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One More OFW in Kuwait killed

January 3, 2020

ANOTHER Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) died in Kuwait, reportedly a clear disregard of the agreement between the Philippine Government and the Government of Kuwait sometime in 2018. The victim, Jeanelyn Padernal Villavende, allegedly and reportedly died while in the hands of a female Kuwaiti employer. The suspect, however, is now arrested by the Kuwaiti police. As this developed, Malacañang has expressed outrage of the sudden death of a Filipina OFW in said country and made sure the victim will get justice she deserve. In an interview with Inquirer.net, Presidential Salvador Panelo said ""We consider Jeanelyn's tragic death a clear disregard of the agreement signed by both our country and Kuwait in 2018 which seeks to uphold and promote the protection of the rights and welfare of our workers in Kuwait."  Panelo said the Office of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has been directed by Malacañang to facilitate the free burial of the victim, as well as the livelihood assistance for her immediate families.  Malacañang also told the media that the family members of the victim will be given scholarship to help lessen the agony of the family who did not expect this tragic event will happen to their loved one abroad. Meanwhile, the Office of DFA under Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr., has already summoned the Kuwaiti Ambassador in Manila and has already informed him the President is "fuming mad" after he learned of the sad fate of the Filipina maid in Kuwait. Senator Joel Villanueva has also expressed dismay over the sudden death of Jeanelyn and warned that the Philippine Government should again ban deployment of Filipino workers in Kuwait. “We have already seen one OFW death in Kuwait too many. If we cannot get safety and security guarantees for our OFWs in Kuwait, a most basic and reasonable demand in our view, perhaps our government should make the ban permanent,” the senator, chair of the Senate labor committee, Villanueva told the media.  

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"Bogus cop" extorts money from Bulua terminal fish vendors

January 3, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - An unidentified suspect who allegedly called himself a policeman has reportedly been extorting money from the vendors inside the Bulua Westbound Terminal on January 1, 2020. 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.  Ms Maricel Casino-Rivera, the chief of the City Information Office, has already alerted different police stations in this city by tagging them in an FB convo. Later, another netizen, posted another image of the suspect taken in 2017, while the suspect, identified as a certain Glenn Villareal Calang, was having a mag shot taken on him for a case in extortion and usurpation of authority, sometime in 2017.   In her FB account, former Oro Chamber president Ireen Floro posted the suspect while he was caught on CCTV camera reportedly extorting money from the fish vendors inside the terminal's fish landing area.     

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Oro govt regulates use of plastic bags

January 3, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) has urged the public  to bring their own eco-bags when going to the market or malls. This, as the city government of Cagayan de Oro is now fully implementing the “Plastic Bag Regulation” for dry goods in markets and establishments. Based on City Ordinance 13378-2018 or the Integrated Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance, business establishments, fast food outlets, pharmacies, food kiosks, convenience stores, and ambulant vendors are restricted from using plastic cellophane in packing their goods except for meat and fish, Clenro Chief Armen Cuenca said. Cuenca said that under the ordinance “wet goods already packed in plastic wraps, pouches, bags as part of product packaging shall not be contained in any plastic bags.” With this, the local government reminds all business establishments and markets to comply with the said ordinance to avoid penalties. The local government will also start to issue an Ordinance Violation Receipt in the city. (PR)

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Deadline to renew business permit in Cagayan de Oro: January 20

January 3, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Businessmen have until January 20, 2020 to renew their respective business permits. Acting Assistant City Treasurer for Operations Engr. Leonil Mistula said: “Kung wala’y mga kakulangon sa ilang mga papeles, dili ra abtan og usa ka oras ang proseso ug makuha gilayon ang business permit (If they don’t lack any requirement, they can get their business permit in less than an hour).” Entrepreneurs will just have to have their fees assessed in the hall’s kiosk or they can have it through the local government’s online billing system which can be accessed at www.cagayandeoro.gov.ph. After the assessment, entrepreneurs can directly pay to the cashiers or through the online payment system using a Visa card. After payment, entrepreneurs will have to proceed to the City Tourism Hall so the Business Permit Licensing Division, City Health Office, and Bureau of Fire Protection can process the permit. PR

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5 DEAD IN LATEST ROAD ACCIDENT IN SUMILAO, BUKIDNON

December 30, 2019

BREAKING NEWS - 5 DEAD IN BUKIDNON ROAD ACCIDENT SUMILAO, BUKIDNON - At least five people died in another road accident yesterday (Dec 28) along the National Highway in Barangay San Vicente, Sumilao, this province, after a truck driver lost control of his vehicle. Initial investigation reported that those who died were the driver and his companion and three other civilians who were only taking a bath when they were rammed by the speeding truck. It was also reported that the driver was maneuvering his truck in sitio Langga, Barangay San Vicente, when he suddenly lost control of his truck and it accidentally rammed three civilians before the truck fell into the ravine that also caused the driver's death and his companion.

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MDN chooses Pabama Transport Company among the "Transport and Auto Industry Leaders" in Mindanao

December 30, 2019

Pabama Transport and Tours Corporation, operator of the famous double-decker buses plying the Cagayan de oro-Bukidnon routes and vice versa, was adjudged "Transport and Auto Industry Leaders", during the recently-concluded 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel on December 13, 2019, and consistently organized by Mindanao Daily News Corporation, purposely to recognize companies, entities and leaders' outstanding performance which contributed to greater development in Mindanao. Other awardees were two equally amazing transport and auto industry leaders include MGM Motors Mindanao, Inc, Davao and Isuzu Cagayan de Oro. Pabama was awarded for improving and providing efficient and steadfast service to the riding public of Mindanao. This homegrown transportation enterprise has immensely contributed to the economic development of Mindanao.   In an exclusive interview yesterday with Rinan Dayonayos, HR Officer of Pabama Tours, he said the company was very thankful to have gotten the award as among the best transport companies in Northern Mindanao. He said the award will serve as a challenge to serve more the riding public and offer more attractive services and promotions in the future. "We are honored to receive the award and hopefully in the future we will also receive more awards," Dayonayos told Mindanao Daily News. "Dako kaayo ug matabang ang maong award kay magdugang kini kadasig sa among pagpalambo pa sa kompanya to serve more people for many years," he said.  Pabama was the first bus transport company in Mindanao which introduced double-decker buses plying the routes from Cagayan de Oro City to Bukidnon, passing the cities of Malaybalay and Valencia and the fastest booming town of Maramag. This new level of using double decker buses was one of the deciding factors of the board of judges to choose Pabama Transport as among the top leaders in transport and auto industry, aside from its very humble beginnings. Other transport companies operating in Mindanao has not introduced this idea of using double decker buses. The introduction of double decker buses tremendously amazed the riding public as this type of buses were pioneers in Mindanao and even other regions all over the country.  Inside these buses, there are other amenities such as free internet access and free tablets for all passengers to make them enjoy the whole trip from Cagayan de Oro to Maramag in Bukidnon and vice versa.  History Pabama Transport, also known as Pabama Tours and Pabama Transport and Tours Corporation, is a bus company based in Kibawe town, Bukidnon province in the island of Mindanao in southern Philippines. It serves the routes between the city of Cagayan de Oro, the province of Bukidnon and the city of Gingoog. A local provincial bus line with humble beginnings, it was the first bus company in the country to introduce the luxury bus with on-board tablets and the double-decker provincial bus. The company was founded in 1998 by the Panis family based in Kibawe, Bukidnon. It started out as a local provincial bus line serving the Malaybalay-Kibawe-Kadingilan route using used-up second hand minibuses, and later added both bought and locally-assembled low-grade provincial buses on their fleet. While it continued to be so throughout the whole 2000's decade, during the same time period it often copied the livery of its rival Rural Transit to give the impression that it was a subsidiary of the giant company when in reality it was not, as a marketing strategy and to better secure the preferences and tastes of the commuters. As Pabama Transport entered the 2010's decade, it began reforming its fleet, procuring several second-hand units acquired from Holiday Bus to augment its fleet. At the same time, the bus line entered the Cagayan de Oro-Kibawe-Damulog route for the first time to expand its service area. The moment the company acquired its first units from Ankai in year 2015, it also started to copy the Rural Transit's practice of naming their airconditioned units into 'Tours', and thus the Pabama Tours was conceived. That same year, it entered the Cagayan de Oro-Balingoan-Gingoog route as it bought D&C Express the same year and integrated its operations to the company. In 2017, they became the first bus line in the Philippines to have luxury bus with on-board tablets per seat, which they all bought from Zhongtong Bus Holdings. The next year, they once again became the first bus line in the country to have double-decker buses which they procured from the same bus manufacturer. These acquisitions effectively graduated the company from a small local provincial bus line into a large first-class executive coach service company. The company has already has now acquired 25 more units of Zhongtong Magnate Double Decker Bus that will be used to serve new routes between Cagayan de Oro and Davao via BUDA.  Presentors of the recently concluded 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards include Veterans Bank, Ayala, BPI BanKo, Cooperative Development Authority, provincial government of Misamis Oriental, CORDS 10 and PCOO, Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Pepsi, Washington, Angela Soriano Fashion Design Studio, SELRAHCO PR, Dessert Boss, Pie Square Photo Booth, AVPro and Marzel Digital Studio. PANEL OF JUDGES  The Panel of Judges in this year's awards are Journalist Tessie Superioridad, Mindanao Daily News (MDN) Executive Editor Cris Diaz, MDN Managing Editor Ruel Pelone, MDN and BWM Training Director Joe Felicilda, and MDN Editor in Chief Allan Mediante, MDN columnist Raffy Magbanua, also the former president of the Cagayan de Oro Press Club, Inc. (COPC); and BusinessWeek Mindanao Editor in Chief Nelson Constantino.  

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