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First Time jobseeker gets free NBI clearance, TIN, birth certificate, etc

May 22, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, May 22) - Good news to first time jobseekers! President Rodrigo Duterte has signed with finality Republic Act 11261, an act waiving government fees and charges in the issuance of documents required in the application for employment for first time jobseekers. Republic Act 11261, or otherwise known as "First Jobseekers Assistance Act" aims to help fresh graduates and those applying for a job for the first time but do not have enough means to secure government documents provided in the application process. According to the new law signed by President Duterte on April 10, the following are documents free of charge for first time job applicants: 1. Police clearance certificate 2. National Bureau of Investigation clearance 3. Barangay clearance 4. Medical certificate from a public hospital 5. Birth certificate 6. Marriage certificate 7. Transcript of academic records issued by state colleges and universities 8. Tax Identification Number (TIN) 9. Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) card 10. Other documentary requirements issued by the government that may be required by employers for job applicants This law takes effect after 15 days of publication in an Official Gazette or in any newspaper where it was published.  Source: Senate.gov.ph

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Local cement prices expected to go down as SMC buys majority stake in Holcim

May 22, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, May 22) - The prices in locally-produced cement is expected to lower down as San Miguel Corporation buys the majority shares of Holcim Philippines, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reported.  DTI secretary Ramon M. Lopez told reporters during a press conference “We can expect more synergies in their operations, more economies of scale which will hopefully bring down their cost, prices. But we still expect some segmentation of the market because we all know that the Eagle brand is always lower than Holcim. Just like in any industry, different brands still come up with different prices.”  Based on reports, San Miguel Corporation, through its own subsidiary company First Stronghold Cement Industries, Inc., will acquire more than 85 percent stake in local counterpart of Switzerland-based LafargeHolcim Ltd.   Meanwhile, Ramon S. Ang, who is earlier reported to have full control of San Miguel is also the owner of Eagle Cement. The move of this giant company in the Philippines is seen by many as the tycoon's expansionary move especially into the cement business purposely to gain a big share into the cement business in the Philippines,amid the government's massive push for infrastructure and other business ventures. But reports also said that the $2.15 Billion deal between two giant firms will still fall as notifiable transaction based on the Philippine Competition Act (PCA), as it has yet to secure the signal of the anti-trust body. Both parties were given 30 days reportedly after the definitive agreement has been officially signed.

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USTP Inked Agreement with OWWA Regional Office for Skills Training Leading to Entreprenuial Activities for OFWS and their Dependents

May 21, 2019

University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines signed a memorandum of agreement last April 23, 2019 with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Region 10 for the conduct of various skills and livelihood trainings for returning and displaced overseas Filipino workers and their dependents. This collaboration was made possible by the efforts of Ms Maria Liberty B. Doncillo, the campus director of USTP Oroquieta and the Executive Dean of the USTP Clustered Campuses, Mr. Colbert G. Rabaya. This MOA is good for 3 years (until 2021) to pursue viable programs that will take off as livelihood projects and employment opportunities. . This partnership aims to provide opportunities for OFWs to start their entrepreneurial activities to achieve quality life for the family. USTP provides trainings in culinary arts, handicraft, food processing, basic dressmaking, and bread and pastries among others, for those interested to pursue a business in the food sector. USTP has also the Northern Mindanao Food Innovation (NMFIC) Center provided by DOST to help aspiring food and food processing businesses in Northern Mindanao in terms of providing technical assistance in the areas of packaging and labelling needs, good manufacturing process & food safety training , and other technical advice on improving shelf life and quality of products. The NMFIC boasts of various equipment such vacuum fryer, spray dryer, vacuum packaging machine and other food processing equipment. There are also packaging machines invested by DTI that include a vertical granular form fill seal machine, shrink packaging machine, continuous band sealing machine and desktop cup sealing machine to better serve the food processors in the region. USTP also offers skills training such as wiring installation, automotive, computer hardware servicing, electronics product assembly and servicing to name a few. OWWA plans to collaborate with USTP Cagayan de Oro and USTP Claveria in various projects under the reintegration program for the OFWS in order to make overseas employment a choice rather than a necessity. USTP and OWWA envision the OFWs to be self-reliant and able establish a viable business enterprise which will provide them with a stable source of income and maybe even create employment opportunities for other people in the region.

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Catamco is First Lumad Governor of North Cotabato 

May 20, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN digital, May20) The people have spoken and this time they have supported former representative Nancy Alaan Catamco to become the first Lumad governor in the history of the province. Based on the provincial comelec's tally, the former congresswoman is going to defeat his opponent in the gubernatorial race, long-time politician Rogelio Taliño, a veteran mayor of Carmen. He is also the father of outgoing govenrnor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza. Catamco got 272,249 while her opponent only had 268,718 - or a margin of 3,531 votes.      “Ang akong administrasyon mosubay sa mga prinsipyo sa Participatory Governance diin atong imbitahon ang tanan nga sector sa atong probinsya sa pagpartisipar sa mga proseso sa konsultasyon aron atong maangkon ang kooperasyon ug collaboration sa tanan” (My administration will follow the principles of participatory governance where all sectors in the province will be invited to participate in consultations so we can achieve everyone’s cooperation and collaboration), Catamco said in her statement over Facebook. In her statement address to the employees of the province, the incoming governor said she is going to support for the welfare of the employees in the provincial capitol, adding that she is not a vindictive type of a leader.   “Ako mohatag kaninyo og oportunidad nga mapakita ninyo ang inyong mga abilidad walay pagduha-duha alang sa kaayohan sa katawhan nga atong gisaaran nga alagaran” (I will give you the chance to show your abilities for the sake of the people we vowed to serve), Catamco said in vernacular. Meanwhile, Manny Piñol, who also served as governor of North Cotabato from 1998 up to 2007 has uttered his since thanks and congratulations to the newly elected governor of the province.  He said with over 3000-vote in favor of Catamco and only 2.6 percent remaining votes to be counted, it is almost impossible for Taliño to take the lead and dislodge Catamco in her winning status as the newly elected governor of North Cotabato. He said that with the election fever almost over, the residents must forget about bickerings during election time and instead lead the province in achieving back the harmony and unity.  Catamco was the third woman governor elected by the people. The first duly elected governor was Rosario Diaz (1988 to 1998) while the second governor was Emmylou Talino-Mendoza, the incumbent governor who started his office in 2010 and will also end on June 30, 2019. ###

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MisOr legislature declares persona non grata against own secretary

May 20, 2019

THE Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Misamis Oriental declared persona non grata against its own secretary earlier today during its first session after the elections in what is widely seen as continuing escalation of partisanship within the provincial board. During their weekly session this morning attended by seven of the 12-member SP, the board declared persona non grata against its own secretary Ernesto Sotto Jr. The resolution was passed unanimously by all six members present during the session after SP member Virgelia Dumadag stood on the floor and read a prepared speech accusing Sotto of politicking during the last election and discrediting the results of the congressional voting in the first legislative district of the province. Government employees are barred from being partisan. Part of the resolution stated that Sotto “has been actively engaging himself in electoral matters and posting daily prayers, messages and comments in the social media which are all directed to the province electorates to further the election victory of his candidate in the vice gubernatorial and first district congressman race.” It also stated that Sotto “posted damaging statements and malicious lies directly addressed to the people of Misamis Oriental (sic) when the results become apparent that his congressional candidate is on the losing end.” Sotto was hired by the provincial board in 2013 when the now outgoing Vice Gov. Jose Mari Pelaez was still part of the majority bloc. But when Pelaez sided with opposition second district Rep. Juliette Uy since October and the three-member Unabia bloc allied with the administration PaDayon Pilipino, the vice governor suddenly found himself in the minority and was stripped of all committee chairmanships. In succeeding sessions, Pelaez would find himself locked in a heated debate with PaDayon Pilipino allied-SP members President Elipe and Gerardo Sabal III. Sotto being declared as persona non grata is seen as a continuing escalation of partisan politics at the provincial board – a circumstance that is expected to stay once incoming Vice Gov. Jeremy Jonahmar Pelaez takes over on June 30. The new set of SP members will also come from PaDayon Pilipino-(PDP-Laban) while vice governor-elect Pelaez is allied with Uy’s National Unity Party. This paper sent a message to Sotto for his side on the issue but he has not yet returned it as of presstime. The SP members who voted for Sotto to be declared persona non grata were Vincent Pelaez, Mercy Grace Acain, Wayne Militante, Leonard Winstanley, Kenneth Soldevilla, Dumadag and Sabal. Five of them belong to the PaDayon Pilipino-Unabia bloc while Soldevilla and Winstanley are non-partisan ex-officios. The Unabia bloc is composed of politicians in the first district who comprise the PDP-Laban provincial chapter under Rep. Peter Unabia.

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US warns Philippines the risks of using Huawie technology

May 20, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN digital, May 20) - United States (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned the Philippines on the "risks" of using Huawie technology from China. Pompeo did not clearly expound his pronouncements earlier but he claimed there are risks involved on using the newest craze on mobile phones - Huawie As this developed, the internet giant Google has already announced today (May 20) that it is beginning to cut its ties with China's Huawie technology, considered by Washington as a national threat to security.  "We believe that competition whether 5G or some other technology to be open free, transparent. And we're worried that Huawie is not that. And so our task is to share with the world the risks of using the (Huawie) technology - the risks to Philippine people, the risks to Philippine security and the risks that America may not be able to operate in certain environment if there's Huawie technology adjacent to that," the US secretary of state said. Earlier, United States President Donald Trump in a trade war with Beijing has reportedly barred United States companies from  entering into contracts with international communication companies which threaten the national security of the nation. Trump's pronoucement is apparently targetted on China's telephone giant Huawie. Washington has listed Huawie as among the company which warned American companies to ask for a green light if they engage with Huawie. The report said that Trump's ban also include sharing of technology. A Google spokesman told Associated France Presse (AFP) that they are only complying with order and reviewing the implications.  Google's cutting off ties with Huawie could have dramatic implications since the internet giant must collaborate with smartphone makers making sure their systems are compatible with the partner's devices. Now, Google is forced to stop doing business activities with China's telecom giant which includes technical services not available to the public as well as software services. This would mean that Huawie can only use open source version of Android, sources said. This would also mean that Huawie will not be able to access Google's proprietary apps and services including the Gmail email services. Even as Huawie is expanding tremendously its 5G technology but it remains dependent on suppliers from foreign counterparts. With this so-called trade war between Donald Trump and China, the US has been persuading its allies not to allow China in building the reported next generation 5G mobile networks. The US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has been making arounds in its allied countries to campaign against China's telecom giant as said company is allegedly controled by China's communist government and their are risks said company might be spying on many countries specially allied with the United States. The world must have its “eyes wide open” to the alleged risks of adopting Huawei’s technology into their telecommunication infrastructure, United States (US) Secretary of State concluded. But Huawie's owner was not disturbed by the recent move by US president Trump persuading businesses in America to cut off ties with Huawie.  

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