ADVISORY: AFP-Smart activates Text Hotline 7444-1678

The Armed Forces of the Philippines [AFP] in partnership with Smart Communications, Inc. [Smart] has activated a text hotline: 7444-1678, where the public can directly interact with the AFP.

According to Maj. Alwin Maneja: “The service is initially available for Smart, Sun & Talk N’ Text subscribers in Central Mindanao, the strategy is to eventually have a text hotline for all mobile phone users all over the country.  We prioritized Mindanao due to the ongoing conflict in Marawi City.  Still, we are extremely grateful to PLDT & Smart for acting very quickly to provide the AFP with this capability.  We are continually working and consulting with PLDT & Smart as we further enhance this capability.”

The AFP is encouraging Filipinos in Central Mindanao to provide the text hotline with actionable information and at the same time sign-up for the service so that they may be updated of the events and activities of the AFP.

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The AFP assured the public that they will reply promptly, and act appropriately particularly on reports that pertain to national peace and security.

To use the service, Smart, Sun & Talk N’ Text subscribers in:
-Misamis Oriental
-Agusan Provinces
-Surigao Provinces
-Davao Provinces
-North Cotabato
need to type: EMC (ang inyong lugar/address at impormasyon) and send to: 7444-1678.

For subscribers in:
-Misamis Occidental
-Zamboanga Provinces
-Lanao Provinces
-Sultan Kudarat except Columbia
Type: WMC (ang inyong lugar/address at impormasyon) and send to 7444-1678.

Maj. Maneja added: “The value of using the keywords EMC & WMC will guarantee that the messages are sent directly to the AFP’s Eastern or Western Regional Commands for quicker response and action”. (Smart Inc. COmm)

NNC urges shift to healthy lifestyle to avoid non-communicable diseases

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) region 10 through Talakayan sa PIA on 12 July 2017 urged the young ones and even adults to change from fast food habits to healthy home-cooked meals diet.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a healthy diet emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, root crops, fat-free or low fat milk, lean meats, poultry, fish, egg, beans and nuts. It is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars.

Based on the national nutrition survey of FNRI-DOST, there has been a shift in the dietary pattern of Filipinos in terms of quality and quantity over the years. The typical diet consists mainly of cereals which are sources of carbohydrates. The consumption of meats, vegetables, milk and milk products and eggs has increased. However, there has been a decline in the consumption of starchy roots and tubers and fruits. Further, WHO recommends consumption of 400 grams of of fruits and vegetables per day. However, Filipinos only consume maximum of 249 grams of fruits and vegetables a day.


Meanwhile, in schools, Department of Education has issued Department Order No. 13 series of 2017 Policy and Guidelines on Healthy Food and Beverage Choices in schools and DepEd offices. This policy aims to make available healthier food and beverage choices among the learners and DepEd personnel and their stakeholders; provide guidance in evaluating and categorizing foods and drinks and provide guidance in the selling and marketing of foods and beverages in schools.


Sheila Rose Balbanida, nutrition dietitian of Department of Education (DepEd) region 10 said that they are currently holding trainings for health officers, canteen managers and public school personnel to identify which food or food groups to be sold in school cafeterias. Right now, they have identified foods that are categorized as healthy and unhealthy for consumption.

According to Marissa Navales, regional nutrition coordinator that they are campaigning to increase awareness on the importance of healthy diets which protect against both under and over nutrition and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases and certain types of cancer.


Unhealthy diet is composed of foods that are energy-dense yet nutrient poor and are high in saturated fats, trans-fats, refined carbohydrates or sodium. A diet low in fruits and vegetables or fiber is also characteristic of unhealthy diet. Meanwhile, this leads to poor nutrition and is one of the major risk factors for a range of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers, diabetes and other conditions linked to obesity.

NNC also encourages everyone to check the National Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF), Pinggang Pinoy and Nutritional Guide Pyramid to get a list of what to eat to become healthy through their website

The theme this year for national nutrition month is “Healthy diet, gawing habit – FOR LIFE!” (JMOR/PIA10)

Ozamiz, Oroquieta CDRRMOs, entries in 2017 Gawad KALASAG search

Two cities in Misamis Occidental namely Ozamiz and Oroquieta are entries in this year’s Gawad Kalasag: Search for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) and Humanitarian Assistance.


A total of 15 entries in region 10 representing local DRRMOs, hospitals, schools, early learning centers among others are being evaluated by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) from 17-20 April 2017.

During the team’s visit, Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. underscored the importance of Gawad Kalasag to improve disaster risk reduction program in Ozamiz city.

He also shared his ongoing projects and plans to the RDRRMC team. He said the city is implementing zero style use in schools following Ozamiz City’s Styrofoam and proper disposal regulation and P40M sanitary landfill under construction.

Meanwhile, vice mayor Princess Nova Parojinog explained that this evaluation from the RDRRMC is an opportunity to improve in terms of disaster preparedness and response from the local government.


On the other hand, in Oroquieta City, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Fernan V Marcial says rain-induced flooding top among the hazards of Oroquieta City. Around 26 brgys of 47 are flood prone. These are located along Layawan River, Paypayan River and other streams and creeks. Of this number, only 10 barangays settled along coastal area are along the delta of rivers are highly susceptible to the hazard.

However, to minimize the effects of climate change, the city government of Oroquieta has allocated P7 million worth of projects in 2017 for structural mitigation including construction and rehabilitation of drainage and river control, slope and shoreline protection, spur dikes among others.

Gawad KALASAG is the country’s premier annual awards for outstanding contribution in Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) and humanitarian assistance. (JMOR/PIA10)

BIR Cagayan de Oro City holds ‘Panaghinabi kang Commissioner Billy’

True to his promise of paying this side of the country a visit, Commissioner of Internal Revenue Caesar R. Dulay held a dialogue with all the stakeholders of Revenue Region (RR) No. 16 – Cagayan de Oro City last 30 March 2017 at the Cattleya Function Room of N Hotel.

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Dubbed as “Panaghinabi kang Commissioner Billy (translated as a conversation with Commissioner Billy),” the gathering was in keeping with the Commissioner’s wish to hold talks with all the stakeholders of the revenue region, especially the taxpayers, to enlist their support for the BIR’s tax collection efforts for this year.

The Commissioner was supposed to meet the stakeholders last 28 February 2017 during the region’s tax campaign kickoff but was aborted in the last minute after he was summoned to attend a congressional hearing on the same date.

In his usual jovial mood, Commissioner Dulay thanked the select group for responding to the invitation of the revenue region. Turning serious, he told them that Cagayan de Oro City will be the next Mega City and that the future of the City is in their hands and the generations that will follow their footsteps.

Cagayan de Oro is a first class highly-urbanized city and the capital of the province of Misamis Oriental. It is a chartered city where governance is independent and separate from the province. It is also known as “The City of Golden Friendship” and other monickers such as “The Adventure Capital of the Philippines,” “River Rafting Capital of the Philippines,” “The Heart of Northern Mindanao,” “The Gateway to the Land of Promise,” and “The City of Gold.”

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He said that the main mandate of the BIR is to collect taxes and that it provides around 80% of government tax revenues to fund the expenditures of government – from the payment of the salaries of government workers to the building of roads and other infrastructures. The remaining 20% is sourced from other revenue generating agencies like the Bureau of Customs (BoC).

The tax agency collected P1.576 trillion last year as against its collection target of P1.620 trillion, or an achievement level of around 97%. Media, however, zeroed in on its (3%) failure to achieve its collection goal.

BIR Cagayan de Oro City collected P12.47 billion in 2016 as compared to its tax take of P10.75 billion in 2015, posting a growth rate of 15.96% or an increase of P1.72 billion. This year, the revenue region has been assigned a collection goal of P12.87 billion.

As an organization, the BIR is tasked to collect P1.829 trillion to which Commissioner Dulay said that it is precisely for that reason (collection goal) that he asked for the dialogue to appeal to all the stakeholders to help the tax agency achieve the said target, adding that the funds to be raised will be used to support the programs of the administration of President Duterte.

He asked everyone to pay their taxes correctly to help fund the government’s massive infrastructure spending that will benefit the country and most especially Mindanao.

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Commissioner Dulay quipped, “We appeal for your support and cooperation. We do not have to push you and this is exactly what this conversation is all about. I am humbled no end by your all-important presence in this gathering.

The Commissioner closed the dialogue with an assurance that the BIR – the regional and district officials – will be fair in making assessments and truthful in dealing with taxpayers.

The Revenue District Officers of the six (6) Revenue District Offices (RDOs) of RR No. 16 – Cagayan de Oro City are: Rolando C. Ompoc, RDO No. 97 – Gingoog City; Venerando B. Homez, RDO No. 98 – Cagayan de Oro City; Samer R. Muti, RDO No. 99 – Malaybalay City; Noel B. Gonzales, RDO No. 100 – Ozamis City; Amanoding D. Esmail, RDO No. 101 – Iligan City; and Nasrollah B. Conding, RDO No. 102 – Marawi City.

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“Panaghinabi kang Commissioner Billy“ was conceptualized to hold a friendly and caring dialogue, reach out to taxpayers of Region X, from as far as and including Misamis Occidental, Lanao Del Norte and Sur, Bukidnon, and the Island of Camiguin, and enlist collective support for the collection initiatives of the Bureau. It was staged on short notice with the collaborative efforts of responsible regional and district officials and personnel who gracefully overcame limited preparation time. The efforts produced an A-1 ensemble of taxpayers and stakeholders interacting with Commissioner Billy. (reytdlc)

***photos from Aimee Valencia of BIR R16***

PRO 10 intensified security measures for Summer vacation 2017

All police units in Northern Mindanao has been reminded to secure vital vital installations and implement target hardening measures in relation to the operational guidelines of the Philippine National Police (PNP) dubbed as “Ligtas SUMVAC 2017.”

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Police Regional Office 10 director PCSupt Agripino G Javier has ordered lower units the deployment of more police officers in terminals, airports, seaports, highways, malls, resorts, churches and other recreational areas to beef up police presence and ensure the peaceful summer vacation.


During this period various events are expected to be celebrated such as Holy Week, town fiestas, Day of Valor, Flores de Mayo and other related activities that will start early of April until end of May this year.


Such events will draw vacationers or tourists alike which will result to numerous commuters and travelers to visit their respective provinces and tourist destinations and these may cause peace and order concerns including traffic congestion, accidents and other crimes.


Criminal elements might take advantage of people converging in places such as beach and other tourist destinations for relaxation and recreation.


PCSupt Javier also stressed that there will be Police Assistance Desk which will be stationed in strategic areas region-wide ready to extend services to the public. Passenger Assistance Centers will also be visible in terminals, airports and seaports which will be manned by the territorial Police Station.

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PRO 10 has also come up with an innovative crime prevention campaign strategy through social media such as Twitter and Facebook where they enjoined the public to be vigilant, safety and security conscious.


Javier said the security awareness of community is vital to deter crimes. (RPIO, PRO10)

BIR streamlines processes, requirements

Providing fast, easy and accessible service is among the many reasons for the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in northern Mindanao to capitalize on streamlining of processes and requirements.

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This has been stressed by Lawyer Cherry Ibaoc of BIR-10 during the Lambo Dyes radio program on March 3.

“Example, in getting Tax Identification Number (TIN) for taxpayers who are not business owners or employees, only two documents are needed,” Ibaoc said.

This kind of taxpayers would only need duly filled up BIR form 1904, which can be freely obtained from BIR, and any identification issued by an authorized government body that shows the name, address and birth date of the applicant.

For employees, only two requirements are needed and these are the BIR form 1902 and identification except for married individuals who would need to submit a marriage contract.

“For those individual taxpayers who are engaged in business or exercise profession, there were 14 documentary requirements needed before but now there are only 6,” Ibaoc added.

One-time transaction payers (ONETT), those who are selling or buying properties and donor or heirs of real properties, the BIR shall provide the TIN after the computation of the tax due and there are only three requirements needed in addition to the computation sheet, BIR form 1904, any identification and copy of the deed or instrument executed by the partners.

Furthermore, the Electronic Certificate Authorizing Registration (eCAR) issued by BIR to be presented to the register of deeds now has a validity period of three years as compared to the one-year validity before.

Ibaoc also shared that the BIR now has fan pages and profiles which are available in the BIR official website,, to get more details and information on the processes and requirements of the department.(RTP/PIA10)

DOH-10 to find all missing TB cases, expand facilities

To respond to the adverse effects of tuberculosis (TB), a worldwide pandemic and leading killer among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected people with weakened immune systems, the Department of Health-10 (DOH) turned over a mobile X-ray machine to the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) on March 7.

PBSP is a non-government, non-profit corporation committed to poverty reduction. It operates nationwide with programs in education, health, sustainable livelihood, micro small and medium enterprise development, and the environment implemented with partners and communities as empowered players in development.

During the turn-over ceremony, it was stressed that the DOH and PBSP have joined hands in the fight against the dreaded and prevalent TB disease confronting the country that should be eradicated, if not marginalized, for the health and the welfare of the people.


Hence, the DOH-10, through its regional implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action to Control Tuberculosis, obtained the mobile x-ray machine as it is tasked to find all missing TB cases through expansion of diagnostic facilities, use and scale-up of rapid diagnostic tools, and adoption of intensified case finding methodologies among the high-risk groups and vulnerable populations.

The department has also done such action since it recognizes the benefits of using chest radiography or chest X-ray (CXR) which includes as an adjunct to bacteriologic testing for TB diagnosis.

Aside from acquiring such equipment, the DOH also uses various strategies to control TB such as localizing the implementation of TB control, monitoring of health system performance, engaging all health care providers, promoting and strengthening positive behavior of communities, certifying and accrediting TB care providers, and securing adequate funding for the program.(RTP/PIA10)