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DSWD: More livelihood interventions for MCCT areas
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Butuan City — The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) together with Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program conducted on August 20,2015 at LJ Mega Convention, this city a strategic planning regarding the project development and assessment for the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) areas in Caraga
In the region, MCCT implementation covers 31 municipalities/cities covering the four (4) provinces namely, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur.
The activity aims to craft a plan for possible livelihood interventions for MCCT program partner-beneficiaries. The said activity was attended by the DSWD regional program management office staff, SLP project development officers assigned in MCCT areas, MCCT- caseworkers and community facilitators together with the respective provincial link officers of Pantawid Pamilya.
As program handlers who will assess the MCCT livelihood projects at the community level, the planning is a venue to ensure fast implementation of the support services intervention on livelihood to MCCT partner beneficiaries.
MCCT program is designed to reach out to families who are definitely poor and more vulnerable and disadvantaged but are not covered of the regular CCT because of their being excluded in the enumeration of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan. (###SocialMarketingUnitDSWDFieldOfficeCaraga###).



DAR chief hands titles, eqpt. to farmers in Peace Caravan
Read 699 times | Posted on August 31, 2015 @ 3 years ago

By JOIE CEBALLOS

LIANGA, Surigao del Sur — Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes led the distribution of land ownership awards (CLOAs) to 24 farmers during a Peace Caravan last August 25, 2015 here. (more…)



Bomb threats disrupt work, court proceedings
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DAVAO City––The court proceedings at the Hall of Justice, including the arraignment of the three accused in the murder of Richard King were disrupted after two Regional Trial Court (RTC) branches received bomb threats from an anonymous caller Friday.
An employee of RTC Branch 9 received a call from a man telling her: “may bomba akong inilagay dyan hindi ako nagbibiro (I placed a bomb there I am not joking)” and then hanged up. The employee immediately informed her colleague about the threat and asked for police assistance. Police authorities were able to get the mobile phone number of the anonymous caller that they are now tracking for investigation.
After 10 minutes, the stenographer of RTC Branch 10 also received a call from a man telling her: “Makinig ka may bomba ako inilagay dyan, pasabugin ko yan lahat di ako nagbibiro (You listen I placed a bomb there, I will explode it I am not joking)”.
This prompted police authorities to order all employees and people inside the Justice building to get out allowing police to inspect all offices.
The Special Weapons and Tactics team of the Davao City Police Office and the Explosive Ordnance Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines searched offices. After an hour, they declared the building safe.
The incident resulted in the postponement of the scheduled arraignment of three accused in the murder case in relation to the killing of Cebu City-based businessman Richard King.
The three accused Paul Dave Labang, Rommel dela Cerna and Rodel dela Cerna arrived but RTC Branch 16 Presiding Executive Judge Emmanuel Carpio rescheduled their arraignment.
This development will also delay the proceedings against Supt. Leonardo Felonia since the arraignment of the three accused was pursuant to the order of the Supreme Court, which granted the police officer’s petition to change the venue of hearing with regards to his case due to threats of his life in Davao City. (PNA)



Digong: 50-50 chance now on running for president
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By Antonio L. Colina IV of MindaNews

DAVAO City––As calls encouraging him to run for president intensified, Davao City mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Friday it’s now a 50-50 chance that he may run for the country’s highest post in next year’s national elections.
He told reporters at the culmination of the “Run Duterte Run” caravan on Friday: “(Will) it be 50-50 if I am not considering to run?” he said, adding his decision “could go either way.”
Duterte had earlier said he was not at all interested in the Presidency.
On Friday, he said he still needs more time to convince his family, especially his daughter, former City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who objects to his running for President because of age. Duterte is turning 70 in March.
“Wala ko problema, si Inday murag naga-dala sa pamilya. Anak gud nako na. Kabalo ka anang Inday (I don’t have any problems. It’s Sara who handles the family after her mother and I got separated. She’s my daughter. You know Sara),” he said.
Duterte, mayor from 1988 to 1998, representative of the first district from 1998 to 2001 and mayor again from 2001 to 2010, served as vice mayor to his daughter-mayor from 2010 to 2013. In 2013, he was elected mayor for the seventh time with son Paolo as vice mayor.
Duterte has been prodded by various groups since last year to run for President in 2016 but he has repeatedly said he was not interested in running, until Friday’s 50-50 possibility.
If he can have his way, he explained, he would like to serve the people despite his age because “I love the Philippines, it is the land of my birth, it is the home of my people.”
A little more time
Despite the incessant objection of his family, Duterte added he would only need a little more time to get their approval.
“Konting panahon na lang at kausapin ko sila… Baka makita ng mga anak ko, baka mag-iba ang isip nila. Pagmag-usap kami nito (Sara), sabihin ko na lang ‘day, makita mo naman ang hiningi ng mga tao,” (Just give me a little more time and I will talk to them… My children might change their mind. When I talk to Sara, I will tell her, ‘Day, you have seen what the people are asking), he said before a thousand supporters from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The sea of people who had participated in the caravan since August 15 then broke into cheers after gleaning a possibility that Duterte had been moved by the massive support and that he would finally decide to run.
“Basta pag-dating ng panahon, walang sisihan. Siguraduhin lang ninyo, kayong mga hindi taga dito, siguraduhin ninyo na manalo ako” (When the time comes, no blaming. Just make sure, those who are not from here, make sure I win).
The caravan, which started on August 15 in Manila, was organized by a group called “Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Coordinating Committee” (MRRD NECC), which gathered some 10,000 supporters and at least 3,000 vehicles from across the country, as a show of support for Duterte.

In the gathering of councilors at SMX Convention Center Davao last June, former mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said she will give her all-out support should her father decide to run for President even if running for this position is unfit for his age, considering that he will be facing a multitude of problems that have to be addressed.

Constitutional constraints
In his 70-minute speech, he made reference to the Presidency six times and how he would run the country and what reforms he would implement.
First, Duterte said it is going to be a tough road for his administration if ever he becomes President and that he would only face the same fate as former Presidents Joseph Ejercito Estrada and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and President Benigno S. Aquino III if he works within the present Constitutional structure.
“I do not want to get elected and sit there at pareho lang ang sistema na susundin ko, I am bound to fail… I cannot solve the problems,” he said while pertaining to the corruption problems that are hounding most of the politicians in the country. He said he would only lengthen the agony of the Filipinos should he become President if he follows the same system that works according to the Constitution, which for Duterte, is the problem itself.
“Kasi sa Constitution mismo, nandyan ang corruption,” he said.
Duterte has been going around the key areas in the country to push for a shift to a federal form of government.
He said he does not want to fail in fulfilling his duties at the end of the six-year term.
He also reiterated earlier pronouncements that he would declare a revolutionary government should there be anyone who would get in his way and file an impeachment case against him while he is implementing reforms.
“Pag ako kinuwestyon at pinaylan ng impeachment ground, makiusap ako sa kanila… at kung ito lang ang paraan para magkaroon tayo ng reporma at pahirapan, magdeclare ako ng revolutionary government (If they would question me and file an impeachment case, I will talk to them… and if this is the only way to bring about reforms and they’ll make it difficult, I will declare a revolutionary government,” he said.
He also discussed cleaning up government agencies such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bureau of Customs, Government Service Insurance Company, Social Security System, and Philippine National Police of corrupt officials and workers.
Mindanao first
Should his plan on having a revolutionary government take shape, he said he will prioritize Mindanao first and that he would talk to the Moro people.
He said he got a copy of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law before it reached Congress, “at nung binasa ko sabi ko mahirap, baka hindi makalusot” (when I read it, I said, this will face difficulties, it might not pass).
He said he would also appeal to the communists to give up armed struggle to allow development to prosper. “Let’s not take arms against each other. Why kill each other?,” he said.
He also lambasted the unfair sharing of Internal Revenue Allotment among local government units and the biases in the allocation of infrastructure projects in Mindanao. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)



Foreigners crush locals in Oro MMA fight
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By MARK FRANCISCO
Staffmember

ALL the indigenous fighters from local host MUMMA or the Mindanao Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts were humiliated by invaders from Manila and Singapore who dominated The Proving Grounds 5 Retribution: Cage Supremacy last Thursday as co-presented by BusinessWeek Mindanao and Mindanao Daily News led by president and CEO Dante Sudaria.
The foreign players from two Singaporean and Japanese stables – two Americans, a Cuban and a Japanese – all won before their respective opponents.
In the opening
strawweight salvo, Jobert Baylen of Manila did his best to entertain the crowd but was ultimately overpowered by an armbar nudge of his Japanese opponent, Hiromitsu Irie, the only other Asian nationality in the ten-bout event.

Baylen’s fellow at the Takedown Fight Academy stable, Rabin Catalan, successfully pinned down Davao City pride Ruben Lanaza in the flyweight category during the second round of the second fight.

In the third bout (bantamweight), debutante Jay Malubay smeared his MMA entry and was forced to tap out at 1:03 in the first round after experiencing a rear neck choke from opponent Arnel Ylanan of Cebu.

Another Davaoeño, Lanz Tenorio, succumbed to the barrage of Manila’s Erdie Bautista in the second strawweight bout of the evening at the jampacked Limketkai Atrium and tapped out at 2:06 in the first round.

What followed next was a thriller for the 3,500 fans who flocked the venue that night. Crowd favorite Jun Paderna, a boxing champ in his generation, faced off with knockout kickboxing expert Rendel Camensi. The 139-Lb strong Paderna absorbed the kickboxing and grappling offenses of Camensi only to come back with a strong punch against his opponent at 2:50 in the second round, knocking Camensi out.

The sixth fight was equally entertaining because it featured the only bout between females in TPG 5. Underdog and fresh arnis college varsity graduate Queeney Saenz fiercely fought off the barrages of chinita Ultra Tan and came back slashing her fairer-skinned opponent under the eyes. But in the end, the referee stopped the fight at 1:50 in the second round after the taller Tan kept on choking the defiant Saenz in her grappling lock.

What followed was a stunning humiliation for Cagayanons. Taller and sturdier Cuban Emilio Urrutia easily fended off the attack by homegrown fighter Carlo Mabilen of MUMMA and locked him in a Kimura, forcing him off the fight. It was the first Cagayanon defeat of the evening.

In the eighth fight, the audience was shocked when American Will Chope handcarried Arsen Escayo and slammed him to the ground in a rear neck choke. Escayo tapped out in the lightweight fight and emerged bloodying above the eyes and nose.

The next fight was also filled with crowd roars as another Cagayanon, Renato Jabiniao II, stepped into the cage. Both he and his opponent, Drex Zamboanga of Manila, showed their Christian roots – Jabiniao kneeled down in prayer before the first round and Zamboanga printed out a Romans 6:3 Bible verse in his fight shorts. In the end, only Zamboanga’s prayer was answered. Jabiniao’s corner threw in the red towel at 4:37 in the third round after the fighter was already groggy from the stronger Zamboanga’s constant pinning down on the floor.

The main bout of the evening was predictably short. MUMMA’s pambato Rex de Lara executed a series of Muay Thai and grappling moves against American Luke Adams in the featherweight division but ultimately bowed down to a rear neck choke against his taller opponent from the Juggernaut Fight Club of Singapore.

Despite the heartbreaking loss to the MUMMA stable, event promoter Roselyn Hung said The Proving Grounds 5 Retribution: Cage Supremacy had achieved its purpose – to bring MMA as a mainstream sports event in Mindanao.

Hung vowed for more MMA features in the coming months.



Xavier University, World Bank cink Knowledge Sharing Partnership
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Text and Photos
by MIKE BAÑOS

THE oldest university in Cagayan de Oro City, and one of the world’s biggest knowledge sharers have signed a partnership agreement which would expand its knowledge sharing network in the Philippines and abroad.
Fr. Roberto Yap, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan president, and World Bank Philippines Country Director Motoo Konishi signed the partnership agreement on
August 26 which links the university as the 18th member to the Knowledge for Development Community (KDC) in the Philippines and the first in Northern Mindanao.
Mr. Konishi said the World Bank partnerd with XU-ADC since the latter’s research and outreach programs under RSO Vice Pres Hilly Roa-Quiaot align with the WB’s Country Partnership Strategy for the Philippines.
Specifically, the partners look forward to engagements in Transparent and Accountable Governance, Empowerment of the Poor and Vulnerable; Rapid, Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth; Climate change, environment, and disaster risk management; and, Peace, Institution Building, and Social Economic Opportunity.
The new partnership calls for the partners to jointly undertake knowledge sharing activities to discuss development challenges and solutions with grassroots participation.



IP entrepreneurs join R-10 trade fair
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By IRENE DAYO, Staff Writer

SMALL-medium-sized entrepreneurs from indigenous people (IP) communities in the Northern Mindanao region have joined for the first time the Kahimunan Regional Trade Fair, an event now on its seventh year that is named after an IP word meaning “gathering”.
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Director Linda O. Boniao said the Kahimunan is intended to provide IPs, who are mostly based in remote areas, a venue to sell their unique goods.
“This is a way of bringing their products from their places to the market,” Ms. Boniao said in an interview.
The participating IP groups include the Manobo and Higaonon of Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte, and others from Bukidnon.
The nine-day Kahimunan Regional Trade Fair, set to run until Aug. 30, is conducted as part of the city’s annual Higalaay Cagayan de Oro Fiesta.
Ms. Boniao said last year’s Kahimunan brought in about P1 million in sales for the participating micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs).
She said the DTI is expecting higher sales this year for its 56 participating exhibitors.
“We monitor the sales not for anything else but to see that they have sales, and when they go back to their provinces, they would be grateful about participating in the Kahimunan,” she said.
The MSMEs are asked at the beginning of the fair to set a sales goal and those who miss the target are given assistance by the DTI on product assessment and development.
Ms. Boniao said the weaknesses could be lack of promotional tools, poor labeling or packaging.
The products are categorized into processed food, crafts and fashion accessories, sugar, coffee and other beverages, nuts and cashew, spices and condiments, health and organic products, furniture and furnishings, and home style and living.
The Kahimuan Trade Fair was also previously brought by the DTI Region 10 office to national events in the capital Metro Manila as part of the “One-Town-One-Product” program.



Xavier University, World Bank ink knowledge sharing partnership
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By MIKE BAÑOS, Editor-at-Large

THE city’s oldest university and one of the world’s biggest knowledge sharers have signed a partnership agreement which would expand its knowledge sharing network in the Philippines and abroad.
Fr. Roberto Yap, S.j., Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan president and World Bank Philippines Country Director Motoo Konishi signed the partnership agreement Agust 26 which links the university as the 18th member to the Knowledge for Development Community (KDC) in the Philippines and the first in Northern Mindanao.
Mr. Konishi said the World Bank partnerd with XU-ADC since the latter’s research and outreach programs under RSO Vice Pres Hilly Roa-Quiaot align with the WB’s Country Partnership Strategy for the Philippines.
Specifically, the partners look forward to engagements in Transparent and Accountable Governance, Empowerment of the Poor and Vulnerable; Rapid, Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth; Climate change, environment, and disaster risk management; and, Peace, Institution Building, and Social Economic Opportunity.
The new partnership calls for the partners to jointly undertake knowledge sharing activities to discuss development challenges and solutions with grassroots participation.



Bidders for Steag plant down to 6
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THE bidders for the 210-megawatt power output of the Mindanao coal fired power plant has been reduced to six, according to Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) president and chief executive officer Lourdes Alzona. (more…)



TCL to Sponsor Promotional Tour of Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation
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Endeavoring to enhance global entertainment marketing

MANILA, Philippines – July 31, 2015 – TCL, a leading player in the global TV industry, recently announced that it will sponsor the promotional tour of the highly anticipated Hollywood movie “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” which will be initially released on July 30th, 2015 in the Philippines. The promotional tour led by the leading actor, Tom Cruise, is expected to make a big hit among the movie fans. Unsurprisingly, the audience will find that TCL has also placed one of its products in the movie when it is on show.
In recent years, TCL has been endeavoring to enhance its global entertainment marketing as the company transforms from a conventional TV manufacturer into a multimedia entertainment technology enterprise and expands its global presence. Entertainment marketing has helped TCL to build brand equity globally, especially among the younger generation. In 2013, TCL bought the naming rights on the landmark Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Along with that, TCL has previously sponsored movies such as Iron Man 3, The Avengers, Transformers 3, and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
“TCL has emerged as a true player on the Hollywood landscape. The global reach of the brand makes TCL a very valuable partner in our plan to build audience anticipation for ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,’” said LeeAnne Stables, President of Worldwide Marketing Partnerships & Licensing at Paramount Pictures.
“Entertainment marketing is a key part of our globalization strategy and is essential for our transformation into a multimedia entertainment technology enterprise,” said Warren Wang. General Manager of TCL Multimedia Overseas Business Center. “The ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise has a legacy of delivering high quality entertainment experiences, which aligns with TCL’s goal to offer consumers high quality products with superior content, stylish design, and the latest technology at a great value. We believe that Paramount will be the perfect partner to help reach a global audience and enhance our tie with the younger generation.”
In order to provide more diversified entertainment content and smart TV experiences for the users, TCL has developed GoLive, a revolutionary international video entertainment platform that delivers a diverse selection of licensed live content from quality TV stations around the world. It has also partnered with leading content providers such as iQIYI, Tencent Games and Roku, and as a result launched TCL iQIYI TV and TCL Roku TV.
Apart from the abundant contents, TCL is also leveraging its R&D strengths and innovation capabilities to bring better entertainment and smart TV experiences to the users. For example, its latest products H9700 and H8800 are both equipped with world-class display and acoustic technologies, including Quantum Dot display (H9700)/Curved Surface (H8800) and Wide Color Gamut technology to guarantee ultra high definition and vivid colors, Harman/Kardon speakers to generate an unprecedented immersive experience in sound, along with a Nordic design of the TV set.
TCL is currently ranked No. 4 in LCD TV shipment, No. 5 in LCD panel manufacturing and No. 6 in mobile phone shipment on global basis. In Q1 2015, TCL’s sales revenue stood at $3.9 billion, with TCL Multimedia contributing $1.1 billion, or 28%. TCL Multimedia recorded a net profit of $6.18 million in Q1 2015, up 184.6% year-on-year.
About TCL
Founded in 1981, TCL Corporation (000100.SZ) is one of the largest consumer electronics enterprises in China. Currently it has three listed subsidiaries: TCL Multimedia (01070.HK), TCL Communication (02618. HK), and Tonly Electronics (01249.HK), with a diverse business portfolio covering LCD TVs, LCD panels, mobile phones, audio and video equipment, home appliances and lighting products. Starting from 2014, TCL is focusing its goal of building new customer-centered “product + service” business model, while pushing its transformation towards “smart + Internet technologies.” TCL is committed to its new vision of “enriching lives of its customers by rendering products and services of ultimate experience.” For more information, please visit its website: http://www.tcl.com/English.php/index/index.html
Contact:
Marie Lara Pauline B. Bobier
Public Relations and Marketing Specialist
Think Big Events and Media Management
[email protected]
722 – 6611 local 112
Smart: 0939 930 1237 / Globe: 0906 207 1237

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