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19 nabbed in Pagadian City for guns

May 7, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY  – Nineteen persons armed with automatic rifles and pistols on board a convoy of two pick-up trucks were arrested in Pagadian City on Monday afternoon by a joint team of Army and police personnel. Capt. Clint Antipala, public information officer of the 1st Infantry Division said the arrest was supervised by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) which acted on a tip from residents on the presence of the armed men in Barangay Danlugan, Pagadian. “The government troops immediately responded in the area and were able to flag down the two vehicles and immediately apprehended the personalities on board possessing firearms,” Antipala said. He said the soldiers and policemen seized five M16 rifles, seven Cal ..45 pistols, two Cal .357 revolvers, one 9mm pistol, one Cal .38 revolver, one Cal .22 revolver, several assorted ammunition and 17 pieces of bonnet masks. The arrest came after the Armed Forces of the Philippines deployed some 40,000 troops nationwide to help in the conduct of the May 2013 midterm elections. Violence has been the mark of elections in parts of the Philippines while vote buying is rampant in many areas. Over 61 million registered voters are expected to troop to the polling centers on May 13 to vote for 12 senators, congressional district representatives, party-list groups and local government officials. The Comelec declared the entire Mindanao a “Category Red Election Hotspot” in the run-up to the mid-term elections this month. Mindanao, which has been placed under martial law since May 23, 2017, comprises 27 provinces, 33 cities, 422 towns and 10,084 barangays. It has a population of 24.1 million as of 2015 and its voting population in the 2016 Presidential polls was 12.6 million, the second vote-richest island in the country (Luzon’s was 30.4 million and Visayas’ was 11.3 million) AFP public affairs chief Col. Noel Detoyato said the troops will help the police in ensuring the safety of the voters. "They will be deployed in areas where extra security is needed like areas of conflict or insurgency," Detoyato said. He said the Comelec has tapped the military to transport election paraphernalia or materials like ballot boxes. The Army and police have set up joint election monitoring command centers in Northern Mindanao to prevent the New People’s Army and other armed groups from terrorizing voters on Election Day. “We will deny them any chance to conduct atrocities, threaten election officials and personnel or coerce voters,” 4th Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Nemesio Gacal said. Gacal said most of the soldiers and policemen who were deployed had already voted under the supervision of the Comelec. He said most of the voting was done in military and police camps last week. (Froilan Gallardo/MindaNews)

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Mindanao youth urged to promote peace thru innovative communications

May 6, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY,  – Through the OURmindaNOW Tech Camp organized by Equal Access International (EAI), thirty-two youth leaders from the different regions in Mindanao have been urged to utilize innovative communications in promoting peace advocacies. The OURmindaNOW Tech Camp aims to provide awareness and understanding on peace and security issues in Mindanao and its conflict history, to capacitate and empower the youth with skills in crafting alternative narratives against recruitment methods of violent extremist groups and to build a network of young influencers to implement online campaigns for peace. Equal Access International Philippines Country Director Atty. Exan Sharief urged the Tech Campers to “further equip themselves with skills and learning as they convey awareness on positive messaging and integrate community media solutions in their peace advocacies.” “I ask the graduates to pay forward the gratitude through modeling norms and behavior using positive deviants and alternative narratives. I urge everyone to co-create exponential impact and support locally-driven initiatives on a lasting peace in Mindanao,” he added. Coming from diverse cultures, the Tech Camp enabled the participants to erase and change their misconceptions, prejudices, and stereotypes on different ethnic groups. Lo Ivan Castillon of Volunteers Initiatives in Bridging and Empowering Society based in Cotabato City said that “cultural tolerance would lead to unity in diversity, and that is peace”. Meanwhile, Huda A. Aldanie, a Yakan from the Island of Basilan urged her fellow youth to take part in building the future. “Let us all be united in contributing to nation building, as early as possible we should take an action,” she said. Some of the discussions during the Tech Camp centered on History Conflict in Mindanao, Introduction to Empowerment, Understanding Social Media and Social Change, Cybersecurity and Data Protection, Journalism, Digital Storytelling, Photography and Filmmaking, Podcast and Public Speaking. “The best thing about Tech Camp is that it provides the right opportunity for us to co-create positive change ideas for our community and work with passionate young leaders all over Mindanao,” said Evan Cullen Alcantara of The Millennial Studio PH. Aside from the Tech Camps, EAI will also conduct Peace Promotion Fellows, Hackathon and Community Forums as part of their initiative to create a messaging hub for Mindanao and to capacitate the youth to amplify alternative narratives. (LEAntonio/PIA)  

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ALCADEV, TRIFPSS Refused DepEd Accreditation

May 5, 2019

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – “We always encourage them to go to the Department of Education (DepEd) if they are really serious and determined to help lumad children of Diatagon but they always refuse”, said Brgy. Diatagon Captain Remegio Pareja on why the Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), and Tribal Filipino Program of Lianga, Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS INC.) are not legally accredited by DepEd. This is his statement following the recent congressional inquiry of the Committee on Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples (CICCIP) of the House of Representatives in ALCADEV and TRIFPSS in Lianga, Surigao del Sur. He added in an interview by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) CARAGA, “I don’t know why ALCADEV and TRIFPSS don’t want to be accredited and be legalized. Also, very alarming is the fact that they don’t want to accept help from the government.” It can be recalled that last April 28, 2019, the inspection team, duly authorized by the House of Representatives, composed of Atty. Rueben Lingating, Chairman of the Indigenous People’s Peace Panel of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP); Adora Pueblo, CICCIP Committee Secretariat; and representatives from the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and National Commission on Indigenous People’s (NCIP) visited Km 16, Sitio Han-ayan, Bgy Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur to validate reports citing the said lumad (indigenous people) schools’ connection with the Communist- Terrorist CPP-NPA. CICCIP said “significant data and information (on the alleged involvement) have been endorsed to the committee as well as to the Office of the House Speaker by the National Security Adviser (NSA) in December 2018 and in January this year prompting the conduct of the inquiry. During the Press Conference in Butuan City after the visit of CICCIP, Francis Cesar Bringas, Regional Director DepEd CARAGA said ALCADEV and TRIFPSS need to follow the law, “Both the schools are considered Private Learning institutions that need to be accredited by the DepEd.” “We have been encouraging and asking them to do that and to submit their papers to us but they refused because they said they want to maintain their identity”, Bringas added. Atty. Lingating also emphasized, “As we validate the veracity of the report given to our office, we also want to verify how the Multi-million International funds from the European Union (EU) are utilized by these schools for we know that they don’t use it for the improvement and betterment of the IPs of Surigao del Sur.” Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, 4ID Commander said that the inquiry seeks to reveal the truth. “Through the revelations made by Former NPAs and Political Guides, we will be able to divulge these suspicious organizations who continue to deceive our Lumad communities.” “We are confident that the congressional inquiry will have positive results and soon, their true colors and links to the CPP-NPA will be further exposed along with the persons behind them. The government is working hard to put an end to those who use and abuse the innocence of our lumad children”, Gacal added. “Let’s save our children and the youth from the clutches of the CPP-NPA who promotes communist-terrorist ideologies. It is about time we stop them from destroying more lives, families, communities and our entire country”, he emphasized. It can be recalled that last March, the said team also visited Salugpungan Schools in various parts of Davao which, according to former NPAs and captured documents, have been used by CPP-NPA as breeding and training grounds for new recruits for many years. Salugpungan, ALCADEV and TRIFPSS were among the CPP-NPA front organizations cited earlier by Maj. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., the AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil- Military Operations, that have duped the European Union and Belgium for support and funding along with the Rural Missionaries, Solidagro, Viva Salud, Kiyo, Gabriela, ANAKPAWIS and others. Parlade said these organizations used “fake reports of Bakwit and IP killings, in order to ask them (foreign NGOs) for donations.

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AFP, PNP gear-up for election 2019, sign joint implan

May 4, 2019

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City, May 4 – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) inked a joint plan in yet another bid to ensure peaceful and orderly elections in Northern Mindanao and Caraga region.  Joint implan  The Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) led by its commander, Major General Franco Nemesio Gacal; and PNP’s Regional Office 10 (PRO-10) and PRO-13 represented by Police Brigadier General Jerry Linsagan, deputy regional director for Administration (DRDA), and Police Colonel Jimili Macaraeg, deputy regional director for Operations (DRDO) respectively, signed the “Joint AFP-PNP Implementation Plan (Implan) for the National and Local Election 2019” at Camp Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City last May 3. The said plan provides for a joint security and deployment plan of all AFP and PNP forces in the two regions come May 13. Officials said the plan lays down all available measures to ensure a “Peaceful, Honest, Orderly, Free and Credible May 2019 Election” in all provinces and cities of Region 10 and 13.  Continuous preparations  “This activity is a continuation of our dutiful preparations for the forthcoming elections which we have already started several months back. But it will not end here. We will continue our preparations, and ensure that all available resources, particularly our personnel, are deployed and utilized accordingly to ensure successful elections in our respective areas,” Linsagan said.   This was seconded by Macaraeg who said he is confident that the strong partnership and collaboration between the two uniformed services will spell out the difference come Election Day.   “Our long experiences in working together in all aspects of peace and order, and security is crucial to this endeavor. Our constituents expect a lot from us hence we cannot afford to fail them,” Macaraeg said. Minimal ERVIs  Gacal was equally optimistic the electoral process in the two regions will be both peaceful and orderly.  “Last year, we were successful in minimizing all forms of election-related violent incidents (ERVIs) because of the seamless coordination between AFP and PNP units on the ground, and of course through the support of our stakeholders particularly the Commission on Elections (Comelec). We were able to prevent the communist-terrorist CPP-NPA, Partisan Armed Groups (PAGs) and other lawless elements from conducting major atrocities during, and in the aftermath of the elections. This year, we will do our best to the same or even better,” Gacal said.  “This is our commitment to the Filipino voters- to ensure that they would be able to freely exercise their right of suffrage”, he added.  Combat posture  Gacal clarified that all Army units throughout 4ID’s Area of Responsibility will remain in combat posture, and will have no let-up on its offensive operations against the CPP-NPA.  “We will deny them any chance to conduct atrocities, threaten election officials and personnel or coerce voters.”   He said many soldiers availed of the Local Absentee Voting (LAV) last April 29 and 30 to ensure the readiness of units to perform election-related duties while at the same time continuing Community Support Programs (CSP), and other peace and development activities.  The Joint AFP-PNP implan in Region 10 and CARAGA was crafted based on the AFP-PNP Joint Operational Guidelines, Republic Act 7166 and Comelec resolutions. Last April 15, a Joint Coordinating Conference between the COMELEC, DepEd, Army, and PNP was conducted at Camp Alagar, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City in preparation for the May 2019 elections.  Meanwhile, this year’s joint conference was also attended by Army Brigade and Battalion Commanders whose units cover various parts of the two regions. Northern Mindanao-based units were led by 403rd Brigade Commander, Col. Edgardo de Leon; while Caraga based units were led by Col. Allan Hambala and Col. Maurito Licude, commanders of the 401st and 402nd Brigades respectively. A CDO-based unit of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) was also in attendance.

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4ID Troops avail Local Absentee Voting; Gears up for May 13 Elections

May 2, 2019

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – Soldiers of the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division have participated in the conduct of Local Absentee Voting (LAV) by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) at the 4ID Grandstand yesterday, April 30, 2019. The office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, G1, 4ID, together with Atty. Alili Dayo-Ramirez, Misamis Oriental Provincial COMELEC Supervisor and Atty. Ramil Acol, Cagayan de Oro City Election Officer headed the conduct of the said activity. “As members of the Philippine Army and Filipino citizen, we also want to exercise our right to suffrage. Through the LAV, we will also have ample time to prepare for Election Day.”, Cpt. Regie Go, 4th Division Public Affairs Officer said. Atty. Acol, on his part said, “The COMELEC gave our AFP personnel the opportunity to practice their right to suffrage hence, the conduct of LAV. We assure our Absentee Voting participants that their ballots and votes will be treated with utmost confidentiality.” “We are happy to have assisted our Army personnel. We also look forward that together with the Department of Education and PNP, we will be able to conduct a safe and successful election on May 13”, Acol added. Meanwhile Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio M Gacal, Commander 4th ID, emphasized, "We thank COMELEC for giving us the chance to exercise our right to suffrage. We did this to have more time to prepare and deploy all available forces on Election Day.” "We would like to assist our partners, the COMELEC, PNP and DepEd in conducting a Free, Honest, Peaceful, Orderly and Credible 2019 Elections", Gacal added Other units of 4th ID also participated in the early voting which was conducted inside their respective camps. The LAV allows the AFP, PNP and media personalities who cannot vote in their respective localities, to perform their right ahead of the National Elections. Those who joined the absentee voting can only vote for candidates running for the Senate and Party-list.

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Thousands flock Labor Day job fair in Cagayan de Oro

May 1, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, --Thousands of job seekers from Northern Mindanao joined this year’s Labor Day Mega Job Fair held at the Atrium of Limketkai Center, here. Rachel Ann Fuentes was one of the applicants hoping to land a job on labor day. To increase her chances of getting hired, Fuentes submitted her applications and requirements to three different companies. Lawyer Joffrey Suyao, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional director, said around 5,000 local and 11,000 overseas jobs from 132 participating companies were opened to job seekers on labor day. Government agencies, particularly the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Army (PA), and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), also opened around 12,000 vacancies.  Security guards, factory workers, call center officers, and customer service specialists were among the top local vacancies available. Kisscel Joy Dumandan was happy when she was hired-on-the-spot as call center agent of Abyss Virtual Assistant Services. “Pasalamat nalang pud ko nga na hired dayon ko kay kailangan nako ang trabaho (I’m very thankful that I’m hired immediately because I need a job),” she said. Alquezon Ano-os, a resident of Maigo, Lanao del Norte, was also hired-on-the-spot as a salesman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He said he applied for work abroad due to his previous experience as an overseas worker.   As of twelve noon on Labor Day, DOLE Region X reported that 2,250 applicants have registered and 20 of them were hired-on-the-spot. A one-stop shop was also set-up at the Atrium of Limketkai Center to help applicants in their pre-employment requirements. Aside from the mega job fair, the 117th labor celebration in Cagayan de Oro was also highlighted by the livelihood and business fair organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as well as free Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) enrollment and skills demonstration spearheaded by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda). DTI Region 10 Director Linda Boniao said the livelihood and business fair will not only promote local products and businesses but also multiply the workforce by bringing employment opportunities in the informal sector through entrepreneurship. Tesda Region 10 Director Tarhata Mapandi, on the other hand, said Tesda offered 1,800 scholarship slots worth Php14 million through the 52 participating TVET providers in the region. (APB/PIA10)

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