news

MinDA forms P7-B Panguil Bay Project monitoring body

March 2, 2021

DAVAO CITY - The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will initiate the organization of the Infrastructure Monitoring and Advisory Group (IMAG) to ensure transparency and accountability in the implementation of the PHP7 billion Panguil Bay Bridge Project. The 3.7-kilometer bridge will connect Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and Tubod, Lanao del Norte, “During a consultation meeting with officials of Misamis Occidental led by Governor Philip Tan and Vice Governor Aurora Almonte, MinDA presented the IMAG as an effective mechanism in ensuring the efficient implementation of the project with the direct involvement of the stakeholders in the area,” Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Tuesday (March 2). The IMAG, institutionalized when Sec. Paul Dominguez was Presidential Assistant for Mindanao and head of the Mindanao Economic Development Council, includes local officials, civic organizations, Dept. of Public Works and Highways, religious sector, the media, and the local stakeholders, the MinDA chief further added. He said the IMAG provided a venue for all sectors involved in the projects to resolve problems and issues affecting the implementation. “Recognizing the importance of public involvement and the need for transparency and accountability, MinDA has initiated the organization of the IMAG in all provinces of Mindanao to be headed by the Governor,” Piñol said. Earlier, Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib also approved the recommendation of MinDA for the organization of the IMAG to monitor the implementation of the Samal Island-Davao City Bridge which had been delayed by Right-Of-Way issues and the Tagum City-Digos City Railway Project. On Sunday, March 7, MinDA will also present the IMAG concept to Zamboanga Sibugay Governor Wilter Palma to oversee and monitor the implementation of the Alicia-Olutanga Road Project funded by the Asian Development Bank. “The organization of the IMAG in every province is expected to allow local stakeholders to take an active role in the monitoring of projects and ensuring that these are implemented according to specifications and within the programmed schedule,” Piñol emphasized.

READ MORE
Imee: Kumbinsihin Muna Natin Ang Mga Pinoy Na Magpabakuna

March 1, 2021

Nagbabala si Senador Imee Marcos na malaking perwisyo ang hinaharap ng mass vaccination program ng pamahalaan kontra sa Covid-19 kapag nagbulag-bulagan sa mataas na bilang ng mga Pinoy na nag-aatubiling magpabakuna.  “Ang dapat unahin ay kumbinsihin ang mga Pinoy na magpabakuna. Gamitin na natin ang panahon na naaantala ang bakuna at himukin ang lahat na magpaturok para sa kalusugan at kaligtasan ng ating mga pamilya at mga kaibigan. Dapat tayong agarang mabakunahan ng alin sa mga aprubado na ng FDA," ani Marcos. "Nababalisa ang marami dahil sa posibleng side effects pero minimal at bihira lang naman - ngunit mas mapanganib ang banta ng impeksyon dahil ito'y nakamamatay. Mabibigo ang kahit anong planong pagbabakuna kung 46% hanggang 47% ng mga Pilipino ang duda o ayaw sa kahit anong Covid vaccine.  Masasayang lang yan kung walang masinsinang information campaign na gagawin!" dagdag ni Marcos. Sinalubong ng mataas na tinatawag na vaccine hesitancy rate ng Pilipinas ang pagdating ng unang batch ng Sinovac mula China na nasa 600,000 doses, habang humihingi din ng iba pang pagpipilian ang mga health workers na may unang prayoridad sa pagbabakuna. "Maaaring magdulot ng kumplikasyon sa pag-iimbak at pagde-deliver ng bakuna ang pag-aatubili ng marami at magbunga ito ng dagdag gastusin at pagsasayang sa mga bakuna," ani Marcos. "Dapat nakakasa na sa buong bansa ang masistemang proseso sa rehistrasyon sa mga nahahandang magpabakuna, kung darating ang bulto ng bakuna sa third at fourth quarter ng taong ito.  Magkakaroon ng batayan ang mga logistical requirements sa pagbiyahe, pagde-deliver at pag-iimbak ng mga bakuna sa bawat LGU mula Luzon hanggang Mindanao," ayon kay Marcos.  "Nagtatanong din ang publiko kung anong mga benepisyo ang kanilang mapapala sakaling magkaproblema sa kanilang kalusugan ang bakuna o may mamatay. Para magkaroon ng positibong reaksyon ang publiko sa bakuna, dapat linawin ng gobyerno ang sinasabing indemnification policy nito at kung paano gagastusin ang Php500-million badyet para dito," dagdag pa ni Marcos. Sinabi rin ni Marcos na kailangan ng pamahalaan ng mas agresibong information campaign na kalahok ang mga kilalang influencer mula sa sektor ng kalusugan maging sa showbiz. Puwede rin magbigay ng mga insentibo ang nasa pribadong sektor sa kanilang mga empleyado habang nirerespeto pa rin ang kalayaan na magdesisyon kung magpapabakuna o hindi, dagdag ni Marcos.  Binigyang-diin ni Marcos na hindi lang sa Pilipinas ang may agam-agam sa pagpapabakuna, halimbawa ay ang mataas na hesitancy rate na 58% sa France, base sa survey ng nangungunang French newspaper na Le Figaro.

READ MORE
A Filipino inspired food cart now in Cebu

February 27, 2021

For almost 6 years living a simple life in Los Angeles California-Betsy Alano, a young bubbly and smart woman, known to be the Jack of All trade both in Local & National Showbiz Scene as Co-Managing Celebrities , Directing & Doing Event Concerts on The side & PR for Local & National Politicians, has indeed proven a marked on her field. She was diagnosed with meningioma last 2019, a brain tumor on her left skull which affects her vision, that she is  to avoid long exposure on artificial lights, and long exposure to direct sunlight, but she is slowly getting better,  everything should be done moderately on her day to day life. Betsy admitted that a lot has changed on her dynamics, after the surgery, and being more forgetful was one of the side effects, that she is needed to be reminded all of the time with her appointments & day to day to do’s. Looking back, She shared everything is different  since she decided to migrate together with her daughter “Bessie” who is known to be diagnosed with severe learning disability, that in one point of betsy’s life, she never put her daughter to the lime light  and has kept  her personal life private. 6 years, how time flies so fast, and a lot has changed, turned Behavioral Therapist in the field of mental health she had dwelt with different clients, from pediatric to adults, from mild to severe cases. On the other hand, Betsy together with her partner Stephanie Payao, a local from Cebu, has influenced betsy to learned to love the  Culture, Dialect and Food, and when we speak of Food, both ventured to their baby food cart business in the area of Talisay. Known as “Baba’s”-basta Baba’s Yummy sa Tummy” the hmm food cart serves a to go meals such as Bessie’s Silogs( which capture a new twist), Bochie’s Buffalo Wings( with Stephanie’s secret home style recipe)has turned to be one of the fast selling, and the Street Grilled Food which was Cebu known for, a touch of 2 of a kind woman, who both have children with special needs was indeed a Destiny. According to Betsy it’s SERENDIPITY. See and Visit Baba’s @ Deca Home 2, fronting Jopay’s Corner.

READ MORE
Pacquiao blames widespread corruption for PH insurgency

February 27, 2021

The country's insurgency problem is rooted on widespread corruption that has denied rural communities the necessary infrastructure, proper education and decent livelihood, Senator Manny Pacquaio said Saturday as he was formally presented with some 130  Communist Party of the Philippines- New People's Army (CPP-NPA) surrenderees at the 88th Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Maramag, Bukidnon.     Senator Pacquaio, who holds a rank of Colonel as an Army reservist, said many rural folks especially the "lumads" are easily lured to turn against the government because of the absence of a sustainable government support for their communities.   " Hindi nabibigyan ng.suporta ang ating mga lumad dahil sa matinding.kurapsyon.  Yung mga pondo na napupunta dapat sa pagpapatayo ng mga paaralan, paglalagay ng mga kalsada sa kanayunan at pagbibigay ng kabuhayan at ay napupunta sa mga kurap at mga ganid na pulitiko. Kailangan nating ubusin itong mga kurap upang mas marami pang rebelde ang magbalik-loob sa ating pamahalaan," Pacquiao explained.      " Nagkakaroon ng pagkakataon itong mga NPA na mag-recruit sa mga lumad communities sa kawalan ng kabuhayan at kawalan  ng suporta sa edukasyon galing sa pamahalaan, " he added.     Senator Pacquaio said that he has already coordinated with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Region 10  so that the surrenderees can access funding support from the government's Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).     The surrenderees who mostly belong to tbe Manobo-Higaonon tribes that are prevalent in Central Mindanao will be given funding for rabbit farming.      Pacquiao said that investors from Davao City and General Santos City have already signed up to buy directly from the lumad surrenderees their live rabbit produce.      Pacquiao, who was born in a remote and  mountainous barangay in Kibawe said that apart from livelihood, there is an urgent need to fastrack the government's full implementation of Republic Act  8371 othewise known as the "The Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997".      He said that one pressing problem among lumad communities is the lack of housing despite clear provisions under RA 8371 that guarantees their right to their ancestral domain.      Pacquaio said that the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) should expedite the issuance of ancestral domain titles for the lumads as a gesture of the government's commitment to help the IPs.     "Ang laganap na insurgency sa bansa ay bunga ng kapabayaan ng ating pamahalaan. Kailangan nating ang makatotohanang pagtulong para sa ating mga mahihirap upang mas magkaroon ng kapayapaan sa ating bayan," Pacquiao said.     During the presentation of the 130 surrenderees that was facilitated by 88th Infantry Batallion Commander Lt. Col Chrisyian James Vingno,  Pacquiao made a commitment that he would focus on streamlining the process of titling for ancestral lands would allocate funds to provide the  needed agricultural support for  lumad farming communities.     Several high-powered firearms that were surrended by the former rebels were also presenvarted to Pacquaio in a ceremonial turn-over ceremony.      Apart from the government's cash-for-firearm program, Pacquiao said that rebel returnees must be given sustainable livelihood support.    Pacquaio said he has already instructed his office to coordinate with the Department of Agriculture (DA)  for the "needs assessment" of the surrenderees which would allow him to determine the support that they actually need.   Pacquiao, who is also chair of the Senate Committee on Public Works said he will also ask the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to set aside funds for the construction of access road and post-harvest facilities for the communities of the rebel surenderees.    After receiving the rebel surenderees, Pacquaio proceeded to Brgy. Panadtalan to  distribute grocery packs, Chooks-to-Go chicken and P1,000 cash to some 1,000 residents of the town Maramag.

READ MORE
COPC relaunches “Meet the Press” program, covered by MDNN, JaoTV, RMN, others

February 26, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY-  The Cagayan de Oro Press Club (COPC) under recently re-elected Club president Dr. Manny V. Jaudian, in cooperation with SM Cag de Oro has  resurrected the past COPC program – Meet the Press.      In an elaborate ceremony held, February 24, at the SM Uptown Events Center, the COPC held the relaunching, with the presence of COPC exec vice president Allan Mediante, who is also editor in chief of Mindanao Daily News, and Ms. Ivy Guantero of SM Cag de Oro.      Coverages of this weekly program (which would be held at the COPC bldg.. and SM malls) will be provided by MDNN Digital Channel and  Mindanao Dally News; Business Week, of the Sudaria Group of Publications);  Jao TV and DearBC TV; RMN;  the Rock FM under Philipp Ken Jaudian, and all other copc member radio and TV groups.      The weekly  program, according to Dr. Jaudian would invite government officials, as well as business leaders who would shed light on their various on-going projects for the benefit of transparency for the public. “We are not going to charge anything for the presence of invited guests whether from public or private institutions, not even sponsorships on food, snacks or lunch  (as what could have been an unethical practice by some groups before), “Jaudian elaborated.  He added that the COPC and sponsors like SM will handle the reception logistics.      Mediante, on the other hand, said the resurgence of the “Meet the Press” under the present COPC administration will help combat disinformation, fake news, and political exploitation. “Anybody from the highest echelons of governance in the public and private sectors, are free to join us, present their issues which are of prime importance to public knowledge and information dissemination,” he added.      The COPC “:Meet the Press” will be held every Wednesday from 10:00 am to 12 noon, and will be anchored by COPC director Jao Gumapac.

READ MORE
Pacquiao distributes aid to ASF victims in CDO

February 26, 2021

Sen. Manny Pacquiao on Friday challenged his fellow politicians to share their wealth to help small hograisers in Cagayan de Oro City who were hardest hit by the African Swine Flu  and the Covid-19 pandemic.   Pacquiao was in Brgy. Tablon, Cagayan de Oro to distribute direct aid in the form of grocery packs, Chooks-to-Go Chicken and P1,000 cash to poor residents through his Munting Pagtulong project. Most of the recipients  are small hog raisers who lost their livestocks because of the ASF.   Speaking before more 1,000 Munting Pagtulong project, Pacquiao stressed that all the money that he is spending to help the people came from personal funds and not a single cent from the government.   He said poverty in the country would be solved if only all government officials would  use their  personal  wealth to help the poor.   To the delight of the recipients,  Pacquiao said that if given the opportunity, he would definitely send all corrupt officials to jail.   The eight- time world boxing champion  said the fight against corruption must be without fear or favor. He wants to build a Mega Prison facility that is intended only for corrupt officials.   " Sa puso ko gusto kong bigyan ng hustisya ang mga kababayan nating mahihirap mula sa mga kurap na politiko," Pacquiao said.   Sa mga ganid na  politiko na walang ginawa kundi magnakaw sa gobyerno, may araw din kayo," he warned.   Through his Munting Pagtulong  Project,  Senator Pacquiao has been going around the country to disribute aid to the poor and the underprivileged.   This is the reason why he is now in Cagayan de Oro City. Prior to that, he was in Rizal, Batangas, some cities in Metro Manila, Cagayan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Sarangani and Bukidnon .

READ MORE

Subscribe Now!

Receive email updates from Mindanao Daily News.