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NorMin 2023: New chapters, calls for justice

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Dec. 27, 2023) – Northern Mindanao will always have a story to tell every year. In 2023, the region did not disappoint, bringing in a considerable amount of national attention

In particular, Misamis Occidental province had more of that this year.

The aftermath of the December 2022 shear line floods compelled President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. to visit the province and Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental as well, in early January.

Marcos’ meetings with regional and local officials with Cabinet members have created long-term policies, especially in adding disaster-resilient infrastructure projects and social welfare programs.

Since then, the provincial government has rolled out cash assistance in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development for flood-affected residents.

Crime, deaths

Misamis Occidental also brought stories that call for justice – one being the death of community broadcaster Juan Jumalon, who was killed while livestreaming inside his house in Calamba town on Nov. 5.

His death prompted a series of condemnations from media groups, public officials, and even Marcos himself.

Suspects were identified, and murder charges were filed.

The incident led Gov. Henry Oaminal to direct the provincial police and the Police Regional Office (PRO-10) to arrest the culprits and revisit the investigation of other assassination attempts.

These included the Oct. 15 blast in Clarin which hit his convoy; the Oct. 23 shooting of Calamba Municipal engineer Jopson Baones; and Oct. 28 grenade-throwing incident at the house of Calamba Mayor Luisito Villanueva.

Almost a month after Jumalon’s murder, the province will again mourn the death of Riza Ramos Daniel, 49, who was killed in a blast inside the Mindanao State University-Main Campus gymnasium in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur on Dec. 3.

Daniel was the mother of El Dritz, who was also injured in the blast, both of Tangub City. El Dritz was a third-year Computer Studies student at MSU-Main. Daniel decided to work in Marawi City to be closer to her son.

MSU-Marawi incident

The incident in MSU-Main brought the provincial government of Lanao del Sur and the Marawi City government together to coordinate with the police and military.

Within the week, the Islamic State militants claimed the attack, followed by the arrest of suspects Kadapi Mimbesa and Arsani Membisa, who are said to have links with local terrorist group, Dawlah Islamiyah. Both had prior arrest warrants for murder and kidnapping charges.

Other than Daniel, the three other fatalities were students Janine Arenas and Junrey Barbante, and faculty member Evangeline Aromin. The blast also injured some 50 people.

Change of command, anti-insurgency

Meanwhile, this year saw major changes in the region’s military and police leadership.

Maj. Gen. Jose Ma. Cuerpo II replaced Maj. Gen. Wilbur Mamawag as the commander of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) in March. Brig. Gen. Ricardo Layug also replaced Brig. Gen. Lawrence Coop as PRO-10 director in October.

As soon the two assumed office, they had their hands full in continuing the mandates of the national government in securing the peace and order situation in the region.

The 4ID under Cuerpo continued its operations against New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, and even on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, troops under the 403rd Infantry Brigade killed 10 rebels in Bukidnon.

Cuerpo said the Army has maintained its position of allowing NPA rebels to surrender or face a military operation, wherever they may be in Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions.

PRO-10 also accepted rebel surrenderers who brought in firearms and ammunition. Those who surrendered were assisted in the programs of the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

On anti-drugs, Layug said the police has continued its anti-illegal drug campaign with a series of buy-busts in partnership with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

With the introduction of “Buhay Ingatan, Droga’y Ayawan” of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, PRO-10 followed suit in promoting a holistic approach to addressing illegal drug issues.

Village polls

Layug and Cuerpo would again have their hands full in the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) that were finally held on Oct. 30 after several years of delay.

Police and military troops were deployed to keep the peace.

While reports of vote buying by the local chapter of the National Citizens; Movement for Free Elections, and tensions among supporters in Nunungan, Lanao del Norte, both PRO-10 and 4ID reported a “generally peaceful” BSKE.

On election gun ban operations, PRO-10 reported that from August 28 to October 30, a total of 77 operations were launched that resulted in the arrest of 90 persons, confiscation of 55 firearms, 41 deadly weapons, 367 rounds of ammunition, and an explosive.

But in Lanao del Sur province, which is part of the Bangsamoro Region, the BSKE was marred with heated confrontations among political supporters, voting delays in precincts, and occasional violence that led to a death in the town of Butig.

Rice, economy

The limited rice supply and increase in its prices prompted the national government to issue Executive Order 39, which put a ceiling on prices and provided assistance to affected farmers and small-scale retailers.

Bukidnon province, the region’s food basket, was also affected by drought that some had attributed to the effects of the El Niño phenomenon being experienced in the country.

However, according to the Department of Agriculture, the lean months between August and September would be offset by the fresh harvests that came in October.

And so it did, as the Philippine Statistics Authority Region 10 released its monthly inflation reports and regional economic status in the following month, showing a rosy picture of the regional economy. The National Economic and Development Authority-Region 10 forecasts a stable overall economy for 2023.

Based on the 2022 gross regional domestic product, NEDA-10 Director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño said Northern Mindanao achieved a GRDP of 7.2 percent or PHP935 billion, compared to the 6.3 percent growth in the previous year, which was impacted by the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. (By Nef Luczon/PNA)

7 FMR projects in Valencia inaugurated

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon (Dec. 26, 2023) – Seven newly completed farm-to-market roads in Valencia City were turned over to seven beneficiary barangays that were previously under the grip of insurgency

According to a press announcement from the local government, the ceremonies were held on December 22, 2023.

The project beneficiaries are barangays Dagatkidavao, Mabuhay, Sinayawan, Tongantongan, Lourdes, Lumbayao, and Sinabuagan.

Each project has a budget of PhP4 million.

The projects were carried out in accordance with Executive Order No. 70, an order that institutionalized the whole-of-nation approach to achieve inclusive and sustainable peace by providing programs such as infrastructure construction and social services to villages in suppressing insurgency.

City Mayor Azucena P. Huervas expressed her gratitude for the completion of the projects that will greatly help the development of the beneficiary barangays.

The ceremony was attended by DILG Bukidnon Cluster Head Glenda Hope Beley, CLGOO Jan Eric Manasan, Assistant City Administrator Rembert Bautista, officials from the six barangays, and project contractors. (melbmadera)

Opisyales sa barangay manumpa sa katungdanan

Nanumpa na sa katungdanan ang bag-ong napili nga mga opisyal sa Barangay sa dakbayan sa Malaybalay

Sumala sa kasayoran, ang mass oath-taking ceremony gipasiugda sa Lokal nga Pangagamhanan sa dakbayan ug inabagan sa Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) niadtong Nobyembre 20, 2023.

Ang mga bag-ong napili nga opisyales gikan sa 46 barangay councils nanumpa atubangan ni Huwis Edmundo V. Raagas sa entablado sa Bukidnon State University Gym. Nanguna sa pagsaksi sa seremonya si Mayor Jay Warren R. Pabillaran kauban ang konseho sa Malaybalay nga gipangulohan ni Vice-Mayor Estelito R. Marabe.

Naa usab ang presensya sa Department Heads, bisita ug pamilya sa mga nanumpa. Gipaabot ni Mayor Pabillaran ang iyang hingpit nga suporta ug mainitong pag congratulate sa tanang opisyales nga molingkod diha sa bag-ong katungdanan.

“Buhata inyong mandato nga maka edukar sa katawhan,” sumala pa sa paunang mensahe sa Mayor.

Sa makausa pa, gipahimundom ni Pabillaran nga ang “public office is a public trust” og huptan kini nga pulong alang sa pagserbisyo diha sa matarong.

Sumala pa sa DILG-Malaybalay FB post, nauna na ang mass oath-taking ceremony sa SK Officials niadtong Nobyembre 13, 2023 didto sa People’s Hall, City Hall, Casisang, ning syudad.
(melbmadera)

City Government of Valencia, Bukidnon

The City Government of Valencia has received recognition from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for securing 3rd place in the 2023 Regional Subaybayani

This acknowledgment reflects the LGU’s outstanding performance and adherence to promptly reporting project progress and details through the SubayBAYAN System.
SubayBAYAN is the official online monitoring system of the DILG, providing real-time information on the physical and financial status of Locally Funded Projects (LFPs).
Engr. Rodina Onting, the City Engineer, personally accepted the award on behalf of the City Government on November 9, 2023, at the Mallberry Suites Business Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City.

Malaybalay City Gov’t earns recognition with ‘Child-Friendly Local Governance 2021’ Seal

In the recent Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance Conferment Ceremony held at Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City on November 12, 2023, the City of Malaybalay, along with 26 other local government units (LGUs) in region 10, received the 2021 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance

The award is a recognition of Malaybalay City’s dedication in implementing child-friendly policies and programs, as assessed through the Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit conducted by the DILG.
This signifies a collective commitment among the honored LGUs to prioritize children’s rights to survival, development, protection, participation, and governance.

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City Government of Valencia, Bukidnon

Pormal nga gibuksan ang kasaulogan sa Drug Abuse Prevention and Control (DAPC) Week pinaagi sa City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) ning lokal nga pangagamhanan kauban ang Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Nobyembre 13, 2023

Sa temang “People First: Stop Stigma and Discrimination, Strengthen Prevention,” gidasig ni PLTCOL Mitchel Clemencio, OIC-Chief of Police sa Valencia, ang mga empleyado sa lokal nga pangagamhanan ug katawhan nga padayong makighiusa sa kampanya batok ilegal nga droga.
Pag-awhag usab sa aktibong partisipasyon ang gipaabot ni Giovanni C. Asis, Acting CADAC Coordinator, alang sa uban pang kalihokan nga gihan-ay sa nasangpit nga buhatan sulod sa lima ka adlaw nga selebrasyon sa DAPC Week

SK mandatory training sa Bukidnon nagmalampuson

Malampusong napahigayon ang sunod-sunod nga hugna sa Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Mandatory Training 2023 sa Bukidnon

Base sa pahibalo sa LGU Bukidnon, ang training gipahigayon sa tagsa-tagsang Local Government Units (LGUs) ning Probinsya.

Ang pagbansay gipahigayon niadtong Nobyembre 8-13 ning tuig.

Napahigayon kini pinaagi sa PGO-Provincial Youth Development Office ug Bukidnon League of Local Youth Development Officers.

Ang training alayon sa gipagula nga Memorandum Circular No. 2023-156 sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) niadtong Oktubre 24, 2023.

Nagmando kini sa mga bag-ong napili nga SK Officials ug Local Development Council Members, isip pre-requisite ayha sila molingkod sa ilang mga katungdanan.

Ang mga midaog nga opisyal gitakda nga molingkod sa ilang pwesto karong umaabot Nobyembre 30 sa alas 12:00 sa udto. (MG Mayumi B. Madera)

LGU Valencia runs 3rd in Regional Subaybayani 2023

The City Government of Valencia has received recognition from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for securing 3rd place in the 2023 Regional Subaybayani

This acknowledgment reflects the LGU’s outstanding performance and adherence to promptly reporting project progress and details through the SubayBAYAN System.

The SubayBAYAN is the official online monitoring system of the DILG, providing real-time information on the physical and financial status of Locally Funded Projects (LFPs).

Engr. Rodina Onting, the City Engineer, personally accepted the award on behalf of the City Government on November 9, 2023, at the Mallberry Suites Business Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City. (LGU Valencia/PR)

Malaybalay earns recognition with ‘Child-Friendly Local Governance 2021’ Seal

The city of Malaybalay recently received its 2021 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance award

The recent Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance Conferment Ceremony was held at Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City on November 12, 2023.

Based on the information from LGU Malaybalay’s Facebook page, the city received the award along with 26 other local government units (LGUs) in Region 10.

It said that the award is a recognition of the city’s dedication to implementing child-friendly policies and programs, as assessed through the Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

This signifies a collective commitment among the honored LGUs to prioritize children’s rights to survival, development, protection, participation, and governance. (MG Mayumi B. Madera)

LGU Valencia breaks ground for Tourism project

Valencia City Mayor Azucena Huervas led the groundbreaking ceremony for constructing the Tourism Information and Assistance Center with relevant amenities at Mt. Anahawon, Sitio Sumpong, Barangay Banlag, on October 24, 2023

The upcoming facility, with a project cost of P7 million under the FY 2022 Seal of Good Local Governance Incentive Fund, is poised to be a valuable addition to the city’s tourism infrastructure.

It will provide comprehensive information and support to visitors, create job opportunities in the community, and offer a warm welcome and guidance to tourists as they explore the breathtaking scenery of Mt. Anahawon, well-known for its sea of clouds.

Glenda Hope Beley, the Cluster Head of DILG Bukidnon, graced the event and commended the city government for its unwavering dedication to the project. Also present in the ceremony were Councilor Cecile Mabao-Caballero, Chair of the Committee on Tourism and Beautification, Councilor Sasang Cadigal-Recla, Councilor Mauricio Sistoso Jr., and Punong Barangay Robert Boje. (LGU Valencia)