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23 candidates vie for Mutya ng Tagum

January 16, 2020

TAGUM City--At lest 23 contestants, representing all the 23 barangays, will vie for this year's search for Mutya ng Tagum. For the first time since its inception in 2013, the City Tourism Office managed to get the nod of the 23 barangay chairmen who each certified their respective resident-candidate through a barangay certification which is a newly introduced provision in the guidelines set by the council. The securing of the 23 barangay representations to the beauty contest was not an easy task, according to Tourism Office Head Vicerjean Casiano who said in an interview that some of the heads of the smallest barangays initially said no with regard to the screening of their representative. Unlike the previous versions of the pageant where the screening of the candidates were handled by the City Tourism Council, this year’s candidates were handpicked by their respective Barangay Captain and the Sangguniang Kabataan chair. Casiano added that it was a personal victory for her to have been able to turn her dream of having all 23 barangays completely represented in the search for the young woman who has what it takes to be the paragon of the Eagle Wings into a reality. The city’s premier beau-con where the emerging set of winners will be judged based on their beauty, brains, personality and advocacy, is slated to happen on the evening of March 7, which is also the Araw ng Tagum. Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon introduced the idea of moving the date of the holding of the event from November, in time for the city’s celebration of the Feast of Christ the King, to March as one of the events that would highlight the celebration of the anniversary of the cityhood of Tagum. The move was incorporated in the newly enacted Code of Festivals of Tagum City which was approved by the local chief executive on Monday, January 13, when the ladies were presented to a throng of LGU employees, officials and clients. From among the 23 ladies who underwent a 3-day training relative to their preparation for the competition prior to their first introduction to the public on January 12 at the Gaisano Mall of Tagum Atrium, will be the winners with a guaranteed cash prize of P50, 000 for the Mutya ng Tagum City 2020, and P30, 000, P20, 000, P15, 000 and P10, 000 for her respective court. (Richi Gulle/CIO-Tagum)

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Inter-agency task force eyed against colorum taxi

January 16, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The city government of Cagayan de Oro and the Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board in Region 10 (LTFRB-10) will soon go after those colorum taxi units in the city. Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board in Region 10 (LTFRB-10) Regional Director Aminoden Guro met with Councilor Teodulfo Lao, vice chairman of the committee on traffic, and Councilor Romeo Calizo, chair of the City Council committee on public order and safety, to discuss the creation of task force that will run after colorum taxi units. Guro said that the inter-agency task force against colorum taxi will commence with its operation as soon as its members have undergone the needed workshop and training. On one hand, Lao thanked the LTFRB under Guro for acting on the numerous complaints against the proliferation of colorum taxi units. He said the members of the task force are now in the process of undergoing workshop and training on how to effectively identify a "colorum" taxi. "It will be an active and long-term inter-agency task force," Lao, who is also the chairman of the City Council committe on public utility, said as he hinted that the City Council will enact an ordinance that will institutionalize the task force.

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Emano orders probe on ‘oil spill’ off Misor shorelines

January 16, 2020

MISAMIS Oriental--Provincial Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano ordered a probe about alleged “oil spill” off the shorelines of Misamis Oriental. The alleged oil spill took place in the shorelines of Jasaan, a coastal town, west of Misamis Oriental, where a “fish kill” involving thousands of milk fish fingerlings were reported. Provincial Board Member Gerardo Sabal, chair of the provincial committee on the environment, said that in response to Emano\s directive, a committee hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22, 2020. He said that initial reports reaching the provincial board committee were conflicting because the shorelines were not blackened, which normally takes place in an oil spill. Sabal said that the fishermen and residents reported of “white bubbles” were observed in the stretch of Jasaan’s shorelines. He said that fish cage owners complained that thousands of fingerlings were killed because of the “white bubbles.” Sabal said that the committee has invited various stakeholders, including the management of a Japanese-owned oleo chemical company, to shed light of the spill. “The committee on environment interested if the spill was that of a used “oil” or a “chemical” or whether it was “toxic,” Sabal said. According to Sabal, the probe would also start a large-scale investigation of the methods adopted by various industries in the disposal of the waste materials in the area.

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Backbase debuts ‘Backbase-as-a-Service’ to help banks innovate at scale, remove infrastructure hurdles

January 15, 2020

DIGITAL banking software provider, Backbase, has today announced the launch of its next generation Backbase-as-a-Service. This managed cloud platform service covers Backbase’s entire portfolio of banking products, helping banks to innovate with speed whilst reducing their costly operational hurdles. At present, banks face a twofold threat; both from more technologically capable neo-bank competitors and, more recently, from the expansion of big tech into banking. In this new digital environment, agility and fast time to market is key. In Asia Pacific, the heterogeneity of financial inclusion is particularly striking between countries and ranges from those that are at the cutting edge of financial technology to others that are aiming to provide access to basic financial services, according to findings from the International Monetary Fund. While some countries in the Asia Pacific region are leaders in fintech, on average the region lags behind others in several key areas such as electronic payments and mobile money. Particularly in Southeast Asia, where approximately 470 million people do not have bank accounts, according to consultancy KPMG. Coupled with the region’s boom in the digital economy, and the burgeoning growth in electronic payments and digital banking industry, banks can leverage these trends to provide access to their products for a wider audience. To support banks in keeping pace, Backbase-as-a-Service provides financial institutions with the technological infrastructure to develop and release new services to their customers more swiftly. With less time dedicated to set-up, updates and security, banks can focus more on and allocating more resources on new features that enhance the overall experience for customers. Lowering time to market, while eliminating upfront capital investments on hardware and maintenance of aging technology, Backbase-as-a-Service becomes the ideal innovation partner. As banks grow, they can increase or decrease computing capacity as needed as Backbase-as-a-Service is based on usage-based spending. This allows for higher business flexibility and faster response to market shifts. Commenting on the launch Jouk Pleiter, CEO, said: “Backbase is committed to being the leading innovation partner for global banks and credit unions. We believe the move to cloud is an unstoppable one, and one which every financial institution needs to embrace. Our clients want the freedom to innovate and maintain their competitive edge so launching Backbase-as-a-Service is the logical step for us. It is our duty to maximise their ROI when it comes to becoming digital first and meeting the digital demands of their customers. Cloud is an exceptional tool for taking that leap.” Thomas Fuss, VP Technology, added: “The improved service will significantly benefit banks both in terms of reducing overhead on IT and delivering superior digital banking experiences Financial Inclusion in Asia-Pacific Report, International Monetary Fund, 2019 to their clients. It’s another step forward in helping clients unlock their digital potential. Undertaking the transition to the Backbase cloud means our clients are always tapping into the latest innovations and features that our platform offers. Cloud adoption has been relatively slow in banking so we’re proud to provide clients with a state of the art managed service which is always available, always secure and always packed with the latest of innovation.” Along with the business value of innovating at scale and reducing IT overhead, the newly announced Backbase-as-a-Service will offer banks: • Managed Software & Hardware Updates • 99.9%+ Uptime • Shared or Dedicated Backbase Environment • Multiple Sandbox Environments • Database Backups & Redundancy • Scalable Infrastructure • End-to-End Encryption • Regulatory Compliance The platform is immediately available worldwide. For more information, please visit the Backbase press room. (Press Release)

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Netizens gang up on Rufus over ABS CBN franchise

January 15, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Netizens and solid President Duterte supporters ganged up on 2nd District Rep. Rufus Rodriguez after MDN published a banner headline reporting the congressman's bill filed in Congress, urging the Lower House to start conducting hearings for the renewal of television giant Abs Cbn. They have accused Rep Rodriguez of representing Abs Cbn allegedly in exchange for "grease money." But after MDN posted said news item on January 13, 2020, irate netizens suspected to be solid Duterte suppoters ganged up on this city's 2nd district congressman. Among those who has openly criticized Rodriguez was former hotel manager Jerome dela Fuente, saying Rep Rufus should instead focus on filing bills that would benefit the people of Cagayan de Oro. Dela Fuente said the city representative should instead help in getting more funding for Laguindingan International Airport which has more problems of upgrade, as the airport has always been the topics of bad impressions from travelers and businessmen because of its very poor performance. "Comparing the airport to that of Davao is very far - plus it is classified as an international airport just like Cebu, Clark, even Manila," de la Fuente said.      Bong Gayramara, Jr also said "Thier network connections rooted from the lower house to the senate in exchange to campaign ads during elections. Renewal of their franchise doesn't do good to our economy. No to renewal." WHY RUFUS WANTS HEARINGS STARTED ASAP? Rep Rodriguez authored the bill which seeks for the renewal of the TV network franchise, along with nine other bills with the same content. “Congress should always uphold the Constitutional mandate under [Section] 4, [Article] 3 to ensure freedom of the press. I request the hearings to be conducted upon the resumption of session on Jan. 20,” Rodriguez told reporters. Rodriguez explained that he would want to start tackling the renewal of ABS CBN franchise since Congress is also set to adjourn in March. If hearings are not started yet, the giant TV networks application for renewal of franchise is loomed. Congress has only 24 sessions left from January to March 11, it was learned. Rodriguez added: “All authors and stakeholders, especially ABS-CBN, must be heard. Then the committee will have to decide to renew or not to renew.”  “But it is not proper not to act on my bill and the other bills. ABS-CBN is the Philippines’ largest media conglomerate in terms of revenue, operating income, net income, assets, equity, market capitalization and number of employees,” he pointed out. The Cagayan de Oro solon said in his HB 5705 explanatory note that the said TV network has a big and amazing corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, most especially in helping Filipinos under threat of lives and properties because of typhoon and other calamities like earthquakes.  The TV network has been in the forefront in conducting relief operations, construction of many schools all over the country, among other activities. “The late Gina Lopez initiated the Bantay Bata 163, the Bantay Kalikasan and the Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig Project,” Rodriguez added. President Duterte has repeatedly threatened to deny the renewal of franchise of Abs Cbn as he got mad on the TV network, to whom he accused of failing to air his ad campaign during the last presidential elections which he won a wide margin against rival politicians. 

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Catarman town bans smoking, use of plastics

January 15, 2020

CAMIGUIN--The local government of Catarman has launched the “Plastic Mo, Bigas Ko” and “Opos Mo, Bigas Ko” drive from January 14 to February 14. The campaign is part of the 10-point Keen, Institutionalized and Transparent (KIT) agenda of Mayor Kiterio Antonio Palarca Palarca said the plastic-free campaign is the  implementation of Municipal Ordinance no. 1, series of 2019, that prohibits the use of styrofoam and plastic bag on dry goods and regulating its utilization on wet goods within the municipality and prescribing penalties thereof. The smoke-free campaign, on the other hand, enforces the Municipal Ordinance no. 01, series of 2017, banning the use and smoking of cigars, e-cigarettes, cigarettes and other tobacco products in public places, public buildings, public utility vehicles, and other areas alike, providing fines and penalties thereof. A kilo of commercial rice will be given in exchange for a kilo of plastic at the Municipal Mayor’s Office. Likewise, a kilo of rice will be given in exchange of 100 pieces of cigarette butts to the local government. (Press Release)

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