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NorMin ensures illegal firework policing as New Year looms

December 28, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, (PIA)--To ensure zero to low firework-related injuries and stop illicit illegal firework trade in the city, the Department of the Interior and Local Government-Cagayan de Oro City (DILG-CDO) and  Philippine National Police (PNP)-10 have bolstered their campaign to police illegal firework trade in city while also ensuring COVID-19 health safety practices. “As far as DILG is concerned, there are no changes in the guidelines for Iwas Paputok as of now, even with the PNP, I understand there is now a draft being presented to the secretary probably integrating there-in the COVID present situation but in the meantime, we are still using the same guidelines from 2018,” shared DILG-CDO City Director Jane Docallos during Talakayan sa PIA. Using the Memorandum Order No. 31 of 2018, the DILG-10 alongside the PNP-10 conducts inspections to ensure manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and users of pyrotechnic devices are in compliance with safety guidelines under existing law, rules, and regulation under RA No. 7183. “In terms of fire crackers and pyrotechnics devices in Cagayan de Oro we still haven’t caught anyone, which is a good sign that people are following our guidelines, in Misamis Oriental however, we have seized around 3 cartons,” PNP-10 Regional Civil Security Unit Asst Chief PMaj. Rocky Neri said. Neri attributed the city’s zero violations to their ensured cooperation with legal dealers, “here in Cagayan de Oro, we only have two dealers of firework devices, which means that those retailers’ permits given by the RCSU-10 can only be bought from certified sources.” As far as community involvement is concerned, Docallos shared in addition to COVID-19 health practices engagement, they are also working with other government agencies in advocating regulated firecrackers celebrations in the local government units and their areas of responsibility. “We are closely monitoring sellers, we are targeting zero casualties and injuries, the government can only do so much, the regulators can only do so much, everything will depend on the cooperation of everybody especially the community,” she emphasized. List of banned firecrackers based on the 2018 guidelines include Watusi, piccolo, super lolo, atomic triangle, large Judas belt, large bawang, pillbox, bosa, Goodbye Philippines, Bin Laden, mother rocket, lolo thunder, coke in can, atomic bomb, five star, pla-pla, giant whistle bomb and kabasi. (VPSB/PIA10) Photo release: Photo 1 DILG-CDO City Director Jane Docallos shares that they are still using the Memorandum Order No. 31 of 2018 as their guidelines for the implementation of their 'Iwas Paputok' campaign in Cagayan De Oro City. (VPSB/PIA10)

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BFAR-10 gives 50 fiberglass boats to Ozamiz fisherfolk 

December 28, 2020

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, (PIA)—The fisherfolk beneficiaries from Carmen Annex and Pulot, Ozamiz City received a total of 50 units of 14.5-footer fiberglass boats from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-10 under the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) held at Malaubang Covered Court, Ozamiz. Aside from the 14.5-footer fiberglass boats, the recipients also received 25,000 kgs seaweed seedling, and 1,250 pieces of bamboo poles. During the ceremonial turnover, Provincial Fisheries Office OIC Cirilo Bagcat said the boats are given as support for the sustainable development of the fishery sector in the province. “The equipment hopes to boost the livelihood of the beneficiaries,” he said. Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Simplicia “Bebie” Neri expressed how they direly need these programs for the fisherfolk's livelihood. “There are provinces experiencing calamities but here in the province of Misamis Occidental especially in Ozamiz City, we are thankful of the blessings that we received. To the beneficiaries, unta mapalambo ninyo ug unta magmalampuson kamo sa inyong panginabuhi, Neri said.  (To the beneficiaries, I hope that you will develop these and I hope that you will be more successful in your livelihood) The fisherfolk, on the other hand, thanked the government for the assistance. “Dako kaayo nga tabang sa amoang panginabuhian, (It would be a big help for our livelihood),” said Jose Gumera, a fisherfolk from Barangay Carmen Annex. The distribution of boats is part of the fisheries livelihood support program of the government through BFAR which aims to ensure sustainable fish production among the fisherfolk. SAAD is a national government intervention for areas needing support in agriculture and fisheries.  The distribution was headed by the Provincial Fisheries Office OIC Cirilo Bagcat together with Senior Aquaculturist and SAAD Project Coordinator Virginia Balde and Vice Mayor Simplicia “Bebie” Neri. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)   Photo release: The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-10 turns over fiberglass boats to beneficiaries in Ozamiz under the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD). (AONC)

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Mayor Oaminal vows to continue accepting returning individuals

December 28, 2020

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, (PIA)--The City Government of Ozamiz will continue receiving locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) this month of December. Mayor Sancho Fernando Oaminal convened a meeting at New Asenso Ozamiz Session Hall with the 51 barangay captains to discuss about the activities for the month of December while adapting to the new normal. Based on the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) guidelines, an ROF is already considered as an authorized person outside residence (APOR) so it should accept but subject to quarantine, the mayor said. He clarified that only the residents of Ozamiz will be accepted. “This war against the virus is far from over and we will not rest until the battle has been won,” Oaminal said. Oaminal thanked the barangay officials for facilitating the returning residents in the city. Oaminal also urged all barangay officials to continue on enforcing discipline in their respective barangays because such is the only way to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. “Dili ta magkumpiyansa kay ang virus naa pa dili lang dinhi sa Ozamiz kundi sa tibuok kalibotan,” (We should not be complacent because the virus is still here not only in Ozamiz but in the whole world) he added. Oaminal, however, made it clear that the government will not sacrifice public health as it makes strides for the new normal. The local government is prepared to spend its own money to keep residents and even non-residents safe from the virus. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)   Photo release: Mayor Sancho Fernando Oaminal holds a meeting at New Asenso Ozamiz Session Hall, December 9 with the 51 barangay captains to discuss about the activities for the month of December while adapting to the new normal. (Ozamiz LGU)

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P7.09-B project seen to stabilize power transmission in Mindanao

December 28, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, (PIA)--The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) recently energized the Toril-Bunawan 230kV transmission line, the final component of its Mindanao 230 kiloVolt (kV) backbone project. This will secure the reliability of power transmission services in the entire Mindanao.   As one of NGCP's critical projects, the Mindanao backbone will connect bulk generation from the northern and southern parts of Mindanao and ensure stable and continuous power from Lanao del Norte, passing through Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon, all the way to Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental.   Among the generating facilities which will connect to the line are the GNPower Kauswagan Clean Coal-Fired Power Plant, Therma South Incorporated Power Plant, and San Miguel Consolidated Power Corporation, with a total combined capacity of 1,440MW.   With an ERC-approved cost of P7.09 billion, the project involves the construction of the Matanao-Toril 230kV and Toril-Bunawan 230kV transmission lines, the upgrade of the Balo-i-Villanueva-Maramag-Bunawan line from 138kV to 230kV, as well as the upgrade of its substations in Malita, Matanao, Toril, Bunawan, Balo-i, Villanueva, and Maramag.    Energization of the project components started with the power transformer in Villanueva Substation and Maramag-Villanueva 230kV Line 2 in September 2019, while the Balo-i-Villanueva Lines 1 and 2 were energized in September and October of the same year. Transformers in Bunawan Substation and the Maramag-Bunawan 230kV lines were energized also in October 2019. This was followed by the energization of another new transformer in Villanueva Substation and the Maramag-Villanueva Line 1 in November 2019, while a power transformer in Toril Substation was energized shortly after in the same month. The Matanao-Toril 230kV Lines 1 and 2 were energized in December 2019 and January 2020, respectively, while the Matanao-Culaman 230kV Lines 1 and 2 were energized in the same period. The final component, the Toril-Bunawan 230kV Lines 1 and 2, were energized in November 2020, despite the difficulties posed by the varying lockdown protocols implemented across the country.   “With this completion, the line will supplement the existing Davao-Toril-Matanao 138kV transmission line in transmitting any and all available and incoming generation, ensuring transmission service reliability for the entire region,” said NGCP. Apart from this, the Mindanao 230kV Backbone project is an integral part of NGCP’s Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project (MVIP), which will link the Visayas and Mindanao islands and realize sharing of power within the entire country. “The Mindanao Backbone is critical to the MVIP because through this project, the new transmission line will accommodate the capacities needed to fully support and utilize the capabilities of the interconnection,” stated the company. NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders and Vice Chairman of the Board Henry Sy, Jr. and Co-Vice Chairman Robert Coyiuto, Jr. (NGCP/PIA10) Photo release: NGCP recently energized the Toril-Bunawan 230kV transmission line, the final component of its Mindanao 230 kiloVolt (kV) backbone project. This will secure the reliability of power transmission services in the entire Mindanao. (NGCP)

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LGU, Army Honor Unsung Heroes this Yuletide Season

December 28, 2020

Lianga, Surigao Del Sur – “We would like to honor the CAAs this yuletide season because we believe that they are the brave men and women and the unsung heroes in our fight against all forms of threat to national our security,” Lieutenant Colonel Joey B Baybayan, 3rd Special Forces Arrowhead Battalion Commander (3SFBn), said during today’s yuletide tribute to the members of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) Active Auxiliaries (CAAs) organized by the Local Government Unit of Lianga and the 9th Special Forces Company at 3SFBn headquarters in St. Christine, Lianga.   The CAAs are instrumental in the campaign to end local communist armed conflict because they are the formidable force that strengthen and sustain the Integrated Territorial Defense System (ITDS) and Barangay Self Defense Units (BSDU) that prevent Communist NPA Terrorists in infiltrating the vulnerable IP communities in Surigao Del Sur.   “Just like the soldiers, our CAFGU brothers and sisters, who are mostly IPs, also risk their lives not solely because of the allowance they receive but for their sincerest dream to end Communist NPA Terrorism from exploiting and corrupting their tribal culture and tradition in Surigao Del Sur,” Lieutenant Colonel Baybayan, added.   “Above all, CAAs and their families must be our priority in gift-giving because we know for a fact that they too are less in life. But despite of it, they still serve the nation along with the regular forces of the military to fulfill our constitutional mandate to serve the people and secure the land,” LtC Baybayan ended.   The CAAs have always been at the forefront of many humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and security operations to include the latest calamities brought by Tropical Depression Vicky and the COVID-19 pandemic. Long before there were COVID frontliners, there were already CAAs as frontliners who are frontliners in all aspects of peace, order, and security.   The tribute includes recognition of CAAs and gift-giving to their families and was attended by Lianga Mayor Novelita M. Sarmen, Lianga Tribal Chieftain, Datu  Constancio Duhac, Lianga IP Mandatory Representative Datu Alexander Bucales, Lieutenant Colonel Joey B Baybayan INF GSC PA. Other SF units also conducted simultaneous gift-giving and tributes to CAAs within Agusan and Surigao Sur. 

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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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