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DSWD Caraga readies for KC-NCDDP take-off
Read 663 times | Posted on April 30, 2014 @ 5 years ago

By Eunice G. Montaos
Contributor

BUTUAN City––With the recently approved scale-up of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga is now getting ready for the set-off of KALAHI CIDSS- National Community Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP) in the region.

For 2014 implementation, this Program covers 46 municipalities and 5 provinces in Caraga. With varied implementation conditionalities, these are categorized into three (3): 5 belonged to the “177” non-Poor but Yolanda-affected, another 36 are in the “377” Poor and Yolanda-affected, while 5 are identified in the “293” Poor but not hit by the super typhoon.

This final list of areas to be covered, and workers needed by the Program for this year’s take-off was only finalized during the 1st Quarter Mindanao cluster Project Review and Evaluation Workshop (PREW) last April 9-12, 2014 at Eden Nature’s Park, Davao City, from which the final go-signal for the KC-NCDDP national launching in June 2014 was signified by the central office to the regional offices.

Right there and then, the RPMO met for action planning, strategizing and tasking in preparation for this undertaking.

Social marketing initiatives were intensified for the pulling of applications from potential applicants for 346 vacant positions.

KC-NCDDP Regional Project Manager Mita G. Lim said that public service announcements about the urgent hiring were already plugged through radio stations and social media sites.

Examination for the 1st batch of shortlisted applicants for the area coordinator, deputy area coordinator, community empowerment facilitator and municipal finance analyst was already conducted last April 27-28, 2014.

A Job Hiring and Orientation activity will also be facilitated by the RPMO at Robinsons Place, Butuan City on May 2, 2014.

Local chief executives of the 46 target municipalities were already communicated and notified for being recipients of the KC-NCDDP grant and will set meetings for dialogues and orientation with the RPMO in May 2014.

NCDDP is the national expansion of the CDD strategy, which was used and proven effective by Kalahi-CIDSS in its past 11 years of implementation. KC-NCDDP is designed to support CDD post-disaster response and is anchored on its development objective to have barangays/communities of targeted municipalities become more empowered to achieve improved access to services and to participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation.



Measles outbreak reported in Maguindanao
Read 677 times | Posted on April 30, 2014 @ 5 years ago

COTABATO City––A measles outbreak has been declared in Maguindanao and health personnel have taken steps to prevent more cases in the province’s 36 municipalities, officials said.

Dr. Kadil Sinolinding, regional health secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) where Maguindanao is a component province, said for the month of April alone, there were 12 cases of measles and all were confined at the Cotabato Regional Hospital and Medical Center (CRMC).

Sinolinding said he thought the province was measles-free but was surprised when a fellow physician told him of the 12 cases in the CRMC.

“We are addressing it, we declared outbreak to contain the measles and prevent its spread,” Sinolinding told reporters.

Apparently, the Integrated Provincial Health Office in Maguindanao did not submit a status report of the disease to the DOH-ARMM which surprised the regional health secretary.

From January to date, 49 cases have been reported in Maguindanao, 37 of which were already confirmed by the laboratory tests conducted by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

The patients were from the towns of Parang, Shariff Aguak, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Matanog, Barira, Upi, Datu Unsay, Datu Hoffer, Mamasapano, Sultan Kudarat and Pagalungan.

“This is alarming because this is highly contagious and can be transferred to other persons by air,” he said. There was no reported fatality.

Sinolinding said he already ordered an investigation why the provincial health office did not submit a status report to his office in Cotabato City.

He also appealed to DOH-Manila for additional vaccines for heavily affected towns.

Efforts to reach Dr. Tahir Sulaik, Maguindanao health chief, proved futile as of this writing.

Maguindanao is one of the five component provinces of ARMM, which also covers Lanao del Sur, also in mainland Mindanao, and the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

Measles is an infection of the respiratory system, immune system and skin caused by a virus, specifically a paramyxovirus of the genus Morbillivirus.

Symptoms usually develop 7–14 days after exposure to an infected person and the initial symptoms usually include a high fever.

Measles is spread through respiration (contact with fluids from an infected person’s nose and mouth, either directly or through aerosol transmission), and is highly contagious.

Medical experts said 90 percent of people without immunity sharing a living space with an infected person will catch it.

Sinolinding has appealed to the public to immediately see a doctor or health worker when they start feeling the symptoms especially if they were in contact with someone afflicted with measles. (PNA)



DOH says dengue cases in Region 13 reach 942 in 2014
Read 872 times | Posted on April 30, 2014 @ 5 years ago

By PAT SAMONTE, Regional Editor-Caraga

BUTUAN City––The Department of Health has reported that Dengue cases in Caraga Region had reached 942 in less than four months this year. (more…)



P2M in assistance given to Davao City fire victims
Read 713 times | Posted on April 30, 2014 @ 5 years ago

DAVAO CITY – The Department of Health has given around P2 million worth of material assistance to evacuees of the April 4 fire that hit portions of barangays 22-C and 23-C, an official said.

In an interview at an awarding program for anti-malaria personnel held at the Royal Mandaya Hotel last Friday, DOH regional director Abdullah Dumama said the agency has already distributed mosquito nets, medicines, disinfectants, and other medical items to some 3,500 evacuees housed in eight evacuation centers.

Dumama also appealed to the evacuees to immediately report symptoms of illnesses to City Health Office (CHO) personnel so that these could be treated.

He also urged the evacuees to observe proper hygiene and sanitation to avoid contracting diseases.

The official said diarrhea and upper respiratory diseases are common in crowded evacuation centers.

“The city health office is there 24 hours a day, so you have to report to them if you feel that you or your family member is sick,” he said.

Last week, a CHO report showed that three children had already died of measles and sepsis due to dire conditions evacuation camps and in the areas hit by fire.

A four-year-old housed at the Zonta Elementary School died of sepsis a day after reportedly ingesting seawater when he plunged into the water to escape from the fire.

Two others, a two-year-old and a seven-month-old child housed at the Magsaysay Park, reportedly died of measles after their parents refused hospital treatment.

Symptoms of measles, a high communicable disease, include rashes, red eyes and loss of appetite that usually lasts about 7-10 days. It is spread via direct contact or through the air by coughing and sneezing.

City health officer Josephine Villafuerte said they already conducted immunization and outbreak controls when they found out about the case.

“Children susceptible to the disease were inoculated with vitamin A,” she said.

The evacuees are currently staying at five different elementary schools, two gymnasiums and the park. (MindaNews)



19 colleges in Davao City to hike tuition, other fees
Read 839 times | Posted on April 30, 2014 @ 5 years ago

DAVAO CITY – College tuition in Davao City is expected to rise again. (more…)



Oro Chamber hosts MBC confab roadshow
Read 675 times | Posted on April 30, 2014 @ 5 years ago

By C​HENG ORDONEZ
Associate Editor

CAGAYAN de Oro City––The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) in Mindanao, in partnership with the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (Oro Chamber), Misamis Oriental Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (MOFCCCI), STEAG State Power, Inc. and Mindanao Development Authority, hosted the Mindanao Business Conference Roadshow, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at VIP hotel, here.

The event is being done in seven different regions in the island of Mindanao in preparation for the 23rd Mindanao Business Conference.

“The MBC Roadshow is also a pre-conference activity designed to consult and educate the stakeholders in Mindanao on the 2015 ASEAN Economic Integration, which will be the basis for the development of various programs that we can actively pursue with various government agencies,” ​Oro Chamber President Efren ​Uy said.

The presentation during the event included “Status of Previous Year’s Policy Agenda” by Janet Lopoz, executive director of MinDA.

This was followed by a presentation on the preparations for The 23rd Mindanao Business Conference in General Santos City by Rey Billena, conference director, 23rd MinBizCon Regional Governor for Southwestern Mindanao, PCCI.

Ms. Agnes Legaspi, assistant director/OIC, Market Strategy Consultancy Group, Export Marketing Bureau of the Bureau of Export and Trade Promotion, DTI, presented an Overview on the Asean Economic Community and the Philippine Free Trade Agreement.

In preparation of the 23rd Annual Mindanao Business Conference Roadshow to be held at General Santos City and to be hosted by GenSan’s Chamber of Commerce and the Saranggani Chamber of Commerce, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Incorporated (PCCI), Mindanao chapter, prepares businessmen and aspiring investors for the ASEAN Economic Integration envisioned to become a reality by the year 2015.

The GenSan conference intends to consolidate all the issues and concerns that are being expressed by Mindanao investors in preparation for the ASEAN economic integration.

The vision of the ASEAN Economic Community is to establish ASEAN as a single market and production base, turning the diversity that characterizes the region into opportunities for business complementation and making the ASEAN a more dynamic and stronger segment of the global supply chain, the PCCI said.

“ASEAN actually started two years ago, hence, ASEAN integration is not new to us. We’re already there. The integration in 2015 is a mere proclamation,” Annie O. Ty, vice-president for PCCI-Mindanao, said.

“This conference is a venue to air all the concerns and needs to do business better here in Mindanao. It also encourages businessmen in Northern Mindanao to strive for excellence because in Southern Mindanao they’re already achieving their full potential as globally competitive business people.” Ty said.

Antonio Uy, regional governor of PCCI Northern Mindanao, said that ASEAN Economic Integration aims to have fair market and able to compete in world’s economy.

“It promotes the country to become a formidable nation — able to expand and compete on a global level,” he said.



US President hails Filipino war veterans
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United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday hailed Filipino war veterans who fought alongside American forces during World War II.

In his speech before some 300 Filipino and American soldiers at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig, President Obama acknowledged his nation’s “injustice” towards Filipino war veterans, who were denied compensation promised to them by the US government during the war.

“Sadly, the proud service of many of these Filipino veterans was never fully recognized by the United States. Many were denied the compensation they had been promised. It was an injustice,” he said.

Obama said his administration has been working with Congress and other concerned units to correct said wrongdoing.

“We passed a law, reviewed the records, processed claims, and nearly 20,000 Filipino veterans from World War II and their families finally received the compensation they had earned. And it was the right thing to do,” he said.

The US President then honored some of the Filipino war veterans present at the event, among them those who fought in Bataan and Corregidor.

“Some fought in the resistance, including nurse Carolina Garcia Delfin. These veterans are now in their nineties. They are an inspiration to us all, and I’d ask those who can stand to stand or give a wave so that we can all salute their service,” he said to a round of applause and standing ovation from the crowd.

He lauded the heroism of the war veterans, saying that their struggle “brought out the best in the Filipino character in the face of adversity and served as a beacon to freedom loving peoples everywhere.”Before leaving, he had a brief opportunity to shake hands with several veterans and soldiers.

After the event, President Obama paid his respects at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, also in Fort Bonifacio. It is the resting place of Americans and Filipinos who fought in the war.
“These Americans and Filipinos rest in peace as they stood in war — side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder, balikatan,” he said. (PNA)



Dads want documents of all City Hall transactions
Read 688 times | Posted on April 30, 2014 @ 5 years ago

By Cris Diaz
Executive Editor

CAGAYAN de Oro City––The City Council here has passed three unnumbered resolutions asking the city accountant and the Commissions on Audit (COA) copies of all documents of the city’s transactions.

City Councilor Prexy Elipe, chair of the City Council’s Committee on Finance, on Thursday, said that pursuant to the Presidential Decree 1445 and COA Circular 2002-003, the city accountant should provide the city council of documents of all the city government’s financial statements and transactions.

Another resolution also called on the COA to review and verify compliance as to the submission of all contracts, purchase orders, and supporting documents of the city government and furnishing the city council of the documents, Elipe said.

He said that the resolutions were not actually necessary at all since it is the duty of the City Accountant to furnish the City Council the documents of all the transactions of the city government.

However, Elipe said, the City Accountant have not submitted any document on the transactions of the city government since Mayor Oscar Moreno assumed the post as City Mayor of Cagayan De Oro City in 2013.

According to Elipe, the City Council ever wonder about where Moreno gets the funds for the projects of the city government whose appropriations did not get the approval of the City Council.

“To erase doubts as to the sources of funds of the city government’s expenditures, we want the City Accountant and the COA to furnish the City Council with copies of the documents relative to the transactions of the city government,” Elipe added.

City Councilor Candy Darimbang has also passed a resolution asking the City Mayor to compel the City Accountant to furnish the City Council with copies of all documents involving the transactions of the city government.
The City Council passed the three unnumbered resolutions during the council’s regular session last Monday.



Moreno camp laughs off ‘People Power’ strategy
Read 958 times | Posted on April 30, 2014 @ 5 years ago

By CRIS DIAZ
Executive Editor

CAGAYAN de Oro City––City Hall laughed off the “people power” hatched by the local political opposition on Tuesday to physically oust incumbent City Mayor Oscar Moreno as Cagayan De Oro City Mayor. (more…)



CDO ‘people power’ a desperate move, says mayor’s camp
Read 926 times | Posted on April 30, 2014 @ 5 years ago

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – City Hall laughed off the “people power” hatched by the local political opposition on Tuesday to physically oust incumbent Mayor Oscar Moreno.

Maricel Casiño, Moreno’s spokesperson, said the opposition is afraid that the people might find out the “real” Mayor Moreno as feted against the former city mayor. (more…)

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