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Seafarer’s day in CDO Highlights Women on Board

June 26, 2019

With the theme, “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community,” the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)-10 led the celebration of the 2019 Day of the Filipino Seafarer, June 25 at Capitol University Gymnasium.   Emphasizing the use of women's names on ships on honoring their contributions in the sector, Engr. Isidro Butaslac, Jr., CDO port manager, said, "We are simply referring to the courageous or heroic women on board. At the very least, we should empower them, support them, care for them, and even admire them."   To highlight a woman’s experience while on board,2nd Mate Christy Lane Taleon, who worked as the only woman and youngest captain on board of a RORO passenger vessel, shared how she helped a pregnant woman on board give birth and revived the baby who was not breathing for a few minutes.    She said no one on board dared to do so. Thus, she stressed women working in the maritime industry do not only handle jobs which were once considered a man’s job because attending to such emergencies is something that women can effortlessly handle.    Sharing difficulties while on board, Taleon urged maritime students to never be discouraged if they fail,they should learn from it instead.   For her part, 2nd Mate Angelie Joy Dacayanan Gallur said, "By knowing your limits, you can do beyond." Being able to earn the 2nd mate position, Gallur said capability, knowledge and good recommendation from masters are the basis for her promotion and not her age or gender.   Gathering around 140 maritime students of Capitol University, Southern Philippines College, Professional World Academy, and Golden Heritage Polytechnic College, the celebration was highlighted with the dressing-up of ships, blowing of horns, motorcade, holy mass, and bloodletting. 

Police launches 'Oplan Galugad,' arrests scam associate, watch-listed HVT, common criminals

June 26, 2019

The simultaneous police operation, which focused on Cagayan de Oro central district area in Cogon, resulted in the arrest of Jalal Ibra, a drug watch-listed high-value target (HVT) together with his cohorts Jawal Amil and Abotalib Mosa. Seized from them were P50,000 worth of methampethamine hydrochloride and other drug paraphernalia.  Dionisio Cleopas, another watch-listed wanted drug personality covered with a court-issued arrest warrant for drug-related crime in 2018 was also arrested.   The simultaneous police operation also rounded up 10 suspects for various minor offenses ranging from possession of bladed weapons to indecent exposure or half-naked in public.  A number of minors violating curfew and other city ordinances were also rescued and turned-over either to their parents and the City Social Welfare Development for appropriate intervention.   Meanwhile, wanted Ploutus Coin investment scam main man Mark Freeman's associate who is also covered with an arrest warrant for syndicated estafa was also arrested in Barangay Macabalan. The arrested Freeman's associate was identified as Kent Troy Sly Ortega Lagang who is presently under police custody.  "It is a tested and proven formula; sustained law enforcement and responsive local government programs are effective interventions against crimes and other public safety concerns," Northern Mindanao police regional director Police Brigadier General Rafael Santiago Jr. said.  General Santiago commended his officers for the successful police operation and urged them to continue to work harder.  "Congratulations and keep up the good work," Santigao said. "I urge you to continue to work harder until we have rid the streets of Northern Mindanao of crimes and illegal drugs," he added. 

DSWD implements program on climate change, risk resiliency

June 25, 2019

Climate Change is a worldwide phenomenon that affects everyone. In order to address climate change and its adverse effects, collective and global actions were undertaken through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which the Philippines is a Party to since 1994. The Philippines signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change last February 28, 2017 as its commitment to reduce carbon emission by 70 percent by 2030.   In 2015, the DSWD started providing cash for work to local government unit-proposed beneficiaries in implementing projects addressing the needs of communities located in hazard and risk areas vulnerable to the impacts of climate change through its Risk Resiliency Program – Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (RRP-CCAM) – Disaster Risk Reduction. Such is guided by Administrative Order 15, series of 2008 or the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Cash-for-Work Project. RRP-CCAM aims to create awareness within the participating communities about climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and the importance of community participation in building resilience and strengthening their adaptive capacities.    The program also encourages community participation in implementing a community defined project related to climate change adaptation, climate risk reduction that is sustainable in nature.    Through this program, temporary employment is generated and that it provides income augmentation to families and/or individuals. It aims to achieve inclusive growth through the enhancement of the adaptive capacities and resilience of communities and natural ecosystems by minimizing the impacts of climate and disaster risks through climate change adaptation, disaster prevention and preparedness, climate change mitigation and rehabilitation.   The program is implemented through Cash-for-Work (CFW) which the DSWD shall provide cash assistance to the beneficiaries equivalent to 75 percent of the prevailing daily regional wage approved by the Department of Labor and Employment. The CFW activities shall be implemented for a maximum of 10 days.   Potential beneficiaries of the RRP-CCAM include the beneficiaries of the PantawidPamilyang Pilipino Program, those classified as poor under Listahanan – the national household targeting system of the national government, and those who are identified as poor and vulnerable households upon assessment, verification, and validation of the City and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices.   In Region 10, the DSWD RRP-CCAM is implemented in 26 identified local government units (LGUs) along major river basins, while 4 cities and 22 municipalities with cash for work activities such as tree planting, mangrove planting and mangrove rehabilitation, communal/organic gardening, installation of drainage system, dredging of waterways, canal de-clogging and other activities relative to climate change adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction. As of date, there are 11 LGUs who already submitted project proposals and presently implementing cash for work activity for RRP-CCAM. (DSWD10/PIA10)  

SM and Cagayan de Oro partners with National Resilience Council’s Adopt-A-City campaign

June 24, 2019

SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SM Prime) signs a memorandum of understanding with Cagayan de Oro City (CDO) and the National Resilience Council (NRC), as part of NRC’s new Adopt-A-City campaign. By supporting NRC’s 3-year program, corporations can directly invest in reducing the city’s risk to old and new hazards and in the partnership’s long-term resilience. It implements a whole-of-society approach towards co-creating science and technology-based solutions and capacity building for evidence-informed risk governance. This program can include structural interventions and projects to address specific social, economic, and environmental exposure and vulnerability.   This campaign enables the city not just to bounce back after a hazard strikes, but to also prepare for and prevent a disaster so as to “bounce forward” together in ways to reduce future risk. The NRC is co-chaired by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana representing the government, and sole Filipino United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) ARISE Global board member Hans Sy representing the private sector.   Witnessing the MOU signing was SM Supermalls Chief Operating Officer Steven Tan.

IEC on peace, security set on June 20 in MSU Naawan

June 18, 2019

There will be two (2) sessions to be conducted during the IEC and each session will be attended by about 500 Fourth Year High School students of the university.  Resource persons will be coming from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-10, the 4thInfantry Division of the Philippine Army, the Police Regional Office 10 of the Philippine National Police (PRO-10, PNP) and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Regional Office 10 (NICA, RO-10).  The conduct of the IEC is part of the advocacy of the various government agencies to enhance the awareness of the student and youth sector on various peace and security concerns and spare them from the ill-effects of these problems.   Among the topics that will be discussed include Drug Abuse Prevention Education, Community Policing, Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism, Recruitment Strategy of the NPA. There will also be some sharing of experiences by former rebels to serve as encouragement for the students not to get involved in any militant organizations and illegal activities.   The 4thInfantry Division will also set up their LED Van to showcase the programs and activities of the Philippine Army while an Accordion Board containing photo exhibits will also be posted outside the venue for other students to see and become aware of the ongoing activity.    Moreover, PDEA will distribute reading materials/pamphlets on how to prevent getting hooked in illegal drugs. (PR)  

Ph, SoKor agree to ship 4.63M kilo waste from Villanueva back to Korea

June 17, 2019

South Korean Director General of the Ministry of Environment Young Dae Jeung presented these proposals to the Philippine officials during a meeting at the Mindanao International Container Terminal in Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental on Thursday. Jeung offered Philippine officials three proposals: burn the wastes by incinerator that would be constructed by South Korea or bury the wastes in a landfill to be constructed also by South Korea. Aileen Lucero, national coordinator of the Ecowaste Coalition, said Philippine officials rejected out right the first two proposals and opted for the third proposal which was to repatriate the garbage back to South Korean in accordance with \ the Basel Convention. “We laud the firm stance of customs and environmental officials in the region to have the illegal traffic waste re-exported to its source in South Korea.  The Basel Convention imposes an obligation on the State of Export to ensure the return of wastes deemed to constitute ‘illegal traffic’,” Lucero said. Lucero said that under this convention, the  obligation of the State of Export to manage the illegal traffic waste “in an environmentally sound manner may not under any circumstances be transferred to the State of Import or transit.”     The Philippine officials were led by Customs port collector John Simon and Rep. Juliet Uy, (1st district, Misamis Oriental) attended the meeting that lasted from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Misamis Oriental provincial board member Gerardo Sabal said he also rejected the first two proposals especially since the proposed landfill would be made inside the province. Neither is an incinerator a good idea, Sabal said because it violates the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999. “Those two proposals are out of question because it will still be constructed in our province,” he said. The household waste in Tagoloan town came in two shipments misdeclared as “plastic synthetic wastes” in July and August 2018. The first shipment of 5,100 tons arrived on July 21, 2018 and was immediately sent to the four-hectare facility of the shipper, Verde Soko, in Sitio Buguac, Barangay Santa Cruz in Tagoloan. The second shipment of 51 container vans loaded with 1,400 tons (1.27 million kilos) arrived in the second week of August last year and was also brought to the same facility. The shipment caused an uproar among local government officials as residents of Sitio Buguac started complaining of foul smell from the facility. On January 14 this year, 51 container vans containing 1,400 tons of garbage were loaded on a cargo ship for return to their port of origin in Pyeongtaek, South Korea Lucero said Philippine and South Korean officials agreed on the third proposal which was to ship the wastes back to Pyeongtaek, its port of origin. She said the Philippines agreed to cover all costs concerning repacking, containerizing, transporting the waste from the Verde Soko facility in Villanueva town to the container port terminal in Tagoloan town; and also customs clearing. Lucero said the South Korean government agreed to shoulder the costs of shipping from the port of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental to Korea. “Both parties agreed that this incident was caused by an illegal exporter in South Korea and an illegal importer in the Philippines,” she said. The cost of repacking the wastes into sling bags, placing them in container vans and transporting from the Verde Soko facility to the port is estimated to be  P7 million. The shipping costs from the port of Tagoloan to Pyeongtaek, South Korea is  estimated to be P10 million and will be shouldered by their government. Sabal said Verde Soko’s President, Niel Alburo, promised to shoulder the cost of repacking. He said F2 Logistics, the trucking company that brought the wastes to the Verde Soko also agreed to shoulder the cost of transportation. “Their compliance will favor them considerably especially that criminal cases have been filed and warrants for arrests have been issued against them,” Sabal said. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Northern Mindanao filed criminal charges against Alburo and the directors of Verde Soko, the importer of the wastes.  A court in Misamis Oriental issued arrest warrants against Alburo and seven other company directors for alleged violations of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (RA 10863) and Toxic and Hazardous Waste Act (RA 6969).  Alburo and his co-accused have posted bail for their temporary liberty. 


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