DILG 10 chief to LGUs: Manifest principles of good governance

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe encouraged the local government units (LGUs) in the region to manifest principles of good governance during the culmination of the 26th Anniversary of the Local Government Code held at Grand Caprice Convention Center, Cagayan de Oro City.


“It has been 26 years since the enactment of Local Government Code,” director Agabe said. “This have been providing us with a responsive and accountable local government structure that would ensure that LGUs would be able to deliver the services needed by our constituents not only in Region 10, but in the entire country.”


With this, he reiterated that with the enactment of the LG Code, this gave the LGUs more powers, more authorities, and resources. But with these, he said that it entailed that the LGUs should be more responsible, saying that, “LGUs should always remember that with more powers, comes greater responsibilities.”


According to him, the DILG, together with the national agencies, tries to capacitate the LGUs for them to deliver the services that are expected from them. In return, the LGUs have to prove that they could perform and offer efforts in line with the principles of good governance so that more financial grants would be entrusted to them.


In addition, Agabe also reminded the LGUs to vie for the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) as this would encapsulate excellence in the delivery of basic services to their respective communities, to include ensuring that they have the appropriate government structure which is responsive and accountable— manifesting the principles of good local governance.


“We are all part of the local governance,” the regional director said. “What is important is that we should know as to how we could help so that we would be able to ensure that the governance that we are seeking for will happen in our barangays, municipalities, cities, provinces and in own our region.”


ASEAN, Federalism’s awareness and advocacy


Aimed to accentuate the significance of the country’s integration to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Community, the culmination also covered a forum on ASEAN.


“With the ASEAN, small member countries will a chance to be more influential and more stable as this would promote economic growth,” said Agabe. “This would also give us, the Filipinos, an opportunity to work in other ASEAN countries without additional requirements.”


To discuss on the Philippine ASEAN Integration 2017, Information Center Manager Elaine O. Ratunil of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Region 10 served as the speaker.


Moreover, to propagate the information on the Federalism program, DILG 10 Assistant Regional Director Edward G. Bhagwani discussed the overview of the said program; while Roderico Y. Dumaug, Jr., a Political Science faculty from Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan, talked about the structures, systems and benefits of having a Federal from of government to the LGUs.


“We would like you to know more about federalism, because through Federalism, more resources is assured to our LGUs and we could have a government structure which will be more responsive and more appropriate to cater to all dilemmas that we have been facing throughout the years,” Agabe said.


He added that Federalism is one way to address the common sentiments, interests and needs through the creation of state governments and through decentralization. (DILG10)


Coastal road opens on November 23

Inauguration of the Coastal Road in Cagayan de Oro is set on November 23.


Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar and executives from the Head Office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will witness the event.

coastal road

Clearing of obstructions along Agora-Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) section was executed on November 7, in coordination with Task Force Hapsay Dalan, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Cagayan de Oro and other line agencies.


More than 40 informal settlers encroaching the Road Right Of Way (RROW) in the said section were identified and accommodated by the City Housing and Urban Development Department (CHUDD) and the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD). Equipment from the contractors and the DPWH 2nd District Engineering Office of Cagayan de Oro City were also deployed to assist the clearing operations.


A dry run for the opening of the Coastal Road (Gusa-Agora Section) will commence on November 10, 2017 to observe the efficiency of the traffic flow and to foresee issues that may arise once the section will be completely opened to traffic on November 23.


During the dry run, only buses, trucks, and private vehicles will be allowed to pass the coastal road according to Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) chief Lawyer Edgardo Uy.


“Our project engineer on site has observed that children were invading the streets and that’s very dangerous by the time the road will be opened. Thus, we are requesting the parents of these kids to keep the children away from the road to avoid accidents and we already have coordinated with the LGU on this matter,” said DPWH region 10 Director Virgilio C. Eduarte .


The Construction of the 12.77 KM Cagayan de Oro Coastal Road will serve as a bypass road starting from barangay Gusa in the eastern side all the way to the western side in Igpit, Opol in Misamis Oriental, thus connecting six barangays in the city and two barangays in Opol.


The said project has been suspended for quite a while due to unresolved RROW issues however, one of the major RROW concern in Lapasan section has been negotiated and demolished on August 25 that marked the resumption of the construction activities in the said section.


While the Gusa-Agora Section of the Coastal Road will be opened this November, the construction of the Agora-PPA-Corrales section is also a work in progress.


Furthermore, documents for four other RROW issues are also being submitted to the Solicitor General for preparation of the filing of expropriation case.


For calendar year 2017, two contracts are ongoing for the eastern side in Lapasan under Gicar Construction worth P100 Million and another in Puntod section worth P200 Million under Equiparco Construction.


Once project will be totally opened, it will help decongest traffic in the city proper since the heavy loaded trucks from the neighboring provinces going to the port may divert to the coastal road, thus, supporting the trade and commerce of the community.


Other vehicles going to the western side may also utilize the said road. This will also reduce travel time by 20 minutes due to smooth flow in traffic and reduce travel cost by 30%. (DPWH10)

Duterte: Liberation of Marawi marks beginning of rehab

Following the day after the top terrorist leaders of Marawi siege, Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute were killed in a military assault, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte(PRRD), declared the liberation of Marawi from the control of terrorists.


“I hereby declare Marawi city liberated from the terrorist influence… that marks the beginning of rehabilitation,” said Duterte.

The president also commended the valor of the troops as they braved the dangers posed by gun fires and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in fighting against the terrorists and in rescuing hostages.

Symbolizing the achievement of victory against the terrorists, the President led the raising of the Philippine flag held at the Jamiatul Philippine Al-Islamia campus, located at the main battle area.

Ending of Crisis

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Eduardo Año  said in a press conference on Monday that “the Marawi crisis will be over–sooner than later. The resistance of–or what is left of it— the terrorists will crumble.”


Meanwhile, Col Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Joint Task Force Ranao,  said that the death of terrorist leaders led to the declaration of Marawi’s liberation as they are the “center of gravity, they are the ones who are binding Maute-ISIS together.”

“It [the declaration] is a strategic message to tell the world na tapos na itong problema sa Maute-ISIS [that the problem with Maute-ISIS is over], na they cannot be victorious anymore. Patapos na po [This is about to end.],” said Brawner.

Beginning of Rehabilitation       

Brawner also asked the residents of the Marawi City to be patient as clearing operations of the area are being conducted.

“We will rescue remaining hostages and make sure na wala ng stragglers na naiiwan at mga IEDs [that there will be no longer stragglers and IEDs in the area].. tuloy na pa tayo [we are ready for]  sa next phase which is the rehabilitation,” Brawner said.


Brawner also shared that the cleanup drive ‘Brigada Marawi’ has began last week.

The  Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams will also check and remove remained IEDs.

Meanwhile, Post Conflict Needs Assessment (PCNA) teams composed of various national and local government agencies had begun their assessment on the damages in 24 barangays in Marawi City.

The results of the data analysis, consolidation, and report development of the assessment is to be completed before October ends.(LEAntonio-PIA ILIGAN/LDN)

AFP chief says safety of hostages being prioritized

Following the death of Marawi siege top leaders, Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines General Eduardo M. Año, emphasized during the press conference held in Camp Ranao last October 16 that the safety of hostages was being prioritized in their operations.


Año said that rescuing the hostages was the main goal of the troops that day.


He also said the group of Hapilon and Maute together with hostages was seen dashing from one building to another at around 1:30 a.m. with the intention to escape from the main battle area with the hostages.


“In our rescue operations, we are very careful. We do not fire on anybody carrying arms; we make sure na hindi hostage [that they are not hostages],” said Año.


Prioritizing the protection of the hostages, 20 were rescued including a two-month-old baby.


“It is worth the effort that we save a life. One additional life that we save is good enough and worth the effort,” he added.


Boosting the morale         


Año said that the death of the top leaders boosted the morale of the soldiers.


“It will even inspire the armed forces, policemen and other law enforcement agencies to go after the remaining enemies and finish them all,” said Año.


“Nawala lahat ng pagod. Kahit walang tulog, walang pahinga, hindi makakain on time, lahat yun nawala,” he added.


[All of the exhaustion was gone. Even if they were not able to sleep, to rest, to eat on time; all of it was gone.]


Año also said that full support is the biggest recognition that soldiers can receive.


Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said, “The biggest reward is that they did their job properly and being happy that it is over.”


Countering Backlash and Extremist Ideology


With the death of the two top leaders of Marawi siege, Año said that the military is ready for the possible retaliatory attacks from other terrorists.


“We have forces employed all around. Huwag mag alala [do not worry], but of course we need the supporting cooperation of the community na makapagreport ng [to report] suspicious persons immediately and we will take action,” said Año.


While there are plans to go after Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters when the Marawi conflict ends, Año said “We will make sure that there will be forces left behind in Marawi.”


“Kailangan pa rin ng pwersa dito, kasi tutulong sila sa reconstruction and rehabilitation ng Marawi,” he added.


[Armed forces are still needed here, as they will be part of the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts for Marawi.]


Meanwhile, Secretary Lorenzana said that the government started initiatives to counter extremist ideology.


“We have talked with the ulamas (Muslim scholars) and imams (officiating priest of a mosque). I asked them to [monitor] madrasahs (Islamic schools); what they are teaching to the kids, and who are the teachers,” said Lorenzana.(LEAntonio-PIA ILIGAN/LDN)

SP OKs MOA with DA for livestock program

Department of Agriculture (DA) and the city government of Cagayan de Oro forged another partnership for livestock program.


To increase the competitiveness and income of livestock farmers, Cagayan de Oro City legislators headed by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy during its regular session Wednesday presided over by Councilor Zaldy approved an ordinance authorizing Mayor Oscar Moreno to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Agriculture (DA) covering its Livestock Program.


The DA is implementing the program to enhance agricultural productivity and production as a strategy of realizing the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Plan (AFMP) and is willing to provide one unit Hammer Mill under the Animal Feeds Technology Project.


The MOA provides that the regional field office of DA in northern Mindanao shall  procure the brand new equipment, turn over the unit to the city and conduct periodic monitoring and evaluation to ascertain the progress of the project


For its part, the city government shall use the equipment for the Animal Feeds Technology Development with DA-RFO-10 and provide a garage to properly secure the unit, among others.


The ordinance was endorsed by the committees on agriculture and fisheries and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors Annie Y. Daba and Ian Mark Nacaya, respectively. (SP)

‘Market of shabu is poor communities,’ says Duterte

In refuting media reports that only poor drug suspects were hunted down in drug operation, President Rodrigo Duterte said the market of shabu is the poor communities.


Speaking during the launch of the Cebu Pacific’s seventh domestic hub at the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental, Pres. Duterte said “Bakit mga mahirap…Bakit marami ang patay, hindi ‘yung mga mayaman?…sinasabi ko na sa inyo, ang market ng shabu are ‘yung mahihirap na community.”


(Why the poor? Why are not the rich among those killed? I’m telling you. The market of shabu is the poor community.)


Duterte also said that the rich do shabu in yachts or go to the airport, they do cocaine or heroine. But heroine and cocaine are derivatives of a product called the poppy. It’s not damaging to the brain.


He said, “Marijuana, tapos ‘yung extract niya, ‘yun ang maging cocaine, then refine it to heroin. Hindi masyadong nakakasira ng utak. Huwag mo lang haluan, dried ganun, marijuana.”


(Marijuana, then the extracts, that makes cocaine, then refined it to heroine. It does not damaging to the brain. Just don’t mixed it, like dried, marijuana.)


The president further said, “Kaya kayo ang tinamaan. A, B, C, D, E — D, E ang pinakamatindi. Doon ang labanan ng pulis.”


(That is why you are the most affected. Among the economic classes, D and E are the most prevalent. That’s where the police operation happen.)


Duterte also revealed the country has lost an estimated 128 police and 200 soldiers in connection to drugs.


In Mindanao in particular, the president said the police can’t penetrate the laboratory. When they enter the premise, they would be facing M-60 machine gun, bazooka. They have to call in soldiers, that is why there are many killed soldiers.


He, likewise, said that drugs are always an organized crime. These drugs has to be cooked. Then there has to be lieutenants or trusted men who will distribute it to you, to the peddlers or they call it “basura.” Without basura selling it, shabu cannot prosper. It will remain in the bodega or in the place where they are hidden, but it could not be prosperous trade. So all this, they work in tandem.


However, Duterte assured he will still abide by his sworn duty to protect the people and preserve this country, the Republic. Also, he will go against all criminals without fear or favor and enforce it equally.


Meanwhile, Pres.Duterte urged the press to carefully listen to his message saying “If the ship is listing and overwhelmed by forces of the enemies of the state–terrorism, rebellion and so many fronts, I will not hesitate to declare Martial Law.” (EOR/PIA10)

4ID activates new battalion to secure Southern Bukidnon

Philippine Army activated its 88th Infantry (Maringal) Battalion and placed it under the operational control of 4th Infantry Division to address the threat situation in the Southern part of Bukidnon.
In a simple ceremony on October 19 held at the 88IB headquarters in South Poblacion, Maramag town, Bukidnon, MGen Ronald C Villanueva, 4ID commander underlined the specific tasks and mission of the said battalion that are aligned to the current campaign of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) which is the Development Support and Security Plan “Kapayapaan.”
He also emphasized during the program about the ultimate objective of the New People’s Army (NPA) terror group.
“When we talk about terrorism, we don’t only mean Maute or ISIS, we also talk about the New People’s Army that have longed made the lives of our people in Bukidnon miserable. Not only that they burn trucks and plantations but also extort hard-earned money from poor farmers and worst, recruit children to fight against the government,” said Mgen Villanueva.
He further said, “I would like yo emphasize this with the presence of our local leaders in today’s ceremony that the real intent of the NPA is not to topple down the armed forces but to take the governance from you. This is the reason why we remain strong, resilient, and have improved our security stance in order to not just eliminate but to fully address this insurgency situation that have longed been affecting our Country’s development.”
Villanueva said to the soldiers of the battalion that he expect them to bear the professionalism as the they execute their tasks.
Build bridges from among the people, earn their respect and gain friends. There is no room for any Human Rights violations. We have already gained an immeasurable people’s support especially during our efforts in Marawi. Don’t let one mistake destroy what we have sacrificed for our Country. We support the intent of our Commander-in-Chief to protect the state and the people. Again I remind all of you to perform only your duty as a disciplined soldier, MGen Villanueva concluded.
The activation and deployment of 88IB that is composed of 450 soldiers is part of the president’s plan to hasten the resolution of all internal conflicts in the Country. This will help pave way for the smooth implementation of all Government programs and services that would benefit every Filipinos in all parts of the Archipelago. (4ID)