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Yap leads flag retreat in Northern Mindanao

November 2, 2017

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Assistant Secretary Sergio “Yoyoc” E. Yap II represented Secretary of Justice Vitaliano E. Aguirre II Justice in heading the flag retreat ceremony to conclude the 120th Founding Anniversary of the Department of Justice (DOJ at the Regional Prosecution Office in Region 10. The event was attended by the officials and staff of the National Prosecution Service (NPS) Region 10 and ARMM, as well as the officials of Department’s attached agencies like the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Public Attorneys Office (PAO), Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP), Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) and Land Registration Authority (LRA). After the flag retreat ceremony, Asec. Yap conducted the formal turnover of 25 computer sets for the use of NPS Region 10 and 10 computer sets for NPS ARMM. The said computer sets were received by OIC-RSP Merlynn Uy of NPS Region 10 and RSP Ramy Guiling of NPS ARMM. He also announced that the Department of Justice is already ready to allocate funds amounting to P30 MILLION to P42 MILLION for the construction of a new DOJ building for the ARMM. The said building will be a complex to house the offices of the Regional Prosecutors, City Prosecutor, Provincial Prosecutor, NBI, PAO and BPP of ARMM. He also promised to strive hard for the allocation of budget for a new DOJ Building for Region 10 to house the City Prosecutors of Cagayan de Oro and Provincial Prosecutors of Misamis Oriental. On October 2, 2017, Assistant Secretary Sergio “Yoyoc” Yap II together with Undersecretary Erickson H. Balmes graced the opening of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) for Mindanao Prosecutors. Asec. Yap highly stressed that the Secretary of Justice Vitaliano E. Aguirre II continues to support the MCLE Program to enhance the knowledge and expertise of the prosecutors of our country. During the event, Usec. Balmes announced the efforts of the Secretary to establish the DOJ Academy, which will either be placed at Clark or Tagaytay. Later that day, Asec. Yap visited the new Hall of Justice of Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental. He was able to have a meeting with MTC Executive Judge Cesar Merlas together with Judge Laina Lanticse-Saba and Judge Anabel Carmen Salcedo Casiño-Baluran. He was also able to have a meeting with RTC Executive Judge Dennis Alcantar and discussed the issues concerning the appointment of more prosecutors for the City and Province. With the theme, “Grace and Justice: 120 Years of Service to the Filipino People,” the DOJ maintains to uphold its mandate to serve as the government’s prosecution arm and to administer the government’s criminal justice system by investigating crimes, prosecuting offenders, and overseeing the correctional system.

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132 police from Luzon starts returning home

November 2, 2017

CAMP ALAGAR, Cagayan De Oro City: A contingent of about 132 policemen and officers who were assigned to augment the police force in Northern Mindanao at the height of the Marawi siege are returning home to their units in Luzon, the police regional command announced Saturday. Superintendent Lemuel Gonda, the spokesperson of the police regional command here, said that Chief Supt. Timoteo G. Pacleb , the police regional director in Northern Mindanao, formally led the send-off ceremony at the regional police office (PRO 10) here Friday. He said that the contingent is composed of elements from the police regional office in Camp Vicente Lim, Calamba, Laguna (PRO4A) and the police regional office in Camp Olivas Pampanga (PRO3) who were sent to Northern Mindanao to augment the police force who were securing the cities of Iligan and Cagayan De Oro when Martial Law was declared in May following the Marawi siege. During the send-off ceremony, Pacleb also lead the distribution of “letter of commendation” to the 61 PRO3 and 71 PRO 4A contingents, Gonda said. In his short message, Pacleb said that the policemen and the officers of the delegation would “always be our heroes.” “Maraming salamat sa inyong serbisyo, sa inyong tapang at malasakit para sa bayan. Maraming salamat sa inyong tulong para sa kapayapaan dito sa Northern Mindanao” (Thank very much for the services and the bravery for the sake of the country. Thank you very much for helping in maintaining peace in Northern Mindanao), Pacleb said. Gonda said that the contingent from PRO3 departs on Saturday on board a C-130 military plane, while the contingent from the PRO4A would follow in the coming days. He said that the PRO4A contingent is still at the regional police command here. The PRO 3 regional police office is based in Camp Olivas, Pampanga covers the regional provinces of Region 1, 2, and 3 in Northern Luzon while the PRO 4A regional police office Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba, Laguna covers the CALABARZON region. The war in Marawi, perpetrated by the local terrorists led by the Maute clan and supporters of the Iran-Syria, Islamic State (ISIS), an international terror group, which started on May 23, 2017 officially five months later on Oct. 23, 2017, following the death of Isnilon Hapilon, the officially designated “Emir” of ISIS in Southeast Asia by the Middle East-based ISIS, was killed by state forces together with his local counterpart, Omarkhayam Maute. President Rodrigo Duterte officially announced the cessation of hostilities in Marawi City and ordered the governmet’s various agencies and the military to lead the reconstruction and the rehabilitation of the Islamist City from the rubbles of war.

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Student dead, 9 others hurt in DavSur ambush

November 2, 2017

DAVAO CITY -- A 15-year-old student was killed while nine others were wounded when an undetermined number of armed men ambushed a barangay-owned truck loaded with passengers at Sitio Quarry in Barangay Kimlawais, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur on Sunday night. In a report to the Davao del Sur Provincial Police Office (DSPPO), Superintendent Deozar Almasa, acting chief of Police of Kiblawan Municipal Police Station, said 40 students of Kimlawis National High School (KNHS) on board the Sadam Truck owned by Barangay Kimlawis were on their way to Kiblawan Gym to perform Maral de dalan, a street dancing event, for the three-day Damsu Festival. While they were about 150 meters away from Barangay Kimlawis proper, unidentified armed men fired at Sadam Truck resulting in the death of 16-year-old Jimboy Linkanay, who was declared dead upon arrival at Gregorio Matas District Hospital in Davao del Sur. Wounded in the attack were James Paul Sarno, 18 of (out patient); Mildred Linkanay, 15 (out patient); Jiv Cris Malalay, 17, (admitted at Davao Sur National Hospital Digos City); Jimboy Sumali, 25, (admitted Davao Sur National Hospital Digos City); Nibert Malanson (admitted at Southern Philippines Medical Center SPMC Davao City); Marlon Malanson, (SPMC); Mark Gil Tol, Sadam Truck Driver (SPMC); and, Aries Caluyan, 15 (SPMC). Davao del Sur chief of police Sr. Superintendent Samuel Gadingan said all victims suffered gunshot wounds in different parts of their bodies. Gadingan said the incident is still under investigation by the Kiblawan municipal police while a municipal search and rescue team has been deployed to barangay Ihan in Kimlawis to scour the area and track the armed men. (Lilian C. Mellejor/PNA)

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Protect the environment with California Ecobike at 50% off

November 2, 2017

More and more advocacy group that is promoting a greener environment have already raised their concern on the growing number of vehicles that are continuously polluting our environment, this issue affects us all for as long as we are breathing. Technology moves us forward and transports us to places and lets us travel with ease, but the very object that gives us comfort also damages our environment as it contributes to 65% of air pollution in the metro. This very reason is what drives technology to better itself with the help of physical and environmentally friendly Electronic Bikes. California Ecobike has foreseen this trend and have been offering various models catering to your different needs since 2013. With its green advocacy and as a way of thanking the general public for supporting the brand, California Ecobike is offering up to 50% discount on selected units from October 1 to December 31, 2017. This offer is available nationwide across 40 available models.

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How to Recognize the Well-Managed Schools

October 16, 2017

Besides the best curriculum and the best teachers, other hallmarks for measuring whether the school is well managed or not need to be discussed for public topic. Along time ago, all schools were recognized by public through the printed media. But, today it is not enough. The shift of old paradigm into the new one has become very important to know by the policy makers and the leaders of any schools anywhere. In Indonesia, for example, the private schools almost have the same status, even the private ones that have been well-managed have higher level of quality, in terms of public-point of view: their image. Thus, building the schools’ image is the most important strategy, after all the fulfillment of requirements of the schools’ best criteria. A school which is well-managed can be indicated by their established curriculum and their best quality of the teachers. Besides that, the well-managed schools include their infrastructures related to the teaching-learning media. However, it is not enough. They have to get well known by public, even the world public. To do so, the school leaders should make their schools recognized by public. The way to make them well-recognized by public is by exposing their specific characteristics, especially their best corporate culture. They can build their best image through media such newspapers, magazines, and the related media that can boost the image through the digital society and community. Holding seminars and workshops can also be done by the schools. They can collaborate with other schools for holding such academic activities. Then, they can also expose all these to public. The news media can cover all the activities to make them exposed, not only their best curriculum, teachers, but also their varied ways of academic activities. This can make the schools well-recognized by public. The leaders of the schools must be versatile in doing any activities, being the model for other teachers but also being the best communicators for the schools. This can be done by making the schools exposed, showing the best activities, learning strategies, and infrastructures facilitating the learning process to the world public. This is a must for the private schools, and also for public schools. All these need to be exposed to media. There are some activities that needs to be exposed to public. First, it can be the best practice of the schools’ learning process. This is related to the most beneficial activities such as the students’ winning the competition in the schools’ areas. Being the winners of any competition in any educational activaties is also important to be recognized by public. Second, it can be the teachers’ activities joining the seminars or workshops. After going back to schools from the workshops, they should write a report and then expose it to public through media. Another activity is the school’s events, such as the school may hold a seminar or workshop and then expose it to the media. By doing such a public exposure, the schools can be recognized by public, and preferably the best practices can be well-known. Dr. Djuwari Sarkawi is the managing editor of the journal and book division, STIE Perbanas Surabaya. He is also the guest lecturer at Ottimmo International Master-gourmet Academy, Surabaya; The advisor of Indonesia Association of Press Practitioners/ Journalists in East Java province (HIPSI), Indonesia. He is also the president of the International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors, and Reviewers (IASPER)].

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Pueblo de Oro is four-time Pag-IBIG ‘Top Developer’

October 13, 2017

PUEBLO de Oro Cebu was recognized by Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) Pag-IBIG as Top 3 Developer in the Visayas for Take Out of Housing Loan Deliveries for four years starting in 2014 to 2017. The award was presented during the 2017 Home Lending Accomplishment Report and Awarding/Recognition of Top Performing Developers last October 6, 2017 at the City Sports Club in Cebu City. Pueblo de Oro President and COO Rhoel Alberto B. Nolido accepted the special citation from HDMF Pag-IBIG Fund CEO Acmad Rizaldy P. Moti. This is the fourth year in a row that Pueblo de Oro has placed in the Top 5. The dynamic economy in Cebu, aligned with the improvements implemented by Pag-IBIG which included lower interest rates and enhanced collection efficiency, fueled the growth in loan value takeouts to P4.29 billion during the first half of 2017, 53% higher than the same period last year. For his part, Mr. Nolido, who was also the keynote speaker during the event, stated how, for the two years from 2015 to present, Pueblo de Oro’s takeouts grew by 42% a year. Mr. Nolido also highlighted Pueblo de Oro’s partnership with Pag-IBIG and how PODC’s success and growth in the recent years was largely attributable to Pag-IBIG loan takeouts. “In Cebu, 80% of our takeouts are actually Pag-IBIG,” said Mr. Nolido. He expressed his hopes that as Pag-IBIG loan processing is faster, this growth could be replicated in Pueblo de Oro Pampanga and Batangas. “Previously, the share of Pag-IBIG in those areas for Pueblo was only 20%, but with the increase in our Pag-IBIG accounts in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao projects, our total takeouts have grown by 89%.” This is why, he explained, more and more developers are turning to Pag-IBIG. This rapid growth in Pag-IBIG takeouts have been instrumental in another aspect of Pueblo de Oro and Pag-IBIG’s partnership. Due to the fast takeout process, Pueblo de Oro was able to pay off its three-year Pag-IBIG development loans in less than a year, and plans to secure another loan worth double the value within the year. Pueblo de Oro is the owner-developer of the Pueblo de Oro Township in Cagayan de Oro City (CDO). The Township stands as a testament to Pueblo de Oro’s vision and the company’s ability to cause positive transformation and create value in an area. From 360 hectares of raw land in uptown CDO, the company has crafted a world-class master planned Township, complete with several residential enclaves catering to different income levels ranging from the high-end market to mid-income segment of economic and socialized housing.

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