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CDO Ex-lawmaker says he is innocent

February 9, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Following his conviction along Janet Napoles and several others over the P10 billion pork barrel scam by the Sandiganbayan, former congressman Constantino Jaraula said Saturday he is innocent of any wrongdoing.      Jaraula said he will file a motion for reconsideration to reconsideration to Sandiganbayan.      Jaraula, 83, who served as this city’s congressman for three terms from 1998 to 2007, insisted he has no participation in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.      Napoles was said to be the mastermind of the PDAF scam where public funds were pocketed in cahoots with senators and members of the House of Representatives and other public officials and private individuals.      The former legislator said he was not involved in the pork barrel controversy, but recalled he was dragged into the scandal when he proposed three projects for his district shortly before his last term as congressman ended.      In 2007, during his last six months in office, Jaraula said he submitted three project proposals to the House of Representatives’ appropriations committee for the acquisition of two ambulances with x-ray and dental equipment, two mechanical dryers, and farm implements.      The appropriations committee then endorsed the project proposals to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), which in turn approved and recommended it to the Technology Livelihood Resource Center (TLRC), now known as Technology Resource Center, he said.      He said there were three special allotment release orders (SAROs) for the projects, with P10 million each project.      Jaraula said his proposed projects did not push through, but were replaced with seedlings and fertilizers, the supporting documents of which were not signed by him.      Upon learning that his projects did not materialize, the former lawmaker said he sent an anonymous complaint to the Commission on Audit, on advice of a lawyer, believing that some powerful people in government might be involved.      He said COA was able to trace the complaint back to him. Jaraula said he has not taken any part in the PDAF scam as he believed that the documents that implicated him were forged.

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COPC prexy is guest of honor, speaker of COCPO

February 9, 2021

Cagayan de Oro Press Club (COPC) President Dr. Manuel Jaudian (left) delivers his message during the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO) flag-raising and awarding ceremony as guest of honor and speaker on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Dr. Jaudian assisted the COCPO, led by Police Colonel Henry Dampal and Police Lieutenant Colonel Lemuel B. Gonda in giving awards to media personalities. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit 

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Villanueva offers call center training with allowance

February 9, 2021

VILLANUEVA. Misamis Oriental--The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Villanueva through the Sangguniang Kabataan Pambayang Pederasyon in partnership with the Philippine Call Center Institute Free Contact Center Services NC II under Training to Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) with allowance. The scholarship program is brought to by Former Vice Governor and Villanueva Mayor Atty. Julio Uy Mayor Jennie Uy-Mendez, and Rep. Juliette Uy (first district, Misamis Oriental) also former mayor of Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. Qualifications :  ☆ Must be 18 years old and above  ☆ ALS Graduate ☆ High School Graduate  ☆ Senior High School  ☆ College Level / College Graduate ☆ OFW  For inquiries, contact 09354592570  or 09362775306. Orientation will be on February 11, 2021 (Thursday) at 8 in the morning at the MCP Building.

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Youtuber Noypi Vlogger launches 1 Dollar Fund for Joyjoy

February 8, 2021

Youtuber Joel C. Escol, aka Noypi Vlogger has just launched a worthwhile cause to support Joyjoy (not her real name) survive her own crisis of not having enough milk and diapers, as well as other needs of a 1 year and five-month-old baby, such as clothing and vitamins. Enday Latunan Manita, Joyjoy's grand mother, who is taking care of her, said in an exclusive inteview that she is only a mere househelp and no other means of income - the reason that she is in dire need of help for milk and diapers to help her granddaughter survive the crisis. Joyjoy's biological mom is a victim of insanity and now living with her immediate relatives. "She is dying now since she didn't eat. That's why I have decided to get the baby with the approval of my son (the biological father of Joyjoy). It was known that Joyjoy's biological father is already living with her second wife. "Both of them are now incapable of raising their daughter Joyjoy so being her grandmother I took the responsibility of raising her. But when Covid struck the country last year, she started having problems of getting milk, vitamins and diapers for Joyjoy," the grandmother narrated.    Noypi vlogger is also known for helping the needy. Nine years ago, a relative who has triplet babies had asked for his help to find donations for milk and diapers for the babies. The father was only a farmer and their food solely depends on farming and selling some poultry livestocks. Noypi Vlogger made efforts and brought the parents and the triplets to the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and said government agency gave the parent a large can of milk plus a $100 monetary help.    The young vlogger then assisted the parent and brought the babies at the office of Abs CBn Cagayan de Oro, a local TV network, who immediately conducted interview with the help of Joy Labrador, who was the TV reporter at that time. The interview went live the following day and it touched the heart of a businessman who then contacted the parent and pledge to supply the milk needs of the triplets. Right now the triplets have grown and they are already nine years old and turning ten. The parents were very thankful for the kindness and act of generousity of the anonymous businessman who supplied cartoons of milk every month. Harana - A benefit concert online. To support the worthy cause, Noypi Vlogger conducted "Harana for Joyjoy" an online serenade to look for donations for Joyjoy and other victims of the pandemic.      TO SUPPORT JOYJOY, PLEASE VISIT THIS FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

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2 million COVID-19 vaccines to arrive in PH, says Andanar

February 8, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Feb. 5 (PIA)--“Starting third week of February vaccines will be arriving in the country.” This was the statement made by the Presidential Communication Operation Office (PCOO) and Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS)-X Secretary Martin Andanar during a breakfast press briefing here. Andanar shared that 2 million doses of COVID vaccines are expected to arrive in the country this in the "third week of the month." The arrival of the vaccines will jump start the vaccination roll-out plan of the government and the first sets of the vaccines will be given to the frontliners. Though COVID-19 vaccines are coming, reports have it that around 40 percent of Filipino are not willing to be vaccinated due to the Dengvaxia vaccine issue. To assure the public of the safety of COVID vaccines, the PCOO and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) would be conducting a nationwide “Pagdu-aw Program,” which aims to explain the vaccination rollout plan of the government and its safety. As the CORDS for region 10, Andanar will meet with the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director Adriano Suba-an and DOH officials to discuss the vaccination rollout plan in the region. “It is important that Region 10 will get its share from the upcoming 2 million vials,” he said. The secretary has clarified that the vaccines will be given for free to all the Filipinos. However, there are local government units that are willing to spend their own funds to procure the said vaccines.     “The vaccines are almost here, let us just wait for them. We will give you specific details with the DOH to keep you abreast of,” Andanar said. (JAKA/PIA10)  

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Mindex members plant trees in Malasag

February 8, 2021

Cagayan de Oro — About 300 indigenous tree seedlings  were planted  by member-operators of Mindanao Daily Express Transport Cooperative (Mindex) at Malasag Forest Reserve in barangay Cugman this city over the weekend. Mindex Chairman Dante Sudaria said the  treeplanting activity was in compliance to the new directive of  the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)  requiring all member-operators for franchise application.  The treeplanting directive was contained in LTFRB  Memorandum Circular 2020-076 which included mandatory tree planting as a new part of the application of franchise, Sudaria said. He said the  circular stemmed from the recommendation of LTFRB Region 2 Director Edward Cabase to include basic tree planting program in the requirements for applying for the franchise of cooperatives or even individuals. The plan was recognized by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade in a statement made following his inspection of the effects of the massive flooding in Cagayan due to Typhoon Ulysses.  According to the LTFRB, at least 50,000 trees are set to be planted in the first three months of the implementation of the new policy that started last December 1, 2020. Under the memorandum, applicants of new Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC), which have  at least 10 units, are required to plant at least one tree for each unit they apply for.  Corporations and cooperatives applying for an extension of the validity of their CPC, regardless of their unit. Under the memorandum, applicants of new Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC), which has at least 10 units, are required to plant at least one tree for each unit they apply for.  Corporations and cooperatives applying for an extension of the validity of their CPC, regardless of their units, are also required to plant one tree for each unit they apply for.

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