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Youth for Peace movement intensified in Agusan, Surigao Sur

November 15, 2019

Marihatag, Surigao del Sur –In a span of a month, an increasing number of youth participants joined the campaign to end local communist armed conflict to become advocates of positive activism through the Youth Leadership Summits (YLS) held at Bayugan City and Prosperidad Agusan del Sur and at Surigao del Sur municipalities of Marihatag, Bayabas. The most recent is the 3rd Tago YLS that culminated last Sunday in the Municipality of Tago. In October alone, around 500 youths graduated from YLS. YLS is  a three-day, live-in inter-agency activity organized by the LGUs, the Army  and the national line agencies aimed at providing an avenue for the youth to enhance their leadership skills, good citizenship and patriotism, cooperation and participation through various peace-building activities. It is a tool to providing the youth a balanced perspective towards approaching social issues affecting the society and equips them to think critically and get rid of radicalized youth groups which could poison their minds.  Joma Sison’s Philippine Society and Revolution emphasized that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) must recruit the youth to ensure the continuous flow of successors in the revolutionary movement and that communist revolution cannot be advanced without the participation of young revolutionary intellectuals. This is the rationale why militant youth groups invest so much on youth recruitment. Youth radicalization leading to rebellion is their mantra. YLS exemplifies a Whole-of-Nation approach to end the deceptive recruitment strategies of the CNTs. The nationwide outbursts of parents whose children became victims of the recruitment of Kabataan Partylist, Anakpawis and other alleged CPP affiliated militant youth groups exposed the alleged links to the NPAs. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the Filipino Nation calls on the CPP/NPA/NDF to have a bit of remorse and conscience to end the communist armed conflict and stop deceiving the youth. “Communist Insurgency must end. We cannot afford to pass it on the next generations,” the President said.  

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Xavier Ateneo McKeough Marine Center conducts underwater resource monitoring training 

November 15, 2019

    TEAMWORK IS KEY. The participants were divided into groups during fieldwork and data processing where each member is given a task to either lay the rope transect, identify the lifeform, write the data, or reel the rope. Supplied photo.  Report by Maria Jordana A Olano, MSC   The McKeough Marine Center of Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan recently conducted Community Coastal Resource Monitoring Training (CCRMT) at the XU Marine Station in Solana, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. This training formed part of the Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) component of the project “Coastal Resource Assessment and Marine Debris Audit” also dubbed as CoReMar funded by Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc.  The IEC was designed to train 12 dedicated “bantay dagat” or fisherfolk members from barangays Bayabas and Gusa of Cagayan de Oro City to monitor the health of their own coral reefs by generating data using the Coral Point Intercept Assessment Method. This method involves laying a 50-meter nylon rope parallel to the shoreline where coral lifeforms will be identified at every five-meter interval.   During the first day, the fisherfolks were given a series of lectures on coral reef biology and ecology to further understand the role of reefs and seagrass beds in the ecosystem focusing on coral reef lifeform identification. A series of exams were given to ensure mastery of the subject matter. On the second day of training, the participants surveyed a 300m-long coastline during Coral Reef Assessment Field Work in Jasaan and Barangay Bayabas Marine Protected Area. They identified 66 coral lifeforms from chosen points along the reefs of Jasaan where they then proceeded to calculate for the coral reef percentage cover and understanding the implications of the data that were generated. On the third and final day, the participants proceeded to the eight-hectare Marine Protected Area of Barangay Bayabas and established 400-meter permanent assessment transects. It was proposed by the barangay that their coral reef monitoring would be quarterly.∎   MORE PHOTOS   SHARING OF KNOWLEDGE. The fisherfolks of Brgy Bayabas read the provided module on coral reef lifeform identification. Supplied photo.  DISCUSSION OF FINDINGS. Facilitator and research assistant Sweetzel Neri discusses the results of the data collected by the fisherfolks. Supplied photo. GATHERING OF LOCAL LEADERS. A final gathering was held at the Barangay Bayabas office where each of the three groups presented their findings after the assessment was done on the Bayabas MPA. Supplied photo. 

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Social Mobility Tour in CDO

November 15, 2019

THE Philippine Business for Environemnt spearheaded the Social Mobility Project for Cagayan de Oro caravan last Wednesday, bringing together the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the local government of Cagayan de Oro City and Oro Chamber into a partnership agreement for a multi-stakeholder collaboration to improve land transportation management, reduce traffic congestion, minimize air emissions and support livable cities. The forum, which was held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel, seeks to understand the cities’ mobility situation and similar projects that aim to address current mobility issues and concerns and collect mobility data and information, analyze each mobility performance using a set of indicators and prioritize which among the identified indicators are applicable to the project. A dozen experts were invited to present their prototype solutions in areas of road clearing, policy review and infrastructure and alternative transport solutions. The presented solutions will form part of a roadmap on its simultaneous implementation. 

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Workers in BARMM to benefit from new wage hike

November 15, 2019

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Nov. 14 --Minimum wage earners in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will receive higher pay following the Bangsamoro Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board’s (BTWPB) approval of Wage Order No. BARMM-01 on November 13, 2019. Wage Order No. BARMM-01, which provides a new minimum wage increase for non-agriculture and agriculture sectors in the Bangsamoro region, was issued by the BTWPB-BARMM on Thursday, November 14. Section 1 of the Wage Order states that all minimum wage earners of the private sector in the BARMM shall receive a basic wage increase of twenty pesos (P20.00) per day for provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Marawi and Lamitan. Compared to their previous P280-P270/day wages, the new minimum wage for the workers in the abovementioned cities and provinces are now at P300/day and P290/day for non-agriculture and agriculture sector, respectively. Meanwhile, for Cotabato City and the 63 barangays in North Cotabato, those in the non-agriculture sector shall receive fourteen pesos (P14.00) wage increase per day, while the agriculture sector shall receive ten pesos (P10.00) wage increase per day. From the P290-P311 daily wages, the workers will now get a new minimum wage of P325/day and P300/day for the agriculture and non-agriculture sector, respectively. Section 2 of the Wage Order states that the order “applies to all minimum wage earners in the region, except family drivers, those employees in the personal service of another, and workers in registered Barangay Micro Business Enterprises with Certificates of Authority under R.A. 9178.” As stated in Section 10 of the order, the following may be exempted for applicability: Retail and service establishments regularly employing not more than 10 workers; Distressed establishments; New business enterprises; and Establishments adversely affected by calamities such as natural and human-induced disasters. Labor Minister Romeo Sema, BTWPB-BARMM chairperson, stressed that as per Section 13 of the Wage Order, “any person, corporation, trust or firm, partnership, association or entity which refuses or fails to comply to this Order, shall be subjected to the penal provisions under R.A. 6727, as amended by R.A. 8188.” Sema said the wage order is a product of various public consultations organized by the BTWPB-BARMM which was participated in by several representatives from the employers and workers sectors of the BARMM’s five provinces, including the cities of Marawi and Cotabato. The BTWPB-BARMM is composed of the following: Board Chairperson MP Romeo Sema, Minister of BARMM’s Ministry of Labor and Employment (MOLE); Vice-Chairperson Mohajirin Ali, Executive Director of Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA); Vice-Chairperson Abuamri Taddik, Minister of BARMM’s Ministry of Trade, Investments, and Tourism (MTIT); Workers’ Representatives Jonathan Acosta and Joyal Maquinto; and Employers’ Representatives Atty. Joseph Go and Datu Haroun Bandila. (Bureau of Public Information)

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DTI-10 to kick off Christmas caravan sale on Nov. 20

November 15, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-10 will bring the Diskwento Caravan: Pre-Christmas Edition on November 20-21, 2019 at the Cagayan de Oro City Hall Mini Park.  The two-day caravan lets shoppers enjoy up to 50 percent (%)  off on selected items from more than 15 participating establishments and exhibitors.  Local and national brands are expected to sell snack items, canned goods, beverages, and household products.  The caravan aims to bring basic and prime commodities at reduced prices to the general public. It is also in partnership with local manufacturers, distributors and local producers who are willing to sell items at lower or discounted prices. The Diskwento Caravan: Pre-Christmas Edition is open to the public from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  (DTI-10)  

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DOST holds 2019 regional inventions contest and exhibits in Bukidnon

November 15, 2019

VALENCIA CITY, Bukidnon — At least 170 participants from public and private sectors throughout the region 10 vied for five categories of awards during the 2019 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) last November 11-13, 2019 at Robinsons Place, Valencia City, Bukidnon. Winners bagged cash prizes under Outstanding Invention (Tuklas Award); Outstanding Utility Model, Outstanding Industrial Design, and Outstanding Creative Research (Likha Award); and Outstanding Creative Research (Sibol Award) for College and High School Students.   Winners will represent region 10 in the National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) in 2020. The Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) is a nationwide biennial activity conducted in different regions to recognize Filipino inventions, innovations and researches. It is a national policy to give priority to the invention and its utilization of the country’s productive systems and national life.  Through the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI), DOST implemented the RICE with the aim of setting a climate that is conducive to invention and innovation and gives encouragement and support to inventors who are creative and resourceful.  DOST also strives to imbue them with a deep sense of nationalism and maximize their capability and productivity through incentives and other forms of assistance. (Engr. Mark T. Galon–DOST X)     

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