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LGU welcomes city cholars’ in School Year 2017-2018

October 6, 2017

Samal Island -- Seventeen (17) grantees from Samal, Babak and Kaputian Districts were granted full scholarship for school year 2017-2018 by the Local Government Unit of Island Garden City of Samal during the Scholars’ Acceptance Day on October 2, 2017 at Samal Cultural Gymnasium. In conformity to Article XIV, Section 1 of the Philippine Constitution to protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels and shall take appropriate steps to make such education to all. The scholars were from Out-of-school Youth (OSY), Alternative Learning System (ALS) and Lumad/ Muslim categories. The attainment of empowered and globally competitive Samaleños is through giving wide access on Education thus the City Scholarship Program Council (CSPC) secretariat shall facilitate the determination of new applicants for the next academic year. Meanwhile, was the orientation and formal signing of memorandum of joint undertaking of scholars signed by Hon. Al- David Uy City Scholarship and Program Committee (CSPC) chairman, Hon. Richard Guindolman (CSPC vice chairman), Edward Sisor (OIC, City Administrator, CSPC Member) and Florencio Thaddeus Valera (Public Employment Service Office (PESO) manager, Scholarship coordinator. This aimed to fulfill its purpose to provide wider opportunities in education to deserving Samaleños. Karley, Samal Info

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Cebu Pacific invests in DPLs for Persons with Reduced Mobility

October 6, 2017

The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), is set to roll-out Disabled Passenger Lifts (DPLs) in key airports nationwide. The DPLs would allow Persons with Reduced Mobility (PRMs) an easier and more comfortable boarding experience on Cebu Pacific flights. CEB is the first airline to invest in its own DPLs, in line with its thrust to improve passenger experience. Although CEB has invested over PHP100 Million for the procurement and installation of 35 brand-new DPLs, they are available free of charge for Cebu Pacific passengers with reduced mobility. Aside from PWDs, these include pregnant and elderly passengers who may have difficulty climbing stairs to board their flights. The first DPL was installed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in March 2017 for testing and evaluation. Since July 2017, the DPL has been used to lift PWDs, pregnant and elderly passengers on a limited number of CEB flights. Michael Ivan Shau, Vice President for Airport Services of Cebu Pacific, said the rest of the DPL units would be deployed starting 2018. Six more units would be placed at the NAIA Terminal 3, with the rest to other CEB hubs across the country: Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo, Cebu and Davao; as well as high-traffic airports across the country where CEB operates flight using Airbus aircraft. Target completion is by June 2018. “We are looking at initiatives to improve the passenger experience for every Juan. For our PWD passengers and those with reduced mobility, we recognize that the experience of being lifted manually can be uncomfortable. Investing in the DPLs will allow us to board and deplane passengers with reduced mobility safely, with minimal discomfort,” said Shau. In 2016 alone, over 43,000 passengers availed of wheelchair assistance from the check-in counter. Of this number, more than 14,000 were wheeled from the check-in counter and carried to their seats in the aircraft. The DPL was introduced in 1998 by international aircraft service provider Airport Maintenance Services– Ground Service Equipment to give airports a safe, comfortable and dignified way to get PRMs on and off aircraft. The DPL allows PRMs, as well as their companions or service agents to board the aircraft or deplane via the aircraft door designated by the airlines. To date, at least 500 DPLs are being used worldwide. For PWDs and other PRMs who need wheelchair assistance, they simply need to tick the box indicating this requirement upon booking their flights. Cebu Pacific has also implemented recently the 20% discount on base fares and 12% value-added tax (VAT) exemption for all domestic flights for PWDs and senior citizens across all its booking channels. CEB has also integrated the domestic terminal fees into CEB ticket costs—all aimed at providing guests with a more convenient and hassle-free flight experience.

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Exploring Misamis Oriental on the 10th Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk

October 6, 2017

Now on its 10th year which was started by the American Photographer, Designer, and Author himself Scott Kelby, the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk has grown immensely in size and popularity since the inaugural walk in 2007. Last year, over 196 countries, and 4,416 cities with a total of approximately 25,000 photographers participated the 9th Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk exploring the corners of the world through photography and social community. In Cagayan de Oro-Northern Mindanao Leg, there were 58 hobbyists, students, and professionals who converged the annual event. This year, Cagayan de Oro located in the Northern part of Mindanao, Philippines will once again join the world’s most anticipated global and social photography event, the 10th Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk happening on October 07, 2017 together with thousands of cities all over the world. The Cagayan de Oro-Northern Mindanao Leg will be led by Clement Dampal II, a CDO-based Diversified Lensman, who also happened to be the Official Photo Walk Leader last 2015, and 2016 editions. Additionally, the Cagayan de Oro Northern Mindanao Leg is in cooperation with the Camera Club of Cagayan de Oro. In this Leg, the Photo Walk aims to promote Cagayan de Oro City and explore some parts of the Province of Misamis Oriental from heritage to tourism, the people’s daily activity, infrastructure to growth, culture and the arts, wherein the viewers will have a bigger view of the endless possibilities of fun to experience. This will also give the participants an opportunity to actively engage in social events promoting the quality of life. Assembly time will be at the Provincial Capitol Grounds from 06:00 in the morning. The group then will be welcomed by the Governor himself Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano before the photowalk officially starts at 7 in the morning on the said date. By 3 in the afternoon, the photowalkers will be joining the exclusive Photography Lecture and Seminar at the Apple Tree Resort and Hotel (The Premier Resort Hotel in Metro Cagayan de Oro) conducted by renowned Photographers in the Region. Then, a special photo session will follow after the talks with the special participation of Cagayan de Oro Talent Center (CDOTC) by Mr Gabby Bacarro. * STREET PHOTOGRAPHY (Life on Street) - SPEAKER: Gian James Maagad - Street Photographer - Member: Litratista sa DAAN - Influencer: Fujifilm Philippines - Member: Cagayan de Oro Camera Club * UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY (Beneath the Waves) - SPEAKER: Fra-and Quimpo - Marine Biologist - PADI Dive Instructor - 3x Dive Resort and Travel Expo Philippines 100 Best Underwater Photographers of the Philippines. - Sea Turtle Specialist * BIRD WATCHING/PHOTOGRAPHY (Above the Sky) - SPEAKER: Marlon Lapuz - 28 Years as Photo-hobbyist, started 1989 using SLR-analog Nikon system. - Member: Oro Photographic Society (OPS) 1990-1998. - Founding Member: Kagayhaan Kamera Klub (K3) 2000-2005. - Org Member: Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines, Inc. (WBPP) 2016- present. - Founding Member and President (Incumbent): Mindanao Avian Photographic Society (MAPS) 2016-present. - Photo Walker Leader: 5th and 6th Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2012-2013. Aside of the Photowalk, registered participants of the Cagayan de Oro-Northern Mindanao Leg led by Mr Dampal, will automatically join the Local Photography competition which was introduced by himself last 2015, and have the chance to win exciting prizes from the sponsors. Additionally, each participants will have the opportunity to showcase there submitted photos to a photo exhibit at the Centrio Mall- Ayala, and Gaisano City Mall. Registered photographers joining the CDO-Northern Mindanao Leg photowalk are requested to bring the following: -Digital Single Lens Reflex/Translucent cameras, and/or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens cameras -Point-and-Shoot camera owners are also welcome to join -A good tripod -Extra shirt -Bottled water -Pocket money In addition to the event, photo walkers will be able to upload their favorite picture to the popular Global Photo Walk contest for a chance to win a 1-year membership to www.kelbyone.com, a DSLR, gift cards, apps, camera bags and more. We will also name a Grand Prize winner and 10 finalists to be selected by Scott Kelby himself! The event is free, but pre-registration is required and is limited to 50 participants only. Register at: http://worldwidephotowalk.com/walk/cagayan-de-oro-northern-mindanao-leg/ Additionally, participants can connect socially before, during and after the event using the hashtag #WWPW2017 hash tag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. About KelbyOne: Formerly The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and KelbyTraining.com, KelbyOne is the leading resource for online creative education worldwide. For more information, please visit www.kelbyone.com. About Clement Dampal II: A Self-taught Diversified Lensman based in Cagayan de Oro, Northern Mindanao, Philippines who owns the travel site: www.bestspotsph.com. Founder of the Camera Club of Cagayan de Oro, and Co-founded the Mindanao Avian Photographic Society. Clement is a 3rd-time Photo Walk Leader of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk and also the City Ambassador for the 24 Hour Project- A worldwide documentary project for 2 years consecutive. Clement was featured at Manila Bulletin’s Picture Perfect Photographer of the Week, Finalist of Urbanlife’s Photographer of the Year (2016), and ACADEO’s (About Cagayan de Oro) Photographer of the Year (2016). The Cagayan de Oro Northern Mindanao Leg is brought to you by: In Cooperation with: Province of Misamis Oriental, Explore MisOr, Camera Club of Cagayan de Oro. Event partner: Apple Tree Resort and Hotel, Centrio Mall- Ayala. Major Sponsors: Project Lupad, Clement Dampal Photography, Modtrade, Gaisano City Mall. Minor Sponsors: Jeep See Tours and Events, Colours Digital Foto, Carl’s Buy and Sell, E-Shop Camera Accessories and Equipment, Canon Digital Hub. Also brought to you by the following: Tanduay, Dunkin Donuts, Pizzarella CDO, Trio AwardHaus and Printing Services, Photoline, Pag-asa Pawnshop, Sovereign Skatepark. In partnership with these following media: Business Week Mindanao, Mindanao Daily News, Best Spots PH, Mimai Scribbles CDO, CDO Dev, Around CDO, Eats Good To Be in CDO, Easy Rock 96.9 FM Station, The Explorer’s Channel, and Cagayan de Oro Times.

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Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council shares best practices

October 6, 2017

The Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council (CDORBMC) opened its doors by sharing its best practices to the Agusan River Basin Organization (ARBO) during a cross visit and benchmarking in the region on September 29, 2017. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) Regional Director Edwin B. Andot welcomed the ARBO Governing Board in his message and encouraged everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to learn, ask questions and give feedback. He reiterated the significance of benchmarking and sharing of best practices as we are one in our mission in government service. Forester Fidel P. Gamos, Jr., Head of the River Basin Project Management Office of DENR 10 presented the profile and history of the CDORBMC and revealed that Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 was one of the contributing factors in the creation of the Council in 2010 under the leadership of Archbishop Ledesma and then DENR 10 RED Maximo Dichoso. Forester Marilou M. Clarete, Chief of the Conservation and Development Division of DENR 10, discussed the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) established by the CDORBMC and piloted in Mt. Kalatungan in the province of Bukidnon. It was followed by a PES Status Update given by the Xavier Science Foundation represented by Mr. Rowe Dawin Esmaya. Part of the cross visit is a short meeting with the Chairman of the Cagayan De Oro River Basin Management Council Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, where The Most Reverend welcomed the Board and shared to them valuable lessons and experiences in supervising the Council. The activity ended with a site visit in the waterways of Cagayan de Oro River including the famous Macahambus Cave, the landing site of White Water Rafting Adventures and the Uguiaban Bridge, the site of the DOST-installed Early Warning Device to monitor the flow of water and rain. The Agusan River Basin Governing Board is composed of representatives from different national government agencies, local government units, security agencies and other stakeholders from Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur. Ana Mae Sumalinog RSCIS No. 10-337-2017

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Former Army soldier killed in anti-drug op

October 6, 2017

DAVAO CITY -- Law enforcers in Compostela Valley Province killed an ex-Army soldier after an attempt to fire back at the operatives during the implementation of a search warrant Tuesday. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA 11) authorities identified the slain suspect as Daz Montefolca alias Daks, 42. The joint team from PDEA 1I, Nabunturan Municipal Police Station, Compostela Valley Drug Enforcement Unit, Compostela Valley Public Safety Company and Criminal Investigation Division implemented the search warrant in the house of Montefolca at Purok 9, Barangay Poblacion, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley at around 12:10 a.m Tuesday when Montefolca pulled his .38 revolver and exchanged gunfire with the operatives resulting to his death. The operatives brought him to Nabunturan Doctor’s Hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival. Authorities also took six sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride known as shabu composed of two big plastic sachets, a medium sachet and 3 small sachets weighing 15 grams with a street value of P180,000, assorted drug paraphernalia and the .38 revolver. The PDEA 11 reported that his live-in partner identified as Nolaizah Lumiguez was also arrested. She is now detained at PDEA 11 detention facility. The seized suspected illegal drugs were submitted for laboratory test while cases for violation of Section 6, Section 11 and Section 12 of Republic Act 9165 the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are being prepared against Lumiguez. PNA

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Phoenix Petroleum helps save marine life through artificial reefs

October 5, 2017

PHOENIX Petroleum Philippines, Inc., led by its corporate social responsibility arm, Phoenix Philippines Foundation, laid artificial reefs in Davao City on September 30. Company officials and employees, together with volunteers from the Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, built 30 artificial reefs at Phoenix Petroleum’s headquarters in Davao City. Each reef measured 110 cm x 70 cm and were built using corrugated round bars, wire mesh, lime sand, and cement. The structure of the reefs made for a sturdy and suitable home for pelagic fish, giving them protection and allowing them to breed and grow their number. The reefs were laid in marine-protected areas in Barangay Vicente Hizon in Lanang and in Barangay Centro Jerome in Agdao, both in Davao City, on September 30. The seabeds in these locations are protected by barangay ordinances and the Barangay Bantay Dagat as well as coast guards; thus, are kept safe from illegal fishing and destructive marine practices. “Taking care of the environment is one of the primary advocacies of the Phoenix Philippines Foundation, and this new project contributes to our efforts of saving our planet,” said Phoenix Petroleum Vice President for External Affairs Raymond Zorrilla. Phoenix Petroleum also engaged in coastal cleanup activities around the country last September in celebration of International Coastal Cleanup Day, and as part of its efforts of preserving the environment for future generations.

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