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PRO 10 launches "Higalang Pulis Mobile Library"

December 10, 2019

ILIGAN CITY -- Police Regional Office (PRO) 10 Director PBGen Rolando B. Anduyan led the launching of PRO 10 Higalang Pulis Mobile Library at Sitio Limunsudan, Brgy Rogongon, this city, recently. The mobile library is targeting schoolchildren and out-of-school youth to help them gain basic knowledge, teach them good values and patriotism, and mold them to become good and responsible citizens of the society. The Mobile Library was attached to a patrol car with a makeshift bookshelf placed at the back of the vehicle.  Accompanying the mobile library are police teachers that will assist the children on how to write and read, as well as guide them on what they want to learn. The launching of the mobile library coincided with the launching of the Iligan City Task Force To End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ICTF ELCAC). During the activity, PRO 10 distributed 200 bag packs with assorted school supplies, 347 hygiene kits, 270 medicine kits, 206 water containers, 89 rubber bands, and 200 key chains with PRO 10 hotlines. Meanwhile, Provincial and City Police offices in the region will replicate the Mobile Library program in their area of responsibility to maximize the number of children to benefit from the program.  "I conceptualized this idea to help the children become good citizens in the future and never be encouraged to embrace the ideology of communism and terrorism," Anduyan said.  PRO 10 also encourages the public to support the Mobile Library by donating books and any learning materials to help sustain the program and serve more children in the region. (PRO10)

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Moreno creates City Cemetery & Memorial Park Board

December 9, 2019

Mayor Oscar S. Moreno has issued Executive Order 195 creating the City Cemetery and Memorial Park Board to ensure the maintenance of order and compliance with environmental sanitation standards at the Bolonsori public cemetery, Headed by Engr. Almarco C. Brito with City Councilor Edgar Cabanlas as vice chairman, the Board recently conducted an ocular inspection at the site and reviewed the design for the redevelopment of the cemetery, including the resettlement of some settlers who are currently residing within the property. The plan also covers the proper interment of human remains to prevent possible contamination of water sources within the cemetery and nearby areas. The board’s membership consists mostly of leaders in the private and civic sectors in keeping with Mayor Moreno’s development agenda of inclusive governance. Other members of the Memorial Park Board include Camaman-an Punong Brgy Pedro Arda;  City Civil Registrar Evangeline Tapangan; Ramir Balquin of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO); Oliver Egypto of the Office of Community Affairs; Dr. Adrian Suba-an of the Department of Health-10 (DOH 10); Environment Management Board (EMB)Region 10 Director Reynaldo Digamo; Mohammad Gondarangin of the Muslim Association of Cagayan de Oro; Abdul Nasser Masorong of the Commission on Muslim Affairs 10; Msgr. Perseus Cabunoc of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro and Engr. Benjamin Nunag Jr. and Arc. Adolph Vincent Vigor and the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP), with the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO). (ACM)

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XU Presidents memo

December 9, 2019

 

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DILG conducts media briefing, town meeting on CoRe

December 8, 2019

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental  -- In line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to address the endemic issues of corruption, unemployment, and regional inequality, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Misamis Occidental conducted a Constitutional Reform Provincial Roadshow: Media Briefing and Townhall Meeting at the New Function Hall, Capitol, Oroquieta City. The event was attended by various media outlets and local government units representatives in Misamis Occidental. This came as part of the two-day event roadshow the Core is doing in the different regions as a venue where people are informed on constitutional reforms and federalism. The activity aims to develop and implement a public relations and social media plan that will make federalism a prior issue, leading immediate solution in the country to be implemented by project management office, the communication bureau or the PCOO with the assistance of the regional and provincial offices of the Philippine Information Agency. DILG Provincial Director Pablio Benitez Jr. said the CoRe aims to inform and educate the people on the profits of constitutional reform and create an interface dialogue between the government and constituents on how to address pressing issues peculiar in the province. Benitez also reiterated the role of media in disseminating information on its constitutional reform advocacy. “Among the activities for the provincial roadshows are CoRe media briefing, town hall meeting, and CoRe talk and convention campaign with leaders and members of the multi-sectoral group,” said Benitez. During the media briefing, ConCom member, Professor Eddie Alih discussed the Constitutional Reforms which has four pillars of messaging: Pagyamanin ang probinsya, paluwagin ang Metro Manila (Enriching the province, outspan Metro Manila); Gobyerno para sa tao, hindi para sa trapo (Government for the people, not for the traditional politician); Bukas na ekonomiya nang lahat ay may pag-asa (Hope for open economy for all); and Bagong konstitusyon para sa bagong henerasyon (New constitution for the new generation). “We are campaigning for specifically the equality provisions, such as the political party reform and the anti-dynasty commission, and the open economy for all,” Alih said. As explained, it has been 32 years since the 1987 Constitution was enacted and between then and now, a lot of things have already changed.  There are new challenges and problems thus the need to adopt and look into what part of the constitution needs to be amended. “This time, we are older and hopefully wiser. We have a better product now. It is a slow process but we still think by 2022 before President Rodrigo Duterte steps down, it will be accomplished at least the specific amendments but ideally the new Constitution,” Alih added. Alih believed that the new form of government will reduce poverty, corruption and political dynasty in the country. “Let us all sacrifice for this country, for the sake of our beloved nation and our people. Now is the time to change the system of our government,” Alih said. The government will continue the campaign for constitutional reforms as a key component of the President’s economic and political reform agenda as a response to the changing needs of the people and to further strengthen the Philippine economy and national security. “This public confusion on federalism must be settled with a firm, resolute stance that we prefer political and economic reforms over preserving the political and economic elite's hold on power and the national wealth,” said Alih. “Change is hard but constitutional reform is the way change we need for the future we want,” he added. (SMRN /PIA MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL)  

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DILG launches 1st constitutional reform roadshow in MisOcc

December 8, 2019

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Misamis Occidental held a constitutional reform provincial roadshow dubbed “BALANGAYAN 2019: Sabay-Sabay na Pagsagwan Tungo sa Maunlad Na Bayan” at the Provincial Cultural and Farmers Training Center, this city. More than 1,000 participants coming from local government units, barangay officials and SK federated president in the province as well as community/civil society organization representatives in attendance. DILG Provincial Director, Pablio Benitez Jr. said Balangayan aims to raise public awareness on the importance of constitutional reforms and provide a venue to talk about developmental issues and concerns of local communities.  It also aims to have a public dialogue and consultation on constitutional reforms that need to speed up progress for the country. He said the roadshow will also become the platform for citizen’s participation and deliberation in constitutional reform. “We should all be informed on what CoRe is all about as one of the thrusts of the national government to uplift our lives in the coming years and for the next generation,” Benitez said. “I know that there are things that we need to do but we will just put our acts together. I know that we can achieve what we want to happen in our country,” Benitez added.. Constitutional Reform Professor Eddie Alih served as resource speakers during the two-day event. He said the current Philippine Constitution is no longer relevant and responsive to the present needs, problems and issues confronting our country. There is also a need to address the political, social and economic problems of our country today. He discussed the need to amend the current 1987 Philippine Constitution as well as the advantages of shifting from a unitary to a federal form of government. “What we all want is the government closer to the people and a way to do this is to form a government on a regional level and that is the Federalism which the President is proposing,” Alih explained. In line with this, Alih said the Cabinet-level task force assigned to review the proposed new Constitution submitted by the Constitutional Commission chaired by former Chief Justice Ricardo Puno is now finalizing the amendments it would push in line with the new strategy. "Let’s change the system of government now within the term of President Duterte. Why? Because President Duterte has a political will and despite the opposition, Duterte remains popular,” he added. Among the constitutional reforms that the DILG is advocating is the institutionalization of a clear provision implementing the Supreme Court’s so-called Mandanas Ruling, which gave regions equal share with the national government of the internal revenue income, Alih added. The DILG also supports a proposal to empower the regions by transforming the Regional Development Council (RDC) into a Regional Development Authority (RDA) that would have full powers.  Alih said the IATF is also finalizing discussions on key political and economic reforms to equalize opportunities for elective posts and open up the economy to foreign investments that are currently limited by the 1987 Constitution. Come with us then and let us begin our journey towards “Pederalismo Para Sa Tunay na Pagbabago!” Alih said.  (SMRN/PIA MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL)

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CHR-10 enjoins youth in promoting human rights

December 7, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Kicking off the National Human Rights Consciousness Week with a motorcade and opening program, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-10 urges the youth to take part in fostering and strengthening campaign on human rights. With the theme, "Youth Standing Up for Human Rights," the celebration slated December 4-10, aims to capitalize on the current momentum and spotlight the leadership role of youth in collective movements as a source of inspiration for a better future. CHR Regional Director Jeanne Ivy Abrina said the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) "recognizes what we already have and what we struggled for. It gives us the hope that we can be more than we could have been." Having the UDHR as their ultimate guide in doing their daily work, Abrina said such will be enforced if other stakeholders like the youth could help in upholding what is just and right. The event also aims to celebrate the potential of youth as constructive agents of change, amplify their voices, and engage a broad range of global audiences in the promotion and protection of rights. For her part, Department of Justice Parole and Probation Administration (DOJ-PPA)-10 Regional Director Rosa Lacanglacang said it is everybody’s responsibility to know and uphold human rights not only in times when one’s rights are abused. “Let us move together as one with our youth standing up for human rights because we are one,” Lacanglacang added.  International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems and to celebrate and reinforce the achievements of humanity. (RTP/PIA10)

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