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Displaced flood victims now living in decent new homes

November 13, 2017

LA PAZ, Agusan del Sur--- Some 44 families in Barangay Angeles who were displaced by the disastrous floods that hit the province in February this year now lives in decent new homes to a safer relocation area. The recipients of new wooden shelters were recently moved to a new resettlement area thanks to the joint efforts of the Local Government Unit of La Paz (LGU La Paz), the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur (PGAS), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The resettlement project was realized after stakeholders agreed on a joint initiative with the provincial government providing the roofing materials, the LGU La Paz the wood supplies, TESDA trained all the fathers of the recipient families on carpentry skills while DSWD Caraga extended P40,000 as emergency assistance which serves as the “Food for Work” concept until the houses were finished. Many of the recipients were displaced when their homes were washed out by rampaging floodwaters when flash floods caught thousands of residents by surprised causing a magnitude of calamity in the affected areas. The resettlement area was located to a safer grounds from what used to be a community living near the river banks and the village was renamed “New Angeles.” The turnover ceremony was witnessed representatives from PGAS headed by Forester Ronulfo R. Paler, Acting Provincial Administrator and Tirso Gomez, Municipal Administrator of LGU La Paz together with the two SB Member Weng Pilayo and Gomez Junior.

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An SUV for millennials – Suzuki unveils the all-new Vitara

November 13, 2017

Leading compact car maker Suzuki Philippines (SPH) officially launched of the much awaited new generation Vitara. Designed to match the growing automotive market in the country, the new-generation Vitara encapsulates the Suzuki SUV legacy while capturing modern design trends to target the millennial market. “Equipped with the longest, and widest dimension in its class with the best radius performance, the features of the new Vitara are aimed at providing the best value in terms of design, performance and fuel efficiency. Setting it apart from competition, the subcompact SUV allows drivers to freely express their individuality and personalize their vehicles with its wide array of colors and accessory packages,” said SPH Automobile Division General Manager Shuzo Hoshikura. He shares, “Through these, we believe we will enhance the Filipino driving experience, which is at the core of bringing drivers closer to the Suzuki Way of Life. Millennials can look forward to a safe, comfortable and optimum driving experience that for many years Filipinos have anticipated with the next-generation Vitara.” Faithful to Suzuki SUV’s original styling, the exterior design of the new Vitara exudes a strong yet sophisticated presence achieved through the modernized Suzuki SUV signature clamshell bonnet. The side press lines and smooth roofline suggest a youthful, rugged look, and strong aerodynamic performance, respectively, complemented by the rear that gives off a stable look. The new Vitara has an overall width of 1,775mm, height of 1,610mm, length of 4,175mm and a minimum ground clearance of 185mm, making it the longest and widest in its class with the best turning radius performance. Unique daytime running lamps with vertically placed LEDs are standard in the GLX model. Energy-saving LED headlamps with a blue projector cover come standard with the GLX model, while Projector halogen headlamps featuring good light distribution for the low beam are used in the GL and GL+ models. Polished alloy wheels that complete the sleek vibe of the SUV is available in 17 inches for GLX variant, 16 inches alloy wheel for GL+ and 16 inches steel wheel with full caps for GL variants.   The interiors combine muscular contours and a sporty feel. The instrument panel conveys a youthful look with its upper linear design that includes a round clock and a round air outlet. The seats use high-quality fabric, with the GLX model featuring a combination of leather and suede-type fabric for an even classier feel. The Vitara GLX also features a panoramic sunroof designed with two glass panels that can be both slid to provide the biggest opening in its class and added premium to the unit. The interior design fuses comfort and utility. All variants feature 6-speed automatic transmission, paddle shifter and audio steering control. The GL+ and GLX models also feature a footwell lamp and keyless push start system. The new Vitara’s Infotainment audio system ensures a more enjoyable ride. Besides handsfree connectivity, the system packs navigation, Bluetooth audio and a USB port. The GLX variant enable on-the-go connectivity through its Wi-Fi support while the MirrorLink function links the rider’s smartphone with the SUV’s Android based infotainment system. Available in 10 inches for GLX, the biggest in its class, while GL+ and GL variants may enjoy the same features at 7 inches. The luggage space can accommodate up to 375L, expandable by lowering the luggage board or removing the dividers on both sides of the luggage area. To accommodate large suitcases, the rear seats can be folded to make way for up to 710L. The new Suzuki Vitara GLX delivers enhanced safety on the road. It model’s 6-point airbag system comprising of dual, curtain and side airbags for the driver and passenger provides greater protection. The Vitara also features cruise control system and speed limiter, ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear bumpers with reverse camera that detect obstacles during parking, an automatic light system that turns headlamps and tail lamps on and off, and automatic wipers triggered depending on the extent of rainfall and vehicle speed.   The SUV’s electronic stability program (ESP) automatically controls the engine torque and brakes upon detection of a wheelslip to ensure the driver maintains directional control. The hillhold control helps the driver to prevent the vehicle from rolling backward on an upward climb. In the event of a collision, the new Vitara has an impact-absorbing design focused on the front bumpers. The brake pedal release system limits the pedal’s movement toward the driver in case of a frontal impact. For further protection for the occupants, the Vitara’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) absorbs impact and the seatbelts use force limiter to mitigate impact to the chest. Boasting the lightest curb weight in its category, the new Vitara delivers enhanced fuel efficiency. The SUV’s updated 1.6-liter engine is designed to deliver the highest torque performance of 156Nm at 4,400rpm and best maximum output in its class at 115hp at 6,000rpm. The newly developed 6-speed AT system ensures better response to the 1.6L-petrol engine. These combined address the challenges of city driving and traffic through reduced friction, weight and idling speed, all toward achieving better fuel economy. “Equipped with top of the line features, the new Vitara will enable the Filipino driving public to freely express their individuality through its unique design and a wide selection of colors to choose from. Apart from this, the Vitara is designed with enhanced safety features and superior fuel efficiency. Backed by all these features, we are hopeful that the new Vitara will appeal to the Philippine market especially among millennials,” Suzuki Motor Corporation Global Automobile Planning Department General Manager Nobutaka Suzuki says. Asia Automobile Department General Manager Shigeo Takezawa shares, “On behalf of the Suzuki Motor Corporation, I would like to congratulate Suzuki Philippines for successfully bringing in the new Vitara. May the launch of the new Vitara inspire you to show the same level of commitment and dedication to share with more Filipinos the Suzuki Way of Life. We have high hopes that the addition of the new Vitara to the Suzuki Philippines’s lineup of vehicles will drive more sales and increase customer satisfaction.” The new Vitara comes in the following prices: (GLX – Php 1,048,000.00; GL+ Php 938,000.00 and GL (TBA)

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Handicraft maker from Agsur made it to Manila FAME

November 13, 2017

SAN Francisco, Agusan del Sur--A homegrown handicraft maker made it to the prestigious award of Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event organized by Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM). Liza Maynagcot, owner of Liza’s Palm Strips Handicraft was Manila FAME’s Editor’s Choice Award 1st Series winner. Her winning products were designed by Gina Catuburan-Bagasbas, a native of Bunawan and now a member of Caraga’s pool of regional designers of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The award, which was signed by Blair Villanueva, CITEM Chief Content Manager ,was given for “design that symbolizes an untouched beauty of a Filipina: classic and timeless. Each weave expresses strength, loyalty and being resilient – characters that make us more proud of our culture.” Maynagcot hails from the Municipality of Trento. She was one of two producers from the province of Agusan del Sur to be featured in the Mindanao One Pavilion at the Manila FAME. The other producer was Anavilla Gam, sinamay producer from the Municipality of Sibagat. Maynagcot is set to join DTI Agusan del Sur’s Trade Promotion Officer Corazon dela Pena for the Branding and Packaging Design Mentoring and Coaching of the Association of Accredited Advertising Agencies of the Philippines or 4As after her stint at the Manila FAME.

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DPWH-10 to play key role in Marawi infra rehab

November 13, 2017

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Being the nearest region to damaged Marawi City, the Northern Mindanao regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will play a key role in the rehabilitation of key infrastructure facilities there. Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar made this clear on Friday as he inaugurated two huge projects – the Cagayan de Oro coastal highway and Igpit bridge, part of the broader Laguindingan airport access widening. Villar ordered the DPWH 10 office under director Virgilio Eduarte to assist the agency’s central office and its counterpart in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (Armm) while reconstructing the torn city. The first accomplishment of the agency will be the November 25 completion of the road network leading to the resettlement site of people displaced in the five-month war against Islamic State-inspired Maute terrorists. On Thursday, the DPWH has just received P195 million from the 2017 National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund as initial coverage of its Marawi City rehabilitation. This, even as a Mindanao State University (MSU) based think tank had released a proposal covering P67 million for the infrastructure rehabilitation there. Earlier estimates by the government put the amount at P50 million. In the MSU Technical Working Group proposal, there must be a comprehensive reconstruction of all government facilities that were damaged in the battle that started in May and ended last month.

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#SaveSexy event raids Oro

November 13, 2017

THE revitalized Local AIDS Council in coordination with Save the Children Philippines is supporting the #SaveSexy event on November 18. It is a project of The Red Whistle, a Manila-based youth oriented HIV awareness campaign that uses social media as its main platform, conducts interactive HIV 101 orientations and shares HIV information materials and condoms with the youth in different cities in the country. A similar activity was held last year in this city. The Local AIDS Council as mandated by City Ordinance 10022-2006 is the central advisory, planning and policy making body on the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS in Cagayan de Oro City. It is chaired by Mayor Oscar Moreno. Councilor Ma. Lourdes Gaane, chair of the committee on health, is the vice chair. As proof of its resurgence, the Local AIDS Council has requested an annual 2018 operating budget of P2.45 million which has been included in the mayor’s executive budget. With the support of the City Council under the stewardship of Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy, “we are confident that the Local AIDS Council would finally have the ways and means to make an impact on the city’s anti-AIDS campaign.” “HIV/AIDS is the city’s top health concern. It is unfortunate that it predominantly affects our teens and young adults. Worse, majority of the infection is transmitted by men having sex with men. Thus, we have to engage and involve our youth in this undertaking towards ultimately stopping and preventing the spread of the dreaded disease,” Gaane said. “We call on all Cagayanons, most especially the youth, to join us in the Local AIDS Council’s advocacy of eradicating the HIV/AIDS disease in our lifetime. Supporting and patronizing this annual event would be a good start towards this goal,” she added. PR

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Cop, infant killed in ambush in Bukidnon, police say

November 13, 2017

CAGAYAN de Oro City--An armed group believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA) waylaid a police vehicle resulting to the death of a police officer and four-month-old child in a town in Bukidnon late Thursday afternoon, authorities said Friday. Per report from the Phil. National Police-10 (PNP-10), the casualties were identified as a certain SPO3 Arnel Carillo, of the Bumbaran municipal police, and a still-unnamed infant. Also wounded were three police officers and two civilians. Those who sustained wounds were identified as Insp. Joven Acuesta, chief of the Bumbaran municipal police in Lanao del Sur, and his men, namely, SPO1 Pacifico Cabudoy, and PO1 Nathaniel Ibal. The wounded civilians were Ali Citi, 53, female, who was hit on her left breast, and Ali Aminsalam, 37, who was wounded on her right arm. The infant, who was hit on the forehead, was with the female civilians on board a Toyota Fortuner when the incident happened at around 5:30 p.m. in Barangay Tikalaan, Talakag town, Bukidnon. A report from the Bukidnon provincial police said the SUV was on its way to Wao town in Lanao del Sur from this city. There were said to be seven persons on board the SUV, who were also wounded. The civilian vehicle was tailing the police patrol when ambushed by the perpetrators. The PNP-10 tagged the NPA as the ones responsible for the attack but the Communist rebels have yet to issue a statement as of this writing. In an interview, one of the victims, who requested anonymity due to security reasons, said they were caught by surprise. “We were shocked. We did not expect there were bandits firing at us,” the victim said. The victim said the shooting started when the Bumbaran police car overtook them. “They (attackers) thought we were with the police,” she said. Senior Supt. Benedicto Pintor, Bukidnon provincial police director, has confirmed the attackers as members of the NPA operating in the area. Pintor said investigators also found improvised explosive device (IED) at the crime scene. He added police teams are pursuing the armed men after the ambush.

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