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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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DILG-10 ensures apt training for brgy frontliners

January 4, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Dec. 29 (PIA)--"We check, including local government units sa pagpadayon sa paghatag ug kaangayan nga (in continuously providing necessary training on) knowledge and skills."    During the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, December 29, Agabe said aside from providing facility or equipment for COVID-19 response, the government also continuously monitor the skills training needed by LGUs down to the barangay level.    He added that they have coordinated and partnered with the Department of Health (DOH)-10 so barangay frontliners will be given necessary training to further assist DILG, DOH and other concerned government agencies.    "We have directed the provincial and city directors to conduct a survey for the need to conduct additional training. We have the DOH on top especially on COVID-19 response," Agabe added.    On community quarantine classification   For services and interventions of the government provided in a certain area, Agabe said they are also based on the community quarantine classification.   On the other hand, the regional director said the escalation and de-escalation of risk classifications were based on the health care utilization rate of dedicated beds and equipment for COVID-19, daily attack rate, barangay with new cases in the past 14 days, surveillance;   Contact tracing and isolation efficiency, no local transmission from locally stranded individuals (LSIs) or returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) index case for two weeks, establishments closed or workers affected, and clusters in workplace, food security and social indicators, and adherence to minimum public health standards.   As of December 29, there are a total of 7,581 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in northern Mindanao, wherein 6,138 have recovered, 222 have expired, and 5,916 are recovering. (RTP/PIA10)

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USAID O2 presents OSY potentials to industries

January 4, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Dec. 31 (PIA)--To acquaint industries with the potentials of out-of-school youth, a hub-wide forum gathered USAID Opportunity 2.0’s (USAID O2) partners from the private establishments based in Mindanao. The event tagged as “Upskilled and Ready: An Agile Workforce for the Economic Reboot” is conducted to inform the private establishments that out-of-school youth are upskilled and ready workers. They are trained in various interventions through Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System and skills training under Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and thus, they are helpful for businesses as economy opens and starts rebuilding and revitalizing. Moreover, the forum also brought out-of-school youth closer to the actual scene of employment. USAID O2 is partnering with private sector in implementing their plans, programs and projects. The forum featured a session flow that opened series of topics in relation to the importance of having technically competent and highly adaptable workforce as the country bounces back from the effects of COVID-19 health crisis. Speaker and Integrated Communications Strategist Eugene Claravall explained the values and common truths of the current young generation or Generation Z, where the out-of-school youth belong. 2.9M of Philippines’ total population is out-of-school youth. This population is a group of young dreamers and are striving for a better future. They want to be always present and be connected and desired their parents to respect their voices. They also believe that happiness is a personal design, a choice and happy life is a fulfilling life. Thus, one should choose to be happy. Gen Zs believe in the mantra,  “Kaya ko ‘to! G lang nang G with all negativities around.” Gen Zs are also resilient, the kind of attitude that will not easily surrender. Generation Z people also cling to the idea that family is eternal. For them, optimism is fueled by faith, hope and salvation “Diskarte, lakas ng loob, sipag at sakripisyo are means to realize dreams… and Generation Z are also known for “Malasakit” (Strategies, courage and sacrifices are means to realize dreams. Generation Z are also known for Malasakit, the feeling of treating others as their family),” Claravall shared, implying that businesses could take advantage of these admirable traits of youth by training and eventually employing them. On the other hand, another event speaker, Dr. Carl Balita of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry discussed that the youth and even the general public is experiencing the challenges of a “VUCA World.” VUCA is a modern term and abbreviation that means volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. He said that people are in the time and place of “Volatility” where things change rapidly. There is “Uncertainty” and everyone are already unclear about the present. The world is as well bombarded with “Complexity,” where people are faced with multiple key decision factors. Finally, in a VUCA World, there is “Ambiguity.” There is a lack of clarity about meanings. Piling to these are difficulties brought about by the pandemic like closure of businesses, unemployment, overwhelmed economics and virus scare, among others. People are pressed down, he said. Balita suggested that in order for a person to manage every difficulty, he must turn around meaning of VUCA which is having a vision, achieving understanding, clarity and being agile. He said that having agility is a key factor of an individual for him to be a good contributor to a business in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. Being agile is the ability to adapt quickly with change, grow aligned with the vision, innovate customer-centrism, learn to learn and execute collaboratively. The forum also featured success stories of Filipino youth under USAID, presentation of Opportunity 2.0 interventions and a panel discussion. Opportunity 2.0 is a P1.9 billion program, funded by United States Agency for International Development that will improve education, employment and livelihood outcomes for out-of-school youth across 12 cities in the country until 2025. (IJBD/PIA10)

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LGU, farmer group ink MOA with DA for enhanced Kadiwa project 

December 26, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, (PIA)--To ensure available and accessible food during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Office(DA-RFO)-10, thru its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD), provides a financial grant to beneficiaries under its Enhanced Kadiwa Inclusive Food Supply Chain Program.  On December 17, Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Canitoan Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CAFAMCO) through its Chair Lucas W. Faborada. Through the program, CAFAMCO will receive a P1 million grant in support to packing house facility (P240,000 working capital, P670,000 hauling vehicle and P90,000 ancillary equipment).  CAFAMCO is one of DA-10’s regular Kadiwa suppliers and directly buys other farm produce in the hinterlands of the city and sells in Kadiwa outlets. At the same time, DA entered into another agreement with the Local Government Unit of Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental thru Municipal Mayor Rey B. Buhisan for the establishment of a P5 million trading post with equipment. Director Collado said, the Enhanced Kadiwa program aims to provide financial grant assistance to eligible organizations to strengthen its operations for the Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita – a program that aims to bring agri-fishery products directly to the consumers.  “On behalf of our members, we are thankful to DA-RFO 10 for granting us this assistance for it will greatly aid our operations, especially on the transportation aspect,” Faborada remarked. (DA10/PIA10) Photo release: On December 17, DA-10 RED Collado signed a MOA with CAFAMCO through its Chair Lucas W. Faborada, in the presence of AMAD.  (DA 10)

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