Friday, March 31, 2023

DILG chief vows to probe drug trades in jails

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will launch a deeper probe into the illegal drug trade in jail facilities after receiving information about similar incidents in Northern Mindanao

In a media conference here Monday, DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. vowed that through the agency’s “Buhay Ingatan, Droga’y Ayawan” (BIDA), incidents of illegal drugs proliferating in jail facilities will end.

“Let us see how to go about it; in the meantime, part of our program is to intensify drug testing (even for government personnel),” Abalos said.

Abalos was joined by officials of the Police Regional Office-10 (PRO-10) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Region 10 in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental province, to lead local activities related to the DILG’s anti-drug campaign.

Abalos said the DILG also considers the mandatory use of surveillance cameras in “sensitive areas” to ensure no persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) are being taken out to trade illegal drugs.

“We will look into the reports of cellphones (being used to communicate outside the jail),” he added.

Between 2019 and 2022, the Misamis Oriental provincial jail based in this city reported incidents involving PDLs caught engaging in illegal drugs with the help of outsiders.

Misamis Oriental Governor Pedro Unabia said he supports the DILG’s anti-drug programs.

During Monday’s event with Abalos, PRO-10 also raised awareness of the revitalized “Kasimbayanan” program, which stands for “Kapulisan, Simbahan, at Pamayanan,” that sought the police force’s partnership with religious organizations and the public against illegal drugs. (Nef Luczon/PNA)


Resulta sa imbestigasyon kabahin sa gakawala-wala nga signal sa Telco, dinalian nga gisubay sa 27th SP

Dinalian nga gisubay sa 27th Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), pinaagi sa Resolution No. 2023-985 (27th SP), ang investigation result nga gipasiugdahan sa National Telecommunication (NTC) Region 10 kabahin sa gisaad nga imbestigasyon sa hinay ug gakawala-wala nga signal sa mga cellular phones sa probinsya, hinungdan nga adunay mga short message service (SMS) nga napadala na apan wala madawatan sa gipadalhan ug wala man lang pahibalo nga “message sent failed”

Sunod-sunod na nga committee meetings ang gitakda sa SP aron mahatagan ug katin-awan ang problema sa cellphone signal, uban ang Telecommunication (Telco) operators sa Bukidnon, sama sa Globe Telecom, Inc., DITO Telecommunity, Converge ug Smart Communications, Inc. Sa deliberasyon, nasuta nga wala masayud ang mga Telco operators nga nagka-problema ang ilang serbisyo dinhi sa probinsya, rason nga mipadayag si NTC 10 Regional Director Teodoro D. Buenavista, Jr. sa SP nga iyang hangyoon ang NTC Manila nga sugdan ang imbestigasyon sa maong hisgutanan.

Alayon niini, mipalabang na usab ug laing resolusyon ang 27th SP, pinaagi ni Board Member Nemesio B. Beltran, Jr., nga nag-awhag sa NTC Central Office sa pagpahigayon dayon sa imbestigasyon aron mapahibalo ang katawhan kung unsa ang nahitabo sa sistema sa nasangpit nga mga Telco providers.

Gawas niana, nagpadala usab ug sulat si RD Buenavista, pinetsahan Nobyembre 9, 2022, ngadto kang NTC Deputy Commissioner, Hon. Ella Blanca B. Lopez nga naghangyo sa pag-imbestiga sa nadawat nga mga reklamo gikan sa mga subscribers. Samtang usa ka Memo usab ang gi-issue ni Engr. Vixter A. Abaday gikan sa NTC-10, sa susamang katuyuan.

Ang kadaot sa signal nakahatag ug kahasol sa mga subscribers, ilabi na kadtong mga trabaho ug transaksyon nga nakadepende sa text messages, busa ang maong resolusyon gikonsidera sa 27th SP nga dinalian. (PR)

No. 9 most wanted sa R-10, ug uban pa nakorner

Nakorner sa hiniusang pwersa sa kapolisan ang top 9 most wanted person sa Region 10 sa gipahigayon nga search warrant operation sa Purok 1, Central Poblacion, Kalilangan, Bukidnon niadtong Enero 23, 2023

Sa report ni Police Maj. Merlin M. Macawili, oic sa Kalilangan MPS, ang nakorner naila nga si Van Malanhay Vicerra, Top 9 most wanted person sa Region 10, 51, adunay kapuyo ug si Yolany Bongabong Fiola, 45, adunay kapuyo.

Nakuha sa ilang posesyon ang 12 gramo sa gidudahang shabu nga adunay estimated standard drug price nga Php 81,600.00.

Kasong paglapas sa Section 11 ug 12, Article II of RA 9165 ang gi andam batok nila.

Sa laing bahin, nadakpan usab sa kapolisan ang top 9 ug top 10 most wanted person sa Bukidnon kaniadtong Enero 23, 2023 sa managlahing lugar.

Sa report nga nahipos sa Bukidnon Police Provincial Office, ang duha giila nga si Romulo Quirino Y Ragandang, 42, minyo, dicer ug residente sa Purok-3, Batangan, Valencia City, Bukidnon ug si Jojo Martil y Man-Umpong, 33, minyo ug residente sa Purok 1, Kipaypayon, Quezon, Bukidnon.

Si Quirino, gidakop sa kasong Statutory Rape didto sa Purok-3, Batangan, Valencia City, Bukidnon.

Samtang si Martil gisikop sa kasong Frustrated Murder didto sa Purok 1, Kipayayon, Quezon, Bukidnon.

Si Quirino anaa na ubos sa kustodiya sa Valencia CPS ug si Martil sa Quezon MPS alang sa hustong disposasyon. (Diego M. Hidalgo)

DTI-10 dili na mudawat og Safety Seal Certification Application sugod Feb. 1

Sa pag-ila nga ang COVID-19 public health standards karon na mas gaan na, ang Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10 gusto nga ipahibalo sa publiko nga dili na kini modawat sa mga aplikasyon alang sa Safety Seal certification epektibo sa Pebrero 1, 2023

Base sa pahibalo sa DTI-10, ang ahensya mu-hunong na sab sa pag-monitor sa pagsunod sa mga establisemento sa Minimum Public Health Standards.

Gusto sab pasalamatan sa ahensya ang tanang nagpa-certify sa ilang mga negosyo sa Safety Seal sa rehiyon. (Diego M. Hidalgo)

DA-10 continues rollout of financial aid to Bukidnon rice farmers

Kibawe, Bukidnon – A total of 3,472 rice farmers in the towns of Kibawe, Dangcagan, Kadingilan, Don Carlos, and Pangantucan in Bukidnon received P5,000 in cash aid on January 11-13, as the Department of Agriculture – Region 10 (DA-10) continue rolling out the Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RFFA) in said localities, for the 2022-2023 dry cropping season

The RFFA is given to smallholder rice farmers tilling rice areas not exceeding two hectares and registered to the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA), the DA’s official registry of farmers, fisherfolk, and farm laborers.

According to DA-10 OIC- Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, the agency is fast-tracking the RFFA distribution to the rice farmers in Northern Mindanao in the aftermath of shear line to agricultural areas in the region late last year, and the continuing weather disturbance early in 2023.

“We intend to roll out the RFFA in the fastest way we can. We assure our RFFA beneficiaries they will receive their aid as soon as we have ironed out our coordination with the LGUs,” Collado said.

For the 2022-2023 Dry Cropping Season, the DA-10 has allocated Php237-M funds for the RFFA to benefit 46,161 eligible rice farmers across the region.

The RFFA is funded under the Rice Competitiveness Enhance Fund (RCEF) by virtue of the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) and is intended to compensate for the increasing farm inputs prices and fluctuating palay buying prices.

With the RFFA, it is hoped that the rice farmers will be able to sustain their farm production and augment their earnings. (DA RFO-10)

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.


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)

Popcom links family planning to poverty reduction in NorMin

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (11 May 2021) – The Commission on Population and Development in Region 10 (Popcom 10) said the government’s intensified family planning (FP) services for women and couples have helped reduce the number of poor families in some Northern Mindanao provinces.

In a statement on May 11, Popcom-10 cited data from the Philippine Statistic Authority (PSA) showing poverty incidence among families in Bukidnon “drastically dropped” to more than half from 47 percent in 2015 to 22.2 percent in 2018.

Popcom-10 noted that data also showed the poverty incidence among the population decreased from 53.6 percent in 2015 to 27.5 percent in the same year.

In the same period, the agency said figures from the Popcom’s Field Health Service Information System (FHSIS) showed a “leaps and bounds increase” in modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) in the area from 48.8 percent in 2016 to 63.5 percent in 2018.

“With many couples able to prevent unplanned pregnancies, they are also able to provide for the need of their children and increase savings for other investments,” it said.

The FHSIS data also showed the mCPR in Misamis Oriental province increasing to 87.6 percent in 2019 from 84.7 percent in 2016.

Since then, the poverty incidence among the population declined to 20.7 percent in 2018 from 23.4 percent in 2012. This translated to an estimated 100,000 people lifted from poverty, based on average data from Popcom-10 and PSA.

In March this year, the two provinces signed a partnership agreement with Popcom-10 for the full localization of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP).

PPMP acknowledges the devolved powers of the local government units (LGUs), where poverty and population problems are best resolved, Popcom-10 said.

The agreement carries with it a grant of PHP1 million for both provinces, to be used to implement the three program components of PPMP such as responsible parenthood and family planning (RPFP), adolescent health and development (AHD), and the population and development (PopDev) integration.

Popcom-10 Director Neil Aldrin G. Omega underscored the importance of implementing the population program to reap “social and economic benefits.”

“Understanding the interrelationship of population and development would enable LGUs to design development interventions that would benefit its people,” Omega said.

Along with the financial grant, Popcom-10 also provides technical assistance to LGUs in the areas of capacity building and family planning outreach activities in geographically isolated and displaced areas.

Investments in NorMin still up despite COVID-19, says NEDA

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, (March 1/PIA) – “For the last year 2020, our Board of Investments (BOI) in region 10 reported that we have investment pledges amounting to P32 billion. We are [ranked] no. 4 nationwide and no. 1 in Visayas and Mindanao area, indicating that our investors have confidence in our region,” said National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)-10 Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño.

In a recently held virtual press conference of the Northern Mindanao Inter-Agency Task Force for COVID-19, Cariño said the investors are still interested in putting up their investments in the region despite the threat of COVID-19.

Among the projects approved as reported by BOI are the expansions of energy generating companies and a medical service [company].

Cariño also shared that many investors had processed their proposed investments in 2020 but were affected by the pandemic; however, they have resumed this year.

“Aside from those projects, a medical facility in Bukidnon might also open this year, and a food [company] is under negotiation and has resumed its processing this year. PHIVIDEC also has several projects in the pipelines, and they have approved the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) to put up a campus at Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, which will boost further the confidence of industries in our region,” she added.

The lady NEDA-10 director sees region 10 can recover following the re-opening of its economy (JAKA/PIA10).