cagayan de oro

NAPOLCOM 10 cites police should now be partners in dev’t

July 11, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Police are now expected to be more proactive in problem-solving in the community and become partners in development. During Talakayan sa PIA on Police Community Relations Month, National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) region 10 spokesperson and chair of the regional appellate board, Lawyer Robert Lou Elango said there is a new concept called Community and Service Oriented Policy (CSOP) crafted by NAPOLCOM to enhance the role of police, not just law enforcement but as partners in development especially in barangays.  Since the implementation of CSOP, Elango said, there had been Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) signed by different local chief executives (LCEs).   It has now become a triumvirate of efforts among barangays, LCEs and Philippine National Police (PNP), he added.  There are many potential source of conflicts in the community but before they become violent incidents, police should already find a way to resolve such issues. Under CSOP, Elango said, our police should already get involved.  Police should coordinate with the barangay and initiate finding solutions to the problem. In the past, with the old policy, Community Oriented Policy System (COPS), the mandate was if there was a crime, then the police must be quick to respond. It was reactionary, Elango said. Although police visibility helps to reduce crimes to happen, but the thrust now of NAPOLCOM, is not just to take away the opportunity of criminals to commit the crime but ultimately take away their desire to commit such crime.  The desire to commit the crime should be eliminated, Elango said.  He explained, the effect of police visibility is just to delay the commission of crime but the desire of the person to commit the crime is still there.   In terms of community involvement in attaining peace and order, Elango said the people are the police first. In the beginning, the community were the first police, to take care of the community.  Now, we are professionalizing police force, Atty. Elango said. Police qualification standard is high and competitive. It’s not who you know but what you have. The more eligibilities you have, the more credentials you have, if you have high grades in college, that will count because there is a ranking system in the recruitment, he said. To enter police force, one must not only be fit physically but also have a clean record even in the barangay. Police job is exciting, challenging and rewarding, Atty. Elango explained. But when you enter, one of your feet is already on the grave. It’s difficult to enter but easy to be relieved from the job. 

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Alternate Gov’t Command, Control Center to Rise in Cagayan de Oro

July 9, 2019

The GCCC will have state of the art operational center, communication virtual room, conference room, breakout rooms, and office facilities and equipment. The project is funded by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) under its FY 2019 General Appropriations Act with an allocation of P77 million Director Rosauro Arnel Gonzalez, Jr. of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-10 said the project signals a new era in disaster risk and management. The GCCC will become a major link between the responsible official, response cluster, incident management team, and all those involved in the disaster response during disaster management operations.  He said the Regional DRRMC is happy that the national government has decided to establish a facility of such capability in the city saying it will beef up the efforts of the RDRRMC. Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and OCD Administrator Ricardo Jalad led the groundbreaking rites and laying of time capsule of the GCCC project, July 4 at Lumbia Airport compound, here. 

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CDO Convention Center Now at 88% Completion

July 8, 2019

After several years of abandonment from its suspension in year 2012, the Cagayan de Oro Civic/Convention Center located at Taguanao, Indahag, here, nears completion of its main building at 88 percent accomplishment based on the total released budget. The project was left abandoned due to questions inland ownership, which was finally resolved in the last quarter of 2016, thus, its resumption.   From the year 2000 to 2011, the total fund release amounted to P534,937,500. For CY 2017 to 2018, a total of P450,000,000 has been allocated for the project.   An additional P463,294,108.49 for CY 2019 will be added for the completion of the main building, site development plan, and support facilities while P85,080,891.51 is proposed for CY 2020 under the DPWH-DOT Convergence Program.    The project is now at 56 percent completion based on the total estimated project cost of 1.5 Billion pesos.   In a site visit, June 30, Mayor Oscar Moreno expressed his gratitude to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) for the cooperation in fulfilling this long-time dream.    Former Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, Jr., who initiated the project in 2001, also graced the event and said he wanted to name the convention center in honor of the late former City Mayor Pablo Magtajas.   Representing DPWH X is Acting Assistant Regional Director Rey Peter B. Gille, Construction Chief Virgie G. Nayve, and Project Engineer Leowald L. Pecore, who discussed the components of the project.   The building complex can accommodate up to 7,700 people, in which its components include the Main Building, Carpark Building, Restaurant, Pavilion, Administrative Building, TIEZA Office Building, Power House, Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) Facility, Material Recovery Facility (MRF), Guard House, and Pump House.   The completion of the CDO Civic/Convention Center will support various events like sports, concerts, conventions, exhibits, seminars, conferences, and trade shows that will be held in the city.    It has also been envisioned to ignite further economic development with the emphasis on investment, infrastructure improvements and tourism, hence providing more job opportunities for the whole populace of Cagayan de Oro City and neighboring areas. 

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XUHS Batch 1980, Xavier Ateneo ink naming-rights agreement for SHS Consultation Room

July 8, 2019

The Xavier University High School Batch 1979-1980 and Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan, through the Advancement office, recently signed a memorandum of agreement for the naming rights of a consultation room at the new XU Senior High School campus in Pueblo de Oro.    The signing ceremony was led by XU president Fr Roberto C Yap SJ and XUHS Batch 1980 representatives, namely, Architect Ernest Martin D Soriano, Reynald Z Recentes, Robert S Capinpuyan, Dr Renan B Arbellera, and Anthony Paul G Falcon.    XUHS Batch 1980, with their donation worth three hundred thousand pesos, has earlier expressed their desire and intention to “honor the memory of their XUHS batch by immortalizing their batch’s name in one of the facilities of the new XU Senior High School complex.”   In particular, one of the meeting rooms will be named “Batch ’80 Consultation Room,” containing a floor area of approximately 18sqm, located on the ground floor of the new XUSHS building, situated beside the Alumni Office and northwest of the Registrar’s Office.   Prior to the MOA signing, the batch had already turned over a facsimile check during an alumni homecoming at the XU Covered Courts on December 1 last year, in the presence of the XU Board of Trustees chairman Frank Guerra.   The XU Advancement Office opened the Naming Rights Program (NRP) last year to interested donors and organizations who want to name a facility or space at the new XUSHS campus, thereby, sharing in the university’s vision of becoming the “Senior High School of Choice in Mindanao.”   The new campus will implement environment-friendly technology in its buildings and operations. Among its salient features are the following: a sewerage treatment plant, rainwater collection system, natural ventilation, and sky gardens. They are designed to reduce the overall impact on the environment and human health.

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PSA-X to conduct July 2019 survey on labor force, poverty indicators

July 3, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY,  The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in Northern Mindanao is set to conduct the July 2019 Labor Force Survey (LFS) and the 2019 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS), July 8-31 across the region.   Around 37 hired statistical researchers will be deployed across the region to conduct the interviews to 2,568 systematically and randomly selected sample households identified as respondents.   The LFS is a quarterly nationwide survey of households which aims to gather data on the demographics and socio-economic characteristics of the population and provide a quantitative framework for the preparation of plans and formulation of policies affecting the labor market.   Specifically, the LFS serves as a tool in measuring the distribution of household population 15 years old and over by employment status - employed, unemployed or underemployed.    It is also used to determine various employment characteristics such as industry, class of workers, nature of employment, and basis of payment.   The APIS, on the other hand, is a rider survey to the July round of LFS. It is the 13th in a series of poverty indicators survey conducted nationwide since 1998.    Such is designed to provide estimates for non-income poverty indicators and gather data on the socio-economic profile of families and other information related to their living conditions which serve as inputs to the Multidimensional Poverty Index.   The PSA appeals to the public to cooperate and support the conduct of these surveys. It also assures that all information gathered will be held strictly confidential and shall not be used as evidence in court for purposes of taxation, regulation or investigation as provided for in RA 10625.    Data generated from this survey will be disseminated in statistical summaries without reference to any individual person or household. 

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Child laborers' PWD, Solo Parents Receive DOLE Livelihood Starter Kits

July 3, 2019

Financial assistance was also released to 25 beneficiaries by the Cagayan de Oro Field Office, June 11 at the DOLE Activity Center, 3F Trinidad Building.  The same assistance was also given June 12 to 15 beneficiaries in Camiguin, 20 in Misamis Occidental, 25 in Misamis Oriental, 111 in  Bukidnon, and 20 beneficiaries in Lanao del Norte.  DOLE-X Misamis Oriental Provincial Field Office, in partnership with its local government unit (LGU) through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in Gingoog City and the PESO of Claveria, distributed the starter kits in celebration of the 2019 Informal Sector Day. “Kami sa una usa ra ka ordinaryo nga association ug nagapasalamat kami sa DOLE sa pag-grant nila sa among livelihood projects, kani ilang gihatag kaninyo nga proyekto maampingan unta ninyo kani para makatabang sa inyong pamilya,"  Bal-Ason Farmers Producers Cooperative Chairperson Lolita Sanico said. (Before the DOLE grant, we were just a small association and we are thankful for this grant and we motivate [the beneficiaries] to sustain the projects to help your families)  Celso Comad, a person-with-disability (PWD) and one of the beneficiaries, also expressed gratitude for the assistance, “Natagaan ko ug starter kit para sa akong project nga fruit stand. Ako isip nga isa ka PWD, wala gyud koy tarong na trabaho pero karun naa ni gi-abot naa gyud ang oppurtunidad para ka nako." (I am thankful I was given a starter kit for my fruit stand project. Being a PWD parent with no stable work and income, this livelihood assistance would be a great help in sending my children to school) In Camiguin, Chief Emmaniel Toledo of DOLE Camiguin province disclosed that 15 parents/guardians of child laborers were also granted with starter kits in the form of 6 hog raising projects worth P20,000 each; 1 carpentry project worth P20,000; 4 sari-sari store project worth P20,000 each; and 4 food and snack vending projects worth P20,000 were turned-over during the ceremony.   Alma Maestrado, one of the beneficiaries of the hog raising project was very delighted to be assisted by DOLE. She is a solo parent of five children after her fisherman husband was lost at sea since 22 August 2018 due to a typhoon. The livelihood assistance for the child laborers and their parents is part of the attainment of the objective of Child Labor Eradication by 2025 wherein the government envisions all children stay in school and continue their education. 

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