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Italpinas green developer gets P440-M loan from DBP

January 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines - It seems all systems go now for green developer Italpinas Development Corp. (IDC) as the government-run Development Bank of the Philippines has given IDC a green light to have a bank loan of Four Hundred Forty Million Pesos (P440-M). The said multi-million loan will partially finance Italpinas new projects especially the Citta Bella, the second phase development for Primavera City green complex. The complex, report said, will be completed in Year 2020. It can be recalled that the 1st phase of the Citta Bella Green Complex was also funded by the said government financial institution. It will be ready for occupancy during the first quarter of 2022.   The International Property Award Asia Contest from 2017-2018 has awarded Primavera City as Best in Mixed-used b building. It will be a green project certified by EDGE, a member of World Bank's International Finance Corp.

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Children and Sunset in Sagay

January 7, 2020

Children play against the backdrop of a colorful sky following a sunset in a seawall in Sagay town, Camiguin, on Monday (January 6). Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

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2 mayors deny not complying with 'road clearing' operations

January 7, 2020

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin--Two town mayors in this province yesterday denied allegations that they did not comply with the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to clear roads of obstruction. Mayors Joseph Uayan of Sagay and Mayor Helenio Abecia of Guinsiliban were among an initial list of 10 mayors facing administrative charges for gross neglect of duty and grave misconduct before the Office of the Ombudsman, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said on Sunday. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued Memorandum Circular 2019-121 in July last year, which gave local government units 60 days to reclaim public roads from private use. Uayan said road clearing operations were conducted in his town. He said they trimmed trees along the road, towed parked cars and relocated a house built on the sidewalk. Uayan said he was surprised to be included on the list of mayors facing charges, noting that they complied with the requirements set by the DILG. Abecia said the municipal government of Guinsilban also complied with the DILG order. He said they cleared streets of illegal vendors and removed a basketball court. Abecia and Uayan said they are ready to answer the complaints filed against them. Año said the mayors failed to give satisfactory answers to show cause orders from the DILG after the local governments registered the lowest validation scores during evaluation and monitoring. He urged the ombudsman to immediately act on the complaints and suspend concerned local chief executives. The DILG is preparing for another round of road clearing operations for 75 days, Año said.

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Street light in Claveria

January 7, 2020

While the DILG, DPWH, and other government agencies are busy  implementing the road clearing operation along main roads and national highways for the road widening program here comes the street light project at Sitio Bangonbangon, Barangay Patrocino, Claveria, Misamis Oriental where the posts are installed beside the road shoulder.

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National highway streetlights project in Claveria town hit for clear violation

January 7, 2020

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental - While the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Public Works and Highways are busy in the implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte's road clearing directive, yet a certain road street lighting project somewhere in Claveria town, Misamis Oriental is getting the ire of many folks. An FB post went viral after photos of this streetlighting project were posted yesterday, and which got the attention of many people, especially those who live in Claveria town, Misamis Oriental. Lily Umali-Cagas said there is no coordination between project implementors, which is maybe the reason, why they didn't realize it is a violation of President Rodrigo Duterte's marching orders. Based on said order, streetlights should follow the 15 meters away guideline from the center of the road from both sides, either left or right side of the highway, in which this streetlight project in Barangay Patrocinio, Claveria clearly violated. MDN tried to contact Claveria Mayor Meraluna Salvaleon Abrogar to shed light on the matter but she is not available at press time. Meanwhile, DILG has already warned to prosecute municipal and city mayors who did not implement the road clearing project of Pres. Duterte in their respective places. In a press statement Sunday, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año has named ten mayors who will be facing administrative cases for their failure to implement the president's directive. The mayors who will be facing administrative sanctions include the following: Mayor Reynaldo Marco of Baco, Oriental Mindoro Mayor Tomas Bongalonta Jr of Pili, Camarines Sur Mayor Dean Michael Singco of Ginatilan, Cebu Mayor Edgar Tan of Pagsanghan, Samar Mayor Boen Dorotheo Cabahug of Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur Mayor Joel Sulong of Lapuyan, Zamboanga del Sur Mayor Joseph Uayan of Sagay, Camiguin Mayor Helenio Abecia of Guinsiliban, Camiguin Mayor Antonio Baculio of Manticao, Misamis Oriental Mayor Alicia Mori of Caraga, Davao Oriental The DILG chief executive said the first 10 mayors were among the 97 mayors all over the country who failed to properly answer the directives of their office. They have also failed to implement properly the road clearing order of the president.  Año said his office mean business and they are ready to sanction whoever is not following orders which could hamper developments and peace and order in the countryside. "Hindi tayo nagbibiro noong sinabi natin na handa tayong sampahan sila ng kaso," the DILG secretary warned.  

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"Bogus Cop" who extorts money at Bulua Terminal arrested in Bukidnon

January 6, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -  Finally, after 40 hours of hot pursuit operation conducted by the police, this "bogus cop," who has been extorting money and kilos of fish at Bulua fish landing area, fell into the hands of police authorities. The suspect, identified as a certain Glenn Calang, was arrested in Baungon town, Bukidnon Province by a joint operatives of the Cagayan de Oro Police Station 7 Bulua and operatives of the Regional Intelligence Division of the Philipine National Police in North Mindanao. Irene Floro, former president of the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Oro Chamber) said the whole population at Bulua West Bound Terminal were very thankful yesterday as they heard the arrest of the suspect Glenn Calang somewhere in Baungon town. "Ang kinatibuk-ang wholesalers sa Bulua Fish landing nalipay sa kaabtik sa atong mga kapulisan pinaagi sa joint efforts sa Cagayan de Oro City Police Station 7 Bulua Precinct and Regional Intelligence Division," Ms Floro said in her FB account. Meanwhile, Ms Maricel Casiño-Rivera, chief of the City Information Office commended the immdiate response of the vendors, policemen from Bulua Police precinct and the office of the Regional Intel Division. "We commend your immediate response to the situation. It was a classic example of community vigilance and cooperation that resulted to the arrest of this perpetrator. Sa kanunay nato nga gibalik balik nga kampanya nga ang security ug safety sa komunidad responsibilidad sa tanan. Kudos to you and to everyone involved especially the law enforcers. It's not a perfect world pero bentaha gyud kung magkahiusa ug magtinabangay kitang tanan," Rivera said. Floro said the arrest of the Calang should serve as a lesson that extortion is a crime punishable by law and whoever will did the same offense should be dealth with accordingly. "Bogus Cop" extorting money at Bulua Westbound Terminal "Hinaot nga ang mga sama niini nga panghitabo panalaminan sa mga dautan nga elemento. Kay ang krimen dili gyud mo padayun diri sa dakbayan tungod kay adunay panaghiusa ug pag tinabangay sa kapulisan ug ang kumunidad aron masugpo ang mga binuhatan nga makadaut sa panginabuhian ug lumulupyo sa Cagayan de Oro City," she concluded. It can be recalled that on January 1, 2020, an unidentified suspect who allegedly called himself a policeman has reportedly been extorting money from the vendors inside the Bulua Westbound Terminal. Vendors were shocked as the "fake policeman" started roaming around the vendor's stalls and one by one extorted them money. Unlucky, the suspect, who failed to extort money as vendors did not allow him - as they have no sales on that particular day being January 1 and the terminal was empty with passengers. The "fake cop" allegedly pointed his still undetermined pistol to some of the fish wholesalers. One of the vendors said the suspect has been frequenting the fish landing area and would ask for several kilos of fish, telling them it was his son's birthday. (JCE)

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