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MinDA, DBP, work to reopen Maguindanao banana farms DAVAO CITY

June 7, 2021

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) along with its funding partner Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) is heading efforts to reopen two huge banana plantations in Maguindanao province that employed some 4,000 workers.   Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said many of the said workers are former Moro rebel combatants. “Yesterday, I met with DBP President Emmanuel Herbosa to thresh out the details of the financial loan package, which the bank would grant to revive the banana farms with a total area of over 1,500 hectares,” he said.   He said the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) has warned that the continued economic difficulties faced by the displaced workers could have serious implications on the peace and security of Maguindanao Province. “The banana plantations, owned by Filipino-American John Perrine, are the Al Sahar and La Fruttera Banana Farms in Talayan and Datu Paglas towns, respectively, all considered critical areas because of the presence of ISIS-inspired armed groups, closed down two years ago following economic difficulties and lack of operational funds,” the MinDA chief said. During his visit to Maguindanao Province on May 11, following the attack by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Datu Paglas,   President Rodrigo Duterte directed MinDA to work for the reopening of the plantations. Duterte also instructed MinDA to coordinate with other agencies, including the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), to ensure that the displaced farm workers are given food assistance until they are back to work. “MinDA, DSWD, DND-OCD, MSWD-BARMM and other agencies have implemented the food distribution directives of the President.   MinDA, in the meantime, has identified a new investor which will take over the two plantations from the Perrine Group and reoperate the farm,” Piñol added. On Thursday (June 3) MinDA will organize a virtual conference between DBP Officials, the new investor's group and other stakeholders to finally resolve the minor issues. “When this is done, MinDA will make a final report and recommendations to the President within the month of June,” Piñol assured. ###  

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Customs brokers association in R10 to inaugurate new office

June 4, 2021

THE association of Customs brokers in Region 10 will inaugurate their new office this morning (Saturday, June 5) at Phividec compound, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. During the same event, the new officers for FY 2021-2023 of the Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc. Northern Mindanao chapter will likewise take their oath. They are president Edgar Rey Gallana Jr., vice president for internal affairs Merlyn Venci, vice president for external affairs Amelita Cruz, secretary Shannon May Mabelin, assistant secretary Jinky Capin, treasurer Odessa Diamante-Castillo, treasurer Yolanda Narandan, auditor Junica Mae Venci, PIO Jo-ed Revilla, PIO Christine Joy Fiel and PIO Oliver Lisondra. Cruz,   Narandan, Capin and Merlyn Venci also serve as directors along with Dario Amolata and Joselito Alvarico. The guest of honor for the ribbon cutting and at the same time the inducting officer is Customs district collector John Simon. The Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc. is an accredited professional organization (APO) by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for all practicing Licensed Customs Brokers from all over the country.   The CCBI-CDO Chapter is affiliated with the CCBI National Chapter whose members were all the practicing Licensed Customs Brokers in Region X whose practice of profession serves the ports of Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City, Ozamis City, Mindanao International Container Port at Tagoloan, Nasipit Port at Butuan City and Surigao Port. Due to the strategic location of the mentioned ports, the creation of chapter professional organization where then determined based on the area of coverage.   CCBI Caraga Chapter was then crated w/c covers the ports of Nasipit in Butuan City and Surigao Port. While CCBI-CDO was renamed and recognized as new chapter by virtue of the CCBI National Chapter recognition dated July 20,2019. From CCBI-CDO to Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc, Northern Mindanao Chapter (CCBI-NorthMin) which basically composes of practicing Licensed Customs Brokers from Cagayan de Oro Port, Iligan Port, Ozamis and Mindanao International Container Port at Tagoloan, Misamis Orental. As concurrent chapter president for FY 2019-2021,   Gallana's accomplishments are the following: implementation of Chapter Amelioration Due through CCBI resolution 001 Series of 2019-20 w/c is to help augment the financial capacity of the chapter to sustain its plans and projects; pproval of the Letter Request to Coll. John M. Simon , District Port Collector for the CCBI CDO to hold a temporary chapter office within the Bureau of Customs Premise; Various community charity projects as part of the CCBI’s social responsibility, consistent recipient is Association of Blind Masseurs of Cagayan de Oro City, extended monetary assistance and basic goods to the victims of Marawi Siege, victims of Taal Volcano Eruption, residents of Batangas and others; conducted the first ever Northern Mindanao Customs Brokers Summit participated by all practicing Licensed Customs Brokers all over the country last July 20, 2019; A signatory of the Memorandum of Understanding initiated by the Bureau of Customs among port stakeholders in relevance to Ease of Doing Business (R.A. 11032); take a lead in the construction of the first CCBI Northmin Chapter Office at Phividec Compound, Tagolaon,   Misamis Oriental; Creation of Customs Brokers Representative Association Northern Mindanao Chapter (CBRA-Northmin) this is the association of all Customs Brokers Rep. or called as “processors” or “ personero” the first chapter that organized and recognized its processors; strengthen the professional camaraderie of its chapter members through various Team Building Activity and professional development and enhancement through seminars & webinars sponsored by the chapter; and from seven members now CCBI Nortmin has 35 active chapter members.

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LTFRB Gives Go Signal To RTMI To Operate Buses from CDO To Cotabato City 

April 24, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Good news to people traveling from this city to Cotabato City! The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has issued permits to the Rural Transit Mindanao Incorporated (RTMI) to operate buses plying the routes of Cagayan de Oro to Cotabato City and vice versa. As this developed, the regional office of LTFRB has prepared the documents for the opening of some units of Rural Transit Bus from Cagayan de Oro City, and through the town of Talakag Bukidnon, to the towns of Banisilan, Alamada, Libungan, Pigcawayan, Sultan Kudarat and in Cotabato City. In a statement posted on FB, John Del Castillo, RTMI Manager based in Bulua, this city, said the citizens of both Cagayan de Oro and Cotabato City will no longer have difficulty, like travel time to Cotabato City and vice versa has been made shorter now. "The citizens of two cities will no longer have difficulty in going here because the travel time has been shorter through the said route," Del Castillo says in a statement on Facebook. It was also learned that the City Government of Cotabato has also entered an agreement to the entry of Rural Transit Bus. RTMI, which is based in Cagayan de Oro City, is a sister company of Mindanao Star Bus Transport Incorporated (MSBTI) which is based in Davao City.   

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PIATF effectively contained spread of COVID-19 in MisOr

April 13, 2021

MISAMIS ORIENTAL - In spite of the growing COVID-19 cases in the country, the spread of the virus in Misamis Oriental remains under control, Provincial Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano said Tuesday. Emano disclosed that the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force (PIATF) has recorded a total of 16 COVID-19 cases, including provincial government employees, in Misamis Oriental as of Tuesday. However, Emano assured the public that there was no cause for alarm because the PIATF has effectively contained the spread of the COVID-19 in the province, especially in the provincial capitol building. “We are strictly implementing the health protocols for all provincial employees, clients and visitors in the provincial capitol building here,” Emano said. He said that the PIATF has required all individuals to wear face masks, face shields, social distancing and the washing of hands with disinfectants as an effective means to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus here. -0-

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Drug suspect who grabs a gun from a cop gets hurt

April 9, 2021

COTABATO CITY – A drug suspect in a buy-bust operation almost got killed after he tried to grab a gun from a policeman Wednesday in this city.  During the wrestle between the policeman and the drug suspect, the gun accidentally went off hurting the suspect identified as one Dido Alim Silongan, 27, a resident of Datu Odin Sinsuat in Maguindanao.  Investigation disclosed that Silongan was the subject of a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Tamontaka at around 5:30 p.m. when he sensed he was transacting with the police. Capt. John Howell Wong, chief of the city police drug enforcement unit told reporters the confiscated illegal drugs known as 'shabu' (20 grams) has an estimated market value of Php 48,000. The police drug unit chief said “The suspect fronts as a welder, but at the side, he sells shabu to prospective buyers.”  After sensing he was surrounded by police operatives during the buy-bust he tried to grab a gun from a policeman and the commotion took place. Wong clarified: “As they wrestled for the gun, it went off with the bullet hitting the suspect in his left leg.”  The wounded Silongan was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital for treatment. The suspect is now languishing at the city government's facility for prisoners awaiting charges for violation of R.A. 9165 also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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DPWH Turns Over Additional Quarantine Facility In Zamboanga City

March 28, 2021

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Public Works and Highways Secretary and Chief Isolation Czar Mark A. Villar announced that the preparedness and response of Zamboanga City against spread of COVID-19 infection was further boosted with the availability of an additional 20-bed isolation facility.  Secretary Villar said that the newly-built Zamboanga City Quarantine Facility located in Barangay Pasonanca was constructed to augment the existing quarantine facilities and mitigate the rapid spread of the COVID-19 infection in the city. The construction of the quarantine facility followed the standard designs and plans proposed by the DPWH Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Local/National Health Facility formed by Secretary Villar in collaboration with the Department of Health. The facility composed of two (2) constructed tents, with each tent capable to accommodate 10 patients separated by a cubicle was inaugurated and turned over on Friday, March 26, 2021 by DPWH Undersecretary and Task Force Facilitate Augmentation of Local/National Health Facility Head Emil K. Sadain to Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabel Climaco-Salazar. The event was also attended by DPWH Region 9 Director Cayamombao Dia and Assistant Director Honorato Saldua.  We hope that the recipient City Government of Zamboanga under the guidance of DOH will be able to effectively manage the operation of this facility by immediately isolating positive cases who are asymptomatic to arrest local transmission of the virus, said Undersecretary Sadain.  City Mayor Climaco-Salazar extended gratitude to Secretary Villar saying that the isolation facility completed at the more opportune time will go a long way in controlling further spread of infections among the Zamboangueño people.  The isolation facility made of two (2) tents with 20 beds capacity are equipped with air conditioner units, beds, adequate lighting and ventilation, uninterrupted electricity supply, a potable water source and a sewer line. Three (3) more tents will be constructed by DPWH with 30 more beds capacity.  It has separate doors intended for entrance and exit while a common toilet and bath is constructed adjacent to each tent.

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