cagayan de oro

Rufus calls for the immediate release of 'hijacked' FLR funds

September 13, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - House Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez rallied Friday for the immediate disbursement of the so-called "For Later Release" (FLR) funds included in the 2021 national budget. Rep. Rodriguez in a statement reacted after the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reported that around P140 billion DPWH funds tagged as FLR has been submitted for review at the Office of the President (OP).   He said the Palace may be later faced with accusations of using the funds in the upcoming political elections in May next year if the Office of the President would continue withholding it. “The Department of Budget and Management has effectively hijacked these funds by withholding them. The President should direct the DBM to immediately release the money,” said Cagayan de Oro's 2nd District Representative. Rep Rodriguez batted for no favoritism in the release of the P140 billion FLR funds. “The President, who has accepted the nomination of the administration party for him to run for vice president in next year’s elections, needs the support of everybody. There should be no favoritism in the release of FLR funds,” Rodriguez pointed out. The congressman reminded that the release of said funds by DBM should not only depend on President Duterte's approval, as the president only tagged it as "FLR." He said the president's approval is no longer needed for the release of said FLR funds because both the Senate and Congress have approved it already. Rodriguez said: “These are line items in the 2021 budget law or General Appropriations Act, which the House and the Senate approved and which President Duterte signed. The President’s approval is not needed for their release because they are contained in the law.” Rodriguez warned that the executive branch would be undermining the power of the House if it gave the authority to withhold appropriations included in the 2021 national budget. “That would render the exclusive power of Congress to appropriate public funds useless. What is the use of enacting appropriations if Malacañang is given the power of life and death over them?” the congressman said in a statement. ADMISSION Meanwhile, Budget Undersecretary Tina Rose Marie Canda was quick to reveal that DBM has already disbursed P33 billion of the P140 billion FLR funds, as approved by the Office of the President. Canda said the slow disbursement in the case of the DPWH 2021 budget tagged as FLR funds was because of President Duterte's veto message on the 2021 appropriations approved by the lawmakers in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, for further review, and instead, classified said the budget as "For Later Release (FLR). “But in terms of ongoing projects, we have released comprehensively at almost 85 percent of infrastructure projects to agencies,” told reporters, referring to other DPWH projects.

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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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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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LTFRB Gives Go Signal To RTMI To Operate Buses from CDO To Cotabato City 

April 24, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Good news to people traveling from this city to Cotabato City! The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has issued permits to the Rural Transit Mindanao Incorporated (RTMI) to operate buses plying the routes of Cagayan de Oro to Cotabato City and vice versa. As this developed, the regional office of LTFRB has prepared the documents for the opening of some units of Rural Transit Bus from Cagayan de Oro City, and through the town of Talakag Bukidnon, to the towns of Banisilan, Alamada, Libungan, Pigcawayan, Sultan Kudarat and in Cotabato City. In a statement posted on FB, John Del Castillo, RTMI Manager based in Bulua, this city, said the citizens of both Cagayan de Oro and Cotabato City will no longer have difficulty, like travel time to Cotabato City and vice versa has been made shorter now. "The citizens of two cities will no longer have difficulty in going here because the travel time has been shorter through the said route," Del Castillo says in a statement on Facebook. It was also learned that the City Government of Cotabato has also entered an agreement to the entry of Rural Transit Bus. RTMI, which is based in Cagayan de Oro City, is a sister company of Mindanao Star Bus Transport Incorporated (MSBTI) which is based in Davao City.   

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Suspect who robbed 7 Eleven Convenience Store in Barangay Balulang arrested

March 18, 2021

* Cashier says the suspect was "cross-eyed"  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The police arrested one of the suspects in a recent robbery at 7 Eleven Convenience Store in Upper Balulang, this city. This, after members of the Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo) successfully confirmed the location of the suspect later identified as Dexter Langga, 20 and a native of Davao City, but is currently residing in Upper Balulang, a remote village in Cagayan de Oro. His reported lookout during the robbery was not in Langga's house during the manhunt follow up operation conducted by police operatives at Carmen Police Station. Major Peter Tajor, Carmen Police precinct commander, said the suspect was arrested based on a warrant of arrest issued against him - of a criminal case pending in court. He was also easily traced thru an informant who tipped them about the suspect's eye deformity as being "cross-eyed." Investigators said without the physical features of the suspect, the police couldn't identify him as he wore a maroon bull cap and covered his face with a facemask when he robbed the store.  The police commander said the cashier at 7 Eleven has positively identified the suspect as the one who robbed the store last week and took away over P30,000 pesos in cash.   But Langga denied his involvement in said robbery at 7 Eleven, saying he has not even left the house a few days ago, or during the day the store was robbed on March 10. Langga added he was not even involved in any robbery in his life. He said since the pandemic, he would seldom go out of the house and would standby only at a nearby internet cafe. Meanwhile, the owner of the store also said that Langga was not the one he saw on CCTV camera. The store owner said the face was different from those found in the CCTV footages, contrary to the revelation of the cashier that it was Langga who robbed her. But the suspect, however, admitted he has a pending case in court the reason that he has a warrant of arrest issued by the court against him.  The police at Carmen Police Station is now preparing to file charges of robbery against the suspect who was positively identified by the store cashier.

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