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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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RTF-ELCAC Snowballs Surrender in 4ID AOR

July 2, 2019

The CARAGA and Northern Mindanao’s Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) and the full implementation of the Peace and Development Zones (PDZs) and Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) programs to address the root causes of insurgencies gave them hope for a better and peaceful future with their families. In CARAGA Region, 94 Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) members from Barangays Ima and Mayag of Sison, Tolingin of Mainit and Tobongan of Surigao City all of Surigao del Norte voluntarily surrendered to the CSP teams of 30th IB under Lt. Col Alen Reymund C. Tomas purposely to denounce and dissociate themselves from the CNTs control and exploitation on June 27, 2019. Meanwhile, Alyas Junix, 18, an NPA regular member of Platoon 8, WGF19, NEMRC and 19 Militia ng Bayan (MB) members from Brgy. Janipaan, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur voluntarily surrendered to the troops of the 3rd Special Forces Battalion under Lt. Col. Joey B Baybayan on June 30, 2019. @Junix brought with him one (1) M16A1 rifle with M203 grenade launcher while the supporters also surrendered 20 homemade shotguns. According to @Junix, “Nisurender ko tungod gikapoy nako ug nakita nako ang daghang programa nga makatabang sa akoa nga mabuhing hapsay ug malinawon.” (I surrendered because I was tired and I saw the many programs that will be able to help me live a better and peaceful life.) While in Northern Mindanao, a total of 24 NPA members and supporters composed of 10 NPA regulars, 10 MB and 4 Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad (SPL) members from Sitio Lakbangan, Barangay Minalwang, Claveria, Misamis Oriental surrendered to the Community Support Program (CSP) teams of 58th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col Roy Anthony O Derillo last June 26, 2019. According to the surrenderees, they grew tired of fighting and supporting the NPA terrorists who gave them nothing in return. Also, Alyas Miko, an NPA regular from Brgy San Rafael, Talakag surrendered to the elements of 65IB and another 10 UGMO members from Sitio Buco, Barangay Banlag, Valencia City and Brgy Magsaysay, Quezon also surrendered to the elements of 88IB on June 28, 2019. @Miko, 24, former NPA squad leader and a Higaonon said, “Nakita nako nga tinuod ang programa sa gobyerno, nakita nako ang maayong kaugmaon.” (I saw that the programs of the government are true, I saw a better future.) It can be recalled that recently, CARAGA launched the Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) during the Joint Regional Development Council (RDC)-Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Full Councils Meeting at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, Brgy Doongon, Butuan City last June 26, 2019, while Region 10 launched both the CAPDev program at Brgy. Iba, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon and the RTF-ELCAC during the Northern Mindanao Joint RDC-RPOC Full Councils Meeting at Kaamulan Open Theatre, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon last June 28, 2019. The launching of the two “super bodies” that will lead, synchronize and harmonize government efforts of combating and crushing the local insurgency in Regions 10 and CARAGA was a milestone especially in the implementation and operationalization of President Duterte’s Executive Order (EO) 70. Maj Gen Franco Nemesio M Gacal, Commander of the 4th ID said, “The influx of surrenders will not be possible without the support of the different LGUs, LGAs and other stakeholders in Regions 13 and 10. With the recent launching of the RTF-ELCAC and the full implementation of the PDZ and CAPDev, we are expecting snowballs of surrenders from the NPA members and its supporters.” “I enjoin everyone to continue performing their shared responsibility to address the root causes of insurgency and finally end the local communist armed conflict in our area. We will intensify our efforts to combat the CNTs armed groups through focused military operations backed with CSP for the conduct of sustained delivery of basic services and social development packages in Conflict Affected Areas and Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas." "Our convergence efforts are gaining significant results . Sustaining these will enable us to attain our common aspiration of lasting, inclusive and sustainable peace and development”, Gacal ended.

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DAVAO DEL NORTE, Cong. Dujali to Work For Creation

July 2, 2019

Davao del Norte 2nd District Congressman Alan “Aldu” Dujali vowed to work for the passage of a law creating a Regional Trial Court in the Island Garden City of Samal. At the same time, he said he would spend more time with his constituents, that is, whenever he is in his legislative district or not at work in the House of Representatives in Manila. It has long been a longstanding difficulty experienced by Samal Island people who have court cases to travel back and forth to Panabo City or Tagum City, where Halls of Justices, Regional Trial Courts are situated. The new congressman propounded these when he spoke during the oathtaking ceremony of Panabo City officials led by new City Mayor Jose “Joe” Ralampagos on Saturday. In his first talk as congressman in his home city, Cong. Dujali vowed to work for inclusive growth and the realization of his commitment to deliver projects and programs to make difference to the lives of the people as he called for unity and cooperation of all to bring real change and development in his legislative district and in the province. Addressing to the newly sworn-in city officials he said “we should all aspire to start with a right and clean step” and at the same time work for development and opportunities “so that the people will give continuing confidence in us.” “But we can’t transform the political system overnight,” he said, adding that if it took a long 40 years for his rivals to reign in, the people could also rely giving a little length of term for new officials to effect true change and development. He recalled that he never expected to win in the last midterm elections, saying that he ran only to provide an option for the people in the polls. “I thought that if I lose, the people also lose with their very difficult plight,” he added to the loud applause of thousands in the crowd. But Cong. Dujali, a PDP-Laban stalwart, said “it’s a time of no more political colors”, adding that he respects the political affiliation of those winning coming from the other side of political fence, apparently referring to the HNP winners who are dominant in numbers in the new City Council. “But I ask you when it comes to bringing services, programs and projects to the people, we’ll join as one as the next election is so far away yet,” he said. He also recalled that in the recent past there was an unwanted move in the recent past in not allowing the city gym used by political rivals, apparently referring to the incident where the PDP-Labas officials were not tolerated by the Gamao administration for their mass oathtaking ceremony. Dujali said not now, knowing that it is now the PDP-Laban city stalwart Mayor Relampagos who is at the helm of city governance. The new congressman, just past his stint as vice governor, is son of the late Vice Mayor Benjamin Dujali who served 1981-1986 when Panabo City was still a municipality. He is a nephew of former Governor Gregorio Dujali, who served the province the longest- for 23 years. Cong. Dujali defeated by over 32,000 votes’ margin the erstwhile invincible former Cong. Antonio “Tony Boy” Floirendo Jr. of the powerful Floirendo-Del Rosario political dynasty

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Convergence of Efforts Key to Peace and Security Gains in 4ID

June 26, 2019

This was announced by Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio M Gacal, the Commander of the Cagayan de Oro-based Army Division, after its recently conducted 1st Semester Campaign Progress Review and Assessment. CPP-NPA diminished Gacal said 4th ID successfully neutralized 1,104 members of the Communist-CPP- NPA-Terrorist (CNT) during the first six months. These include 1,062 surrenders, 25 killed in armed encounters, and 17 captured or apprehended through joint security and law enforcement operations. Relentless and focused security operations of units under 4th ID resulted to the significant reduction of the terror group’s firearms and other war paraphernalia. Government troops have captured 67 assorted firearms during encounters, while former rebels handed over 168 firearms of various calibers during the period. Influx of surrenders The last two quarters saw sharp increase in the number of surrenderees in the two regions. In Region 10 (Northern Mindanao), 359 regular members, Milisya ng Bayan (People’s Militia), Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) members and supporters have surrendered to various military outfits. In the same manner, Region 13 (Caraga) had 763 surrenders during the same period. This is due to the convergence of efforts of stakeholders backed with the enhanced implementation of Community Support Programs (CSP) in poor, marginalized, conflict- affected and conflict vulnerable communities. The said program effectively bridged residents of these areas to the local government agencies resulting to an enhanced delivery of basic services to the people. Army units across the region have deployed community support teams which help identify primary issues affecting communities and facilitate for its immediate resolution with concerned government agencies. Local Integration Gacal said that the massive turn-out of surrenders in both regions can be attributed to the serious implementation of the national government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). The said program offers livelihood and financial assistance to all CPP-NPA members who opted to abandon the armed struggle and surrender to the government. Additional remuneration is given to a former rebel who surrenders with a firearm. As of this report, 999 surrenders have been enrolled to the ECLIP. The program has so far distributed Php10 Million worth of assistance to 209 beneficiaries. Persona Non- Grata Efforts to rid communities of communist-terrorist influence is rapidly paying off as one city, 10 municipalities and 115 barangays within the division’s area of responsibility have declared the CPP-NPA-NDF and its front organizations as Persona Non-Grata. Local government officials and community leaders including tribal chieftains have expressed their full support to the government by denouncing, severing all forms of association, and withdrawing any kind of support from the terrorist organization. The declaration came after realizing that for so many years, their constituents have been subjected to violence, threats, intimidation, abuse and exploitation by the manipulative group. Whole-of-Nation approach Meanwhile, Gacal expressed his confidence that the Peaceful War, as 4ID's overarching theme in its campaign to operationalize the Whole-of-Nation (WNA) approach being advanced by the national and local government, is crucial in finally putting an end to the local communist armed conflict in the two regions. Caraga region has already taken the lead in following the WNA by launching the Peace and Development Zone (PDZ) as its banner program in achieving durable peace and sustainable development. Northern Mindanao’s Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) is also gaining headway as the region’s flagship program in ending all forms of armed conflict by addressing the root causes of insurgency through focused, coordinated and sustained delivery of basic services and social development packages by the government in poor, conflict-affected and geographically- isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAS). Under these programs, CPP-NPA identified Guerilla Bases and Zones were subsequently declared as PDZ or CAPDev areas. Through convergence of efforts, massive and sustained delivery of social services and infrastructure development will be undertaken to uplift the socio-economic condition of the people. Both programs are now being eyed by the National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) as models of convergence which can be replicated in other regions. MGen Gacal said, "The significant achievements of the Division are also attributed to the strengthened stakeholders support and we encourage all LGUs and LGAs to continue with same vigor and enthusiasm especially in the institutionalization and operationalization of EO 70. The fight against insurgency is a shared responsibility and we owe it to the next generation to work together”. "We are seeing massive convergence of efforts among national government agencies, government and non-government organizations, civil society, religious, academe and private sectors in achieving our common aspiration that is to fully achieve peace and sustain development. We all want to create conflict resilient communities and put an end to the armed conflict which has plundered our country for five decades.” “The next six months are crucial in our campaign. However, at the rate things are going with our convergence efforts, our collective dream of peace and development is fast turning into reality”. Gacal ended.

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