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Bulk water delivery to normalize Friday

October 5, 2017

Rio Verde Water Consortium Inc. has committed to the Cagayan de Oro Water District it would normalize its delivery of bulk water on Friday (October 6). However, the COWD says present consumer demand in its West Service Area already exceeds the contracted volume Rio Verde has committed to deliver so there’s a good chance the low pressure to no-water situation facing water consumers could continue indefinitely until repairs to the main water line of Rio Verde are completed. During the City Council’s Utilities Committee public consultation headed by Kag. Teodulfo Lao Jr. held Tuesday, October 2 at the city session hall, COWD Information Manager Ladele Sagrados said the ongoing water crisis has adversely affected water consumers in their West Service Area. “We have been experiencing water shortage in our West Service Area due to repairs being conducted to the Rio Verde pipeline which has affected several barangays including Lumbia, Cala-anan, Pagatpat, Opol, Bulua, Iponan, Patag, especially in the elevated portions and low pressure in the rest of the West Service Area,” Sagrado said. Quakes damaged pipeline Rio Verde Vice President Joffrey Hapitan said they have been unable to supply the COWD bulk water requirements after Rio Verde’s main submarine transmission line across the Cagayan River was damaged by the series of earthquakes which rocked Mindanao last month. Records show that Mindanao was rocked by a series of earthquakes nine days ago with a 4.4 magnitude temblor first hitting Magpet Soccskargen, followed a few hours later by a magnitude 5.7 quake at Kadingilan, Bukidnon; then another 4.4 magnitude quake in Osias, Soccskargen and Wao, Lanao del Sur. The earthquakes cracked the concrete casings of the underwater pipeline of Rio Verde resulting in leaks and diminished supply to COWD’s take off point. “On Sept 26 1PM we decided to shut down water delivery to COWD to isolate the problem and commission the back-up HDPE pipeline to resume deliveries to COWD. Isolation works on the submarine pipeline completed Sept 27 9AM, and we resumed delivery of bulk water to COWD but only 72% of contracted volume of 40,000 cu.m. daily through the HDPE back-up pipeline,” Hapitan said. “Starting October 1st, flow was increased to 95 percent of contracted volume (38,000 cu.m. daily of the 40,000 cu.m. contracted). In about 3 days from now, we are doing our best to restore the volume to 40,000 cu.m. including the pressure required by COWD,” he added. Hapitan cited how this is only the second time that Rio Verde has had to curtail deliveries of bulk water to COWD due to force majeure, the first being on December 17, 2011 after its pipeline bridge was swept away by rampaging flood waters brought by Tropical Storm Sendong. “The original design for the pipeline was over the river but our pipe bridge was destroyed by Sendong, so what I did was covert that to a submarine pipe. However, perhaps I failed to foresee there would be two magnitude 5 earthquakes in the area, so today I am trying to design an upgraded submarine pipe capable of resisting up to an Magnitude 8 earthquake. We are budgeting P50-M for this rehabilitation work and it has already started and you can visit the area to inspect,” Hapitan said to the committee members present. “While repairing we are already restoring the full volume with pressure required by COWD using the HPDE back-up line in another 3 days,” he added. Demand already exceeds contracted supply While welcoming Rio Verde’s commitment to resume deliveries of its contracted supply of 40,000 cu.m. at the pressure needed by the water district, COWD GM Rachel Beja qualified that COWD requires both volume and pressure. “Even if we get the volume required but if there is insufficient pressure at the delivery point we will still have problems delivering that water to our furthest service area,” Beja declared. “The pipeline directly below the take-off point is a transmission line which goes directly to our reservoir before it is distributed to our concessionaires. Reservoirs in Bulua and Carmen are at high elevation and if we cannot fill up these reservoirs we cannot attain the necessary pressure to push the water up to furthest end and up to the elevated areas.” “While 40,000 cu.m. is contracted capacity we have issued additional purchase orders to Rio Verde in the last three months of up to 60,000 cu.m. daily because in our current assessment, we need additional volume in our service area. So the 38,000 cu.m. is truly 95% of the contracted volume but not adequate for the our present needs,” she added. Beja clarified that the present consumer demand in the West Service area already requires a daily flow rate of 2,500 cu.m. per hour compared to the 1,500 cu.m. stipulated in its bulk water contract with Rio Verde. Thus, even if Rio Verde already delivered the 40,000 cu.m. daily as stipulated in its present contract with COWD, this would only address 63% of the West Service Area’s present requirements, and not 95% as declared by Hapitan, which was the demand level 10 years ago when Rio Verde started delivering bulk water to COWD. To address the water shortage in the interim, COWD has employed interim measures to mitigate effects of the water supply curtailment like valve adjustments and facilitating water delivery to affected areas utilizing water tankers from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Filipino-Chinese Volunteer fire brigades to augment COWD and Rio Verde tankers to deliver water directly to consumers since last week.

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President Duterte inaugurates housing project in Marawi City

October 5, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Dutere made his sixth trip to Marawi City on Monday, October 2, to lead the inauguration of the Bahay Pag-asa Project at Barangay Bito Buadi Itowa intended for the displaced residents of the city. During the President’s trip, he witnessed soldiers from Joint Task Force (JTF) Marawi build the bamboo houses for Marawi internally displaced persons (IDPs). “First, I’d like to thank the benefactors and the workers of government behind this noble project,” the President said in his speech. “And it pains me deeply to see the place now in shambles,” he added as he traced part of his roots in Marawi saying that his grandmother is from Lanao del Sur. “Though I do not live here, I did not grow up here but that’s how it is. My lineage would tell me that I have to thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he said. He vowed to rebuild Marawi City once the fighting is over. The President said he has designated retired general Eduardo Del Rosario to be overall overseer of the reconstruction efforts being the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). “Ngayon, tayong mga workers in government, we will continue, especially the engineering brigade. Talagang salamat sa pagod ninyo. I know that it is a toil, an endless toil,” he said. He gave words of encouragement to government troops promising to raise their pay by 2018 and provide funds for the education of their children. He promised to buy more helicopters for the military to prevent incidents of ambush while traveling. He likewise vowed to equip them with additional firearms to protect themselves from enemies. He also thanked the military and the police for their sacrifices to fend off aggression by Islamist terrorists in Mindanao. “And I have a very special heart for the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the National Police in their role now against the --- lahat na marami tayong problema. We’re facing so many fronts,” he said. He warned Maranao to refrain from embracing ISIS ideology that came from the Middle East, which the President said only brings trouble. “It is an imported ideology from the Middle East... Tingnan ninyo ang nangyari sa Middle East. It used to be the center of civilization for so many years. All the golden things in the past were there. Ngayon, wala na, pulpog na. And only because of a terrorist activity,” he said. President Duterte also expressed optimism that a federal form of government will cure the defect in the country’s political system if it successfully pass Congress and gain wide public support. The President also mentioned the government’s fight against the New People’s Army (NPA), which he said post at least 12 daily encounters with security forces. He said the government will deal with them “in due time” for being responsible for violence in the countryside. President Duterte also reiterated his determination to fight corruption and abuses underscoring his eagerness to recover government assets like Mile Long in Makati City. “So but they are now starting to pay. Sabi ko sa kanila, kolektahin mo because that is money of the people,” he said. ###PND

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Are you tough enough? Join the 6th Tinta Awards: Ink the Universe

October 5, 2017

The United Print Media Group (UPMG), the premier association of major publication companies, with more than 100 titles of major newspapers, tabloids and magazines in the country will once again spearhead its flagship project, Tinta Awards. The UPMG Tinta Awards, now on its 6th edition is the first Philippine press award-giving body geared toward recognizing excellence in print advertising. Its aim is to encourage creativity in print and to keep the spirit of print media alive in an increasingly digital terrain. The eventgives due recognition to the creativity and excellence of Philippine print advertising practitioners. The 6th Tinta Awards has categories ranging from consumer and public service print advertising, interactive and integrated print campaign, special print media execution to online advertising campaign and print craft. This year’s competition shall also recognize creativity in magazine and newspaper layout and design, and special supplements. There is also a student category, which seeks to “attract new generation readers among the youth” through print media’s communication campaigns. “I’ve always believed in creativity in advertising on print,” says Tinta Awards overall chairman Angel Guerrero, editor-in-chief and publisher of print media’s multi-awarded Adobo Magazine, “I believe print will remain The United Print Media Group (UPMG), the premier association of major publication companies, with more than 100 titles of major newspapers, tabloids and magazines in the country will once again spearhead its flagship project, Tinta Awards. The UPMG Tinta Awards, now on its 6th edition is the first Philippine press award-giving body geared toward recognizing excellence in print advertising. Its aim is to encourage creativity in print and to keep the spirit of print media alive in an increasingly digital terrain. The eventgives due recognition to the creativity and excellence of Philippine print advertising practitioners. The 6th Tinta Awards has categories ranging from consumer and public service print advertising, interactive and integrated print campaign, special print media execution to online advertising campaign and print craft. This year’s competition shall also recognize creativity in magazine and newspaper layout and design, and special supplements. There is also a student category, which seeks to “attract new generation readers among the youth” through print media’s communication campaigns. “I’ve always believed in creativity in advertising on print,” says Tinta Awards overall chairman Angel Guerrero, editor-in-chief and publisher of print media’s multi-awarded Adobo Magazine, “I believe print will remain a strong and relevant medium of communications.” The contest is open to all Philippine-based advertising agencies, digital agencies, media independents, print media publishers and printing companies, advertisers, and college students. For those up for the challenge, all entries must be an original and inspiring idea, relevant to its context, well executed, and entries must have been published or displayed for the first time between September 1, 2015 and September 2017. The 2017 jury will be composed of distinguished luminaries from the advertising, publishing, media and creative industries. Deadline of entries on October 6. For more information, visit www. philippinetintaawards.com, cal l the UPMG Tinta Awards Secretariat at 403-7787 or email philippinetintaawards@ gmail.com.a strong and relevant medium of communications.” The contest is open to all Philippine-based advertising agencies, digital agencies, media independents, print media publishers and printing companies, advertisers, and college students. For those up for the challenge, all entries must be an original and inspiring idea, relevant to its context, well executed, and entries must have been published or displayed for the first time between September 1, 2015 and September 2017. The 2017 jury will be composed of distinguished luminaries from the advertising, publishing, media and creative industries. Deadline of entries on October 6. For more information, visit www. philippinetintaawards.com, cal l the UPMG Tinta Awards Secretariat at 403-7787 or email philippinetintaawards@ gmail.com.

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City Council mulls creation of Mental Health Division

October 5, 2017

DAVAO CITY -- The City Council is mulling on establishing a Mental Health Division under the City Health office (CHO) to take care of people with mental problems. City Council Committee Chair on Health, Councilor Mary Joselle Villafuerte said the proposed division will cover all those who need psychological treatment to prevent the illness from worsening. The division can also offer free medic The division can also offer free medication to any types of mental illnesses. “We really want to give out free medicines and to ensure that the treatment will not only be acute but the goal is to make them well,” she said. Villafuerte said her committee is already conducting hearings after the approval of the mental health ordinance for the first reading. “On October 12, we will have a meeting together with the different concerned agencies like the CHO, City Social Services and Development Office, central 911 and Davao City Police office among others to identify their role in the establishment of mental health division,” she said. Based on their initial meeting, Villafuerte said the agencies agreed in establishing the division if there should also be a halfway house for the patients especially those already abandoned by their families. Villafuerte, a doctor by profession, said that most common cause of mental problem is depression and stress. “These can be easily treated by mental health professionals through counseling and medication. We have to help them so that they can go back to their normal lives,” she said. “There are so many kinds of mental diseases, some can be cured at home, so those who do not need confinement may take medication at home through the supervision of the barangay psychologists,” she added. Villafuerte said the ordinance may be passed on 3rd reading next month so that it will be included in next year’s budget. PNA

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North Mindanao ranks 4th in ‘cybersex’ cases

October 4, 2017

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Northern Mindanao now ranks fourth in the country’s regional capital with a number of “cybercrimes” involving child cybersex cases in the country, Provincial Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano, of Misamis Oriental, said Tuesday. He said that the police regional command of the cybercrimes unit headed by Chief Inspector Ignacio Gamba has called to his office to report about the “cybercrime” cases in Misamis Oriental and in Northern Mindanao. Aside from child cybersex cases, “sextortion” and identity thief have also been reported in Northern Mindanao, Emano said He said that during the briefing, Gamba also discussed about “identity and private account thief,” which are usually applied through doubtful links and illegal “skimming,” particularly the illegal and unauthorized withdrawal of deposited money through the bank’s automated machines. Following the briefing, Emano enjoined all provincial government employees to be cautious in dealing with “strangers” and even “friends” in the internet through various social media platforms with dubious links. According to Emano, while the country’s capability to trace cybercrime cases remains in its infantile stage, the law enforcers have been sending technology experts to upgrade their knowledge of the cyber world. Gamba said that the regional cybercrime unit in Northern Mindanao has personnel trained to study the latest in cyber tech abroad. He said that his office is always willing to assist victims of cybercrimes in the filing of cases provided the victims are willing to cooperate with the regional cybercrimes investigators. The regional cybercrime unit has also handled and solved various cybercrime cases in Misamis Oriental involving child pornography where a foreign national was arrested and extradited, sextortion and extortion cases. Gamba said that Republic Act 10175 also known as the “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012” became effective after the Supreme Court uphold its constitutionality in February 2014. Under the law, “cyber” refers to a computer or a computer network, the electronic medium in which online communication takes place. The law covers about 16 cybercrimes that include content related-offenses such as child pornography, cybersex, unsolicited commercial communications, and libel. Gamba said that any violation of the law carries a penalty of a fine from P 50,000 to P 500,000 or an imprisonment of one year to six years or six to 12 years for an individual or a fine of P1 million to P 10 million for juridical or corporate violators or both.

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Veterans Bank, Dumaguete City ink MOA on Payroll, HR services

October 4, 2017

DUMAGUETE CITY –Philippine Veterans Bank recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the City Government of Dumaguete in keeping with the Bank’s commitment to help in countryside development. Under the MOA, PVB will provide ATM Payroll services plus added products and services that will automate the City Government’s human resources and payroll operations. These services include Biometrics System, Daily Time Record System, Human Resources Information System (HRIS), Payroll System, and the VeteranTeller 3-in-1 ATM/ID Card. All these systems and products synthesize a complete HR and payroll structure for the City Government that automate the employee record-keeping and payroll disbursement process. In addition, the 3-in-1 ATM/ID Card serves as the employee’s company ID, timekeeping card, and ATM card. The MOA signing ceremony was held at the Dumaguete City Session Hall last Friday, September 30. The City Government was led by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo along with other local officials including Mr. Ricardo Gonzales Jr., City Administrator; Dr. Dinno Depositario, Assistant Department Head I – HRMO; and Councilor Lilani Ramon, Chairperson of the Committee on Personnel LGU. On the other hand, representing Veterans Bank in the signing ceremony were Director Percianita Racho; SVP Vilma Noche, Branch Banking Head; E-Channels Officer, Lauro Cruz; and Veterans Bank Dumaguete Branch Head Milanie Ozoa. Veterans Bank is a private, commercial bank owned by Filipino World War II veterans and their heirs. It has 60 branches nationwide and is an authorized government depository.

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