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PNP-10 reaffirms Normin peace, security initiatives

January 5, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Jan. 4 (PIA)--As the New Year begins in the midst of the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 contagion, the Philippine National Police (PNP)-10 reaffirms their peace and order campaign for 2021 and look back on their initiatives during the last quarter of 2020 to find the right balance between public health safety compliance, illegal drug activity policing, and economic recovery in northern Mindanao. COVID-19 mitigation “At first, it was a challenge for our general public to internalize the health protocol standards since it was still new but as of now, in my observation the public has adapted these measures in our public spaces,” PNP-10 Spokesperson PCapt. Francisco Sabud shared during Talakayan sa PIA, noting the paradigm shift when it comes to minimum health safety protocol compliance for the mitigation of COVID-19 in region. Sabud reiterated that their role of imposing NIATF guidelines regarding COVID-19 prevention and containment has shifted from strictly establishing ‘BIDA Solusyon’ to now  merely reminding and encouraging the general public for compliance, lauding establishments such as malls and businesses for proactively having marshals in ensuring health compliance for their patrons. Crime watch and war on drugs In terms of crime neutralization in the region, the PNP-10’s Enhance Managing Police Operation (EMPO) consistently have provincial directors present prevailing crimes in their area of responsibility to strategize and adjust police deployment in converging areas to cater to the incidents. “As of December, we have high murder case rates in Northern Mindanao, two in Bukidnon, one in Misor, two in Lanao Del Norte, one Misamis Occidental, and one in Iligan. We also have three homicide cases in Bukidnon, one in Iligan, and one in MisOr,” Sabud shared. He also disclosed that they have found a surge of rape cases at the start of the COVID-19 quarantine stay-at-home order, especially in domestic households in remote areas with minors comprising most of the victim statistics. “These crimes we have gathered are already filed in prosecutors’ office and are now awaiting trial,” Sabud said. Further, due to the shift of digitalization in adaption of COVID-19 protocols, the PNP-10 regional anti-cyber-crime group are working overtime in ensuring the protection of minors from exploitation, online scammers, and online fraud. To boost policing capabilities, Sabud said their modernization program for 2020 included in the establishment of a grandstand accommodating 500 persons in their Police Regional Office, and the renovation of their main building in camp Alagar. “In terms of our new supplies and issues, our Misamis Occidental stations have the most 4 x 4 patrol cars, all of the provinces are also issued with new patrol mobiles, communication equipment, and firearms, especially our mobile forces, the regional mobile force battalion,” he added. In-line with the administration’s war against drugs, Sabud shared that they have conducted 44 illegal operations in the whole of region 10 and have arrested 66 individuals, with only 3 armed confrontations. Seizing an estimated of weight of 270,245 grams amounting to P1,409,266 in their December operation. “Despite the pandemic, we are still prioritizing illegal drugs, since it is the mandate of our administration; we are also going with the holistic approach by trying to neutralize illegal activities as much as possible,” the spokesperson added.   ELCAC support As for their support with Executive Order (EO) 70, the PNP-10 cites that they are proactively building strong community engagement in isolated villages by providing peace and security in those areas alongside the AFP and other government agencies. “Us in the PNP, we are not in the offensive level but are mostly doing police works, our mobile forces, are the ones who address the insurgency problems and we support them in any way possible,” Sabud shared, adding that they are working closely with the military, as the PNP-10 validates sightings and reports of communist activities. “We should not be afraid of them, because of the NTF-ELCAC (National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict) chaired by our very own president Duterte, the administration is working on ending their scourge before 2021, the insurgency problems has huge impact in denting our economy and it’s high time we end it,” Sabud said. (VPSB/PIA10)

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NEDA-10 conducts staff training for stronger Internal Quality Audit

January 5, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Jan. 4 (PIA)--The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-10 conducted an online training course on Effective Internal Audit for ISO 9001:2015, December 28-29, 2020, to continually improve its operations and delivery of services. With more than 30 NEDA-10 and Regional Development Council–10 staff in attendance, the course aims to equip the staff with basic competencies on internal quality audit and prepare them to be internal auditors of the organization’s quality management system (QMS). The NEDA-X Management wants to ensure the availability of a pool of well-trained internal quality auditors of its QMS.   The training conducted by Infoadvance, Inc. enhanced the participants’ understanding of Internal Audit as an essential component of any management system as it serves as a quality tool to check the effectiveness of processes in delivering intended results and trigger improvements. Aurelio L. Ebita, lead auditor and trainer, underscored that the overall intent of internal audit is to achieve conformity and effectiveness and not to find nonconformities. Should a nonconformity arise, it is raised against a process and not against a person, for improvement. On December 23, 2020, the SOCOTEC Certification International issued a new Certificate of Registration for ISO 9001:2015 to NEDA-X which will expire September 21, 2023, covering the processes of Socioeconomic and Physical Planning and Policy, Technical and Advisory, Investment Programming, Monitoring and Evaluation and Support Services.  The first certification was issued September 21, 2017 and expired September 21, 2020. (NEDA10/PIA10)

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Moreno: Full public compliance to protocols crucial in defeating virus

January 5, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Jan. 5 (PIA)--"If the people of Cagayan de Oro cooperate wholeheartedly and consistently (by fully complying with minimum public health protocols) then I have no doubt that we will prevail over COVID-19."   Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno voiced optimism over the low daily recorded average of COVID-19 cases in the city at the end of last month, which capped off both Christmas and New Year celebrations.   "Right now our priority is to stop the virus from spreading and the city government cannot do this (without the public's full support)," Moreno said.   In her daily case update during Monday's press briefing, acting City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said the City Health Office (CHO) recorded 21 new confirmed cases for Saturday and Sunday (January 2 and 3).   Of that number, the city registered nine cases on Saturday and 12 on Sunday. For December 2020, the city registered less than 20 daily cases.   But while the city's daily recorded COVID-19 cases dropped to 10 by December's end and then to nine cases at the start of January, CHO Epidemiologist Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya Jr. said they may expect a surge in cases after January 6.   "We take note of the recent opening of a store in one mall which drew a long line of customers (and see if something will come up)," Retuya said. (CIO/PIA10)

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Camiguin posts 13% drop in crime rate for 4Q

January 5, 2021

CAMIGUIN, Dec. 15 (PIA)--The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camiguin has recorded a 13 percent decrease of crimes or three crimes from October 1 to December 11 as compared to the previous period with 23 crimes.   During the Provincial Peace and Order Council, Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council, and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Joint Meeting, December 14, PLtCol Gwen Cinco said they have recorded 10 non-index crimes, 3 index crimes, and 5 public safety index for the said period.    On the eight focus crimes, Camiguin has recorded three cases of rape and three cases of theft.   Furthermore, the province has recorded only three focus crimes as opposed to the six cases in 2019. PNP-Camiguin has also cleared three crimes this year while it handled six cases last year.    As for wanted persons, PNP-Camiguin has arrested 11 most wanted persons and 67 other wanted persons from the five towns of the province.    On their campaign against illegal drugs, five operations were conducted and about P86,769.90 worth of illegal drugs were seized.    As for implementation of local ordinances particularly on health safety protocols, PNP-Camiguin arrested/fined 7,096 persons.    They have recorded 326 violations on curfew, no back ride policy/allowing back rider without a barrier (287), mandatory use of face shield (2,002), mandatory use of face mask (3,161), social distancing (357), liquor ban (39), and other municipal ordinance related to the implementation of MGCQ (642).   Cinco said with the strict implementation of municipal ordinances and enforcement of laws, Camiguin remains to be one of the most peaceful places in the region amid the pandemic. (RTP/PIA10)

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DSWD releases additional Php10K grant to LAA families thru Starpay app

January 5, 2021

MARAWI CITY, Jan. 4 (PIA) -- With its continuing efforts to uplift the lives of the affected families in Marawi, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) started releasing additional Php10,000 worth of Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) to 28,204 families from the less affected area (LAA) of the city. DSWD partnered with Starpay Corporation as a  financial service provider through its smartphone application.  “Registration was already facilitated by Starpay Corporation and log-in details were distributed to the families through their nominated mobile numbers,” said DSWD Region X Director Mari-flor Dollaga-Libang. Starting December 28, 2020,  5,000 families  were notified daily about the assistance. Libang further said that initial concerns using the digital application is the unavailability of smartphones and blocked accounts. With this, DSWD 10 also requested assistance  from the city government of Marawi and Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Field Office to intake the details of the families having similar concerns. The agency shall then request manual beneficiary reference numbers for these families. The beneficiary should download the Starpay application and upgrade its user level. To upgrade one's account, details such as name, selfie, birthdate, permanent and present address, and valid ID are needed. Acceptable IDs include passport, driver's license, PWD ID, Barangay ID, TIN ID, SSS, Philhealth, among others. After taking a selfie, at least one ID should be chosen and uploaded with details. A message will then be sent once the account is upgraded.   To claim the assistance, the beneficiaries can cash out their wallet balance  through MLhuillier  pay out or Security Bank or Chinabank ATM cardless withdrawal.  From April 2019, DSWD distributed of Transitory Family Support Package of Php53,000 and additional Php14,400 to 17,905 displaced families or Marawi IDPs from the 24 most affected area (MAA); distribution of LSG worth Php20,000 to 17,905 displaced families IDPs from MAA and Php10,000 for 28,266 displaced families IDPs from  LAA  as well as the distribution of Pabaon Package and 30 kilograms of  rice. (LELA/ PIA ICIC)

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GSIS to subsidize education of 5K members’ kin

January 5, 2021

ILIGAN CITY, Jan. 4 - The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is subsidizing the college education of 5,025 of its members’ kin for School Year 2020-2021 under the GSIS Educational Subsidy Program (GESP). The grantees were selected from 5,427 nominees. Priority was given to children of GSIS members with the lowest annual basic salary. The grantees will be notified via email and text message. The list will be uploaded to the GSIS website at www.gsis.gov.ph. GSIS will give a Php10,000 yearly financial assistance to the grantees to augment their educational fund. They will continue to receive the subsidy until they finish their college course provided they meet the 80% general weighted average with no failing grade or incomplete mark in any subject in the previous semester or term of the academic year. The GESP allowance will be deposited to the bank account of the grantees at the Land Bank of the Philippines. GSIS opened GESP from March to September 2020 to accommodate as many active members as possible considering the movement restrictions of the nationwide community quarantine. GESP is the pension fund’s response to President Duterte’s call to provide wider access to quality college education to the marginalized sector. It complements Republic Act No. 10931 or the 2017 Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education which provides free tuition and miscellaneous fees. For GESP concerns and inquiries, interested parties may call Mgr. Raymundo Palad, Leslie Fangonil, or Rodello Giron of the GSIS Corporate Social Advocacies Department through (02) 8479-3588, (02) 8479-3571 to 72. GSIS branch offices nationwide may also assist applicants. (GSIS Iligan)

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