northern mindanao

Fifteen modern PUVs to operate in Iligan

December 14, 2020

The Royal Developers Consortium - Transport Service Cooperative (RODECO) launched fifteen modern public utility vehicles set to operate here as part of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board's (LTFRB) Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP). LTFRB Region 10 Director Aminoden Guro awarded RODECO a five-year certificate of public convenience attesting that the said transportation cooperative complied with the needed requirements to operate as modern PUVs deployed on a route from City Proper to Bayanihan Village, Barangay Santa Elena, this city. Guro elaborated that the Isuzu QKR 77 Almazora PUV is an air-conditioned 24-seater truck complete with four CCTV cameras, a flat-screen TV, GPS routing system and a ready cashless fare payment system equipped with Euro IV-compliant diesel engine that delivers better fuel saving feature and eco-friendly emissions. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, Guro explained that the 24-seater capacity was trimmed down to 17 seats to allow social distancing. "Meron na tayong pamasahe sa modernized PUJ. Minimum 'yung first four kilometers of 11 pesos, in every succeeding kilometer meron tayong dagdag na one peso and fifty cents," he disclosed. [We already have the fare rate of this modernized PUJ. You will pay 11 pesos for the first four kilometers of your trip, and in every succeeding kilometer, there will be an addition fare of one peso and fifty cents.] As part of LTFRB's public transportation modernization, drivers will have a fixed income according to the minimum wage standard in the locality plus benefit contributions to SSS, Philhealth and PAG-IBIG. This is the reason why seasoned PUV driver Rhoderick Morales expressed optimism with this shift. He said that it is more helpful for him and his family since he will now have a fixed income and definite contributions to the government's social programs. "Bintaha ang akong kinabuhi karon kay naa ang tanan prebilihiyo na gihatag sa amu-a. Mabuhi gyud ang akong pamilya pinaagi sa ilahang mga tabang sa amu pinaagi atung mga benepisyo. Busa dako kaayo mi'g pasalamat sa LTFRB nga natuman najud ang amung mga gipangandoy nga makabiyahi nami sa amuang gipaabot nga ruta," said Morales. [Now my life is more favorable that all privileges are provided to us. My family will live comfortably through the help of the benefits that we will receive. That's why I want to thank LTFRB for making our proposed route possible, we've waited for this.] According to Eugene Pabualan, the executive director of the Office of Transportation Cooperatives (OCT), the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Department Order 2017-011 requires not only transportation franchisees to create cooperatives, instead "the whole public transportation system will change for the benefit of the majority 'everyday commuters' under the said department order". "This is good news because the residents of Iligan will have a modernized system of transportation. We want to professionalize the business operation. We do this to incapacitate and empower the board of directors, the managers (of transportation cooperatives) so that members who invested capital shares for them will have fair dividends," shared Pabualan. The executive director emphasized this change of the land transportation system is convenient for the commuters, franchisers and the drivers. "This change is not only implemented to jeepney PUVs, it is also applicable to buses, taxis and point-to-point UVs. We will soon have comfortable, affordable, reliable, environment-friendly and safe mode of transportation that provides comfort to all our commuters," Pabualan remarked. On the other hand, LTFRB announced that full abolishment of traditional PUVs will be carried out on December 29, this year. The board encouraged all franchisers to fully embrace the shift as soon as possible through consolidating their old PUV units. (CLV/PIA-ICIC)

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Fulfillment of women’s rights to jobs, livelihood crucial to children’s health, well-being

December 14, 2020

 Save the Children Philippines believes more jobs and livelihood for women in conflict-affected Mindanao provinces will improve the lives of thousands of displaced children and their families who face risks from lingering armed conflict, and the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The child rights organization marks the International Day of Human Rights calling for the strengthening of women’s rights to economic empowerment, and critical participation in the labor force. “The realization of women’s rights to socio-economic development is critical to the fulfillment of children’s rights to health and survival, access to learning and well-being,” said Atty. Alberto Muyot, Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Philippines. In partnership with the Task Force Bangon Marawi and local government agencies, Save the Children Philippines is implementing emergency assistance for the recovery of Marawi City through the Restoring Livelihoods and Learning Project, funded by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction through the Asian Development Bank. BARMM recorded the highest unemployment at 21.50% (Philippine Statistics Authority, September 2020) as an adverse impact of the global pandemic and displacement due to armed conflict in the area contributing to the financial crisis of affected families in Marawi.    Edwin Horca, BARMM Team Leader of Save the Children Philippines, said the project aims to provide emergency income and livelihood support to displaced families, with focus on supporting the role of women and youth in Marawi and its neighboring municipalities.   “We aim to expedite the delivery of gender sensitive interventions on emergency employment, livelihoods and education. We want to empower women by promoting their right to participate in their community’s economic progression. Women’s empowered participation in economic activities contribute to a transformative and authentic peacebuilding,” said Horca. The project is now providing skills training, financial and livelihood support for women’s groups in different communities for traditional weaving and other local products which were identified by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Task Force Bangon Marawi. Baicon Cayongcat Nuska of Raheemah Women’s Group said the project will not only help the Maranao women on their financial needs but will significantly contribute to the overall economic advancement of the city promoting their local products. “These women will be our future manpower for the upcoming establishment of the Raheemah Economic Hub and Development Center in Marawi.” “We are thankful for this project for its efficient and effective strategy to ensure that conflict-affected women are given the opportunity to livelihood and that no woman will be left behind,” added Nuska.  (Save the Children/PIA-ICIC)

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DICT offers LGUs e-system to streamline business permit processing

December 14, 2020

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in Lanao del Norte renewed its call to local government units (LGUs) to implement the Electronic Business Permit and Licensing System (eBPLS) to fast track processing of business permit applications. "The eBPLS is a cloud-based software developed by the DICT that enables LGUs to process applications for new and renewal of business permits electronically," said DICT Provincial Officer Engr Oweida Smith during the Kapehan sa Iligan Chamber Thursday, December 11. He said the system will be a big boost to the ease of doing business as it will help both LGUs and business owners during applications for a business permit. Nideliza Nacilla, eBPLS focal person in Northern Mindanao, added that the software is funded by DICT thus it is available for free to LGUs who want to use it. She said the system will also provide convenience to clients or business owners as it will allow them to submit and monitor online their business permit applications. "For the clients, mahibal-an nila kung asa na ang papel, kung kinsa nay ga process, for assessment na ba siya or for payment, or for  issuance  of permit na ba.  Pwede pud niya ma view iyang tax order payment or assessment sa iyang bayronon," she explained. [For the clients, they will know  the status of their applications, who is processing it, whether it is for assessment, for payment or for issuance of a permit already. He can also view his tax order payment or the assessment of his payable.] She further said that the eBPLS is also easier to connect to other systems used by the government. LGUs who want to avail of the free software just need to send a letter of intent to the DICT and provide computers or laptops and IT personnel exclusively for the implementation of the eBPLS. According to her, DICT will install the software and train the IT personnel on how to use the system. "DICT will provide support during the entire implementation of the system. Dili namo buhian ang LGU unless wala na gyud silay problema sa system (we will not leave the LGU unless they have no more problem with the system)," Nacilla assured. Rosalina Mamacang, officer-in-charge of the Iligan City Mayor Office Permits and Licenses Division, said they are happy to hear about the eBPLS adding that the implementation of the system is timely for the new normal. In the meantime,  the city government of Iligan will implement a one-stop-shop for business permit applications to unclog the City Hall from volume of applicants in observance of the minimum health protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. "Duha ka business one-stop shop ang mahitabo karong January ,ang isa sa City Hall lobby ug ang usa dinhi sa Robinson's Place Iligan. Ang renewal mahitabo dinhi sa Robinsons while ang applications sa new business ug closure kay sa City Hall," she added. [Two business one-stop-shop will take place this January, one at the City Hall lobby and another at the Robinson's Place Iligan.The renewal will take place here at Robinson's while the applications for new business or closure will be at the City Hall.] The Kapehan sa Iligan Chamber is a monthly talk show program of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation of Iligan Inc. and Philippine Information Agency Iligan Information Center to discuss pressing issues concerning the business community and the local economy. (APB/PIA-ICIC)

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Poor families under granular lockdown get DSWD's cash aid

December 14, 2020

Aiding low-income families under granular lockdowns, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-10 provides the emergency cash subsidy through the Bayanihan 2 to Recover as One Act. "Ang mga potential beneficiaries alang sa emergency subsidy program ilalom sa Bayanihan 2 nga gipangposte sa matag barangay sa Cagayan de Oro and northern Mindanao subject pa for validation and assessment sa social worker," DSWD-1o Information Officer Oliver Inodeo said during the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, December 11.  (Potential beneficiaries for the emergency cash subsidy under the Bayanihan II posted in barangay halls of Cagayan de Oro and northern Mindanao are still  subject for validation and assessment of social workers) Inodeo added that the cash subsidy is not a continuation of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) but an assistance to those low-income families who are placed under granular lockdowns to help them go through the ordeal of not being able to work or provide for their families. To further response to the adverse effects of COVID-19, DSWD-10 also implements the Disaster Relief Operation Procedure (DROP) where the needs of communities are identified and addressed.  As of date, Inodeo said they are implementing 213 DROP sub-projects where they have completed 159 sub-projects and 54 are ongoing.  Eight towns are covered in the implementation and these include seven in Bukidnon and one in Lanao del Norte.  For the indigenous people (IPs), Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) projects are implemented in Claveria and Gingoog in Misamis Oriental, Tudela in Misamis Occidental, and Talakag, Kibawe, Kitaotao, Quezon and San Fernando in Bukidnon. As of December 11, there are a total of 6,878 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in northern Mindanao, wherein 5,740 have recovered, 206 have expired, and 932 are recovering. (RTP/PIA10)

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LANDBANK funds P40-M municipal hall in Nunungan, Lanao del Norte

December 14, 2020

Nestled in the hinterlands of Lanao del Norte, this third-class municipality is now getting more attention as an eco-tourism sanctuary and an investment haven down south. With the recent completion of the town’s national road concreting project—seamlessly connecting its 25 barangays—the journey of Nunungan towards a more progressive community is well underway.  As part of its vision to better serve its constituents and accommodate its growing visitors, tourists and investors, the Municipal Government of Nunungan aspires to have a modern, spacious and well-structured municipal hall. And backed by the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK), the construction of the building becomes possible, and will likely be completed by next year.  This developed after the local government signed a P40-million term loan agreement with LANDBANK on September 9, 2020 for the construction of a three-storey municipal hall in Sitio Bobong, Barangay Katubuan. The loan signing was led by Nunungan Mayor Marcos M. Mamay and Treasurer Leonides B. Seronio, together with LANDBANK Lanao Lending Center Head Nena P. Mendoza and Account Officer Virginia C. Gallego.  “Ito ang pinakamatagal na naming plano, na magkaroon kami ng modern municipal hall. Knowing na competitive na ang Nunungan dahil sa mga tourist attractions, pinagsisikapan talaga namin na magkaroon ng bagong municipal hall. Madaming dumadayo dito pero wala tayong maayos na municipal hall for accommodating them and their needs,” said Mayor Mamay. Once completed, the new municipal hall will be a significant part of the municipality’s vision of creating a government center with a grandstand, health center, fire station, and outdoor courts, among others, which Mayor Mamay envisions as another landmark site in the town, and will bring greater convenience to local residents who need to transact with various government offices.  The new hall will likewise serve as a facility to accommodate the existing and potential investors of the municipality. These investors are also expected to benefit from the unified services of the local government, especially in processing business permits.  Prior to the P40-million loan, the local government also borrowed a total of P75.2 million from LANDBANK in 2015 which was used to acquire heavy equipment that includes a six-wheeler dump truck, 10-wheeler dump truck, prime mover, low bed trailer, motor grader, vibratory compactor, and bulldozer. These are being utilized for the construction of new roads across the town, and the periodic maintenance of existing roads to ensure easy access to farms and timely transport of goods to the market.  “We at LANDBANK commit ourselves to improving the lives of all Filipinos by providing the needed financial support of LGUs in rolling out development projects in their localities. We always look at our LGUs as valuable allies in promoting development that is inclusive and sustainable,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo.    Aside from delivering intensified support to the agriculture sector, LANDBANK has been supporting local government units (LGUs) across the country to accelerate local growth.  As of October 31, 2020, LANDBANK has extended loans to LGUs amounting to P51.59 billion, with P17.18 billion of this representing loans to finance agri-aqua projects, including farm-to-market roads, slaughterhouses, and irrigation systems. (Landbank)

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Prompt response by DPWH averts major accident

December 14, 2020

The immediate action of maintenance personnel from DPWH-Lanao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office to release the built up pressure from a busted main water line averted a major accident from happening along a busy stretch of Tibanga national highway, this city. Around 4:00pm, people started to notice water leaking through the asphalt overlay of the national highway prompting them to call local authorities. Upon learning of the water leak, Assistant District Engineer (ADE) Maria David dispatched maintenance teams to the area to inspect and assess the situation. “When we got to the area, we were shocked to see that there was a huge bulge in the highway. The asphalt overlay has risen to about 8 to 10 inches. It was ready to explode," narrated Maintenance Point Person Hadjinor Sukarno. The DPWH team immediately coordinated with officials of the Iligan City Waterworks System (ICWS) to lower the water pressure in the area so the maintenance crew can slowly release the water pressure beneath the asphalt overlay. “I am very grateful to the DPWH team led Engr. Sukarno for their prompt response to this emergency. Thank you DPWH-Lanao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office for the assistance especially to ADE David and District Engineer Ali," expressed ICWS Head Josephus Albao. Among the barangays affected by the reduced water pressure are Tubod, Ubaldo Laya, Pala-o, Villa Verde, Tibanga, Bagong Silang, San Miguel, Hinaplanon, San Roque, Sta. Felomina, and Acmac. For his part, District Engineer Alykhan Ali assured the city government of Iligan that DPWH is ready and very much willing to extend its assistance anytime that ICWS calls on them. “We’re all on this together. Iligan will suffer if there is shortage in water supply. As Iliganons and public servants we are here to serve the people of Iligan. Our help is available 24/7," added District Engineer Ali. (VNL/DPWH-PIO)

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