cagayan de oro

Normin boosts disaster preps, unveils command, control center site

July 11, 2019

To effectively coordinate disaster preparedness and response measures and monitor disasters that will occur in Northern Mindanao, as well as control equipment and manpower sources that will be deployed during calamities, construction of Government Command and Control Center paves its way at Lumbia Airport, here. The P77 million-worth facility is designed to effectively and efficiently deliver the activities necessary, or which an involved agency is specialized with, especially in the field of communications, warning signals, emergency transportation, evacuation, rescue, health and rehabilitation, public education, and other auxiliary services.    This is to ensure the protection and welfare of the people during disasters and emergencies. Office of Civil Defense 10 Regional Director Rosauro Arnel Q. Gonzales and Department of the Interior and Local Government 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe affirm that partner agencies are stepping up their collaborative efforts when it comes to disaster preparedness measures. “We place our focus to the most vulnerable barangays in our local government units, which we consider as high-risk areas,” said Agabe.    With this, we gear up in being more proactive in our approaches to strategically come up with appropriate mitigation, preparedness, response, actions, and plans, Agabe added.     The facility’s ceremonial groundbreaking and laying of time capsule conducted July 4, was graced by National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Chairman Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, together with other involved agencies. Construction of alternate Government Command and Control Center for Mindanao is funded under the General Appropriation Act (GAA) 2019. It involves the construction of three-storey multi-purpose building, including the state-of-the-art operational center and situational analysis and communication virtual room, and conference room that can accommodate up to 30 persons. With a lot area of 1,284.122 sq.m., said project is one of the slated significant projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways 

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Gov’t rescues 51 trafficked IPs from Bangus farm in Luzon

July 11, 2019

Some 34 IPs, including a seven-month-old baby and a four-year-old girl arrived at the Cagayan de Oro’s Macabalan Port early morning of July 9, after being rescued by government authorities from inhumane and harsh working conditions in a bangus farm somewhere in the province of Pangasinan.   The IPs rescued, 51 in all, including the 17 who arrived on July 8 via land transport, are from the Manobo-Pulangihon Tribes of Botong, Quezon, Bukidnon, according to NCIP Region 10 Director Pinky Grace Pareja. It was learned that the National Commission on Indigenous Persons and the Department of Social Welfare and Development facilitated the rescue at the national level.   The rescued IPs were escorted to Botong, Quezon by IP leaders from Region 10 NCIP and PNP Regional Office 10.   They were welcomed by Barangay Botong Punong Barangay Nehru Tan  and shortly thereafter, a community dialogue was conducted with the following speakers: Mr. Dominandor Gomez from the commissioner of Northern and Western Ethnographic Region, Virginia Andagan of MSWD Quezon, Datu Ilaji Ilawan the municipal IP Representative in Quezon, Bae Soyda Lataran who is the spokesperson of the Manahan Clan from Kimtras and LTC Franklin Fabic who is the CO of 88th Infantry Battalion.   A meeting was held at the Quezon Mayor’s Office involving line agencies to address the immediate concerns like food assistance and jobs, of the rescued IPs.   The proposed interventions of the LGU as a result of the meeting, include immediate food assistance- 15 sacks of rice will be provided to the IPs; job opportunities for 30 persons will be given by Del Monte.   Furthermore, the MSWD and DSWD 10 will evaluate the victims of human trafficking and determine what assistance to be provided to them.   On the issue of land conflict which allegedly was the reason why the IPs sought jobs in other places, the NCIP will conduct an inventory of the CADT areas to know the real situation.   It was learned that of the 17 rescued in Region I, only 14 are from Region 10. They were reintegrated in Bukidnon, 9 in San Fernando town and 5 in Quezon town.   These trafficked persons were provided 6,500 by DSWD Region 1; P3,500 is for their transportation allowance and 3,000 for financial assistance.   Meanwhile, the Regional Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict said member agencies like DILG, DSWD, and DOH are already in Barangay Botong to look into the needs of the rescued IPs. The other member agencies are expected to provide other needed interventions.

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Community support crucial in crime prevention – PNP 10

July 11, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Police regional office Northern Mindanao underscored the importance of community support to help prevent crimes and terrorism threats in celebration of Police Community Relations (PCR) month. In an episode of Talakayan sa PIA, Police Lieutenant Colonel Elias Hampac, Officer in Charge of the Regional Community Affairs and Development Division said this is an opportune time to strengthen the community participation in crime prevention. Hampac explained the focus of PNP for this month is to gain support from community to implement crime prevention activities. The theme this year, “Sambayan, Mahalagang Kaakibat ng Kapulisan sa Pagtaguyod ng Mapayapa at Maunlad na Bayan.” PNP has already established good relations with the community.  Police LTC Hampac said the lower units, provincial stations have assigned PCR officers to conduct fora and various dialogue especially to students in schools.  Meanwhile, Police LTC Mardi Hortillosa, Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO) spokesperson explained they want to maintain peace and order in the city through police visibility.  COCPO implements 95-5 distribution. This means 95% deployment and 5% administrative function to ensure police is present in every area.  The police have also developed crime statistics.  They can now determine where crime usually happens, when, the kind of victims and modus operandi, among others. Hortillosa said, this is to also study and provide the kind of intervention applicable to these incidents.  But there are also criminals who are smart and can still find an area to commit crime where police are not there.  This is the time, Hortillosa said the police need force multipliers and the community itself.  He added, as per instruction of the new Police City Director Colonel Henry Dampal, police visibility should be maximized. COCPO has put up checkpoints in borders and main highways as response to the heightened alert against terrorism threats. “The community should not only rely to police especially on terrorism threats because not all information can be sought by the police or the intelligence community,” Hortillosa said.  Bombings in Cagayan de Oro and Marawi have proven how community can help prevent these incidents, he added. Right now, Hortillosa said they have good relations with the barangays since barangay tanod or barangay peace and security officer is now under the operation control of the police.  “Before, we always complain about the lack of police personnel, but the question now is what can we do to safeguard our area of responsibility?" "The barangay is there; you just need to reach out,” Hortillosa said.

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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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