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Cop killed in shootout with armed men in Libertad, Misamis Oriental

February 20, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A police officer was killed when law enforcers engaged a group of armed men in Libertad town, Misamsi Oriental last Monday night, police said. Based on police report, five men were on board a white Mitsubishi Mirage on the way to Iligan City from Cagayan de Oro when they were flagged down by a group of police officers along the national highway in Barangay Poblacion, Libertad town at 8:20 in the evening. Police said the suspects inside the car fired at the officers conducting a checkpoint that resulted to the death of Staff Sgt. Ronald Caayupan. Wounded was Chief Master Sgt. Fernando Maestrado. Also killed was Jephone Tinamisan, from Ozamiz City, and said to be the vehicle’s driver. Recovered were four pieces caliber .45 handgun, two pieces KG 9 semi-automatic firearms, a 9mm pistol, four pieces hand grenade, and five plastic packets containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu. Bahian said they are in the possession of cellphones retrieved from the crime scene. Following the conduct of a pursuit operation, one of the suspects was arrested near the bridge where he jumped off after running away from the law enforcers. Police identified the suspect, who sustained broken bones, as Richard Perez, although in an interview with reporters he introduced himself as “Richard Manda,” from Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. The suspect said they were on their way to Tubod, Lanao del Norte when the vehicle they were riding in was flagged down in Libertad. Lt. Col. Mardy Hortillosa, the regional police spokesperson, said pursuit operation has been launched to go after the three suspects who managed to escape. Hortillosa said Brig. Gen. Rolando Anduyan, regional police director, has directed police units from nearby towns to help in searching for the fleeing persons. He said a team from Cagayan de Oro City Police Office’s Special Weapons and Tactics was even deployed to assist in the search efforts.

Initao police honors single mothers during Valentine's Day

February 17, 2020

INITAO, Misamis Oriental--Police here serenaded on Friday (February 14) employees of the local government unit (LGU) who are 'singles' or not in a relationship and solo parents or unmarried mothers to honor them on Valentine's Day. After singing a song entitled Valentine, popularized by Jim Brickman and Martina Bride, a police officer threw 'hugot' lines and gave flowers to a woman they intended to honor. Captain Dino Magno, chief of Initao Municipal Police Station, said his office came up with the idea of honoring single mothers to lighten up their Valentine's Day. "Many of them did not have partners who will give them flowers or chocolates perhaps for several years. Atleast they will go home not empty handed," Magno said. Jessie Acut, a staff at the municipal mayor's office, said she was delighted to have been serenaded and have received flowers on Valentine's Day. "This is my first time in three years that I received flowers on Valentine's Day," Acut, mother of five, who have been separated from her husband for 17 years, said. Amee Bagares, officer-in-charge of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development, who has been single mother for 14 years. She was smiling as he received flowers from a police who threw her a hugot line. But the highlight of their giving of Valentine presents is to surprise Vivian Magno, the wife of Senior Master Sergeant Jason Magno, the police officer who died after covering a grenade with his body, shielding a crowd from its explosion at the Initao College on November last year. Jason, the younger brother of Dino, was awarded by President Duterte medal of valor. Vivian celebrates her 41st birthday on February 14 for the first time without Jason. On February 15, Jason will also celebrates his 47th birthday. Vivian did not able to contain her tears when colleagues of her late husband started singing to her birthday song when she arrived at the police station around 10:00 o'clock in the morning on Friday. She went to the police station to get the police clearance her eldest son applied as requirement for his entry to the Philippine National Police Academy (PNP). "I am surprised and at the same time I am happy that Jason's former colleagues did not forget my birthday. This reminds me of Jason's attitude that he would never spend for his birthday because he would prefer spending for others' like mine or his children than his," Vivian said crying. Jason was known by his colleagues as thoughful and kind who did not let special occasions like Valentine's Day passed without giving something to his colleagues and close to him according to Dino. "This is some sort of remembering him," Dino said of his younger brother who was considered hero for saving the lives of several students in exchange of his.

Hogs in Misamis Oriental ASF free

February 11, 2020

MISAMIS Oriental--Hogs and swine in this capital province of Northern Mindanao are still free of the dreaded Africa Swine Fever (ASF), an official said Friday. Benjie Resma, head of the provincial veterinary office, said that the provincial government has been closely monitoring the hog industry here since the presence of the ASF was confirmed in the country last year. Resma issued the statement to allay fears and assure buyers from the Visayas region that the hogs and pork products coming from Misamis Oriental are free of ASF contamination.   “We are closely monitoring the hog raisers in the province, especially the “backyard” raisers, which could be vulnerable,” Resma said. He said the monitoring became intense following the banning of the hogs and swine coming the neighboring provinces of Davao, particularly Davao Occidental. Provincial Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano has ordered a total ban of all hog products coming from the Davao region, Resma said. He said that the province of Bukidnon along with Misamis Oriental are the two major hog raisers in Northern Mindanao. “We have deployed several teams in the boarders Misamis Oriental to be on guard of the possible entry of contaminated hog products in the province,” Resma said. Resma said that there are seven major hog raisers in Misamis Oriental that supply the requirements of the provinces of Leyte and Samar. According to Resma, the province of Leyte and Samar has issued a ban of all hog and swine products in Mindanao following the outbreak of ASF in Davao. Resma said that the provincial government sent a letter to the provinces of Leyte and Samar to lift the ban with an assurance that Misamis Oriental is free of ASF.

READ MORE PH online hiring growth posts double-digit in Q4

January 31, 2020

• Overall sentiment for online hiring demand experienced an increase in Q4, with 15% year-on-year demand growth for both October and November, and 14% for the month of December • The IT, Telecom/ISP sector led e-recruitment activity growth among all industry sectors, up by 28% year-on-year between December 2018 and 2019 • Other industries with strong e-recruitment demand growth during the final quarter of the year included BFSI and BPO/ITES • When looking at occupations, HR & Admin professionals came out on top with a record high of 32% year-on-year in the month of December E-HIRING sentiment in the Philippines experienced a bump in Q4, in line with the uptick in overall economic growth. Charting strong growth numbers of 15%, 15% and 14% year-on-year for October, November and December, respectively, the online recruitment sector performed better this quarter as compared to Q3. “The upward trajectory of online hiring growth in the Philippines is a reflection of last quarter’s economic recovery and is likely to accelerate even further given the current landscape. Consumer spending is expected to rise, driven by robust infrastructural developments, easing monetary conditions and a growing tourism sector, and this will help the economy maintain resilience,” said Krish Seshadri, CEO of – APAC and Middle East. “This is a good time for businesses and employers to start thinking ahead and take steps to future-proof their workforce, so that they are prepared to compete with the expected future demand and maintain their relevance in the global landscape.” IT, Telecom/ISP led growth in e-recruitment activity among industry sectors, up by 28% year-on-year between December 2018 and 2019 – its steepest annual growth in 2019. The sector performed well in the short-term as well, up by 4% month-on-month and 9% over a three-month period. Not far behind was the BFSI sector, which also continued to chart strong double-digit numbers and recorded its most notable growth of 27% year-on-year for the month of December 2019. The BPO/ITES sector has been one with a long-term growth momentum in the Philippines and maintained that in Q4, rising marginally from 17% annual growth in November to 19% in December. The MEI is a gauge of online job posting activity compiled monthly by It records the industries and occupations that show the highest and lowest growth in local recruitment activity. When looking at specific job roles, HR & Admin professionals continued to lead annual growth in online demand among occupation groups with an impressive 36% year-on-year increase for October, which then dipped slightly to 35% and 32% in November and December respectively. Finance & Accounts talent experienced surging demand during the quarter and continued to chart double-digit annual growth numbers of 26% in both October and November, and 24% in December. Software, Hardware and Telecom professionals also experienced notable growth in Q4, with December witnessing the highest rise in demand for the occupation in 2019. The Monster Employment Index is a monthly gauge of online job posting activity, based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large representative selection of career websites and online job listings across the Philippines. The Index does not reflect the trend of any one advertiser or source but is an aggregate measure of the change in job listings across the industry.

PIDS holds groundbreaking ceremony for new building in QC

January 27, 2020

THE Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) will soon have its own building in Quezon City.   PIDS President Celia Reyes today led the groundbreaking ceremony at Commonwealth Avenue in UP Diliman to officially start the construction of the PIDS building this year.     The construction of the PIDS’s new office “is the realization of a long-time dream of the agency and its staff” and “is envisaged to help strengthen the Institute’s stature as a premier think tank of the Philippine government”.   According to Reyes, the new building will provide a more dignified workplace for everyone, which will encourage greater productivity, efficiency, and innovation in policy research.   “Having an ample space for work and interaction will promote the well-being of the staff and will foster a collegial relationship. It will help the Institute provide a cordial reception to its stakeholders as its way of upholding the highest level of professionalism and commitment to public service,” she said.   The building is part of a memorandum of understanding between PIDS and the University of the Philippines (UP) signed in July 2019. The land, owned by UP, is leased to PIDS for a period of 25 years, subject to renewal. Funds for the lease and construction will be sourced from the General Appropriations Act.   The seven-storey building has a total land area of 3,000 square meters. It will house the Institute’s research personnel and support departments, and various amenities such as meetings rooms, conference hall, library, and wellness room, among others.  It will feature an eco-friendly modern design.   Based on the projection of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the PIDS building will be completed within a period of two years.   For 38 years, the PIDS, established in 1977, held office at the NEDA sa Makati Building before transferring to its current location at Eton Centris in Quezon City in 2015. Present during the ceremony were Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and PIDS Board of Trustees Chairperson Ernesto Pernia, University of the Philippines (UP) President Danilo Concepcion, PIDS founding father and UP Emeritus Professor of Economics Gerardo Sicat, former PIDS Presidents Filologo Pante and Josef Yap, PIDS Board of Trustees members Atty. Rafael Lotilla and Dr. Alfredo Pascual, UP Vice President for Development Elvira Zamora, UP Vice President for Public Affairs Elena Pernia, UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Bautista, PIDS management committee, research fellows, and staff, and officials from the DPWH, Department of Budget and Management, and Commission on Audit.

Militiaman who strafes team of soldiers surrenders

January 23, 2020

ILIGAN City--The commander of a Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) detachment in Lanao del Sur who shot to death his fellow soldiers surrendered to authorities after almost a month of hiding. Captain Clint Antipala, acting Public Affairs Officer of the Army's 1st Infantry Division, said Corporal Nao Mohammad Lassam was turned over to Marantao Police Station in Lanao del Sur after he surrendered last January 12 to the Army troops of the 10th and 1st Infantry Divisions in Tagum City. Lassam strafed a team of soldiers who were clearing the area in sitio Banisilan, Barangay Bandaraingud in Pagayawan town in Lanao del Sur on December 24, that resulted to the death of two Army soldiers of the 55th Infantry Battalion: Second Lieutenant Mark Linne Banua and Sergeant Jhanjihan Carumba. Five other soldiers were wounded in the incident. He was made as guide in the clearing operation after the chief of police of Binidayan Municipal Police Station of Binidayan town was ambushed on December 23 in the area. The ambushed resulted in the death of Police Executive Master Sergeant Amen Lucman Macalangan and his driver, Ramel Pangcatan. Lassam, who hails from Maguindanao, fled after the shooting. The clearing operation is in connection with the ambush of a chief of police in Binidayan on December 23. Antipala said Lassam is facing two counts of murder, serious physical injuries and multiple frustrated murder cases which were filed at the Office of Provincial Prosecutor in Marawi City. Brigadier General Generoso Ponio in a statement sent by the 1st Division Public Affairs Office said that the 1st Infantry Division sees to it that their erring personnel "will be given due process and face the military's and the country's justice system and we will not hesitate to put them behind bars if proven guilty."


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