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MDN heightens digital innovation at 8th anniversary

May 18, 2019

With Mindanao Daily celebrating its eight year today, May 18, 2019, it’s now ready for the digital challenge of the new millennium, which includes actively involving the daily newspaper in online news reporting not only on crimes and politics but more on developments in the Island of Mindanao.      President and Publisher Dante M. Sudaria said Mindanao Daily’s digital innovation is very crucial for the paper since it started in 2010. “We need to embrace the digital challenge because we cannot compete with other newspapers and online magazines if we remain  using the traditional ways in news reporting and publication.. Although, we are still using some of the very vital basics, modern digital technology is a big help for newspaper companies in the countryside.”      Sudaria said since the entry of the worldwide web, the company has already been implementing the basics in digital publishing which is using social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.      “In fact, since we used Facebook, we have easily captured  online readership. Right now we have more than 160,000 online subscribers and they read all the news that we offer every day especially from both breaking news and updated developments in Southern Philippines,” he said.      MD editor in chief Allan Mediante said he also welcome this development, adding that there is now a big market and readership in mobile phones. This development in the digital age, Mediante said, is a big help for many newspaper companies to maximize in order to continue competing with other papers not only in Mindanao but the national broadsheets as well.      “We feel that if we go digital like all other newspapers, there’s a big advantage that our news and developments in Mindanao will be read all over the globe. Online news reporting is a big help for regional newspapers unheard before from the countrysides,” Mediante claimed. DIGITAL PREPARATION      To maximize the preparation of Mindanao Daily into the digital world, the Publisher Dante Sudaria went to Metro Manila and met with the experts in online marketing and advertising.      Sudaria met the executives of Purple Bug Company and made a deal to supply the news content of the online version of Mindanao Daily while Purple Bug will take the lead in online advertising and promotions.      In March, two executives of Purple Bug went to Cagayan de Oro and conducted a training on how to maximize the usage of the new website which was done completely by Purple Bug. The said training and workshop was participated in by MD employees, staffs and editors.      In the same month, MD also hired the services of SEO expert and veteran journalist Joel Escol to take the lead in maximizing online presence and driving tens of thousands of daily traffic for the online edition of Mindanao Daily.          Escol is one of the editors and SEO guy of the MD digital edition. He also writes the daily’s breaking news, trending news and entertainment news not only locally but also internationally, to cater to the needs of the news and entertainment hungry-people on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. SEO guy credentials      The SEO guy has been online since 2007 and he has served a lot of foreign clients from the United States, Asia and Europe with his expertise in Online marketing and Search Engine Optimization (SEO)      With his online expertise, Mindanao Daily News can easily land in number 1 position in search engines like Google and Yahoo. And since SEO and social media are now the best online strategies of competing newspapers and online magazines, the Publisher and President Dante Sudaria never hesitated to invest in SEO and online marketing.      “Right now we are in the level playing field with top news sources in the country. We always see to it that our news and informations are on top 5 in search engines usually populated only by Rappler, Abs Cbn digital, Inquirer, and CNN,” Sudaria happily quips.      He said before MD cannot compete with these big shots in the news and information industry because the company is not guided with the proper techniques and strategies using both social media and search engine optimization like properly identifying the keywords that could really bring considerable amount of daily traffic.      Meanwhile, Joel Escol, the SEO guy added that it’s not enough to only have a website and wait for the traffic to come in. “Like I said many times, after we have  website, we still have to optimize it, and make it search engine friendly to be able to drive traffic - and this process of optimizingi is called Search Engine Optimization or SEO,” he said.      Escol said “with the right implementation of SEO and other online marketing strategies, it is very easy to land on Top 1 in search engines like we did with Mindanao Daily,” the SEO guy pointed out.        Aside from Escol’s expertise in online marketing which he trained with an Indian expert back in 2007 and paid $300, the SEO guy was also a veteran newspaperman. He worked as a reporter of a daily newspaper in Mindanao from 1991 and rose from the ranks as Desk Editor, Regional Editor and Entertainment Editor until the early part of 2004.

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MDN takes pride of its CSR projects

May 18, 2019

AS Mindanao Daily News celebrates its eigth anniversary today, we now look at various outreaches that the company has organized the past year as a way of giving back to its patrons. The 1st Mindanao Governance & Leadership Excellence Awards in partnership with Philippine Veterans Bank happened last March 7 at Limketkai Luxe Hotel, this city. This yearly project which started this year aims at giving due recognition to government leaders and private sector achievers for bringing fame and honor to their communities.      Conceptualized by MDN editor in chief Allan M. Mediante, the  awards criteria for judging are consistency of best practices in governance (regulatory change, good management, utilization of technology and human resources management practices) – 20 percent; principled leadership (style – responsiveness to people needs through participatory service delivery, civic engagement, partnerships and resource mobilization for poverty reduction and local level development – 30 percent; and recognition & awards (ingenuity and originality in programs and projects conceptualization and implementation i.e. building cohesive local communities for a secure and peaceful environment, developing institutional and structural arrangements, management systems and tools that work – 30 percent.      “These leaders have shown good governance and leadership traits and best practices in steering their communities and organizations into winning various achievement awards. Thus the need to trumpet their achievements through media platforms such as the presentor – Mindanao Daily News,” awards chairman and Mindanao Daily News publisher Dante Sudaria said.      Awards executive director Allan Mediante, editor-in-chief of Mindanao Daily News, opined that government and private sector leaders are facing completely new pressures both from within their own institutions and in their own communities, thus the need for transformational change.      “Those changes are only possible when leaders gain the support of stakeholders by embodying their institution’s values and demonstrating that their decisions are made for a greater cause and not for a personal agenda,” Mediante said.      Another event initiated by Mindanao Daily is the holding of the Mindanao Daily News Journalism Awards.      According to project director Mediante, there were contest categories in opinion writing, news feature writing, health and science reporting, sports writing and photo journalism.      Apart from the students, government writers and private company writers joined in the competition.      Sudaria said that “we have undertaken the challenge to do our own corporate social responsibility, thus this project which we offer with the help of institutions and establishments for building better communities and the betterment of Mindanao.”       Veteran journalists trainer Joe Felicilda also conducted trainings throughout the year in cooperation with Mindanao Daily.      As Mindanao Daily News embarks on its ninth year, Sudaria is looking forward serving the community even better.

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Sandiganbayan sentence Kauswagan Mayor Arnado 10 years in jail

May 18, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, May18,8:45am) For evicting a family from their homes in 2013, the Sandiganbayan sentenced a town mayor of up to 10 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of three counts of grave coercion charges.  The Sandiganbayan identified the town mayor as Rommel Arnado of Kauswagan, Lanal del Norte. Promulgated on April 26 and send to reporters, the first division of the Sandiganbayan claimed the mayor was found guilty of 3 counts of grave coercion as embodied on the Revised Penal Code under Article 286.  The decision reads that the anti-graft court of the Ombudsman's prosecution team carefully studied Arnado's case and established that he prevented the agrieved parties from staying in their property, despite of the fact that the family has presented a certificate of land title. In fact, the prosecution continued, the eviction was still carried out even without the needed court order coupled with threats and intimidations. The accused Arnado also admitted during the pre-trial conference of having participated in the removal of the complainants' shelters, and this deprived them of their rights to peaceful settlement of the disputed properties. The co-accused of Arnado who remain at large was earlier ordered by the court that cases be also filed against them. They were Rey Camanian, a security officer at Kauswagan police unit and a certain Lauro Diputado, the town hall's casual employee. The court also ordered that said cases filed against the co-accused be archived as they remain at large at press time.   According to the charge sheets kept by the court, it was Camanian and Diputado as well as seven other John Doe's who evicted the houses of Osama, Ibra and Farhana Sambuat including their relatives in Barangay Tacub. The eviction, the charge said, were all based upon the orders of the principal accused Arnado. Prior to the reported eviction, the Sambuat family was already claiming the ownership of the said land that were also claimed by businessmen Henry Dy, Voltaire Rovira and Sotero Trinidad. The disputed land was where the houses of the Sambuat were built for many years. The Ombudsman also added in their reports that aside from driving the Sambuat Family with force and intimidation from their land, the co-accused and their cohorts also demolished the houses of the complainants and also took their material possessions.  In last May 13's midterm national and local elections, the accused Arnado ran again for mayor and was even reelected against his opponent. Arnado garnered 7,854 while his rival, Nestor Ortiz, Sr. only had 2,254 votes.

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Parojinog rivals in politics in a sweep win over 2019 midterm elections

May 17, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, May 16) - With the downfall of the Parojinogs, tagged as the political kingpins in Ozamis City, their political rivals had a chance to redeem power by sweeping all the major political positions. Based on the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) partial unofficial tally as of May 15, 2019, 7:44pm, mayoralty aspirant Sancho Fernando Oaminal was duly elected mayor thru the people's mandate with his 46,176 votes while his opponent, Connie only had 12,647 votes. Mayor-elect Oaminal run under Nationalista Party while Lim run as an independent candidate. The comelec said the board of canvassers has already reached 100 percent of their canvassing as of this writing and only waiting for the final proclamation. The mayor-elect's father, Henry Oaminal, who run as congressman also won with a wide margin with his 54,151 votes while his opponent, Herminia Ramiro only had 11,213 votes. With the new leadership in Ozamis City erasing the total footprints of the Parojinogs, the city residents are hopeful that the new leadership will implement worthwhile projects for the poor people in the poblacion as well as in the hinterland barangays. The Parojinog clan held power for more than 2 decades and they had amassed a bad reputation due to reported accusations of allegedly involving their family into the illegal drug trade and other illegal activities. The original Parojinog was reportedly the founder of Kuratong Baleleng gang who were allegedly involved in a series of robberies in the country, as well as gun smuggling and illegal gambling activities.         

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Amoeba downs 300 confab participants in Bukidnon

May 17, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, May 17,2:24pm) Over 300 church members who were attending a convention in Impasug-ong town in Bukidnon were rushed to various hospitals in the province due alleged amoeba, reports said on Friday. The victims were all members of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) religious sect. They were immediately rushed to the hospitals for treatment after they complain of feeling ill and had  stomach aches and started vomiting on May 14, a day after the 2013 National and Local Midterm Elections. The victims, report said, also experienced severe diarrhea before they were confined in different hospitals Hospital officials said they have accounted those immediately confined at their hospital to number around 169. As of press time there were already 45 confined patients that were discharged after their health condition got better. Pastor Allan Alingan, president of the Northern Mindanao  SDA movement told reporters there were around 300 participants of the said youth convention, and they were all having problems because they got sick while the convention was ongoing at Cedar, a government facility in Impasug-ong town in Bukidnon. The said convention facility was located in barangay Impalutao.  Meanwhile, Dr Henry Legaspi, chief of hospital at the Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center has ruled out suspicion that it was a diarrhea outbreak. He said specimens of rectal swabs of the patients are now sent to Metro Manila to be checked by medical experts. He said they sent it to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Metro Manila. Personnel from the Department of Health (DOH) were already dispatched at the convention venue and conducted their investigation. Initial findings of medical investigators reported that the venue had swarms of flies, most importantly those near the two septic tanks. Before the convention, the septic tanks were being cleaned out, reports said. The flies contaminated with amoeba disease from the septic tanks were also able to fly at the kitchen where vegetables are placed before they were cooked.   DOH officials even advised convention participants to transfer the venue of the convention far from those infested by flies. However, convention organizers decided to suspend the convention activity as those confined in hospitals are their immediate concerns and priority.   

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Comelec to proclaim winners in Misamis Oriental today

May 16, 2019

THE provincial board of canvasser would likely proclaim the winning candidates in the province of Misamis Oriental at 3 p.m. Thursday (today). Governor Yevgeny Vincente “Bambi” Emano, the incumbent provincial governor, would likely be proclaimed along with the other winners in the midterm election in May13, this year. Among the candidates to be proclaimed are Emano as governor, Zigzag Pelaez, as Vice Governor, Christian Unabia, congressman First Congressional District, and Juliet Uy, congresswoman Second Congressional District. The Padayon Pilipino, a regional political party led by Emano, would likely sweep the gubernatorial slate with a total of eight provincial board members in the province’s first and second district. Each district in the province has six regular provincial board members. Lawyer Aleli Ramirez, provincial election supervisor, said that aside from the usual problems during election day, the election was generally peaceful. Among the problems encountered during the election day are defected precinct count optical scanner and SD cards was causing delays in the canvassing of votes.

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