COWD advisory for November 13

COWD SERVICE UPGRADE

 Please be informed that COWD shall conduct REPLACEMENT OF 150MM DIAMETER GATE VALVE LOCATED AT VAMENTA CORNER LIRIO STS., CARMEN AS PART OF THE NRW REDUCTION PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION. This will cause temporary water service interruption (LOW PRESSURE TO NO WATER) to our customers residing in the areas and on the schedule reflected below:

 DATE                                    :    NOVEMBER 13, 2017 (MONDAY)

TIME                                     :    10:00 A.M. TO 8:00 P.M

AREAS AFFECTED               :    NO WATER AT AREAS BOUNDED BY:

                                                     ·       WALING-WALING STREET

                                                     ·       VILLARIN STREET

                                                     ·       GUMAMELA STREET AND

                                                     ·       VAMENTA STREET

                                                :     LOW PRESSURE AT:

                                                     ·       RER PHASE 1 AND 2

                                                     ·       KAUSWAGAN

                                                     ·       BAYABAS AND

                                                     ·       BONBON

 

         COWD is advising all concessionaires in the said area to store enough water for their consumption during the interruption period.

        Please be assured all efforts will be taken to restore normal water supply the soonest possible time.

       For further inquiries, please feel free to contact our:

CUSTOMER CARE SERVICE DESK HOTLINES : 856-4546 AND 721852

PUBLIC RELATIONS INFORMATION DIVISION

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY WATER DISTRICT
4th Floor Admin Building
Corrales Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City
856-1811
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DSWD-10 names regional exemplary child reps

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 named the winners for the Regional Search for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Exemplary Child on October 31, in Cagayan de Oro city, who will represent northern Mindanao for the national search in November in time for the National Children’s Month celebration.

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Quirchie Kate Langala, 14, from El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental emerged as the champion for the said search as she upholds positive values despite the challenges that poverty causes, practices and promotes healthy living and environment care initiatives, actively involves in the community, serves as inspiration to other members of the community and strives to improve living condition amidst difficult situation.

 

Tailing behind Langala are Claire Dolojol of Kapatagan town, Lanao del Norte and Dennis Kein Ramirez of Tangub City, Misamis Occidental.

 

The top three contestants of the regional search will vie for the national award of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

 

The children were ranked based on behavior and practice which was measured through interviews and testimonials from their families, neighbors, friends, teachers and classmates, talent, intelligence and wit based on the scholastic records of the child, community and school participation which was measured through the child’s co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, and presence and appearance based on how they communicate the thrusts of the program.

 

Daniella May Cagampang of Tupsan, Mambajao, Camiguin and Deserie Moñasque of Don Carlos, Bukidnon also participated in the search and have bagged the fourth and fifth places respectively.(RTP/PIA10)

CHR-10 cites land rights, gender equality as major IPs issues

In the last leg of the National Inquiry on the Situation of Filipino Indigenous Peoples (IPs) on October 27 at Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-10 reported that land rights, gender equality, migration, government service accessibility and employment are among the major issues of the IPs in Mindanao.

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CHR Focal Commissioner on IP Rights Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana said that the inquiry includes three thematic areas which are the protection and promotion of the IPs’ land and cultural rights, effectiveness of the current government process to obtain the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of IPs, and the state of economic and social development of IPs in the Philippines.

 

“Layunin ng National Inquiry na alamin ang kasalukuyang kalagayan ng ating mga kapatid na katutubo sa buong Pilipinas at ilarawan kung ano ang antas ngayon ng pagkilala at pagtupad sa inyong karapatang pantao,” Gana stressed.

 

(It is the aim of the National Inquiry to know the current situation of the IPs in the Philippines and describe the level of recognition and fulfillment of your human rights)

 

IP communities in regions 9, 10, CARAGA and BaSulTa (Basilan, Sulu and Tawi Tawi provinces of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao) participated in the national inquiry.

 

Community leaders and members from Bangigi, Subano, Manobo, Bajau, Kolibugan, Sama Bangigi, Sama Dilaut, Sama, Tausug, Bukidnon, Manubo Pulangyon, Yakan and Talaandig shared some of their experiences in their area which hindered them to establish their cultural identity and further brace development.

 

Representatives from BaSulTa said that one of their primary concerns is the treatment of women in their area especially in Jolo noting that most women are not prioritized in accessing education since they will just be confined in homes as housewives.

 

Aside from gender equality, illegal employment of Badjaos in Malaysia was also reported where the group’s representative stated that they are still seeking for a bilateral agreement of the two governments (the Philippines and Malaysia) to lessen undocumented employment in the neighboring country.

 

When it comes to health concerns, most of the IPs mentioned that the government still lacks medical service and provision of medicines in their areas. They stressed that the proximity of their areas and the cultural practices of some groups may cause such health service gap.

 

The Badjaos also cited less to no employment opportunities for their graduates.

 

These concerns and more were tackled carefully by the CHR as these outputs of the National Inquiry will comprise the Indigenous Peoples’ Right Observatory (IPRO). The CHR also said that such issues will be raised to the national government agency concerned for appropriate actions.

 

 

“Ang lahat ng mga kaalaman at datos na lilitaw sa National Inquiry ay gagamiting batayan upang magpadaloy ng kaukulang serbisyo at tulong para sa mga katutubo sa Pilipinas (All of the information and data that will emerge in the National Inquiry will be used as basis to provide appropriate service and aid to the Indigenous People in the Philippines),” Gana said.(RTP/PIA10)

Council for children kicks off Children’s Month

The Regional Council for the Welfare of Children (RCWC)-10 kicked off the National Children’s Month Celebration on November 7 at the Kiosko Kagawasan, Cagayan de Oro City, with a fun walk, supplemental feeding, medical mission and a short program.

 

Zosimo Butil of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 said that the celebration this year will be anchored on the theme, “Bata: Iligtas sa Droga!” in support to the administration’s fight against illegal drugs.

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The Children’s Month will also be highlighted with a forum on drug awareness and prevention, HIV / AIDS and cybercrime prevention.

 

“There will also be a Regional Children Summit cum Leadership Training where issues and concerns for children will be discussed,” Butil said.

 

The celebration will culminate with the Awarding of the Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance (CFLGA) at the end of November.

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Presidential Proclamation No. 267 declared the month of October of every year as the National Children’s Month to emphasize the importance of the role of the child within the Filipino family and in nation building. Section 13, Article II of the Philippine Constitution recognizes the vital role of the youth in the nation building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well-being.(RTP/PIA10)

DA honors organic implementers

The exemplary catalysts for the organic agriculture sector have been honored by the Department of Agriculture (DA) through its search for the National Organic Agriculture Achievers’ Awards (NOAAA).

 

The awarding was led by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol before a crowd of nearly 2,000 organic farmer-practitioners, agricultural extension workers, exhibitors, enthusiasts and other industry stakeholders across the country during the 14th National Organic Agriculture Congress (NOAC), held in Cagayan de Oro city.

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“Let’s work on feeding the Filipino people first…and, you organic farmers kayo ang may malaking papel dito,” underscored Sec. Piñol. He noted that while the agricultural sector is broadening its reach to the international markets, serving the country comes as top priority.

 

The NOAAA winners were named by category, such as the outstanding provincial and municipal local government units, OA focal persons, agricultural extension worker, small individual farmer, farmer’s group and organic farming family.

 

They were awarded based on their exemplary contributions to the implementation of Republic Act 10068 known as the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 and achievement of the envisioned goals of the NOA Program of DA that more Filipinos will engage in Organic Agriculture.

 

The winners at the provincial category are the Provincial Local Government Unit of Ifugao (PLGU-Ifugao) and focal person Catherine V. Buenaventura.

 

The Municipal Local Government Unit of Itogon, Benguet (MLGU-Itogon) won in the municipal category. While Dexter Mendoza, city OA focal person of Ligao, Albay and Rowena Gonnay, agricultural extension worker of Pasil, Kalinga are named winners in their respective capacity.

 

On the other hand, Elmer Salzar of Tigaon, Camarines Sur triumphed as the outstanding small farmer individual. La Top Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) of La Trinidad, Benguet, and the Marsan Family of La Trinidad, Benguet garnered the outstanding farmer’s group and organic farming family awards, respectively.

 

For earning the individual awards, Buenaventura, Mendoza, Gonnay and Salzar received each a plaque of recognition and P50,000, P40,000, Php30,000 and P20,000 cash prizes, respectively.

 

The group winners such as the PLGU-Ifugao, MLGU-Itogon and La Top MPC were granted each a plaque of recognition and an OA project (proposal-based) amounting to P3 million, Php1 million and P500,000, respectively.

 

For the Marsan Family, it received a cash prize of P300,000 and a plaque of recognition.

 

Moreover, the DA chief looks forward to giving more incentives on top of giving citations and awards to the national organic achievers. He encouraged the Congress delegates to join him in this aspiration.

 

“Let’s focus our advocacy on organic agriculture, tingnan natin kung ano pang incentives ang ating maibibigay for every farmer who embraces the organic farming system,” he urged.

 

Despite the different technologies espoused by DA, according to Piñol, it is always the market which dictates the kind of farming systems that we should embrace, and he pointed the bright potential of OA.

 

“The world is moving towards healthier food, organic food, and you are lucky because early on, andiyan na kayo, kayo ang unang makikinabang as the world goes craving for healthier and safer food for themselves and their families,” said Piñol.

 

“I assure you all of the full commitment of the DA to OA,” Piñol concluded.

 

The occasion was also graced by lawyer Rhaegee Tamanya representing Cynthia A. Villar, senate committee chair on agriculture and food; DA Undersecretary for Agribusiness and Marketing and Regional Engagement Bernadette Romulo-Puyat; Engr. Christopher V. Morales, coordinator, NOA Program; heads of DA attached bureaus and agencies; regional directors of various regional field offices; organic focal persons and representatives.

 

Hosting the 14th NOAC is DA-Regional Field Office 10 headed by OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado, along with assistant regional directors Engr. Roxana H. Hojas,  and Carmelita T. Bajarla, and OA Focal Person Samuel C. Natindim, Jr. in partnership with the City LGU of Cagayan de Oro, Xavier University – College of Agriculture and the PLGU of Misamis Oriental. (DA10)

NPA rebels in Bukidnon surrender

Four disgruntled members of New People’s Army (NPA) operating in Bukidnon surrendered as the 403rd Infantry Brigade of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division intensifies its operations against banditry and terrorism.

 

At early morning of 01 November 2017, around 6:00 a.m., a NPA rebel surrendered to the 1st Special Forces Battalion, giving up his Garand Rifle with rounds of ammunition.

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The next day, 02 November, around 6:00 p.m., another three NPA rebels surrendered to the 8th Infantry Battalion who also surrendered their one M16, one Garand, and one M1 Cal. 30 Carbine rifles with rounds of ammunition.

 

These events brought in four surrenders in the first two days this November.

 

All of them (surrenderers) are now undergoing custodial debriefing at the armed forces camp, where they related their ordeals while in the bandits’ group.

 

They even revealed the group’s deceits while recalling the rebel leaders’ promises to support their families once they join the rebel forces.

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Brigadier General Eric C. Vinoya, Army’s 403rd Infantry “Peacemaker” Brigade commander, welcomed the four former rebels, citing that ideological differences can be resolved through peaceful means without resorting to violence.

 

“I congratulate the 1st Special Forces Battalion and the 8th Infantry Battalion for facilitating the surrender of our four misguided brothers who finally decided to go back to the folds of law after being given false promises by the NPA and its leaders,” said General Vinoya.

 

He also reiterated his appeal for other NPA rebels to end the fighting by peacefully laying down their arms.

 

“Once again, I call upon other NPA members to go down now and surrender. I know that you are tired and that you miss your family and your loved ones. We are here to help you start anew through our government’s Comprehensive Local Integration Program wherein you will get the benefits of livelihood, cash assistance, housing, and employment,” he said. (Norman M. Tagros, 403rd Infantry Brigade, 4ID, PA)

LTO advises motor vehicle owners against use of “generic” plate numbers

Northern Mindanao Land Transportation Office (LTO) has issued an official instruction to its district and extension offices to stop the practice of assigning ‘generic’ plate numbers to motor vehicles and motorcycles.

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According to LTO 10 Regional Director Oscar S. Salcedo the practice is considered irregular and a violation of the existing law since it results to several motor vehicles having the same plate number.

Moreover, a “generic” plate number is not encoded in the LTO IT System database. Director Salcedo said it is, therefore, not a reliable basis to make an on-line or automated verification of the motor vehicle details.

The owners of motor vehicles or motorcycles with a ‘generic’ plate number are advised to promptly report to the LTO so that their vehicles will be issued the correct plate number which is either the regular plate number, if available, or a temporary plate number which is the MV File Number, with a written authorization issed by the registering LTO district or extension office. (LTO10)