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CDO ‘fish kill’ puzzles BFAR

September 6, 2017

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-10 (BFAR-10) on Monday said it has yet to determine the cause of death of hundreds of “tamban” (sardines) that were found floating on a coastal village here. Villagers at sitio Baloy, Barangay Tablon in Cagayan de Oro said they started noticing what they described as a “fish kill” at around 10 a.m. of Sept. 3. Rudy Gamo, 53, a fisherman in the area, said they were baffled upon seeing the dead fishes, which looked like white specks on the waters. “They were glittering, but they were not moving,” said Gamo, referring to the school of dead sardines. Soon after, villagers said hundreds of dead fish began to wash up on the beach. By this time, people began to collect the dead fish and some even brought styrofoam boxes for storage. Villagers from other areas in Tablon also came and joined in the picking of dead sardines. People living near the shoreline said they immediately cooked the sardines, either by frying or grilling them. As of Sept. 4, village officials reported no cases of food poisoning or any gastrointestinal disorder from cooking and eating the dead sardines. But Dr. Jennifer Marie Rivero, a veterinarian at BFAR-10, cautioned residents from eating the dead fish until the agency could determine what caused the mass deaths. Initial examination showed that the fish appeared to be in good state and the sea water contained no toxic substance, Dr. Rivero noted. “We would highly discourage eating the fish, since we don’t know what caused its death,” said Rivero in an interview inside the BFAR-10 regional office in Barangay Macabalan on Monday. Rivero said a fish kill could occur by the change of the quality of the water, illegal fishing practices, and the release of sewage of manufacturing facilities into the sea. The village’s coastal area is the site of several factories, among them a corn processing factory and a dressed chicken facility. Rivero noted there were reported fish kills in the past few years. Nemfe Antigua, 38, a fish vendor, said she doesn’t think the fish kill was the result of contamination of or any poisonous substances. “If toxic chemical had killed the sardines, then those of us who had eaten it would have already gotten sick. But there were no reports of such. I even fed my children fried sardines,” Antigua said. Gamo, a fisherman, noted that since the operation of the manufacturing companies in Baloy, their catch has also dwindled. “We used to fish near the shoreline, but not anymore. We have to go farther into the deep waters just to catch fish,” he said. Gamo and other fishermen have also observed that many of them had experienced severe itchiness, and they suspected that the water discharged by a processing facility may be the culprit.

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German outreach organization partners with prosecutors, PNP

September 6, 2017

GERMAN outreach group Hanns Seidel Foundation, named after the dynamic German politician, bridged prosecutors and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Northern Mindanao last Tuesday to increase prosecution of criminal complaints and elevate them to court level. Senior deputy state prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon said it is the duty of both prosecutors and police officers so criminal complaints could be elevated into cases and secure convictions. “When you build a case, you must aim for a conviction. There may be lapses of the police in presenting evidence to the prosecution but prosecutors must not be passive, too. The police and the prosecution must cooperate with each other,” Fadullon said. Along this line, prosecutors from the five provinces of Northern Mindanao led by regional state prosecutor Merlynn Uy and the regional police office-10 led by Chief Supt. Timoteo Pacleb attended the day-long dialogue last Tuesday at Seda Centrio in Cagayan de Oro City. According to Hanns Seidel Foundation resident representative Gotz Heinicke, future sessions will be conducted to ascertain how the previous dialogue sessions may have improved the cooperation and information exchanges among the prosecutors and police investigators. In the past, Hanns Seidel Foundation has already been a partner with the PNP in its Human Rights Development Program implementation since 2008. This is its first venture with the Department of Justice (DOJ). The foundation has been active in the country since 1979. Its current development initiatives include rights-based policing, practical case-based training methods for police officers, regional dialogue on police training, paralegal training for community leaders, increasing public awareness of the federal system of government, scholarships, among others.

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Direct Flights from Laguindingan to Boracay, Dumaguete start October 20

September 5, 2017

Cebu Pacific affiliate Cebgo will start direct flights three times a week from Laguindingan Airport to Boracay (Caticlan) and Dumaguete City starting October 20. To commemorate the start of the new routes, Cebgo is offering an introductory, all-in seat sale of P599 until August 18, or until seats are available. Travel period for the promo is from October 20, 2017 to March 15, 2018. In addition, Cebu Pacific also announced a new thrice weekly Kalibo-Clark flight on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, starting October 30. The flight will link the world famous resort town of Boracay in Western Visayas to Northern Luzon and Central Luzon via the Clark International Airport. The return Clark-Kalibo flight, meanwhile, will begin on October 31 and will be available Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Meantime, Cebgo will begin its first international flight out of Zamboanga City four times a week to Sandakan, Malaysia beginning October 29. Flights will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. “Now, the previous 14-hour travel by sea is cut down to just a 40-minute airplane ride,” said Cebgo president and chief executive officer Alexander Lao. Trade and Industry Assistant Secretary Art Boncato Jr noted that the new route “would offer better service to the traveling public and open greater opportunities for trade, investment, and tourism with Western Mindanao as a growing regional gateway to the Philippines.” The airline noted that Cebgo would be the only Philippine carrier with direct flights between the country and Sandakan. There is an introductory sale for the flight – P1,299 per ticket until August 21 – with the promo travel period from October 29 to December 31 this year.

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Davao-based Pohoda Spa opens CDO branch

September 4, 2017

SLAVIC for “relaxation”, Davao City-based Pohoda Spa & Sauna has found its way to Cagayan de Oro. Located along Corrales-Hayes, Pohoda Spa & Sauna retains the same quality services that are offered in Davao City as founded by entrepreneur Suzy Palmere who has a penchant for traveling, thus coining the word culled from her tours across eastern Europe. When franchisee Neshel dela Vega-Cipriano decided to put up a branch here, she made sure that she is offering the same Pohoda signature massage Balinese-style mixed with ayurvedic treatment and acupressure. Pohoda’s services also include Swedish, shiatsu, Thai, hot & stone, Indian head, foot reflex, back massage, sauna, European facial, 24k gold mask, collagen firming mask, seaweed mask, detox mask, whitening mask, clarifying mask, diamond peel, RF and ultrasonic treatment, eyebag removal, wart removal, manicure, mani-pedi, pedicure, UV gel mani-pedi, UV gel polish mani, UV gel polish pedi, foot spa, hand paraffin treatment, foot paraffin treatment, Fabulash, Lashtastic, whiplash, upper lip waxing, lower lip waxing, underarm waxing, whole arm waxing, chest waxing, back waxing, half leg waxing, full leg waxing, Brazilian waxing, bikini waxing and whole body waxing. Pohoda is indeed not just a system of healing but an entire way of life that aims to bring about the perfect balance of the entire personality – body, mind and spirit.

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GMA Regional TV makes history with local news program ‘One Mindanao’

September 4, 2017

Media giant GMA Network makes history once again as its regional arm, Regional TV, launches the local news program One Mindanao beginning Monday, August 28. Anchored on the tagline “We are One. We are Mindanao. We are One Mindanao,” the local news program will air from Monday to Friday, at 5 p.m. It will be simultaneously broadcast in key cities and provinces in Mindanao thru GMA Network’s local channels in Mindanao: GMA 5 Davao, GMA 35 Cagayan de Oro City, GMA 8 General Santos City, GMA 12 Jolo, Sulu, GMA 9 Zamboanga City, GMA 12 Cotabato City, GMA 2 Tandag City, GMA 10 Surigao City, GMA 26 Butuan City, GMA 4 Dipolog City, GMA 3 Pagadian City, GMA 5 Ozamiz City, GMA 11 Iligan City, and GMA 12 Bukidnon. One Mindanao will feature comprehensive and in-depth delivery of news and information in the region that only GMA Network—widely regarded as the most respected and internationally-awarded Philippine broadcast network—can deliver. A local news program made by Mindanaoans for the Mindanaoans, One Mindanao is anchored by seasoned TV journalist Tek Ocampo, reputable TV host and news presenter Sarah Hilomen-Velasco, and experienced news correspondent Real Sorroche. Joining them are the various local news teams based in Northern and Southern Mindanao and news stringers across Mindanao. GMA Vice President and Head of Regional TV Oliver Amoroso underscores the significance of One Mindanao. “Close to the Network’s heart is for Mindanaoans to have access to reliable, accurate, and impartial local news and information regardless of race, ethnic and religious background, and economic status. With the full support of GMA’s Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon and President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., we are happy and proud of this pioneering local news program produced by Mindanaoans for Mindanaoans,” he said. GMA Davao and Gensan Station Manager Mariles Puentevella avers: “At this point in the nation’s history, when Mindanao has taken center stage, it is imperative that Mindanaoans have access to fair and balanced information vital to growth and progress as a united community.” “There’s a lot happening in Mindanao. It is also best that everyone in Mindanao will know about it,” says GMA Cagayan de Oro Station Manager Armi Sobremisana. “We believe this is the right time to bring One Mindanao at the core for a timely delivery of information. This way, Cagayan de Oro and the rest of Mindanao will have a better understanding of what’s going on and can, therefore, proactively contribute to building a unified and peaceful Mindanao,” she added. From all parts of Mindanao, expect One Mindanao to deliver topnotch news stories from Monday to Friday. For more regional updates, follow GMA Regional TV at www.facebook.com/gmaregionaltv and on Twitter and Instagram via @gmaregionaltv. pr

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Duterte pledges assistance to affected poultry raisers

August 31, 2017

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday, August 28, vowed assistance for poultry raisers who were affected by the bird flu virus in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija. “To help the industry recover, the government, through the Department of Agriculture, will assist in the affected poultry raisers in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija to defray their losses through interventions such as loans and capacity building trainings,” the President said in his speech at the Heroes Hall here. At the same time, the President said the government will also strengthen awareness drives to the public and poultry raisers nationwide on avian influenza and find ways to mitigate such virus to avoid speculation and confusion. To stamp out the outbreak and minimize its impact to the country, the Chief Executive said the government is undertaking efforts such as the culling of affected fowls, which was completed on August 24. The President, who joined a boodle fight here, assured that poultry products are safe for consumption. During his speech, the President also expressed gratitude to the local officials and people of Pampanga and Nueva Ecija for their solidarity and cooperation in quickly stamping out avian flu in the affected areas. “I thank everyone here today for playing their respective roles in the implementation of isolation and quarantine measures towards the eventual elimination of avian flu in the country,” he said. President Duterte also commended the Department of Agriculture officials for their quick and decisive action in squarely confronting and containing the avian flu outbreak. The President also acknowledged the assistance of more than 300 soldiers and police officers for their help and valuable assistance. “Your timely and rapid response on this outbreak is truly praiseworthy,” he said. The President meanwhile sought for the full cooperation and assistance of both the poultry industry and the general public to “make sure that disease outbreaks such as this are reported to authorities at the onset of its occurrence.” According to President Duterte, the goal is to put the industry firmly back into the path of high growth and progress so that it can continue to contribute to the nation’s food security and to our economic growth. The Chief Executive also said he would seek for additional funds to augment the government’s support for the poultry raisers. “Let us find out magkano ‘yan and maybe we can add more. But ‘yung kaya lang. Tanungin ko si Andrea ng PAGCOR kung meron ba siya,” he said, adding that his administration will raise the money. “I’ll try to find out in a few weeks and maybe… at the end of the month, kung may makuha ako. Just to add a little bit to the amount that you have already received,” he said in a media interview. During the event, the President led the awarding of indemnity checks to poultry raisers whose farms were depopulated to prevent further spread of bird flu virus. Certificates of appreciation were also given to agencies and local government units who worked together to stamp out bird flu.###PND

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