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Wife of Initao police hero is P90-T richer every month from all the benefits she can get

December 12, 2019

  INITAO, Misamis Oriental – The wife of a police sergeant in Initao town who died a hero to save students from a disgruntled man who ran amok while holding a grenade, is now P90,000 richer every month. In a press statement from the government's information bureau, it said that the Order of Lapu-lapu Medal and Medal of Valor awards received by the late husband for his act of heroism are also equivalent to benefits such as a lifetime survivorship pension to the wife with an additional P75,000 every month. But the wife who is the direct receiver of the monthly reward and pension is still to process some very important document in order to receive the promised benefits she could get from the government. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte alongside Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Archie Francisco Gamboa awarded Police Senior Master Sergeant (PSMS) Jason J. Magno the Order of Lapu-Lapu Magalong Medal and Medal of Valor on last December 5, 2019 at his wake in Initao, Misamis Oriental. In an interview with the media, Gamboa said the medal of valor is the highest award from the PNP. The leverage of the award is the test of courage. He said, “Kita ninyo si President how he respects medal of valor awardees. Ingon siya ang mga buhi, iya gyud saluduhan because it is very rare."  (You have seen the President how he respects medal of valor awardees. He will salute those who get to live because it is really rare). “You don’t even have to ask for it or even have to exert effort to get it. It will come naturally,” Gamboa added. The benefits of this award include lifetime survivorship pension to the wife with an additional P75,000 every month. In case the kids would like to enter the Philippine Police Academy, Gamboa said they don’t have to take an entrance exam as they will get in immediately. Magno died on November 28, 2019 while trying to save civilians and students from a grenade explosion at Initao Community College. According to the police report, Magno tried to secure a grenade explosion from Basher Ampaso  Ebrahim, 56 years old, resident of Lanao del Sur, who tried to negotiate illegal logging cases involving his son at Community Environment Natural Resources (CENRO) Initao, Misamis Oriental. When CENRO refused to release the lumbers, this prompted the suspect to get angry resulting him to lash out and used the grenade. This, upon noticing that the pin was already removed, there and then Magno used his body as cover to lessen the damage and to protect the people in the scene.  Among the injured police was PSMS Alice Balido who was also visited by PRRD at the Provincial Hospital in Initao. She was given P10,000 cash, watch, cellphone and gun certificate. She was also given Order of Lapu-Lapu Kampilan Medal.  Senator Christopher "Bong" Go accompanied the President during his hospital and wake visits to the two police officers in Initao, Misamis Oriental. (Jasper Marie O. Rucat/PIA)

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3rd Kaadlawan festival unfolds in Villanueva town

December 12, 2019

MISAMIS Oriental--The 3rd Kaadlawan Festival in the town of Villanueva under Mayor Jennie Uy yesterday wrapped up with the streetdancing competition and showdown yesterday and the Dances of the heart and soul, a power dance by Douglas Nierras, on the 12th day of December. Mr. Allan Fernandez II, one of the judges, said 11 barangays participated in the streetdancing. The other judges were The parade, enchanted by their respective queen, each of the 11 barangays also paraded their float decorated with indigenous materials. The participating barangays include San Martin, Poblacion 1, Katipunan, Dayawan, Kimaya, Tambobong, Looc, Poblacion 3, Poblacion 2, Balacanas, Looc, and, Imelda. Prizes at stakes for the streetdancing competition include P10,000 for best in costumes and props, and P10,000 for best in festival float, best in streetdancing, best Kaadlawan Festivfal Queen 2019, and Best in Choreography, respectively. For the showdown, the winners will receive P100,000 plus trophy for grand champion, P80,000 plus for the first runner up, P60,000 plus trophy for the second runner up, and P20,000 as consolacion prize. PASIGA 2019 The 3rd Kaadlawan festival in the town of Villanueva in Misamis Oriental started with the PASIGA 2019, the lighting of giant "Sulo” (torch). Ruel Gayoso, municipal administrator of Villuanueva town, said the switch-on ceremony of the giant "Sulo,” a vernacular term for torch, served as one of the highlights of “Fiesko 2019” or the “Happy Fiesta and Pasko celebration of the municipality of Villanueva.” “It was an annual activity of the local government of Villanueva,” said Gayoso adding, “what was added this year is the lighting of the giant torch apart from the usual Christmas trees and lanterns.” He said ceremonial switch-on of the Villanueva High Mast Tower (SULO) with accompanying music and dancing Christmas lights was spearheaded by Mayor Jennie Uy. Although second district Rep. Juliette T. Uy, who is still attending the session in Congress, failed to attend the activity, Gayoso said the congresswoman sent second district Board Member Jessa Mugot to represent her. In her post to FB, Mugot said: “Thank you LGU Villanueva and Mayor Jennie Uy for inviting me! So Honored to be part of your celebration. More blessings Villanueva!!! Happy Fiesta!” The lighting of the “Giant Sulo” was done at the town’s Public Plaza on December 1 (Sunday) at around 7 in the evening, Gayoso said. Mayor Uy also led the official opening of the Inter-Barangay Christmas Village contest with every barangay creating miniature replicas of significant landmarks in our town. She also led the official opening of the Inter-school Christmas Tree Contest designed by the various schools within the municipality using recycled materials. “This Sulo shall serve a practical purpose in our community that goes beyond a symbolic landmark,” said Mayor Uy. “In this tower, a blinker and emergency siren will be set up that will serve as an early warning device to alert our constituents of impending calamities that have been predicted to strike such as typhoons and tsunamis,” she said. In addition, Mayor Uy said a public address system will be set up in this tower for important announcements concerning the safety of our community, peace and order and cleanliness. For her part, Congresswoman Uy said: “SULO for me, simply signifies that The municipality of Villanueva aide its constituents to move FORWARD to the RIGHT PATH to achieve a holistic development and a direction to be the more progressive municipality of Mindanao.” “Thank you Mayor Jennie Rosalie T. Uy, and former Mayor Julio Uy for the vision you endowed for the good of all Villanuevanons,” said Congresswoman Uy. Apart from Pasiga, Gayoso said some of the activities include the Unity Cup, an open competition for Basketball and Volleyball enthusiasts. He said the town has also scheduled a bloodletting, and an outreach program for driver’s license renewal, a joint partnership between the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the town of Villanueva. Other activities, he said include the Religious night, Educators’ Night, the Kaadlawan festival, a street dancing and Tableau showdown competition, and the search for Festival Queen, an activity in honor of the patron saint of Villanueva,  the Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Red Cross-Lanao raises P1.2m fund

December 10, 2019

ILIGAN City--The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) – Lanao del Norte Chapter raised more than P1.2 million from the Million Volunteer Run fund raising simultaneously conducted early morning on Sunday (December 8) around the country. In Lanao del Norte, the start and finish line was inside the Mindanao Civic Center (MCC) in Tubod town. Greg Galucan, officer-in-charge of PRC Lanao, said the amount raised during the event is big help to the delivery of basic services of the organization such as the blood, health and safety program and activities and the training of the youth volunteers. “This is very useful especially if there are calamities... in our disaster management service. We are experiencing now a lot of floods, earthquakes... the funds we raised will be used there,” Galucan said. In Lanao del Norte, there are 8,000 volunteers based in barangay with 44 members of the emergency response unit in each barangay according to Galucan. They are composed of residents from different ages “who has the heart to serve the people in their barangay. “Kung dunay mga kalamidad sila ang mata, sila ang mata, ang kamot, ang tiil ang dalunggan sa Red Cross aron makahatag ta og serbisyo ngadto sa mga biktima. Trained sila sa first aid, sa disaster management ug uban pa nga mga trainings,” Galucan added. Around 2,000 volunteers participated in the fun run that has 3K (3 kilometer) and 5K categories, that was composed mostly of youth, employees and officials of the provincial government of Lanao del Norte, municipal officials and personnel of the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Dimaporo said the activity did not only benefits those who need the services of the PRC but also benefits the participants to healthy lifestyle. Winners Best buddies and relatives from Munai town won the first and the second places in the 3K Male Categories. Sweating and panting, Arafah Jabbar and Abdul Jabbar Sultan arrived together in the finish line, holding hands together without thinking that they are in a competition. They stopped running few feet from the finish line. Jabbar finished the run at 12 minutes and 22 seconds, a second ahead of Sultan at 12:23. The two are coming from Munai town. Jabbar is a Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman of Barangay Poblacion. It was their first time to join a fun run because they are into basketball. “Sinabi lang sa amin ng mayor naming na sasali kami sa fun run. Di pa kami nakasali dati ng marathon. Di naming alam na contest ito,” Jabbar said (Our municipal mayor told us to join the fun run. We never ever joined marathon before, we did not know this is a competition.) In the 3K female category, the 24-year old Jane Tagoldol from Tubod town, Lanao del Norte, won with 15:50. Tagoldol said he is not really into marathon competition but for only exercise to have a healthy body. “I run for health reason,” Tagoldol said. In the 5K male category, Jowil Sambalod won, finishing the race at 15:33. Meanwhile, Mary Grace Asahid of Barangay Maranding, Lala, won as first for the 5K female category finishing at 24 minutes and 28 seconds. Asahid is a triathlete who just joined the last two triathlon events in Lanao del Norte called Lanorteman. The first was in September, which was held in Kauswagan town, while the second event was in the first week of December in Sultan Naga Dimaporo. Looking forward Gov. Dimaporo is looking forward of hosting again the same event of the PRC in the future and hoping the number of participants will increase. “Hopefully next year the number will be doubled. This year, we ran out of time for our dissemination of information that’s why we only had this number now. But it (number of participants) is still very overwhelming,” Dimaporo said.

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Misor guv thanks CHEd for donating P29.8m worth of books

December 10, 2019

MISAMIS Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente "Bambi" Emano on Monday thanked the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) for donating books worth P29.8 million to the provincial library. Emano said the provincial library received 406 pieces of theses and dissertation books worth P29.8 million. The books were turned over to the Misamis Oriental Provincial Library led by Librarian Richel Pajara during the regular Monday flagraising ceremony at the provincial capitol ground.

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CDO wedding suppliers hold 1st Christmas party for DOJ-PPA-10 clients

December 10, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The Department of Justice-Parole and Probation Administration (DOJ-PPA)-10 along with some wedding suppliers in the city held a Christmas celebration for the former’s clients with the theme, “A Gift of Hope: Giving Change a Chance,” December 5, here. About 650 clients of DOJ-PPA-10 benefitted from the first-ever event sponsored by private wedding organizers, which according to Hope Marquez of HM Events would amount to about P1 million worth of decors, goods, and services. For his part, City Mayor Oscar Moreno said the event is organized "tungod sa tinguha sa gobyerno, sa balaod nga matagaan ug bag-o nga tsansa, matagaan ug igo nga okasyon, panahon ug leksyon para kita makaplano unsa'y atong buhaton sa mga umalabot." (because of the government and law's goal to give a new chance, a right occasion, time and lesson so we can plan out what we can do in the future) Sponsoring this year’s Christmas event for DOJ-PPA-10 clients include Hope Marquez and Blues Marquez of HM Events, Azel OAcudan, Cleofe Tan of Accents CDO, RB Banaag for DJ services, Dennis Secoya for lights and sounds, Allan Christopher Michael Alejandrino, Clyde Harvey Yecyec of MVP Photography, and John del Bando. (Earvin W. Bitoy)

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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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