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DSWD releases additional Php10K grant to LAA families thru Starpay app

January 5, 2021

MARAWI CITY, Jan. 4 (PIA) -- With its continuing efforts to uplift the lives of the affected families in Marawi, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) started releasing additional Php10,000 worth of Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) to 28,204 families from the less affected area (LAA) of the city. DSWD partnered with Starpay Corporation as a  financial service provider through its smartphone application.  “Registration was already facilitated by Starpay Corporation and log-in details were distributed to the families through their nominated mobile numbers,” said DSWD Region X Director Mari-flor Dollaga-Libang. Starting December 28, 2020,  5,000 families  were notified daily about the assistance. Libang further said that initial concerns using the digital application is the unavailability of smartphones and blocked accounts. With this, DSWD 10 also requested assistance  from the city government of Marawi and Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Field Office to intake the details of the families having similar concerns. The agency shall then request manual beneficiary reference numbers for these families. The beneficiary should download the Starpay application and upgrade its user level. To upgrade one's account, details such as name, selfie, birthdate, permanent and present address, and valid ID are needed. Acceptable IDs include passport, driver's license, PWD ID, Barangay ID, TIN ID, SSS, Philhealth, among others. After taking a selfie, at least one ID should be chosen and uploaded with details. A message will then be sent once the account is upgraded.   To claim the assistance, the beneficiaries can cash out their wallet balance  through MLhuillier  pay out or Security Bank or Chinabank ATM cardless withdrawal.  From April 2019, DSWD distributed of Transitory Family Support Package of Php53,000 and additional Php14,400 to 17,905 displaced families or Marawi IDPs from the 24 most affected area (MAA); distribution of LSG worth Php20,000 to 17,905 displaced families IDPs from MAA and Php10,000 for 28,266 displaced families IDPs from  LAA  as well as the distribution of Pabaon Package and 30 kilograms of  rice. (LELA/ PIA ICIC)

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GSIS to subsidize education of 5K members’ kin

January 5, 2021

ILIGAN CITY, Jan. 4 - The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is subsidizing the college education of 5,025 of its members’ kin for School Year 2020-2021 under the GSIS Educational Subsidy Program (GESP). The grantees were selected from 5,427 nominees. Priority was given to children of GSIS members with the lowest annual basic salary. The grantees will be notified via email and text message. The list will be uploaded to the GSIS website at www.gsis.gov.ph. GSIS will give a Php10,000 yearly financial assistance to the grantees to augment their educational fund. They will continue to receive the subsidy until they finish their college course provided they meet the 80% general weighted average with no failing grade or incomplete mark in any subject in the previous semester or term of the academic year. The GESP allowance will be deposited to the bank account of the grantees at the Land Bank of the Philippines. GSIS opened GESP from March to September 2020 to accommodate as many active members as possible considering the movement restrictions of the nationwide community quarantine. GESP is the pension fund’s response to President Duterte’s call to provide wider access to quality college education to the marginalized sector. It complements Republic Act No. 10931 or the 2017 Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education which provides free tuition and miscellaneous fees. For GESP concerns and inquiries, interested parties may call Mgr. Raymundo Palad, Leslie Fangonil, or Rodello Giron of the GSIS Corporate Social Advocacies Department through (02) 8479-3588, (02) 8479-3571 to 72. GSIS branch offices nationwide may also assist applicants. (GSIS Iligan)

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Camiguin bans firecrackers, fireworks use on holidays

January 4, 2021

CAMIGUIN, Dec. 28 (PIA)—To further prevent people from unnecessary gatherings, the provincial government here bans the use of firecrackers and fireworks in the province during the holiday season. Through the Executive Order No. 64, Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo strengthens the government’s efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID)-19. “In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, activities that promote, bring about, or give rise to people gathering together should be discouraged and averted,” Romualdo said. He added that the use of firecrackers and fireworks by all persons in the province in all places, whether public or private, shall be prohibited from the effectivity of the EO, which is on December 22 until January 2, 2021. “Violations of this Executive Order shall be penalized under the appropriate provincial and municipal ordinances, and applicable laws,” Romualdo said. As of December 28, the province has only recorded one confirmed COVID-19 case along with 171 persons with history of travel or exposure of which 128 are from Mambajao, 15 from Mahinog, 9 from Guinsiliban, 5 from Sagay, and 14 from Catarman. (RTP/PIA10)

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DILG-10 ensures apt training for brgy frontliners

January 4, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Dec. 29 (PIA)--"We check, including local government units sa pagpadayon sa paghatag ug kaangayan nga (in continuously providing necessary training on) knowledge and skills."    During the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, December 29, Agabe said aside from providing facility or equipment for COVID-19 response, the government also continuously monitor the skills training needed by LGUs down to the barangay level.    He added that they have coordinated and partnered with the Department of Health (DOH)-10 so barangay frontliners will be given necessary training to further assist DILG, DOH and other concerned government agencies.    "We have directed the provincial and city directors to conduct a survey for the need to conduct additional training. We have the DOH on top especially on COVID-19 response," Agabe added.    On community quarantine classification   For services and interventions of the government provided in a certain area, Agabe said they are also based on the community quarantine classification.   On the other hand, the regional director said the escalation and de-escalation of risk classifications were based on the health care utilization rate of dedicated beds and equipment for COVID-19, daily attack rate, barangay with new cases in the past 14 days, surveillance;   Contact tracing and isolation efficiency, no local transmission from locally stranded individuals (LSIs) or returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) index case for two weeks, establishments closed or workers affected, and clusters in workplace, food security and social indicators, and adherence to minimum public health standards.   As of December 29, there are a total of 7,581 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in northern Mindanao, wherein 6,138 have recovered, 222 have expired, and 5,916 are recovering. (RTP/PIA10)

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Bukidnon cacao farmers receive DTI INREMP equipment

January 4, 2021

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, Dec. 29 (PIA)—Cacao farmers in Bukidnon will now be able to grow Cacao more efficiently with new equipment that can boost Cacao beans’ quality through proper fermentation and drying. Composed of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-10, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), and local government units (LGUs) officials, the group recently turned over a Cacao All-weather Solar Tunnel Dryer with fermentation boxes for each of the three People’s Organizations (POs) in Bukidnon. Three groups will then manage these government’s agricultural support: One is the Buyot Upland Farmers Association, Inc. (BUFA) in Don Carlos town; Basyawon-Kisolop Small Upland Farmers Association, Inc. (BKSUFA) in Kibawe; and the Alliance of Integrated Farmers in San Isidro, Inc. (AIFSI) in Damulog municipality. The Solar Tunnel Dryer is used to improve the quality of Cacao beans through fermentation and drying thereby preserving the rich aroma and taste of cocoa beans. DTI Bukidnon Provincial Director Eriberto Taban-ud Jr, urged the beneficiaries to eventually improve the food chain with the use of the new equipment. “Di nato limtan nga atong sunod nga step niini kung ma-master na nato ang fermentation kay ang atong pag-level up —gikan sa tablea, chocolate, hot cocoa, ug uban pa. (Let’s not forget that the next step after mastering the fermentation is to level-up [the value chain]—from tablea, chocolate, and hot cocoa, among other cocoa foodstuffs),” Taban-ud said. BUFA President Gregorio Perater thanked the DTI and PENRO for the efforts in ensuring that the government’s assistance through Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management-Livelihood Enhancement Support (INREMP-LES 2) Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Project will be definitely delivered. “Dako kaayo among kalipay ug nagpasalamat kaayo mi ani nga proyekto tungod kay maayo na man ang ang among pag-proseso panahon sa ting-harvest sa sa among Cacao. Tungod ini, mas mo-taas na pud unya ang presyo sa among pagbaligya sa produkto. (We are so grateful to the government for this grant. With this postharvest equipment that boosts the beans’ quality, Cacao beans can be sold at a premium price),” he said. BKSUFA President Norma Adem, meanwhile, was close to tears upon knowing that BKSUFA was one of the recipients.   “Salamat gyud kaayo sa DTI nga inyo gyud mi gitagaan ug pagtagad. Wala ko nagdahom nga sa krisis nga nahitabo karon sa tibuok kalibutan, maingon nako nga pag-asa gyud ni para sa amoa nga mga mag-uuma kay lu-ag pud among uma sa Cacao dinhi. (Thanks to DTI for helping us. We also have vast Cacao fields here. With the crisis that the world is facing due to the pandemic, you gave us [farmers] high hopes),” Adem said. Kibawe town boasts 54 hectares of Cacao that is expected to bear fruit this year and 57 hectares that will bear fruit next year, while Damulog has 211 hectares of Cacao that is expected to bear fruit this year. Acknowledging the farmers gratefulness, DTI Regional Director Linda Boniao urged farmers to be persevering and steadfast in their goals to earn more. “More DTI programs are coming to help farmers flourish. Ang among tuyo sa pagbisita sa lagyo nga mga lugar mao ang pagtabang nga madugangan ang kita sa atong mga mag-uuma. Busa kung ang DENR nagtabang sa inyong mga pananom, nia pud nisulod ang DTI para madugangan ang inyong kita niining inyong pananom. (In partnership with DENR, we visit far-flung areas to lift people—especially farmers—out of poverty),” Boniao said. (Julie A. Nieva, DTI 10/PIA Bukidnon)

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9 NPA rebels in Bukidnon surrender as CPP marks 52nd anniversary

January 4, 2021

MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon, Dec. 30 (PIA)—Nine members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered December 26 on the occasion of the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) 52nd founding anniversary. The rebels who turned over six high-powered firearms and various ammunition operate under Guerilla Front 68 (GF68). They yielded to the Philippine Army's 1st Special Forces Battalion (1SFBn) based in Mampayag, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon under 403rd Infantry Brigade (403Bde) of the 4th Infantry Division (4ID). LtCol. Vercisio San Jose, 1SFBn commander in a statement said two of the nine surrenderers—Arnie Capin alias Lee, 24 years old and Etchel Litan alias Langlang, 21—is a couple who both served as mass organizers of GF68. He bared that Arnie served as CPP-NPA's political instructor, while Etchel as a medical officer. "The couple shared how they were manipulated and exploited by their top leaders. They have come to a realization that the meaningless guerrilla fighting and deceptive communist recruitment in the mountainous communities have only brought intimidation, violence, and socio-economic despair to the people. With the AFP's peace, development, and security operations in partnership with the government agencies and local government units, we are now starting to reap the fruits of our collective efforts to finally end insurgency," LtCol. San Jose said. The 1SFBn commander disclosed that during the initial debriefing, the NPA rebel surrenderers narrated their hardships—along with their exploited comrades in the communist underground movement. They openly admitted that the unbearable physical and psychological exhaustion, extreme emotional depression, rampant financial abuse, involvement in extortion, and other illegal activities eventually made them decide to abandon the communist armed struggle and go back to the folds of the true and legitimate government of the Philippines. Emphasizing the government’s whole-of-nation approach to end insurgency, San Jose urged the remaining NPA rebels in Bukidnon and in all other parts of the country to peacefully surrender. “For those CPP-NPA terrorists who remain entangled in their twisted violent ideology and terroristic ways; to those who prefer not to heed the government’s call for peaceful surrender, the 1st Special Forces Battalion will be relentless in its operations and we will hunt down the enemy until the last communist terrorist element is prevented from waging violence and intimidation to our peace-loving people,” he said. BGen. Ferdinand Barandon, meanwhile, said in an interview aired over 13 KBP-accredited radio stations that the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) cascaded down to the provincial, city, municipal, and barangay level with the military and police units as components, facilitated the responsive delivery of government services in the remotest communities and this helped a lot in encouraging the disgruntled communist rebels to abandon their violent armed struggle. “What we see now is the irreversible collapse of the CPP-NPA terror groups in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental and I think this is also happening in other insurgency-affected areas of the country. As the communists celebrate its 52nd founding anniversary of lies, violence, corruption, and exploitation on 26 December 2020, their guerrilla units are breaking down to their ultimate defeat as manifested by the continuous influx of surrenderers in the past years and recent months. These NPA rebels may have finally reached their breaking point as they realize the meaningless fighting and exploitation of their CPP-NPA leaders,” Barandon said. (Inf PA/PIA Bukidnon)

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