The Commission on Population and Development – Region X yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MUO) with the Department of Education Region 10 for the conduct of training on comprehensive sexuality education (CSE).
Present during the MUO signing were POPCOM X Regional Director Neil Aldrin Gumahin Omega, DepEd 10 Regional Director Arturo B. Bayucot, Chief Education Supervisor Ms. Mala B. Maganaong, Education Program Supervisor Dr. Butch D. Mahinay, Medical Officer IV Dr. Myra G. Yee, Education Program Supervisor Mr. Carlos B. Llamas III, POPCOM X Information Officer II Ms. Kasherette A. Amandac, and POPCOM Information Officer I Ms. Feliciana T. Añosa.
The agreement aimed at formalizing the conduct of training of the CSE module for education program supervisors and teachers in Region 10 which will take place on September 2021.
Apart from the technical assistance to DepEd, POPCOM X is set to provide connection allowance for teachers during the conduct of the online training. There will be 260 trainees coming from the 14 DepEd divisions in the region.
The CSE is a response to the growing number of teen pregnancies in the country. Existing policies are also in place to support the CSE implementation such as President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order 141 or the Adopting as a National Priority the Implementation of Measures to Address the Root Causes of the Rising of Teenage Pregnancies; Republic Act 10354 otherwise known as Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012; and DepEd Order No, 31 s. 2018 or the Policy Guidelines on the Implementation of the Comprehensive Sexuality Education.
During his assumption as 4ID Commander, July 5, MGen. Romeo S. Brawner Jr. underscored the call to the remaining communist terrorist group (CTG) members to abandon the armed struggle and return to a peaceful life with their families. He also vowed to give a good fight to those who will advocate violence and continue perpetrating atrocities towards the people.
Since July 19 2021, 14 CTG members voluntarily surrendered to the different units of 4ID bringing with them 11 firearms of different calibers. Said personalities were key NPA leaders and members of the Sub-Regional Committee 1 (SRC1) and from the dismantled Guerilla Front 4A of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) and Guerilla Front 8 (FGF8) of North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC).
Most recent is the successful negotiation made by 58IB troops under Lt Col Ricky Canatoy for the voluntary surrender, July 28, 2021, with seven regular NPAs who also surrendered along with them one M16 Rifle, one AK47, one KG9, and one Homemade Shotgun.
Per their revelations, said CTG members decided to surrender due to hardship, hunger, continued reduction of their ranks and the desire to start their own family which the NPA prohibits. Alias Kimyan/Irish added that the CTG continuously recruit minors and turn them as child warriors with her as living evidence.
Meanwhile, last July 20, 2021, four members of the remnants of GF4A, NCMRC, one SPL (Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad) and one MB (Milisya ng Bayan) voluntarily surrendered to Lt Col Julius Cesar C Paulo, the Commanding Officer of 23rd Infantry Battalion, bringing along five firearms and one hand grenade at Jamboree Site, P-6, Brgy Alubihid, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.
Likewise, a certain Edgar Dagpin y Dobrea alias Adel, vice commander of the dismantled GF8, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) voluntarily abandoned his 21 years of futile struggle last July 19, 2021 bringing 3 AK47 rifles and 11 pieces of magazines. He revealed that the physical exhaustion, weakened party leadership, and dwindling mass bases contributed to his decision to yield to the government and be with his son.
Brawner also disclosed that the troops continuously gained headway against the CTG in the AOR since his assumption as 4ID Commander with a total of 16 encounters resulting in the capture of 7 firearms and killing of 3 CNTs while a total 27 CTG members also surrendered bringing along with them 15 firearms.
He said the number of encounters and the continuous flow of CTG members returning to the folds of the law indicate that the implementation of the campaign to address insurgency is on the right track. The Army, the local government units, the local government agencies and the civilian populace are working together to easily track the terrorist group.
"The CTG is continuously disintegrating. We will relentlessly pursue them until they fully realize that the armed struggle that caused misery to our people is futile. We shall sustain and strengthen our focused military operations while we stay committed and supportive to the Task Force ELCAC implementing peace and development projects. Once again, I urge the remaining CTG members, avail of the E-CLIP now or face the consequences," Brawner said. (4ID/PIA-10)
Most recent activity of the Philippine Army on ending communist armed conflict is the negotiation made by 58IB troops under Lt Col Ricky Canatoy for the voluntary surrender, July 28, 2021, with seven regular NPAs who also surrendered along with them one M16 Rifle, one AK47, one KG9, and one Homemade Shotgun. (4ID)
Under PhilHealth Circular No. 2021-0007, Filipinos can now get a COVID-19 vaccine injury compensation package. This circular aims to compensate vaccine recipients provided under the COVID-19 Vaccination Program, in case of hospital confinement, permanent disability, or death due to serious adverse effects.
“This compensation package is available to all of our countrymen who had their COVID-19 jab through the COVID-19 vaccination program. We have a P100,000 indemnification package in case of [serious] adverse effects, which includes individuals who may suffer permanent disability due to [severe] adverse effects. It will remain in force from March 3, 2021 to March 2, 2026, or until the completion of the COVID-19 vaccination program,” said Aseron.
Meanwhile, another compensation package, he said, has also been released by the agency for those who had been initially assessed and managed as COVID-19 but eventually had negative RT-PCR results.
He said this benefit package shall be applied to all the Filipinos who were admitted to accredited hospitals starting November 26, 2020, and being assessed and/or managed as a COVID-19 case. An intermediate package for mild pneumonia costs P18,000 while a severe or critical pneumonia benefit package costs P38,000.
Despite the pandemic, the PhilHealth executive assures the public that their services would continue and that the agency’s “Aksyon Agad” mantra will always be observed to give a much better service to their clients. (JAKA/PIA-10)
PhilHealth Regional Vice President Delio A. Aseron II says their agency gives a COVID-19 vaccine injury compensation package under Circular no. 2021-0007 to those who had severe adverse effects after receiving their COVID-19 vaccine shots. (VPSB/PIA-10)
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AROUND P50 million worth of misdeclared cigarettes has been destroyed by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Cagayan de Oro inside the facility of Terra Cycliq Corporation in Mantibugao, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.
The illegal shipment contains some 1,700 master cases or 85,000 reams with brands “Two Moon”, “Mighty”, “Marvel” and “Royal” and consigned to Denian Dry Goods Trading.
It arrived at the Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) in Tagoloan from China on September 18, 2020, and declared to be office furniture.
However, the shipment was found to be containing illegal cigarettes upon examination by the Customs Examiner, together with operatives of Customs Intelligence Investigative Service (CIIS) CDO Field Station and Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) CDO District.
“This apprehension is still a result of our continuous intelligence sharing with other government agencies and the international intelligence community to ensure our border protection against smuggling,” said IO1 Oliver Valiente, Chief of CIIS CDO.
The BOC said the consignee will face charges for violation of Section 1400 “Misdeclaration of Goods Description” of Republic Act No. 10863 otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
"NCCA’s mandate is to encourage our citizens to become partners in continuing the country’s cultural legacies and artistic achievements. With the NCCA Competitive Grants Program, administered through the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts or NEFCA, this aspiration is continuously realized," said NCCA Executive Director Al Ryan Alejandre during a virtual press conference, July 29, here.
Known as the NCCA Charter, Republic Act 7356 authorizes the commission to provide grants to artists and cultural groups, which contribute significantly to the Filipino’s cultural legacy as means to extend artistic achievement.
As provisioned in the law, NCCA grants are intended for the development, protection, preservation and dissemination of Philippine culture and arts.
Alejandre said the program is competitive in nature since the approval of project proposals passes through a rigorous and confidential evaluation process based on merit such as quality and relevance to NCCA's priorities.
With the current health crisis in the country, NCCA Project Development Officer Veronica Amboni said the priority projects of the commission are adjusted to answer the needs of the culture and arts communities in the country amid the pandemic.
Accreditation of proposals
Eligible proponents must be accredited by NCCA as a requisite for the approval of their project proposal and all potential NCCA partners must not have any unliquidated grant and derogatory record with NCCA or any other government agency.
"May narereceive kami na nahihirapan du’n sa accreditation requirements, pero with the help of NCCA, lalong-lalo na du’n sa may Accreditation and Grants Processing Section, nakatutok kami sa kanila para ma-accredit at ma-execute nila ang project nila," said NCCA Grants Processing Officer Rogelio Candor.
Candor also said reimbursements and grants are immediately processed after NCCA receives all the necessary documents, and shall inform the proponents and partners on its status.
All project proposals shall be addressed and submitted to the Policy/Plan Formulation and Programming Division (P/PFPD) of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts with its address at Room 5-C, Fifth Floor, NCCA Building, 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros 1002 Manila, Philippines.
For more details on the 2022 Call for Project Proposal, one may contact the Policy/Plan Formulation and Programming Division through (02) 8527-2192 (TL) loc. 509 / (02) 8527-2198 / (02) 8527-2209 / (02) 8527-2194 or email NCCA at [email protected]. Interested applicants may also visit NCCA Facebook page and website through www.ncca.gov.ph. (Shaun Alejandrae Y. Uy/PIA-10)
Under the Sustainable Livelihood Program, LAG provides livelihood assistance to the beneficiaries for them to live back to normalcy and recover from the effects of the crisis situation they are into.
In Iligan City, fire victims received P20,000 each while those who lost their livelihood during the COVID-19 pandemic received 15,000 each.
There are 99 beneficiaries of the said city.
In Bukidnon province, 25 beneficiaries of Malaybalay City and four others from Valencia City received P15,000 each during the payout inside Barangay 9 Covered Court, Malaybalay City.
DSWD Field Office X Regional Director Mari-Flor A. Dollaga said the assistance is an outright grant and the beneficiaries have no obligation to pay it back to the DSWD.
However, Director Dollaga said the qualified beneficiaries are expected to liquidate the money they received to make sure that their grant utilization plan is implemented as planned.
LAG is one of the government approaches to help families recover and rehabilitate their livelihood and employment, especially those affected by community quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic and those whose property was razed off by fire.
LAG prioritizes households with low-income or whose small business has been affected by the pandemic.
The local government unit identifies the potential beneficiaries of LAG.
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)—As the demand for vaccines persists, northern Mindanao gets a shipment of Janssen COVID-19 vaccines, July 19.
"We received 25,660 vials of Janssen COVID-19 vaccines from the national government, which are intended for the A2 and A3 population," says Dr. David Mendoza, DOH-10 Local Health Support Division chief.
He said Janssen vaccines are made by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Company, a subsidiary of the Johnson and Johnson group, and are the only ‘Single-dose’ COVID-19 vaccine type.
With a viral vector recombinant component platform, one vial of the vaccine may inoculate five persons or is equivalent to five doses. While its storage temperature requirement ranges from two to eight degrees celsius, it is similar to the Sinovac vaccines that the region has been receiving.
The national government has designated the vaccine distribution to the following provinces and cities in the region: Bukidnon (5,130 vials); Camiguin (510); Lanao del Norte (3,850); Misamis Occidental (1,790); Misamis Oriental (3,850); Cagayan de Oro City (4,110); Iligan City (1,790); Malaybalay City (920); Valencia City (1,020); Oroquieta City (380); Ozamis City (890); Tangub City (370); El Salvador City (380); and Gingoog City (670). /JAKA/PIA-10)
The permanent houses were built by UN-Habitat under the Rebuilding Marawi through Community-Driven Shelter and Liveinood Project with funding from the government of Japan while the land was acquired and developed by the national government through the SHFC.
UN-Habitat country programme manager Christopher Rollo said the120 home partners were selected through a vigorous process following the guidelines of the Project Steering Committee.
"Dumaan ito sa masusing pag aaral para mapili sino yung karapat-daoat na mabigyan ng permanent housing," he said.
[This went through a thorough study to select who are eligible to be given permanent housing.]
He emphasized that they prioritized those living within the three to six meters easement along with the Agus River and Lake Lanao areas which were categorized by the government as No Dwell Zone.
Datubla Macabando, Barakallah Homeowners Association President, thanked UN-Habitat, SHFC, Japan government, TFBM, and the local government of Marawi on behalf of the eight (8) home owners associations (HOA) of Darussalam Village
"Makakaasa kayo na itong bahay na natanggap namin ay aming aalagaan at mamahalin dahil ito ay hindi lang para sa amin kundi para din sa mga anak namin," he said.
[Rest assured that we will take care of and love this house we received because it is not only for us but also for our children.]
Rocma Imam Dumamba, one of the home partners, also expressed the same gratitude for the new house awarded to them.
"Pinakamahalaga sa panahon na yun, habang nagpuputukan, na makalabas ng Marawi na buhay. Nasunog man ang bahay at mga gamit namin ay malaking pasasalamat ko ngayon na may sarili na kaming bahay. Ang asawa ko ay may malubhang sakit at nakakain lamang gamit ang tubo - mas makabubuti sa kanya na dito na kami titira at dito si ya magpapagaling," Rocma said as she recalled the long walk her family took to the Municipality of Kapai where they sought refuge in the house of relatives.
[What was of primary importance at that time, as gunshots were exchanged, was to get out of Marawi alive. Even if our house and the f we left behind were burnt to the ground, I am very grateful that we now have a house we can call our own. My husband is critically ill and could only eat through a tube-it will do him good to live here -this is where he can recuperate.]
Meanwhile, SHFC President Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling said the construction of the "Darussalam Village" which means "peaceful abode" is a community project thus he urged the recipient-families to unite and help each other in maintaining the village. (APB/PIA-ICIC)
"Ito ay ginawa sa pagtulong-tulong ng mga ahensiya ng gobyerno, ng government of Japan, ng national government, local government unit, SHFC at UN-Habitat," he said referring to the 120 housing units in Darussalam Village that were awarded to home partners on Thursday, July 22.
[This was done through the cooperation of government agencies, the government of Japan, the national government, local government units, SHFC and UN-Habitat.]
He cited that the three important phases in any settlement are land acquisition, land development, and housing construction.
“Sa pag purchase ng lupa, yan ang pinunduhan ng ating gobyerno. Humingi tayo sa Office of the President ng pondo para mabili itong lupa at madevelop natin which is actually 60% of the total project cost. Ang housing construction is 40% of the total. Without that 40%, kahit tayo ay may lupa at nadevelop natin with road networks at drainage system, di rin tayo makakatira dahil wala yung bahay,” he said.
[The government funded the purchase of land. We asked from the Office of the President for funds to buy and develop this land which is actually 60% of the total project cost. Housing construction is 40% of the total. Without that 40%, even if we have the land and we have developed it with road networks and drainage system, we will not be able to reside (there) because we do not have the house.]
The 120 housing units in Darussalam Village were built by UN Habitat under the Rebuilding Marawi through Community-Driven Shelter and Livelihood Project with funding from the Japan government. The land was acquired and developed by the Philippine government through the Social Housing Finance Corporation.
Other partners that contributed to the realization of the Darussalam Village were TESDA and Holcim Philippines through their sponsorship in the conduct of Galing Mason Skills Training for local workers who participated in the shelter construction.
TFBM, on the other hand, supervises and monitors the project to ensure its implementation is on track.
“We have a long way to go, marami pang housing units na ibibigay tayo [we have more housing units to award]. We have a total of 2,557 housing units,” Del Rosario said.
Another 50 housing units in Pamayandeg Ranaw Residences in Barangay Mipantao Gadongan were also turned over by UN-Habitat and its partner National Housing Authority to identified home partners on the same day.
In February of this year, 109 permanent houses in Hadiya Village were turned over by UN-Habitat and SFHC to displaced families.
“Next month when we come over, we will be turning over 200 housing units constructed by the National Housing Authority,” Del Rosario added. (APB/PIA-ICIC)
Task Force Bangon Marawi chief Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario highlights the convergence of efforts in the construction of permanent shelters for displaced families of Marawi City. (PIA-ICIC)
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-10 OIC-Regional Director Albert E. Gutib awarded the first Safety Seal Certificates in the entire Northmin region to Archen Technologies, Inc. and San Miguel Foods, Inc., July 8 at Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.
Gutib was very pleased to award the said Safety Seal Certificates to the two companies in compliance with the DOLE-DOH-DILG-DOT-DTI (Department of Health, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry) Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 21-01.
“This program affirms an establishment or public transportation unit that is compliant with the government’s minimum public health standards and implements the government’s contact tracing system, which is integrated with StaySafe.ph, among others,” Gutib said.
The Safety Seal Program assures the consumers and the public to engage in safe transactions with the establishments awarded with the Safety Seal Certificate.
Gutib added that the program is one of the initiatives of the government to safely reopen the Philippine economy from the ill-effects brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moreover, San Miguel Foods Inc. Operations Manager Melvin V. Aballe said they were honored to be the first awardee of the Safety Seal Certificate in the region.
He assured that there is still a long way to go to eliminate the spread of the virus but their company continues to comply with all the government’s standards and protocols.
The certificate is valid for six months and subject for a re-evaluation if the said establishment is found to have any violation of the JMC Standards and the Occupational Safety and Health rules and regulations.
Gutib encourages all the establishments in the region to avail of the Safety Seal Certification Program of the government through https://
To read more about the Implementing Guidelines of the Safety Seal Certification Program, one may visit https://bit.ly/3izcddd.
Present during the awarding were DOLE-10 Technical Director Atheneus A. Vasallo, DOLE-10 Misamis Oriental Provincial Field Office Chief Errol A. Natividad and DOLE-10 labor inspectors. (DOLE-10/PIA-10)
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-10 awards the first Safety Seal Certificates in the entire Northmin region to Archen Technologies, Inc. and San Miguel Foods, Inc., July 8 at Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. (DOLE-10)
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, (PIA)—The Department of Health Center for Health and Development Northern Mindanao (DOH-CHD NorMin) confirmed that the Corona Virus-2019 Delta variant had made its way to the shores of Northern Mindanao.
Dr. David Mendoza, DOH Local Health Support Division chief, said with the National Inter-Agency Task Force’s reported 16 cases, six of which are in region 10. Five of these are in Cagayan de Oro City, while one is in Gingoog City.
"If the Alpha, Beta (the UK and South African) can make an increase of fifty percent in transmissibility, the Delta variant can do twice as that. The variant can severely infect an individual who has not yet got their jab against COVID-19, especially the senior citizens and persons with co-morbidities or chronic disease,” he said.
The Delta variant or the B.1.617.2 is twice transmittable compared to the other variants of COVID-19 such as Alpha, Beta, and Theta as described by the health experts.
Mendoza explained that if the Alpha, Beta, and Theta variants can infect 2-3 individuals, the Delta can infect 6-8 or twice as the other variants—which means Delta can easily be spread and infect an individual by attacking the lungs.
He said while other variants mimic the symptoms of the original variant, Delta is different because it harms more through fever, flu, and diarrhea. It does not affect the senses of ‘smell and taste’ of the infected person.
Meanwhile, Mendoza reported that those infected by the COVID-19 Delta variant in the region have now recovered. However, he clarified that they [Delta-infected] are still in the isolation facilities for further observation to give health authorities more time to study the case. He emphasized that all those who had close contact with the six identified patients are being observed and monitored in isolation facilities.
DOH continues its call and urges senior citizens and persons with co-morbidities to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Mendoza reiterated the government’s prescription that vaccines are safe, effective, and free. (JAKA/PIA-10)
DOH-CHDNM Local Health Support Division Chief Dr. David Mendoza says the Delta Variant of COVID-19 is twice as contagious as the Alpha, Beta, and Theta variants. (VPSB/PIA-10)
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)—The Department of Health (DOH)-10 warns those unvaccinated individuals, especially the senior citizens and persons with chronic disease or comorbidities, that they might be severely infected by the Delta variant of COVID-19.
In an emergency press conference with the Mindanao Task Force for COVID-19 on Saturday, Northern Mindanao health authorities described Delta strain as having the strength to double transmissibility when compared to other existing variants of coronavirus.
Dr. David Mendoza, Local Health Support Division chief of DOH-10 said the Delta variant is more aggressive and can severely infect those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, especially the senior citizens and persons with chronic disease.
"If the Alpha and Beta variants can generate fifty percent increase in transmissibility, the delta is twice as that. If the Alpha, Beta, and Theta can infect 2-3 persons, the Delta variant can infect 6-8 or twice of what the other variants can infect," he said.
Unlike the symptoms in the Alpha, Beta, and Theta variants—which are loss of taste or smell—Mendoza said that the Delta symptom mimics ordinary influenza-like signs such as fever, flu, or diarrhea.
Despite the fact that the six reported positive cases have recovered, the health department is now taking rigorous measures to avoid the reoccurrence of the Delta strain.
Mendoza emphasized that anybody who exhibits a symptom would be transported to isolation facilities to be tested, observed, and quarantined for 14 days.
“As protection against the Delta variant, the government urges all the senior citizens and those who have a chronic disease or persons with comorbidities to get their jabs against COVID-19. There is no need to be afraid of the vaccines since it is already proven to be safe, effective, and free of charge,” he said. (JAKA/PIA-10)
Dr. David Mendoza, DOH-10’s Local Health Support Division chief, says unvaccinated individuals, especially the senior citizen and persons with co-morbidities may be severely infected by the Delta variant. (VPSB/PIA-10)
By Alwen Saliring
FORMER House Speaker and Taguig Representative Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday, July 13, said a five-year economic recovery plan is necessary to boost the country's agricultural sector and ensure predictability and investor confidence.
“Kapag tayo po ay naglabas ng plano at nasunod ang plano, marami po ang mag-iinvest,” Cayetano told reporters after a dialogue with farmers in Mabalacat, Pampanga on Monday, July 12.
He said there is a need to prioritize agriculture in the country’s efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and promote the sector’s role in the economy.
“Dito sa inyo, napakadaling sabihin na agriculture is a priority. Pero bumalik tayo sa siyudad, gagarantiya ko sa inyo, makakalimutan ang agriculture,” he said.
Cayetano said a long-term plan can help improve irrigation systems, farm-to-market roads, and the distribution of farming inputs like fertilizers.
He reiterated his call on presidential aspirants to work together with experts to produce a common plan for pandemic recovery.
“Ako’y naniniwala talaga lahat po ng nagbabalak tumakbong Pangulo ngayon, aminin man nila o hindi, dapat magsama-sama at gumawa ng five-year plan,” he said.
Courtesy: Peter Cayetano Facebook
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