northern mindanao

Only half of IDPs still remain in Oro

November 28, 2017

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Only around 9,000 out of 19,464 persons displaced during the seiged in Marawi City have opted to remain in the city. According to Jong Pamisa of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWD), the rest have already returned a week ago after it was determined that they were residents of the 17 Marawi City barangays cleared by the government. The evacuees who remained here were residents of the so-called “main battle area” in Marawi that have yet to be cleared by the government for unexploded ordnance, debris, etc. Momentarily, these internally displaced persons (IDPs) enrolled themselves in the ten-day-long cash for work program of the city government. Pamisa said the evacuees will engage in urban container gardening after which they will receive P2,000 amount from City Hall. There were 500 other evacuees who enrolled in a similar program offered by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Pamisa added the rest of the evacuees will still receive P4,000 allowance as part of their starter kit upon reaching Iligan City before they go home. Other items in the starter kit are hygiene kit and kitchen kit all provided by the national government.

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LGU winners for 6th eGov Awards bared

November 27, 2017

Sixteen local government units (LGU) projects were cited during the 6thAwards for the Excellence in ICT for Good Governance for Local Government Units (eGOV Awards) last November 17 for their outstanding information and communication technology (ICT) systems. The Internet Online Services (iOS) of Cagayan De Oro City was deemed Best in Digital Finance (P2G), with the GReAT System Architecture of Cavinti Municipality, Laguna second placer and the POS and Online Payment of Real Property (RPT) of Silang Municipality, Cavite third. The Municipal Agriculture Information System-Farmers Agriculture Resource Management Systems (MAIS-FARMS) of Mina, Iloilo was adjudged Best in Business Empowerment (G2B) with the Integrated Queuing and Business Permit and Licensing System for LGUs (IQ-BPLS) of Bogo City coming in second and the Capitol IP-Telephony of Iloilo Province third place. The Real Time Community Health Information System (CHITS) of Quezon City was cited as Best in Government Inter-Operability (G2G), with Cebu City’s Electronic Remittance System (eRemS) second place and the Pulilan Integrated Wireless Network (PIWN) of Pulilan Municipality, Bulacan third.   The GeoHealth-Geographic Information System (GIS) for Health-Dengue Mapping System of Cebu City was Best in Data-Driven Governance (D2G), with the Human Resource Information System (HRIS) of the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte second, and Tricycle Franchise Registration Information System (T-FRIS) of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro third. Baliwag High FVE Mobile App of Baliwag, Bulacan was the Best in Customer/Citizen Empowerment (G2C), with the e-Participation System of San Fernando City, La Union second, and 1SanMateo Mobile App of San Mateo, Rizal and the Cebu City Travel Lines (CCTL) both coming in third. The awarding ceremony was part of the 9th National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) ICT Summit held November 16 at Cagayan de Oro City. NICP, the umbrella organization of ICT Councils in the Philippines partnered with the Department of Interior and Local Governance (DILG) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for the awards. The DICT also facilitated the DigitalCitiesPH National Launch, signalling a holistic approach to building digital LGUs by 2022 in terms of economy, government, human resource, mobility, environment and lifestyle. DICT Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim announced that it is adopting the eGOV Awards as a key strategy under its digital government component starting next year. Former NICP President and Trustee Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, leading eGov initiatives for NICP, said this is the sixth year of the awards but the first year for three new categories: Data Privacy, Government Inter-Operability and Digital Payments. Thirty six projects were submitted by 26 local government units (city, municipality or province) and were judged according to impact, relevance, innovation and replicability. NICP President Stephanie Caragos said the direction of DICT complements the NICP goal to ensure more innovation at the LGU level. DICT Undersecretary Austere Panadero, commended all LGUs which participated in the eGOV awards for the last six years and encouraged more LGUs to join in the future, in his message shared by DILG Region 10 Director Arnel Agabe. (NICP/DICT)

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Couple nabbed for pimping children via ‘smart’ phone

November 27, 2017

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A couple suspected of pimping their minor children to foreign clients by using “smart phones” was caught in the act in an entrapment laid by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Thursday. Lawyer Alex Cabornay, head of NBI agents in Northern Mindanao, said that the operatives of the NBI’s Anti-Human Trafficking Division in Manila was able to track down the couple after one of the clients was nabbed earlier. “We could not divulge the identity of the couple because it would also expose the identities of the children aged 4, 5 and 7 years old,” Cabornay told the Mindanao Daily News. He said that the couple lives in Iligan City, a neighboring city 85-kilometer west of Cagayan De Oro City. The AHTD in Manila sent operatives to the NBI regional office to coordinate with the local counterparts, particularly with the city and regional Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) prior to the entrapment operation. According to Cabornay, the AHTD has identified the couple to be “selling,” “producing,” and “performing sexual explicit conducts online” in exchange for a sum of money sent through various money transfers. He said that the couple have reportedly been selling explicit nude photos of their own minor children to foreign customers through email and CAM to CAM Video Chat. The NBI AHTD also discovered that the woman-suspect has been previously and constantly being requested to become pregnant and to continuously send naked photos of her and her minor children, Cabornay said. Cabornay said that the NBI-AHTD operatives seized the couple’s smart phone, which contains the explicit videos, photos, and transactions of money transfer. He said that the NBI has filed multiple charges against the couple particularly the “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act,” the “Cybercrime Prevention Act,” the “Anti-Child Pornography Act,” and the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009.” Cabornay said that the couple is now detained at the NBI regional office while DSWD has taken custody of the children who might be turned over to the couple nearest relatives after complying with the legal requirements.

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RAFC – NorthMin holds 3rd Region-wide AFC Congress in CDO

November 24, 2017

With the aim to further develop and improve the agri-fishery sector in Northern Mindanao through the effective delivery of the Department of Agriculture’s services to its clientele, the Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council 10 (RAFC 10) conducted its 3rd Region-wide Congress on November 17, 2017 at Cagayan de Oro City. It was attended by a total of 87 members which include the RAFC, PAFC, MAFC/CAFC and HUCAFC from all over the region of Northern Mindanao. As an integral development partner of DA, the council convened its members to discuss and address issues and concerns affecting the agri-fishery sector and craft good policies for resolutions to further boost the strategies of the agency in implementing its programs and services. “We need your feedback in crafting our plans and programs in line with DA’s undertakings,” DA RFO 10 OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado, CPA expressed. With complete representation of the agri-fishery sector in the region, the council continually thrived to strengthen the capacity of the farmers and fisherfolk by increasing their opportunities to be heard by the policy makers and the public. “Together, we can attain a conducive policy environment that will lead us to a globally competitive and sustainable agriculture and fisheries sector and ultimately improve the lives of our farmers and fisherfolk,” Director Collado said further. Anchored on its constant thrust to ensure the clientele to gain necessary skills, access inputs, form enterprises, market and generate higher incomes, DA through the AFCs is pushing for a more strengthened working relationship and partnership with attached agencies, Local Government Units (LGUs), non-government offices (NGOs) and private sectors. Updates, opportunities and best practices in farming were likewise discussed for wider information dissemination and promotion. “Hopefully, at the end of this undertaking, we will be able to develop a shared understanding and collective decision on how to improve the delivery of our services to our clientele and help realize a more responsive agriculture and fisheries sector,” Director Collado ended.

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Mayor Uy hails KES for winning drum and lyre competition

November 23, 2017

MISAMIS Oriental--Villanueva town Mayor Jennie Rosalie Uy yesterday commended the Kalingagan Elementary School (KES) for winning the championship crown of the Drum and Lyre competition organized by the Rotary Club of South-Cagayan de Oro 3870 held at the Gregorio Pelaéz Sports Complex in Cagayan de Oro City on November 19, 2017. The KES was crowned champion in the same competition in 2015 and repeated the same feat in 2016. This year, the KES was not only crowned as champion, but also went home bagging numerous awards such as Best in Rotary Theme Integration, Best in Marching Routines, and Best in Costume. The Kalingagan Elementary School bested other drum and lyre contingents from Iligan City Central School, East City Central School and South City Central School of Cagayan de Oro, and Gingoog City Central School. The success was made possible through the unified sacrifices and efforts of the students, parents, faculty and staff of the Kalingagan Elementary School with the support of the Barangay Council of Imelda headed by Punong Barangay Hermil Valledor and the Local Government Unit of Villanueva under the leadership of Mayor Jennie Rosalie Uy. Prior to the competition, Mayor Uy turned over drum and lyre instruments to Kalingagan Elementary School through Shiela Ma. Cristina N. Pasaporte, the school’s officer in-charge. The instruments include eight pieces King Lyre, four pieces Snare Drum, three pieces Bass Drum, three pieces Cymbals, two pieces Double Drum, three pieces Triple Drum, 48 pieces Baton, 104 pieces Boots and Band uniform for girls and boys. Pasaporte, speaking on behalf of Kalingagan Elementary School Principal Gemalyn P. Villanueva, thanked Mayor Uy for her support. Present at the turned-over ceremony were Punong Barangay Hermil Valledor, Barangay Kagawad Arturo Ubalde, and General Parents-Teachers Association (GPTA) President of KES Marilyn Simacon, teachers and the pupils.

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Oro councilors to probe sanitary landfill leak claim

November 22, 2017

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Councilors on Monday announced a probe on the claim of Barangay San Simon chair Rodolfo Nacario that tilapia and shrimps at Iponan river were dying, blaming the existence of a new sanitary landfill at nearby Barangay Pagalungan. Councilor Edna Dahino, vice chair of the committee on environment, already visited the area two weeks ago and conferred with the residents there about the situation. But it was only last Monday that Councilor Nadya Elipe asked for an investigation. Vice Mayor Reineir Joaquin Uy then promptly ordered Councilor Ma. Lourdes Gaane, committee on health, to start a probe on the matter. Gaane scheduled the hearing on Thursday, inviting the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) and the barangay chairs of Pagalungan and San Simon to shed light on the issue. Earlier, Clenro head Edwin Dael denied the leak allegation, saying that the landfill has its own leachate drain which is separate from the Barangays drainage system. In a September wastewater sampling, acidity and temperature was registered at 6.5 @ 28.6 degrees Celsius. In contrast, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) has set the industry standard of these baselines of up to 9.0 @ 32 degrees Celsius. Its biochemical oxygen demand is at 10mg/L versus the EMB limit of 15mg/L. Its dissolved oxygen was at 3.2mg/L compared to the EMB lowest limit of 2 mg/L.

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