northern mindanao

Rugby goes to Talakag

December 23, 2019

Following the success of the Philippine Volcanoes Rugby Sevens to the recent 30th SEA Games where the Men’s Team bagged the Gold and the Women’s won the Silver, Filipinos indeed have a great potential of excelling in the sport of Rugby. Unlike other mainstream sports such as basketball and volleyball, Rugby football needs to be properly introduced at the grassroots level as there are certain misconceptions about the sport such as it being a dangerous full contact sport that only big guys can play. \ What most people don’t know is that Rugby has a non-contact version which can be played by kids and adults, across all sizes, genders and cultures. Apart from the skills in playing the sport, kids are also taught the values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship which they would need and practice as life skills. All these are encapsulated in a carefully developed grassroots program called Get Into Rugby (GIR) which is conducted at the community level to spread the love for the sport and possibly develop the future Rugby stars in the country. Realizing this potential early on, Coach Noel Villa, Filipino-born but raised in the United Kingdom, established the Cagayan de Oro Rugby Football Club (CDO RFC) in 2013. For six years he worked very hard to develop the sport in Northern Mindanao by teaching Rugby to kids and adults for free. His efforts have reaped several accolades as the CDO Rafters, the local Rugby Team, has won several tournaments within and outside the region starting 2014 despite being such a very young team. However, in order to sustain interest for the sport, it is important to continuously conduct GIR activities in different localities. Through the invitation of SB Member Jean Suzette Macapayag, CDO RFC’s Founder and Head Coach Noel Villa presented the GIR program to the local officials of the Municipality of Talakag, Province of Bukidnon prior to their 18th regular session of the 20th Sangguniang Bayan. The dynamic group of councilors warmly welcomed the Program and supported the idea of including non-contact form of Rugby in their local schools. Soon, CDO RFC will be teaching the sport to young kids through its free rugby clinic which has the foundations of the Get Into Rugby program that is recognized globally. The Cagayan de Oro Rugby Football Club is the premiere Rugby Club in Northern Mindanao, a duly recognized member of the Philippine Rugby Football Union since 2013. Its Get Into Rugby program has been significant in the development of Rugby  in the Philippines, and has grown the sport through innovative strategies such as the first GIR in the malls, among others. Coach Noel, a certified World Rugby Coach, has also received several citations from different organizations including an invitation from World Rugby to present the challenges of growing the sport in Northern Mindanao in the year 2015. For more information about the free GIR Program and CDO RFC’s training schedules, please LIKE and FOLLOW their Facebook page(link) or email cdorugbyclub@gmail.com. (By Cagayan de Oro Rugby Football Club)

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IDPs start rebuilding their houses inside Marawi's most affected area

December 21, 2019

ILIGAN CITY ----- Twenty- displaced residents in Marawi City were given the chance on Friday, December 20, to go back to their barangay in Tolali to start reconstructing their houses which were destroyed during the five-month siege in 2017. Tolali, one of the 24 barangays in the most affected area (MAA), is at sector 1. Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra said they are first batch of the more than 400 families who were given the permit to start renovating their homes in Tolali alone. The local government unit (LGU) of Marawi dubbed the activity as Kathagombalay or rebuilding. Of that number, 18 families are renovating since their houses were only partially destroyed during the siege while the other two families are totally reconstructing after their houses were burned down. "Currently, there are more than 400 residents applied for building permits and the first 20 were approved. Marami pa'ng mga applications dito for approval," Gandamra said. Monitoring and checking Moamer Usman Pantao-o, chairman of Barangay Tolali, said barangay officials are monitoring the families working for their houses while Army personnel are checking on the constructiom materials to be brought inside. "Kahit ang mga sasakyan na lalabas, i-tsi-check pa rin ng Army," Pantao-o said. The families are also required to submit list of names of their workers who went inside. Housing Assistant Secretary Felix Castro, Field Office Manager of Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), the purpose of monitoring them is to avoid somebody to build in the area not owned by them. "Ang purpose naman doon, to ensure na yung babalik, yung magpapatayo ng kanilang bahay sa kanilang lupa talaga sila magpapatayo. Kasi kung pagsasabay-sabayin natin doon, babalik tayo sa dati," Castro said referring to squatting of someone's property. For Pantao-o, it was hard for them to be working in that way, being monitored when they are working in their own property but they will submit to what have been agreed and will follow the process. "Gusto sana namin ay Kambalingan (means to go home) para bumalik na kami sa aming mga lugar, unti-unti naming aayusin ang mga bahay namin kasi hindi naman lahat may pera kaagad," Pantao-o said. Gandamra said the Kathagombalay is a good development in as far as Marawi rehabilitation is concerned. "Atleast malapit na tayo sa pagbabalik. Kailangan lang natin sundin ang mga itinakdang proseso," Gandamra said.

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PHILIPPINES, TUNISIA AGREE ON CLOSER COOPERATION TO ADDRESS PLIGHT OF DISTRESSED AND DISPLACED MIGRANTS WORKERS

December 21, 2019

TUNIS, Tunisia — The Philippines and Tunisia agreed to strengthen cooperation to address the plight of migrants, particularly as the Philippine government repatriates its citizen affected by uncertainty in Northern Africa.   Chief Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Relations Robert Borje paid a courtesy call on Tunisian Acting Foreign Minister Sabri Bachtobji on Friday. Undersecretary Borje conveyed President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s message, lauding the Tunisian government’s vital role in the region.   Through his representative, President Duterte expressed his gratitude to Tunisia for assisting Filipinos exiting Libya. The President also wants to work with Tunisia not only on the issues of migrant workers but also on security aiming to achieve deeper relations despite the distance.   In response, Acting Foreign Minister Bachtobji said it is very important for the Philippines and Tunisia to work together, stressing it was Tunisia’s duty to assist distressed citizens, including Filipinos, fleeing conflict.   Both recognised the long-standing cooperation between the Philippines and Tunisia to assist distressed Filipinos displaced by instability and strife in nearby countries. Both also agreed on the need for the Philippines and Tunisia to continue working closely to further enhance mechanisms of assistance.   Bachtobji said Tunisia, which will assume as a non-permament member of the United Nations Security Council, could play a significant role in achieving global security and stability on top of its initiatives towards addressing the condition of distressed migrants.   Borje said the Philippines will continue to support Tunisia as it becomes a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for two years beginning in January 2020.   Because of its strategic location, Tunisia, along with Malta and Egypt, has been a major exit point for Filipinos going out of Libya.   Some 2,300 overseas Filipino workers are still in the north African country despite the Philippine government’s call for a mandatory evacuation. This year, 142 Filipinos from Tripoli were repatriated by the government.  PND

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PRESIDENT DUTERTE HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF ROTC IN NATIONAL SECURITY

December 21, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led Friday the closing ceremony of the National ROTC Summit and the First Presidential Silent Drill Competition underscoring the importance of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) to the nation’s peace and security.   Speaking before the participants of the event, President Duterte said that during times of conflict the country’s reservists could augment troops deployed in the frontline.   “In a total outbreak, itong mga ‘to, nandoon sa frontline at hindi mo malaman kung maubos ito sa isang bomba lang o isang machine gun. We have to have a reserve force which can be mobilized anytime,” the President said during the event held at the Qurino Grandstand.   “Kailangan tayo na kumuha ng ROTC, undergo the training kasi alam mo, pagdating ng panahon, alam mo magkasa ng Armalite, alam mo mag-dismantle kung masira, at alam mong bumaril," he further said.   ROTC training also instills discipline on the youth, he said, adding those who underwent ROTC respect authorities.   Inspired by the drills he saw in China, President Duterte has instructed the military to conduct more silent drills during sundown to honor Dr. Jose Rizal, the country’s national hero.   “Do it and I order it every day. It will be spearheaded by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and those who’d like to participate,” the President said.   Different Chinese units, he noted, perform such drills before their flag is lowered every afternoon attracting large audience.   Spearheaded by the Presidential Management Staff (PMS), the Presidential Security Group (PSG) and their partners, the event was held as the Armed Forces of the Philippines concluded the National ROTC Summit that showcased the gallantry, bravery and spirit of volunteerism of young men and women all over the country.   President Duterte then commended the winners and participants of the competition as well as all those who joined the summit. The participants received cash prizes from event organizers.  PND

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Speech of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the closing ceremony of the national ROTC summit and 1st Presidential Silent Drill Competition (third/last part)

December 20, 2019

I assure you that this administration will remain unrelenting in its mission to realize a comfortable life for all Filipinos, and I firmly believe that the values learned from the ROTC Program are vital towards achieving this goal. I assure you that this administration will remain unrelenting in its mission to realize a comfortable life for all Filipinos, and I firmly believe that the values learned from the ROTC Program are vital towards achieving this goal including those who go to the PMA to be soldiers. ‘Yun lahat. Itong ROTC part-time lang ito because they have other worries --- to be a doctor, to be a lawyer. But then again when trouble comes, everybody of us can be heroes. Alam mo ‘yang… It’s just the opportunity. Ayaw ko lang magyabang. Itong mga human rights, I have been, you know, in my lifetime as mayor I see myself, my life in front of me. Alam mo kayong mga taga-Davao, kayong mga taga-media, dalawang beses ako nagpa-hostage para lang sa kapwa tao ko. Kaya talagang papatay ako para sa kapwa tao, para sa Pilipino. Huwag ka talagang magkompyansa sa akin. Ayaw kong mapahiya kaya ganon ako. As we look forward to the next Silent Drill Competition… Siguro ang next…  Mag --- ilan ba ang binigay natin? Three hundred thousand?  Siguro mga next, ang first mga 10 million okay na? [applause] Ayaw tumawa ang mga buang oh. Akala nila siguro nag --- nagbibiro ako. No, it will be higher. We’ll go higher, higher. And those who would want to parade there every afternoon, you'll have coffee money with me. And we can have dinner in… Kaya kung sinong gustong pumunta ng Malacañan, it’s open to everybody, to every Filipino. You just inform Bong Go or any of the --- itong police.  Lapitan lang ninyo, sabihin niyo, "Kausapin ko si Mayor. Gusto kong makita ang Malacañan at magkain doon. At 'yung kwarto niya, gaano ba kalapad ‘yung kama niya." Kung lalaki ka, ah wala. Walang overnight. Pero kung... Ah ayaw kong sabihin. [laughter] Magalit ang anak... Alam mo pagka ganito, sanay lang ako sa biro kasi politiko ako. I never graduated from being a mayor. Dala-dala ko 'yung pagka-mayor ko sa presidency kaya ako nagmumura, nagbibiro. But all --- just take it in stride. It's just pabiro lang. Pero kung totoo, kung magpunta ka doon sabi, "Can we spend the night here, mayor?" "Yes." Pero pagka lalaki, “T*** i** doon ka sa barracks nung sundalo. Huwag kang mag...” My house is very small. But you are all invited to go to Malacañan. It’s your palace. All you have to do is to let us know and group na lang kayo. About mga 20 each time. Then you let us know and you can have a view of the palace. Inyo ‘yan. Wala akong ano diyan. Gusto ko...  At sa --- I do not call it palace. I'm just saying it because that's the usage. I call that thing in Pasig as my office. In public and official declaration, I said I am a worker of government and I serve the people and I live simply kasi pera ng tao ‘yan. [applause] Kung magkain ka doon… 'Yung nakapunta na, lahat --- marami naman kayong nakapunta. Isang sabaw, isang ulam, isang kanin. Huwag na maghingi ng another cup of rice kay limitado ang pagkain diyan sa… Walang steak-steak diyan kasi hindi atin pera 'yan. A simple dinner. I will all accommodate you. Over the next two years, I will end my term. At sa lahat ng may sama ng loob sa akin, anytime, maski natulog ako katukin lang ako ninyo. "Duterte, gumising ka mag-usap tayo." "Okay, no problem."  Together, let us work for a safer and more peaceful… Alam ninyo, 'yung kayong mga bata na school of youth, do not allow the criminals to bamboozle you. Huwag kang pumayag kayong mga p*... Huwag kayo sa daan because 'yung mga streets are for the use of the citizens.  'Pag tindig-tindig ka nang tanto, magpasa-pasa ka ng ano --- tapos human rights, ano ka na? Huwag mong… ‘yan kayo not --- not in the streets, not… Kasi maghuhuli kayo ng nasa [bus?] ganon. Well, it could be the last ride of your life. Hindi ako nagbibiro kasi galit ako sa kriminal, galit ako sa corruption.  Bakit? Because I love you. Kaya nasa speech ko noon sa kampanya, I am here because I love the Filipino people. 'Di ba sinabi ko ‘yan? [applause] 'Yung bago ako sa kampanya sinabi ko --- sinabi ko itong droga, mga ano --- itong mga kriminal. Do not... Huwag ninyong i-oppress. Ayaw ko 'yang i-oppress. Ayaw ko ‘yang mag-istambay diyan sa mga bayan-bayan. P*... 'Pag --- 'pag may magsumbong sa akin, tatapusin talaga kita.  You know, the only way to end the problem is to end you, para tapos na. Kung kayong mga kriminal, masasamang loob, do not do it. It is dangerous at these times, sa panahon ko. Ibang presidente bahala na. Huwag dito.  Ayaw kong mapahiya eh. Hambogero ako. Kaya ‘pag sinabi ko huwag, huwag. So naka-lecture naman ako, lahat na. Maraming salamat sa participants. I really appreciate your sweat. [applause]  Next time, we'll have a --- more prizes to come your way. Ten million, hindi na ninyo maubos 'yan sa isang gabi kung manalo kayo. Look forward to it because...   Alam mo sa totoo lang, hindi ako nag-hingi ng pera maski kanino. Tanungin --- magtanong kayo ng negosyante dito. Naghingi ako ng pera para sa akin? Pero maghingi ako ng pera para sa iba, para sa kapwa ko tao, kaya ko.  I will raise that money not from the government coffers. I will raise that money kasi marami akong kaibigan na tinanggihan noon nagbigay. Eh sabihin ko, "Sige ngayon na. Kasi gusto ng mga drill, malaki ang prize nila. Gusto talaga nila 50 million." So it's gonna be 50 million.  Maraming salamat po. [applause]

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[Transcript] Speech of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the closing ceremony of the national ROTC summit and 1st Presidential Silent Drill Competition (second part)

December 20, 2019

Alam mo, sa buhay natin, the imponderables of life. Hindi natin talaga alam ano. ‘Pag nawala man ako, well, the next president, he might have some other ideas for you but ako, I suggest that we pass the ROTC. Sumali kayo. Requirement ‘yan bago ka maka-graduate. Tiisin mo ‘yan kasi ‘yan talaga ang buhay dapat ng estudyante ng Pilipinas. I hope that in the future, when you look back at the memorable experiences during these events, you will never forget to live up [to] – and never depart from – these values as you pursue endeavors and you would benefit not only for yourselves but your families, and ultimately, the entire nation as well. You would develop honesty kung nandiyan kayo. Me, in my government, whether the military, the police or promotion o ‘yung magpasok ka sa gobyerno, mag-Cabinet member ka. I have fired about five whose friendship dates back to 1988 when I first become the mayor of Davao. Tuloy-tuloy kasi ako hanggang presidency na. Wala akong talo. But these guys were with me and who helped me all throughout. Pero ang sinabi ko, pagka magsama tayo sa gobyerno and I have the power to appoint you, huwag mo akong hiyain because ayaw ko talaga ng corruption. ‘Yung sa corruption ngayon sa gobyerno... [applause] And I’m warning again the bureaucracy. Dito man ang mga secretary, madali man nila. I do not want papers to be acted by days. I want it by hours. If you are a director, do not hang on it. Huwag mong upuan ‘yan kasi pabalik-balikin mo ang tao hanggang bumigay ng pera. Ganon sa gobyerno. Matagal akong mayor. Matagal akong… Marami talaga akong sinipa maski dito sa Malacañan. Tanungin mo ‘yung mga guwardiya. Nagbubugbog talaga ko ng tao, lalo na ‘yung mga graft and corruption. Sinisipa ko ‘yan. Kaya huwag kayong ma-ano kasi kung gusto ninyo, pagkatapos ko Presidente magkita tayo maski saang lugar. Kayong mga p** --- mga durugista. [applause]  Kung agrabyado kayo, l**** kayo, abangan ninyo ako o sabihin ninyo saan kayo, pupuntahan ko kayo. Magsama tayo sa impiyerno, kayong mga… T*** i** niyo. [applause] Alam mo, baka sabihin mo hindi ako taga-Maynila. Eh probinsyano ako, pitsugin. Nagkamali talaga kayo diyan. Ako, naglilinis rin ako ng baril gabi-gabi. Para sa inyo ‘yan. Pag-alis ko ng Malacañan, maglinya ka na diyan, mag-draw na tayo at magsama na tayo sa impiyerno for all time. At doon ko kayo bugbugin nang bugbugin araw-araw sa harap ni satanas. Mga p*… kayo. [laughter and applause] Eh galit ako eh. I said do not destroy my country. Look, kayong mga human rights. I told everybody, huwag mo --- ninyo akong sisihin.  I told you do not destroy my country because I will kill you. Nothing can be more clear than that. ‘Pag sinira mo ang mga anak namin at sabi ‘yung ganon, widespread na. Kita mo araw-araw sa TV ninyo meron talagang droga. Look at the crawler. ‘Yung tumatakbo diyan sa baba. That’s called crawler. Nagko-crawl. Meron talaga araw-araw. Hindi nagtaka na itong mga… Kayong mga human --- bantay kayo.  ‘Di na lang ninyo tiningnan na my country is being flooded with drugs and I have to protect the next genere --- trabaho ninyo ‘yan. Kayong mga sun --- magiging sundalo.  You have to protect the next generation. Kasi ‘yung next generation, marami ang tama ng droga gaya ng America. Kawawa tayo. Hindi tayo mayaman. Ang atin… Ngayon maganda na. Surplus natin, may pera na tayo. Putulin mo lang ‘yang graft and corruption, putulin mo ‘yang droga, putulin mo lahat na sumisira ng Pilipino. Eh ‘di ka makulong niyan. Maniwala kayo. At makulong kayo, eh ‘di sama tayo. Pareho lang naman ‘yan. Eh ako matanda na, sila. You do not scare me na pakulong mo ako diyan sa International Court --- Criminal Court. T***… I will never allow myself to answer itong mga puti. Hoy, loko-loko kayong mga… I will never, never, never answer any question coming from you. It’s b*** s*** to me. I am responsible only to the Filipino. Ang maghusga, Filipino. [applause] And if you hang me for all what I did, go ahead. It will be my pleasure. But never. Itong mga puti nakikialam ang mga… Mumurahin na lang ninyo ako, eh ‘di pumuputok nang --- kakapigil.  Hindi lang nila alam ang… You know, what’s to them a dead carcass there, criminal. Ilan ang nag… Hindi nila binilang ang namatay dahil sa droga. Kaya kayong mga human rights, you better behave. Do not look at life on a single lens. Tingnan ninyo parang binocular. Not a telescope na isa lang. Mga g*** kayo, mga bobo kayo. Tsaka kung kayo… Hay nako. Gusto ko nga magharap tayo ng korte. I want to debate with you about what ails this country and I’d be happy to answer you and to condemn you. Hindi niyo ako matalo. ‘Adre… You know, before I became a mayor, I was a prosecutor. Kaya huwag mo --- do not ‘yang ano… Mag --- sabihin mas bright ka sa akin. Mas bright ako sa inyong lahat sa, totoo lang. [applause] Oo. Kaya kayong mga Bisaya pumapakpak na kayo nang husto.    -more-

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