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Third quake rocks Davao Occidental anew

April 25, 2019

Cagayan de Oro City (MDN Digital, April 25) - The third quake recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Thursday morning (9:34 a.m.) trembled Davao Occidental. With a magnitude of 4.4, Phivolcs said, it reportedly originated southeast of Sarangani town in said province of Davao. Phivolcs claimed a tremor having a magnitude of 4 to 4.9 is already considered moderately strong and do not cause much damage especially if the epicenter is far from the populace. This quake is the latest of the five tremors that rocked the three islands of the Philippines; magnitude 6.5 in Luzon, magnitude 6.2 in the Visayas and magnitude 4.5, 4.7 and now 4.4 all in Mindanao region. The 4.7 tremor trembled Baganga, Davao Oriental on Wednesday (April 24) and 4.5 in other place in Davao but no damage has been reported yet. The one that hit Luzon last Wednesday, which was magnitude 6.1 was considered the deadly quake this year as it damaged to structures and properties in Luzon area, killing 16 people, 85 injured and 12 still missing at press time.

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Misor guv, Ayala officials lead groundbreaking of Laguindingan Technopark

April 25, 2019

MISAMIS Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano and officials from Ayala Land led the groundbreaking Wednesday (April 25, 2019) of the P172-billion Laguindingan Technopark in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental. Present alongside the governor during the momentous occasion were Philippine Economic Zones Authority (PEZA) director-general Charito Plaza, Laguindingan Mayor Diosdado Obsioma, AyalaLand Logistics Holdings Corp. president Rowena Tomeldan, AyalaLand Logistics Holdings Corp. director Nathanael Co, Ayala Land, Inc. COO for Vismin Jun Bisnar, Ayala Land, Inc. AVP for Vismin Rico Manuel and AyalaLand Logistics Holdings Corp. head Patrick John Avila. Laguindingan Technopark is a 1-million square-meter property spanning the two barangays of Moog and Tubajon being marked for mixed-use development with focus on IT-related industries under the supervision of PEZA. In her speech, Plaza said the thrust of PEZA is to ensure that Laguindingan Technopark will not just cater to industries but will also set aside space for commercial and residential use as well. For his part, Emano said the Misamis Oriental will always be in gratitude to AyalaLand, Inc. for putting the province in the national spotlight. At full development, Laguindingan Technopark is expected to generate approximately 5,000 jobs to primarily benefit the local residents. Catering to light to medium industries, it is envisioned to be the new logistics hub in the Philippines due to its strategic location as the gateway between Mindanao and Luzon-Visayas. This development aims to take advantage of the projected positive momentum of the Philippine economy and the local business property market, according to Tomeldan. Plaza welcomed Tomeldan’s statement, saying it is now the thrust of PEZA to decongest Metro Manila and make industries boom in the countryside such as here in Misamis Orinetal. “Laguindingan Technopark will be a catalyst in the economic development not just of the municipality but will trickle down to neighboring towns, drawing in local businesses leading to more job opportunities,” Emano added in. “Aside from direct employment, people around the area will also benefit as they put up business that will cater to the needs of the locator-companies.”

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Region X economy grows faster by 7.0% in 2018

April 25, 2019

The economy of Northern Mindanao grew by 7.0 percent in 2018. This expansion was faster than the recorded economic growth of 5.8 percent in 2017. The acceleration was driven by Industry and Services. Among the three major economic industries, Services remained to have the largest share of the region’s economy with 44.1 percent, followed by Industry with 35.6 percent and Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing with 20.3 percent.      Services recorded the fastest growth of 8.9 percent in 2018 as all of the sub-industries grew faster during the period. The top contributors to the growth in Services were Trade and Repair of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles, Personal and Household goods, which grew by 7.4 percent; and Transportation, Storage and Communication, with a double-digit growth of 12.8 percent. Likewise, Other Services grew at a faster rate of 8.9 percent as compared with the growth of 6.1 percent in 2017. Meanwhile, Financial Intermediation grew by 8.7 percent; and Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities by 5.7 percent.      Public Administration and Defense and Compulsory Social Security also expanded by a double-digit growth of 12.6 percent as compared with the 6.3 percent growth recorded in the previous year. Industry likewise accelerated to 8.8 percent. Among its sub-industries, Construction grew the fastest at 16.3 percent, faster than the recorded growth of 2.0 percent in the previous year. Mining and Quarrying also expanded at a faster rate of 14.6 percent. Manufacturing also sped up to 6.6 percent, from 5.5 percent growth posted in the previous year. On the other hand, Electricity, Gas and Water Supply managed to grow by 4.4 percent, slower than the 13.8 percent growth in 2017.      Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing grew at a slower pace of 0.4 percent in 2018, from 4.7 percent growth recorded in the previous year. Agriculture and Forestry posted a decelerated growth of 0.8 percent, from the 5.7 percent growth in the previous year. Fishing declined further by 1.9 percent.      The 7.0 growth rate of Northern Mindanao was contributed mostly by Services with 3.8 percentage points, followed by Industry with 3.1 percentage points. AHFF contributed the least with 0.1 percentage point.

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Senator Gordon confirms 3 dead in Bulacan helicopter crash

April 25, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN digital, April 25) - Senator Richard Gordon in his tweet Thursday has confirmed that three passengers on board a private helicopter that crashed in Anilao, Bulacan have died. "Death toll rose to 3 in a helicopter crash in Malolos, Bulacan. Other injured passengers were already transported by our team to Bulacan Medical Center," the senator said in his tweet. The senator did not reveal the identity of those who died but Bulacan Governor Willy Alvarado has identified and confirmed that one of those who died was Businessman and the helicopter owner, Liberato "Levy" Laus. Other fatalities were said to be the pilot and another male who was rushed to the nearest hospital but attending doctors pronounced him dead several hours later.  The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CCAP) told the media that around 12:47 in the afternoon today, the helicopter with body marking RP C8098 crash landed at a fishpond in Anilao, Bulacan. CAAP said the helicopter was owned and operated by LGC Air Transport.   CAAP said aircraft was bound for San Fernando, Pampanga when it encountered trouble and the pilot crashlanded the helicopter into a fishpond hoping they could still survive. Meanwhile, Police investigator Danilo Torres has confirmed to reporters that initial investigation disclosed three passengers have really died including the pilot.  The aircraft, authorities said, carried more than five passengers and left Ninoy Aquino International Airport at around 12:28 this afternoon. Minutes later it crashlanded in Bulacan.

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UHC, NICC laws give cancer patients new lease on life

April 24, 2019

WHEN 66-year-old widow Gertrudes Calderon was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in May 2013, she feared the treatment costs more than what the disease will do to her body.      Calderon, at that time, works as “kasambahay” -- her only source of income for their daily needs.      “Natakot ako noong una kong nalaman dahil sa aming anim na magkakapatid na babae ako lang ang meron. Nagkusa lang ako magpa-checkup nung nakapa ko na may bukol at mula sa maliit na bukol. Lumaki na ito pagdating ng Hunyo (I was scared when I first learned about it because among us six sisters I’m the only one who has it. I went to have a checkup when I felt a lump in my breast and from a small lump. It became bigger in June), she told Philippine News Agency (PNA) in an interview.      According to the latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, cancer is the second cause of death among females and males in 2016 nationwide at 60,470.      Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, in his speech at the First National Cancer Patient Congress on April 8, said cancer death toll for both adults and children is around 66,000 and there are 110,000 new cases diagnosed yearly.      Duque said the Department of Health (DOH) recognizes the burden -- emotional and financial – that cancer patients face, that it is why the agency continues to provide medical assistance programs in its hospitals and selected local government hospitals, where the public can get free diagnostics and other medicines for cancer.      “(The) DOH offers free breast and cervical cancers screening for women 25 to 55 years old, and medicines, therapies for those who have cancer,” he added. Cancer treatment cost      Calderon said she almost lost hope when she learned that she needed surgery, which would cost her hundreds of thousands.      “Sinabi ko sa mga doktor na wala akong pera para sa operasyon at may mga tumulong sa akin maipasok ako sa Ating Dibdibin Foundation noong July at naoperahan ako ng September nang matapos ang mga clearance na nilalakad ko (I told the doctors that I don’t have money for the surgery and someone helped me to become a member of Ating Dibdibin Foundation in July and I was operated on September when I finished the necessary clearances),” she added.      Calderon’s right breast was removed to keep the cancer cells from returning, her doctors said.      “Sinabihan ako ng mga doktor na kailangan ko ng chemotherapy, PHP120,000 daw iyon, pero nang sinabi ko na wala akong pera, pina-interview lang ako sa DOH at hindi nako nagbayad gaya ng iba. Wala akong binayaran kahit isang gamot o session, ang natatandaan ko lang na binili ko ay dalawang karayom dahil nabali iyong karayom na ginamit sa akin (The doctors told me that I need chemotherapy, it costs PHP120,000, but when I said I have no money I was interviewed by DOH and I didn’t pay for it unlike others. I didn’t pay any single medicine or session, I remember buying only two needles because the needles used on me broke),” she said.      Calderon added that the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office provided for all her medicines for five years while the DOH supplied her with tamoxifen, a medication for breast cancer patients, for two years and a half. NICC Act, Universal Health Care law      Duque said cancer patients can now receive quality health care without financial hardship through the National Integrated Cancer Control (NICC) Act and Universal Health Care (UHC) Law, adding that both aim to ease the financial burden of cancer patients and their families by providing assistance for the early detection of the disease.      “Cancer care and prevention begin with the establishment of strong primary health care systems which enables early diagnosis, coupled with the social safety net which provides sufficient financial coverage. This complements of the NICC Act which utilizes mechanisms for the state to control quite complex treatment conditions of adult and childhood cancers,” he said.      With the NICC Act, Duque said the DOH has intensified the Philippine Cancer National Control program, which includes the establishment of 24/7 cancer centers in various DOH hospitals nationwide and continued provision of free medicines for breast, childhood and colorectal cancers.      “Recognizing that our resources are limited we commit to its judicious use through the institutionalization of the health technology assessment and price negotiation processes. This means for us to afford more conditions we’ll be benchmarking our reimbursements to the most cost-effective protocols,” he added.      Meanwhile, Cancer Coalition of the Philippines president Paul Perez said more cancer patients will have a fighting chance through the NICC Act, regardless of their status in the society, through sustained medication and reduction of “treatment abandonment”.      “Cancer patients and their families can look forward to life’s journey with new hope, especially the underprivileged, since they’ll now have better access to equitable and affordable cancer treatment and care,” he said.      Perez also underscored the importance of the law in boosting the efforts of various cancer awareness groups that are promoting cancer care, which include early detection, treatment, prevention and access to palliative care.      On February 14, President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed into law Republic Act 11215 or the NICC Act which institutionalizes a “national integrated” program to control cancer.      Under the new law, the DOH is tasked to provide early and sufficient access to cancer medicines and “ensure highest possible chance of survival among people with cancer”.      The law also created the cancer assistance fund, which will support the cancer medicine and assistance treatment program and mandated the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to expand benefit packages for all types and stages of cancer.      Meanwhile, signed into law by Duterte on February 20, the UHC law makes all Filipinos members of PhilHealth, either as direct or indirect contributors, providing immediate eligibility and access to preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care for medical, dental, mental and emergency health services.      “Sa mga kababaihan na gaya ko, huwag po kayo matakot dahil maraming natutulungan ang DOH na may cancer, gaya ko na walang binayad kahit piso. Huwag kayo magpapabaya at suriin ninyo ang mga sarili ninyo bago lumala ang maliit na bukol (To women like me, don’t be scared because DOH helps a lot of cancer patients, like me who didn’t pay a single peso. Don’t neglect yourselves and observe yourselves before a small lump becomes big),” she said.      After six cycles of chemotherapy and five years of medication, Calderon has been declared cancer-free and is now enjoying her life with her daughter and grandchild.      “Sixty-six years old na ako ngayon, trese kaming cancer patients na naoperahan noong 2013, ako na lang ang natitirang nabubuhay sa amin. Nagpapa-bone scan ako, every six months nagpapa-X-ray ako at ECG ako dahil kailangan pero lahat walang bayad (I’m 66 years now, we were 13 cancer patients who had surgery in 2013, I’m the only one left alive. I undergo bone scan, every six months I have X-ray and ECG because it’s needed but all of them are for free),” she said. (PNA)

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Miral's killing not election-related - Destura

April 24, 2019

THE shooting death of Napaliran, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental barangay chairman Claver Miral is not election-related. This was confirmed Wednesday (April 24) by Misamis Oriental provincial police director Col. Rolando Destura during a press conference here in Cagayan de Oro City. Destura said that based on their initial probe, police are already tracking several persons of interest in his April 21 ambush-assassination but the suspected perpetrators are not connected to the rivals of the politicians he is supporting. Although barangay officials are deemed non-partisan, Miral is closely allied with Balingasag mayoral challenger Alexis Quina who is supporting the candidacy of first district congressional candidate Christian Unabia and reelectionist Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano of PaDayon Pilipino. Destura refused to divulge to journalists though the circumstances behind the persons of interest that they are tracking. “Amo pa kini ginasuta og maayo pero moingon ako sa inyo nga dili kini election-related,” he said. Miral was on his way home from nearby Jasaan municipality when he was waylaid by two motorcycle-riding assailants at around 10:00 p.m. along the highway in Puntagorda, barangay Hermano in Balingasag. The barangay chairman sustained five gunshot wounds in his chest and torso and was rushed to a hospital here in Cagayan de Oro City where he died. In a press statement earlier, Emano called on authorities to immediately solve Miral’s killing, saying that murders like this have no place in the province which has already maintained a stable peace and order situation during his incumbency.

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