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50 ex-rebels get Php2.7 M aid under E-CLIP

November 9, 2019

IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon, Nov. 8 - Fifty former rebels who surrendered to the 8th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army received assistance from the government amounting to Php2,754,800 under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program or E-CLIP. The 50 were among the 79 FRs who received E-CLIP assistance on Friday, November 8, inside Camp Osito Bahian in Impalambong, Malaybalay City. The awarding was graced by representatives from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 10, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10, Bukidnon Provincial Police, and Philippine Army who formally welcomed the former rebels to renew their lives. Couple Dival and Jenecel who brought their M16 Rifles and received assistance worth Php400,000 thanked the government for giving them a chance to live a normal life. They said they are very fortunate for being among the E-CLIP recipients as the assistance will help them have a fresh start together with their two children.  E-CLIP is one of the flagship programs of the Duterte administration that seek to address social healing and national unity towards the higher objective of having a just and lasting peace. It aims to facilitate the mainstreaming of former New People's Army (NPA) rebels and Militia ng Bayan as productive citizens in the respective localities. Ms. Yvette Tolentino-Sunga, DILG-10 Assistant Regional Director called on the recipients to give importance to the cash assistance they have received.  “Please use your money wisely. That is not a payment for your surrender but assistance from the government to help you start a new life. The E-CLIP is not going to be forever,” she said. Aside from the cash assistance, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) also provided skills training to prepare them to start a life outside the armed communities. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Illana, commanding officer of the 8th Infantry Battalion said the unit is still open to accept and help NPA members of the Sub-regional Committee 1 and 2 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Command who want to surrender and avail of the ECLIP. (8th IB/PA)

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Some schools in quake-stricken Cotabato still not ready for resumption of classes

November 8, 2019

Some schools here damaged by the series of strong quakes are still not fit for learners, a school official said. Salome Sumalinog, assistant principal of the Makilala Central Elementary School (MCES), said their classrooms have cracks on their walls, beams, and columns. There are at least 47 classrooms at MCES, she said. Sumalinog said officials from the Department of Education (DepEd) in North Cotabato and in Region 12 told them it is still not safe to hold classes inside their rooms. The DepEd officials are planning to construct at least 47 temporary learning spaces at the MCES school ground. However, it will take weeks or months to complete the construction, according to Sumalinog. Other schools damaged by the quakes include Makilala National High School, Malasila National Vocational High School, Malasila Elementary School and Saguing Elementary School. The Makilala Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), a school initiated by the local government unit, has also incurred major damages, especially its main building. Cracks are seen on its walls, beams, columns, and posts. These schools, according to Makilala LGU officials, are used as temporary shelters or evacuation centers of quake victims from different barangays. Once classes resume, the evacuees have to transfer to a place just a few meters away from the temporary learning spaces, Sumalinog explained. "The evacuees can stay here in the school ground. We are not saying they have to leave the evacuation site. But we have to continue our classes," she stressed. Sumalinog said they still await announcement from DepEd as to the resumption of classes. Omar Obas, Cotabato schools division superintendent, said classes will resume on Monday although there are schools that remain not fit for occupancy. Obas mentioned the Makilala National High School and the Buena Vida School. He stressed that they still have to assess when would be the right time for learners to return to their classes in these damaged public institutions. 

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Bathalad-Mindanao holds 23rd annual convention: A gathering of wordsmiths

November 7, 2019

Stormy weather and heavy pouring of rains did not deter the Binisaya writers coming from various parts of Mindanao to gather under one roof on October 26, 2019. After all, the occasion was very important as they only convene once a year for the annual congress of their organization called Bathalan-ong Halad sa Dagang-Mindanao, or more popularly known among the literati as Bathalad-Mindanao. It is the occasion where old and incoming members meet, rub elbows, listen to lectures on creative writing and witness the awarding of the winners of the group’s annual writing contest dubbed Bathalad Mindanao Literary Awards.  For this year, Bathalad-Mindanao held its 23rd Annual Convention at the spacious Bulwagang Filipino in the College of Arts and Social Sciences of the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) in Iligan City. The convention was centered on the theme “Binisayang Sinugboanon, Buhing Pinulongan sa Kabisay-an ug Mindanao.” Fr. Jon Saguban, a Roman Catholic priest belonging to the TOR Franciscan Order and incumbent Bathalad-Mindanao chair, expressed hopes that the partnership between Bathalad-Mindanao and MSU-IIT will continue so that the group will have its permanent home in the university. In attendance were Bathalad-Mindanao members coming from Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Davao del Sur, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Cagayan de Oro as well as students of MSU-IIT and MSU Main Campus in Marawi City. The one-day convention was highlighted by lectures on topics relating to creative writing in the morning and book launching and awarding of winners in the afternoon.  Lectures Before the lectures, lawyer Leo Zaragoza, who is the national president of Lubas sa Dagang Bisaya (Ludabi), challenged the writers to continue their craft using the Mother tongue, even as he urged the young students to use the Binisaya language. “Tam-is ang atong pinulongan. Gasa kini sa Diyos. Busa ato kining gamiton,” the emotional Zaragoza said. Palanca awardee and Bisaya magazine literary editor Richel Dorotan talked about the basic elements required of a story, stressing that the craft has the discipline to follow by those who engage themselves in the solitary art of creative writing. He pointed out that writers are like jeepney drivers, they have to be watchful and alert always to avoid hitting posts along the road. To refresh the knowledge of the oldtimers and for the benefit of the newbies, erstwhile Bisaya associate editor Edgar S. Godin discussed about rules on Cebuano grammar and spelling. Godin is the author of the book Atong Inahang Dila, which contains comprehensive rules on Binisaya writing. Meanwhile, Bisaya magazine staff member Richellet Chan lectured about the metronome that is required in the writing of an essay. Like musicians, Chan said, writers should also learn to observe such device to make their creative outputs alive or breathe with life. I was tasked to deliver this year’s Frank S. Alforque Memorial Lecture. This annual lecture is in honor of the man who founded the group. My lecture was centered on the writers’ role in the quest for peace in Mindanao. I ended my lecture thus, “Ingon nga mga magsusulat, we can humanize the ugliness of wars and conflicts pinaagi sa katahom sa atong mga sugilanon ug sa kahawot sa rima ug garay sa atong sulaton nga mga balak.” Book Launch Two members of Bathalad-Mindanao—Emeterio S. Sumagang and Jondy Arpilleda—launched their respective books during the occasion.  Sumagang’s book Ang Balay sa Tiilan sa Chocolate Hills ug Ubang Sugilanon gathered together the writer’s more than a dozen short stories which were previously published in Bisaya magazine. Meanwhile, Arpilleda’s book Hagawhaw sa Kagabhion contains the English translation of his Binisaya stories. The book was previously launched in Cebu City. Both authors donated copies of their books to MSU-IIT’s Filipino Department for its library. On behalf of the department chair, Prof. Marina Quilab accepted the donations. Winners The annual Bathalad-Mindanao Literary Awards has three categories: Sugilanon (Short Story), Gumalaysay (Essay) and Balak (Poetry). For this year, the short story and poetry categories gathered 20 entries each while the essay category had six entries. Composing the board of judges were Richel Dorotan, Edgar Godin and this writer. Though the judges are based in different locations, their deliberations on the entries were made possible through group chat. As agreed, the judges had to have a shortlist for each category. Then they discussed the merits and demerits before proceeding to ranking them to get the winners. Bathalad-Mindanao co-chair Gil Nambatac Jr., a young and promising writer from Iligan, was a member of the group chat to serve as minutes taker. The winners were the following: Short story: First Prize, Color Game by Jefferson G. del Rosario; Second Prize, Ang Hukom by Buenaventura F. Tibon; Third Prize, Hunghong sa Usa ka Damgo by Jovanie B. Garay. Essay: First Prize, Ang Marawi sa Akong Kagahapon by Emeterio S. Sumagang; Second Prize, Ang Misteryo sa Paghandom by Marcelo Geocallo; Third Prize, Ug Natubag ang Pangutana: Nganong Nagluib si Heneral Antonio Luna kang Dr. Jose Rizal by Bernito A. Dalit. Poetry: First Prize, Tinagutlo nga Pag-aninaw sa Tuboran by Jovanie B. Garay; Second Prize, Dinhis Akong Payag by Jovanie B. Garay; Third Prize, Destiyero sa Desiyerto by Gratian Paul R. Tidor. Cash prizes for the winners: P5,000 for the First Prize; P3,000, Second Prize; and P2,000, Third Prize. The winners also received certificates of award signed by the members of the board of judges and Bathalad-Mindanao officials. A Look At The Past  Bathalad-Mindanao branched out in the early 1990s from Bathalad, a group of Binisaya writers based in Cebu City. Bathalad-Cebu was organized in the late 1960s by young students of Southwestern University who collectively called themselves as ALBICALARIVI Poetry Group. The group was composed of Melquiadito Maambong Allego, Jr. (AL), Romeo Birao (BI), Zosimo Cabungcal (CA), Ernesto D. Lariosa (LA), Fernando C. Rigodon (RI) and Antonio Villadvido (VI). The forming of Bathalad-Mindanao was due to the fact that Mindanao-based writers wanted to have their own organization, separate and distinct from Bathalad-Cebu. It was the late poet and fictionist Frank S. Alforque who initiated and led the early years of Bathalad-Mindanao. For the past two decades, Bathalad-Mindanao held its annual convention in such places as Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Central Mindanao University, Capitol University, Butuan City and Linamon, Lanao del Norte. It sponsors an annual writing competition purposely to get the Binisaya literature flourish and to encourage young wordsmiths to write in their own tongue. Several members of Bathalad-Mindanao have won in the annual Palanca Awards for Literature.  Two of its members were conferred the prestigious Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas award by the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (Umpil). They are Marcelo Geocallo in 2015 and the late Gumer M. Rafanan (2005). Fellowship Night As a tradition, this year’s convention was capped by a fellowship night held at Iligan City’s newest tourist destination—Paseo de Santiago, a park by the sea which is owned and managed by lawyer Leo Zaragoza. The owner himself hosted the fellowship dinner where the members were treated with sumptuous meal.  Thereafter, writers took turns in showcasing their talents in singing and reading poems amid the clinking of glasses full of either beer or wine.  And as the old cliché goes, it was indeed an affair to remember.

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Villanueva town SGLG National Awardee for 2019

November 6, 2019

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental - Good news for the constituents of the Municipality of Villanueva, as this fastest booming town of Villanueva bagged the "2019 SGLG National Award" given by the Department of Local Government. Actively run by Mayor Jennsky Uy, Villanueva town bested over 20 towns in Misamis Oriental. The Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Award is given annually by the DILG to enhance the capability building of every municipality to institute reforms and good governance that will help boost the economic and well-being of its people. Other towns of Misamis Oriental who were also awarded the 2019 SGLG Award include Lugait, Medina and Salay based on the results posted by DILG in its website. Meanwhile, Mayor Jennsky Uy thanked her constituents for always believing in her and supporting whatever endeavor of the local government of Villanueva. She said there will be more projects that she will be implementing in her hometown, especially in helping the poorest sector of the town in terms of livelihood and more economic activities that creates jobs and more opportunities for everyone. For Region 10, this years winners are as follows: Bukidnon Province 1. Impasug-ong 2. Kadingilan 3. Pangantucan 4. Quezon 5. San Fernando Camiguin 1. Sagay Lanao del Norte  1. Bacolod 2. Baloi 3. Baroy 4. Kapatagan 5. Kauswagan 6. Sapad 7. Sultan Naga Dimaporo 8. Tangcal 9. Tubod Misamis Occidental 1. Plaridel Misamis Oriental 1. Villanueva 2. Lugait 3. Medina 4. Salay  

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BARMM is Mindanao’s top region in good governance practices

November 6, 2019

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is the island’s top region in terms of good governance, with 28 of its local government units given the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Award by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).  The winners were given their awards by the DILG during ceremonies at the Manila Hotel Tuesday. Of the country’s 17 regions, BARMM is fifth overall. Only three in Mindanao made it to the top 10: Region X is sixth with 23 SGLGs, and Region XIII (Caraga) is eighth with 19 awards. Region I garnered the most awards at 65, followed by Region III at 63, Region II at 40 and Region IV-A at 33. “Today was a good harvest for the Bangsamoro Government in the area of good local governance in the region. Twenty-eight LGUs were conferred at today's ceremony with the prestigious Seal of Good Local Governance,” said BARMM Interior and Local Government Minister Naguib Sinarimbo in a Facebook post Tuesday. He said this year’s SGLG awards were an improvement from last year’s 23. Provincial SGLG awardees in BARMM were Basilan and Maguindanao. In the city category, Lamitan in Basilan was the sole awardee in the region. Municipal level winners were Maluso and Sumisip in Basilan; Balabagan, Buadiposo Buntong, Calanugas, Kapatagan, Piagapo, and Taraka in Lanao del Sur; Barira, Buldon, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Datu Paglas, Datu Piang, Guindulungan, Kabuntalan, Matanog, Paglat, Shariff Aguak, South Upi, Sultan Kudarat, Sultan sa Barongis, and Upi in Maguindanao; Talipao in Sulu; and Sibutu and Simunul in Tawi-Tawi. Sinarimbo thanked his team for their efforts during the audit and validation and the extra work exerted by the LGUs to achieve this feat. The SGLG Awards is looking at excellence and continuous improvement in financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order, business friendliness and competitiveness, environmental protection, and tourism culture and the arts. In Maguindanao, Governor Bai Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu has met the mayors of the winning municipalities and vowed to provide more incentives as her way of thanking them for the effort to uplift governance in their respective municipalities.

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2019 Regional Inventions Contests and Exhibits Set at Robinsons Valencia, Bukidnon

November 4, 2019

At least 170 participants from the public and private sectors throughout region 10 are set to compete for five categories of awards during the 2019 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) on November 11-13, 2019 at Robinsons Valencia City, Bukidnon.    Winners can win cash prizes under Outstanding Invention (Tuklas Award), Outstanding Utility Model, Outstanding Industrial Design, Outstanding Creative Research (Likha Award), and Outstanding Creative Research (Sibol Award) for College and High School Students.  They will also represent region 10 in the National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) in 2020.   Everyone is invited to witness the competition and view the inventions and researches.  Admission is free.   The Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) is a nationwide biennial activity conducted in different regions to recognize Filipino inventions, innovations and researches. It is a national policy to give priority to invention and its utilization on the country’s productive systems and national life. Through the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI), DOST implemented the RICE with the aim of setting a climate that is conducive to invention and innovation, and give encouragement and support to inventors who are creative and resourceful. DOST also strives to imbue them with a deep sense of nationalism, and maximize their capability and productivity through incentives and other forms of assistance.

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