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Island Province of Tawi-tawi gets 8000 residents vaccinated with Janssen vax

July 26, 2021

TAWI-TAWI - The government is very serious in protecting the Filipinos from the threats of covid-19 including its dangerous mutations, as vaccinations have already reached even the farthest island of Tawi-tawi, reports reaching MDNN said yesterday. Dr Bashary Latiph of the BARMM's Ministry of Health told reporters that there are now a total of 8000 residents in the island that received the single dose of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine. “Considering its distance from mainland Mindanao, the national government has earlier made the vaccine allocation for the farthermost province of BARMM,” Dr. Bashary told reporters on Monday. The initial batch of Janssen vax, according to the MOH official, was rolled out on July 23, and 8000 of the 231,776 residents of the island province have been vaccinated. The doctor also said that the municipalities of Sitangkai, Mapun island, Turtle Island and all borders of Malaysia, as well as some of Indonesia's Island, will be the next target of the vaccination. “We have to strengthen the immune system of constituents in the island municipalities of Tawi-Tawi amid fortified border control measures to prevent the entry of the dreaded Delta variant from the neighboring southern countries, especially Indonesia, which has already become the new epicenter of virus surpassing India,” he stressed. At presstime, the neighboring countries of Indonesia and Malaysia have been hit by massive surge of the deadly coronavirus disease (covid-19) In the Philippines, health authorities reported a total of 119 Delta variant have now been detected raising fears among residents in areas hit.    

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Modern City Jail to be unveiled in Marawi soon

July 26, 2021

MARAWI CITY - The government's infrastructure projects continue to take center stage in the warn-torn Marawi City, as the city will have its modernized city jail targeted for unveiling on November 15, this year. This was bared during an interview with Eduardo del Rosario, chairperson of the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM). Del Rosario is also currently the Secretary of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development. "Napakaganda ng ipinapagawang Marawi City Jail [The Marawi City Jail that is being constructed is very beautiful]. It is the biggest and the most modern in the whole BARMM," Del Rosario boosted.   Based on the taskforce chief's revelation, around 1,000 inmates can be accommodated as soon as the new facility operates on November, this year. Del Rosario said, the modern facility was also designed as rehabilitation center for all inmates through the creation of comprehensive livelihood, technical development and recreational activities that can boost the moral of the prisoners. A recreational venue will also be built to host for sports activities and events such as basketball, volleyball, and all other sports. He added that the new jail facility will cater only to inmates from the city. But considering its bigger capacity, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) may just coordinate with the local office if the need arises. “This project is for Marawi City but BARMM can also make arrangements to accommodate other provinces because this is too huge for 1,000 inmates,” Del Rosario pointed out. Based on the contractor, the City Jail is now 63 percent completed and progressing at press time. The facility is scheduled to be inaugurated on November 15, this year, it was learned.    

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US-made Janssen vax arrives in Bangsamoro Region

July 20, 2021

BARMM - A total of 30,000 US-made covid-19 vaccines arrived in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), reports reaching MDNN said yesterday. The vax known as Janssen was made in the United States and since the US Government promised to help in the vaccination program in the Philippines, a total of 3.2 million doses has arrived last week through the COVAX facility. For the BARMM, it will be rolled in the towns of Sitangkai, Turtle Island and Mapun Island. Another 30,000 doses of the 3.2 million vaccines that arrived in the country was also delivered to Basilan, it was learned.   Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez said a total of 300,000 doses, out of the 10 million doses that arrived in the Philippines, was allocated for the Muslim Mindanao region. The statement said that the shipment of the vaccines to the BARMM will be allocated as follow: 130,992 doses of Sinovac, 19,500 doses of COVAX-donated AstraZeneca, and 150,000 doses of Janssen vaccine.    “Our commitment to COVAX and the US government is that the vaccine supply, particularly Johnson & Johnson will be deployed equitably to all regions. The first deployment in BARMM is particularly intended for geographically isolated islands and those communities living in our borders and along the boundaries of the Philippines,” Galvez pointed out. “Priority should really be given in these areas. Our development partners like UNICEF, who have seen first-hand the difficult situation in BARMM, have also given the same recommendation. And we are happy to share the same views and approaches on how these vaccines should be deployed,” he concluded. - PNA  

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Covid's Delta variant in Cagayan de oro worries SoCot Governor

July 19, 2021

SOUTH COTABATO - Governor Reynaldo Tamayo, this province, was worried yesterday on the possible spread of the more infectious and dangerous Covid variant detected by DOH National in Cagayan de Oro and Gingoog Cities. The governor said chances of infecting the people in South Cotabato is not remote since the origin of Delta transmission is only 7 hours by bus. And there were also regular trips of Rural Transit Mindanao buses, from Cagayan de Oro to the places in South Cotabato areas, passing through Koronadal City and several towns in province. As this developed, Governor Tamayo has raised the 'alert level' over the very possible spread of the deadly covid-19 mutation. Gov Tamayo also reported during his radio program, “Ang Gobernador kag ang Katawhan (the governor and the people)” that he feared his constituents would be contracted with the deadly variant, noting the daily bus trip from CDO to South Cotabato areas, passing thru Koronadal City. It was learned that the province is also a regular starting route of big cargo and delivery trucks unloading products in various points in Northern Mindanao. “We are facing a challenging situation right now so we’re urging everyone to be more cautious and vigilant, and protect ourselves at all times,” he said in his radio program “Ang Gobernador kag ang Katawhan (the governor and the people).” He challenged his constituents that vaccination is still the best option to avoid the deadly attack of the Covid virus and its mutations, and by continuing the wearing of face masks, face shield and social distancing.. In May, this year, the province was hit with three covid-19 variants namely United Kingdom or Alpha, South African or Beta, and Brazilian or Gamma strains, but the patients have since recovered.  

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MinDA, DBP, work to reopen Maguindanao banana farms DAVAO CITY

June 7, 2021

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) along with its funding partner Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) is heading efforts to reopen two huge banana plantations in Maguindanao province that employed some 4,000 workers.   Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said many of the said workers are former Moro rebel combatants. “Yesterday, I met with DBP President Emmanuel Herbosa to thresh out the details of the financial loan package, which the bank would grant to revive the banana farms with a total area of over 1,500 hectares,” he said.   He said the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) has warned that the continued economic difficulties faced by the displaced workers could have serious implications on the peace and security of Maguindanao Province. “The banana plantations, owned by Filipino-American John Perrine, are the Al Sahar and La Fruttera Banana Farms in Talayan and Datu Paglas towns, respectively, all considered critical areas because of the presence of ISIS-inspired armed groups, closed down two years ago following economic difficulties and lack of operational funds,” the MinDA chief said. During his visit to Maguindanao Province on May 11, following the attack by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Datu Paglas,   President Rodrigo Duterte directed MinDA to work for the reopening of the plantations. Duterte also instructed MinDA to coordinate with other agencies, including the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), to ensure that the displaced farm workers are given food assistance until they are back to work. “MinDA, DSWD, DND-OCD, MSWD-BARMM and other agencies have implemented the food distribution directives of the President.   MinDA, in the meantime, has identified a new investor which will take over the two plantations from the Perrine Group and reoperate the farm,” Piñol added. On Thursday (June 3) MinDA will organize a virtual conference between DBP Officials, the new investor's group and other stakeholders to finally resolve the minor issues. “When this is done, MinDA will make a final report and recommendations to the President within the month of June,” Piñol assured. ###  

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Customs brokers association in R10 to inaugurate new office

June 4, 2021

THE association of Customs brokers in Region 10 will inaugurate their new office this morning (Saturday, June 5) at Phividec compound, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. During the same event, the new officers for FY 2021-2023 of the Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc. Northern Mindanao chapter will likewise take their oath. They are president Edgar Rey Gallana Jr., vice president for internal affairs Merlyn Venci, vice president for external affairs Amelita Cruz, secretary Shannon May Mabelin, assistant secretary Jinky Capin, treasurer Odessa Diamante-Castillo, treasurer Yolanda Narandan, auditor Junica Mae Venci, PIO Jo-ed Revilla, PIO Christine Joy Fiel and PIO Oliver Lisondra. Cruz,   Narandan, Capin and Merlyn Venci also serve as directors along with Dario Amolata and Joselito Alvarico. The guest of honor for the ribbon cutting and at the same time the inducting officer is Customs district collector John Simon. The Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc. is an accredited professional organization (APO) by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for all practicing Licensed Customs Brokers from all over the country.   The CCBI-CDO Chapter is affiliated with the CCBI National Chapter whose members were all the practicing Licensed Customs Brokers in Region X whose practice of profession serves the ports of Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City, Ozamis City, Mindanao International Container Port at Tagoloan, Nasipit Port at Butuan City and Surigao Port. Due to the strategic location of the mentioned ports, the creation of chapter professional organization where then determined based on the area of coverage.   CCBI Caraga Chapter was then crated w/c covers the ports of Nasipit in Butuan City and Surigao Port. While CCBI-CDO was renamed and recognized as new chapter by virtue of the CCBI National Chapter recognition dated July 20,2019. From CCBI-CDO to Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc, Northern Mindanao Chapter (CCBI-NorthMin) which basically composes of practicing Licensed Customs Brokers from Cagayan de Oro Port, Iligan Port, Ozamis and Mindanao International Container Port at Tagoloan, Misamis Orental. As concurrent chapter president for FY 2019-2021,   Gallana's accomplishments are the following: implementation of Chapter Amelioration Due through CCBI resolution 001 Series of 2019-20 w/c is to help augment the financial capacity of the chapter to sustain its plans and projects; pproval of the Letter Request to Coll. John M. Simon , District Port Collector for the CCBI CDO to hold a temporary chapter office within the Bureau of Customs Premise; Various community charity projects as part of the CCBI’s social responsibility, consistent recipient is Association of Blind Masseurs of Cagayan de Oro City, extended monetary assistance and basic goods to the victims of Marawi Siege, victims of Taal Volcano Eruption, residents of Batangas and others; conducted the first ever Northern Mindanao Customs Brokers Summit participated by all practicing Licensed Customs Brokers all over the country last July 20, 2019; A signatory of the Memorandum of Understanding initiated by the Bureau of Customs among port stakeholders in relevance to Ease of Doing Business (R.A. 11032); take a lead in the construction of the first CCBI Northmin Chapter Office at Phividec Compound, Tagolaon,   Misamis Oriental; Creation of Customs Brokers Representative Association Northern Mindanao Chapter (CBRA-Northmin) this is the association of all Customs Brokers Rep. or called as “processors” or “ personero” the first chapter that organized and recognized its processors; strengthen the professional camaraderie of its chapter members through various Team Building Activity and professional development and enhancement through seminars & webinars sponsored by the chapter; and from seven members now CCBI Nortmin has 35 active chapter members.

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