cagayan de oro

Normin RTF-ELCAC kicks off Provincial Consultations for CAPDev

May 28, 2019

Cagayan de Oro City – The Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict Technical Working Group (RTF-ELCAC TWG) in Northern Mindanao commenced a series of Provincial Cascading on EO 70 and Validation of Needs and Programs, Projects and Activities (PPAs) Workshop for the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) on 22 May 2019 in Bukidnon.   The activity aims to orient and increase awareness of local stakeholders on Executive Order 70 (s. 2018) and the CAPDev program, which is the region’s banner program to address the root causes of insurgencies, internal disturbances and tensions, and other armed conflicts and threats for inclusive development.    The program institutionalizes the “Whole-of-Nation Approach” through focused, coordinated, and sustained delivery of basic services and social development packages by government in poor, conflict-affected, and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas in the region.   It also aims to enlist the support of local government units (LGUs) at the provincial/municipality/city and barangay levels, government agencies, and civil society organizations in the entire CAPDev program implementation.   The activity serves as venue to validate the needs of ELCAC/CAPDev areas and the corresponding programs, projects and activities (PPAs) proposed by regional line agencies for FY 2020 for these areas.   RDC-X Chairperson and Bukidnon Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri expressed his full support for EO 70 and CAPDev and thanked the regional partners, local government units (LGUs), the security sector, and other stakeholders for their strong commitment to achieve peace and development in the province.   NEDA-X Regional Director Mylah Aurora Faye B. Cariño shared the CAPDev program’s objectives, focus areas, stakeholders, and implementing mechanisms.  She also said that Bukidnon accounted for the largest share (59 percent or PhP25.26 billion) of the proposed FY 2020 budget for the focus areas.   The activity had two parts: a) plenary presentation on the salient features of EO 70, NTF/RTF-ELCAC, CAPDev, and the role of LGUs in localizing EO 70; and the province’s peace and security situationer; and b) workshop session to identify and validate community needs and proposed PPAs of the ELCAC/CAPDev areas.   Provincial Cascading on EO 70 and CAPDev to the provinces of Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Oriental are set on 30 and 31 May and 3 June 2019, respectively. The DILG-led Line of Efforts (LoEs) namely E-CLIP and Amnesty, Sectoral Unification, Capacity-Building, Empowerment and Mobilization, Basic Services, Local Government Empowerment and Local Peace Agenda will also conduct series of meetings in June 2019 to operationalize EO 70 in the region. (Tricia Marie L. Antivo, NEDA-X)

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CDO school execs urged to find ways to fund perimeter fence

May 22, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, -- Cagayan de Oro City exec called on the administration of Cagayan de Oro City National High School to “find ways” to fund construction of their perimeter fence and walls to ensure the safety of their students. Mayor Oscar Moreno issued this appeal during the launching of the annual Brigada Eskwela cleanup campaign of the Department of Education (DepEd) which carried the theme “Matatag Na Bayan Para Sa Maunlad Na Paaralan (A Strong Nation for a Progressive School).” Moreno said while he ordered the construction of perimeter fences in schools at barangays (villages) Balulang and Agusan, he did so out of a commitment he made with the communities there. The mayor admitted that the city government's funds were focused on funding construction of more classrooms in Cagayan de Oro's hinterland or mountain barangays. (SC/CIO)

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4ID soldiers participate in Brigada Eskwela 2019

May 21, 2019

Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City,  – Units under the army’s 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division showed its full support and commitment to the annual conduct of Brigada Eskwela 2019 to the Department of Education (DepEd) National Schools Maintenance Week which kicked-off on May 20 with the theme: “Matatag Na Bayan Para sa Maunlad Na Paaralan.” Armed with carpentry and painting tools as well as cleaning paraphernalia, thousands of soldiers will participate in the six-day Brigada Eskwela in the different schools of Regions 10 and Caraga which aims to bring together the community to help prepare public school facilities for the upcoming opening of classes next month.  Anthony Y. Pacaman, principal of Opol National Secondary Technical School in Cagayan de Oro City expressed his gratitude for the assistance of the diamond troopers. "The manpower provided by 4ID is of great help to us especially in ensuring the students will have clean and ready classrooms by June," Pacaman added.  A month prior, units under 4ID received several invitations from different schools requesting soldier's time, effort, expertise and resources in the annual conduct of Brigada Eskwela in order to ensure that the school campus will be safe for all the students.  Dr. Demosthenes Quinal, DepEd Bislig City Division chief, on the other hand, said “I am grateful to all who responded to our request and to all those who are here to participate in the kick-off program for Brigada Eskwela. What parents want for their children is quality education and a good future. With this, Brigada Eskwela aims to provide facilities conducive to learning and we can only give this to our children if we work hand-in-hand to repair what has been damaged, to maintain the cleanliness of the school premises and to show them the importance of camaraderie amongst us.”  MGen Franco Nemesio M Gacal, 4ID commander said the army, as part of the community, would do its best in order to give our students a better school and a better environment where they can learn and have a bright future.  Gacal emphasized, "We recognize the need of our schools because we know that it takes a community to raise a child. Through convergence efforts, we can do more, this is also about a whole-of-nation approach in reducing the burdens of our teachers by sharing our efforts to render voluntary services. We are honored to take part in this endeavor in building a much better learning environment for our children.”  "The army serves as role models for our young generation so that they will realize the value of camaraderie and working together in a community. I encourage everyone to actively support DepEd’s program to ensure that our children will have safe, clean, healthy and ready classrooms,” MGen Gacal added.  Brigada Eskwela is an annual joint undertaking of concerned government agencies and stakeholders nationwide. In the spirit of Bayanihan, various groups and organizations including the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI0, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and other stakeholders converge in making this year's Brigada Eskwela successful and ensure that the schools will remain child-friendly and conducive to learning. (4ID)

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Moreno leads by wide margin in De Oro race

May 15, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 15 May) – Reelectionist Mayor Oscar Moreno leads overwhelmingly over his opponent businessman Pompee La Viña based on the ABS-CBN Halalan 2019 poll count. Moreno, running for his third and final term, garnered 155,579 votes compared to the 88,711 votes that La Viña had as of 10:25 a.m. in the ABS-CBN Halalan 2019 poll count. The reelectionist mayor ran under the banner of the PDP Laban while La Viña, who is a supporter of President Duterte, ran under the Padayon Pilipino regional party of the late ex-Mayor Vicente Emano, who adopted him as their mayoralty candidate.. Election officials said the results were based on 97.75% of the election returns transmitted so far. Election officials Tuesday night that SD cards in 14 precincts did not work. Misamis Oriental provincial election director Aleli Ramirez said at least 28 SD cards were found defective out of a total 1,275 SD cards distributed in Misamis Oriental and the two cities of Gingoog and Cagayan de Oro. “This prevented us from proclaiming the winning candidates,” she said. Ramirez said they have to ask Comelec Manila to retool the SD card but given the small number of IT personnel, there would be some delays. “We would be lucky if the problem is solve by Thursday,” she told MindaNews, For congressman in the Cagayan de Oro’s first legislative district, reelectionist Rep. Klarex Uy (PDP-Laban) enjoy a comfortable lead with 83,043 votes over his opponent, Caesar Ian Acenas of Padayon Pilipino, who took only 23,429 votes in the second district congressional race, according to the ABS-CBN count as of 10:25 a.m. today with 96.26% of the votes counted. In the second district, former Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, running under his political party Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines, had an overwhelming lead with 81,092 votes over his opponent, Alam Lim of PDP-Laban, who got only 46,030 votes. For the province of Misamis Oriental, Gov. Yevgeny Emano, who is running for his third term under the Padayon Pilipino banner, got 247,712 votes against his opponent Julio Uy of the National Unity Party, who took 196,609 votes as of 10:25 a.m. today based on 99.08% of election returns transmitted. In the province’s first congressional district, newcomer Christian Unabia (Lakas) got 101,919 votes as against 84,910 of Vice Governor Joey Pelaez of the National Unity Party. Rep. Juliet Uy (National Unity Party) appeared to be clinching a third term when she garnered 157,995 votes over her opponent, Benjo Benaldo of Padayon Party, who got only 73,940 votes. The mother and daughter tandem of Ruthie and Marie Guingona (Nacionalista Party) appeared to be heading to a defeat in the leadership race in Gingoog City. Ruthie, who is making a comeback, got only 30,315 votes against her opponent Erick Canosa who garnered 36,435 votes. Marie Guingona, who slid down to vice mayor, took only 29,533 votes against her opponent, Rep. Peter Unabia who got 36,588 votes.

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SSS maternity disbursements reach P7B in 2018, to increase more in 2019

May 7, 2019

The state-run Social Security System (SSS) over the weekend said more than 326,000 female members were assisted in 2018 with maternity benefit disbursements reaching to around P7.07 billion, a P954.62 million or 15.6 percent increase from over P6.11 billion recorded in 2017. “We are glad that we are able to assist more of our female members financially during their pregnancy in 2018. We have recorded an increase of 12.6 percent or 36,550 female members more who availed of the benefit in 2018 compared to the previous year,” SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Aurora C. Ignacio said. Of the total number of beneficiaries in 2018, 68.2 percent or 222,551 are employee-members with total disbursements amounting to P5.98 billion.  Voluntary members followed comprising 25 percent or 81,641 with total disbursements of around P850 million. This is followed by self-employed members with 4.5 percent or 14,692 and Overseas Filipino Worker members with 2.3 percent or 7,429 with total disbursements of around P80 million and P150 million, respectively. Moreover, SSS maternity benefit disbursements in the first two months of 2019 have already reached P1.34 billion with over 62,000 beneficiaries.  “We are expecting that these disbursements will continue to increase this year following the implementation of the 105-day Expanded Maternity Leave Law (EMLL) after the Implementing Rules and Regulations was already signed on Labor Day last week," Ignacio said.  The EMLL will push the current 60/78-day paid maternity leave to 105 days for live childbirth, regardless of the mode of delivery, with an additional 15 days for solo mothers and an option for an additional 30 days without pay. A 60-day paid leave, on the other hand, will be given to a qualified female member in case of miscarriage or emergency termination of pregnancy. The maternity benefit may be granted regardless of the frequency of deliveries or miscarriage. Further, the current maximum financial assistance of P32,000 will increase to P70,000 based on the P20,000 Monthly Salary Credit. “SSS is motivated to continuously develop its benefit programs to provide more meaningful assistance to its members,” Ignacio said. “We recognize the needs of mothers and their newborn babies. We hope that through the EMLL, women workers may be able to fully enjoy their rights to health and decent work,” she added. (SSS Cagayan de Oro   SSS pushes for higher retirement savings for OFWs   The state-run Social Security System (SSS) is committed to give Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) higher social security benefits especially during their retirement as it pushes to implement the compulsory coverage of OFWs mandated under Republic Act 11199 or the Social Security Act of 2018. SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Aurora C. Ignacio said the pension fund will exhaust all ways to come out with the guidelines on compulsory OFW coverage while taking into consideration the concerns and suggestions that were discussed during the public forum with OFW stakeholders last 3 May. "It was clear in the public forum that all stakeholders are united in providing social security protection to all OFWs. However, we must settle some issues in the implementing guidelines. We will continue to hold discussions with our partners in government who are jointly mandated with the SSS under the new law to ensure compulsory OFW coverage, namely the Department of Labor and Employment and its concerned agencies such as the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and the Department of Foreign Affairs.  Leaders from both land-based and sea-based OFW sectors will also be consulted in the process, and all together, we will see how we can best implement the provisions of the law" said Ignacio. SSS data showed that as of end-2018, there were 1.14 million registered OFWs in the system, of which around 550,000 were paying members during the year. The pension fund also disbursed an estimated P5.65 billion in benefits to more than 63,000 OFW pensioners and members in 2018, or 89 percent of the P6.37 billion contributions collected from OFWs on the same year. The pension fund is proposing that all land-based OFWs should pay at least a minimum monthly contribution of P960 which is equivalent to 12 percent of the new minimum monthly salary credit (MSC) for OFWs of P8,000. Even paying only one month of contribution at the new minimum MSC, an OFW-member will get 61 times in return from his contribution or P58,400 in total lump-sum benefits for disability, death or retirement plus funeral grant. If they opt to pay at the highest MSC of P20,000 or P2,400 monthly contribution, the benefit amount would be P116,000. Sickness benefit of OFW-members will also increase under the new minimum MSC for OFWs. From the previous P150/day, it will increase by 60 percent to P240/day.  Maternity benefit will also increase by more than double from P10,000-P13,000 to P28,000 under the Expanded Maternity Leave Law which took effect on March 11. For retirement benefit, those with 120 qualifying monthly contributions at P8,000 MSC will have a basic monthly pension amounting to P3,200. If they are paying based on the P20,000 MSC, the pension benefit will be P8,000 per month. This shows that the higher the contributions, the higher the benefits. "We'd like our OFWs to know that membership with SSS is for life. Membership does not expire so all contributions you put in are all accounted for. In case you stopped paying due to work abroad, you can always reactivate your membership by continuing to pay your contribution to become eligible to the seven types of SSS benefits including unemployment insurance.  I hope our OFWs will look at SSS contributions as their long-term savings and not an expense burden," Ignacio said.  Ignacio said that SSS as an implementor of the law will make sure that all provisions under the SS Act of 2018 will be fully realized. At present, SSS has 26 foreign representative offices in 18 countries for OFW member assistance services. (SSS Cagayan de Oro)

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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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