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Oro dad to investigate shortage of face mask

January 14, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A legislator is set to investigate why the city is experiencing shortage in the supplies of disposable face masks. Councilor George Goking, chairman of the committee on trade and commerce, said he will meet with establishments that sell face masks so he will know directly from them why stocks of N95 face masks in the city have run out. Goking said he will also look into possible overpricing of medicines and other essential commodities. He said he noticed that supplies of the N95 masks were no longer available in hardware stores and pharmacies since Monday. The city councilor said he wants to be prepared and will not wait until the smoke and ash reach Mindanao before he will buy the protective masks.  “As chairman of trade and commerce, I will call them for a meeting, especially the pharmaceutical associations, and I will let them answer the question why are run out of supply of N95 masks,” Goking said. During the meeting, Goking said they will also remind these business operators not to overprice or hoard essential items such as medicines or they will face penalties if proven that they are guilty of doing it. “We cannot allow businesses to deprive people of important commodities such as N95 face masks or medicines in the time that they need them the most,” he added. He said the meeting will take place anytime this week as soon as the establishments have already been notified. Reporters who went to some pharmacies and stores have noticed N95 face masks were no longer available. A salesperson at a pharmacy said a lone customer bought all their N95 face masks on Monday, and they no longer stocks to sell to their other customers. In that store, they sell N95 masks at P65 each.

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Sokor wastes: Volunteers swarm as mayor calls for help

January 14, 2020

TAGOLOAN, Misamis Oriental--Hundreds of volunteers responded to the call of Mayor Gomer Sabio for a "Bayanihan" to help in re-packing the tons garbage from South Korea. Sabio and Bureau of Customs (BOC) port collector John Simon came up with the "Bayanihan system" and launched "OPLAN TAPON, BASURA IBALIK SA SOUTH KOREA" to meet the January 18 and February 9 scheduled re-exportation. The idea is to ship back the remaining 5,177 tons of garbage dumped at the recycling facility of Verde Soko located in the economic zone of the Phividec Industrial Estate in Tagoloan. The garbage arrived in February 2019 from South Korea. Residents living nearby have volunteered not just to help re-pack the tons of garbage to tonner bags, but also to help clean the dumpsite from possible toxic chemical contamination that could affect their source of potable water. "It is for our own sake that we are safe against the harm from bacteria and unsafe chemical contamination, that's why it's high time that we will call up diligent volunteers for the said cause," Sabio told reporters. At least 200 container vans are now ready to be loaded with bags of garbage placed in tonner bags donated by the provincial government of Misamis Oriental last year through the request of Task Force SoKor Basura chairman Gerardo Sabal Jr., also a provincial board member. "Let us send these garbage back to Sokor," said Simon as he lauded the volunteers. "As citizens of this country, I personally invite you to please take part in cleaning our environment, our beloved province Misamis Oriental. We need to foster healthy environment for our children and emphasize that our country is a great nation to live in," said Sabal. "We always put smile on our faces and make warm welcome to every foreign investors and visitors but please do not send your garbage here in our country," Sabal added.

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Oro solon urges Congress to start hearings on ABS-CBN franchise

January 13, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY's 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez has now urged the House Committee on Legislative Franchises to set the hearings for the biggest television network ABS-CBN, which seeks to renew its franchise for another 25 years. This, even as President Rodrigo Duterte has been threatening to deny the renewal of the country's biggest media conglomerate and to stop operating. Rep. Rodriguez has already expressed his desire for ABS CBN to continue its operation with the renewal of its license which is set to expire on March 30, 2020. In the event that the country's giant television network will cease to operate, thousands of its workers nationwide will also be displaced. The Cagayan de Oro representative has called on Committee Chair and Palawan Rep. Franz Alvarez to start initiating hearings to tackle the renewal of ABS CBN franchise. 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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MMC takes its CSR to higher level

January 13, 2020

CAMIGUIN--Mambajao Multi-purpose Coop (MMC), the island’s homegrown  cooperative  is always on the go in fulfiliing its  corporate social obligations.   General Manager Cora Nimfa G. Vivar said MMC Management supports through the years various LGU programs like Natural Disaster Drills, Coastal Clean Up, Tree planting, and other community-based outreach programs. With the theme “Golden Success   Amidst Challenges," MMC is set to celebrate its 50th founding anniversary on March 21, 2020. Board of Directors  Chair Emegdio N. Iroy disclosed  that as MMC   prepares the golden year, it remained upbeat and focused  on the mission and vision to become a billionaire coop in the years ahead. To achieve that goal, MMC maintains  an effective smooth flow of its business operations, Iroy said. MMC plans to expand its areas of operations in the province and in the mainland by putting up business centers. To back up this plan, MMC maintains a well-trained pool of personnel to implement the policies set forth for its operations year-round. To pump up the golen celebration, MMC will be giving souvenir items for its Associate and Regular Members. MMC Management will also hold  RAFFLE Promo to both Members and Non-Members. Some 50 assorted consolation appliances worth one thousand pesos (Php 1,000); 3 SHARP REFRIGIRATOR for 3rd prize; 2 HONDA WAVE MOTORCYCLE for 2nd prize and a BRAND NEW SUZUKI ALTO for the 1st prize winner are up for grab during the much awaited celebration. Mambajao Multipurpose Cooperative will still focus on its mission, vision and its goal to be a billionaire coop in the years to come. MMC’s desire is to maintain and achieve an effective smooth flow of its business operations.  It is mandated to have a well-trained pool of personnel to implement the policies set forth, for its operation. MMC has nine Board of Directors headed by Dir. Emigdio N. Iroy – Chairperson; Dir. Josefina A. Ebarle, Ph.D – Vice Chairperson; Dir. Amelita B. Ros; Dir. Mercedes Isidora S. Marquez; Dir. Senesia M. Chan; Dir. Sarah Mariza S. Rañin; Dir. Nicolas A. Martho and Dir. Wilfredo T. Noguera.

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Taal volcano erupts; gov't orders evacuation in danger zones

January 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines - The once tourist attraction, Taal Volcano, has erupted Sunday, the newest eruption recorded in history since its last eruption in 1911, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismolohy (Phivolcs) reported. Since January 13, around 3:20 a.m., the ashfall has already reached Dasmariñas, Bacon and Silang in Cavite; San Jose del Monte, Malolos Bulacan; Escala, Tagaytay; Sta Rosa Laguna; Tanauan in Batangas, Antipolo, Rizal, Quezon City; and the cities of Metro Manila, Makati, Taguig, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Parañaque, Marikina, Muntinlupa and Las Piñas. Phivolcs advised residents to stay on their homes and avoid the ashfall as this fine ashfall can cause irritation as well as problem in breathing especially to people with ashtma problems. Phivolcs told the media “Fine ashfall can cause irritation and breathing problems especially among the elderly and children and it is particularly dangerous to our health.” The Taal Volcano is now under Alert Level 4 early Monday morning, January 13. It is reported to have spewed lava fountains around 3 a.m on Monday. The spewing of lava, Phivolcs said, is called magmatic eruption. Phivolcs told reporters "this magmatic eruption is characterized by weak lava fountaining accompanied by thunder and flashes of lightning."  Meanwhile, a number of earthquakes was also recorded several hours after Taal Volcano erupted Sunday. According to Phivolcs, there were a total of 52 volcanic earthquakes especially in the Taal Region. Taal Volcano is one of the 24 active valcanoes in the Philippines based on the list provided by Phivolcs. Taal Volcano is also considered among the world's lowest and deadliest volcanoes. The local government has already ordered residents in the danger zones to evacuate as the volcano may have more eruptions that will endager their lives. SIGNS OF ERUPTIONS Foreign vlogger Flying Kell and his companion Amy visited the Taal crater a week before it erupted Sunday. Through an expert guide, they were brought to the secret trail of the Taal Volcano, leading to the boiling hot green crater lake. Flying Kell and Amy saw several spots in the area with boiling water and areas that were steaming hot, an indication that the degree of hotness is increasing. "Taal Volcano erupted 1 week after swimming there. I feel like an angel has watched over us! Our thoughts are with the people of Taal! Please notify me if there are any disaster relief efforts going on!" Kell said in his Youtube Channel.

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7,700 folks evacuated due to Taal Volcano eruption

January 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The evacues have already reached 7,700 since Taal volcano erupted Sunday, according to the latest report made by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC). NDRRMC said 7,742 individuals are now sheltered in 38 evacuation centers prepared by the government. The displaced families came from Laurel in Batangas, Tagaytay City in Cavite; San Nicolas, Talisay, Tanauan, Balite and Mataas na Kahoy. Earlier the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology has raised the alert level to 4 which means that it is possible explosions could still occur at anytime of the day, and hazardous chemicals may still threaten the lives of indoviduals in danger zones. Meanwhile, Malacañang on Monday has decided to suspend classes and gov’t work in Region 3 , NCR, Calabarzon, as Taal Volcano is still showing signals of more eruptions. The Phivolcs also said a volcanic tsunami would be possible as soon as the alert level is raised to 5. “Yung volcanic tsunami po, pwede po natin iexpect sa panahon na mag-intesify pa po lalo ‘yung pinapakita ng Taal ngayon sa alert level 5,” Phivolcs Supervising Science Research Specialist Winchelle Sevilla said in an Inquirer report during the Taal Volcano interagency coordination meeting in Tagaytay.  

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