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RCWESTCDO Turns-over Tablets to Senior High School Students

April 28, 2021

On April 15, 2021, the Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro joined the Alrose Foundation, Inc. and Rotary Club of CDO Centerpoint  turned over computer tablets to 13 selected senior high school students from 3 secondary schools in Cagayan de Oro City.  This gadget is an additional learning resource for the students undergoing Modular Distance Learning modality during the COVID 19 pandemic.       The student/recipients are beneficiaries of the “Uplifting the Life of the Poor thru Education at All Times” or UPLIFT scholarship project jointly implemented by the Alrose Foundation, Inc., RC West CDO and the RC of CDO Centerpoint. 3 of the recipients are from the Angeles Sisters National High School, 4 from the Kauswagan National High School and 6 from the Cagayan de Oro National High School.       Financial grant from the Rotary International District 3870 in the amount of US 1,000 dollars, as well as from some generous members of RC West CDO, funded this undertaking.      Present during the turn-over were Pres. Hipolito Balandra of the RC West CDO, Past District Governor Aldrico Mañus, Chairman, Alrose Foundation, Inc. and Pres. Zarah Rotoras of RC of CDO Centerpoint. Assistant Principals Mary Flor Babia and Carmelita Jaranilla from the Cagayan de Oro National High School and Assistant Principal Aileen Maghuyop and Senior High School Coordinator Bartolome Grejalde Jr. from the Kauswagan National High School represented their respective schools during the occasion. Several members of the RC West CDO also joined this event.      PDG Al Mañus, Pres. Pol Balandra and Pres. Zarah Rotoras challenged the recipients to take good care of this gadget and to use it according to its purpose because it is an important tool to help them finish their studies despite the pandemic. (contributed by Atty. Maria Gloria A. Tango, Director, Public Image)

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P 3.4 million illegal drugs busted in Cagayan de Oro

April 27, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: A big-time drug syndicate, believed protected by an unidentified top official, is busted with the seizure of illegal drugs worth P 3.4 million during drug buy-bust operations that led to the arrest of the “courier” here Tuesday afternoon.  The operations were carried out by police operatives from Region 9 in Zamboanga Peninsula in coordination with the local police and the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) here. Police identified the suspects as only “Ian” and “Ana,” the alleged  courier, for fear that the members of the drug syndicate, now the subject of follow up operations might elude the dragnet. “Joey,”  the police team leader from Zamboanga’s drug enforcement group unit, said that the operatives followed the suspects from Region 9 until they were cornered in Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City Tuesday afternoon. Seized from the suspects were the alleged illegal drug (Methamphetamine Hydrochloride) weighing 600 grams, the buy-bust money amounting to P 1.5 million placed in a red “eco bag,” and the suspect’s the  motorcycle,  Operatives from the police in Zamboanga said that the suspects were residents of Cagayan de Oro who were under surveillance for a long time. “Joey” said that they are securing the suspects while the operatives are still tracking the other members of the syndicate. He said that a top official in Northern Mindanao, believed to be the protector of the drug syndicate,  is now also the object of the manhunt. “We are getting more pieces of evidence to pin the top official. The arrest of the suspects is providing important information too,” Joey said. -0-  

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Indigenous peoples’ own story takes spotlight as NCIP unveils coffee table books

April 27, 2021

The indigenous cultural communities/indigenous peoples (ICCs/IPs) have led the charge in paying tribute and memorializing their identities and rituals as the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) on Sunday launched three coffee table books under Project “Epanaw” or “Journey,” showcasing the story of ICCs/IPs through their own eyes.   The three coffee table books “Pagkilala” (Recognize), “Paggalang” (Respect), and “Pagtaguyod” (Promote) were simultaneously unveiled at SM Aura Premier and SM Lanang Premier, along with a month-long photo exhibit that features the profiles and lives of ICCs/IPs. NCIP Commissioner Norberto Navarro, a member of the Ivatan tribe himself, touted the uniqueness of the coffee table books describing them as “probably the most comprehensive anthology of ethnographic information we have.” “This one is different because these were authorized by the communities themselves. These were approved by them. While it might be the most comprehensive, it is by far the most authoritative anthology of ethnographic information,” Commissioner Navarro said in a speech. NCIP Chairperson Sec. Allen Capuyan said Project Epanaw seeks to “memorialize the identities and rituals of the indigenous peoples as well as highlight the importance of protecting their ancestral domains.”  The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the NCIP’s partner in the publication of the coffee table books, expressed commitment in sustaining its partnership with the Commission in strengthening programs geared towards the recognition and promotion of ICCs/IPs.  “Ang aking hangad at dasal ay sa pagpapatuloy ng ating shared advocacy dito sa movement na ito ay hindi lang mare-recognize natin ang uniqueness ng iba’t ibang tribo, kundi titignan natin bilang mga Pilipino – isang tribo tayo at the end of the day,” said Atty. Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones, TPB Chief Operating Officer. Atty. Allones said immediately after assuming her post in TPB, Project Epanaw was the first project she committed as she sought to help realize the vision of documenting the “richness of the diversity and uniqueness of our ICCs/IPs across the country.”   ‘Shake off misinformation, untrue myths’  For her part, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat stressed the importance of scaling up documentation of ICCs/IPs through their own perspectives to “shake off the misinformation and unjust stereotypes.”  “While much has been accomplished in the 24 years since Republic Act No. 8371 or the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act came into being, it has been hard to shake off the misinformation, untrue myths, or unjust stereotypes that the general public has about indigenous peoples. It will take a monumental effort to reshape the old and entrenched ways of thinking but Project ‘Epanaw’ bids to accomplish exactly that and in the process, encourage more Filipinos to protect and stand up for the rights of all IPs in this great diverse nation,” Sec. Romulo-Puyat said in a video message.  DSWD Director Janet Armas shared the same sentiments as she expressed the need to give a boost to the rich and robust history of tradition-based culture and political autonomy of ICCs/IPs through documentation.  “Oftentimes, it is the indigenous peoples who are at the receiving line, forcing them out of their ancestral lands, isolated from government services, further marginalized by unequal distribution of social and economic privileges,” Director Armas, a member of the Kalanguya and Kankanaey tribe, said in a speech. “There are a lot of IP families and children struggling and they are still in this situation. And this is the very reason why I committed to really be an advocate of the IP.” ‘Milestone achievement’  The Commission on Human Rights has also lauded the NCIP for this “milestone achievement of memorializing history, culture, and identities of ICCs/IPS.” CHR Chairperson Chito Gascon described the project as a “concrete step in recognizing their rights and empowering them by letting them tell their narrative through their own eyes and with their own voice.” Meanwhile, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. described the launching of the books as a “good start” in empowering the voices of the ICCs/IPs. “By knowing who are our ancestors – the real ancestors – then probably we could put ourselves into better starts. And these coffee table books are a good start,” Gen. Esperon said. Project Epanaw’s photo exhibit will tour select SM malls across the country beginning March 21, and will stay in each mall for two weeks at a time. “We hope that through the photo exhibit, along with the launch of the three coffee table books, more people will be more aware of the rich heritage of our indigenous brothers and sisters and their significant contributions to our country,” SM Supermalls president Steven Tan said.  During the launching, the NCIP also kicked off the second phase of Project Epanaw which pushes to ramp up research and documentation of indigenous knowledge systems and practices. The Indigenous Peoples Research Development Project (IPRDP) focuses on deepening studies on the baseline data and information gathered through the coffee table books. Under IPRDP, Secretary Capuyan said the IPs themselves will be “trained to participate as primary researchers in coming up with their own ethnographies.”  ABOUT THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES The NCIP is the primary government agency that formulates and implements policies, plans and programs for the recognition, promotion and protection of the rights and well-being of IPs with due regard to their ancestral domains and lands, self-governance and empowerment, social justice and human rights, and cultural integrity.

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4 terrorists killed in military's artillery offensives in Maguindanao

April 26, 2021

ARTILLERY OFFENSIVES MAGUINDANAO - Four terrorist group members were killed in the continuing artillery attacks and bombardments made by government forces in the borders of North Cotabato and the province of Maguindanao.   Quoting reports from the military, it was learned that the four slain terrorists were followers of the most wanted leader Abdulmalik Esmael alias Abu Toraife of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). The military has yet to identify the slain rebels at press time.  6th Infantry Division's Lt. Col. John Paul Baldomar confirmed Saturday that the artillery attacks were “surgical in nature and preemptive.” Baldomar added “This is to prevent a similar incident last month in Barangay Kitango, Datu Saudi Ampatuan town where a big group of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters has converged and launched attacks against non-combatants.” The military official said the main targets of the artillery offensives were the remotest areas in Shariff Saydona Mustapha in Maguindanao, particularly near the marsland which borders North Cotabato, as intel reports received there were about 100 BIFF rebels reported massing last Friday (April 23) “The locals pinpointed to soldiers where the slain terrorists were buried in Shariff Saydona municipality,” Baldomar said, adding that they also received reports that Abdulmalik Esmael alias Abu Toraife was wounded. He also said the army offensives in said areas were duly coordinated with local officials so that people in nearby areas would be informed in advance and they take shelter to safer grounds. Local officials reported to the military that two of the slain rebels were immediately buried by their comrades. - with PNA reports  

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2 NPA rebels slain; 1 wounded in clash with gov't forces

April 26, 2021

ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR - At least two members of the New People's Army (NPA rebels were killed during an almost one-hour firefight Thursday morning (April 22) with government forces in Sitio barangay Guinlin, Tigbao, this province. The military identified the slain NPA rebels as Felimon Suazo alias Jonathan Cruz and also alias Ka Nathan, while the other slain rebel was identified as James Cordero alias Ka James and Ka Tito.  There were also two civilians who were hit by stray bullets but they were immediately rushed to a hospital in Pagadian City, the report said. Brigadier General Leonel Nicolas, commander of the 102nd Infantry Brigade said the skirmishes between government forces and the terrorist rebels took place around 5:00 in the morning in Barangay Guinlin, Municipality of Tigbao, this province. Nicolas revealed that the firefight ensued when members of the NPA rebels opened fire prompting the government forces to scamper for safety and retaliated. The Army official said joint forces of the military and police operatives were about to serve warrants of arrest against six rebels who allegedly belong to the Main Regional Guerilla Unit (MRGU) of the NPA’s Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC) when they were welcomed with bullets by the rebels. Based on government records, Suazo has a pending warrant of arrest for violation of Republic Act 11479 otherwise known as The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, and for the crimes of attempted murder and arson. The military official said Suazo holds various positions in the revolutionary movement. He was a WMRPC executive committee member, finance officer, and member of the NPA's Main Regional Guerilla Unit (MRGU) Squad 1. Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, 53rd Infantry Battalion commander, said captured during the firefight was Elvie Doctor, who carries the aliases of Ka Bangkat and Ka Nanang, a member of the WMRPC’s Execom and a political instructor of MRGU. Doctor, who also served as a propagandist of the WMRPC, has standing warrants of arrest for the crimes of murder and direct assault. - with PNA reports  

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2GO Rises To Challenge Of Pandemic, Transports Majority Of Food Supplies Nationwide

April 26, 2021

MANILA – Major food manufacturers in Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao move their temperature-controlled cargoes for distribution and consumption through 2GO Special Containers and Value Added Services, Inc. (SCVASI), the business arm of 2GO Group Inc. that operates the largest domestic reefer in the country, serves bulk liquid transport, and oversized and/or overweight cargo. SCVASI also enables various food producers nationwide to ship their chilled and frozen goods to reach ultimate consumers this pandemic. “Although the pandemic has created uncertainties in the movement of goods, 2GO never ceased operations. We ensure an unhampered supply chain across the archipelago, especially on the transportation of essential goods,” 2GO SCVASI Senior Vice President Gener Lim said. “From manufacturers to consumers, ourreefers sustain the freshness of temperature-sensitive cargoes, such as fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, dairy, among others during intermodal and multimodal freight transport.” 2GO’s new and well-maintained reefer containers with average age of six years also carry delicate cargoes, which can accommodate as many as 120,000 poultry products or about 180,000 bottles of health supplements per 20 footers. Thousands of perishable goods have been moved this “new normal.” Alternatively, customers can opt for the less-container-load (LCL), consolidated with other frozen or chilled cargo, “2GO is the only logistics provider in the country that offers LCL for reefer forwarding, which makes us the go-to provider for this kind of service.” Lim also stated, “We don’t only deliver a white-glove service, we also provide speed, convenience, and fulfillment. With regular sailing schedules and priority berthing of our vessels in all ports of call in the country, it is time-saving and cost-effective for our clients.” 2GO commits reliability, efficiency, and quality service through an experienced team, coupled with a well-maintained equipment. 2GO acquired brand new 20- and 40-footer reefers, and ISO tanks, which are set to arrive by month-end. This is to augment more than 600 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEU) as part of the equipment availability and inventory base. Meanwhile, SCVASI transports liquid with the use of Flexibags and ISO tanks. Roughly 50% of these manufacturers utilizes the service for their domestic forwarding needs. 2GO has nine freighter and ROPAX (roll-on/roll-off passenger) vessels, which sail to 20 major ports in the country. The Philippines’ largest integrated transport and logistics provider also operates a broad service network of close to 200 warehouse and hub facilities in strategic locations to efficiently move cargoes. To inquire about 2GO SCVASI products and services, please visit 2GO’s website www.2GO.com.ph, call our hotline (02) 8 528 7171, or email us at special_containers@2GO.com.ph.

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