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Villanueva is new 4th ID commander

August 24, 2017

CAMP Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City--After seventeen months of leading the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army, Major General Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr. has finally turned over the command responsibility to Major General Ronald C. Villanueva during the change of command early yesterday at the 4ID headquarters. The ceremony was graced by the Commanding General of the Philippine Army, Lieutenant General Glorioso V. Miranda and was attended by the different Local Chief Executives, Tribal Chieftains, Regional Directors, and distinguished guests from Northern Mindanao and Caraga Regions. Looking at Madrigal’s term, the Division has achieved numerous breakthrough results. A total of 239 NPAs were either surrendered, captured, or died during the combat operations; recovered 243 assorted firearms and 125 Improvised Explosive Devices; arrested 140 drug personalities; and recovery of different types of illegal drugs with a total market value of P41 million during the support to law enforcement operations. He is the proponent of the Bayanihan Oversight and Advisory Committee (BOAC). This is a Whole-of-Government in action where everybody is empowered and focused on addressing the concerns in conflict-affected areas. Likewise, it is the venue for all concerned agencies to direct and focus their programs for the people with the same targets and timelines. It is composed of different local chief executives, agency heads, local leaders, PNP, and the AFP and it is established in almost all municipalities and cities in the two regions. All these efforts and achievements have paved way to the clearing of a total of 568 barangays in the two regions. Likewise, he was able to bring the Division to greater heights as it achieved the fourth and final stage of the Army Governance Pathway which is the Institutionalized Status. The 4ID is the first Philippine Army major unit to have achieved such status with a Gold Trailblazer award after passing the re-validation on June 5 this year at the Headquarters Philippine Army at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. The award was formally given by Lt. Gen. Miranda during yesterday’s ceremony. For his part, Villanueva is the Chief of the AFP’s Intelligence Service before seating as the 41st Commander of the 4ID. He is a well-decorated and well-rounded Army General which qualifies him to hold such position. His Command positions are the following: Company Commander under the 53rd Infantry Battlation in 1987; Commanding Officer of the 28th Infantry Battalion in 2003 and later lead the 26th Infantry Battalion until 2005; and Commander of 1002nd Infantry Brigade stationed in Sarangani Province from 2014 to 2016. Villanueva’s strategic posts would later on take him to the Department of National Defense where he served as Group Commander of the Defense Intelligence and Security Group from 2007 until 2010 before orchestrating the affairs of the Counter Intelligence Division of the AFP’s OJ2 from 2010 to 2011. He has also served as head of the Faculty Department of the AFPCGSC in 2012. Earning the distinction of having delved in many military disciplines and mastering them all, he became Chiefs of Staff of both the 4th and 7th Infantry Divisions from 2012 to 2014. Villanueva is a proud Mindanaon who has been tested by years of experience and right schooling both in Military Schools and Civilian Academic Institutions. He is a Scout Ranger, a combat diver, an expert marksman, an Infantry and Intelligence Officer with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Xavier University, a Master’s Degree in National Security from the National Defense College of the Philippines and a Diploma in International Development and Security from the Development Academy of the Philippines. The two men of the hour are both members of the Philippine Military Academy “Sandiwa” Class of 1985.

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Trader in Naawan ‘crisis’ surrenders

August 24, 2017

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A businessman turned himself in to authorities yesterday morning after he reportedly held a Catholic priest for a few hours in a church in Naawan town in Misamis Oriental. Lovernton Ruedas surrendered around 12 noon Wednesday to Sr. Insp. Dexter Ceniza, chief of Police Station 2 in Iligan City. Prior to the incident, the suspect reportedly went to see the chief of police of Naawan Police Station Sr. Insp. Jay Francis Serrano Estigoy in regard to the case of his cousin, a certain Millerton. Ruedas said his cousin went on hiding in Bukidnon. When inside the police station, the reports said Estigoy noticed that Ruedas had a gun, thus he took his service firearm where the alleged shootout between him and the suspect ensued. But Ruedas managed to run toward the Convent where he took refuge. Residents told a local radio station that they have heard the guns rang out. Naawan town parish priest, Rev. Fr. Roniedon P. Valmoria told Magnum radio, a local radio station, that Ruedas, a guitarist and a choir member of his parish, merely sought for his help contrary to reports that he was held hostage. “Walay hostage nga nahitabo,” Valmoria told a local radio program anchored by Joel Jacobo of Magnum radio. “Nag estorya ra mi, nagpatabang siya,” the priest added. “Related man sa droga kay nalooy siya sa iyang ig-agaw kay gipangita sa pulis ug nagtago-tago mao nga makig-estorya unta siya sa hepe,” said Valmoria apparently referring to Estigoy. According to his uncle, Ruedas owned an appliance store engaged in selling musical instruments located in nearby Manticao town, also in Misamis Oriental.

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Hiscom, education department team up on local history textbook

August 24, 2017

THE Cagayan de Oro Historical and Cultural Commission (Hiscom) and the Department of Education Cagayan de Oro Division of City Schools are collaborating on creating the first local history textbook for public school students in the city, Last August 9-11, 2017, the project completed its second phase with the “Validation and Evaluation of Local History Book of Cagayan de Oro” at a local hotel where the output from the first WriteShop earlier compiled by the DepEd’s pool of writers from local historical sources were copy edited and vetted for accuracy and correctness. Dr. Erlinda M. Burton, Hiscom chairperson, suggested the follow-up activity after Hiscom commissioners conducted a first pass review of the first Writeshop Output which covers Cagayan de Oro’s pre-history until the end of the Spanish colonial rule in Philippines in 1898 when the country was ced ed to the United States of America and the Philippine-American War began. Fr. Daniel D. Coronel, SSJV, Hiscom Co-Chair and Mr. Romeo Aclo, Education Supervisor for Araling Panlipunan, DepEd Cagayan de Oro Division of City Schools, spearheaded the activity. Also participating were other local institutions like the History Department of Xavier University represented by Kristian Ian S. Sulmayor, History Dept Chair; and Charlito Lorzano, Asst Director of the ACDO Archives and Land Records Office. According to Mr. Aclo, this is the first such initiative from a DepEd Division to formulate such as textbook on local history based on local historical sources and is being eyed by the DepEd to be the model/template for similar projects in other DepEd areas. The next Write Shop aims to cover the period starting with the Philippine-American War on which Kagay-anon Patriots played a prominent role to the present time under the administration of Mayor Oscar S. Moreno. Mr. Aclo said the group will petition the LGU for funding assistance to complete the project since DepEd funds have already been depleted by the first two Write Shops.

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Davao City Council okays amendments to tax code

August 24, 2017

DAVAO CITY – The City Council on Tuesday approved on third reading amendments to the Real Property Tax (RPT) Code, which could raise P326 million increase in real property tax collection if fully implemented. The amendments came after 12 years that the city never made any changes to the real property tax ordinance. The amendments included the four per cent increase for residential; 9.5 per cent in agriculture; 11 per cent for commercial, and 25 per cent in mineral, industrial and timberland industry. The approved amendments were lower than the proposed increase of the City Assessor’s Office (CAO) which recommended an increase of five per cnet for residential; 10 per cent for agricultural, and 12 percent for commercial. New investors in the city were also subjected to two years exemption of RPT as part of the city’s way to attract investors. Committee on Finance, Ways and Means chair Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang said the city council considered the status of the Dabawenyo taxpayers in increasing real property taxes. “The basic principle here is affordability. We considered the situation of the Dabawenyos if we will impose big increase in their real property tax,” he said. Dayanghirang said the increase on the real property tax will be split into three. On first payment, taxpayers will pay one third of the increase; two thirds on the second payment while a full payment on the third payment will be imposed. “We split it into three so that the Dabawenyos can adjust on the increase,” he said. The amendments of RPT were supposedly done every five years. The last amendment was made in 2005. The RPT amendments are still subject for approval of the Department of Finance (DOF). “We are very confident that the Department of Finance will approve our RPT increase proposal without amendments,” Dayanghirang said. The amended Real Property Tax is expected to be implemented on 2019 after the approval of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III. PNA

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Davao’s livestock industry vigilant vs animal diseases

August 24, 2017

DAVAO CITY—Amid the Avian Influenza or bird flu outbreak in Luzon, the livestock industry players here are not taking any chances against animal diseases that may affect the industry, such as food and mouth disease (FMD) by beefing up good agricultural practices. “We should not put our guards down even if we are FMD-free,” said Edward So, president of Davao Hog Raisers Association. “The more that we should be strict in protecting our industry, considering the fact that other markets in the country like Luzon and the Visayas source their pork requirements in Mindanao,” he added. He said Mindanao has quality products and exports hogs to Luzon and Visayas where there is a shortage of pork meat. The shortage of pork meat, So said, is felt especially in Luzon because of the present administration’s policy to curb smuggling. So stressed the shortage of pork production in the country even surprises hog raisers in Mindanao. As such this is an opportune time to consider joining the hog industry to increase production. While Mindanao hog raisers are committed to improving their production, So said the government should also help backyard raising to go mainstream. “What is good in Mindanao is that we still have available lands for hog raising unlike in Luzon,” he said. Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture (DA) XI will collect blood samples from hogs for FMD test, cholera and other hog diseases as part of its monitoring to ensure that Davao’s livestock remains FMD free. Dr. Dannie Apelo, Avian Influenza coordinator of DA, also assured that in the provinces, cities, towns and barangay levels there are personnel in-charge on IEC (information, education, communication) for awareness campaign among backyard raisers. “These backyard raisers already know what vaccine to apply for instance against cholera,” he said, adding that the industry players should not be complacent even if the region is FMD-free. That is why he said, the quarantine operatives are on guard and man quarantine checkpoints to look into all livestock and poultry products transported into Davao. PNA

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Go Hotels Iligan set to open soon

August 24, 2017

Robinsons Hotels & Resorts GM Elizabeth D. Gregorio unveils plans for the Go Hotels chain during the Aug 19 grand opening of Summit Galleria Cebu[/caption]Despite the uncertain peace and order situation in Mindanao, Robinsons Hotels and Resorts remains optimistic tourism and the hospitality industry would continue to flourish in the island’s regions. “Mindanao has a very vibrant economy. There are still so many areas which are so conducive to commercial development,” noted Elizabeth D. Gregorio, general manager of Robinsons Hotels and Resorts, a subsidiary of Robinsons Land Inc. (RLC) which operates the group’s Summit Hotels and Resorts, and Go Hotels. “To begin with, we already have so many Robinsons malls in Mindanao. And in terms of Go Hotels also, we are very much present. We have Davao, Butuan, soon we will be opening in Iligan, and we are looking at other areas like Cagayan de Oro, so we’re very optimistic about the economy in Mindanao,” she told reporters on the sidelines of the Summit Galleria Cebu launch last August 19. “Go Hotel is very much a city hotel. It’s a place where you park your things and you’re out for the rest of the day for business or pleasure,” she added. Company information online describes Go Hotels as “an Essential Service Hotel providing quality accommodations, with a complete and convenient travel experience for the savvy professional, the go-getting trailblazer, the modern man and woman – everyone should be provided a low cost option for value lodging.” Although it is profiled as a low cost option for value lodging, Go Hotels rooms feature Windsor chiropractic beds of high quality, hypo-allergenic materials with 100^% cotton sheets and duvet covers; bathrooms with overhead hot and cold rain shower, hand-held shower head and 100% cotton bath towels, soap and conditioning shampoo; LCD Cable TV sets in all guest rooms and lobby, free Wi-Fi in all areas; 24/7 CCTV surveillance in the lobby and corridors with a safe in all guest rooms; transport access to public, private and for-hire transport for hassle free travel. And airport transfer, toiletry kits, and breakfast sets as add-ons should the guest so desires. At present, Go Hotels operates eight hotels in Luzon (Cubao-QC, Ermita-Manila, Mandaluyong, Manila Airport Road, North EDSA-QC, Ortigas Center, Otis-Manila, and Puerto Princesa-Palawan), four in the Visayas (Bacolod, Dumaguete, Iloilo, and Tacloban) and two in Mindanao (Butuan, Lanang-Davao). Besides the one in Iligan, the company is also opening another new hotel in Timog Avenue, Quezon City before the year ends. “We expect to open more Go Hotels at the rate of two a year,” Gregorio said. “Go Hotels already has five operational hotels that are franchised and we continue to explore more interests in franchising. One of the chains biggest franchise operators is Roxaco Land Corp., the property development arm of Roxas and Company Inc., which already operates four Go Hotels in a joint venture with the Vanguard Hotels Group of Singapore. Roxaco-Vanguard operates Go Hotels North Edsa-Quezon City, Manila Airport Road-Parañaque, Cubao- Quezon City, Ermita-Manila, and Timog, Quezon City by the 4th quarter of the year which would increase the group’s total capacity to over 1,000 hotel rooms. Should there be an opportunity, Gregorio said a Go Hotel for Cebu would also be possible.

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