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Yanson sibling re-elected as president of bus company

January 18, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The stockholders of the Mindanao Star Bus Transport, Inc. has re-elected Leo Rey Yanson as president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) during their annual stockholders meeting held last Saturday (January 18). Yanson thanked the loyal and competent employees for the success of the bus company. Mindanao Star Bus Transport, Inc.is the sister company of Vallacar Transit, Inc., the country's largest bus transport company. "The services of the bus company keep on improving every year," he told reporters during yesterday's press conference held at its main office in Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City. He said the Mindanao Star Bus has two routes plying the North Cotabato and Koronadal serviced by brand new and luxury buses. "We are using luxury units in Koronadal and we are dead serious when it comes to services," said Yanson. Stockholders' meeting Under the company's by-laws, the Annual Stockholders' Meeting of the company should be held every second Saturday of January at its main office. Asiden from Yanson, elected as members of the board of directors were Ginnette Y. Dumangcas, Charles M. Dumangcas, Arvin John Villaruel, and Rey C. Ardo. The elected directors will serve for one-year until January 2021 or, until their successors are duly elected and qualified. Following the election of the directors, the board held an organization meeting and re-appointed Yanson as the president and CEO of the company and Yanson matriarch Olivia V. Yanson as treasurer and corporate secretary. The stockholders also ratified the acts of the board of directors of Leo Rey V. Yanson. Mindanao Star Bus Transport, Inc. is part of the Yanson Group of Bus Companies which operate all throughout the Philippines, including the cities of Bacolod, Iloilo, Dumaguete, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Davao, Pagadian, Dipolog, Bohol, and Batangas.

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Government declares "No Man's Land in Volcano Island"

January 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines - The government has declared a very strict imposition of "no man's land in the volcano island" following the continued threat of a worst and biggest eruption of Taal volcano - even as it seems it rested now. The town of Agoncillo in Batangas has also become a 'ghost town' as a result of massive evacuation this week of its residents. The town has also become all gray in color, with tons of ashfall covering vast of lands, houses, and the vast agricultural crops. President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of "no man's land policy in the volcano island" made by the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) as the department headed by Director Renato Solidum fears Taal volcano would erupt again - and this time it would be big and worst than on Sunday's (January 12) eruption. video credit to GMA News The government has already imposed lock down on most towns covered under the 14 kilometer radius danger zone - and if the worst scenario would eventually happen and the alert level is raised to 5, it would even include the towns under 17 kilometer radius. 2 dead; 80,000 evacuated Meanwhile, in the latest report made by the Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (BPDRRMO), it reported that at least two people died of cardiac arrest while they are in the midst of looking for safer grounds during the Sunday's eruption of Taal volcano. The BPDRRMO report identified those who died as 65-year-old Anatalia Perez Dionisio, a resident of Sampaloc Village, Talisay town; and a certain Danilo Toledo, 27, of Barangay Laguile, Taal town. Dionesio died on Monday while Toledo also died the following day.             A top official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Joint Task Force Taal told reporters there are now 82,000 or 18,664 families who were evacuated at different evacuation centers established by the national and local governments. Tension at evac centers Tension also gripped at some evacuation centers after a total lock down is imposed by the government and closely implemented by the PNP and AFP - as some of the evacuees wanted to go home for fear their pets and other livestok animals would suffer from illnesses as they have not eaten and taken cared of since evacuation started this week. One of the evacuees lied down at the soil ground in front of evacuation center as a show of protest to the recent imposition of "no man's land policy," while other evacuees aired their grievances to the media, saying they wanted to go back home to sell their pigs and get those important documents they had left at home. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año also mobilized members of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to help in the road-clearing and cleaning of ashfall including other vulcanic debris of all the affected areas under the kilomter 14 radius including all towns in the provinces that were also reached by the ashfall.      Already, the BFP in Calabarzon region has utilized 147 firetrucks including 531 BFP personnel and 39 emergency medical staff.  Año said DILG's field affices were also coordinating with local executives in all the affected areas to make sure that mandatory evacuation and delivery of basic necessities of evacuees are taken cared of. 600 million damage A top official of the Department of Agriculture told the media the Taal volcano eruption has already damaged nearly 600 million of crops  and livestok. The damage was more on fruits and vegetables, it was learned. Agriculture Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan said damages on crops totalled around 577.39 million and it covered a vast 2,772 hectares of cultivated lands.  The breakdown of those affected agricultural products include the following: bananas, 20.96 percent; coffee, 10.91 percent; rice - livestock and cows were also among those badly affected. The DA Undersecretary told reporters in a briefing in Malacañang that the agency has now allocated 21.7 million for crops and livestock assistance to farmers affected. The funds are made available to local government in Batangas, the official said. Silver lining The DA official said despite meseries that the Taal eruptions has brought to people, the said calamity offers a silver lining as well. He said the ash from the Taal eruption could help replenish the level of nutrient of the overused soil around the mostly affected agricultural areas. Aside from the fact, that a group has also successfully converted the collected eruption ashfall into bricks. 

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Suspect behind mayor's ambush killed in shootout

January 17, 2020

ILIGAN City--Police authorities killed the suspect, who ambushed a town mayor in Lanao del Sur in November last year, on Wednesday morning in Barangay Pagalamatan in Saguiaran town, Lanao del Sur. Colonel Madzgani Mukaram, chief of Lanao del Sur police, said police was supposed to serve an arrest warrant for Jalaloding Mocsir for the crime of murder when he and his companions fired at the arresting officers. The warrant was in connection of Mocsir's killing of certain Safra Macabantog Pangandaman on January 31, 2017 in Marawi City. A 10-minute firefight ensued that led to the death of the target and one Nasrullah Capal, a resident of Barangay Pagalamatan. Mocsir is a resident of Barangay Moriataobae, Masiu in Lanao del Sur. Mukaram said, Mocsir, who is also known as Laluwa, is identified to be member of the Dawlah Islamiya-Maute Group under Osoph Hadji Nasif or Kumander Asrap. Mocsir is the primary suspect in the ambush of Nasser Pangandaman Jr, Mayor of Masiu town that resulted to the death of his police escort, Staff Sergeant Jabar Pangandaman, the killing of Mojera Macalangan, barangay chairman of Bubong Kadayonan, Marawi City on August 30, 2019 and the failed ambush of Police Captain Basiri Hasan on July 19, last year. "While the operating unit was about to serve the warrant, Alias Laluwa and his companion identified as Nasrullah Capal fired upon the operating unit hitting the kevlar helmet and ballistic shield of the leadman of the entry team, forcing the operating unit to retaliate," Mukaram said. Recovered from Mocsir is a Glock caliber 9mm pistol and from Nasrullah was one KG9 caliber 9mm. Mocsir's wife, identified as Bling Capal, was arrested for possession of eight sachets of suspected shabu. Aside from violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, Capal is also facing charges for violation of Presidential Decree 1829 for coddling wanted person. Mocsir's four inlaws were also arrested for coddling him. Three motorcylcles believed to be used by the slain suspects in their gun for hire activity were also confiscated to be subjected for macro etching examination while the firearms seized to be subjected for ballistic examination. The five arrested suspects are presently detained at Saguiaran MPS for filing of appropriate crimnal charges.

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FWD insurance opens business hub in Valencia

January 17, 2020

VALENCIA City--FWD Life Insurance Corporation (FWD Insurance), part of pan-Asian FWD Group, opened its newest business hub in Valencia City, Bukidnon, a report reaching the Mindanao Daily News Online said yesterday. As one of the country’s fastest-growing insurance companies, FWD Insurance has continuously been expanding its geographic footprint to reach more Filipino families, said the insurance company in a press release. Present at the unveiling of the company’s newest office are FWD Insurance officers Roche Vandenberghe (FWD Insurance VP, Head of Marketing), Jasper Cheng (FWD Insurance Chief Financial Officer), Judith Baliton (FWD Insurance Chief Life Operations Officer), and Jet Villamor (FWD Insurance Territory Sales Director for Visayas and Mindanao). The newest business hub is the insurer’s 16th in the country and is located at G/F, JBE Bldg., Sayre Highway, Valencia City, Bukidnon. To schedule an appointment with an FWD advisor, call +632 8888 8388 or +6388 828 7334 (FWD Valencia Business Hub). Customers can also visit www.fwd.com.ph for 24/7 Live Chat.

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Council for mental health eyed in Oro

January 17, 2020

Group starts to craft Mental Health Ordinance for Cagayan de Oro CAGAYAN de Oro City--"The law requires the creation of a local mental health council," said Dr. Ramon Moreno of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center, a government-run hospital located in the city. “It is mandated by law to create the council,” Moreno pointed out as a study group started to craft the proposed Mental Health Ordinance. If the council is functional, and would need an area for meetings, the mental health office can be utilized for planning, strategizing, and formulating policies for the purpose, he added. Mike Fabello of the City Social Welfare and Development Department assured that he will make a follow-up on the creation of a mental health council, while the study group is crafting the proposed ordinance. Councilor Maria Lourdes Gaane, chair of the City Council committee on health, and Councilor Joyleen Mercedes Balaba, chair of the City Council committee on social services, reiterated that comments and suggestions of the stakeholders will be incorporated in the proposed legislation. The proposed Mental Health Ordinance of Cagayan de Oro  City is now being crafted after the joint committee, during its meeting on Wednesday, discussed the provisions of the proposed legislation. One of the highlights of the meeting was the discussion on the establishment of a mental health office to accommodate “service users” with mental health concerns. The Gavel, a daily newsletter of the City Council, reported that those with mental health issues will be called “service users”, not “patients”. In response to the query of Councilor Balaba on the utilization of House of Hope instead of establishing a mental health office, Councilor Jocelyn Rodriguez said the proposed office will be used for counseling, treatment and after care of “service users”. “House of Hope is considered as a different level of mental health. Dili pwede didto nato ibutang kay layo man but we should have a place nga accessible sa tanan,” said Rodriguez. Dr. Doris Ann Inihao of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) clarified that  there are “service users” that can be handled in a community-based facility.  They are those who do not necessarily have to visit a psychiatrist, she explained. The proposed city mental health office will serve citizens who want to inquire about mental health concerns and also avail of a psychotherapy counseling sessions and access to psychosocial care, she added. Councilor Rodriguez expressed eagerness over the realization of the project. “Sagad na nato ni, dili na nato gusto’g tigi-tigi. Mayor Moreno is also really serious of putting up a facility. We do not only cater acute patients, we also cater those who need after care,” she stressed. MENTAL HEALTH COUNCIL Dr. Ramon Moreno of NMMC said the law requires the creation of a local mental health council. “It is mandated by law to create the council,” he stressed. If the council is functional, and would need an area for meetings, the mental health office can be utilized for planning, strategizing, and formulating policies for the purpose, he added. Mike Fabello of the City Social Welfare and Development Department assured that he will make a follow-up on the creation of a mental health council, while the study group is crafting the proposed ordinance. Councilors Gaane and Balaba reiterated that comments and suggestions of the stakeholders will be incorporated in the proposed legislation. Councilors Suzette Magtajas-Daba and Reuben Daba were  present during the meeting. (SP/JBDacer)

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23 candidates vie for Mutya ng Tagum

January 16, 2020

TAGUM City--At lest 23 contestants, representing all the 23 barangays, will vie for this year's search for Mutya ng Tagum. For the first time since its inception in 2013, the City Tourism Office managed to get the nod of the 23 barangay chairmen who each certified their respective resident-candidate through a barangay certification which is a newly introduced provision in the guidelines set by the council. The securing of the 23 barangay representations to the beauty contest was not an easy task, according to Tourism Office Head Vicerjean Casiano who said in an interview that some of the heads of the smallest barangays initially said no with regard to the screening of their representative. Unlike the previous versions of the pageant where the screening of the candidates were handled by the City Tourism Council, this year’s candidates were handpicked by their respective Barangay Captain and the Sangguniang Kabataan chair. Casiano added that it was a personal victory for her to have been able to turn her dream of having all 23 barangays completely represented in the search for the young woman who has what it takes to be the paragon of the Eagle Wings into a reality. The city’s premier beau-con where the emerging set of winners will be judged based on their beauty, brains, personality and advocacy, is slated to happen on the evening of March 7, which is also the Araw ng Tagum. Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon introduced the idea of moving the date of the holding of the event from November, in time for the city’s celebration of the Feast of Christ the King, to March as one of the events that would highlight the celebration of the anniversary of the cityhood of Tagum. The move was incorporated in the newly enacted Code of Festivals of Tagum City which was approved by the local chief executive on Monday, January 13, when the ladies were presented to a throng of LGU employees, officials and clients. From among the 23 ladies who underwent a 3-day training relative to their preparation for the competition prior to their first introduction to the public on January 12 at the Gaisano Mall of Tagum Atrium, will be the winners with a guaranteed cash prize of P50, 000 for the Mutya ng Tagum City 2020, and P30, 000, P20, 000, P15, 000 and P10, 000 for her respective court. (Richi Gulle/CIO-Tagum)

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