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Lanao del Sur prov'l gov't distributes cash aid to PUJ drivers

August 11, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Aug.9 (PIA) - The provincial government of Lanao del Sur through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) released cash aid to 991 public utility jeepney (PUJ) drivers here. The distribution of P1,100 cash assistance was held August 6-7, 2020 at the Tennis Court of the New Capitol Complex, this city. Mariam Balindong, head of the PSWDO,  said the program aims to help PUJ drivers whose livelihood was greatly affected due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Accordingly, the PSWDO has coordinated with the city government of Marawi for the list of registered PUJ drivers plying the routes within the 39 municipalities of the province and to the neighboring cities of Cotabato, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao. "Malaki ang maitutulong nito sa aming mga drayber dahil nakahinto kami sa pamamasada kaya naapektuhan ang kabuhayan namin. Nagpapasalamat kami sa Provincial Government at sa PSWDO," said Mansawi Moti from the municipality of Saguiaran. Ainah Mangotara whose husband was among the driver-recipient in Marawi also expressed gratitude to the provincial government for the cash aid. "Nagpapasalamat kami dahil kasama kami sa nakatanggap at dahil makakatulong ito sa pang araw-araw na gastusin namin,"  she said. (APB/PIA ICIC with reports from PIO-LDS)

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TESDA-10 to build prov'l training center in Libertad

August 11, 2020

MISAMIS ORIENTAL, Aug. 9 (PIA)--To produce a regular pool of highly-skilled, educated and competitive technical graduates demanded by the industry, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-10 is set to build the Provincial Training Center in Libertad, here. "We never decline the opportunity to have the Provincial Training Center here in our municipality. The first usufruct contract agreement that we will be signed should be only for five years but because of the negotiations made by Engr. Nazario D. Villamor Jr. and approval of the Sanggunian Bayan, we have inked a 10-year agreement," Mayor Leonardo L. Uy, Jr. said. The establishment of the Provincial Training Center-Misamis Oriental will provide services to students not only within the municipality but also to their neighboring areas such as Lugait, Manticao, Naawan, Laguindingan, and Gitagum.  “Today is perhaps one of the greatest days in the history of the municipality as this will usher in an era of a close partnership between TESDA and the Municipality of Libertad, and of course the much-needed development in the town. To TESDA, thank you so much for always finding ways to bring the agency closer to the people especially with the thrust in organic farming together with other agricultural training programs,” Vice Mayor Christian Zayre said. For her part, TESDA-10 Regional Director Tarhata Mapandi extended their gratitude to the local government unit in making sure that TESDA-10 will not only use the second floor as a training center as the LGU also allowed the usage of the 1,000 sq.m area for the additional training programs of TESDA.  The PTC will serve as the training arm for skills development of the middle level manpower in Libertad, Misamis Oriental. Through PTC, skilled workers can get certified according to competency assessment standards, employability of graduates will be enhanced, and economic opportunities to technical vocational education and training clients will be assured. (JAKA/PIA10)

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Iligan City imposes ‘quarantine passes’ as COVID-19 cases rise

August 10, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Iligan City Mayor Celso G. Regencia has required “quarantine passes” to limit the movement of residents and non-residents here effective Friday. The national Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has placed Iligan City, 88 kilometers west of here, under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) effective June 1, 2020. In an Executive Order No. 91, series of 2020, Regencia encouraged to limit movements, external to home, unless it is for work or to buy necessities, because of the upsurge of COVID-19 through local transmission. For the past two weeks, the local health officials reported on 12 cases of positive COVID-19 patients who are currently quarantined in the city’s quarantine units. He said that EO No. 91 limits the movement of all residents and non-residents within this city by imposing the use of "Quarantine Passes (without color coding)." “Quarantine Passes” shall be used strictly for purchasing essential goods and services, unless there is a need to leave home due to some indispensable reasons and/or emergencies. Office work or industries are still permitted to operate, but workers and employees must have company identification card readily available when asked at any of the city’s checkpoints. As of August 7, 2020, the Department of Health (DOH) in Northern Mindanao, has reported on 24 COVID-19 positive cases in Iligan City. Of the 24 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, 13 patients are on a quarantine status, five are still in the hospital, four has recovered while two patients expired.

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Police officer nabbed in ‘buy bust,’ jailed in full uniform

August 10, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Police Master Sgt. Mariejo Molina Tejada was jailed, even in full uniform, for allegedly peddling illegal drugs during a “buy bust” in Opol, Misamis Oriental, the police reported Friday. Police operatives reportedly recovered suspected “shabu” (Methamphetamine Hydrochloride), worth P 100,000 in the position of the police officer. Tejada, a member of the Cagayan De Oro City Mobile Force Company, denied the allegation, saying the illegal drugs were reportedly “planted” by the police operatives. COCPO Police Chief Lt. Col. Henry Dampal said that the local police will not tolerate any police officers engaged in illegal activities and encouraged people to report immediately on any police officer engaged in illegal activities. Maj. Ian Borinaga, the station commander of the Opol Police Station, said that the arrest of Tejeda showed the sincerity of the police in carrying its mandated duty to rid the police organization of rogue men in uniform.

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Dad cites need to revise Oro tourism devt plan 2020-2025 in line with neo-normal

August 10, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya, chair of the City Council committee on planning and development, recommended the revision of the Cagayan de Oro Tourism Development Plan 2020-2025 citing the need to adapt to the neo-normal. During the committee meeting Thursday, Chedilyn Aissa P. Dulguime, acting City Tourism Office, presented the development plan formulated by the city in line  with its vision to be the strategic and prime development hub of the south and in adherence to the National Tourism Act of 2009 (RA 9593). Dulguime said the plan aims to guide existing tourism-related establishments, commit and adhere to the environmental laws for development and assess the performance of the tourism industry of the city, in view of its goal of increasing trade, tourism and investment. “Ang pinaka priority gyud and to answer the question of how much the tourism sector or sub-sector would contribute to the economic development of the city, ang among vision was if, tanan nga projects would be funded and implemented then it would really contribute. We already have white water rafting nga regular na gianhian sa mga tawo, we just need to add more value kay an option to go caving, we have to add value into the visit of people coming in to Cagayan de Oro,” she stressed. Considering that the plan was prepared long before the pandemic hit the city, Nacaya said he finds it to be non-reflective of the government’s effort of identifying the developmental areas of the city in the months or even years to come. “There is a new normal that we have to consider, in fact I am thinking aloud on using the new norm before the COVID, all the community approaches and with that in mind, we tap resources from regional agencies, private individuals and companies that can also boost our eco-tourism in the higher areas of the city where there are untapped resources, maybe we can also proceed and partner with them by way of kita ang dalan, ila ang development,” explained the councilor.    He said the committee will re-convene and another round of discussion will take place once the revised plan is submitted. “May I suggest that in the first few pages, we should throw already the highlight, not only the history, but the perspective of Cagayan de Oro in 2020 to 2025.  Ang mga preliminaries, let’s put that as part of our annexes, kaning first few pages ibutang lang nato sa annexes. Diretso na ta sa perspective para ang reader masabtan gyud nga naa gyuy paingnan ang Cagayan de Oro,” he cited. The proposal to revise the development plan and all other related concerns were noted by the Cagayan de Oro Tourism planning committee. (SP/JAOclarit)

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Lanao del Norte upholds Maranao weaving tradition

August 10, 2020

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte, Aug. 6 (PIA) - Wanting to preserve and sustain the unique cultural heritage of the Maranao in Lanao del Norte, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Paglingkawas Women Federation (PAWFED), a nonprofit organization, has designated a place inside the Pasalubong Center to promote the Maranao weaving tradition. This will also showcase the traditional handloom weaving device used to create blankets and serve as a hub for the younger generations to learn the intricate and beautiful handcrafting technique, as well as, appreciate the history and continue the rich and colorful Maranao tradition in the coming years. Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo visited on August 4 the Pasalubong Center to personally see the traditional weaving device and witnessed the demonstration of weaving a blanket made from Inaul fabric. This endeavor primarily aims to develop cloth weaving production and help local weavers of Poona Piagapo to increase their livelihood skills capabilities in traditional weaving and create viable and sustainable business opportunities within their community. The Provincial Government, DOLE, and PAWFED will do its best to provide the necessary assistance to increase the production of local weavers. Such assistance includes the provision of an advance or highly technical cloth weaving machine and other equipment, technical assistance through product design development and enhancement training on cloth weaving, the conduct of basic entrepreneurial skills for local weavers, and provision of start-up capital and training facilities for the local weavers. Governor Dimaporo was happy and proud that the traditional weaving was preserved and continued in the Municipality of Poona Piagapo and being handed down for the next generation to carry on such an amazing and fascinating Maranao cultural heritage. (PIO-LDN/PIA ICIC)

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