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Government forces seize high-powered firearms in encounter sites

September 10, 2021

AGUSAN DEL NORTE - Despite the pandemic, government forces and the communist New People's Army (NPA) rebels continue their encounters in the outskirts of this province, reports reaching MDNN News Team said Thursday. During the skirmishes, government forces recovered high-powered firearms and other subversive documents left by the rebels after fleeing from the encounter sites. Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, commander of 23IB, in a statement, told the media in a statement that the encounters happened in Sitio Palo Dos, Barangay Jaguimitan, Nasipit, and in Sitio Manawang, Barangay Guinabsan, Buenavista town over the weekend. The military official said that during the first encounter, about 15 NPA rebels operating in North Central Mindanao engaged the patrolling soldiers, which later resulted in the recovery of food containers, backpacks, ammunitions, a radio antenna and other personal belongings Meanwhile in the second encounter, troops of the 23 Infantry Battalion also seized three AK47 rifles, two M203 grenade launchers, and one anti-personnel mine. “We conducted the series of focused military operations in the said areas after receiving reports that the remnants of DGF-4A led by Jelan Pinakilid, alias Baking were disturbing the communities and threatening the residents,” Paulo narrated. Prior to the encounters, it was learned from the military, the residents complained of reported extortion activities and confiscation of farm products by the said rebels. At the encounter sites, the elite military forces of the government discover heavy bloodstains, a clear indication the rebels suffered casualties, report said. “These remnants of DGF-4A have nowhere to go as the civilians themselves report to us their presence. These remaining insurgents continue to refuse the offer of the government to surrender peacefully and avail of the programs and services through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program or ECLIP. With their persistent refusal to lay down their arms, the 23IB will unceasingly pursue them. The civilians are already supporting us,” Paulo warned. Quoting an intel report coming from the military side, the DGF-4A was already dismantled by the communist rebels after several of its top leaders were killed in a series of encounters last year. The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand have listed the New People's Army as a terrorist organization. - (PNA)      

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USTP launches Gulayan sa Kabalayan

September 9, 2021

THE Gardens for Sustainable Kitchen or Gulayan sa Kabalayan is a movement by the Center for Human Development of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) Cagayan de Oro campus that addresses food security and sustainability through gardening in backyards and community spaces in the city. This is a movement that is very important especially in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. USTP through its Claveria campus has recently approved Php277, 090 as thebudget for the activities of GSK this year. The Urban Community Microfarms is a recent project of GSK that is being implemented specifically in barangays Pagatpat and Tablon, Cagayan de Oro. Prior to its implementation, GSKconducted an Agriskwela webinarseries from June 1 to 4, 2021 which included lectures on topics such as soil preparation, fertilization, seed growing, among others. The Department of Science and Technology Region X gave assurance to supply water and to set up hydroponics in the gardens of these adopted barangays. At the onset of COVID-19, GSK has actively distributed more than 2,500 seed packs to residents in Cagayan de Oro and even to members of the Talaandig indigenous community in Talakag, Bukidnon. Looking back, GSK started with a group of volunteers who shared a common vision of enabling households to have a steady suPply of healthy food from their garden. These volunteers who founded GSK are Angelie Azcuna Collera, who is now the head of CHD in USTP; Reynaldo Collera of Lumbia National High School; Owen Jaen of JCI Kagayhaan Gold; lan Guttierez of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office X; EnP Jun Mhark Lloren of the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO) in CDO. The co-leaders of GSK include Agropolis Science and Technology Park, College of Agriculturè of USTP Claveria Campus, and Departments in USTP CDO Campus, namely Technology Communication Management, Technician Teacher Education, and Teaching Languages. GSK's partners, on the other hand, are CDO City Agriculture Productivity Operations Office, CLENRO, DA Agriculture Training Institute Region X, Green Minds Inc., Junior Chamber International Kagayhaan Gold, and Kids Who Farm. Individual benefactors include Ms. Philline Marie Donggay and Yul Batiller. You can check GSK through its official Facebook Page GSK CDO. PR

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5 Reasons to Build Your Career in Davao City

September 8, 2021

With a land area of close to 2,500 km2, Davao City is considered the Philippines’ largest city in terms of physical size. It’s also home to the majestic Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the country, and the endangered Philippine eagle, the world’s largest eagle in terms of length and wing surface. Because of its magnificent natural attractions, festivals, and sumptuous food, Davao City is a popular destination for millions of local and international tourists. It also serves as the province of Davao’s center of commerce, tourism, trade, and finance, attracting both business people wanting to expand their ventures and job seekers looking for lucrative employment opportunities. Perhaps you’re planning to leave your current job to find a better one that will help you achieve your professional goals. If so, you may want to find Davao jobs that fit the bill instead of looking for work in the already congested city of Metro Manila. You may not realize it yet, but there are many reasons why building a career in the Crown Jewel of Mindanao makes a lot of sense. Here are five of them. A Strong Economy Davao City boasts strong cooperation between business players and local leaders, spurring the city’s economic growth and overall development. It’s also Mindanao’s leading exporter of tropical fruits and coconut products and home to the internationally acclaimed artisan chocolate Malagos Chocolate. Additionally, many Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firms, as well as the regional headquarters of several multinational companies like Dole and Del Monte, are based here. This thriving city also houses over ten economic zones for agro-industrial, manufacturing, and information technology sectors, all of which fuel economic activity, wealth generation, and job creation in the area. Jobseekers can find opportunities in a variety of industries, including wholesale and retail trade, transportation, storage, and construction. Because of Davao City’s strong economy, employees can expect stable jobs, competitive salaries, and better opportunities. A Combination of Urban and Rural Pleasures If you want to build a lasting career, preventing job burnout should be your top priority. Contrary to common misconceptions, burnout is defined not only by physical fatigue, but also by emotional fatigue. The latter can also be exacerbated by a feeling of reduced accomplishment and a loss of personal identity. Unfortunately, many employees who work in Manila are at high risk of burnout. According to the results of a study conducted by a think tank operated by writers and sleep experts, Manila is one of the top 10 cities in the world with the highest risk of employee burnout. Specifically, it was ranked 5th in a list of 69 cities across 53 countries in terms of burnout rate. To avoid job burnout, it would help to work in a location that offers the opportunities, amenities, and comforts of city life as well as the relaxing and stress-free atmosphere of rural life. Fortunately, you can find all of these in Davao City. If you choose to work here, you can easily relieve any workday stress by communing with nature and enjoying the unique attractions in the area. For example, you can hike, skydive, go fishing, or try other outdoor adventures at Eden Nature Park. On the weekends, you can visit the many different white-sand beaches of Samal Island or take day trips to various areas of the region to unwind and recharge. While you’re at it, don’t forget to try the city’s sumptuous local dishes and fresh tropical fruits to complete your Davao experience. Safety and Security Moving to another city for work can be overwhelming, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the area. However, there won’t be much to worry about if you choose to live and work in Davao. After all, Davao is one of the safest cities in Southeast Asia, according to a report released by collaborative online database Numbeo. You can walk safely at night without fear of encountering thieves or other crooks since police officers are constantly roaming around the city. The liquor ban and curfew imposed by the city government also prevents drunken people from wandering around and causing trouble. By moving to a city where you feel safe and secure, you can focus your energies on the things that matter, such as reaching your professional goals. A Diverse Community Whether in the working world or your personal life, you need exposure to diverse ideas and experiences to become the best person you can be. More importantly, you must learn how to respect different viewpoints, opinions, and experiences for the greater good. That said, Davao City is arguably the best training ground for learning the immense value of diversity and inclusion. Think about it. Davao City is home to Visayans, Mindanaoans, migrants, and indigenous people belonging to various ethnic tribes. They have different religions, beliefs, cultures, and ways of life, yet they all live together harmoniously. Wouldn’t you want to learn how Davaoeños make it all work? A State-of-the-Art Emergency Response System Another benefit of building your career in the Durian Capital of the Philippines is that you have easy access to Davao Central 911, a centralized and integrated emergency response system. As you may have guessed, this system works similarly to the 911 emergency telephone number in the United States and Canada. If you encounter any emergencies during your stay in Davao, simply call 911, and help will quickly arrive. Another great thing about this emergency response service is that it’s free!   These are just a few of the reasons why Davao City is an ideal place to put down roots and build your career. Where else can you find a city full of professional opportunities, magnificent natural wonders, and a green and secure environment? By working in Davao, you can experience the benefits of working in a thriving urban area with significantly less stress and worries.

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10 more Muslim rebels surrender to the government

September 1, 2021

AMPATUAN, Maguindanao – It seems the program of the Duterte administration is working as more Muslim rebels surrender to the government and yield their firearms and ammos. This time, twelve of the muslim extremist group who were operating under the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) command have returned to the fold of the law yesterday (August 30). Colonel Pedro Balisi, commander of the Army’s 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade (1MIBde) told reporters that the rebels have surrendered at their headquarters in Barangay Kamasi, Ampatuan, this province. “They (surrenderers) made the right choice as they are fighting a futile cause,” Balisi said in an interview. The army official, however, did not identify the surrenderees for their safety while their surrender is still officially being processed especially on the benefits they can get from the government. Balisi said the group belongs to the BIFF-Burgos faction. They have turned over their arms during a fitting surrender ceremony, including an M16 rifle, two M14 rifles, two homemade .50 caliber sniper rifles, two .30 caliber sniper rifles, three rocket-propelled grenade launchers, two improvised explosive devices, explosives, and ammunition. Alias Sudan, one of those who surrendered to the government said they are tired of fighting in the mountains of Maguindanao, and they've been hiding ever since they joined the group, as government forces have been pursuing them. “We were further disappointed upon learning that we were duped as they promised to pay us a huge amount monthly (but) it never happened,” Sudan told PNA in a phone patch interview. It was learned that the 10 surrenderees are now undergoing custodial debriefing , while their livelihoods are being processed by the Shariff Saydona Mustapha town government. 150 "disgruntled" members of the BIFF have already surrendered since January, this year. - PNA      

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Mother, daughter nabbed for 'shabu'

September 1, 2021

PARANG, Maguindanao - A mother and her daughter were arrested Sunday by police operatives, for possession of illegal drugs. Major Christopher Cabugwang, police chief of Parang town identified the suspects as Bae Malayda Mariga, 51, and her daughter Ungal Mariga, 29, both residents of Barangay Gadungan. Major Cabugwang, the police probers said, personally handed down the warrant of arrest against the two suspects who did not resist arrest, it was learned.     However, the police official said the team failed to arrest the primary suspect identified as a certain Ibrahim Mariga, 30 during the serving of the warrant. The said suspect eluded arrest as he escaped upon seeing the approaching lawmen in the area. The police operatives who were mandated to arrest the main suspects were armed with a warrant of arrest prepared by Judge Kasan Abdulrakman of the Regional Trial Court Branch 27. “We remain positive to get the primary suspect soon,” Cabugwang said in an interview with reporters yesterday. The police official added that the raiding team seized from both the mother and her daughter two mid-sized packets of the suspected shabu with an estimated street value of P25,000, including shabu paraphernalia. The two suspects are now detained at the police station awaiting the filing of formal charges against them in court. (PNA)  

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10 BIFF extremist rebels surrender in Maguindanao

August 28, 2021

BARMM Region – The program of the Duterte administration continues to yield results as more rebels surrendered to the government this year, the military announced Wednesday. Colonel Pedro Balisi, commander of the Army's 1st Mechanized Brigade, told reporters 10 more members of the rebel-group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters have returned to the fold of the law, bringing the total surrenderees to 130, the report said. During a simple ceremony, both Col Balisi and Datu Saudi Ampatuan Mayor Edris Sindatok, welcome the 10 surrenderees at the military headquarters in Barangay Kamasi, Ampatuan town, this province. The police official said the rebel-returnees turned over a caliber .50 Barrett sniper rifle, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, one M16 rifle, one M1 Carbine rifle, two Garand rifles – and ammunition. “The latest batch of surrenderers was convinced to lay down their arms by former comrades who earlier yielded and are now living normal lives with their families,” Balisi told reporters. The military official, however, did not name the rebel-returnees for security reasons. A certain Ahmad, one of the surrenderees told the media that they finally decide to return to the fold of the law as they are tired of fighting and hiding in the hinterland barangays. The rebel confirmed, his group is operating in the towns of Shariff Aguak, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Mamasapano, and Shariff Saydona Mustapha, all in Maguindanao. “We saw the benefits of the government programs that were being enjoyed by our comrades who earlier yielded, prompting us to abandon the BIFF struggle to be reunited with our loved ones,” Ahmad said in an ambush interview. - PNA            

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