourage all policemen, especially those who come from their hometowns in the provinces, that every vote counts and your votes are equally significant,” he added. Eleazar earlier said 15,000 police personnel will be deployed in Metro Manila to “maintain our anti-criminality efforts”. He ordered the five police district directors in the metropolis to monitor political developments in areas where election-related violence occurred in the past. (PNA)  

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Misor to start readying 2020 Annual Investment Plan

April 29, 2019

THE Misamis Oriental provincial government will start preparing its 2020 Annual Investment Plan (AIP) by May. Office of Barangay Affairs (OBA) head Jener Alaba revealed on Monday, April 29 that all departments of the Capitol will start consolidating their respective proposals for the AIP to be taken into consideration by the Provincial Development Council. Alaba made the announcement as he rallied the 424 barangay councils in Misamis Oriental to beat the deadline and immediately submit their respective resolutions so they could be included in the barangay empowerment program next year. Projects that may be included range from covered courts to barangay halls, basketball courts, water systems, health centers, evacuation centers, road concretings, road gravelings, stage facilities, multi-purpose halls, flood control, daycare centers, drainage systems, CCTVs, lots purchases, street lighting installations, pre-school buildings, footbridges, solar dryers, public markets, canals concreting, perimeter fence, senior citizens, VAWCC, spillways, treehouses, seawalls, river control, bleachers, dredging, stockrooms, among others. The AIP is a yearly requirement set to all local government units (LGUs) in the country based on Executive Order No. 189 issued by then President Joseph Estrada mandating all LGUs to submit to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) their respective AIPs. The AIP will serve as the guide for the usage of the internal revenue allotment (IRA) of a specific year, prioritizing solid waste management, purchase of lots for health facilities and housing settlements, activities in support of the food security program, initiatives in support of cooperative development, construction and maintenance of post-harvest facilities, local roads, sewerage, public buildings and the like. It undergoes deliberation at the Provincial Development Council which is composed of all mayors of component cities and municipalities, the chairman of the committee on appropriations of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the congressmen of the two districts in Misamis Oriental and accredited non-government organizations (NGOs).

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Pilot dies after plane gets entangled on a high tension wire in Davao

April 28, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN digital. April 27) - A pilot died Saturday morning when the plane he was flying got entangled on a high tension wire of the National Grade Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in Barangay Mangalcal, Carmen, Davao del Norte. Police authorities identified the victim-pilot as one Jessie Kevin Roska Lagapa, 25, a resident of Ibabao Rd, Baywater, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu province. The victim was still rushed to the nearest hospital in said province but died later. He was officially pronounced dead by his attending physician Dr. Jacouline Agustin. Initial investigation conducted by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) showed that the pilot was spraying a banana planation when the plane he was flying got entangled on a live high tension wire of NGCP in the plantation in said province. Meanwhile, police investigators in Carmen Municipal Police Station are also quick to respond to the incident and conducted their own investigation. The police investigation have revealed that the plane was owned by Davao Aerowurkz Corporation and it carried a body number RP-R5388. His body is now lying at a morgue in Carmen District Hospital and families are advised to send his remains back to Cebu.   

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MisOr PDRRMO hands out 84 radios to municipal police stations

April 26, 2019

THE Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) of Misamis Oriental headed by Fernando Dy Jr. donated a total of 84 base radios and portable handheld radios as well as one repeater in Magsaysay municipality recently. In an interview, Dy said the base radios and portable handheld radios were distributed in each police station and office in the two cities and 23 municipalities of the province as well as three other police units. He added that it is the initiative of Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano to donate the communications equipment in the province for the speedy relay of emergency situation reports and acting on them. “Na-proven na kini nga ang radyo epektibo sa pagpakaylap sa panahon sa emerhensiya sama sa hit and run ug carnapping, ma-intercept dayon,” Dy remarked. “Maka-augment kini sa cellphone ilabina sa mga dapit nga walay signal.” Each city police office and municipal police station in the province were handed one base radio and two portable handheld radios. The Misamis Oriental provincial police office, the Regional Mobile Force Battalion and the Provincial Mobile Force Company likewise received these same number of equipment, bringing the total amount of radios purchased at P700,000. The amount used to purchase the equipment were drawn from the intelligence fund of the governor. Along this line, the PDRRMO also purchased and installed a repeater in Magsaysay town that is worth another P700,000. Dy said the repeater in Magsaysay would augment the existing repeater in Lugait municipality. The communication devices were all tested and deemed fully functional as of three weeks ago. “With all these in place, we can ensure that our men and women in uniform can respond and act immediately on any emergency,” Dy said.

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Misto – An Art-Ful Blend of Authentic International Flavors at Seda Centrio

April 26, 2019

Traditional recipes served with a modern twist through innovative presentations   Misto, Seda hotels’ signature restaurant, welcomes guests to its modern interiors – a fusion of design and function that combines its multi-faceted character with a range of offerings that will satisfy the most discerning palate. Misto is the Italian word for “mixed”, a term that describes the medley of international flavours that comprise its a la carte selection ranging from universal classics to Filipino favourites. Seda Centrio’s Hotel Manager Armand Angeles says, “We provide options for global travellers to enhance their dining experience. But we also recognize that they value authenticity and will always yearn for the familiarity of traditional flavours.” Adding the fact that original recipes appeal to all generations, Misto’s value proposition is simple -- good food with great taste that has universal appeal, many of which are considered “comfort food” that evoke happy memories, or provide a feeling of contentment simply because they live up to the guests’ expectations. Executive Sous Chef Christopher Ben “Chris” Lugtu is the master behind-the-scenes at Misto in Seda Centrio, orchestrating accuracy in food preparation. “The key,” he says, “is precise timing, plus the use of fresh, high-quality ingredients.” He mentions Sous Vide BBQ Ribs, Roasted Peruvian Chicken, Tinola de Laguna, Scampi, and Dulce de Leche Cheesecake as some of the restaurant’s best-sellers which have consistently garnered constant praises from diners who find the experience doubly impressive due to Chef Chris’ artistic presentations. “This is how we give our dishes that personal touch,” he explains. “We stay true to the original recipe, then leave our own imprint by modifying its appearance to enhance its aesthetic appeal.” It is quite apropos that the chef is teeming with creativity, as Misto, like the rest of Seda Centrio, is a showcase of art, with stylized photographs, eye-catching wall art, and other complementing pieces that follow the hotel’s contemporary theme. Even the floor-to-ceiling glass windows seem to frame the creative spaces inside and out, evoking a seamless relationship between the indoor and outdoor environments. To summarize, Seda Centrio Hotel Manager Armand Angeles says that Misto in itself fulfils the essence of Seda hotels – an incomparable location, efficient yet unobtrusive service, and excellent value. “At Misto,” he concludes, “we give diners a taste of the old and new by blending cooking traditions with modern food presentations to provide an extraordinary dining experience.” Misto at Seda Centrio serves buffet breakfast daily and Executive Lunch Sets on weekdays. Designed with indoor and “al fresco” seating, it is open 6:00 am to 11:00 pm, Monday through Sunday at the hotel’s lobby level. Seda Centrio is located at CM Recto corner Corrales Avenue, Barangay 24, Cagayan de Oro City. For inquiries and reservations, please call tel. no. (088) 323 8888 or 09175775910.

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Meet Our Culinary Team: (CHEF CHRISTOPHER BEN “CHRIS” LUGTU, EXECUTIVE SOUS CHEF)

April 26, 2019

CHEF CHRISTOPHER BEN “CHRIS” LUGTU,  EXECUTIVE SOUS CHEF   With experience from working in a Forbes-rated 5-star restaurant and other service areas in a 5-star hotel with an extensive knowledge of international flavours, Chef Chris brims with passion for his craft. He holds the belief that the art of cooking is instrumental in creating meaningful relationships and healthy communities. Working under different international chefs and having been exposed to an array of techniques, Chef Chris has a cooking style that is heavily influenced by the region’s rich natural resources and incorporates quality ingredients from the different areas of Northern Mindanao. In addition, his dishes are subtly influenced by Latin cuisine because of the work he’s done in Waterside, an award-winning restaurant in Solaire Resort and Casino, Manila.  A strategic work ethic is what he brings to Misto, along with a caring, team-oriented philosophy that focuses on creative collaborations with his culinary team, as well as engaging with diners, whom he says are not merely guests to feed. “The love for food is universal, but to dine and share the table with family and friends is what Filipino cuisine is all about,” says Chef Chris.   He is delighted to introduce several signature dishes to the new and revamped a la carte menu emphasizing that each dish is a special product, created with thoughtfulness and a keen appreciation for the warmth of feeling that exceptional food always inspires.   ------------------------------   RANDY S. DREISBACH FOOD & BEVERAGE MANAGER   With an extensive background in hotel and restaurant operations, Seda Centrio’s food and beverage manager is of German decent whose work experience is deeply rooted in the Philippines.  From garnering experience from all across the regions, Randy has been in the food & beverage industry for at least 26 years, with stints in both large-scale and medium-sized hotels and restaurants.   While his career started as a waiter in Quezon City – he slowly climbed the ranks to finally becoming Area Manager handling two (2) properties of the Fersal Hotel Group.  Randy has led the opening teams at least three times in his career.  As pre-opening food and beverage manager for several restaurants and properties, he supervised a team of 100 to 200, managing, training, and developing them. Randy’s top priority is always promoting an atmosphere of teamwork, consistency, and ensures both staff and guests are happy.    Major responsibilities in setting up the Food and Beverage Division included: preparation of food and beverage budgets, procurement of all equipment for operations, design of restaurant, training of incoming staff and setting the brand standards.  He is also responsible for setting up the in-room dining, banquet and catering teams for Seda Centrio.

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