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Secretary Andanar: Peace and order at hand with creation of Bangsamoro Region

August 30, 2021

MANILA - The administration has attained various notable  achievements in terms of ensuring peace and order in the country and part of this is the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said on Friday.      He cited this as one of the legacies of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in terms of attaining lasting peace in Mindanao.      “Ilang administrasyon yan na ipinaglaban pero ngayon lang sa panahon ni Presidente Duterte naging batas [Many administrations have pushed for it, but it was only now during the term of President Duterte that it became a law],” he said.       Through Republic Act 11054 or the 'Bangsamoro Organic Law, the Muslim community in Mindanao was given the autonomy to pursue its political, economic, social,  and cultural development in its indicated jurisdiction.       The legislation culminates the peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that spanned for 17 years since its talks started in 1997.       Apart from this, the administration’s anti-criminality, and anti-illegal drugs campaigns have pushed back the number of crimes reported across the country. According to Secretary Andanar, the crime volume in the country during the administration of President Duterte dropped by at least 64 percent.      Along with this, more than P50 billion worth of illegal drugs have been seized; more than 700 drug dens have been dismantled; and more than 1.2 million drug dependents have voluntarily surrendered themselves to be rehabilitated, to date.      “Mas panatag na ang loob ng ating mga kababayan na maglakad pauwi dahil [sila] ay kumbinsido na hindi sila mabibiktima ng krimen. Mayroon na pong law and order [Our countrymen are more at ease, that they can walk home knowing they will not be victims of crime. There is law and order],” he said as he went on to mention other initiatives which defanged modus operandi in airports, such as the tanim-bala extortion scheme and the so-called pastillas scheme.       The government has reported significant strides in terms of its anti-insurgency bid in conflict-affected areas in the countryside through the creation of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).      Secretary Andanar cited that more than 18,000 rebels have surrendered to the authorities because of the whole-of-nation approach. This approach has been successful in convincing communist rebels to give up the armed struggle as there are readily available programs and projects that will help them reintegrate into their communities.       There is also the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, which was signed by President Duterte to give the country more teeth in curbing threats and acts of terrorism.

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'Rufus" is top performer in nationwide job performance

August 16, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: House Deputy Speaker and Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez ranked 7th among 300 Representatives in the latest nationwide job performance survey.      The public satisfaction survey was conducted by the RP-Mission and Development Foundation Incorporated.       Rodriguez earned 67 per cent job performance rating from respondents in the entire Philippines making him No. 7 in the entire country and ranking him the No. 1 Congressman among Mindanao representatives.       “I am very honored to be ranked 7th of the Top performing Representatives in the country and No. 1 in Mindanao. I dedicate this recognition to my beloved constituents in Cagayan de Oro City,” Rodriguez said.      The other Mindanaonon lawmakers who placed 8th and 10th in ranking is presidential son and Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo Duterte (Region 11) and Sarangani Rep. Rogelio Pacquiao (Region 12) with 65 per cent and 62 per cent respectively.      The survey also shows that House Speaker and Marinduque Rep. Lord Velasco ranked 1st with 85 per cent performance rating.       The “House of Representatives Public Satisfaction Survey” conducted by RP- Mission and Development Foundation Inc. is an independent, non-commissioned nationwide survey and performed per district in every region with a total of 10,000 respondents.      In the survey,  Rodriguez also rank No. 1 among fourteen district representatives in Northern Mindanao       It can be noted that as of April 8, Rodriguez also ranked 1st among the members of the House with most number of bills filed at 689. He also has perfect attendance.

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VAX TOGETHER | Asialink secures 10K vaccine doses, champions vaccination for workers

July 26, 2021

In support of the government’s efforts to expedite vaccination among Filipinos, Asialink Finance Corporation (AFC), one of the leading and fastest-growing finance companies, rolls out “Bakunado Sigurado” to build vaccine confidence among its workers and establish an accessible, fast and convenient way to get them vaccinated.   By entering into a tripartite agreement with the Department of Health and vaccine manufacturer Moderna through the International Container Terminal Services, Inc., AFC’s more than 500 workers in its more than 80 branches nationwide will receive two doses of the vaccine free of charge.      “Our team has proven that despite the pandemic we continue to provide our services for our communities with great care, teamwork, passion and integrity. Now that the vaccines are coming, we have secured doses of hope for all employees as one team,” said Chief Operating Officer Eillen B. Mangubat.      Its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines has arrived with more scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of the year, at which point mass vaccination of its employees begins. Given a steady supply, all workers will be immunized by Q4 2021.      AFC has tied up with top-tier hospitals nationwide to administer the vaccine doses including the network of The Medical City and Cebu Doctors Hospital.      “Dako jud ang pasalamat namo sa Asialink kay dili biya tanang kompanya muhatag ug libre nga bakuna (We are thankful to Asialink because not all companies would offer free vaccination),” said Anna Katrina Banez, Area Manager-Visayas. “Ug abot jud sa tanang isla diri sa Visayas nga duna mi empleyado ang mabakunahan jud. (And it extends to all islands in the Visayas where there are employees.)”       “Bisan pa na layo na mi sa head office, coordinated gihapon nga mabakunahan tanan among kauban sa trabaho. Importante gyud nga naa kay depensa na bakuna (Even if we’re far from the head office, arrangements have been made to vaccinate all of us employees. This is important for our protection),” said Val Vergara, Area Manager-Mindanao.

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Sinacaban town holds ‘immersion, serbisyo caravan’

May 17, 2021

SINACABAN, Misamis Occidental--Sinacaban town through the leadership of Mayor Dello Lood complied with the Executive Order 70 through the "Immersion and Serbisyo Caravan" under the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP), where basic services are brought to Barangay San Lorenzo Ruiz, Sinacaban, a far-flung barangay in the municipality, which is one of Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT)-influenced areas.      San Lorenzo Barangay Captain Jean Macan expressed her appreciation to both the local government, 10th Infantry Battalion, Philippine National Police (PNP)-Oroquieta and other national line agency for conducting the immersion and serbisyo caravan activity.      “Kining hatag sa mga tao sa among barangay nagpakita nga ang gobyerno seryoso sa ilang saad nga mga serbisyo ug maapil mi sa mga proseso sa pag-uswag, (These services gave assurance to the people in our barangay that the government is serious in its commitment to bring change and to include us in the development process),” she said.       During the immersion and serbisyo caravan, Mayor Dello Lood said they will ensure that the true service of the government will reach the barangay and he urges the residents to seek for assistance if evey they encounter problems.      For his part, Sinacaban Police Captain Alvin Tamayo said the caravan aims to bring various services of the government to address and help the residents of barangay San Lorenzo.      “Only the government has the capacity to help solve the problems in (your) community, not the armed group of rebels and you just have to trust the government and be patient,” he added.      Meanwhile, 10th Infantry Battalion Officer 1Lt Rufino Velasco underscored the importance of the RCSP, an umbrella program under Executive Order No. 70 - institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approach to end local communist armed conflict (ELCAC) in the country.       “Nandito ang full support ng local government unit kasama din ng ibang agencies at police. Mas maganda na ang program ng gobyerno. Ganu’n ka seryoso ang ating presidente sa kagustuhan niyang masugpo ang problema ng insurgency,” Velasco said.      (The local government unit is here to support together with the other agencies and police. The government program is now made better. That's how our president is serious to end the problem of insurgency)      The 'Serbisyo Caravan' highlighted the medical mission from the Municipal Health Office (MHO), which offers free medical and dental check-up, hemoglobin test, and random blood sugar test.      Beneficiaries also received food packs, 20 pcs of plastic chairs, alcohol and face masks, slippers for the children, and gentleman's haircut, circumcision from 10IB and other services. Farmers in the area also received vegetable seeds, corn seeds, tilapia fingerlings, dewormer for small livestock from Municipal Agriculture's Office. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)

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TESDA-10 distributes toolkits to STEP scholars in MisOcc

May 17, 2021

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental--The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) distributed starter toolkits for the scholars in district II, Misamis Occidental held at MGM, Gymnasium, Banadero, Ozamiz City.      A total of 120 graduates of the 2019 Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) of TESDA received tool kits to help them jumpstart their livelihood.      The recipients of these toolkits are graduates from Ozamiz, Tangub and Clarin who completed training programs in Cake Making (Leading to Bread and Pastry NC II), Plaster Concrete/Masonry Surface (leading to Masonry NC II), Pipefitting NC II, Prepare Land for Agriculture Crops Production (leading to Agriculture Production NC II and Bread and Pastry Production NC II Bread Making.      “With these new sets of toolkits, you will be able to practice and put to good use the training competencies you have gained from TESDA,” TESDA-10 Regional Director Ashary Banto said emphasizing that the toolkits will help the graduates set their career in motion and to start their own livelihood.      The regional director also added that the tool kits can be used for employment as intended by TESDA and Rep. Henry Oaminal to be able to help the people, especially in Misamis Occidental.       For his part, TESDA Provincial Director El Cid Castillo reminded the scholars to make use of the toolkits and their skills that they learned from availing the program to help them with their livelihood.       “Kaning tanan gi-ready sa atong gobyerno gipangulohan sa atong President Rodrigo Roa Duterte kauban sa atong TESDA Secretary Isidro S. Lapena. Ang atong gobyerno buhi, ang gobyerno nato mutabang, nakig-partner ta sa atong Kongresista aron madala gyud ang programa alang ka ninyo,”Castillo said.      In return, six of the scholars from different schools and programs shared how TESDA changed their lives for the better after finishing the training program.      The training program aims to provide skills and training opportunities for the beneficiaries in the barangays/communities to make them employable and productive. STEP is a community-based training program that seeks to address the specific skills needs of the communities and promote employment, through entrepreneurial, self-employment, and service-oriented activities. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)

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‘One DA’ rolls up, forges strong ties with AFP to fight insurgency

May 10, 2021

IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon—In a bid to further strengthen the government’s efforts to fight insurgency, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-10 recently launched the ‘One DA adopt a community’ in Sitio Mintapod, Hagpa, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon.      DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said this project was forged following the success of the recently launched ‘One DA adopt a community’ in Sitio Kalhaan, Minalwang, Claveria, Misamis Oriental in partnership with the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army and the local government unit last April 14.      “The ‘One DA’ project launching in Claveria town is the first in the country. It aims to assist and rehabilitate the potential agri-communities in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70 or whole-of-nation approach through a vigorous agricultural development that could contribute to achieving peace and development,” Collado said.      He said the DA Regional Management Committee (RMC) in Northern Mindanao assists and supports the peace and development efforts of the government’s Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC).      “The ‘One DA’ is a holistic approach to agriculture and fisheries transformation with the contributions of the different RMC member agencies,” Collado added. (DA 10/PIA Bukidnon)

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