DOLE 10 holds 1st tripartite industrial council summit

As mechanism of an effective information network specifically on labor relations issues and industry configurations, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) region 10 held the first Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (RTIPC) Summit with the theme, “Social Collaboration: A Key to Sustainable Development” in Cagayan de Oro City.

It aimed to promote active participation of workers and employers in partnership and development in view of the DOLE Department Order No. 140 series of 2014 in the creation and institutionalization of RTIPCs.

DOLE-X Regional Director lawyer Joffrey M. Suyao thanked the estimated 150 management and labor representatives from the different Industrial Tripartite Councils (ITCs) in the region. He ensured that the forum will elicit a common understanding on the newest labor and employment policies, issuances on labor relations and labor standards to sustain industrial peace. From thence, social-economic development in Northern Mindanao would have become irrepressible.  

The Labor Code states the promotion of tripartism as a State policy in labor-management relations. It endeavors to ensure full participation of workers and employers, in various decision and policy-making bodies of the government. As such, this Department has created Tripartite Industrial Peace Councils both at the national and regional level pursuant to Republic Act No. 10395.


Director Suyao emphasized that the new administration’s direction is to undertake economic and social reforms in reconstituting RTIPCs, expanding membership of the labor workers’ sector to include the Public, Informal, Migrant, Women, and Youth in accordance with the nomination and selection procedure set under Rule VII, Section 1 of said D.O. 140-14 on Strengthening Tripartism, amending for the purpose Article 275 of Presidential Decree No. 442, or the Labor Code of the Philippines, as amended. 


Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) Director IV Atty. Benjo Santos M. Benavidez and Dr. Teresita S. Cucueco of the Bureau of Working Conditions were among the guest speakers who presented Department Order 140-14 and Updates on BLR Programs and Services; and Department Order 183-17 on the Revised Rules on the Administration Enforcement of Labor Laws Pursuant to Article 128 of the Labor Code and other newly issued issuances on Labor Standards and Occupational Safety and Health, respectively.


The newly appointed members of the RTIPC in Region 10 were sworn to office during the event administered by Dir. Benavidez, as follows: 





Labor Sector



Federation of Democratic Labor Organization

Atty. Gregorio A. Pizarro


Alliance of Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP)

Nicandro L. Borja


All Workers Alliance Trade Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (AWATU-TUCP)

Engr. Milbert M. Macarambon


Federation of Free Workers

Lorenzo C. Tongco



Tita L. Hadman


Migrant Ministry of Arch. Of Cagayan de Oro City

Rev. Msgr. Eutiquiano M. Legitimas, SSJV, HP

Migrant Workers

Tingog sa Kalasang (TISAKA)

Eleony A. Monding


Barug Kabatan-unan (BARUG)

Kenneth Lee Piloton


Federation of Cagayan de Oro City Barangay Women Development Council (FCOOC-BWDC, Inc.)

Janet C. Floirendo

Workers Association

Management Sector



Granexport Manufacturing, Corp.

Rebecca V. Inubio


A. Brown Company, Inc.

Vivien M. Lawansa


J3 Trainers and Consultants 

Josephine T. Ortiz


Concentrix Philippines

Norwena I. Acharon

Services Industry

Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan

Ma. Soledad DF Amir

Academe Industry

LGU Cagayan de Oro City 

Mayor Oscar S. Moreno 



Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao



The Summit agreed to further collective efforts to pursue sustainable economic growth, economic stability and unity among stakeholders while ensuring social cohesion and quality employment. Also discussed were impact on previous year’s actions and next steps towards improved management – labor relations as a strategy to strengthen/sustain social partnership. This was emphasized to improve effective and efficient implementation of DOLE deliverables and services.


Attendees raised issues and concerns on productivity incentives, collective bargaining agreement and general labor standards, which were promptly addressed during the forum. (Glenford C. Labial/Sr. LEO/DOLE-10)


Fireworks related injuries drop low in region 10 – DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) region 10 revealed during a press conference on ‘Iwas Paputok’ Surveillance on 5 January 218 that there has been a big drop in the number of fireworks related injuries this year as opposed to previous years in Northern Mindanao.

DOH Iwas Paputok presscon

Dr. David Mendoza of DOH shared that there were only 10 recorded fireworks related injuries in region 10 during the holidays:  six in Bukidnon, two in Misamis Occidental, one in Cagayan de Oro City and one in Iligan City.

However, he said that although there is a big drop this year, number one cause is still piccolo, a type of firecracker that is illegal in the country and that the median case were 10 years old and below. He added that there has to be more aggressive implementation of the law regarding this particular firecracker and parents should be more cautious to let children roam or use firecrackers.

Meanwhile, other firecrackers that caused injuries include fountain and improvised canon. These injuries are blast/burn no amputation, eye injury and gunshot wound.

DOH 10 Regional Director Nimfa Torrizo shared that among the efforts that have contributed to the drop of fireworks related injuries this year is the advocacy and implementation of local government units of the reinforced Executive Order 28 of President Rodrigo Duterte or providing for the Regulation and Control of the Use of Firecrackers and other Pyrotechnic Devices.

For instance, Cagayan de Oro City has put up designated fireworks display areas. Further, she said that this Executive Order 28 of President Duterte has really put an impact in celebrating the holiday season this year with low fireworks related injuries.

Although there has been a drop this year, DOH has remained prepared and ready for any emergencies. Government health services in the region had been ready all throughout. Torrizo is also urging all those who have not consulted the hospital for any firecracker injuries to aid tetanus infection. She explained that this is highly fatal disease if not given right medication. She added that government clinics and hospitals give free tetanus toxoid for all those unreported injuries this holiday season. (JMOR/PIA10)

PhilHealth members avail ‘No Hospital Deposit’ in CDO

Philippine Health Insurance Corporation Regional Office 10 (PhilHealth 10) signed a landmark Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with six Cagayan de Oro City PhilHealth-accredited hospitals on 8 December 2017 at SEDA Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, that provides for a No Hospital Deposit Policy for PhilHealth members.


Dr. Ruben Go, (Medical Director of CDO Polymedic Plaza), Dr. Miguel E. Kho (Madonna and Child Hospital), Dr. Jesus M. Jardin (Capitol University Medical Center) Mr. Dexter R. Garcia (Cagayan de Oro Medical Center), Dr. Michael C. Sabal (Sabal Hospital), SPC Sr. Mercy Corazon G. Bangot (Maria Reyna XU Hospital) and Datu Masiding M. Alonto, Jr., (Area Vice-President for Mindanao) signed the historic document. The partnership was sealed in the presence of Hon. Oscar Moreno, CDO City Mayor, Atty. Carlo Franco Thomas Limjoco, DOH 10, Dr. Ma. Lourdes S. Gaane, City Councilor, Dr. Jonathan T. Ortigoza, HCDMMD Chief-PRO 10, and Atty. Ian Alfredo T, Magno, Deputy Legal Officer, PRO 10.

The MOA seeks to strengthen RA 10932, or the “No Hospital Deposit Law”. It mandates that, “in emergency or serious cases, it shall be unlawful for any hospital or medical clinic to request, solicit, demand or accept any deposit or any other form of advance payment as prerequisite for administering basic emergency care, for confinement or medical treatment, or to refuse to administer medical treatment and support any patient”.

Under the agreement, the PhilHealth accredited hospital shall not impose a deposit requirement for eligible PhilHealth members and their dependents that come to the facility for confinement or admission. This would apply to both emergency and non-emergency cases. It also allows admission or confinement of all eligible PhilHealth members without any deposit requirement in all types of room accommodation.


“We are hopeful that this will encourage other private hospitals and facilities to follow suit and prioritize the treatment of patients rather than compromising their health and safety due to financial constraints”, RVP Alonto stressed. PhilHealth 10 intends to intensify and expand its campaign for the No Hospital Deposit Policy to all Private Health Care Institutions in 2018. (PhilHealth 10)

DSWD activates Quick Reaction Team

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 activated its Quick Response Team (QRT) on 21 December 2017 at 3:00 in the afternoon in anticipation and preparation for the possible effects of the current weather disturbance inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility which is officially known as Tropical Storm Vinta.


DSWD Field Office 10 Regional Director, Nestor Briones Ramos, disclosed that DSWD has prepositioned its supplies of food and non-food items to all provinces of Northern Mindanao: Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental.

DSWD Field Office X has prepositioned 30,000 family food packs and has a standby fund of P3 million as its augmentation to the local government units responding to disaster operations. Ramos said the Field Office will also closely monitor and coordinate with local disaster risk reduction management offices of local government units as they are the first to respond during emergencies.


The Regional Director has also ordered all Municipal/ City Action Team Leaders in all 93 localities in Northern Mindanao to coordinate with their respective local disaster risk reduction management to assist the latter in its disaster response. (DSWD10)



A. No. of Persons Stranded: 100

B. No. of Vehicles Stranded: 100

C. No. of Ships Stranded:5

PRO 10 rescue 5

D. House/Infrastructure Destroyed: 113 Houses 4 Bridges

E. Flood Areas:62

F. Road Condition: -Lanao del Norte 4Bridges, 1 Prov’l rd are not passable.

G. No. of Evacuation Centers: 315

PRO 10 4

H. No. of Evacuees: 41,109 Individuals

I. CASUALTIES: 1. DIED- 135 Persons Died –

ILIGAN: 1 1 -NICK GOC-ONG ‘Y NAHUMAN, 32 years old MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL: 1 1-Joseph Gallo y Pobadora, 24 years old –

PRO 10 rescue

BUKIDNON: 6 1. Renan Ambutik Mantungohan, 12 years old; 2. Renan Cambanay Mantungohan, 14 years old; 3.Jayson Mantungohan Acain, all residents of Sitio Slide, Brgy. Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon; 4. Lother Coquilla, 40 yrs old; 5. Epifania Buntoyan Mirabueno, 65 yrs old, 6.Irene Baloc Mirabueno, 2yrs old;

LANAO DEL NORTE: 127 (111-Unidentified and 16 Identified) 1.MARIVIC CAÑETE of Brgy Dalama, Tubod, LDN, dead 2.MARCOS ALALONG, dead 3.JOHNREL LUMAYNO, dead 4.JOEL ABABA of Brgy Dalama, Tubod, LDN, dead, 5.NAIRA AMERIL GANDAMANAGAN ,23YO, dead 6. Jonaisah Pangantapan-f-9yrs old 7. Najefa Dumaptar-f-5yrs old 8. Ester Rosales-f-40yrs old 9. Maisalam Ameril-f-61yrs old 10. Almar Ameril-m-15yrs old 11. Naira Guindarangan-f-23yrs old 12. Camal Aga Pangantapan-m-27yrs old 13. Macabalang Ameril-m-85yrs old 14. Lusvimninda Yagono-f- 15. Earl Dejos-m-11yrs old 16. Naira Ameril-f-28yrs old 2. MISSING: 72 -LDNPPO-69 –

PRO 10 rescue 3

MISOR-3 3. WOUNDED: 23 LDNPPO-13 (8 Unident and 5 ident) 1.DWIGHT DEJOS of Brgy Dalama, Tundo, LDN, confined, 2.JASON LIBOT-LIBOT of Brgy Dalama, Tundo, LDN, confined, 3.JESTOR MANAGING of Brgy Dalama, Tundo, LDN, confined, 4.DIOSDADO ALALONG, son, of Brgy Dalama, Tundo, confined, LDN, 5. TAULI MULITUBA RAURI) ICPO-2 1. JAY PAMADOR, 38 years old, confined Don Gregorio T. Lluch Memorial Hospital 2. ROLLIE MAR SANGGUENZA male, 18 Y.O

CAGAYAN DE ORO:2 1.Joseph Lofranco, 25 yo 2. Michael Magallano, 33 yo

PRO 10 rescue 2

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL: 6 1. Juanito Inding, 42 y/o, Sapang Dalaga 2. Danny Go, 36 y/o, Sapang Dalaga 3. Anastasia T Sabijon, Aloran 4. Jerwin Mapiot Jr, 43 y/o, Panaon 5. Jerald Mapito, 2 y/o, Panaon 6. Unident, 1 y/o baby, Sapang Dalaga

J. No. of SAR Personnel deployed: 736 K. No. of SAR Personnel on Standby: 1,152


(via PNP region 10 Lemuel Gonda)

DPWH on passable areas in Bukidnon








• Jct. SH. Impasug-ong – Patulangan BY-Pass Road

PASSABLE to light vehicles only

BRM (road slip reported)

Released travel advisory

• Kapalong – Talaingon – Valencia Road

NOT PASSABLE to all vehicles

Soil slope collapsed

Deployed Manpower and Equipment


All roads PASSABLE


• Misamis oriental – Bukidnon – Agusan Road (Patpat, Malitbog, Bukidnon)


30 m Portion of Calawag River Dike collapsed

Structure under warranty

• Misamis oriental – Bukidnon – Agusan Road (

• Sta. Inez, Malitbog, Bukidnon K1429+400)

One Lane Passable

15 cu.m Soil Collapse

Ongoing Manual Clearing

• Misamis oriental – Bukidnon – Agusan Road (Sta. Inez, Malitbog, Bukidnon K1429+400)

One Lane Passable

12 cu.m Soil Collapse

Ongoing Manual Clearing

• Misamis oriental – Bukidnon – Agusan Road (Sta. Inez, Malitbog, Bukidnon K1432+700)

One Lane Passable

30 cu.m Soil Collapsed

Ongoing Manual Clearing

• S.H Alae – Kisolon Road ( • Maluko, Manolo

Fortich, Bukidnon)


20 cu.m Soil Collapsed

Ongoing Manual Clearing

• Jct. S.H. Aglayan – Alanib Ticala-an Road (ticalaan- Paganan) Ticalaan, Talakag, Bukidnon

Road not yet passable

70 cu.m Soil Collapsed

Ongoing clearing operation


• CDO – Airport – Bukidnon Road

• K1456+000 (Bayanga) Street)

NOT PASSABLE to light vehicles

Fallen uprooted tree and electrical post

Deployed Manpower and Equipment


• BCIR Road (Cugman Section) • K1430+000 – K1431+200

NOT PASSABLE to light vehicles

Area is currently flooded

Deployed dump trucks, loader, and all laborers in support services


• Brgy. Malibud to Brgy. Kamanikan spillways


Damaged spillway

via Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) region 10


Vinta Bukidnon

photo by Jay Liguayan thru

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.


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.


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)