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LGU Ozamiz turns over rescue vehicles to 51 barangays

December 26, 2020

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, (PIA)—The City Government of Ozamiz turned over 51 Modified Hilux rescue vehicles to the 51 barangays to enhance emergency services capability of the responders at the City Hall Grounds, Ozamiz. "Today is the historic day for the city of Ozamiz because this is our surprise to the people that each barangay gets a rescue vehicle that can be use in cases of emergency. Sa aning mga rescue vehicles, Wala na'y simbako mamatay tungod kay dili madala sa hospital. Dili ni sya pang personal pero para ni makatabang sa atong mga kaigsuonang Ozamiznons," City Mayor Sancho Fernando Oaminal said. (With all of these vehicles, no one will ever die because of lack of emergency vehicles. This is not intended for personal use but this is to help the Ozamiznons) He shared that the rescue vehicles will now available for all Ozamiznons. "These 51 rescue vehicle that we have right now is a big blessing for all of us with the help of our Congressman Henry Oaminal. Our goal is to save life not to take away life, our goal is to defeat COVID not to let it spread," he added. The rescue vehicle will also be used to pick up the locally stranded individuals and returning overseas Filipinos that will be coming back to the city.   Meanwhile, 2nd District Representative Henry Oaminal urged barangay leaders to continue their dedication, compassion and to use their respective rescue vehicles effectively as such is intended solely to serve the people efficiently in the interest of public service and improve services in emergency response. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental) Photo release: LGU Ozamiz turns over the 51 Modified Hilux rescue vehicles to the 51 barangays of Ozamiz held at City Hall Grounds, Ozamiz City. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)

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Conflict-affected areas receive Bundles of Joy and Christmas Gifts

December 26, 2020

Camp Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City- The 4th Infantry (DIAMOND) Division, Philippine Army through 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion conducted a gift-giving program in several under privileged Indigenous People (IP) communities in Misamis Oriental on December 20-25, 2020. The activity is part of the program of MGen Andres C Centino, Commander of 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, dubbed as “Christmas Drop” which aims to distribute food packs, school supplies and toys to give joy and hope, and spread love to the communities during this Christmas Season. The program will also show that the government truly cares for the IP communities particularly those situated ingeographically isolated and disadvantaged areas in Northern Mindanao and Caragaregions. It is also one of the Diamond Troopers’ ways of celebrating the 85th Founding Anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines with the theme: “Pinag-isang lakas na maaasahan ng Pilipino. ”More than 500 members of the Higaonon tribe in Sitio Impadiding, Sitio Langusahan, Sitio Mindalawat, Sitio Malunsagay, and Sitio Minsalawagan, all of Barangay Minalwang, Claveria, Misamis Oriental directly benefited from the said gift-giving activities.  The gift packages contain hygiene kits, slippers, toys, clothes, and food packs that were distributed to each of the household.“Nagpasalamat ako ug dako sa mga kasundaluhan kay wala nila pasagdi kaming mga Lumad, gibutangan kami ug military Patrol Base arun maprotektaran batok sa mga NPA ug gihatagan pa kami ug sayo nga pinaskuhan,” said Jimmy Beo, Barangay Councilorof Brgy Minalwang. (We are very thankful to the soldiers for not leaving us, IPs, rather they established Patrol Base within our area just to protect us from the NPAs. Also, we would like to thank them for the early Christmas gifts we received.) Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB, wished that the gifts would make their Christmas meaningful.  “This Christmas season is the best time for us to open our hearts and share our blessings, especially to the less fortunate. Seeing the happy faces of the children together with their parents is priceless. We encourage our brothers and sisters who are still in the armed groups to return to the folds of the law and be with your families. Your families are waiting for your return and hoping to spend this Christmas with you,” Lt. Col. Canatoy said. “Make this Christmas season the best Christmas for your children. Returning to the folds of the law would be the best gift ever for your families and if you desire to leave the organization, we are always ready to help you to return to the mainstream society,”Lt. Col. Canatoy said. MGen Centino said that it's a simple way of extending the meaning of Christmas to the people by spreading the love through gift-giving. "It's not the value of the gift that matters but how much love we put in giving." He is also reaching out to the CPP-NPA terrorist (CNTs) members, telling them that there is still hope for them. “I am calling on the remaining CNTs in Regions 10 and Caraga to grab the opportunity to avail of the ECLIP and return to the folds of the law, live peacefully with your family and share the love for Christmas”, Centino ended.

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Andanar lauds Agusan Canyon SK’s ‘Paskong Pilipino’ amidst the pandemic

December 26, 2020

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, (PIA)—Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar lauded the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of barangay Agusan Canyon in Manolo Fortich town for initiating the ‘Paskong Pilipino’ celebration to keep the spirit of Christmas alive even in the era of social distancing and stay-at-home policy. Yendi Cachapero, Agusan Canyon SK president said they continue to serve without interruption since the pandemic began. She bared that many of them are grappling with how to be there for each other when they can’t be near each other this Yuletide. “We see our youths' struggle in fighting this COVID-19. So we designed some activities that would enliven our youths and share their talents while adhering to minimum health safety protocols like ‘BIDA Solusyon’. We crafted a competition on Christmas tree making and Lantern-making using lots of recyclable stuff. Online caroling also form part of the contest,” Cachapero said in an interview with the Secretary during CORDS X Podcast aired over Northern Mindanao radio stations and shared across PCOO’s digital platforms. The young leader also shared that plastic wastes increased during lockdown. Thus, they came up with the ‘Ecobricking and Vegetable gardening’ contest to perk up young people to stay productive while COVID-19 keeps families homebound this holiday season. She explained that Ecobrick is made up of recovered plastic inside recyclable bottles—economical alternative for making furniture, garden walls and other structures. The Agusan Canyon SK is opposed to the throwaway culture that is causing harm to the natural world, but it is important to remember that plastic is also a highly useful material, she pointed out. Aimed at raising awareness of the consequences of consumption and the dangers of plastic, she said their project encourages communities to take collective responsibility for their plastic wastes and devise ways for a blissful Christmas. These initiatives, she said, are crucial in promoting social cohesion and addressing loneliness and anxiety with the sudden shift of students’ learning from classrooms to homes.    “This Christmas season, we forge ahead in a remote capacity—via social media—in sharing ideas to safely connect with our neighbors and offer assistance, in our own little way, to those most affected by the pandemic. We want to exemplify the Filipino youths’ traits that things must not fall apart despite the rippling effects of the recent chain of disasters. We want to prove that we [Filipinos] are resilient,” she added. Secretary Andanar, the designated Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security of Northern Mindanao (CORDS X), meanwhile, commended the youths’ efforts in swiftly stepping in to disseminate information among their peers and help contain the coronavirus’ spread while safely spending Paskong Pilipino the ‘SK way’. (RLRB/PIA Bukidnon) Photo release: Sangguniang Kabataan Chair Yendi Cachapero (right) says during the CORDS-X Podcast with Communications Sec. Martin Andanar that they crafted a ‘Paskong Pilipino’ Christmas tree making and Lantern-making contest using lots of recyclable stuff to enliven youths and share their talents in addressing loneliness and anxiety with the sudden shift of students’ learning from classrooms to homes. Online caroling also forms part of the competition. (CORDS X)

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POINTY AgSur youth leaders say no to CPP-NPA-NDF

December 26, 2020

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur – The Propelling Our Inherited Nation Through Youth Inc. (POINTY) youth leaders from different municipalities of Agusan del Sur expressed their condemnation on the atrocities and deceptions of the CPP-NPA-NDF during its 2nd Provincial Meeting held at Headquarters, 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion last December 22, 2020. The activity was aimed to increase the awareness of the youth sector about the deceptive recruitment of the said terrorist group. Also, to empower them abouttheir significant role in nation building. A total of seventeen (17) POINTY youth leaders attended the said activity. “My utmost gratitude to the Armed Forces of the Philippines for giving us the chance to nurture in our role on nation building, to my co-leaders, let's be an advocate of peace and development.  As members of the youth sector, we are here to correct the mistakes of the past. We will not allow this left-leaning organizations to deceive us.”, Ms. Aubrey Guttierez, POINTY leader, said. The youth is considered as a vulnerable sector for CTG recruitment for they are prone to radicalization and violent extremism. During the open forum, they had various agenda pertaining to the sustainment and improvement of the POINTY organization. Everyone got the chance to present updates on their upcoming programs, projects and activities to their respective municipalities for the calendar year 2021. "The youth plays a significant role in our society, some of them will be the future legislators and leaders. At their very young age, let us mold their character to become good and useful citizens of our country.", Lt. Col. Reynald Romel A. Goce, 26IB Commanding Officer, said. " I challenge all the parents out there, it is our duty to protect our children against the communist terrorists groups. To the youth sector, be part of the change and help the government in peace-building. Also, encourage your fellows to be part of this campaign. To the NPAs, stop recruiting the youth, hands off!", Lt. Col. Goce ended. 

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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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Another NPA combatant yields to Army as Christmas is fast approaching

December 26, 2020

  CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental. A top brass member of the New People’s Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered without firearms to 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion (58IB) at Headquarters 58IB, Sitio Migbanday, Poblacion,Claveria, Misamis Oriental three (3) days before Christmas. The surrenderee is identified as Urcyril Dave Gultiano Jabagat alias Tolins, 31 yearsold, a resident of Purok 4, Brgy Looc, Salay, Misamis Oriental, and a staff member of Headquarters Force- Neo, North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC). Also, he is the husband of Marish Jabagat y Caballes alias Joan who is a Political Instructor of Platoon 2, Headquarters Force- Neo, NCMRC. It can be recalled that last December 17, 2020, his wife, alias Joan was arrested in their house in Brgy Looc, Salay, Misamis Oriental through a search warrant against alias Tolins that was conducted by the combined forces of the 58IB and Salay Municipal Police Station (MPS). According to Alias Tolins, he wanted to surrender last September when he came down from the mountain but, it was set aside because he was preoccupied with their ivelihood and a search warrant is already issued against him. Moreover, a day after the arrest of his wife, her sister wrote him a letter encouraging him to surrender and avail the programs of the government. He then decided to surrender because he also does not want to spend Christmas alone hiding from the government authority while his wife was arrested. Alias Tolins expressed his gratitude to the government for extending their arms to him. “Daku akong pasalamat sa gobyerno ilabi na sa 58IB sa pagdawat kanaku sa kagustuhan nakung magbalik loob ug makabaton ug kalinaw. Nanghinaot ko nga unta sensero ang gobyerno sa kung unsa ang mga plano ug programa nga makatabang ug makapalambo sa katawhan aron matuldokan na ang ugat hinungdan nganung naay NPA,” alias Tolins said. In return, Lieutenant Colonel Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB conveyed his gratitude to the surrenderee for his decision to return to the folds of the law. “I also commend his sister for her deed which contributed to the achievement of our mission. In lieu, I urged everyone to encourage your family members who are still in the organization to leave the armed struggle and make your family complete this Christmas season. We assure you that your Philippine Army will assist you in processing your enrolment to the Enhanced Comprehensive and Local Integration Program (E-CLIP)," Lt. Col. Canatoy said. Alias Tolins is now in the custody of 58IB while awaiting for the processing of his enrollment to E-CLIP.  

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