northern mindanao

DOST holds 2019 regional inventions contest and exhibits in Bukidnon

November 15, 2019

VALENCIA CITY, Bukidnon — At least 170 participants from public and private sectors throughout the region 10 vied for five categories of awards during the 2019 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) last November 11-13, 2019 at Robinsons Place, Valencia City, Bukidnon. Winners bagged cash prizes under Outstanding Invention (Tuklas Award); Outstanding Utility Model, Outstanding Industrial Design, and Outstanding Creative Research (Likha Award); and Outstanding Creative Research (Sibol Award) for College and High School Students.   Winners will represent region 10 in the National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) in 2020. 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 the invention and its utilization of 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 gives 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. (Engr. Mark T. Galon–DOST X)     

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The Development and Security Effort of Philippine Army Units in Northern Mindanao

November 14, 2019

Camp Col Natividad, Manolo Fortich,Bukidnon - The 52nd Engineer Brigade, Philippine Army with the help of its line unit the Engineer Support Battalion in coordination with Misamis Oriental Engineering Office, facilitated the farm to market road concreting project from Brgy. Kibanban, Municipality of Balingasag to Brgy. Banglay of Langonglong, Misasmis Oriental. Last 10 April 2019, the 58th, 4ID, PA launched Development and Security Plan " Pangandoy Misamis Oriental" held at Municipality of Balingasag that focuses on the improvement of socio-economic and the delivery of basic services especially on the conflict affected areas. According to LTC ROY ANTHONY O DERILO, Commanding Officer, 58IB, 4ID, " The peace and security is a multi-dimensional and require a multi-stakeholders action to attain them". "Peace and Security is everybody's responsibility. We should work together to attain our common objective of a peaceful Misamis Oriental". added LTC DERILO.  Meanwhile LTC ROLLY B FIGUEROA, Battalion Commander of  ESBn, 52EBde, said that " The Army Engineers will always support the program of the government EO #70 to End Local Communist and Armed Conflict (ELCAC) and Community Support Project of 58IB, towards peace and development".  For his part, COL ROMMEL R HINLO the Commander of 52nd Engineer Brigade, Philippine Army, lauded the troops and personnel of Misamis Oriental Engineering Office and LGUs for their efforts and commitment in helping its people and to end poverty. "Your 52nd Engineer Brigade, in collaboration with 58th IB, 4ID,PA, LGUs and other stakeholders will remain committed to attain greatest satisfaction in contributing and helping unfortunate communities in the hinterlands who needed the most of our services"COL HINLO added.

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50 ex-rebels get P2.7 Million aid under from the government's E-CLIP

November 12, 2019

IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon - 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 awarding of E-CLIP assistance was held Friday, November 8, inside Camp Osito Bahian in Impalambong, Malaybalay City. It 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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Quake victims share food with monkeys

November 10, 2019

On a mountain village in this quake-stricken municipality, residents live in virtual cages while monkeys can roam around undisturbed.  Barangay New Israel, along the foot of Mt. Apo, at about 800 meters above sea level, is surrounded by lush vegetation and tree farms.  It is home to 600 human families and around 300 monkeys. The village is among places that suffered in the recent series of earthquakes, the strongest at magnitude 6.6, that hit many parts of Mindanao, particularly in Davao del Sur and Cotabato provinces. According to estimates by barangay officials, close to 90 percent of the houses in the area inhabited by the religious group Moncadista sustained damages and rendered unsafe to live in. Barangay chair Eduardo Delfin said many of the residents prefer to sleep in tents outdoors instead of entering their homes. “We only go in if we need to use the toilet,” he said. The situation has exposed the human residents to live in the open with the monkey inhabitants sans the usual barrier between them. Houses in the village have screen and other barriers to prevent the monkeys from entering and ransacking their homes for food. Sixty-three year old Rodolfo Aguillar said he once forgot to close the door of his house and when he came back, the meal he had prepared was gone and his belongings strewn all over the house.. “Morag giagian sa mga kawatan (Looks like thieves came to my house in search of something),” he said. Factions The monkeys in New Israel, originally led by an alpha male named “Mike,” have their own politics and have since divided themselves into three factions, Aguillar said.  A group of about 60 monkeys have established themselves in the barangay center, while the two other groups who used to live with the community, but whose leaders were dethroned, left for the wooded areas surrounding the community. The outside groups would at times attempt to enter the community, triggering a bloody encounter among monkeys, Aguillar said, describing the conflict of the monkeys, which he said “must be due to territory and food resources.”  Even with that situation of the monkeys, residents themselves have not hurt or harmed them, which have lived with the community for about five generations already. Sharing food Last November 8, New Israel held “Amo (Cebuano for monkey) Festival” to mark the 108th birthday of Maximino Guibernas, founder of the Moncadista religious group that established itself as a community in the area. During the festival, residents and monkeys eat together on a long table of fruits and veggies.  As the residents suffer from the calamity brought by the series of earthquakes, the monkeys struggle as well, especially with the inadequate food.  Residents who used to feed the monkeys as part of their household, now rely on aid coming from relief agencies and volunteer groups. Eutiquia Medel, 83, said they have to look after themselves and care for the monkeys as this was taught to them by their leader, whom they call Papa Guibernas, who established the Moncadista religious group in 1935. “Lisud man siya, pero dawaton kay nahitabo kini sa pagtugot sa Kahitas-an (It may be difficult, but we accept it because it is the will from the heavens),” she said, while holding a roll of sleeping mat and tent given as aid by the Rotary Club of Dadiangas. She said she will still share food with the monkeys as they used to do. Egg not bananas On Saturday, soldiers brought to the village several truckloads of belongings and bags of foodstuffs, including boxes of bananas, apparently for the monkeys. But a load of bananas in a military truck was noticeably untouched even as the monkeys roam around. “Busog na sila! Daghan sila nakaon kagahapon sa selebrasyon. (They’re full. They had plenty from yesterday’s celebration),” remarked Aguillar, referring to the birthday celebration of their leader, Papa Guibernas. Aguillar narrated in Cebuano that a volunteer group brought in food, including popsicles that the monkeys grabbed and ate. After several minutes, he said many of the monkeys were throwing up. “Nabugnawan ang tiyan (Their tummies are not accustomed to it)!” he said, laughing. But, give them raw egg and even if they are full, they will consume it. Aguillar, who grew up as a child in the place, said it is not bananas that they love to eat. He told the aid volunteers: “Sa sunod magdala mo, itlog (Next time, bring eggs instead)!” 

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For Lumads displaced by the quakes, will there still be a village to return to?

November 9, 2019

Bagobo Tagabawa Lumads (Indigenous Peoples) living in the hinterland villages here are among thousands of residents who have evacuated to the town center following a series of four above-magnitude-6 earthquakes between October 16 and 31. When they will return to their villages, no one can say for now. When they do go back, repairing their damaged houses or building new ones to replace those that collapsed, will take time. For a still undetermined number of Lumads, however, there may be no home and no village to return to. Barangay Luayon, whose residents are predominantly Bagobo Tagabawa,  is one of four villages that have been declared as “no build zones” among Makilala’s 38 barangays. Kagawad Cornelio Damali, Indigenous Peoples (IP) Mandatory Representative, said 84% of 647 households of barangay Luayon, are Lumads (IPs). The entire village has been dispersed to various evacuation centers since the Magnitude 6.5 quake struck on Thursday, October 31. Damali said they average five “gyera” (wars) a year between government forces and the new Peoples Army (NPA) but “dili mi maapektahan sa gyera” (we’re not affected by the wars). He meant they have not evacuated because of the “gyera.” But the series of earthquakes forced them out of their homes and villages “kay wala na miy puluy-anan. Hugmak na tanan (because we have no more homes to return to. All have collapsed) “Walay balay nabilin sa Luayon. Pati among barangay hall nga lig-on kaaayo naguba.  Eskwelahan -- elementary high school daycare,  hurot. Hugmak. (No house stands in Luayon. Even our barangay hall which is a strong structure, was destroyed.  The elementary, high school and day care schools, too),  the Kagawad, also referred to as Datu and Pastor, said. Four earthquakes above Magnitude 6 struck the area between October 16 and 31: Magnitude 6.3 on October 16, Magnitudes 6.6 and 6.1 on October 29 and Magnitude 6.5 on October 31. A resident, Patricio Lumayon, was hit by “nagalupad na mga bato” (flying rocks) while tapping rubber when the Magnitude 6.6  struck on October 29.  He was rushed to the hospital in the poblacion but died in the evening. “Dili na mi pabalikon sa Luayon” The residents of Luayon did not only lose their homes, they also lost their main source of livelihood: rubber tapping, and have just been told they have lost their village, too Barangays Luayon, Bato, Buhay and Cabilao  have been declared no-build zones, their residents evacuated to the poblacion. “Mao na ingon sa Phivolcs. Dili na mi pabalikon sa Luayon” (That’s what the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.  We cannot return to Luayon),  Damali explained. He said their mayor told them government will relocate Luayon’s 647 households, more than 500 of that Lumads. Damali said they would negotiate to be allowed to still farm in Luayon even if they would be relocated elsewhere, explaining that’s where their lands are. He describes the land ownership in Luayon as fair. “Walay adunahan, walay pobre. Halos tanan naay yuta” (No rich, no poor. Almost all have lands). The lands are planted mostly to rubber. As of Tuesday, November 5, Damali said, the road to Luayon was still inaccessible. The only way to reach the place aside from hiking is on motorcycle. Damali said he asked Makilala Mayor Armando Quibod  a question that has not been answered: if, for example they have are able to acquire five to 10 hectares of land in Barangay Malasila for a relocation site, “matawag pa ba nga Barangay Luayon” (can you still call it Luayon)? Luayon comes from word “Luay,” a kind of grass that that grows in their village. But will they still call their village Luayon if Luay does not grow in their relocation site, MindaNews asked. “Magkambyo na mig pangalan” (We will change our name), he said. Sheryl Orbita, municipal administrator of Makilala told MindaNews that the local government is looking for relocation for residents of  the villages declared ‘no build zones.’ She said they have several options to choose from but they will have these checked by the Phivolcs and the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau. In the areas declared as “no-build zones,” Orbita said Phivolcs informed them farming can still be done at daytime but not when it rains.  Living there,, however, will not be allowed. Waiting for verdict At the Makilala Central Elementary School, Datu Bienvenido Makalos told MindaNews that all households in Barangay Batasan at the foothills of Mt. Apo had fled their villages starting Tuesday, October 29, when the magnitude 6.6 and 6.1 quakes struck. Of this number, around 200 households or about 1,000 individuals are Bagobo Tagabawa, but they have been dispersed to three areas – in Kisante, Flortam and the school grounds where around 60 families have pitched tents. Datu Makalos said they fled their village after the Magnitudes 6.6 and 61. quakes on Tuesday, October 29, because they were afraid a lake in their ancestral domain might give way when another strong quake happens. Another quake did happen two days later, on October 31, at Magnitude 6.5. That quake killed their barangay captain when a beam in the barangay hall fell on him. He said they will wait for the government to declare their area safe or unsafe for return. But what he wants to know is, if the verdict is it is unsafe, “asa dapit ang among relocation area” (where will our relocation area be?) Getting displaced does not mean only physically but also culturally. Up in the mountains, Makalos said, is their ancestral domain. “Mas dako ang territory” (the territory is bigger). In the evacuation center and in the relocation area, if they will be relocated, the area is small. But Makalos said that no matter the difficulties and the limitations, they will continue observing their cultural practices “kay dili pwede makalimtan ang atong pagka-Lumad” (because we shouldn’t forget our being Lumad). Help, donations are not endless At the evacuation camp at the Makilala Institute of Science and Technology in Barangay Concepcion, Myrna Linao, IP Mandatory Representative of Barangay Buhay told MindaNews on Friday that 135 Bagobo Tagabawa families have sought temporary shelter here while two other families are staying with relatives in Kidapawan. Like Barangay Luayon, Barangay Buhay is one of the four villages declared “no build zone” but Linao said it is not clear to them as yet. But she adds that if they are to be relocated, relocation should be done immediately so they can settle down and start anew. She also wants an investigation on the cause of the frequent earthquakes. If it were a natural cause, Linao said they would readily accept that that is God’s will but if the cause is man-made, then the perpetrators should be punished.. She said Buhay, since time immemorial, has been their ancestral domain and their ancestors had declared that place safe. “Bisan tabunan pa mig daghang goods karon,  ang amo gyud ginahangdum makabalik mi sa among yutang natawhan. Mao gyud na among panawagan” (Even if you cover all of us with relief goods now, what we really want is to return to our ancestral domain. That is our call), she said. Until when, she asked, will government and other donors give them help? When the giving stops, “asa mi padulong ug asa mi sa among inadlawng panginabuhian” (where will we go and what will happen to our source of daily livelihood?), Linao asked, adding “among panginabuhian naa man gyud sa ancestral domain namo” (our livelihood is in our ancestral domain). Linao acknowledges that donations are not endless but “sariling paningkamot” (striving on their own) to survive is a never-ending struggle.    36.8%   The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) North Cotabato office’s report on “partial data” from the field as of  November 7 showed the total number of IP families affected by the quakes at 11,792 households, with Makilala having the most number at 5,129, followed by Kidapawan City at 3,450, Magpet at 1,843 and Tulunan at 1,370. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s (NDRRMC) Situation Report 15 as of 6 a.m. on November 7 said that in North Cotabato, a total of  31,969 families or 159,845 individuals in 138 barangays were affected by the quakes. The NCIP’s partial data of 11,792 affected IP households represent 36.8% of the 31,969 affected in the NDRRMC data on North Cotabato.  Joey Bogay, Acting NCIP Provincial Director told MindaNews the NCIP is still consolidating data on the number of affected IP families who are staying inside evacuation centers or are being served outside evacuation centers.

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In Tulunan, back to school on Monday except for areas badly damaged by quakes

November 9, 2019

 It’s back to school for elementary and high school students here on Monday, November 11, 13 days after it was suspended due to the Magnitude 6.6 quake at 9:04 a.m. on October 29 that was followed by a  6.1 an hour later and a 6.5 two days later. But classes remain suspended in five of 32 elementary schools and one of six high schools here, Peter Ortizo, focal persons of the Local School Board (LSB) told MindaNews on Friday, under a parabolic tent near the municipal hall that serves as their temporary office while the town hall’s structural integrity is given the nod of building officials. Ortizo said those whose classes are still suspended next week are Magbok Elementary School. Paraiso Elementary School, Daig Elementary School, New Caridad Elementary School, and Bituan Elementary School and New Caridad High School.  These are the schools severely damaged, and near the epicenters of the four above-Magnitude 6 quakes: 6.3 on October 16, 6.6 and 6.1 on October 29 and 6.5 on October 31. Temporary learning shelters will be provided to schools with classrooms that have been damaged and cannot be used. Ortizo said they will provide GI sheets and nails but will also give parabolic tents as they did in Daig which was given four. Ortizo said they have yet to get a clear advisory from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on whether or not these areas where the severely damaged schools located are still safe “but meantime wala pang official na declaration ang Phivolcs …  we should move on and we should let our students go back to school until such time na meron silang official na advisor.” Prior to Monday’s school opening, heads of all 39 public elementary and high schools in Tulunan and all the teachers in the severely damaged villages of Daig, Paraiso, New Caridad and Magbok, are undergoing a stress debriefing and training on Pscyhosocial First Aid on November 9 and 10 at the Tulunan National High School mini theatre. The weekend activity is conducted by the Ateneo de Davao University’s Center of Psychological Extension and Research Services or COPERS.

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