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NPA exodus continues in Bukidnon

December 2, 2019

IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon, Nov. 27 -- Members of the New Peoples Army (NPA) continue their exodus as another five surrendered on November 25 and yielded their firearms to the Community Support Program (CSP) Teams of the 8th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army. On November 23, ten “Militia ng Bayan” and four regular NPA members also voluntarily yielded to the government bringing with them 12 different kinds of firearms and a hand grenade. The NPA surrenderees also belong to the Sub-Regional Committee (SRC) 2, North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC) doing threats in Cabanglasan, Bukidnon. The promotion of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government by the CSP Teams and the continuous military operation played big roles in their surrender. They were informed of the benefits under the E-CLIP and that they will be enrolled after completing a series of interviews from the Army and the E-CLIP Committee. “I received information about the ECLIP - that it is a program of the government intended for us so I decided to yield as the others did,” said Alias Branch, 31, a former Squad Leader of SRC 2. He also shared that while he was with the NPA, they were always evading the army troopers operating in the area and getting information on the activities of the security forces was hard since the masses have withdrawn their support from the NPA. “I am expecting more NPA members to surrender as we intensify our combat operation and CSP immersion. We will not allow them to rest until they choose to surrender,” said Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Illana, commanding officer of the 8th Infantry Battalion. He also reiterated his call on the remaining members of the SRC2, NCMRC to surrender now to the CSP Teams in their community because the government is there ready to help then. In just one week, the 8th Infantry Battalion has recorded 19 NPA surrenders who are still in the process of completing their interviews before their enrolment to the ECLIP. (8th IB/PA)

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Oro govt partners with 5 schools for waste recycling

November 30, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The local government has recently signed an agreement with 5 public schools to implement the national program on waste recycling. This after the 19th City Council in its regular session last Monday, presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy, enacted an ordinance allowing Mayor Oscar S. Moreno to enter and sign the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the City Central School, Cugman Elementary School, Balubal National High School, Father William S. Masterson Elementary School, Canitoan National High School and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau in Region 10 (DENR-EMB-10). The Power, a daily newsletter of the City Council, said the collaboration is for the establishment of the National Ecosavers Program (NEP) with funding support from DENR-EMB-10 in the amount of P25,000 per school. The agreement, it said, will directly involve the elementary pupils and high school students where they learn the critical role of every citizen, even at a young age, to take part in collective efforts to protect the environment. Under the agreement, the DENR-EMB-10 shall provide technical support to facilitate assistance to the schools in the formulation and implementation of the NEP, establishment of Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) linking with junk shops for the marketing of recyclable wastes and determination of waste diversion as a result of the systems introduced. For its part, the city shall provide counterpart resources to assist/augment the implementation of the MOA by designating a project officer who will facilitate coordination and implementation of the project. The city will also conduct regular monitoring on the progress of the activities, submit quarterly accomplishment/progress and final reports, as well as financial/liquidation report of the NEP, among others. Finally, the schools shall conduct information, education and communication campaigns among the students, school officials, faculty and other support staff. It shall likewise document the experiences in implementing the program focusing on lessons learned, best practices and recommendations in implementing the NEP, maintain and submit records to the city of the NEP status which will include records of waste volume or weights processed, disbursement of NEP Seed Money and other NEP-related activities and outcomes. The vice mayor filed the legislation and approved by all members of the City Council. (SP/ JAOclarit )

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Breastfeeding room in all public markets in Oro pushed

November 30, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Councilor Maria Lourdes S. Gaane is pushing for the implementation of Republic Act 10028, otherwise known as the “Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009.” RA 10028, which was signed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on  March 16, 2010, provides incentives to all government and private health institutions with rooming-in and breastfeeding practices. In a meeting last Wednesday, Gaane, chair of the City Council committee on health and health insurance, discussed the implementation of establishing breastfeeding room in all public markets in the city. Under the law, the agency is required to establish breastfeeding room and provisions of lactation breaks (40 minutes every eight hours). The City Health Office has already informed the City Economic Enterprise Department (CEED), and other selected offices of city government to comply with the breastfeeding room requirement. During the discussion, Marfe Dacoco of the CEED said the office already identified a breastfeeding area at the first floor of Cogon Market as suggested by the committee during its meeting last November 20. She said the CEED plans to develop a  vacant stall at the rice and corn section as a breastfeeding area based on the specifics required under the law. At the East and West Bound Terminal Public Market (EWBTPM), Jocelyn Peñalosa said the City Mall also provides a breastfeeding room for its clients. She said the office has decided to convert portion of the abandoned Substation of Police Precinct No. 7 for the purpose. Mary Sean Molig of Carmen Market, meanwhile, informed the committee that the public market has a breastfeeding room located at the Unitop area.  She assured that the facility is open to the public. Gaane urged the CEED and all concerned offices to provide a space for breastfeeding room as soon as possible. She said the committee will conduct an ocular inspection to ensure compliance of the law. (SP/JBDacer)

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Mr. and Ms. MASTS 2019 winners

November 30, 2019

CAMIGUIN—Officials pose with the newly crowned Mr. and Ms. MASTS 2019. Crowned Mr. MASTS 2019 is Ivanne Jairon Melendez of Central Mindanao University while Ms. MASTS 2019 was Cathleen Angelie Abler of University of Southern Mindanao. They were crowned during the closing ceremony of the 30th Mindanao Association of State Tertiary Schools Friendship Games held in Camiguin on Friday night.  

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School exec: SUC games produce world-class athletes

November 30, 2019

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin--A public school official yesterday said the athletic competitions organized by a group of state universities and colleges in Mindanao has become the training ground for a number of athletes who have competed in local and international sports competitions. Dr. Nelson Cabral, management committee chairman of the Mindanao Association of State Tertiary Schools (MASTS), said his organization has been training and preparing student athletes to compete not just in local but in out-of-the-country sporting events. Cabral is also the president of the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College, one of the government-run tertiary education institutions that participated in the 30th MASTS Friendship Games held in Camiguin from November 24 to 29. “We have been producing athletes that have competed in international games,” said Cabral, although it was not immediately known how many athletes coming from MASTS member-schools have played in international sporting events, including the biennial Southeast Asian Games which kicked off in Luzon last November 30. He said: “Many of them have been chosen and have become part of the Philippine Team and have played in various international tournaments." Cabral said he considered MASTS Friendship Games as a training ground for future Mindanaoan athletes who can compete in international tourneys. In this year’s friendship games, Surigao del Sur State University (SDSU) won the over-all champion garnering 75 gold medals, 30 silver medals, and 53 bronze medals, and winning in 22 of 24 events. Other winners include 1st runner-up, Western Mindanao State University, 47 gold, 27 silver, and 29 bronze; 2nd runner-up, Bukidnon State University, 46 gold, 57 silver, and 47 bronze; 3rd runner-up, Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College, 34 gold, 11, silver, and six bronze; and 4th Central Mindanao University, 33 gold, 14 silver, 29 bronze. Jillard Mercado, sports coordinator of SDSSU Cantilan campus, said the rigid training of their athletes coupled with dedication has paid off. “We really did our best. That contributed to our victory,” Mercado told reporters on the sideline of the MASTS 2019 awarding ceremonies held at Mambajao Cultural Center Saturday night (November 29). During the closing ceremonies, a pageant was also held, with Ivanne Jairon Melendez of Central Mindanao University and Cathleen Angelie Abler of University of Southern Mindanao adjudged as Mr. MASTS 2019 and Ms. MASTS 2019, respectively. Meanwhile, Camiguin Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo has encouraged the athletes not just to excel in sports but to focus on their academics, as well. “You should finish your studies. Don’t waste your time. If you graduate, it will raise your stature in life. Remember, your age is not going down. Every year your age is going up,” Romualdo said. The governor said this was the second time that Camiguin has hosted a huge sporting event such as the Masts Friendship Games. In 2017, the island-province was the venue of the Northern Mindanao Regional Athletic Meet. Romualdo said they will be making the necessary preparations if Camiguin will win the bid to host the nationwide State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) games in 2022. He said the challenge was on how to accommodate the thousands of delegates from SCUAA member-schools, but added he is confident the province will be able to take in more visitors once the 200-room hotel and resort will be completed months from now.

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Police rescue minor hostage in Surigao City

November 30, 2019

Camp Col Rafael C Rodriguez, Butuan City---- Surigao City PNP rescued a minor against the man who held him from a hostage at the bus stop in Barangay Lipata, Surigao City today, November 29. PBGEN Joselito T Esquivel, Jr, PRO13 Director identified the hostage taker as Michael Belarma Puerto Gallera, 40, of Bantal, Banlag, Valencia, Bukidnon. According to report, Gallera entered Surigao Transport Corporation and suddenly took the victim inside the bus around 11:00AM. Gallera refused to negotiate with the authorities. Thereafter, the authorities distracted the attention of the suspect, which gave them the chance to grab Gallera hand. The victim was successfully rescued but Gallera attempted to stab twice one of the PNP personnel which prompted the authorities to shoot him. “Gallera was immediately given medical attention by the medical team who are standing nearby but he died and is now at Nilo Funeral Homes,” PBGEN ESQUIVEL JR said. SOCO personnel were requested to conduct crime scene processing. PBGEN ESQUIVEL JR recognizes the indispensable role of the community by helping their PNP in steadfastly fighting criminality and lauds them as they join in making the public safe from danger by way of continuously tipping the authorities any suspicious persons, activities and unusual occurrences in their area.

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