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Dad checks N95 face mask sold in Oro

January 14, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A city councilor made a surprise inspection at various stores selling N95 masks in the city. Councilor George Goking, chair of the City Council committee on trade and commerce, made the surprise inspection following reports that prices of disposable face masks have dramatically increased after the Taal volcano eruption. Goking said his committee will investigate the alleged shortage  of supplies of N95 face masks. As of 1 p.m. yesterday (January 14), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that Taal volcano’s eruption has been characterized by continuous magmatic and hydrovolcanic activity. "Lava fountains generated 800-meter tall dark gray steam-laden plumes that drifted to the general southwest," the Philvolcs said in a post. It said new fissures or cracks were observed in Sinisian, Mahabang Dahilig, Dayapan, Palanas, Sangalang, Poblacion, Lemery; Pansipit, Agoncillo; Poblacion 1, Poblacion 2, Poblacion 3, Poblacion 5, Talisay and Poblacion, San Nicolas. A fissure was also documented across the road connecting Agoncillo to Laurel, Batangas. The Philippine Seismic Network recorded a total of forty-nine (49) volcanic earthquakes in the Taal region from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. on January 14. "Seven of these earthquakes were felt with intensities ranging from Intensity II to IV in Tagaytay City," said the Phivolcs, adding "the intense seismic activity coupled with fissuring on the caldera region likely signifies continuous magma intrusion beneath the Taal edifice, which may lead to further eruptive activity." Alert Level 4 still remains in effect over Taal Volcano. This means that hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days. DOST-PHIVOLCS strongly reiterates total evacuation of Taal Volcano Island and areas at high risk to pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami within a 14-kilometer radius from Taal Main Crater. Areas around Taal Volcano are advised to guard against the effects of heavy and prolonged ashfall. Civil aviation authorities must advise the aviation industry to avoid the airspace around Taal Volcano as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from the eruption column pose hazards to aircraft. DOST-PHIVOLCS is continually monitoring the eruption and will update all stakeholders of further developments.

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Oro dad to investigate shortage of face mask

January 14, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A legislator is set to investigate why the city is experiencing shortage in the supplies of disposable face masks. Councilor George Goking, chairman of the committee on trade and commerce, said he will meet with establishments that sell face masks so he will know directly from them why stocks of N95 face masks in the city have run out. Goking said he will also look into possible overpricing of medicines and other essential commodities. He said he noticed that supplies of the N95 masks were no longer available in hardware stores and pharmacies since Monday. The city councilor said he wants to be prepared and will not wait until the smoke and ash reach Mindanao before he will buy the protective masks.  “As chairman of trade and commerce, I will call them for a meeting, especially the pharmaceutical associations, and I will let them answer the question why are run out of supply of N95 masks,” Goking said. During the meeting, Goking said they will also remind these business operators not to overprice or hoard essential items such as medicines or they will face penalties if proven that they are guilty of doing it. “We cannot allow businesses to deprive people of important commodities such as N95 face masks or medicines in the time that they need them the most,” he added. He said the meeting will take place anytime this week as soon as the establishments have already been notified. Reporters who went to some pharmacies and stores have noticed N95 face masks were no longer available. A salesperson at a pharmacy said a lone customer bought all their N95 face masks on Monday, and they no longer stocks to sell to their other customers. In that store, they sell N95 masks at P65 each.

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Middle East remains fragile, Pres. Trump’s reelection seen

January 14, 2020

THE advent of the year 2020 has everyone getting a glimpse of the challenges and opportunities ahead. The Iran-US conflict almost blew out of proportion. The community of nations followed the unfolding event, up close and personal. There is no doubt that the delicate Iran-US conflict brought every world leader on the toe. In some corners, those with fertile imaginations were already trying to configure the raising of the Armageddon curtains in the smoldering desert of the Middle East. WWIII! The unstable price of oil in the world market unprecedentedly moved while oil dependent countries, like the Philippines, expected gloomy days ahead. In fact, President Rodrigo Duterte called an emergency meeting to reactivate the “task force” that would evacuate Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in the Middle East. The time of uncertainty was the call of the day. However, the fidgety international community heaved a sigh of relief with the US stepping a foot backward. Frisky US President Donald Trump cools down when no American casualties were reported. Iran launched a barrage of missile attacks on US bases in Iraq, a few days after the killing of Iran’s top General. The imminent conflict started with the controversial killing of Maj. General Quasem Soleimani, the top man of the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Iran accused the US of assassinating Soleimani while about to board a car at the Bhagdad International Airport. The US accused Soleimani of killing hundreds of Americans in Iraq. Trump alleged that the killing of Soleimani was precipitated following intelligence report that Soleimani was plotting to attack and kill Iraq-based Americans. He said that the timely killing of Soleimani nips in the bud Iran’s sinister plot to kill Americans in Iraq. According to Trump, Soleimani was in the Order of Battle even before he became President. The plan to kill Soleimani was carried out on his order. An armed military drone killed Soleimani while he was about to board his car. The US prepares the possible consequences and shows that it is ready to meet force with force following the deployment of additional 3,500 US troops a day after the incident. Contrary to the cooling down of the Iran-US conflict in the surface, Iran’s simmering anger is seething in silence. Candidly, the peace and order situation in Iraq remain unstable. Anytime, the skies in the Middle East will turn into a fireball of an escalated armed conflict. God Forbids, Nostradamus prophesied that “in the year 2020 in the 10th month plus 10, the man in crimson seating in leather will push the red button. Weapons of war will scem in the sky That same year even holy men will become enemies They will unfairly attempt to suppress the sacred law The believers will die by war and shock.” In addition, Nostradamus predicted that “Turmp will be reelected US President in 2020.”

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Sokor wastes: Volunteers swarm as mayor calls for help

January 14, 2020

TAGOLOAN, Misamis Oriental--Hundreds of volunteers responded to the call of Mayor Gomer Sabio for a "Bayanihan" to help in re-packing the tons garbage from South Korea. Sabio and Bureau of Customs (BOC) port collector John Simon came up with the "Bayanihan system" and launched "OPLAN TAPON, BASURA IBALIK SA SOUTH KOREA" to meet the January 18 and February 9 scheduled re-exportation. The idea is to ship back the remaining 5,177 tons of garbage dumped at the recycling facility of Verde Soko located in the economic zone of the Phividec Industrial Estate in Tagoloan. The garbage arrived in February 2019 from South Korea. Residents living nearby have volunteered not just to help re-pack the tons of garbage to tonner bags, but also to help clean the dumpsite from possible toxic chemical contamination that could affect their source of potable water. "It is for our own sake that we are safe against the harm from bacteria and unsafe chemical contamination, that's why it's high time that we will call up diligent volunteers for the said cause," Sabio told reporters. At least 200 container vans are now ready to be loaded with bags of garbage placed in tonner bags donated by the provincial government of Misamis Oriental last year through the request of Task Force SoKor Basura chairman Gerardo Sabal Jr., also a provincial board member. "Let us send these garbage back to Sokor," said Simon as he lauded the volunteers. "As citizens of this country, I personally invite you to please take part in cleaning our environment, our beloved province Misamis Oriental. We need to foster healthy environment for our children and emphasize that our country is a great nation to live in," said Sabal. "We always put smile on our faces and make warm welcome to every foreign investors and visitors but please do not send your garbage here in our country," Sabal added.

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Oro solon urges Congress to start hearings on ABS-CBN franchise

January 13, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY's 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez has now urged the House Committee on Legislative Franchises to set the hearings for the biggest television network ABS-CBN, which seeks to renew its franchise for another 25 years. This, even as President Rodrigo Duterte has been threatening to deny the renewal of the country's biggest media conglomerate and to stop operating. Rep. Rodriguez has already expressed his desire for ABS CBN to continue its operation with the renewal of its license which is set to expire on March 30, 2020. In the event that the country's giant television network will cease to operate, thousands of its workers nationwide will also be displaced. The Cagayan de Oro representative has called on Committee Chair and Palawan Rep. Franz Alvarez to start initiating hearings to tackle the renewal of ABS CBN franchise. Rep Rodriguez authored the bill which seeks for the renewal of the TV network franchise, along with nine other bills with the same content. “Congress should always uphold the Constitutional mandate under [Section] 4, [Article] 3 to ensure freedom of the press. I request the hearings to be conducted upon the resumption of session on Jan. 20,” Rodriguez told reporters. Rodriguez explained that he would want to start tackling the renewal of ABS CBN franchise since Congress is also set to adjourn in March. If hearings are not started yet, the giant TV networks application for renewal of franchise is loomed. Congress has only 24 sessions left from January to March 11, it was learned. Rodriguez added: “All authors and stakeholders, especially ABS-CBN, must be heard. Then the committee will have to decide to renew or not to renew.”  “But it is not proper not to act on my bill and the other bills. ABS-CBN is the Philippines’ largest media conglomerate in terms of revenue, operating income, net income, assets, equity, market capitalization and number of employees,” he pointed out. The Cagayan de Oro solon said in his HB 5705 explanatory note that the said TV network has a big and amazing corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, most especially in helping Filipinos under threat of lives and properties because of typhoon and other calamities like earthquakes.  The TV network has been in the forefront in conducting relief operations, construction of many schools all over the country, among other activities. “The late Gina Lopez initiated the Bantay Bata 163, the Bantay Kalikasan and the Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig Project,” Rodriguez added. President Duterte has repeatedly threatened to deny the renewal of franchise of Abs Cbn as he got mad on the TV network, to whom he accused of failing to air his ad campaign during the last presidential elections which he won a wide margin against rival politicians.   

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MMC takes its CSR to higher level

January 13, 2020

CAMIGUIN--Mambajao Multi-purpose Coop (MMC), the island’s homegrown  cooperative  is always on the go in fulfiliing its  corporate social obligations.   General Manager Cora Nimfa G. Vivar said MMC Management supports through the years various LGU programs like Natural Disaster Drills, Coastal Clean Up, Tree planting, and other community-based outreach programs. With the theme “Golden Success   Amidst Challenges," MMC is set to celebrate its 50th founding anniversary on March 21, 2020. Board of Directors  Chair Emegdio N. Iroy disclosed  that as MMC   prepares the golden year, it remained upbeat and focused  on the mission and vision to become a billionaire coop in the years ahead. To achieve that goal, MMC maintains  an effective smooth flow of its business operations, Iroy said. MMC plans to expand its areas of operations in the province and in the mainland by putting up business centers. To back up this plan, MMC maintains a well-trained pool of personnel to implement the policies set forth for its operations year-round. To pump up the golen celebration, MMC will be giving souvenir items for its Associate and Regular Members. MMC Management will also hold  RAFFLE Promo to both Members and Non-Members. Some 50 assorted consolation appliances worth one thousand pesos (Php 1,000); 3 SHARP REFRIGIRATOR for 3rd prize; 2 HONDA WAVE MOTORCYCLE for 2nd prize and a BRAND NEW SUZUKI ALTO for the 1st prize winner are up for grab during the much awaited celebration. Mambajao Multipurpose Cooperative will still focus on its mission, vision and its goal to be a billionaire coop in the years to come. MMC’s desire is to maintain and achieve an effective smooth flow of its business operations.  It is mandated to have a well-trained pool of personnel to implement the policies set forth, for its operation. MMC has nine Board of Directors headed by Dir. Emigdio N. Iroy – Chairperson; Dir. Josefina A. Ebarle, Ph.D – Vice Chairperson; Dir. Amelita B. Ros; Dir. Mercedes Isidora S. Marquez; Dir. Senesia M. Chan; Dir. Sarah Mariza S. Rañin; Dir. Nicolas A. Martho and Dir. Wilfredo T. Noguera.

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