cagayan de oro

Cebuano News: Drug Test Lab sa CdeO matukod na

April 12, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, – Gilantaw nga masugdan na ang operasyon sa Drug Testing Laboratory sa kagamhanan sa dakbayan.  Kini human gitun-an sa komite sa panglawas ni konsehal Malou Gaane ang sugyot ordinansa nga nag-establisar sa Cagayan de Oro City Free Standing Screening Drug Testing Laboratory.  Ang maong lakang pinasubay sa Section 15 sa Local Government Code nga nagmando sa mga lokal nga kagamhanan pagpatuman sa mga lakang nga magdala og kaarangan sa kinabag-ang katawhan.  Lakip sa gibasehan sa sugyot balaodnon mao ang RA 9165 kon Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002 sa tinguha nga mahatagan sa kalampusan ang programa nga mapakgang ang paggamit sa gidiling mga droga.  Niini, ang laboratoryo sa City Health Office magsilbi sa katawhan sa dakbayan ingon man sa kasikbit nga mga LGUs.  Ubos sa sugyot, adunay gipahamtang nga service fee nga P100 ngadto sa P250 nga drug testing fee base sa maaprobahan sa gobyerno samtang kadtong mga Philhealth members, dependents ingon man mga hamtong ug sakop sa Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) dili na kinahanglang mobayad.  Ang laboratoryo dumalahon sa City Health Officer sa pag-abag sa usa ka pathologist.

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Bulk of cases filed by opposition dismissed | Oro Mayor confident of vindication with imminent dismissal of all cases against him

April 10, 2019

Incumbent Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno recently expressed confidence the slew of cases filed against him by the opposition party would ultimately be dismissed. “It’s true a lot of cases  have been filed against me but almost all have been dismissed,” Moreno said during the Mayoralty Debate sponsored by dxIF Bombo Radyo last Saturday, April 6. Moreno is optimistic none of the cases would prosper since these were obviously politically-motivated. He identified former city mayor Vicente Emano as the mastermind behind the filing of charges almost every month to malign him and his leadership of the city. Atty. Dale Bryan Mordeno, Moreno’s chief legal counsel, said of over 100 cases filed again the chief executive and his key officials by parties in the opposition, only 16 are still pending “Because they can find nothing adverse against him, they trump up charges against Mayor Moreno -- in a way, weaponizing legal cases, which is bad for our justice system,” said City Administrator Teodoro Sabuga-a, Jr. “All these cases are baseless, unfounded and meant to drag him down.” “The pattern is clear — the people filing complaints against him are either connected to the local opposition he defeated in the last two elections or those whom he refused to give concessions to protect the interest of the city,” he added. Sabuga-a identified the complainants who filed the most cases against Moreno as William Guiliani, barangay chair of Barangay Taglimao; Engr. Antonio Nunez, whose wife is the lawyer of former vice mayor Caesar Ian Acenas, and former Puntod barangay chairman Marvin Beja, who all belong to the opposition Padayon Pilipino party founded by former Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano whom Moreno beat soundly in the last two elections. Having previously served as Cagayan de Oro City Mayor for a total of 12 years and as Vice Mayor for 3 years, Emano is again seeking election as Vice Mayor. Guialani’s resentment against Moreno arose from the Mayor’s disapproval of a lease agreement between City Hall and Wishing Star Corporation for the use of a portion of the Carmen Market which the chief executive thought disadvantageous to the city. In all the cases filed against Moreno, there was no evidence he profited and/or misused public funds. The equipment rental cases when he was governor of Misamis Oriental was twitted as irregular because there was no bidding, although existing procurement laws allowed other options such as “shopping,” under certain conditions. The Commission of Audit regional office in Northern Mindanao stated a report that: “It is incontrovertible that services have been rendered, services of equipment not found exceeding the prevailing rental rules, benefits enjoyed by the public, and the accomplishments duly recognized and cited.” Mordeno said he is confident Moreno will overcome these legal cases which he said are actually politically-motivated. Guiliani filed the Ajinomoto tax settlement case, the administrative and criminal aspects of which have been dismissed by the Court of Appeals and the Office of the Ombudsman, respectively. The administrative aspect of the 24 cases for alleged equipment rental when Moreno was still governor of Misamis Oriental have been merged into one case by the Court of Appeals which also issued a Writ of Preliminary Injunction on the cases that meted the mayor with the penalty of dismissal and perpetual disqualification from public office. Two of the 24 criminal cases have been dismissed by the Sandiganbayan and the remaining 22 consolidated into one case. The cases filed by Beja for augmentation of budget for the successful sports program of the mayor have also been dismissed, as have been another two filed by Acenas. Moreno, who is the standard bearer under the administration PDP-Laban, is seeking re-election for his 3rd and last term, with a platform touting the need to complete what remains unfinished from his first two terms. These include building over 600 classrooms in 15 school campuses around the city; modernizing the 200-bed JR Borja Memorial City Hospital; constructing of two 50-bed hospitals to relieve congestion in the Northern Mindanao Medical Center and city hospital; concreting of around 175-kms of farm-to-market roads; distribution of over 2,000 land titles to informal settlers; and the construction and operation of a Sanitary Landfill that is compliant with RA 9003. Cagayan de Oro City has consistently been ranked in the Top 10 of the Most Competitive Urban Cities of the Philippine Competitiveness Council during Moreno’s incumbency and ranked fifth in the Highly Urbanized Cities Category and No. 1 in Resiliency for 2018. Also in 2018, Cagayan de Oro was a recipient of Jury’s Award – Asian Townscape Awards for the “Hapsay Sapa: Surging Towards Resilience” project.  Cagayan de Oro City was also a recipient of the Gawad Galing Pook awards for  “Rising Up from the Mud” (Empowering People After Sendong) [2017] and “No Vote Ibot No More” [2018] (the story of awarding land titles to informal settlers). Cagayan de Oro was recognized with the Seal of Good Education Governance in 2017 and 2018. (RMB) 

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Day of valor: Cagay-anons commemorate sacrifices of veterans

April 10, 2019

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – The peace-loving people of Cagayan de Oro City celebrated the 77th Araw ng Kagitingan together with the soldiers of the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army.  This year’s Day of Valor celebration with the theme, “Sakripisyo ng Beterano ay Gunitain, Gawing Tanglaw ng Kabataan Tungo sa Kaunlaran," began with a wreath laying ceremony early in the morning at El Pueblo A Sus Heroes, Divisoria Cagayan de Oro City.  The Filipino war veterans of Cagayan de Oro, Mayor Oscar S. Moreno and Brigadier General Tyne T Baňas, assistant division commander, 4ID as the military host, attended the simple and solemn activity, in honor of the sacrifices and heroism of our forefathers.  It was followed by a one-day Kinetic and Static display and peace concert at the Event Center of Centrio Ayala Mall where hundreds of Cagay-anons came to witness and participate. The activity showcased the 4th ID Army Rifle Squad demonstration, an army recruitment booth, rappelling, free blood pressure check-up, weapons and ammunition display and some audio visual presentations.   The celebration aims to show to the people that the independence we enjoy today is the fruit of the selfless and noble sacrifices of the Filipino veterans who unselfishly shed sweat, blood and tears.  Jolina, 20-year old, an Education 4th year student of Capitol University said, “The activity was definitely exciting. The rappelling, which I experienced, pushed me beyond my limitations. Soldiers nowadays are very talented and I really admire and enjoy watching them conduct demonstrations, sing and play musical instruments. This activity reminds the youth of our veterans who bravely fought the foreign colonizers for us to gain our freedom.”  In his message, mayor Moreno said, “I challenge not only Cagay-anons, but the Mindanaoans as well, in attaining peace that has been so elusive. Let us forget our divisiveness, rather, let us focus in achieving inclusive growth.”   Moreno also called the Cagay-anons not forget the martyrs who had sacrificed their life in the name of freedom.  Major General Franco Nemesio M Gacal, 4ID commander, meanwhile said, “I thank the people of Cagayan de Oro City for being with us on this special day. As we proudly celebrate the Day of Valor, we commemorate the greatness of our Filipino Veterans for their gallantry as they fought for our country’s freedom and sovereignty. Let the heroism of our forefathers serves as an inspiration to the present and future generations.”   Gacal added that as members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), they will carry on and continue to emulate the standards of valor that our forefathers have exemplified all throughout the world. (4ID)

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Rufus, ABAMIN, SOAGI ink partnership for dev’t

April 9, 2019

THE Servants  of All Global Inc. (SOAGI)  a civil society organization whose vision is to partner with government s and communities for  sustainable development,  signed yesterday  a memorandum of agreement with  Congressman Rufus Rodriguez , and ABANTE  Mindanao Partylist for community development and voluntary services.  The  partnership agreement is dubbed: The Partners for Community Development.”      The signing ceremony, covered by media at the Dynasty Hotel, April 8,  was attended by SOAGI executives led by president Julito P. Erezo;  vice president Alex Eduave;  secretary Carlo J. Tolomia;  treasurer  Michael S. Salvador; and auditor Abner D. Dalapu.      Representing the signing agreement for Congressman Rufus Rodriguez, was Congressman Maxi Rodriguez; and 1st Nominee  Jing Rodriguez for the Abamin partylist.      SOAGI stated its mission which is “… to provide support and services for sustainable community development, peace and order, illegal drugs prevention and recovery, and emergency disaster response for affected communities in the Philippines and beyond.”      Congressman Rufus Rodriguez, and the ABAMIN partylist  welcomed SOAGI’s  partnership proposal as a means to effectively implement their common concern for  Disaster risk reduction and emergency response program; Community-based drug abuse and recovery program; Community service volunteers support program;  Crime prevention and control program; Community poverty alleviation program; Environmental conservation program; Tri-people group peace and development program; Moral values development program; Educational assistance program; and Health and wellness program.

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Ombud junks nepotism plaint vs. Emano, Elipe

April 9, 2019

MISAMIS Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano and his brother-in-law Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member President Elipe on Monday (April 8) welcomed the dismissal of the nepotism complaint filed against them before the Office of the Ombudsman.      In a press conference that day, lawyer of the respondents Melchor Cubillo reported that they received the resolution only recently even though the Ombudsman had already decided on the complaint in July 2018.      It can be recalled that one Ernesto Molina filed in October 2017 complaints for malversation, unlawful appointments, grave abuse of authority and grave misconduct against the two provincial officials.      Molina alleged that Emano committed nepotism in 2016 by appointing his own brother-in-law as general manager of the Misamis Oriental Integrated Sports Complex (MOISC).      In his complaint, Molina pointed out that MOISC is a government entity since it stands on land jointly owned by the provincial government of Misamis Oriental, city government of Cagayan de Oro and the Department of Education (DepEd).      But in the July 2018 resolution issued by graft investigation and prosecution officer Rosemil Bañaga, the Ombudsman pointed out that the documents submitted by both complainant and respondents did not show that MOISC is a government entity.      “The SSS registration of the Integrated Sports Foundation, Inc. and the fact that it remits its employees’ premium contributions to SSS lean toward the inference that it is a private entity,” part of the resolution stated.      Along this line, Emano and Elipe welcomed the issuance of the resolution, saying it vindicated them from undue accusations thrown at them by their political foes.      Elipe in particular said during the press conference that they had documents showing that Molina, the complainant, was a city government of Cagayan de Oro employee at the time the complaint was filed.      The city mayor of Cagayan de Oro, Oscar Moreno, is a political opponent of the brothers-in-law.      Elipe hinted that they would be filing counter-complaints against Molina for falsification of documents leading to “political harassment.”      Their lawyer Cubillo said that the nepotism complaint had no chance to revive since Molina failed to file a motion for reconsideration on time.      “There is no way to defeat truth, it will triumph over evil. The move of our rivals in politics especially in the city to implicate me on the charges which I never did is a political harassment. This is the plan of the Moreno camp to get even with his more than 100 graft cases,” Elipe said. (MF)

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Dominguez underscores SSS priorities under law

April 8, 2019

New Social Security Commission (SSC) chairman Carlos Dominguez III has emphasized the need to reduce the state-run pension fund's overhead expenses and use digital tools to make it easier for its members to access services.   “We need to be very prudent in managing expenses because we are talking about the hard-earned savings of Filipino workers.  The new SSS law has provided the means to beef up the pension fund through contribution rate adjustments. Our role now is to digitize processes that will make it easier for members to access services. Modernizing systems will also eventually save on costs and other operating expenses," Dominguez said.   Based on the Social Security Act of 2018, Social Security System (SSS) is allowed to spend no more than twelve percent (12 percent) of the total yearly contributions plus three percent of other revenues for administrative and operational expenses such as salaries and wages, supplies and materials, depreciation, and the maintenance of offices of the SSS.   SSS financial statements show that the pension fund utilizes an average of five percent of its total revenue for annual operating expenses since 2016. Operating expenses of SSS amounted to P9.48 billion in 2016, P9.54 billion in 2017, and P9.76 billion in 2018.   As part of his mandate, Dominguez also wants to see more investments in information technology in support of the planned digital transformation of the pension fund.   “We have to do some serious investments in technology because it will not only save us  but will also save time for the transacting public. Online transactions are easier and more convenient. But I directed the SSS management at the same time to be clear as to when exactly we are supposed to see the returns of our investments in electronic services,” Dominguez said.   At present, SSS electronic services include online application for SS number issuance, application for member data amendment, Payment Reference Number (PRN) inquiry and generation, employment report submission, submission of contribution (R-3) and loan collection list (ML-2), salary loan application, certification of salary application, filing of maternity and sickness notification.   These services and claims can be made thru the SSS Website--My.SSS, the SSS Mobile App, Self-Service Information Terminal (SSIT), Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) and Text-SSS.   Other services that may be filed through these channels include filing of retirement claim applications, annual confirmation of  (ACOP) program, request for branch appointment, inquiry on location of SSS branch, Member/Employer/Household Employer, feedback submission, inquiry on SS information, Personal Equity Saving Option (PESO) fund enrolment, Flexi-fund enrolment and requesting of records.   Last January 2018, SSS made a bold move in its digital platform when it implemented the Real-Time Processing of Contributions (RTPC) program wherein contribution payments are posted immediately through the use of a Payment Reference Number (PRN), thereby avoiding delays in the processing of benefits because of unposted contributions.   Under his leadership, Dominguez wants to reinforce the twin messages that SSS helps its members save for tomorrow while providing them with easy access to services today. "What you put in SSS as savings today is what you will receive in benefits in the future.  The increase in contributions is an opportunity for members to save more for contingencies, and particularly for retirement," he said.   SSS’ contribution collection in 2018 jumped by over P22 billion to P181.92 billion in 2018, up by 13.89 percent from the P159.72 billion recorded in 2017.     Dominguez chairs the SSC, which is composed of representatives from labor and employer groups, namely, SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Aurora Cruz Ignacio, Michael Regino, Gonzalo Duque, Diana Pardo Aguilar, Anita Bumpus Quitain and Ricardo Moldez. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III also sits in the Commission as a member. 

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