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Sinacaban town holds ‘immersion, serbisyo caravan’

May 17, 2021

SINACABAN, Misamis Occidental--Sinacaban town through the leadership of Mayor Dello Lood complied with the Executive Order 70 through the "Immersion and Serbisyo Caravan" under the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP), where basic services are brought to Barangay San Lorenzo Ruiz, Sinacaban, a far-flung barangay in the municipality, which is one of Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT)-influenced areas.      San Lorenzo Barangay Captain Jean Macan expressed her appreciation to both the local government, 10th Infantry Battalion, Philippine National Police (PNP)-Oroquieta and other national line agency for conducting the immersion and serbisyo caravan activity.      “Kining hatag sa mga tao sa among barangay nagpakita nga ang gobyerno seryoso sa ilang saad nga mga serbisyo ug maapil mi sa mga proseso sa pag-uswag, (These services gave assurance to the people in our barangay that the government is serious in its commitment to bring change and to include us in the development process),” she said.       During the immersion and serbisyo caravan, Mayor Dello Lood said they will ensure that the true service of the government will reach the barangay and he urges the residents to seek for assistance if evey they encounter problems.      For his part, Sinacaban Police Captain Alvin Tamayo said the caravan aims to bring various services of the government to address and help the residents of barangay San Lorenzo.      “Only the government has the capacity to help solve the problems in (your) community, not the armed group of rebels and you just have to trust the government and be patient,” he added.      Meanwhile, 10th Infantry Battalion Officer 1Lt Rufino Velasco underscored the importance of the RCSP, an umbrella program under Executive Order No. 70 - institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approach to end local communist armed conflict (ELCAC) in the country.       “Nandito ang full support ng local government unit kasama din ng ibang agencies at police. Mas maganda na ang program ng gobyerno. Ganu’n ka seryoso ang ating presidente sa kagustuhan niyang masugpo ang problema ng insurgency,” Velasco said.      (The local government unit is here to support together with the other agencies and police. The government program is now made better. That's how our president is serious to end the problem of insurgency)      The 'Serbisyo Caravan' highlighted the medical mission from the Municipal Health Office (MHO), which offers free medical and dental check-up, hemoglobin test, and random blood sugar test.      Beneficiaries also received food packs, 20 pcs of plastic chairs, alcohol and face masks, slippers for the children, and gentleman's haircut, circumcision from 10IB and other services. Farmers in the area also received vegetable seeds, corn seeds, tilapia fingerlings, dewormer for small livestock from Municipal Agriculture's Office. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)

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TESDA-10 distributes toolkits to STEP scholars in MisOcc

May 17, 2021

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental--The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) distributed starter toolkits for the scholars in district II, Misamis Occidental held at MGM, Gymnasium, Banadero, Ozamiz City.      A total of 120 graduates of the 2019 Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) of TESDA received tool kits to help them jumpstart their livelihood.      The recipients of these toolkits are graduates from Ozamiz, Tangub and Clarin who completed training programs in Cake Making (Leading to Bread and Pastry NC II), Plaster Concrete/Masonry Surface (leading to Masonry NC II), Pipefitting NC II, Prepare Land for Agriculture Crops Production (leading to Agriculture Production NC II and Bread and Pastry Production NC II Bread Making.      “With these new sets of toolkits, you will be able to practice and put to good use the training competencies you have gained from TESDA,” TESDA-10 Regional Director Ashary Banto said emphasizing that the toolkits will help the graduates set their career in motion and to start their own livelihood.      The regional director also added that the tool kits can be used for employment as intended by TESDA and Rep. Henry Oaminal to be able to help the people, especially in Misamis Occidental.       For his part, TESDA Provincial Director El Cid Castillo reminded the scholars to make use of the toolkits and their skills that they learned from availing the program to help them with their livelihood.       “Kaning tanan gi-ready sa atong gobyerno gipangulohan sa atong President Rodrigo Roa Duterte kauban sa atong TESDA Secretary Isidro S. Lapena. Ang atong gobyerno buhi, ang gobyerno nato mutabang, nakig-partner ta sa atong Kongresista aron madala gyud ang programa alang ka ninyo,”Castillo said.      In return, six of the scholars from different schools and programs shared how TESDA changed their lives for the better after finishing the training program.      The training program aims to provide skills and training opportunities for the beneficiaries in the barangays/communities to make them employable and productive. STEP is a community-based training program that seeks to address the specific skills needs of the communities and promote employment, through entrepreneurial, self-employment, and service-oriented activities. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)

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‘One DA’ rolls up, forges strong ties with AFP to fight insurgency

May 10, 2021

IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon—In a bid to further strengthen the government’s efforts to fight insurgency, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-10 recently launched the ‘One DA adopt a community’ in Sitio Mintapod, Hagpa, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon.      DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said this project was forged following the success of the recently launched ‘One DA adopt a community’ in Sitio Kalhaan, Minalwang, Claveria, Misamis Oriental in partnership with the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army and the local government unit last April 14.      “The ‘One DA’ project launching in Claveria town is the first in the country. It aims to assist and rehabilitate the potential agri-communities in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70 or whole-of-nation approach through a vigorous agricultural development that could contribute to achieving peace and development,” Collado said.      He said the DA Regional Management Committee (RMC) in Northern Mindanao assists and supports the peace and development efforts of the government’s Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC).      “The ‘One DA’ is a holistic approach to agriculture and fisheries transformation with the contributions of the different RMC member agencies,” Collado added. (DA 10/PIA Bukidnon)

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Prominent Mindanao historian affirms BARMM coming-of-age

May 3, 2021

COTABATO City – An eminent historian has expressed elation over the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) two years after it was created by law following a plebiscite in 2019 and amidst a popular movement calling for an extension of the transition period from the old to the new autonomous government.      “Historic,” said Rudy Buhay Rodil, a prolific author and academic who used to teach at the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology in Iligan City.      Rodil was a member of the government panel negotiating peace with the Moro National Liberation Front (1993-1996) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (2004-2008).      Responding to questions about his opinion on Muslim Mindanao, he said “the fruit of GPH-Bangsamoro husay exchanges, from 1975 to 2020, has ripened into the BARMM.”      Husay, according to the historian, means “peace processes or peace negotiation.”      “Yang husay, ito ang matagal na nating ginagamit sa lahat ng conflicts, nagkakaiba sa spelling depende sa tribu pero ang husay (means) fixing conflicts, laging meron palitan ng salita, kasali ang facial expressions or gestures by hand or fingers (Husay has been used in fixing all conflicts. It just differs in spelling depending on the tribe),” he said.      He added: “Maraming nuances ang husay exchanges. Naging simula ang paggamit ng (It has many nuances and it was first used in) peace process ng UN (United Nations) at ng (and) Peace Commission before it became OPAPP.”      OPAPP stands for Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. The peace commission was established by the Aquino administration in 1987.      Rodil added that the creation of the BARMM, even as it still awaits an extension of the period of transition, “is good not only for the Bangsamoro (but) also for the peoples of Mindanaw-Sulu, certainly for the Republic of the Philippines.”      “We have federalism in action,” he said.      Federalism has been a longstanding advocacy by several Mindanao groups over the last decades.      Proponents have cited its partiality to decentralized governance and more equitable enjoyment of opportunities and distribution of wealth.      Legislating federalism, however, has remained elusive.      A Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) was set up following the BARMM’s creation in 2019, the tenure of which is currently the subject of an intense campaign for an extension.      The period within which the BTA could operate before finally being disbanded was initially pegged at 2022.      But the Covid-19 pandemic posed practical and serious challenges to institution-building efforts, prompting a multi-sectoral push for an extension to 2025. (PR)

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DOLE, CPD strengthen parenthood, labor force employment program in R10

April 15, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY--The Commission on Population and Development (CPD)-10 and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-10 intensified the Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning for Labor Force Empowerment (RPFP4LFE) program campaign for the reproductive age employees of three (3) multinational companies in Northern Mindanao.      This, after CPD-10 Regional Director Neil Aldrin G. Omega met DOLE-10 OIC Regional Director Albert E. Gutib for an intensified discussion highlighting content of the memorandum of understanding that supports to the full implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law (RA10354), Executive Order No. 12.      Both departments aim to address the unmet need for modern family planning among couples, women and individuals of reproductive age.      Gutib disclosed that the implementation is anchored from DOLE Department Order No.56-03, Series of 2003 which mandates all companies with more than 200 workers to establish a Family Welfare Program (FWP).      The collaboration shares the objective of serving the interests of the employees of SM Cagayan de Oro; Republic Biscuit Corporation; and Del Monte Phils., Inc. with the goal of reaching more individuals particularly those at the labor force who are deprived to avail free services from public health centers due to the performance of their productive roles.      Gutib added that the program strengthens its regional FWP implementation, as well as fostering public-private partnership and empowerment among the employees through promotion of their reproductive health rights by providing family planning information and services.      The implementing manufacturing and retail companies, all active members of the Northern Mindanao Federation of Family Welfare Committees have a total of 6,800 female employees who are in their reproductive age. (DOLE10/PIA10)

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BARMM targets more poor communities for housing projects

April 5, 2021

COTABATO City -- Poor communities across the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are expected to benefit from the continuing housing program implemented under the Kapayapaan sa Pamayanan (KAPYANAN) project.      Abdulnasser Usman, KAPYANAN deputy project manager, said the undertaking is one of BARMM Chief Minister Ahod B. Ebrahim’s flagship programs for the region.      “The decent housing projects include solar-powered lighting facilities and water connection,” Usman told reporters here in an interview Wednesday.      Also on Wednesday, construction of 50 housing units started in Barangay Damalasak, Pagalungan, Maguindanao.      On Tuesday, the KAPYANAN team led the groundbreaking ceremony for 50 units of permanent core shelters intended for indigent residents of Barangay Guinibon, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Maguindanao.      Usman said each housing project costs P23 million, complete with solar-powered lights and community water facilities.      Since the pandemic restrictions that started in March last year, Usman said several groundbreaking ceremonies for KAPYANAN projects for the other BARMM provinces of Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi had been delayed.      “Due to the emergence of the virus, the implementation of the housing projects were momentarily halted,” he said, adding that the projects would soon resume.      He added that some challenges included construction bidding and donation of land property which caused further delays in the actual fulfillment of the projects.      Usman said that the approved target areas for housing projects in 2019 totaled 2,630 with Maguindanao having 1,130 core shelters, 1,000 for Lanao del Sur, and 500 for Tawi-Tawi.      “Besides, for the year 2020, a total of 5,000 approved core shelters were to be built equally for all five provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi,” he said.      Each KAPYANAN housing unit has a floor area of 36 square meters with two bedrooms, living, dining, and kitchen areas.      The housing projects are expected for completion this year. (PNA)

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