New major activities highlight Kuyamis Festival 2018

Two major activities for Kuyamis Festival 2018—Farmer’s Market every Friday and Search for Miss Gay 2018 were added as highlights to the celebration other than the usual search for Miss Kuyamis, and Booth Making Contest at the Capitol grounds.

Governor Bambi Emano announced this during the opening program. He said that the opening of the annual Kuyamis Festival 2018 in Misamis Oriental is a success even as he commended the formerly Provincial Tourism Office, now a the Provincial Tourism Department of the Capitol for a job very well done.

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The governor extended gratitude to the people who spent time and effort in coming to Misamis Oriental to join the biggest celebration as the highlight of the commemoration of the 88th Year Founding Anniversary of the province.

Further, he is grateful to the people of Misamis Oriental for welcoming with open hands the development  programs this present administration has been introducing for the betterment of the province. As the province celebrates it’s 88th year founding anniversary, he is expecting further support from the people to push forward Misamis Oriental.

He said that it has been the dream of this present administration to eliminate poverty through his flagship program, tourism development to boost economic advancement, peace, unity and progress.

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Meanwhile, he said local and foreign tourists alike can visit and enjoy the display of local produce of 23 towns and two cities in Misamis Oriental at its strenuously crafted booths at the Capitol grounds which will be judged according to creativity and design.

Governor Emano also awarded during the opening the winners of the Kuyamis Festival 2018 Street Dancing competition. The winners are: Municipality of Initao (Champion, 90.6 percent) receiving P50,000 cash and trophy; Municipality of Tagoloan (2nd Placer, 89.4 percent), P40,000 cash and trophy; Municipality of Jasaan (3rd Placer, 87.2 percent), P30,000 cash and trophy.

Special awards that include Best in Choreography is bagged by the municipality of Tagoloan and Best in Costume by the municipality of Initao.

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Other contenders include the municipalities of Manticao, Libertad and Lagonglong.

“I congratulate the winner of this year’s street dancing competition. You are all wonderful. For me, you are all winners because somehow you have been a part of our efforts to promote our province by showcasing your talents not only to the country but to whole world as well. It really made me glad to see people working hard and participate in this annual celebration. Thank you for taking part in this year’s Kuyamis Festival 2018 celebration,” governor Emano said. (PIO)

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Farmers market in Capitol pushed

Weekly display of local products soon at the Capitol.

Governor Bambi Emano bared during the opening of Kuyamis Festival 2018 he is pushing for the establishment of a farmer’s market within the Capitol grounds starting next week where local produce of farmers in Misamis Oriental province are displayed, promoted and sold to public fresh and affordable.

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He said local products would include organic and inorganic livestock, vegetables and fruits.

“For the first quarter this year, 25 percent of the products to be displayed, promoted and sold would be organic and 75 percent inorganic. During the second quarter, it would be 50 percent organic and 50 percent inorganic. In the third quarter, would be 75 percent organic and in the fourth quarter, will be 100 percent organic,” the governor said.

He further said the Provincial Government would be the one to transport the products from the farms to the Capitol.

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“I am inviting COHARA (Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association) and the Department of Tourism (DOT-10) especially those hotels and restaurants looking for organic products to patronize our farmer’s market in the Capitol,” governor Emano said. (PIO)

Thousands needed for local, national, international jobs

The Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental through the Public Employment Services Office (PESO) will hold a one-day Job Fair at the Chess Area, Provincial Capitol Grounds on January 10, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Thousands of workers are needed for local, national and international jobs via direct or agency-channel hiring for people with or without experience who may want to land decent work offered by several local and international-based companies.

Governor Bambi Emano lauded the PESO for the initiative to help uplift the living condition of the people of the province.

The governor urges the unemployed, job seekers and even teenagers to grab the opportunity to choose decent jobs, and to give everyone a chance to live bountifully.

Bearing the tagline “Kung Modangop ka sa PESO, Sigurado ang Disenteng Trabaho,” the PESO has been actively conducting job hiring activities in a bid to increase employment opportunities to the unemployed. All interested applicants must bring and submit their Application Letters and updated Resume to the PESO office. (PIO)

Press club in Gingoog Bay organized

Aimed primarily to uphold the freedom of the press and dignity of journalists’ profession, Gingoog city government in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Misamis Oriental spearheaded the organization of Gingoog Bay Press Club (BPC), composed of bloggers, broadcasters and journalists on December 8.

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Alvin Edmar C. Pabia, GBPC president, said organizing the press club also aimed at improving the practice of journalism in the city thereby contributing to the development of Gingoog and the province as well.

 

Further, he said the press club seeks to provide people who gather and disseminate news a venue for the advancement of their professional standard and skills, the promotion of free expression, mutual support and social fellowship.

 

However, the press club will take actions for abusive media practitioners and at the same time provides assistance to them especially those who are vulnerable to libel suits.

 

It shall also promote the strict adherence of journalists to a code of ethics.

 

Alvin Edmar C. Pabia was elected as president; Jonas Bustamante, executive vice president; John Dangga, vice president (print); Del Mark Valendez, vice president (broadcast); Emilio Nambatac, corporate secretary; Martin Alarcos, treasurer; and Ricardo Cañete as the auditor.

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Nikko Casal (Magsaysay) and Armando Mamba (Gingoog City) will serve as press relations/representative each representing towns along the Gingoog Bay Area. For Talisayan and Balingoan still to be appointed by the president.

 

The press club board is composed of Martin Gamotin, Raymond Bulanon, Ronson Gumapon, Kevin Anacaya and Erron Rañoa.

 

In its organizational meeting, the media group planned to conduct a logo making contest for the press club to be its official logo, courtesy calls, firm up its constitution and by laws among others. It also discussed on the accreditation of its members to the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), insurance of members and foundation day celebration every Dec. 8.

 

Meanwhile, Pabia shared about the National Press Club that it has fraternal relations with international organizations, and be active for he Confederation of ASEAN Journalists. (EOR/PIA)

Landbank holds financial inclusion caravan in Sugbongcogon

Ninety two percent of the more than 400 participants were able to open their very first ATM savings account during the third leg of Landbank’s nationwide financial inclusion caravan held in Subongcogon town, Misamis Oriental.

Dubbed “Ipon at Kabuhayan para sa mga Kababayan, the half-day forum was held at the Sugbongcogon Municipal Gym.

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“This caravan aims to improve financial literacy, especially in rural communities that usually have no access to this kind of training. It also enables us to reach more unbanked Filipinos all over the country,” said Landbak President and CEO Alex Buenaventura.

Now on its second year, this financial literacy campaign is in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

 

Introduction to formal banking services

 

The event included talks on the benefits of maintaining a bank account and practical money tips. Apart from having been introduced to banking products and services, the participants also learned about possible business opportunities to improve their income.

The caravan also featured several booths including a Landbank savings booth which offered a simplified account opening process.

To encourage attendees to open savings accounts, Landbank gave pre-loaded ATM accounts to 200 participants. Exclusive to caravan participants, these savings accounts have special features such as zero initial deposit, no minimum balance, waived dormancy and other fees, among others. A total of 398 out the 432 participants opened savings accounts on the spot.

Landbank also put up an ATM and Cash Deposit Machine demonstration booth to acquaint participants with use of the machines.

 

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Apart from opening savings accounts and learning livelihood opportunities, participants also learned about the “KasamaKA Community and Income Builder” program of FINTQ – the financial technology arm of PLDT and Smart’s Voyager Innovations – which was presented by its managing director, Lito Villanueva.

Launched to veer Filipinos away from informal lenders such as “5-6,” KasamaKA enables members to earn by referring applicants to any of the digital financing services offered by Lendr – FINTQ’s digital loan platform. They can earn as much as P300 for every successful referral, which will be credited to their Landbank accounts.

Continuing commitment

 

Following the well-attended first two legs in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo and Argao, Cebu, Sugbongcogon is the third of eight areas included in this year’s nationwide financial inclusion caravan which will run until January of next year. Other areas included are: Moncada, Tarlac; Braulio E. Dujali, Davao del Norte; Kiangan, Ifugao; Cuenca, Batangas; and Pilar, Sorsogon.

This year’s caravan is a follow-through to the successful pilot run last year, which gathered close to 4,000 participants from nine (9) 4th to 6th class municipalities. Almost 2,000 or roughly 50 percent of the participants opened savings accounts for the first time during the caravan.

The 2016 caravan also generated fresh deposits for Landbank totaling P15.35 million covering 4,196 transactions and 873 new accounts for the period 9 June 2016 to 29 December 2016. This attests to its success in encouraging caravan participants to avail of formal banking services. The profiles of newly-tapped depositors represent marginalized sectors, including housewives, students, farmers, contractual workers, drivers, laborers and government workers.

“We are targeting to reach more municipalities as we intensify our drive for inclusive growth,” Buenaventura added. (Landbank/PIA-10)

Troops hit NPA terrorists who attacked local police in Misamis Oriental

An armed clash between troops of the 58th Infantry Battalion and more or less 30 Communist Terrorists took place on December 6, 2017, around 11:10 a.m., in the outskirts of Sitio Kapatagan, Brgy. Umagos, Lagonglong town, Misamis Oriental.

The firefight, which ensued for about 30 minutes, took place after troops of the 58th Infantry Battalion, a unit operationally controlled by the 403rd Infantry Brigade, launched pursuit operations against the NPA terrorists who attacked the Municipal Police Station in the neighboring town of Binuangan on  December 3, 2017.

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Troops were able to recover two high-powered firearms that include an M16 rifle and an M1 Garand Rifle while scouring the encounter site. Globs of blood were also seen along the terrorists’ withdrawal routes, which indicate casualties on their side. Meanwhile, troops were unscathed during the armed clash.

The armed clash was also a result of the 58th Infantry Battalion’s prompt response to the continued reports from concerned local residents who reportedly despised the NPA for attacking the Binuangan Municipal Police Station, which caused havoc and fear among the people in the said area including the three-days cancellation of classes.

Brigadier General Eric C Vinoya, commander of the 403rd Infantry Brigade, had recently ordered the 58th Infantry Battalion to conduct relentless focused military operations against the NPA terrorists who perpetrated the attack in Binuangan Municipal Police Station. In his statement, he appreciated the efforts of the troops as well as the local residents who continue to support the Brigade’s campaign against NPA’s terrorism, lawlessness, and criminality.

“This incident is a manifestation of our relentless efforts to go after NPA terrorists who continue to threaten our communities in the provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. In particular, I would like to commend our soldiers from the 58th Infantry Battalion for their untiring effort to bring justice and the long arms of the law to those who perpetrated the attack of Binuangan Municipal Police Station, which threatened our peace-loving people in that area.” said Brigadier General Vinoya.

He further said, “Most importantly, I would like to thank our people, the local residents of Binuangan and its neighboring communities, for continuously reporting the presence of NPA terrorists in their area. This is a very critical requirement in our conduct of focused military operations in order to secure our communities from the exploitation and deception of the NPA and all their cohorts.” he added. (403Bde/PA)

Police defends posts, fights back vs NPA terrorists

Personnel of the Binuangan Municipal Station in Misamis Oriental defended their police station and fought back during the New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists attack on December 3 at 3:00 a.m.

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Estimated 200 NPAs, led by Manuelito Satur alyas Ka Musong and aka Jakem of SDG GF4B and Platoon ADA led by Oscar Romania alyas Amboy and platoon PPH led by Alyas Makong Mansigyaw attacked the police station. The terrorists failed on their attacked to the police station and failed to get their firearms and retreated in the hinterlands.

The firefight lasted about three hours wherein the Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel fought hard and defended their police station amid the NPA strength.

Four PNP personnel were wounded due to shrapnel of the M203 Riffle grenade coming from the NPA terrorists–PSI Dante Hallazgo (Chief of Police), SPO1 Ramonito Zambas, PO3 Alberto Bernadas and PO1 Joshua Satur while undetermined in the NPA terrorists side as blood stain evidence where left at the withdrawal route of the enemy.

The enemy withdrew utilizing two forward trucks forcibly taken traversing the route going to Brgy Kitamban, Binuangan town.

Misamis Oriental Police Provincial Office led by PSSupt Rolando Destura, together with the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RFMB) 10, Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) and Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC) immediately reinforced the station attacked and conducted hot pursuit operation.

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Northern Mindanao Police Region Office 10 regional director PCSupt Timoteo G Pacleb expressed his profound gratitude to the PNP personnel for a job well done in fighting the NPA terrorists during the botched Binuangan.

With the Strengthening of the Target Hardening and Security Measures and the “will to fight” of PRO 10 personnel to defend at all cost their police station contributed to the failed attack of NPA. (PRO10)