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RPOC-10 defines agencies roles in ending armed conflict

April 16, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, --To attain inclusive and sustainable peace, the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC)-10 mapped out the roles and functions of key agencies of the Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC)-10 in an organizational meeting on April 11, here.  "The RTF-ELCAC shall oversee and coordinate the implementation of the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development program as the enabling mechanism to operationalize Executive Order No. 70 (s. 2018) in Region 10," said Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-10. The Regional Task Force Sub-Clusters of Capacity Develoment (CapDev) themes  include Peace building and reconciliation, Good Governance and Institution Building, and Socio Economic Transformation. The first theme focuses on the identification and implementation of programs designed to address the root causes of conflict and the grievance of the past, and promotion of long term stability and justice. Members of such sub-cluster will monitor and enforce agreements, and promote peace dialogues, local peace agenda and conversations among stakeholders. Good Governance and Institution Building sub-cluster will implement institutional mechanisms for sustained results, promote accountability and transparency, and promote people participation and partnership. The third sub-cluster will coordinate and mobilize both social and economic interventions, and provide social and economic interventions based on their organic mandates that complement the local government unit (LGU) services. To actualize such roles, the RTF-ELCAC will prepare the community profile or date as well as generate the community needs. CapDev monitoring indicators will also be mainstreamed.  Furthermore, the task force will prepare the convergence action plan, and consult with the national line agencies concerned for committed programs and projects fir the CapDev communities. Cariño said the creation of the task force does not require the agencies to formulate new programs or services as it will only guide the agencies on where they could further strengthen and boost the impact of their programs.   As per EO 70, the key members of the task force include the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Economic and Developmpent Authority (NEDA), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). The task force is also consists of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Education (Deped), National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA).  The two private sectors of RTF-ELCAC include the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro (ACDO) and the Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc. (BMFI) To further strengthen the scope and functions of the task force, RPOC-10 added the Department of Health (DOH), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

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Private worker from CDO bags P250K Pag-IBIG Fund raffle promo prize

April 16, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY,--A young private employee of the Philippine Spring Water Resources, Inc. (PSWRI) recently bagged the P250,000 cash prize from Pag-IBIG Fund's Dagdag Ipon Raffle Promo Year 3.   Ma. Victoria Lagumbay, 29, of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, said she has never been fortunate in raffle promos thus, when she heard her colleagues telling her she won one of the major prizes of Pag-IBIG Fund's raffle promo, she did not believe them at first.   "It was on January 25, 2019 when the raffle was held and it was the same day my mother celebrated her birthday.  I was on field that day when my colleagues, who were viewing the draw live on Facebook, called me up to say I won P250,000," Lagumbay narrated.   Though hesitant, Lagumbay went to Pag-IBIG Fund Cagayan de Oro Central Members Services Office to verify her winning and with the immediate response from the said branch, the young winner was able to get her check in just a few days.   "The Fund was very accommodating and quick in processing my prize that is why for a busy person like me who travels places for work, I really find them helpful."   Lagumbay has been a member of Pag-IBIG Fund since 2011 and when her company informed her that they will upgrade her savings to P800 per month to proportionate her monthly income, she complied and responded to Pag-IBIG Fund's email invitation for the Dagdag Ipoon Raffle Promo.   Caught by surprise, Lagumbay said she still couldn't believe her luck but will definitely allot some for Pag-IBIG fund's Modified Pag-IBIG II (MP2) program-- solely a savings scheme, designed to provide Pag-IBIG I members with another savings option that would grant them with a yield higher than those given under the Pag-IBIG I membership program.   Lagumbay is the lucky winner of the raffle promo's second quarter draw. Members with at least P600 savings per month and have joined the raffle promo period from July 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 will have the chance to win P1 million during the grand draw on May 1, 2019.

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Northern Mindanao Gears Up To Implement EO 70

April 16, 2019

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – “We need to converge and have a multidimensional approach to end insurgency”, is the statement of Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio M Gacal, Commander 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division during the Regional Orientation of the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) at the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Region 10 Office this morning, April 16, 2019. The orientation was attended by the members of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) composed of the different government agencies in Northern Mindanao. It was also graced by the presence of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairperson Sec. Datu Hj. Abul Khayr Alonto. The said activity, hosted and facilitated by NEDA Region 10 Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, has strengthened the commitment and understanding of the RTF-ELCAC TWG who will spearhead the operationalization of Executive Order 70 (EO 70) or the Wholeof-Nation Approach through the CAPDev as its enabling mechanism program. During the presentation, Dir. Cariño explained that CAPDev is the region’s banner program which will be used to operationalize EO 70. It will address the root causes of insurgencies through focused, coordinated and sustained delivery of basic services and social development packages by the government in poor, conflict-affected and Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) in order to achieve inclusive growth and development in Region 10. During his presentation of the Mindanao 2030: Peace and Development Framework Plan, Sec. Alonto expressed, “We want to put an end to insurgency in Mindanao and we don’t want to see more of our Army losing their lives because of this.” “I just do not know why the CPP-NPA-NDF and Joma Sison persists on their ideology when the world has witnessed their failure. We have to work together in order to end this and MGen. Gacal, MinDA is at your disposal”, Alonto added. Maj. Gen. Gacal on his part said, “This activity will allow us to lay the foundation of our preparations in connection with the major program of President Duterte. We need to know and understand why CAPDev is very important in the operationalization of EO 70. Our objective is to put an end to insurgency that we have been confronting for the last 50 years.” MGen Gacal also emphasized, “As the Chairperson of the RTF-ELCAC adhoc committee, and even if the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of EO 70 are still to be published, Northern Mindanao must prepare in order to effectively and efficiently implement the program.” It can be recalled that during the meeting last April 2, 2019, the Northern Mindanao Adhoc Committee on Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTFELCAC) was established and additional member agencies identified. Series of meetings, capacity building and coordination will be undertaken to launch the program this 2019.

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NPA Commander Arrested During ARMY-PNP Operations in Bislig

April 16, 2019

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – A Commander of the Communist New Peoples’ Army Terrorists (CNTs) was arrested during the conduct of the Joint Law Enforcement Operations of the 75th Infantry Battalion and Bislig City Police Station last night April 14, 2019 at Purok 1, Sitio San Agustin, Brgy. San Roque, Bislig City. Robert Tejero Calipay Alyas Satur/Arpak, 29, a resident of KM9, Sitio Emerald, Brgy. Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur and a Commander of Platoon 2, Weakened Guerrilla Front (WGF) 14, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) has Warrant of Arrest for Arson, Frustrated Murder, Attempted Homicide, Multiple Attempted Murder and Attempted Murder. Recovered from his possession are 1 hand grenade, 1 bundle of detonating cord, 16 blasting caps, 3 cellphones with accessories, cash amounting to P48,000 pesos and personal belongings. As of this time, Calipay is detained at the Bislig City Police Station for inquest proceedings after the conduct of medico legal at Bislig District Hospital. Lt. Col. Jaime R Datuin, Commander 75th IB, called out “To the NPA terrorists who are still in the hinterlands, especially under the leadership of @Satur, stop your armed struggle, lay down your firearms and live happily with your family. Leave the futile revolution and surrender so that you will not end up in a room with iron bars just like what happened to your leader.” BGen Andres C Centino, Commander 401st Infantry Brigade emphasized, “To the members of the WGF14 (Weakened Guerrilla Front14) NEMRC, this only manifests that the high-ranking leaders over @Satur/Arpak do not care about him at all. They will just use you in their own personal interest. They will abandon and leave you in times of need just like @Satur; thus, we implore that you might as well surrender into the hands of the government and rebuild your lives.” Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio M Gacal, Commander 4ID said, “This accomplishment is a result of the AFP-PNP intensified intelligence gathering and monitoring in order to apprehend target personalities. I commend the 75th IB, 401 Bde together with Bislig PNP, the arrest of @Satur will be a great loss for the CNTs. This is a warning for all the terrorists out there because if you break the law, you will pay for it in jail.” "Your other option is to avail of the Enhance Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) which offers a significant number of benefits and services from the different agencies of the government", Gacal ended.

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LTO, LTFRB, PDEA condut inspection at CDO bus terminals

April 16, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Government agencies have started its round of inspection in public areas of convergence starting Monday to make sure that those who are going back to their homes for the holidays are safe while traveling. Conducting the inspection at the Bulua and Agora bus terminals was a joint team from the Phil. Drug Enforcement Agency-10 (PDEA-10), Land Transportation Office-10 (LTO-10), and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-10 (LTFRB-10). PDEA-10 regional director Wilkins Villanueva said they are implementing the surprise drug testing of at least 300 bus drivers and bus conductors in Northern Mindanao. “This is to ensure the safety of our riding public so that when they return to their homes during the Holy Week they will arrive safe and sound because our drivers are drug-free,” Villanueva said. Bus drivers and conductors who will test positive for illegal drugs will be reported to LTO and LTFRB and will have their licenses confiscated as they are required to undergo the barangay-based rehabilitation program, he said. Once they have completed the intervention, the PDEA will recommend for their reinstatement, the regional director added. For his part, LTFRB-10 regional director Aminoden Guro said they are checking the physical condition of the bus drivers, and if they have a medical condition, they will not be allowed to drive. “We are also checking the roadworthiness of the buses and see to it that there will be no overloading of passengers,” Guro said. Guro has also advised commuters to be wary of “colorum” or taxis and vans operating without franchise as these have no insurance policies. “If these ‘colorum’ taxis and vans will figure in a road accident, the passengers cannot avail of insurance,” he added. LTO-10 regional director Nelson Manaloto has also urged the riding public to report to the transportation authorities bus drivers and conductors who are not observing decorum while on duty. Prior to Monday’s operation, Manaloto said they have inspected the buses last week and ordered the bus companies not to allow defective buses to operate. Meanwhile, Rural Transit Mindanao Inc. (RTMI) branch manager Jessie Boy Lentorio has assured that all their buses and drivers are “well prepared.” Lentorio said it is mandatory for all the RTMI to only allow buses that are in good running condition. “We won’t allow them to travel if there are problems. We are concerned with the maintenance aspect of our units,” he said. RTMI is one of the country’s biggest bus companies with more than 300 units operating in Mindanao.

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Maute Group’s “last remaining leader” confirmed dead

April 15, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY  – The Philippine Army on Sunday confirmed the death of Obwaydah Marohombsar alias Abu Dar, the Maute Group’s “last remaining leader,” following the release of DNA matching results that one of four terrorists killed on March 14 in Tubaran, Lanao del Sur, was, indeed, Abu Dar.  Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., chief of the Army 103rd Infantry Brigade said the US forces and the Philippine National Police Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO), which conducted separate DNA tests on a body found near the encounter site, confirmed beyond doubt that it was Abu Dar.  He said the tissues were compared to samples taken from two of Abu Dar’s children who voluntarily gave tissue samples upon intercession of an uncle.  “Both of the tests conducted by the US forces and PNP SOCO confirmed it was Abu Dar,” Brawner said.  Abu Dar and three other militants were killed along with four soldiers in an encounter in Tubaran town, Lanao del Sur on March 14.  Army soldiers backed by US drones that downlinked vital information, fought the militants for days in the jungle near Tubaran town.  Brawner said at first they did not recognize it was Abu Dar because its face was burned beyond recognition.  He said they were suspicious, however, because the body bore telltale scars and moles of Abu Dar’s right hand and body.  The military used an enlarged picture of Abu Dar to compare it with the remains.  Brawner said the body was already two to three days old when found. They immediately asked the PNP and US forces to conduct DNA tests.  He said while the PNP SOCO took tissues of the body in the encounter site, the US forensic team conducted theirs in Camp Ranao, headquarters of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, where the body was brought.  “Abu Dar’s surviving men tried to hide his death but DNA tests have proven it was he who died that day,” Brawner said.  The military had tagged Abu Dar responsible for the 2013 bombing in Limketkai Rosario arcade that left at least ten persons dead and 46 others injured  He was also among the Maute leaders recorded in a video planning the attack of Marawi on May 23, 2017.  Abu Dar, an Aleem or preacher, was supposed to be named “acting Emir of the Islamic State in the Philippines” following the death of Isnilon Hapilon during the Marawi siege but the leadership went to Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, an Abu Sayyaf leader is Sulu.  “We thank our US counterparts and the citizens of Lanao del Sur for helping us neutralize the last remaining leader of the Maute-ISIS Group in the persons of Abu Dar. We will not rest until we neutralize all the other remnants of this terrorist group,” Brawner said.  With the death of Abu Dar, a little known Maute leader, Zacharia, is expected to take his place as leader but according to Brawner, “Zacharia is not a preacher like Abu Dar. He does not have the same clout.”  He said a P6-million bounty for the capture or death of Abu Dar would be given to the civilian informant who gave the soldiers the whereabouts of the militants.

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