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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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Mandatory ROTC now back in high school

May 20, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, May 20) - The controversial Reserve Officers Training Course (ROTC) which was stopped by RA 9163 back then, is now back to the limelight after lawmakers passed the bill on third and final reading Monday. ROTC is now mandatory in Grades 11-12 despite resistance from many lawmakers who did not vote for its actual implementation, accusing that ROTC is a source of widespread cases of harassments, corruption and hazing. Kabataan Partylist Representative Sarah Elago in her Facebook page said the House passed on third and final reading today, (May 20) the institutionalization of mandatory ROTC for Grades 11-12 without Senior High School/K12 implementation review. It did not even discuss on the status report on the reported cases of harassments, corruption and hazing.  According to House Bill No.8961, ROTC is now a mandatory program for students enrolled in Grades 11 and 12 in private and public areas, except for the following exemptions to wit: * Those physically or psychologicallyy unfit as certified by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Surgeon General or his authorized medical officer * Those who have undergone or are undergoing similar military training * Those who were chosen by their school to serve as varsity players in sports competitions * Those exempt from training for valid reasons as approved by the Department of National Defense President Rodrigo Duterte has been on the forefront calling for the mandatory ROTC training in high school to instill into the minds of young Filipinos the importance of patriotism “So you can instill patriotism and love of country to the youth.”. He said the program is needed for future Filipinos to be able to protect the country. Duterte's Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana added that the reinstatement of mandatory ROTC will help instill to the youth the “love of country, good citizenship, respect for human rights, and adherence to the rule of law.” But a women's party Gabriela has condemned the passage of the bill claiming that it lack substantive debates before passing the measure. "The organization stressed that mandatory ROTC will only institutionalize the presence and operations of military officers in schools, and will give AFP a "free pass" in conducting red-tagging seminars. Republic Act 9163 or the National Service Training Program Act of 2001 was signed into law on January 23,2002. This law allow students to choose from the four classifications such as ROTC, civil welfare and literacy training service as part of the National Service Training program.    

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MDN heightens digital innovation at 8th anniversary

May 18, 2019

With Mindanao Daily celebrating its eight year today, May 18, 2019, it’s now ready for the digital challenge of the new millennium, which includes actively involving the daily newspaper in online news reporting not only on crimes and politics but more on developments in the Island of Mindanao.      President and Publisher Dante M. Sudaria said Mindanao Daily’s digital innovation is very crucial for the paper since it started in 2010. “We need to embrace the digital challenge because we cannot compete with other newspapers and online magazines if we remain  using the traditional ways in news reporting and publication.. Although, we are still using some of the very vital basics, modern digital technology is a big help for newspaper companies in the countryside.”      Sudaria said since the entry of the worldwide web, the company has already been implementing the basics in digital publishing which is using social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.      “In fact, since we used Facebook, we have easily captured  online readership. Right now we have more than 160,000 online subscribers and they read all the news that we offer every day especially from both breaking news and updated developments in Southern Philippines,” he said.      MD editor in chief Allan Mediante said he also welcome this development, adding that there is now a big market and readership in mobile phones. This development in the digital age, Mediante said, is a big help for many newspaper companies to maximize in order to continue competing with other papers not only in Mindanao but the national broadsheets as well.      “We feel that if we go digital like all other newspapers, there’s a big advantage that our news and developments in Mindanao will be read all over the globe. Online news reporting is a big help for regional newspapers unheard before from the countrysides,” Mediante claimed. DIGITAL PREPARATION      To maximize the preparation of Mindanao Daily into the digital world, the Publisher Dante Sudaria went to Metro Manila and met with the experts in online marketing and advertising.      Sudaria met the executives of Purple Bug Company and made a deal to supply the news content of the online version of Mindanao Daily while Purple Bug will take the lead in online advertising and promotions.      In March, two executives of Purple Bug went to Cagayan de Oro and conducted a training on how to maximize the usage of the new website which was done completely by Purple Bug. The said training and workshop was participated in by MD employees, staffs and editors.      In the same month, MD also hired the services of SEO expert and veteran journalist Joel Escol to take the lead in maximizing online presence and driving tens of thousands of daily traffic for the online edition of Mindanao Daily.          Escol is one of the editors and SEO guy of the MD digital edition. He also writes the daily’s breaking news, trending news and entertainment news not only locally but also internationally, to cater to the needs of the news and entertainment hungry-people on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. SEO guy credentials      The SEO guy has been online since 2007 and he has served a lot of foreign clients from the United States, Asia and Europe with his expertise in Online marketing and Search Engine Optimization (SEO)      With his online expertise, Mindanao Daily News can easily land in number 1 position in search engines like Google and Yahoo. And since SEO and social media are now the best online strategies of competing newspapers and online magazines, the Publisher and President Dante Sudaria never hesitated to invest in SEO and online marketing.      “Right now we are in the level playing field with top news sources in the country. We always see to it that our news and informations are on top 5 in search engines usually populated only by Rappler, Abs Cbn digital, Inquirer, and CNN,” Sudaria happily quips.      He said before MD cannot compete with these big shots in the news and information industry because the company is not guided with the proper techniques and strategies using both social media and search engine optimization like properly identifying the keywords that could really bring considerable amount of daily traffic.      Meanwhile, Joel Escol, the SEO guy added that it’s not enough to only have a website and wait for the traffic to come in. “Like I said many times, after we have  website, we still have to optimize it, and make it search engine friendly to be able to drive traffic - and this process of optimizingi is called Search Engine Optimization or SEO,” he said.      Escol said “with the right implementation of SEO and other online marketing strategies, it is very easy to land on Top 1 in search engines like we did with Mindanao Daily,” the SEO guy pointed out.        Aside from Escol’s expertise in online marketing which he trained with an Indian expert back in 2007 and paid $300, the SEO guy was also a veteran newspaperman. He worked as a reporter of a daily newspaper in Mindanao from 1991 and rose from the ranks as Desk Editor, Regional Editor and Entertainment Editor until the early part of 2004.

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MDN takes pride of its CSR projects

May 18, 2019

AS Mindanao Daily News celebrates its eigth anniversary today, we now look at various outreaches that the company has organized the past year as a way of giving back to its patrons. The 1st Mindanao Governance & Leadership Excellence Awards in partnership with Philippine Veterans Bank happened last March 7 at Limketkai Luxe Hotel, this city. This yearly project which started this year aims at giving due recognition to government leaders and private sector achievers for bringing fame and honor to their communities.      Conceptualized by MDN editor in chief Allan M. Mediante, the  awards criteria for judging are consistency of best practices in governance (regulatory change, good management, utilization of technology and human resources management practices) – 20 percent; principled leadership (style – responsiveness to people needs through participatory service delivery, civic engagement, partnerships and resource mobilization for poverty reduction and local level development – 30 percent; and recognition & awards (ingenuity and originality in programs and projects conceptualization and implementation i.e. building cohesive local communities for a secure and peaceful environment, developing institutional and structural arrangements, management systems and tools that work – 30 percent.      “These leaders have shown good governance and leadership traits and best practices in steering their communities and organizations into winning various achievement awards. Thus the need to trumpet their achievements through media platforms such as the presentor – Mindanao Daily News,” awards chairman and Mindanao Daily News publisher Dante Sudaria said.      Awards executive director Allan Mediante, editor-in-chief of Mindanao Daily News, opined that government and private sector leaders are facing completely new pressures both from within their own institutions and in their own communities, thus the need for transformational change.      “Those changes are only possible when leaders gain the support of stakeholders by embodying their institution’s values and demonstrating that their decisions are made for a greater cause and not for a personal agenda,” Mediante said.      Another event initiated by Mindanao Daily is the holding of the Mindanao Daily News Journalism Awards.      According to project director Mediante, there were contest categories in opinion writing, news feature writing, health and science reporting, sports writing and photo journalism.      Apart from the students, government writers and private company writers joined in the competition.      Sudaria said that “we have undertaken the challenge to do our own corporate social responsibility, thus this project which we offer with the help of institutions and establishments for building better communities and the betterment of Mindanao.”       Veteran journalists trainer Joe Felicilda also conducted trainings throughout the year in cooperation with Mindanao Daily.      As Mindanao Daily News embarks on its ninth year, Sudaria is looking forward serving the community even better.

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