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Andanar lauds Agusan Canyon SK’s ‘Paskong Pilipino’ amidst the pandemic

December 26, 2020

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, (PIA)—Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar lauded the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of barangay Agusan Canyon in Manolo Fortich town for initiating the ‘Paskong Pilipino’ celebration to keep the spirit of Christmas alive even in the era of social distancing and stay-at-home policy. Yendi Cachapero, Agusan Canyon SK president said they continue to serve without interruption since the pandemic began. She bared that many of them are grappling with how to be there for each other when they can’t be near each other this Yuletide. “We see our youths' struggle in fighting this COVID-19. So we designed some activities that would enliven our youths and share their talents while adhering to minimum health safety protocols like ‘BIDA Solusyon’. We crafted a competition on Christmas tree making and Lantern-making using lots of recyclable stuff. Online caroling also form part of the contest,” Cachapero said in an interview with the Secretary during CORDS X Podcast aired over Northern Mindanao radio stations and shared across PCOO’s digital platforms. The young leader also shared that plastic wastes increased during lockdown. Thus, they came up with the ‘Ecobricking and Vegetable gardening’ contest to perk up young people to stay productive while COVID-19 keeps families homebound this holiday season. She explained that Ecobrick is made up of recovered plastic inside recyclable bottles—economical alternative for making furniture, garden walls and other structures. The Agusan Canyon SK is opposed to the throwaway culture that is causing harm to the natural world, but it is important to remember that plastic is also a highly useful material, she pointed out. Aimed at raising awareness of the consequences of consumption and the dangers of plastic, she said their project encourages communities to take collective responsibility for their plastic wastes and devise ways for a blissful Christmas. These initiatives, she said, are crucial in promoting social cohesion and addressing loneliness and anxiety with the sudden shift of students’ learning from classrooms to homes.    “This Christmas season, we forge ahead in a remote capacity—via social media—in sharing ideas to safely connect with our neighbors and offer assistance, in our own little way, to those most affected by the pandemic. We want to exemplify the Filipino youths’ traits that things must not fall apart despite the rippling effects of the recent chain of disasters. We want to prove that we [Filipinos] are resilient,” she added. Secretary Andanar, the designated Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security of Northern Mindanao (CORDS X), meanwhile, commended the youths’ efforts in swiftly stepping in to disseminate information among their peers and help contain the coronavirus’ spread while safely spending Paskong Pilipino the ‘SK way’. (RLRB/PIA Bukidnon) Photo release: Sangguniang Kabataan Chair Yendi Cachapero (right) says during the CORDS-X Podcast with Communications Sec. Martin Andanar that they crafted a ‘Paskong Pilipino’ Christmas tree making and Lantern-making contest using lots of recyclable stuff to enliven youths and share their talents in addressing loneliness and anxiety with the sudden shift of students’ learning from classrooms to homes. Online caroling also forms part of the competition. (CORDS X)

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Another NPA combatant yields to Army as Christmas is fast approaching

December 26, 2020

  CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental. A top brass member of the New People’s Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered without firearms to 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion (58IB) at Headquarters 58IB, Sitio Migbanday, Poblacion,Claveria, Misamis Oriental three (3) days before Christmas. The surrenderee is identified as Urcyril Dave Gultiano Jabagat alias Tolins, 31 yearsold, a resident of Purok 4, Brgy Looc, Salay, Misamis Oriental, and a staff member of Headquarters Force- Neo, North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC). Also, he is the husband of Marish Jabagat y Caballes alias Joan who is a Political Instructor of Platoon 2, Headquarters Force- Neo, NCMRC. It can be recalled that last December 17, 2020, his wife, alias Joan was arrested in their house in Brgy Looc, Salay, Misamis Oriental through a search warrant against alias Tolins that was conducted by the combined forces of the 58IB and Salay Municipal Police Station (MPS). According to Alias Tolins, he wanted to surrender last September when he came down from the mountain but, it was set aside because he was preoccupied with their ivelihood and a search warrant is already issued against him. Moreover, a day after the arrest of his wife, her sister wrote him a letter encouraging him to surrender and avail the programs of the government. He then decided to surrender because he also does not want to spend Christmas alone hiding from the government authority while his wife was arrested. Alias Tolins expressed his gratitude to the government for extending their arms to him. “Daku akong pasalamat sa gobyerno ilabi na sa 58IB sa pagdawat kanaku sa kagustuhan nakung magbalik loob ug makabaton ug kalinaw. Nanghinaot ko nga unta sensero ang gobyerno sa kung unsa ang mga plano ug programa nga makatabang ug makapalambo sa katawhan aron matuldokan na ang ugat hinungdan nganung naay NPA,” alias Tolins said. In return, Lieutenant Colonel Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB conveyed his gratitude to the surrenderee for his decision to return to the folds of the law. “I also commend his sister for her deed which contributed to the achievement of our mission. In lieu, I urged everyone to encourage your family members who are still in the organization to leave the armed struggle and make your family complete this Christmas season. We assure you that your Philippine Army will assist you in processing your enrolment to the Enhanced Comprehensive and Local Integration Program (E-CLIP)," Lt. Col. Canatoy said. Alias Tolins is now in the custody of 58IB while awaiting for the processing of his enrollment to E-CLIP.  

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Hedcor, AFI boost livelihood of partner associations in Mindanao

December 24, 2020

MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon, (PIA)—The pandemic that caused restrictions in mobility, limited transport of goods, and closing of markets has greatly affected livelihood of communities.  As such, Hedcor—the run-of-river hydropower arm of AboitizPower, finds value in helping its partner communities recover through livelihood assistance. In partnership with Aboitiz Foundation (AFI), Hedcor will aid in the implementation of the P450,000-worth livelihood recovery program by providing Egg Machines to four different associations in Bukidnon and Davao del Sur. This initiative is part of “Restart: Aboitiz Foundation Recovery Program for Partner Cooperatives,” a bigger program of AFI that involves provision of in-kind donations (Re-Starter kits) and/or training to select cooperatives nationwide. These egg machines are complete with ready-to-lay hens, as well as rearing cages with built-in feeding through a waterer. As such, it is named egg machine because it is able to produce eggs regularly within a period of 16 months. Hedcor and AFI have also carved an add-on to said livelihood assistance by covering a month’s supply of Pilmico’s poultry feeds and necessary training to be conducted by Pilmico’s Animal Production Specialists to help recipient associations take better care of their poultry and maximize their yield. All these efforts are for the purpose of improving income through poultry and boosting small-scale poultry farming in the area. The partner associations in Bukidnon which will be receiving such assistance include Dalirig Women’s Organization, Guihean Women’s Organization, and Lingion Power Association Rural Improvement Club. In Davao del Sur, the Tibolo Tribal Women’s Association will receive the livelihood aid. In the signing of Memorandum of Agreement, partner cooperatives extended their gratitude for the collaboration. “We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Hedcor and Aboitiz Foundation for granting us this livelihood project. This will greatly help our organization grow and develop. More so, this will be a source of income for our organization. Thank you so much!” Guihean Women’s Organization president Jocelyn Litohon said. Hedcor has been in constant collaboration with associations in their partner communities since it started its hydro operations in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and Santa Cruz, Dava del Sur. These collaborations include capacity-building training on Leadership and Values Enhancement training and Business Continuity Planning. Hedcor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower. It specializes in generating renewable energy from run-of-river hydropower systems. Today, Hedcor manages and operates 22 hydropower plants located in Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Benguet, Davao, and Bukidnon. It continues to supply the country with 278 MW of clean and renewable energy. (Hedcor-AboitizPower/PIA Bukidnon) Photo release: THE PARTNERSHIP. Hedcor and AFI sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the Barangay Local Government Units and representatives of the associations involved. (Hedcor-AboitizPower)

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PNP Oroquieta welcomes new prov'l director

December 24, 2020

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, (PIA)--PCol. Rolindo Macahilos Suguilon was installed as acting provincial director of Misamis Occidental, replacing P/Col. Danildo B. Tumanda, who was promoted as the new Regional Chief of Staff of the Philippine National Police (PNP)-10 under the command of PBGen Rolando B. Anduyan. Chief of Regional Personnel and Records Management Division PCol. Wilbur Salaguste presided over the turnover of command ceremony at Camp Lt. Lucas Naranjo, Lower Lamac, Oroquieta City. Suguilon expressed his gratitude to outgoing Provincial Director Tumanda for "showing laudable efforts by ensuring the peace and security that indeed this province is worth to reckon with." "In my assumption of office, I bring along with me the standing orders from the chief of the Philippine National Police, Police Director General Debold Sinas to continue our war against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption, to strengthen our internal security operation, enhanced inter-agency collaboration and to maintain a stronger police and community partnership,” Suguilon said. Suguilon assured that he will continue the program thrust that was crafted by the outgoing provincial director. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)

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DTI Bukidnon to launch Christmas bazaar

December 23, 2020

MALAYBALAY CITY, (PIA)--The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bukidnon is set to launch the Bukidnon Christmas Bazaar in Robinsons Place Valencia, December 13-20, to encourage customers to patronize local products and help entrepreneurs recover from the pandemic this Christmas season. The marketing event aims to help local micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the province gain access to the market through physical and online platforms. Fifty exhibitors are expected to display their locally produced food and non-food products. Featured products include the award-winning coffee and chocolate products of the province, handwoven mats and bags handcrafted by the lumads, and other non-food and processed food products.  The seven-day bazaar will also include a series of activities such as live online selling with Knights of Online Marketers on December 14, 16, and 19; Packaging and Labeling and Digital Marketing webinar, December 15; Young Entrepreneur’s Day, December 16; Food Safety and Content Marketing Webinar, December 17; A Sip of Bukidnon Coffee and Market Matching/Financial Consultation, December 18; and A Taste of Bukidnon’s Bounty, December 19. Details are also posted at Facebook.com/BukidnonChristmasBazaar. (DTI Bukidnon/PIA Bukidnon) Photo release: DTI Bukidnon officially opens the seven-day Bukidnon Christmas Bazaar in Robinsons Place Valencia this December 13-20. Details are also posted at Facebook.com/BukidnonChristmasBazaar. (DTI Bukidnon)

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Camiguin posts 13% drop in crime rate for 4Q

December 23, 2020

  CAMIGUIN, (PIA)--The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camiguin has recorded a 13 percent decrease of crimes or three crimes from October 1 to December 11 as compared to the previous period with 23 crimes. During the Provincial Peace and Order Council, Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council, and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Joint Meeting, December 14, PLtCol Gwen Cinco said they have recorded 10 non-index crimes, 3 index crimes, and 5 public safety index for the said period.  On the eight focus crimes, Camiguin has recorded three cases of rape and three cases of theft. Furthermore, the province has recorded only three focus crimes as opposed to the six cases in 2019. PNP-Camiguin has also cleared three crimes this year while it handled six cases last year.  As for wanted persons, PNP-Camiguin has arrested 11 most wanted persons and 67 other wanted persons from the five towns of the province. On their campaign against illegal drugs, five operations were conducted and about P86,769.90 worth of illegal drugs were seized.  As for implementation of local ordinances particularly on health safety protocols, PNP-Camiguin arrested/fined 7,096 persons. They have recorded 326 violations on curfew, no back ride policy/allowing back rider without a barrier (287), mandatory use of face shield (2,002), mandatory use of face mask (3,161), social distancing (357), liquor ban (39), and other municipal ordinance related to the implementation of MGCQ (642). Cinco said with the strict implementation of municipal ordinances and enforcement of laws, Camiguin remains to be one of the most peaceful places in the region amid the pandemic. (RTP/PIA10)

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