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LTFRB-10 issues Provisionary Authority to 60 taxi units of BUTODI under PUVMP

November 25, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board 10 (LTFRB RFRO-10) has granted and issued Provisional Authority (PA) to the 60 units of the Bugo Taxi Operators and Drivers Incorporated (BUTODI), a corporation that applied for extension of validity with substitution of units and consolidation of cases of its Certificate of Public Convenience under MC 2018-010 filed on JULY 10, 2019.   The PA authorizes BUTODI, which transformed from an association into a corporation, to operate Taxi Aircon Service for the transportation of passengers on the line covering Cagayan de Oro City to any point in Region 10 accessible to motor vehicle traffic and vice versa, under the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP).   The PA is valid from Nov. 23, 2019 until June 30, 2019, within which all of BUTODI's units must comply with the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines (OFG) set under LTFRB Memorandum Circular 2017-011, Board's Memorandum Circular 2018-008 and Consolidation of Franchise Holders in compliance with Department Order No. 2017-011 and the PUVMP.   Under the PUV Modernization Program, all public utility vehicles, including taxi cabs, must be equipped with dashboard cam/cctv, free wifi, Global Positioning System (GPS), Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS), speed limiter, and lay over/garage, and, for taxi cabs, ride-hailing app with company provider authorized by LTFRB in their respective regions.   BUTODI President Arnold Cubero presented over the weekend the 60 taxi units to LTFRB RFRO-10 Regional Director Aminoden Guro, who in turn acknowledged and issued the PA in a simple ceremony, at the Pueblo de Oro Park, Upper Carmen, this city.   Director Guro said the PA for BUTODI is part of the PUV Modernization Program and will partly address the issue on colorum vehicles, resulting from the moratorium of franchise issuance, which was lifted by MC 2019-014 that allowed Cagayan de Oro City an additional 250 taxi units.

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PICE brings hope to Makilala town after quake

November 23, 2019

ILIGAN CITY -  Alfred Paolin could only watch as his house crumbled during the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that devastated the entire Cotabato province.  Now left without a home, Alfred his wife Analyn and daughter Annielyn live in a makeshift tent and in constant fear as the ground beneath them continues to shake from strong aftershocks that could last for weeks to come.   Alfred is one of the thousands of Cotabato residents who have been left homeless by the recent catastrophe that hit the island of Mindanao. Heeding the cry for help from the earthquake victims, members of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Inc. (PICE) - Iligan City - Lanao del Norte Chapter traveled to Makilala, North Cotabato, November 6 to bring relief goods to the calamity victims. More than 170 families of Barangay New Cebu, Makilala were given relief packs to help displaced residents cope with the tragedy. Each relief pack contains 3 kilos of rice, 9 packs of noodles, 12 pieces of canned goods, 3 detergent bars and a laminated sack. Leading the group was PICE Chapter President Gerry Baldomero who was moved by the plight of the earthquake victims upon seeing the horrific news footages aired over the local TV stations.  “This has become a tradition of our Chapter, to help those in crisis and respond to the needs of our countrymen suffering from disasters like the recent earthquake here in Cotabato," Baldomero said.  Among those who personally distributed the relief packs were DPWH Misamis Oriental 1 District Engineer and Chapter Past President Marivel Frances L. Ong, Past President  Edgardo Ong, Immediate Past President Janet Domato, Marivic Principe, and incoming Board of Director Anne Marie Dizon. “We simply cannot ignore the appeal for help by our countrymen, we have to do something to help them get their life back," said DPWH-Lanao del Norte 2nd District Engineer and Board of Director Alykan Ali. The PICE contingent had to endure an 8-hour road trip from Iligan City to reach the interior town of Makilala, North Cotabato and deliver their much-needed assistance to the earthquake victims. (DPWH10)

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DPWH clears road after fuel truck accident

November 23, 2019

ILIGAN CITY - Personnel from the Department of Public Works and Highways – Lanao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office (DPWH-LN2 DEO) were first on the scene after a fuel truck rammed into the wing wall and concrete railings of the Nunucan Bridge 1, Barangay Maria Cristina in the early morning of November 3. The accident rolled over the 10-wheeler truck onto its side spilling hundreds of liters of diesel fuel into the bridge’s asphalt pavement. “First, we cordoned off the fuel truck and closed Nunucan Bridge 1 to traffic.  This is to prevent additional accidents caused by spilled fuel.  Second, we assisted in directing traffic especially with the increased volume of vehicles in Bridge 2. Third, our crew also assisted in lifting the truck right side up," Engr. Norodin Batabor of Maintenance Section said. The fuel truck was carrying 20-thousand liters of diesel fuel bound for Jimenez, Misamis Occidental. "It was very fortunate that no one was hurt in the accident. We needed people with Hazmat training to assist us deal with the situation," added Batabor. Firefighters from Maria Cristina Fire Station responded to the accident and helped contain the spilled crude oil. Nunucan bridge 1 was finally opened to the motoring public at 7:30 in the evening after a rented crane lifted the truck back from its side. “Except for this accident, the Lakbay Alalay teams of DPWH who were deployed during the Undas weekend reported no other traffic accident," Batabor said. ‘Lakbay Alalay’ is a motorist assistance program of DPWH aimed at providing commuters and motorists with round-the-clock emergency assistance during this year’s observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. The Lakbay Alalay teams are also tasked to ensure that major highways are well-maintained and free from traffic obstructions. (DPWH)  

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Another NPA child combatant surrenders in Bukidnon

November 23, 2019

IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon - A child combatant of the New People's Army (NPA) surrendered at the Headquarters of 8th Infantry Battalion (IB) in Impasugong, Bukidnon over the weekend. The 16-year-old combatant known as alias Bulaw was identified as a member of the NPA's Sub-Regional Committee 2, North Central Mindanao Regional Command. He brought with him his M1 Carbine firearm and a hand grenade. In an interview, Bulaw shared how he was recruited by the NPA terrorists at his young age. “The NPA recruiter told me that they want to educate me on my rights as a student but they didn’t allow me to go back home, I was told that I will be killed if I try to escape.” He also added that the NPA told him not to worry about his family as they will be given monthly financial and rice assistance by the NPA. Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Illana, commanding officer of the 8th IB once again condemned the child recruitment of the NPA. “We will not tolerate this violation of the NPA, we will file cases to those who forcibly recruited him. This kid should go to school and not on war,” he said. Bulaw was the fourth NPA child combatant who surrendered to the 8th IB. He will be endorsed to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for counseling. His parents were already notified of his whereabouts. He was also informed about the benefits he will get under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government. His surrender was made possible through the negotiation of the IP soldiers in the area. (8th IB, PA)  

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DPWH constructs medical storage facility for LDN provincial hospitals

November 22, 2019

ILIGAN CITY (PIA)--Six provincial hospitals operated by the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte will soon have a centralized medical warehouse to help ensure effective management of hospital supplies. In the groundbreaking and time capsule laying ceremony held at the provincial capitol grounds in the capital town of Tubod last October 14, Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo expressed her gratitude to 1st District Representative Khalid Dimaporo “"for working very hard to bring in nationally-funded projects and programs here in Lanao del Norte." “We would like to thank Congressman Khalid for giving his slice of the pie to the provincial government," Governor Dimaporo added. The P19.2-million multi-purpose building is expected to be completed by February 2020. “The exponential growth of Lanao del Norte is the result of the solid partnership between the Executive and Legislative, both in the provincial and national levels," District Engineer Alykhan Ali said. The medical storage facility will help secure the provincial hospitals’ medicines, intravenous solutions, first aid products, protective equipment, personal care products, and respiratory and orthopedic supplies. Among the hospitals that will soon benefit from the centralized medical warehouse are Balo-i Provincial Hospital, Kauswagan Provincial Hospital, Kolambugan Provincial Hospital, Baroy Provincial Hospital, Kapatagan Provincial Hospital and SND Provincial Hospital. Other recently completed DPWH projects in Lanao del Norte include the New Provincial Jail, Provincial Health Office Building, and the Panguil Bay Bridge approach road. (DPWH-PIO)  

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DPWH installs trash nets to save Iligan fishing grounds

November 21, 2019

ILIGAN CITY, Nov. 1 (PIA)--More than 10 tons of household trash has been collected by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Lanao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office from its trash nets since their installation last June 2019.  The trash net system is the simple solution employed by DPWH to prevent domestic garbage and junk from reaching Iligan Bay. Iligan Bay is one of the most important fishing grounds of the southern Philippines. It once supported vast quantities of commercially important species like the gray mullet, anchovy, and oil sardine.  Other important species found in the bay are crustaceans like shrimps, prawns, and blue crabs. However, illegal fishing and the effects of burgeoning coastal communities only contributed to the steady decline of marine catches. “We hope to stem the tide and restore back the abundance of our local fishing grounds. We feel that by protecting Iligan Bay from domestic garbage, we are moving towards the right direction," District Engineer Alykhan Ali said. Residential wastes like plastic bottles, food packaging, discarded clothing, magazines comprise about ninety-percent of the garbage collected from the reusable nets. Organic materials like leaves and small pieces of old furniture make up the remaining percentage. The trash nets are installed underneath bridges in barangays Tibanga and Tubod. After heavy rain, the nets collect the waste materials and debris but these allow the water to flow freely towards the sea. Recently, DPWH-Lanao del Norte 2nd District also participated in the celebration of the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day held September 21.  During the activity, more than 50 sacks of garbage were collected along the shoreline of Barangay Santiago, this City. (DPWH-PIO/PIA10)

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