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4ID Phil Army hosts VAW celebration in Cagayan de Oro City 

November 27, 2019

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – On the observance of the entire Nation on the 18-day campaign to end Violence Against Women (VAW), International Day against Trafficking this month, the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army hosted the venue of the kickoff celebration on Monday, November 25, 2019.      The 18-day campaign to end VAW is annually observed from November 25 to December 12 to raise awareness to the public. This year’s theme is “VAW-free community starts with me”. The campaign supports the government’s goal in protecting the rights of women and young girls by upholding commitment to address all forms of gender-based violence as enshrined in the 1987 constitution.     Meanwhile, the activity started with a motorcade at around 6:30 o’clock in morning from Paseo Rotondo going to Headquarters, 4ID, Camp Evangelista, Patag here in Cagayan de Oro City. It was attended by various government agencies headed by the Department of Justice Region 10. Government employees with their heads of offices headed by Regional Director Rosa H Lacanglang, president of GAD Advocacy Region 10 participated the activity. The formal program ensued at 4ID, Grandstand at around 8:00 o’clock in the morning.    MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, the Commander of the 4ID emphasized, “It is indeed essential that we recognize the relevance of gender inclusivity in all aspect. The 4ID is a male-dominated organization however, we fully acknowledge that we need to continuously conduct activities that will enlighten our soldiers and civilian personnel on women’s right. Your Diamond troopers is one with you in supporting this cause”.    “I urge everyone to resolve their personal commitment to end VAW and together we continue to take a bold step to eradicate traditions that perpetuate violence against women, we assure you of our strong commitment to this advocacy all throughout.” Gacal ended -

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Two Kagay-anon Booters in Azkals U22 Squad to SEA Games

November 25, 2019

Two outstanding booters from Cagayan de Oro have been picked to join the Philippine Azkals U22 Futbol Team that will represent the country in the 2019 South East Asian (SEA) Games hosted by the Philippines. JB Borlongan finished high school at Abba’s Orchard in Cagayan de Oro while Troy Limbo was graduated from La Salle Greenhills. JB now plays for the University of the Philippines (U.P) Maroon Booters Varsity Futbol team with whom he won a gold medal in the 2016 Unigames while Troy is studying at Sutherland in the United Kingdom where he plays for the Sunderland Ryhope Community Association Football Club  (Sunderland RCA FC) an English association football club, based in Ryhope, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, currently playing in the Northern League Division One. Troy just turned 21 while JB will 21 next month. JB Borlongan won a Gold Medal with the UP Maroon Booters in the UAAP Unigames Season 18 --- Troy is in the regular lineup while JB has been placed in the reserves list after the SEA Games allowed participating teams to bring in two players older than 22 years old to their lineup. Thus, Stephen Schrock of the senior Azkals and Amani Aguinaldo of Ceres Negros were placed in the regular lineup with Schrock,  expected to don the team captain's armband for the U22 Azkals. Justin Baas, who played for the Azkals' first team during the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, was also called up for the final U22 squad, along with  Dylan De Bruycker (who played for Ceres Negros in the Copa instead of the U22 Azkals) Christian Rontini, and Dennis Chung. Anthony Pinthus, who skippered for the Azkals in the 'Copa', rising star Jarvey Gayoso, and revelations Yrick Gallantes, Pocholo Bugas, and Chima Uzoka will headline the under-22 core of the Nationals for the SEA Games as confirmed by Assistant Coach Ernie Nierras on Thursday. Joining them are Michael Asong, Edison Suerti, Vince Diano, Jordan Jarvis, Marco Casambre, Finn McDaniel, Troy Limbo, Jerome Marzan, and JR Suba from the U22 Azkals team that played in the Philippines Football League's cup tournament. JB Borlongan wears No. 21 for the Azkals Pilipinas Futbol U22 Squad --- To make room for Baas, De Bruycker, Rontini, Chung, Schrock, and Aguinaldo, AJ Arcilla, Poi Saldivar, Ivan Ouano, JB Borlongan, Jovan Marfiga, Dean Ebarle, and Fritz Brigoli (who were all part of the U22 Azkals' Copa team) were placed in the reserves' list. The Azkals start their quest for gold on Monday, Nov.25 vs. Cambodia 8PM at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. They will next play Myanmar 4PM on Wednesday, Nov 27 at the same venue; Malaysia 8PM on Friday, Nov 29 still at the same venue, before winding up their sked vs. Timor Leste 4PM at the Biñan Football Stadium. (with a report from PNA)  

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NorMin LGUs convene to align development plans 

November 22, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY-- With the national government’s effort of bringing the local development initiatives towards one direction, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 10 gathered local government units (LGUs) in the region to align their Comprehensive Development Plans (CDPs) with that of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The activity aims to evaluate if their priority programs, projects and activities (PPAs) are aligned with the result matrices (RMs) of the Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP), Regional Development Plan (RDP) and consequently the PDP. “We are all doing this for the bigger picture. We want to have a nation that is safe, progressive and inclusive development for everyone, therefore our priorities should be in line with the things needed to happen,” said DILG-10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe. The congregation is composed of local chief executives, Sanggunian Chair of Appropriations, local government officers and local planning officers.  The LGUs were also reoriented with the connection of development plans, budget preparations, and resource utilization through the help of other oversight line agencies – National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) and Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The President issued a  directive to monitor the LGUs’ compliance and contribution to the achievement of the PDP, thus the interface between the city/municipal government and the provincial government.  In meeting the targets in the SDG, the United Nations decided to let communities develop ways that work best for them. In the country, this means that the local government units are at the forefront in achieving these goals. (DILG-10)

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NPA uses female combatants as sex slaves

November 19, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY –  The  4th Infantry “Diamond” Division (4ID), Philippine Army condemns the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) leadership for their continuous sexual abuses against their female combatants.   Alyas Wilma, 20, a former medic of the New People's Army (NPA) from Magpet, North Cotabato revealed her sad experience as a victim of sexual abuse from their NPA commander. “I joined the NPA because I am against sexual abuse and female exploitation, however, our NPA commander sexually abused us and neglected our rights as a woman,” Wilma exposed. Alyas Saisai, 32, a former NPA medic, married from Agusan Del Norte was also raped by his NPA commander. She got pregnant but suffered miscarriage due to stress and hardship in the mountain. “I was raped and threatened that he will kill my husband if I will inform the committee.” I wanted to kill him for repeatedly abusing me sexually, he should be executed by death," she said. I went lie-low due to sexual abuses and injustices in the NPA organization,” Saisai added.  Sexual abuses were also confirmed when the troops of 88th Infantry Battalion based in Maramag Bukidnon recovered some contraceptive pills, condoms and porn materials inside an NPA hideout in the forested area of Barangay Kibongkog, San Fernando, Bukidnon last October 22, 2019.  MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, commander of the 4ID emphasized that "for 50 years, NPA commanders have been violating their female combatants." They must respect the rights of our women and stop treating them as sex slaves,” he said. He also urged all female NPA combatants to surrender and save themselves from these abuses. "Together with the government, we will ensure that the female former rebels undergo the healing and reconciliation process through the help of DSWD and other concerned government agencies for them to recover emotionally and psychologically and prepare them to return to mainstream society,” Gacal further said. In the Philippines,  the days between 25 November and 12 December are observed annually as the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) to spur public awareness on the forms of violence against women and girls and the ordeal of VAW victims/survivors. The campaign supports the government’s goal in protecting the rights of women and young girls by upholding the commitment to address all forms of gender-based violence as enshrined in the 1987 constitution.  This year's observance is anchored on the theme “VAW-free community starts with me." (4ID,PA)

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DTI-10 to kick off Christmas caravan sale on Nov. 20

November 15, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-10 will bring the Diskwento Caravan: Pre-Christmas Edition on November 20-21, 2019 at the Cagayan de Oro City Hall Mini Park.  The two-day caravan lets shoppers enjoy up to 50 percent (%)  off on selected items from more than 15 participating establishments and exhibitors.  Local and national brands are expected to sell snack items, canned goods, beverages, and household products.  The caravan aims to bring basic and prime commodities at reduced prices to the general public. It is also in partnership with local manufacturers, distributors and local producers who are willing to sell items at lower or discounted prices. The Diskwento Caravan: Pre-Christmas Edition is open to the public from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  (DTI-10)  

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Constitutional reform rally kicks off in Mindanao

November 12, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - In the pursuit of raising public awareness and secure substantial public support on the need to reform the present Constitution, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 10 in coordination with Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform (CFCR) conducted on October 31 the first Constitutional Reform (CoRe) Provincial Roadshow in Mindanao. Dubbed as “Balangayan 2019”, the activity was intended for a meaningful convergence of different sectors to directly interact in a constructive dialogue about constitutional reform with government officials and other stakeholders.  Hundreds of Punong Barangays, along with the barangay-based Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City attended said gathering.  DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe urged involved sectors to be partners of the government in advocating for constitutional reform saying, “We need you in this advocacy, and to advocate for this would mean being enlightened as to what are the implications of these reforms.” The reform pushes a unified message through its four pillars: (1) Pagyamin ang Probinsya, Paluwagin ang Metro Manila, (2) Gobyerno Para sa Tao, Hindi Para sa mga TraPo (Traditional Politicians), (3) Bukas na Ekonomiya na ang Lahat ay May Pag-asa, and (4) Bagong Konstitusyon Para sa Bagong Henerasyon. Its priority concerns would include providing more opportunities for the provinces to develop, elect leaders who care for their constituents and further bring the government closer to the people.  “Our past constitutions were enacted out of rush due to revolutions. There were no public consultations or people's participation. Right now, we are lucky because we now have the opportunity to participate,” Atty. Vicente Homer B. Revil, Constitutional Reform Resource Speaker, said during his discussion. With the advocacy seeking to strengthen community participation by involving various sectors and providing equal opportunity for both national and local levels, Atty. Revil moreover underscored that the constitutional reform will be able to reflect the current needs of the country.  CoRe Activities The provincial roadshow is just one of the activities in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to intensify public awareness and education about the federal system of government and its impacts.  Other series of activities conducted in Northern Mindanao from October 25-31 include speakers’ training for DILG field officers, academe representatives and local government units’ representatives who are targeted to effectively inform and educate the public about the merits of Federalism and constitutional reform.  With this, Director Agabe encouraged disseminating constitutional reform details as prescribed, focusing on the said four pillars of messages to prevent public misinformation.  Towards further conveying the merits of constitutional reform, DILG 10 also gathered various media personalities from Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City for a media briefing. Moreover, town hall meetings were conducted, attended by provincial/municipal chief executives and SK Federation Presidents, CSOs, and the youth sector.  Involving the local government units and the youth sector recognizes their fundamental role in nation-building, especially in generating their full support in reforming the present system.  “Help us ensure that there will be good governance in all parts of the Northern Mindanao and of the country by helping the government attain a more responsive form of government and at the same time, attain a more responsive constitution,” Agabe said.  The series of events takes its cue from the ‘Dagyaw’ Concept—serving as an avenue for the participants to delve into government’s efforts on uplifting the lives and welfare of the people through informing them about the various government projects that are in line for them.  government. (Princess Jia Andriza T. Artajo and Rezza Mae B. Tolinero/DILG-10)

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