northern mindanao

4th ID chief confirms death of Caraga's four top NPA leaders

May 15, 2020

The 4th Infantry Division Philippine Army has confirmed the death of four (4) top leaders from the New People's Army (NPA) during a running gun battle in the provincial borders of Agusan del Norte (AgNor) and Misamis Oriental (MisOr). Major General Franco Nemesio M Gacal, the division commander has verified this information on Thursday, May 14, 2020.   The confirmation came about four (4) days after the series of armed encounters between the government forces and the Guerilla Front Committee 4A (GFC4A) of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) leaving ten (10) NPAs dead.   With the help of former rebels turned peace advocates, eight (8) of the ten (10) dead bodies retrieved which were turned over to the city local government of Gingoog were positively identified.   One was identified as Ian Dela Rama a.k.a “Gian”, the Front Secretary of GFC4A, NCMRC; Rio Amor Yuson a.k.a “Lema”, the Finance Officer of NCMRC; Paquito Namatidong a.k.a “Sangka”, the Platoon Leader of SPP Sikop, GF4A, NCMRC; Peter Mansaginda Pinakilid a.k.a. “Aloy" – Political Officer, GF4A; Gladys Joy Hiponia; a.k.a "George", a member of SPP Kingdom, GF4A, NCMRC; a.k.a "Santol"; and a.k.a "DELFIN” of Lamusig, Butuan City while the remaining other two (2) cadavers are still for identification.   The death of these high ranking leaders of GFC4A and NCMRC and their members attested that the CTG is at the brink of extinction.   The 402nd Infantry Brigade carried out the successful security operation after responding to a call for help from concerned civilians who have been victims of the NPAs extortion and abuses.   MGen. Gacal said, the death of the aforementioned NPAs will definitely degrade the CTG and “brings us closer to eliminating the threats that these groups pose to our security.”   “Ian Dela Rama a.k.a “Gian” the Front Secretary of GFC4A, NCMRC was responsible for numerous human rights violations. He was also held liable and responsible for the killing of some Lumads in the province of AgNor. Justice has been served to all the victims of the NPAs’ lumad killings in the province,” Gacal added.   Likewise, Gacal calls on the remnants of the fleeing CTGs to submit themselves to the nearest community and lay down their arms. “To the remaining members of the New People’s Army, we know that you are tired and exhausted running away from the operating troops. Lay down your arms and you will be safe. A new beginning awaits you together with your families and loved ones in a life where there’s no room for chaos and hardship," Gacal underscored .

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Cops seize meth worth P340K from suspected pusher

May 13, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- Police arrested on Monday afternoon (May 11) an alleged drug peddler in a buy-bust operation conducted by the Regional Special Operation Unit (RSOU) 10, Regional Intelligence Division and Iligan City Police Station (ICPS) 1 at Purok 9A in Barangay Luinab, here.  PLt.Col. Mardy Hortillosa, information officer of Police Regional Office – 10, identified the suspect as Jason Ybaṅz, 31, a resident of Purok 6, Barangay Saray.  Ybaṅez was caught transacting with a police asset in Luinab, some five kilometers away from his house, despite the implementation of modified community quarantine in Iligan City that allows only one member of the family to go out, bringing his home quarantine pass (QP).  The police asset was able to buy P1,500 pesos worth of meth and confiscated another pack of substance believed to be shabu weighing 50 grams with an estimated market value of P340,000 when he was arrested.  Hortillosa said Ybaṅez is listed in Iligan City as high-valued individual (HVI).  Major Rixell Torayno, chief of ICPS 1, said the suspect was arrested in Cagayan de Oro City in 2016 for a drug case but was able to avail of a plea bargaining agreement.  Torayno said his office is now preparing to file a case of violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act (Republic Act 9165) against Ybaṅez who is temporarily detained at ICPS 1.

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Munai farmers get Php5.1-M farm mechanization support from DA-SAAD 10

May 13, 2020

The Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) through its Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program turned over on Monday, May 11, 2020 Php5.1 million worth of farm machineries to the local government (LGU) of Munai, Lanao del Norte. The agri support comprises 1 unit 100-horsepower (hp) farm tractor for rice, 1 unit 35-hp farm tractor for corn and 1 unit rice combine harvester. Having received SAAD assistance, the LGU hopes to upscale rice and corn production of the town strategically as means for poverty eradication. "This assistance from DA-10 will surely improve our agriculture in Munai. With DA's support I am hopeful that the lives of our farmers will be better. They can now farm productively with much ease and comfort," said Munai Mayor Racma D. Andamama. In his message, DA-10 OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado expressed his full support of the LGU's agricultural development program. "Munai is the first hinterland LGU in Lanao del Norte to ever received farm machineries from DA-10. This is because I fully support your mayor's commitment to develop your town's agriculture," Director Collado asserted. Despite bankable potential, agricultural development in Munai has been sidelined for many years. "Owing it to your mayor's dedication to agriculture, you can expect more assistance from DA this year and in the years to come," Director Collado vouched, promising more agri machinery assistance and farm inputs subsidy to the town farmers. In the same occasion, 325 rice farmers in Munai each received Php5,000.00 cash assistance from DA totaling to Php1.6 million under the Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RFFA). The aid ought to help rice farmers procure needed farm inputs for the coming planting season in June. In the event, DA-10 also turned over 1 unit 90-hp farm tractor worth Php2.5 million to the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade under DA-10 Normalization Program. The intervention was received by the unit's commander, Brigadier General Facundo Palafox IV. Overwhelmed by the support her town received, Mayor Andamama gratefully acknowledged DA as partner for progress.# (ATalib)

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Pregnant graduating student from Wao dies in Iligan road mishap

May 12, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- Inside a white coffin in San Guillermo Funeral Homes in Barangay Poblacion, Iligan City lays a mother and her child who perished in a vehicular accident last week in this city.  Mary Ivy Caturay, 23, was declared dead on arrival at the hospital after she was run over by a Toyota Hilux pickup driven by Rowaina Garlan, 44, widow, and resident of Baraas, Barangay Tubod, around 5:00 PM on Friday (May 8) along Roxas Avenue, Barangay Villaverde.  Caturay hails from Wao, Lanao del Sur and was a working student in Iligan City where she was supposed to graduate from an education course last March 27.  Major Amando Cordova, officer-in-charge of Iligan City’s Traffic Division, said their initial investigation revealed that Caturay was crossing the pedestrian lane along Roxas Avenue on her way to buy some medicines when she was run over by Garlan.  “She (Caturay) was immediately brought to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival by the physician in attendance. The suspect did not attempt to escape,” Cordova said. Garlan is temporarily detained at Iligan City Police Station 5, as of this writing.  Caturay’s mother, Elena, said her daughter was five-months pregnant and was set to get married to her fiancé, an Army soldier, when the coronavirus pandemic was over.  The five-month fetus inside her womb also died and lies beside its mother inside the coffin.  The remains of the two victims are set to be transported to Wao for the burial.  Cordova said a case will be filed today, May 11, if the victim’s family will pursue filing charges against her.  Greg Vera Cruz, Caturay’s uncle who represents the victims’ family, said Garlan has apologized to them and shouldered all expenses for the victims’ funeral.  “We the family of Ivy asked the public, especially netizens, not to bash the suspect because she already apologized. No one wanted it to happen, it was an accident. They took care of all our expenses,” Vera Cruz said.

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The Mindanawon #CoopHEROtives: sparking courage, forging solidarity

May 12, 2020

Co-operatives under MASS-SPECC Cooperative Development Center, the largest regional co-op federation in Mindanao, joined forces with other organizations in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. As of April 29, 2020, 148 co-ops (almost 50% of MASS-SPECC’s total membership) reported to the federation a total outlay of over Php 1.045 billion for this purpose. The amount was used to distribute cash, food, and other necessities to their members, staff, community, and Local Government Units.   In compliance with Republic Act 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal As One Act,” co-ops in Mindanao implemented the minimum thirty (30)-day grace period for the payment of all loans of their members falling due within the period of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, without incurring interest on interest, penalties, fees, or other charges.   The workforce of co-operatives was not forgotten in this time of crisis. Most co-op staff continued to receive their regular pay despite the shortened work-day and work-from-home arrangements. A total of Php 23.84 million was given to them as advanced 13th-month pay, monetized leaves and hazard pay. They also received in-kind assistance such as sacks of rice, groceries, and face masks.   Apart from making financial services available to members, the co-operatives mobilized their resources to extend support to various communities in Mindanao. The co-ops disbursed more than Php 10.33 million. Some co-operatives also helped the government distribute the Social Amelioration Program funds and payouts for Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) beneficiaries even in hard-to-reach areas that are not serviced by banks.    MASS-SPECC also disbursed Php 736,900.00 to various communities, organizations, and co-operatives that are unable to operate at this time. Around sixty-eight percent (68%) of the fund was coursed through the Philippine Cooperative Center (PCC) to procure more PPEs such as gloves, alcohol, masks, vitamins, and bottled water for the front liners (medical workers, grocery staff, janitors, garbage collectors, policemen, soldiers, etc.) nationwide.   Co-operatives are part of the global humanitarian effort to ease the burden on people, especially those who are most vulnerable. Although co-operatives are among those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, they continue to serve their members and respective communities at this time of great need, says Ms. Bernadette O. Toledo, CEO of MASS-SPECC.

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PCSO donates P1M COVID-19 aid to Bukidnon hospital

May 11, 2020

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon--The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has donated one million pesos (P1M) to the provincial government of Bukidnon as additional fund for the expenses of Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center (BPMC) in the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).       PCSO Bukidnon Branch Manager Mario Pelisco, said in an interview that based on the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with BPMC, the amount will serve as calamity assistance to the province in suppressing the coronavirus as the country has declared under state of public health emergency.     “President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act 11469 or the “Bayanihan We Heal As One” Act, which mandates government-owned and controlled corporations to assist in finding funds to assist government in its battle against COVID-19,” Pelisco said.     In compliance with President Duterte’s directive, the PCSO through its board of directors, passed Resolution No. 0100-A approving the grant of calamity assistance from the PCSO’s Charity Fund to help hospitals, he added.     Bukidnon governor Jose Maria Zubiri, likewise, said that COVID-19 is eating up the province’s coffers as he spends hundreds of millions of pesos to finance the deadly coronavirus fight.     “The province spent P700 million to help our poor residents, but that was not enough. Thus, we reopened selected business industries while adopting the guidelines set by the IATF for “low-risk areas” in order to generate some revenues and yield on investments. This PCSO fund will help finance some of the BPMC’s equipment needs as we combat COVID-19,” the governor said.     Dr. Sulpicio Henry Legaspi, BPMC hospital chief, meanwhile, explained that the PCSO COVID-19 cash grant will be used to purchase testing kits, reagents, medical diagnostic equipment, personal protective equipment, diagnostic routes and confinement, laboratory procedures, and medicines for COVID-19 victims. (RLRB/PIA10)

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