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RDC-X approves NorMin’s RDP 2017-2022 midterm update

October 7, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY --The Regional Development Council of Northern Mindanao (RDC)-X approved the Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022 Midterm Update during its 119th Full Council Meeting recently at N Hotel, this city. The RDP 2017-2022 Midterm Update contains the assessment of the accomplishments in the first three years of the implementation of the plan which served as bases in the updating of the strategies; policy actions; and programs, projects, and activities for the remaining period of the plan. Presided over by RDC-X vice-chairperson and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño, the body also approved the proposed reconstitution of the Regional Gender and Development Committee; proposed creation of the Regional Halal Committee; membership of the Cooperative Development Authority in the Economic Development Committee and RDC-X Full Council; and proposed amendments to the RDC-X guidelines in the granting and utilization of region X’s share of the financial benefits under DOE Energy Regulation No. 1-94. RDC-X also endorsed the following: request for funding from FY 2020 budget of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Central Office for the rehabilitation of NTC-X regional office main building; request for the Department of Budget and Management to hasten the approval of the proposed organizational structure and staffing pattern of the Department of Information and Communications Technology for the regionalization of its offices; and request of the local government units of Tangub City to enjoin the Land Registration Authority to fast track the issuance of Decree of Registration for Portions of the following: Lot 123, Cad 271; Lot 2, Cad. 27; and Lot 106, Cad. 271. Moreover, the body expressed support to the OROBEST Innovation Program ad ORO BEST Expo; Philippine Industrial Summit on November 26-28, 2019 in Cagayan de Oro City; creation of a Regional Task Force “Juan Magsasaka”; creation of a Regional Task Force on African Swine Fever; institutionalizing tree growing during the International Day of Forest, Arbor Day and Philippine Environment Month; Agham Bayan Mindanao 2010; formulation of the Master Plan for Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Development in Metropolitan Cagayan de Oro; and RDC-IV A Resolution expressing objection to the release of former Mayor Antonio Sanchez and urging the Department of Justice to withhold the early release of the former mayor; among others. Additional non-voting members were also confirmed. These include the 1st Infantry Tabak Division, 403rd Infantry Brigade, 2nd Mechanized Brigade, Philippine National Police Regional Office 10, Philippine Commission on Women, Research Institute for Mindanao Culture, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Mindanao Indigenous People's Youth Organization, National Irrigation Administration Regional Office 10, and the Department of Information and Communications Technology Mindanao Cluster 2. The RDC-X the highest policy-making body in the Northern Mindanao. It coordinates and sets the direction of all economic and social development efforts in the region. (APB/PIA10)

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SWU PHINMA students display knowledge, skills in Basic Education Day

October 7, 2019

Southwestern University (SWU) PHINMA students enjoyed a day of fun, games, and competition during the annual Basic Education Day on September 26. They showed their knowledge, talents, and capabilities and displayed STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in action through problem-based learning. The event features one of the biggest chess tournaments in Cebu City with about 280 pairs of players facing off against each other at the University Coliseum. The 7-round Swiss chess tournament is facilitated by Mark Mangubat, an arena grand master and SWU PHINMA’s Chess Sports Club coach together with international chess arbiter, Felix Poloyapoy Jr. This is part of SWU PHINMA’s initiative called Chess Time in which students are required to attend to a scheduled number of chess hours every week, giving them the opportunity to earn badges for every win and to enjoy and master chess under the spirit of sportsmanship. Chess Time, one of the initiatives under the STEM-based curriculum being implemented this school year for Grades 1 to 7, is designed to teach students 21st century skills, such as communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, computational thinking, decisiveness, and wise judgment. “Chess teaches the kids all these skills while developing their focus, discipline, and strategic thinking. It is one gateway for STEM education, and our chess program in the school is the path through that gateway for our budding future grandmasters,” said Glenda Roble, Basic Education principal. Another highlight of the Basic Education Day is the STEM Cosplay and Design Thinking Challenge of the Kinder students. “We challenge our students to expand their imagination while learning to sharpen critical and creative thinking,” said Roble. For more information about Southwestern University PHINMA’s Basic Education Department (Elementary and Junior High School), contact +63 (32) 416 4680 loc. 184 or visit www.swu.edu.ph. ###

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British national, Filipino wife kidnapped in Zambo Sur

October 5, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 05 October) -- Unidentified gunmen abducted a British national and his Filipino wife in Zamboanga del Sur early Friday evening. Capt. Clint Antipala, Army 1st Division public information officer said Allan Hyrons and his wife Wilma Paglinawan were taken by the gunmen at their beach resort in Barangay Alindahaw, Tukuran town in Zamboanga del Sur at around 6:50 p.m. Friday. Antipala said it was not immediately known where the gunmen took the couple or who the suspects are. He said the Army is coordinating with local police in the investigation of the latest kidnapping. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)

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Leader of criminal group in Laguna killed in CDO

October 4, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 03 October) – A leader of a criminal gang in Laguna and two others were killed after they traded shots with a police assault team inside a posh subdivision here Thursday night. Cagayan de Oro City police spokesperson Major Evan Viñas said Marvin Fajardo and two of his men died upon arrival at the J.R. Borja Memorial City Hospital where they were brought for treatment. He said Fajardo was a notorious crime gang leader engaged in extortion, kidnapping, and robbery in Laguna and nearby areas, a high value target who came to this city to hide. Several SUV vehicles and firearms were seized by the police at the house where Fajardo and his men were staying in Cagayan de Oro, at Block 12, Lot 25, Portico II Grand Europa Village in Barangay Lumbia, Viñas said. “We are still sifting through the evidence to see how come they came to Cagayan de Oro to hide,” Viñas said. In 2010, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives arrested Fajardo in Malvar town, Batangas for drug trafficking. The case, however, did not prosper and Fajardo was set free. Viñas said Fajardo arrived in Cagayan de Oro sometime in June this year and rented the townhouse at the upscale Grand Europa Village. “We received information that Fajardo was hiding here sometime in July,” Viñas said. A joint team of policemen and elements from the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group from Laguna with an arrest warrant arrived Wednesday. Viñas said the warrant of arrest for direct assault was issued on December 1, 2013 by Judge Michelle Manaig-Calumpong of the 4th Judicial Region MCTC Tanauan City in Batangas. He said gunfire greeted the assault team composed of PNP Special Action Force as they broke into the house. Viñas said the policemen had to fire back in return. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews) 

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Xavier Ateneo High School wins top-performing private school, overall 1st runner-up in DSPC ‘19

September 26, 2019

In its third year of joining schools press conferences, Xavier University High School hasn emerged as the top-performing private school and overall first runner-up in the Division Schools Press Conference held at Xavier University Grade School Macasandig and Pueblo campuses in Cagayan de Oro City on September 11-12.  Participated by more than 3,000 students from both private and public schools in the division, XUHS, through PAGASA, the official school publication of XUJHS, finished with 20 awards in the Individual Category and 4 awards in the Group Category.  Thirteen of the winners qualified for the regional level (RSPC) to be held in Gingoog City in October.  Aside from the determination to win, it is equally important to remain focus to the goal by attending regularly to training and maintain a presence of mind during the actual contest,” said Zle Yee, DSPC champ for Photojournalism – English category.  DSPC seeks to prepare young journos to regional and national levels while honing student-journalists with relevant journalistic skills, engendering social awareness, national building, and responsible journalism.  “Campus journalism is cognizant to our mission to ignite the passion for truth and justice," said Juanito R Oliveria II, PAGASA moderator and coach for DSPC Individual Category. "Giving our students the platform to be the voice of the truth is crucial in their roles of becoming future leaders of the nation.”  The competition showcases the journalistic skills of the students in news writing, editorial writing, editorial cartooning, column writing, feature writing, science and technology writing, sports writing, photojournalism, copyediting and headlining; radio and TV broadcasting, collaborative desktop publishing, and online publishing.  “Despite the limited time of preparation and practice [only 2 formal days], our student-journalists still managed to conquer the limits by making it to the top spots of the competition,” said Maria Liesa L Millan, PAGASA co-moderator and coach. This year, the journalism tilt was anchored on the theme "Fostering 21st Century Skills and Character-based Education Through Campus Journalism." "It is not easy to prepare students in big competitions like this but seeing how these young journalists prepare and perform amidst limitations is just fulfilling and inspiring at the same time,” said Jade Alfie Sale, Xu Senior High School journalism coach. The yearly conference is in pursuant to Republic Act (RA) 7079 or the Campus Journalism Act of 1991, and DepEd Memorandum No. 216, s. 2016.

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Lanao Sur polio victim can now hardly walk

September 25, 2019

The three-year-old girl from Lanao del Sur who tested positive of poliovirus is already experiencing debilitating effects on both her legs, hindering her movements, doctors said Tuesday. Dr. Alinader Minalang, Lanao del Sur provincial health officer, said the girl now rarely goes out of their house in the municipality of Marogong. “She is now experiencing muscle weakness in her two limbs, making walking painful,” he added. The Maranao girl and a five-year-old-boy from Laguna province have been tested positive of polio, prompting health authorities to announce that the highly infectious disease has reemerged in the country after 19 years of absence. The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) also said water samples in a river in Davao City were found to be contaminated with the poliovirus. Minalang said the girl was unvaccinated for polio having stayed in Quiapo until she was one year old. He said the parents brought the girl back to their native town of Marogong where she spent two years until she complained of fever and weakness last June. Minalang said the girl’s parents could not produce any documents that would show the child was given OPV doses. He said their office is now coordinating with the Ministry of Health of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to find a neurologist to help the child. Minalang said Lanao del Sur health personnel have taken water samples along the river in Marogong town, a fourth class municipality in Lanao del Sur. Poliovirus can be spread from person to person through infected fecal matter entering the mouth. The Department of Health said it will conduct a massive polio vaccination for children below five years old in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur on October 14. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)

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