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Mayor Oaminal vows to continue accepting returning individuals

December 28, 2020

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, (PIA)--The City Government of Ozamiz will continue receiving locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) this month of December. Mayor Sancho Fernando Oaminal convened a meeting at New Asenso Ozamiz Session Hall with the 51 barangay captains to discuss about the activities for the month of December while adapting to the new normal. Based on the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) guidelines, an ROF is already considered as an authorized person outside residence (APOR) so it should accept but subject to quarantine, the mayor said. He clarified that only the residents of Ozamiz will be accepted. “This war against the virus is far from over and we will not rest until the battle has been won,” Oaminal said. Oaminal thanked the barangay officials for facilitating the returning residents in the city. Oaminal also urged all barangay officials to continue on enforcing discipline in their respective barangays because such is the only way to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. “Dili ta magkumpiyansa kay ang virus naa pa dili lang dinhi sa Ozamiz kundi sa tibuok kalibotan,” (We should not be complacent because the virus is still here not only in Ozamiz but in the whole world) he added. Oaminal, however, made it clear that the government will not sacrifice public health as it makes strides for the new normal. The local government is prepared to spend its own money to keep residents and even non-residents safe from the virus. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)   Photo release: Mayor Sancho Fernando Oaminal holds a meeting at New Asenso Ozamiz Session Hall, December 9 with the 51 barangay captains to discuss about the activities for the month of December while adapting to the new normal. (Ozamiz LGU)

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P7.09-B project seen to stabilize power transmission in Mindanao

December 28, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, (PIA)--The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) recently energized the Toril-Bunawan 230kV transmission line, the final component of its Mindanao 230 kiloVolt (kV) backbone project. This will secure the reliability of power transmission services in the entire Mindanao.   As one of NGCP's critical projects, the Mindanao backbone will connect bulk generation from the northern and southern parts of Mindanao and ensure stable and continuous power from Lanao del Norte, passing through Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon, all the way to Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental.   Among the generating facilities which will connect to the line are the GNPower Kauswagan Clean Coal-Fired Power Plant, Therma South Incorporated Power Plant, and San Miguel Consolidated Power Corporation, with a total combined capacity of 1,440MW.   With an ERC-approved cost of P7.09 billion, the project involves the construction of the Matanao-Toril 230kV and Toril-Bunawan 230kV transmission lines, the upgrade of the Balo-i-Villanueva-Maramag-Bunawan line from 138kV to 230kV, as well as the upgrade of its substations in Malita, Matanao, Toril, Bunawan, Balo-i, Villanueva, and Maramag.    Energization of the project components started with the power transformer in Villanueva Substation and Maramag-Villanueva 230kV Line 2 in September 2019, while the Balo-i-Villanueva Lines 1 and 2 were energized in September and October of the same year. Transformers in Bunawan Substation and the Maramag-Bunawan 230kV lines were energized also in October 2019. This was followed by the energization of another new transformer in Villanueva Substation and the Maramag-Villanueva Line 1 in November 2019, while a power transformer in Toril Substation was energized shortly after in the same month. The Matanao-Toril 230kV Lines 1 and 2 were energized in December 2019 and January 2020, respectively, while the Matanao-Culaman 230kV Lines 1 and 2 were energized in the same period. The final component, the Toril-Bunawan 230kV Lines 1 and 2, were energized in November 2020, despite the difficulties posed by the varying lockdown protocols implemented across the country.   “With this completion, the line will supplement the existing Davao-Toril-Matanao 138kV transmission line in transmitting any and all available and incoming generation, ensuring transmission service reliability for the entire region,” said NGCP. Apart from this, the Mindanao 230kV Backbone project is an integral part of NGCP’s Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project (MVIP), which will link the Visayas and Mindanao islands and realize sharing of power within the entire country. “The Mindanao Backbone is critical to the MVIP because through this project, the new transmission line will accommodate the capacities needed to fully support and utilize the capabilities of the interconnection,” stated the company. NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders and Vice Chairman of the Board Henry Sy, Jr. and Co-Vice Chairman Robert Coyiuto, Jr. (NGCP/PIA10) Photo release: NGCP recently energized the Toril-Bunawan 230kV transmission line, the final component of its Mindanao 230 kiloVolt (kV) backbone project. This will secure the reliability of power transmission services in the entire Mindanao. (NGCP)

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LGU Ozamiz turns over rescue vehicles to 51 barangays

December 26, 2020

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, (PIA)—The City Government of Ozamiz turned over 51 Modified Hilux rescue vehicles to the 51 barangays to enhance emergency services capability of the responders at the City Hall Grounds, Ozamiz. "Today is the historic day for the city of Ozamiz because this is our surprise to the people that each barangay gets a rescue vehicle that can be use in cases of emergency. Sa aning mga rescue vehicles, Wala na'y simbako mamatay tungod kay dili madala sa hospital. Dili ni sya pang personal pero para ni makatabang sa atong mga kaigsuonang Ozamiznons," City Mayor Sancho Fernando Oaminal said. (With all of these vehicles, no one will ever die because of lack of emergency vehicles. This is not intended for personal use but this is to help the Ozamiznons) He shared that the rescue vehicles will now available for all Ozamiznons. "These 51 rescue vehicle that we have right now is a big blessing for all of us with the help of our Congressman Henry Oaminal. Our goal is to save life not to take away life, our goal is to defeat COVID not to let it spread," he added. The rescue vehicle will also be used to pick up the locally stranded individuals and returning overseas Filipinos that will be coming back to the city.   Meanwhile, 2nd District Representative Henry Oaminal urged barangay leaders to continue their dedication, compassion and to use their respective rescue vehicles effectively as such is intended solely to serve the people efficiently in the interest of public service and improve services in emergency response. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental) Photo release: LGU Ozamiz turns over the 51 Modified Hilux rescue vehicles to the 51 barangays of Ozamiz held at City Hall Grounds, Ozamiz City. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)

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Andanar lauds Agusan Canyon SK’s ‘Paskong Pilipino’ amidst the pandemic

December 26, 2020

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, (PIA)—Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar lauded the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of barangay Agusan Canyon in Manolo Fortich town for initiating the ‘Paskong Pilipino’ celebration to keep the spirit of Christmas alive even in the era of social distancing and stay-at-home policy. Yendi Cachapero, Agusan Canyon SK president said they continue to serve without interruption since the pandemic began. She bared that many of them are grappling with how to be there for each other when they can’t be near each other this Yuletide. “We see our youths' struggle in fighting this COVID-19. So we designed some activities that would enliven our youths and share their talents while adhering to minimum health safety protocols like ‘BIDA Solusyon’. We crafted a competition on Christmas tree making and Lantern-making using lots of recyclable stuff. Online caroling also form part of the contest,” Cachapero said in an interview with the Secretary during CORDS X Podcast aired over Northern Mindanao radio stations and shared across PCOO’s digital platforms. The young leader also shared that plastic wastes increased during lockdown. Thus, they came up with the ‘Ecobricking and Vegetable gardening’ contest to perk up young people to stay productive while COVID-19 keeps families homebound this holiday season. She explained that Ecobrick is made up of recovered plastic inside recyclable bottles—economical alternative for making furniture, garden walls and other structures. The Agusan Canyon SK is opposed to the throwaway culture that is causing harm to the natural world, but it is important to remember that plastic is also a highly useful material, she pointed out. Aimed at raising awareness of the consequences of consumption and the dangers of plastic, she said their project encourages communities to take collective responsibility for their plastic wastes and devise ways for a blissful Christmas. These initiatives, she said, are crucial in promoting social cohesion and addressing loneliness and anxiety with the sudden shift of students’ learning from classrooms to homes.    “This Christmas season, we forge ahead in a remote capacity—via social media—in sharing ideas to safely connect with our neighbors and offer assistance, in our own little way, to those most affected by the pandemic. We want to exemplify the Filipino youths’ traits that things must not fall apart despite the rippling effects of the recent chain of disasters. We want to prove that we [Filipinos] are resilient,” she added. Secretary Andanar, the designated Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security of Northern Mindanao (CORDS X), meanwhile, commended the youths’ efforts in swiftly stepping in to disseminate information among their peers and help contain the coronavirus’ spread while safely spending Paskong Pilipino the ‘SK way’. (RLRB/PIA Bukidnon) Photo release: Sangguniang Kabataan Chair Yendi Cachapero (right) says during the CORDS-X Podcast with Communications Sec. Martin Andanar that they crafted a ‘Paskong Pilipino’ Christmas tree making and Lantern-making contest using lots of recyclable stuff to enliven youths and share their talents in addressing loneliness and anxiety with the sudden shift of students’ learning from classrooms to homes. Online caroling also forms part of the competition. (CORDS X)

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Another NPA combatant yields to Army as Christmas is fast approaching

December 26, 2020

  CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental. A top brass member of the New People’s Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered without firearms to 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion (58IB) at Headquarters 58IB, Sitio Migbanday, Poblacion,Claveria, Misamis Oriental three (3) days before Christmas. The surrenderee is identified as Urcyril Dave Gultiano Jabagat alias Tolins, 31 yearsold, a resident of Purok 4, Brgy Looc, Salay, Misamis Oriental, and a staff member of Headquarters Force- Neo, North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC). Also, he is the husband of Marish Jabagat y Caballes alias Joan who is a Political Instructor of Platoon 2, Headquarters Force- Neo, NCMRC. It can be recalled that last December 17, 2020, his wife, alias Joan was arrested in their house in Brgy Looc, Salay, Misamis Oriental through a search warrant against alias Tolins that was conducted by the combined forces of the 58IB and Salay Municipal Police Station (MPS). According to Alias Tolins, he wanted to surrender last September when he came down from the mountain but, it was set aside because he was preoccupied with their ivelihood and a search warrant is already issued against him. Moreover, a day after the arrest of his wife, her sister wrote him a letter encouraging him to surrender and avail the programs of the government. He then decided to surrender because he also does not want to spend Christmas alone hiding from the government authority while his wife was arrested. Alias Tolins expressed his gratitude to the government for extending their arms to him. “Daku akong pasalamat sa gobyerno ilabi na sa 58IB sa pagdawat kanaku sa kagustuhan nakung magbalik loob ug makabaton ug kalinaw. Nanghinaot ko nga unta sensero ang gobyerno sa kung unsa ang mga plano ug programa nga makatabang ug makapalambo sa katawhan aron matuldokan na ang ugat hinungdan nganung naay NPA,” alias Tolins said. In return, Lieutenant Colonel Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB conveyed his gratitude to the surrenderee for his decision to return to the folds of the law. “I also commend his sister for her deed which contributed to the achievement of our mission. In lieu, I urged everyone to encourage your family members who are still in the organization to leave the armed struggle and make your family complete this Christmas season. We assure you that your Philippine Army will assist you in processing your enrolment to the Enhanced Comprehensive and Local Integration Program (E-CLIP)," Lt. Col. Canatoy said. Alias Tolins is now in the custody of 58IB while awaiting for the processing of his enrollment to E-CLIP.  

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Hedcor, AFI boost livelihood of partner associations in Mindanao

December 24, 2020

MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon, (PIA)—The pandemic that caused restrictions in mobility, limited transport of goods, and closing of markets has greatly affected livelihood of communities.  As such, Hedcor—the run-of-river hydropower arm of AboitizPower, finds value in helping its partner communities recover through livelihood assistance. In partnership with Aboitiz Foundation (AFI), Hedcor will aid in the implementation of the P450,000-worth livelihood recovery program by providing Egg Machines to four different associations in Bukidnon and Davao del Sur. This initiative is part of “Restart: Aboitiz Foundation Recovery Program for Partner Cooperatives,” a bigger program of AFI that involves provision of in-kind donations (Re-Starter kits) and/or training to select cooperatives nationwide. These egg machines are complete with ready-to-lay hens, as well as rearing cages with built-in feeding through a waterer. As such, it is named egg machine because it is able to produce eggs regularly within a period of 16 months. Hedcor and AFI have also carved an add-on to said livelihood assistance by covering a month’s supply of Pilmico’s poultry feeds and necessary training to be conducted by Pilmico’s Animal Production Specialists to help recipient associations take better care of their poultry and maximize their yield. All these efforts are for the purpose of improving income through poultry and boosting small-scale poultry farming in the area. The partner associations in Bukidnon which will be receiving such assistance include Dalirig Women’s Organization, Guihean Women’s Organization, and Lingion Power Association Rural Improvement Club. In Davao del Sur, the Tibolo Tribal Women’s Association will receive the livelihood aid. In the signing of Memorandum of Agreement, partner cooperatives extended their gratitude for the collaboration. “We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Hedcor and Aboitiz Foundation for granting us this livelihood project. This will greatly help our organization grow and develop. More so, this will be a source of income for our organization. Thank you so much!” Guihean Women’s Organization president Jocelyn Litohon said. Hedcor has been in constant collaboration with associations in their partner communities since it started its hydro operations in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and Santa Cruz, Dava del Sur. These collaborations include capacity-building training on Leadership and Values Enhancement training and Business Continuity Planning. Hedcor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower. It specializes in generating renewable energy from run-of-river hydropower systems. Today, Hedcor manages and operates 22 hydropower plants located in Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Benguet, Davao, and Bukidnon. It continues to supply the country with 278 MW of clean and renewable energy. (Hedcor-AboitizPower/PIA Bukidnon) Photo release: THE PARTNERSHIP. Hedcor and AFI sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the Barangay Local Government Units and representatives of the associations involved. (Hedcor-AboitizPower)

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