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Iligan, Lanao del Norte transport groups thumb down nationwide strike

September 30, 2019

ILIGAN City--Transport groups in this city and in Lanao del Norte opted not to join Monday's (September 30) nationwide transport strike organized by the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON). The Coalition of Lanao Utility Transport for Change (CLUTCH) and its ally, the National Confederation Transport Union (NCTU), decided not to join the transport strike set by PISTON to protest the ongoing public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program, which is expected to roll out by 2020. Raul Permites, Clutch Chairman, said his groups have already staged their strike last February 2017 against the modernization but PISTON and their allied groups did not join with them. Permites said they did not participate this time because they already got a response from the government on their request. “We have invited them that time but they did not participate. We got the explanation from the government about the modernization program and we understand it and we agree with it that there is a need for the change of public utility in the Philippines. It is a good program actually,” Permites said. “What we asked from the government is to give us five-year transition period but I think three years is already final and it will end in 2020,” he added. However, Permites said, he requested PISTON to include in their demands the addition amount of the 80 thousand pesos subsidy to them because it is not enough as down payment of one unit. CLUTCH has more than 1,000 members at present with 24 routes and is a member of Misamis Iligan Lanao Transport Service Cooperative (MILTSC) which has around 200 members. 'Long overdue' Meanwhile, the Palace insisted that the government’s public utility vehicle modernization program (PUVMP) is “long overdue”. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said despite the protest, the administration will push through with the planned PUVMP as it would serve public interest. “The modernization of the public transport system is long overdue and the Duterte administration will not be intimated nor cowed by threats of protests and strikes coming from those who only think of their own parochial interest,” Panelo said in a statement on Sunday. “This Administration is committed to serve the paramount interest of the citizens for convenient and accessible public transportation,” he added. Panelo, however, appealed to transport groups to ensure that protests are peaceful. “While we will not dissuade the drivers and operators of public utility vehicles to join the proposed nationwide protest tomorrow, September 30, we caution them, however, to assemble peacefully and not perform acts of violence that will endanger the safety of the general public,” Panelo said. “The government will enforce pertinent laws, rules and regulations, including the cancellation of their privileges, such as franchises or certificates of public convenience,” he added. He asked concerned agencies to prepare to activate the Joint Quick Response Team (JQRT) on Transportation to assist commuters who will be stranded and affected by the demonstration. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), earlier, warned PUV drivers and operators not to join the transport strike or face revocation of their franchises. Major transport groups are holding a protest against the government’s PUVMP, which allows for the phaseout of jeepneys and UV Express services next year, saying that the standards set by the government have made it difficult for them to comply. The government’s PUVMP requires operators to replace their jeepneys with vehicles fitted with  Euro-4 compliant engines as part of efforts to make an environment-friendly transport system in the country. Local government units (LGUs) and schools were forced to suspend classes and work due to the transport strike. (PNA)

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Emano says 20 villages in Misor free from NPA

September 30, 2019

MISAMIS Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente "Bambi" Emano has declared at least 20 villages in the province free from the presence of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA). Emano made the declaration upon the recommendation of Provincial Police Office Director Robert Roy Bahian during the activation of the Misamis Oriental Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MOTF-ELCAC) held September 26 at Sitio Moya, Barangay Eureka in Gingoog City. The cleared barangays are Balintad and Binkilian in Manticao; Barangay Tula in Alubijid; Kauyunan in Opol; Eureka and Lawaan in Gingoog City; Pelaez and Pamburgas in Claveria; San Juan Blanco, Samay and Linabo in Balingasag; Banglay and Umagos in Lagonglong; Alipuaton, Bunal,Tinagaan, and Matampa in Salay; and Kalaitan in Kinoguitan. Bahian said the successful clearing was a result of the months-long Community Support Program of 58th and 65th Infantry Battalions of the Philippine Army. "They researched the issues used by the NPA against our government. Through their dedication, they made the communities aware of the help and support of the city government of Gingoog and the provincial government of Misamis Oriental," he said. After the CSP, the barangays were evaluated by the clearing evaluation team of 403rd Infantry Brigade then validated by the 4th Infantry clearing board. (APB/PIA10)

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XU joins global call for climate justice

September 30, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--On a bright Saturday morning, students and faculty members of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan took to the streets the call to save and protect Mother Earth, saying there’s no Planet B. “The climate is changing, why can’t we?” one placard stated as the university students and formators marched from the XU Main Campus to the sidewalk along Corrales Avenue. Other placards said "Raise your voice, not the sea level," "Nature needs you, what will you do?" and "You do note climate change." The climate strikes all over the world urge public and private sectors to contribute to the attainment of climate justice and the creation of policies and programs to curb climate change. The XU climate strike was spearheaded by the XU National Service Training Program, made up of three components, namely, Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS), and Literacy Training Service (LTS). This activity formed part of the three-fold goal of XU-NSTP to achieving sustainable development: (1) To society, where the value of leadership in community engagement is highlighted; (2) To the economy, where the value for work and resources is maximized; and (3) To the environment, where the value of respect and care for sustainability of creation is observed. The organizers hope that the climate strike has inspired everyone to join the fight against climate change in their own ways and live a more sustainable and environment-friendly lifestyle. The September 28 climate strike came on the heels of the imposition of the “Absolute Prohibition of the Entry of Bottled Water to the XU Campus” and a series of clean-up drives and information campaigns in line with the International Coastal Clean-up Day led by the XU McKeough Marine Center. As a Jesuit university, Xavier Ateneo participates in the mission of the Society of Jesus in “the reconciliation with God, with others, and with creation; it seeks to serve the faith, promote justice, dialogue with cultures and religions, and protect the environment.”

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LTFRB-10 lauds transport groups for not joining strike

September 30, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Region 10 (LTFRB-10) lauded transport groups that did not join the nationwide strike held Monday as public utility jeepneys ply the city’s streets and thoroughfares throughout the day. LTFRB-10 Regional Director Aminoden Guro said this could be due to the fact that most of the transport groups in the city are already amenable to the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) of the Duterte administration. “Most of them have already understood and have appreciated the advantages of the PUVMP,” Guro said, in reference to the transport groups who refused to join the strike. “It’s (transport strike) actually useless to take to the streets because this program, whether they like it or not, will be pushed through by the government,” he added. Guro said it is only now that the government is not intimidated by protest actions by transport groups as it is bent on implementing the PUVMP by next year. He said the groups who have participated in the transport disruption such as Acto, Piston and Pasang Masda have no members in the city. The National Confederation of Transport Union, the only collective that has members here, has previously signified that they will not join the strike, he said. Besides, Guro said, they will not hesitate to enforce the LTFRB memorandum circular that orders the revocation of franchise to any PUV driver or operator that will take part in a transport strike. Guro was referring to MC 2011-004 that states: “The PUV operator shall not resort to cessation of service as a sign or demonstration of protest against any government decision or action under pain of suspension or cancellation of the authority to operate granted by the Board nor shall the PUV operator tolerate, allow or authorize personnel to join other committing acts prejudicial to the riding public including, but not limited to paralyzing transport services by intimidation, coercion or violence,” “I want to remind them that the franchise is a privilege granted to them by the government, and if resort actions that would convenience the riding public, then we have the power to revoke that franchise,” he said. Those who did not operate Monday will have to explain to the LTFRB the reason why, he said. “If their excuse why they were not able to operate during the date of the transport strike is justifiable, then we will consider it. But if their reason is not justifiable, then we will be forced to revoke their franchise,” Guro said.

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Oro-based transport coop ready for new franchises

September 28, 2019

WITH the recent announcement of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTRB) 10 director Aminoden Guro of upcoming new franchises to be released, a transport cooperative based here in Cagayan de Oro City has expressed interest to avail of 50 taxi franchises. In a September 24 letter addressed to Guro, CDO TRANSCO chair Nestor Babol said that they are reiterating their earlier intent to avail of 50 taxi franchises to operate from Cagayan de Oro City. CDO TRANSCO stands for Commuters, Drivers and Operators’ Transport Cooperative On top of that, they are also planning to avail of franchises to operate UV Express public transport to ply the Cagayan de Oro-Gingoog route via Claveria, Misamis Oriental. Babol reported to Guro that CDO TRANSCO has already partnered with PhilCeb,  private company, in a joint venture to avail of the taxi units. “Part of the partnership is a mobile application for all our taxi and UV Express which are all automated and accessible to any Android pone patterned in the USA and other modern countries,” he pointed out. “Any passenger can access the mobile application through Play Store.” In explaining further, Babol said that in the app, commuters can call a taxi for a ride, fare payment through debit or credit card and have access with partner merchants like hotels, restaurants, gas stations, auto mechanic shops, etc. for easy and luxury travel of passengers. He added that relatives or friends of the taxi unit passenger can monitor the location of the taxi through GPS location. “This will be the first in Mindanao and Visayas concept of taxi operation as part of the modernization plan of DOTr,” Babol said.

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Army's 103rd brigade has new commander

September 28, 2019

ILIGAN City--The deputy brigade commander of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade based in Marawi City officially assumed on Friday (September 27) as commander of the unit after Brigadier General Romeo Brawner Jr. was appointed as Commandant of Cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). Brawner replaced BGen. Bartolome Bacarro who resigned following the death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio on September 24 due to hazing. In a ceremony held at the social hall inside Camp Ranao in Marawi City, Cuerpo, in his assumption speech, vowed to uphold the priorities and directions of the previous commanders, as the unit’s guide to maintain the cohesive efforts in the pursuit of peace and development in the province of Lanao del Sur. He also pledged to continue render assistance to Task Force Bangon Marawi, that supervises the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi’s most affected area (MAA). The 103rd Brigade has jurisdiction over Marawi City and Lanao del Sur except the coastal  municipalities of Malabang, Marogong, Balabagan, Kapatagan and Picong. Cuerpo is a member of PMA Class 1990 who is an Airborne, Special Forces with expertise in operations, intelligence and managerial acumen. He sits as deputy commander of 103rd Brigade since June 2017 while the siege in Marawi was ongoing. Major General Roberto Ancan, commander of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said he is confident that with Cuerpo’s leadership experience and dedication to work, the latter will steer the unit to greater heights. Ancan presided over the assumption ceremony. “To the Haribon (103rd Brigade) troopers, let us always act with utmost professionalism, respect to human rights, rule of law and international humanitarian law. Continue to progress as a professional, capable and responsive officers and leaders of our armed forces,” Ancan said in a statement sent to the media by the 1st Division Public Affairs Office (DPAO).

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