Sunday, January 29, 2023

5 NorMin, Lanao Sur execs among ‘top performers’ in 2022

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Five public officials in the Northern Mindanao region and Lanao del Sur province were named among the “Top Performers” in local governance during the second half of 2022 after the national and local elections.

A statement from the data analytics firm RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc. (RPMD) on Jan. 15, said they are Misamis Occidental 2nd District Rep. Sancho Fernando Oaminal, Lanao del Sur 1st District Rep. Ziaur-Rahman Alonto-Adiong, Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental Mayor Henry Oaminal Jr., Misamis Oriental Gov. Peter Unabia and Misamis Occidental Gov. Henry Oaminal Sr.

Rep. Oaminal placed fifth among top performers in the House of Representatives with a 90 percent rating, while Adiong placed 10th with a 78 percent rating.

“Para na sa inyoha, mga pinalangga namong Misamisnons! Padayon ang atong pagpaningkamot para sa #AsensoOzamiz (This is for you, our beloved Misamisnons! We continue to strive hard for the #AsensoOzamiz development agenda),” he said in his Facebook post, reacting to the results.

Oaminal Jr. placed in the 9th spot for top-performing city mayors with 80 percent, and both Unabia and Oaminal Sr. placed sixth in the governor’s category with an 85 percent rating.

Dr. Paul Martinez, the focal person of RPMD, said these public officials who excelled in “constituent service” and service to the nation should be congratulated for their exceptional performance.

The independent and non-commissioned “Boses ng Bayan” national performance evaluation survey for the year 2022 was done from Nov. 27 to Dec. 2, 2022.

Among the 65.75 million registered voters between 18 and 70, a total of 10,000 respondents were selected. The sample employed a plus-or-minus 1 percent margin of error and a degree of confidence of 95 percent.

Martinez said respondents were chosen randomly, and the number of respondents was distributed proportionally based on the number of registered voters in each area. (Nef Luczon/PNA)

LPA leaves 7 dead, P22-M worth of damage in NorMin

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The two-week rains caused by a low-pressure area (LPA) in Northern Mindanao affected 59,000 individuals, left seven dead, and damaged more than PHP22 million worth of properties.

 

In the initial report by the Region 10 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC-10) on January 15, 15,812 families experienced flooding.

In evacuation centers throughout the region, only 4,432 individuals or 1,227 families have remained as of Sunday out of the 31,353 individuals or 8,621 families who sought shelter within the two weeks period.

The seven dead were from the provinces of Lanao del Norte, four; Misamis Oriental, two; and Misamis Occidental, one.

RDRRMC-10 also recorded five injured and two missing persons.

The initial estimate of damaged houses reached PHP2.1 million, damage to infrastructures PHP20.8 million, and damage to agriculture PHP63.7 million.

Department of Agriculture-10 (DA-10) will provide PHP5,000 in financial assistance to rice farmers in February, to be sourced from the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund.

“We will (also) be distributing the fertilizer discount vouchers for the whole region, which total around PHP192 million. And for the RFFA (Rice Farmers Financial Assistance), we have PHP96 million to be disbursed and the funds are already deposited with the DBP (Development Bank of the Philippines) account,” DA-10 executive director Carlene Collado said during the visit of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Jan. 11.

Marcos directed the Department of Public Works and Highways to review flood control measures.

Gratitude

Heavily affected Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental experienced a repeat of nature’s wrath that submerged parts of the provinces on Christmas Eve last year.

Victims of the twin calamities were relieved to receive government aid.

“I am glad about the help extended to us, especially since we almost had nothing (salvaged from the flood),” Erminia Bernaldes said in the vernacular during the distribution of PHP5,000 in cash assistance and food packs in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental, led by President Marcos.

Rolly Egoc of Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental, said his house in Barangay Talic was washed away on Dec. 26, 2022.

“We don’t have a house anymore, so we went to the barangay for refuge. I am now 55 years old and it is only now that I experienced this flood,” he said.

Given a chance to talk to the President, he said he would request assistance to rebuild his house. (Nef Luczon/PNA)

Free Medical-Dental-Surgical mission held in Malaybalay

MALAYBALAY CITY (Feb. 3) – The joint free Medical-Dental-Surgical Mission was held in Malaybalay City on Feb. 3 to 7.

Hansel Echavez, supervising administrative officer of the Public Affairs, Information, and Assistance (PAIA) Division of the Governor’s Office said that it is a joint undertaking of the University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society in America (UPMASA), the UP-Manila Ugnayan ng Pahintungod and the Provincial Government of Bukidnon.

The medical and dental procedures were held at Kaamulan Folk Arts Theater in Malaybalay City from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm while the major surgical operations were held at Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center (BPMC) in Brgy. Casisang.

On Feb. 3, Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. together with Atty. Jay S. Albarece, provincial administrator and Dr. Sulpicio Henry M. Legaspi Jr., chief of hospital personally turn over the Symbolic Key to the volunteer doctors namely; Dr. Glenn Batilller, Dr. Susan Conception-Echiverri from the state of Illinois USA and Dr. Anita Jongco from the state of New York, USA.

The activity includes Gynecological, Ophthalmological, Pediatric, Restorative or Reconstructive, Dental, Orthopedics, and free medical consultation for the elderly and children, including skin disorders and Stroke.

On Feb. 3, 2020, patients from the towns of Baungon, Talakag, Malitbog, Manolo Fortich, Libona, and Sumilao were accommodated.

The next day, patients from the second legislative district covering the municipalities of Impasug-ong, Cabanglasan, San Fernando, Lantapan, and Malaybalay City were accommodated.

On Feb. 5, patients who are residents from the 3rd legislative district compromising the towns of Maramag, Don Carlos, Dangcagan, Kibawe, Kadingilan, Damulog, Quezon, and Kitaotao were given attention.

And on Feb. 6, 2020, the accommodated patients were from the City of Valencia, Pangantucan, and Kalilangan – all from the 4th legislative district. (Mel B. Madera)