By Alwen Saliring
GOVERNMENT soldiers killed a rebel and seized a firearm in a renewed clash against the New People's Army (NPA) in Alagatan, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental on Thursday, October 20.
Troops under the Army's 58th Infantry Battalion (58IB) encountered around eight NPA combatants believed to be remnants of Platoon Falcon, SRC-1, North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC).
The firefight lasted for about 20 minutes which resulted in the killing of a rebel and confiscation of a high-powered gun and personal belongings.
A pursuit operation is still ongoing.
The military has yet to identify the body of the killed rebel which is now at the St. Peter Funeral Homes in Gingoog City through the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) for proper disposition.
58IB commander Lieutenant Colonel Christian Uy said the troops will continue to use force against the NPA fighters who will refuse to lay down their arms.
"We extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. Another life has been lost just because of failed ideology of the Communist Terrorists Groups. I am reiterating our call to the remnants of the CTGs who are still hiding in the hinterlands to lay down their arms and return to the folds of the law while they still have the opportunity," Uy said.
Uy added that the encounter should serve as another eye-opener to the remaining members of the NPA to voluntarily surrender and avail the programs of the government to start a new life.
Moreno-Hernandez tandem vows to improve hospitals, provide better healthcare services for Misamisnons
But as time goes by, it was left behind. And even the Manticao residents were not patronizing the hospital anymore.
“Karon luoy na kaayo ang Manticao hospital og bisan residente sa Manticao dili na mopatambal diha (It’s so sad that now even residents in Manticao are not getting treatment in the hospital),” Moreno said.
Thus, the need to improve the hospital buildings and set up the necessary equipment to provide the people with better healthcare services.
“Ato ni siyang ayuhon balik og butangan nato og kaugalingong hospital sa Lugait ug Naawan kay maulaw ta sa Iligan City (We will improve this, we will build our own hospitals in Lugait and Naawan because we are ashamed with Iligan City),” he added.
If elected, Moreno said one of his priorities is putting premium hospitals in the municipalities of Naawan and Lugait.
He will also push for a renewed Manticao Hospital that will solve the issues of poor medical treatment.
“Kabalo ko nga kun naay masakit sa Lugait, mas gusto magpatambal sa Iligan City kay mas duol man. Parehas na sa Manticao labi na nga ilang ospital wala naatiman. Mao gihapon diha sa Magsaysay nga kon naay magsakit dad-on ang pasyente sa Butuan City kay mas duol man (I know sick people in Lugait will have to go to Iligan City because its nearby them. The same with in Manticao because the hospital has been left out, as well as the Magsaysay residents who get sick will have to be brought to Butuan City because its nearer),” Moreno said.
His running mate Ayi Hernandez is also pushing for a better healthcare system in Misamis Oriental.
Hernandez aims to provide free medical services for the people.
Family beneficiaries can be covered by the province’s medical protection program, he said, through the push of the revitalized acquisition of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
The Moreno-Hernandez tandem is eyeing to allocate up to PHP500,000 yearly for the healthcare services, covering families in Misamis Oriental. (Ayi Comms Team/PR)
CAGAYAN DE ORO—Kaabag Kami’s Vice Governor bet Ayi Hernandez aims to boost local agricultural trade and increasing productivity in the province of Misamis Oriental by expanding farm-to-market road initiatives.
Hernandez cited the wide range of agriculture opportunities within the province, particularly for the farmworkers from Balingasag town to Magsaysay municipality.
“Mao kana tarungon nato ang pagbuslot sa kadalanan sa kabukiran. Magbuhat kita’g alternate highway sa kabukiran para ma-abrihan ang kabukiran sa maayong panguma (We will improve this by opening roads in the farm areas. We will open alternative highways from the farm areas to open opportunities for the farmers),” Hernandez said during the recently held local candidates’ forum dubbed “Pag-ila 2022” held in Cagayan de Oro City.
He said the initiative will help farmworkers to get easy access to road networks—from farms and coastal areas going to the main roads. Thus, reducing transportation costs of farm inputs and outputs.
Apart from minimizing post-harvest losses, Hernandez sees it will also promote agri-tourism and open other job opportunities once roads are already passable.
If elected, Hernandez vowed to push micro-financing with zero interest rate for agricultural workers including vegetable and cattle farmers as well as fisherfolks.
“Nakakita na tag puhunan sa zero interest rate nga ipahulam sa mag-uuma. Mas kana isa sa yango-ngo sa mga mag-uuma. Ato pud nang dal-on sa atong kabaybayonan para sa gagmayn’g mangingisda naa gyud kahigayonan nga motaas ilang kinitaan (We have seen zero interest rate to be lent to the farmers. That’s what will help most of the farmers. We will also bring that to the rural areas that even the fishermen could have real chances to generate more income),” he added.
To further back the programs for the agriculture sector, Hernandez said his tandem with governor aspirant Oscar Moreno, aims to establish a poverty reduction roadmap in the province.
The roadmap will serve as a guide in designing suitable programs for each sector of Misamisnon.
“Para makita unsa ang plano, unsa ang makinarya kinahanglan, pila ang pundo pangalapon, dili lang sa probinsiya kundili uban sa national ug international partners nga naa tay connections sa atong pagtrabaho sa sunod 30 ka tuig (So that we can see what plans and machineries are needed as well as how much funds should be allotted, not just a guide for the provincial government but also for our national and international partners that we have connections in our work over the next 30 years),” Hernandez said. (Ayi Comms Team/PR)
Vice guv aspirant Ayi Hernandez bats for free healthcare services, longer scholarship tenure for Misamisnons
Hernandez reiterated that among his priority programs are to establish better healthcare services and better education for the people of Misamis Oriental province. (Ayi Comms Team/PR)