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Govt troops capture NPA finance officer in Misor

September 7, 2020

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental--The military backed by the local police arrestd the finance officer of the New People's Army (NPA) on Saturday (September 5). In a press statement, 1Lt. Jefferson M. Mariano identified the arrested NPA rebel as a certain Jenalyn Arcillas Ganzan alias Macky, 34 years old and a resident of Zone 4, Poblacion, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. Mariano said Arcillas served as the finance officer of the HQ Nelsay, Sub-Regional Committee 1 (SRC1), Northern Central Mindanao Region Command (NCMRC). He said the suspect was arrested through a search and seizure warrant issued by Hon. Judge Fernando R Fudalan Jr. of Regional Trial Court, Branch 7, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur for the criminal cases of Destructive Arson under CC No. 6624, and Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention under CC No. 6527. No bail bond was recommended by the court for his cases. The success of the operation is the result of the continuous efforts of the Army’s 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion and 8th Infantry “Dependable” Battalion, together with the personnel of Provincial Intelligence Unit of Misamis Oriental, 1001st MC, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 10 and Tagoloan Municipal Police Station in ending local communist armed conflict in the said province. In his statement, Lt. Col. Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB said, “The AFP and PNP will continue to jointly operate in pursuing the terrorist group so that we can put an end to the influence of the terrorists in every community. We will remain vigilant against anyone who will try to disrupt the peace and order of the community.”   “This arrest proves that the terrorists cannot run away from the long arm of the government. So, I urge the remaining remnants of the NPA to return to the folds of the law, avail the government program under Enhanced Comprehensive and Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), and live with your families peacefully,"said Canatoy ended. The arrested person was brought and held at Tagoloan MPS and to be brought to the issuing court of origin for proper disposition. (PR)

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Task Force pushes for one hospital for Covid in Normin

September 6, 2020

ILIGAN City--The National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 is pushing for the operation of the One Hospital Command in Northern Mindanao to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated response to the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 pandemic. The One Hospital Command will ensure an effective health facility referral system that connects COVID-19 patients to available quarantine facilities and hospitals. NTF Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr said the One Hospital Command will be headed by the Regional Director of the Department of Health and the Northern Mindanao Medical Center. "Ang pinakaimportante po sa ating National Action Plan ay puwede tayong mag-angat para sa ekonomiya, puwede tayong magbukas for as long as we maintain yung zero deaths. Ang primary objective natin is makapag-save tayo ng lives at tsaka mababa ang death,” he said. [The important point of our National Action Plan is that we can revive the economy, we can reopen as long as we maintain zero death. Our primary objective is to save lives and minimize the incidence of death.] Galvez, who led the NTF's Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) team, visited Iligan City Friday, September 4, to assess and determine how the national government can help scale up the COVID-19 response of the cities of Iligan and Marawi as well as the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur. "Importante na pangalagaan natin ang Iligan at ang Cagayan de Oro dahil yan ang economic hub natin, pag nacontaminate ang Iligan ay makocontaminate din ang Lanao del Norte at Lanao del Sur," he added. [We must take care of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro because these are our economic hubs. If Iligan is contaminated, Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur will also be contaminated.] Iligan City was placed under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine until September 30 due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. As of September 4, Iligan City has recorded 393 confirmed cases. With this mind, Galvez also recommended to Iligan City Mayor Celso Regencia to remove the 33 patients on home quarantine and transfer them to a quarantine facility. “Kapag naka home quarantine, hindi po natin sila nakikita. Hindi po 24 hours nakikita natin yan," he stressed. [In home quarantine, we don't see the patients. We don't see them for 24 hours.] He also suggested that every barangay should have isolation facilities so that those identified in the contact tracing will be pulled out immediately from their homes and placed in the facilities to ensure that they will not wander around. The chief implementer likewise emphasized the importance of early detection. "Anong gagawin natin para ma-detect natin ng maaga? Kailangan bumuo tayo ng matibay na contact tracing team at palakasin ang contact tracing," he stressed. [What can we do to detect it early? We need to build a strong contact tracing team and strengthen contact tracing.] Galvez further reminded Regencia to impose stringent policies for the business sector and workplaces. Meanwhile, Galvez assured that the recommendations and concerns raised by the local chief executive of Iligan, Marawi, Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur will be addressed by the NTF. (APB/PIA-ICIC)

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1,500 residents in Surigao del Sur avail of free healthcare services

September 6, 2020

SAN Miguesl, Surigao del Sur--Some 1,500 residents in Barangay Bolhoon here have availed of the free healthcare services initiate by the local government held in Bolhoon Elementary School, Barangay Bolhoon last September 3. Amid the threat of Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19), the 75th Infantry “Marauder” Battalion participated and secured the area during the conduct of the “Serbisyo and Peace Caravan 2020 thru Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) initiated by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of San Miguel. RCSP is a convergence mechanism for local government units (LGUs) particularly in the barangay for the identification of issues and needed government intervention. It is anchored on empowerment framework aimed to develop the capacity of the community to organize themselves and own development by bringing about value-chain interventions to uplift their current condition. The delivery of various government free services and programs thru the Caravan to the people of Brgy Bolhoon highlighted the event, benefited by around 1, 500 individuals. Among the free services offered were: medical consultation/check-up; free acquisition of Police Clearance; registration of Birth Certificate; deworming and rabies vaccination; acquisition of Certificate of Land Ownership (CLOA); Consultation regarding Alternative Learning System (ALS); feeding program; Civil Registration for Kasalan ng Bayan set on September 28, 2020; distribution of falcata seeds, fingerlings, relief goods, and haircut. The distribution of vitamins conducted exclusively for the lactating and pregnant women and counselling, as well as circumcision for the young male children, was also offered. San Miguel Mayor Hazel Elizalde, expressed her gratitude to the 75IB and the government line agencies for the continuous support and cooperation that contributed a lot for the success of the activity. “As a public servant, it is my role and responsibility to help and serve you. Through Executive Order No. 70, the government and line agencies will unite to deliver basic services and programs to the people and community.” Mayor Elizalde said. 75IB Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Villarosa ably represented by Executive Officer Major Marlon Bagara, emphasized that the “Marauder troopers” have observed and respect the cultural sensitivity of the Manobos, the indigent people of brgy Bolhoon. Major Bagara added,“the government and the Philippine Army united through this endeavor to serve well the people together with our stakeholders with a genuine heart to serve the community, particularly in the far-flung areas”.      Department of Education (DepEd) Surigao del Sur Division representative Danilo Alcantara confirmed that TRIFPSS is not accredited by DepEd.  He encouraged the parents to enrol their children in DepEd schools for them to obtain legal documents for their children’s education. Several School of Living Traditions (SLT) – an IP school run by DepEd have already operationalized in the selected IP communities in San Miguel, causes to the closure of most TRIFPSS schools in the town. Meanwhile, the activity strictly observed and implemented the health protocols on new normal, through wearing of face mask, hand sanitizing and observance of social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus causing COVID-19. (CMO 75IB)

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Andanar commends 4ID for doing a great job

September 6, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Secretary Martin Andanar has commended the 4th Infantry (DIAMOND) Division (4ID), Philippine Army for for doing a great job. Andanar, Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security for Northern Mindanao, extended the commendation to the 4ID after it got the highest rating in Bukidnon latest survey conducted by the Northern Bukidnon Community College (NBCC) in Region 10. CAMP Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City--The 4th Infantry (DIAMOND) Division (4ID), Philippine Army got a “very satisfied” rating on the latest Client Satisfaction Survey (CSC) conducted by the Northern Bukidnon Community College (NBCC) in Region 10. Based on the school's latest Client Satisfaction Survey (CSC), the 4ID got "very satisfied" rating, said Dr. Catherine Roween C Almaden, the head of the research team who presented the survey result during the Northern Mindanao Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC 10) meeting held at Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de Oro on Thursday Morning, September 3. Dr. Almaden reported that 4ID received an average rating of 4 with 5 being the highest or “Very Satisfied” from the people of Region 10 for all its services that aimed to ensure peace and security, and facilitate the delivery of government services in conflict-affected and geographically isolated and disadvantage areas. The people are particularly grateful to 4ID and its operationally controlled units for their services rendered to the people especially in maintaining peace and security in the communities and by facilitating the delivery of the needed services such as medical and dental services, livelihood, infrastructure, education, health, personal services and disaster preparedness, she said. Secretary Martin Andanar, Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security for Northern Mindanao, who presided the meeting, commends the 4ID and all its soldiers for doing a great job. “To Major General Centino, you are doing a great job. May you continue to lead your forces and steer the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict Technical Working Group (RTF-ELCAC TWG) to accomplish its mission to end the communist armed conflict in the region before the President’s term ends in 2022,” said Andanar.   The NBCC conducted the client satisfaction survey to respondents from different municipalities and cities of Northern Mindanao to determine their level of satisfaction on the services provided by 4ID and 1ID. (PR)

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‘Ardot’ Parojinog found dead in Ozamiz City jail

September 5, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Former Ozamiz City Councilor Ricardo “Ardot” Parojinog, who was flown in from Manila to Ozamiz City on Thursday to attend a scheduled hearing this morning, was found dead in his detention cell, the police regional command confirmed this morning. Regional Police Director Rolando Anduyan in Region 10 ordered a probe into Parojinog’s death who was to determine the cause of his sudden death and asked for a medical examination, including a "swab test" of Parojinog's body. “Our jail authorities found Parojinog dead inside his cell about 6:00 a.m. Friday during a routine early morning head count of inmates,” Anduyan said in an interview with a look radio reporter here. "We have no idea what caused his (Parojinog) death, but we would also request a swab test so that we could secure the inmates and the those who was with him on board the passenger aircraft in going to Ozamiz City Thursday," Anduyan said. Former Ozamiz City Councilor Parojinog was the brother of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” Parojinog who was killed together with his wife Susan, provincial board member Octavio Parojinog, Jr. and 13 others in an early morning raid on July 30, 2017 at his residence in Barangay Baybay, Ozamiz city. The shooting took place when elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) were reportedly serving six search warrants against the Parojinog for allegedly storing illegal firearms. Councilor Parojinog fled out of the country after the incident the police issued a manhunt against him. He was later arrested in Taiwan on May 2018 and was extradited to the country to face a string of criminal cases. President Duterte has linked the Parojinogs to illegal drug trade and was listed as among the alleged influential drug lords in the country.

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Oro Vice Mayor supports 'Bida solusyon sa Covid-19'

September 5, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy is backing the “BIDA Solusyon Sa Covid-19” program, a strong and cohesive information campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Health (DOH), on behalf of the Interagency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) and in coordination with the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), is currently leading the implementation of the program which aims to encourage Filipino people to take an active role in the fight against the common enemy: COVID-19 (the “COntraVIDa). The program emphasizes the need for the public to wear mask at all times, and educate the people on how to properly wear it. It also includes other non-pharmaceutical measures towards COVID-19, working as a regular reminder to take extra precautions at this time of pandemic. The campaign promotes the active role of individuals in the fight against the virus by practicing the minimum health protocols simplified into four letters, B (Bawal walang mask), I (I-sanitize ang mga kamay, iwas-hawak sa mga bagay), D (Dumistansya ng isang metro), A (Alamin ang totoong impormasyon), The Gavel learned. As this developed, Vice Mayor Uy enjoins Kagay-anons to apply the BIDA solution to fight Covid-19. COURTESY CALL In line with this, Vice Mayor Uy and Councilor John Michael Seno on Wednesday warmly welcomed Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Jose Ruperto Martin Marfori Andanar to the city.Promoting the BIDA program, Secretary Andanar  turned over eight boxes of surgical masks to the vice mayor.

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