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AFP modernization well on its way, says Sen. Trillanes
Read 630 times | Posted on August 31, 2014 @ 3 years ago

By NOEL B. NAJARRO of Philippine News Agency

BUTUAN City – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, chair of the Senate National Defense and Security Committee, said in a press forum Friday morning that the country is well on its way with regard modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

In a press forum with the local media held at the Philippine Information Agency 13 Regional Office, Sen. Trillanes said that the under the amended AFP Modernization Law, major upgrade of weapon and non-weapon technology will be carried out. “The AFP will be provided with P75 billion in fresh infusion for the first five years of implementation,” he said.

Also according to the Trillanes, the Senate finally passed a resolution increasing the subsistence allowance of the soldiers and other uniformed personnel on the third and final reading.

Trillanes who is the principal author and sponsor of the measure, said that “by providing a modest increase on the existing subsistence allowance of our uniformed personnel, we hope to uplift their morale and recognize their sacrifices for the country.”

Other measures taken in order to further strengthen the country’s defense posture according to the senator was to strengthen the Philippines’ alliances with the US and with the other neighboring countries such as the ASEAN, Australia, Japan and Korea without offending China. “This is done in order to enhance our defense cooperative agreement with these countries,” he said.

According to the senator, this will make the Philippines’ cooperative military exercises more efficient and effective.

Trillanes was joined in the said forum by Michael Leo Torralba of the Samahang Magdalo, Butuan Balanghai Chapter, Fryan Abkilan, Deputy Regional Director, PIA 13 and Director Abner Caga of PIA 13.



DILG convenes NGA, NAPC and CSO on GBP 2016 RUN
Read 575 times | Posted on August 31, 2014 @ 3 years ago

Butuan City – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 13 convened Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) participating National Government Agencies (NGAs), Community Mobilizers and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) last August 26-27, 2014 at Pietro’s Square, Imadejas, this city, to prepare the grounds for the GPB 2016 run.

The workshop is generally aimed at enhancing the present GPB process by addressing issues and concerns, learning lessons learnt from previous experiences and clarifying myths and misconceptions surrounding GPB. Poised to commence this September 2014, the department is preparing for a bigger and better GPB process.

“We wanted to develop a holistic module that will guide our community mobilizers and other key players to ensure wider participation, increase efficiency in reaching the poor and pushing of evidence-based and community–driven projects that really address poverty”, DILG 13 Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion said.

“The clamor for improving and enhancing people participation in the entire process is evident in all lessons learnt activities we conducted; hence, this [workshop] also serves as ground to crystallize and resolve all issues and concerns relative to GPB”. Citing a World Bank Report, Dir. Famacion added that when communities are involve in the planning, designing and implementation of the program, the project is likely to succeed.

The activity was participated by NGAs (DTI, DOLE, DSWD, DepED, TESDA, NEDA, DBM, DENR, and DAR), Basic Sector representatives, community mobilizers and National Anti- Poverty Commission (NAPC) focal persons. “We recognize that detractors will never run out of issues and concerns concerning the GPB implementation; however, when all players and partners have one eye to achieve our common goal, we can make a difference and improve the lives of poor communities in the region,” Dir. Famacion ends.



DA-PAMANA implements P168.5 million FMR projects in Caraga
Read 680 times | Posted on August 31, 2014 @ 3 years ago

By PAT SAMONTE-Caraga Regional Editor

BUTUAN City – The Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office 13 said it had released a total of P168.5 million to finance farm-to-market road projects in Caraga in 2013 under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program. (more…)



Davao City’s booming BPO jobs have few takers, high stress
Read 785 times | Posted on August 31, 2014 @ 3 years ago

By TYRONE A. VELEZ

DAVAO City – The business processing outsourcing (BPO) industry here is expected to generate some 37,000 jobs in Davao City in the next two years. But while industry leaders here admit to difficulty in meeting this demand, some sectors want more protection of workers’ rights. (more…)



NPA rebels disarm 5 scty guards in Bkdn
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By CRIS DIAZ
Executive Editor

MANOLO Fortich, Bukidnon––About 10 unidentified armed men believed members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) disarmed five private security guards here shortly before noon last Saturday, the police said.

Witnesses told the responding government troopers that the armed men raided a subdivision in the village of San Miguel in Manolo Fortich about 11:30 a.m. Saturday and disarmed the security guards manning the outpost.

The NPA carted away five shotguns owned by the security guards before fleeing to an unknown direction as the military and police established road blocks along the major highway in Manolo Fortich.

Police said that the rebels also put up a blocking forces in the interior roads leading to the subdivision in the village of San Miguel while the raid on the security outpost was in progress.

The security guards who were caught by surprised did not resist. There was no report of exchanged of gunfires but residents in the village scampered and padlocked their houses as the raid progressed, the police said.

The military and the police have dispatched a contigent of combined government troopers to Manolo Fortich to secure the area for fear that the rebels might staged another attack on various Bukidnon-based multi-national companies in the province.

Last Thursday, the military repulsed an attempt of the NPA rebels to breach the security of a banana plantation and a piggery farm in the outskirts of Libona in Buklidnon.

The military are not taking chances following raid of the security outpost in San Miguel, Manolo Fortich since the NPA rebels raided the Del Monte Philippines Inc. in Camp Philipps, Manolo Fortich in February last year.

Army Major Christian Uy, the spokesperson of the army’s 4th Infantry Division, said that the army’s 3rd Special Forces have been deployed to secure the companies in Manolo Fortich and Libona, all of Bukidnon following a series of attacks by the communist NPA in the area since last year.



Two abducted army soldiers remain in NPA rebel’s custody
Read 560 times | Posted on August 31, 2014 @ 3 years ago

By CRIS DIAZ, Executive Editor

IMPASUG-ONG, Bukidnon––The two abducted soldiers of the army’s 8th Infantry Battalion here remain unharm as negotiations for their safe release gained headway, the military said on Sunday.

Army Lt. Norman Tagros, the spokesperson of the army’s 8th IB here, said that the military has started negotiating for the release of the soldiers through the members of the tribal communities, the leaders of the religious groups, and the local government units here.

Tagros said that Pfc and Pfc , both members of the army’s 8th IB, were on marketing in Bontongon, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon last August 22, 2014 when abducted by unidentified and masked armed men.
The communist New People’s Army (NPA) in Bukidnon issued a statement, a day after the military declared the two army soldiers missing, to claim responsibility in the abduction of the government troopers.

In the statement, the NPA’s North Central Mindanao Region, said that the communist rebels are treating the two soldiers as “prisoners of wars” whose rights are protected under the provisions of the Geneva Convention.

“The family, friends,and relatives of the two soldiers need not worry since the soldiers are treated well and are in good condition,” Allan Juanito, the NPA spokesperson said in a statement to the local media here.

Tagros said that the military has dispatched a combined operations of the army’s 403rd Brigade and the 8th IB to conduct a rescue and recovery of the two soldiers.

He said that while the rescue for the safe recovery of the two soldiers continues, the peace and development activities of the military in the farming village of Bontongon continue.

The town of Impasug-ong in Bukidnon hogged the news headlines when the NPA assassinated its town Mayor Mario Okinlay early last month on his way home, a day after holding a medical mission in Bontongon.

The local police in Bukidnon has announced the arrest of two suspected NPA rebels who were reportedly responsible in the killing of town Mayor Okinlay. However, the NPA denied that the suspected assassins were members of the communist NPA rebels.



Solon turns over of P95m irrigation projects in Oro
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By CRIS DIAZ
Executive Editor

CAGAYAN de Oro City––Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez of Cagayan De Oro City has turned over and grounbroke seven irrigation projects worth P 95 million in the outskirt villages here on Friday. (more…)



Power interruption persists due to right-of-way violators: NGCP
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THE National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) warns that power outages may persist in areas with perennial Right-of-Way (ROW) problems.

The 26.5-kilometer Baloi- Marawi 69-kilovolt (kV) line in Lanao del Norte, which transmits power to Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative (LASURECO) and Mindanao State University (MSU), frequently trips due to vegetation growing beneath it.

According to reports, residents living near the line intentionally plant trees along the line, ignoring the warnings of NGCP on the negative effects of such action on power transmission.

“Because of these ROW violators, the line tripped eight times in the month of June which lasted from 40 minutes to almost five hours. In the end, it is the consumers who suffer,” said NGCP president and CEO Henry Sy, Jr.

NGCP said that landowners deliberately plant along their lines to demand unreasonable amounts in exchange of permission to enter their properties for line maintenance. As a result, line clearing and maintenance took longer for NGCP line personnel.

“ROW violations add to our maintenance cost because we have to clear-up the lines before we maintain or repair it. Our personnel also have to extend working hours to finish these activities,” added Sy.

The system operator takes a proactive approach on the ROW violation issue by conducting a massive information campaign to local media and host communities.

Recognizing the importance of community engagement, NGCP also regularly asks the local government unit’s assistance to solve the problem.

“Local government units will be a big help to us by talking to these landowners to allow us to enter their properties to maintain our lines. We need their assistance because, not only our operations get affected, but also the local cooperatives and end-consumers,” said Sy.

NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. NGCP transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines and towers, substations and related assets. NGCP’s regular maintenance activities and expansion projects aim to enhance the reliability and quality of electricity delivered to customers.



Mindanao biz conference to tackle Asean integration
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HEADLINING the agenda of the 23rd Mindanao Business Conference next month are delegates from the academe, business sector, and government agencies that will help lay the foundation for this year’s theme, “Growth Beyond Convergence.”

This conference, hosted by the General Santos City Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Sarangani Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. will be held on September 1-3 in General Santos City, at KCC Mall.

With the integration of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) next year, the conference will tackle issues considered crucial for Mindanao business relating to the economic integration of the region. These delegates from different sectors will discuss important issues on the ASEAN market, multilateral trade agreements, food and energy security, trade and finance, intellectual property and geopolitical challenges.

According to Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon – one of the keynote speakers of the event – “The theme of this year’s conference highlights the need to level-up from the unity and cooperation that Mindanao has achieved, into becoming more aggressive in gaining global competitiveness.”

The conference will allow stakeholders from both private and public sector to exchange views and ideas on how ASEAN economies can benefit from highly competitive international economy, he said.

Gov. Solon emphasizes the need for local industries to exchange views and to prepare for competition among their ASEAN counterparts. Mindanao’s close proximity to ASEAN members like Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore makes it the Philippines’ gateway for trade.

He said that if Mindanao successfully fulfills its role as a gateway – connecting the country to the rest of ASEAN members – Mindanaoans will reap its well-deserved economic stimulus.

“I am optimistic that this year’s gathering of senior business leaders, members of the local chambers of commerce, government policy makers, and investors will result to increased dynamism in working for inclusive growth,” Gov. Solon said.

The Province of Sarangani recognizes the challenges posed by the liberalization of trade and industry. “Hence, our Sulong Sarangani program hopes to “narrow the gaps” by converging its resources with the private sector, enabling it to benefit from globalization.” Gov. Solon added.

Conference organizers are expecting up to 1,500 participants, 1,200 from Mindanao and 200 foreign delegates from different foreign chambers of commerce. Also expected to attend this year’s conference is President Benigno Aquino III.

This year’s Mindanao Business Conference is a collaboration among the local government units of General Santos City and Sarangani Province, Mindanao Development Authority, and Department of Trade and Industry; and its lead convener, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. (PNA)



Lumbia sale eyed to fund railway system
Read 738 times | Posted on August 31, 2014 @ 3 years ago

By SAMMY F. MARTIN, Philippine News Agency

TWO lawmakers from Mindanao are eyeing the proceeds of the sale of an old airport to fund Mindanao Railway System (MRS) that can entice investors both local and foreign. (more…)

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