Mindanao Times » Yas D. Ocampo http://mindanaotimes.net Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:00:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 High-ranking NPA leader arrested in Surallah town http://mindanaotimes.net/high-ranking-npa-leader-arrested-in-surallah-town/ http://mindanaotimes.net/high-ranking-npa-leader-arrested-in-surallah-town/#comments Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:00:42 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62479 ]]> A front secretary of the New People’s Army (NPA) was apprehended by the joint elements of the 27th Infantry Battalion and Surallah, Sultan Kudarat PNP during a law enforcement operation on Monday evening.

Capt. Jerry Lamosao, the spokesperson of 10th Infantry Division, identified the suspect as Ofelia F. Buanhog alias Decay/Wada, the leader of Guerrilla Front (GF) 73 and a member of the Executive Committee of Far South Mindanao Region (FSMR).

He was collared in Barangay Centralla by virtue of the arrest warrant issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 26, with criminal case no. 6882-LS for rebellion and violation of Sec. 1 RA 9516 and frustrated murder.
He said Buanhog has been instrumental in a series of violent atrocities and extortion activities.
In a statement, Lt. Col. Jones Brisal Otida, commander of the 27th IB, credited the success of the operation on the coordination between the PNP, AFP and local government unit.
“It is through the enhanced interoperability of the law enforcers and strong support of the populace that these peace spoilers be brought to jail and justice for those they have violated be served,” Otida said.
Brig. Gen. Roberto Ancan, 1002nd Brigade Commander, lauded the accomplishment of the troops as he called on the remaining rebels to surrender and get back to their normal lives.
“As soldiers of peace, our doors will continue to be open and willing to facilitate the surrender of those who want to return to the folds of the law,” Ancan said.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Noel S. Clement, commander of the 10th ID, said the arrest of the NPA leader is a manifestation of the commitment of the government to end the communist threat.
“We see the continuous downfall of the (NPA) with its leader being arrested,” he added.

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P1.6-M granted to CHO http://mindanaotimes.net/p1-6-m-granted-to-cho/ http://mindanaotimes.net/p1-6-m-granted-to-cho/#comments Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:00:08 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62481 Read more ›]]> The Department of Health (DOH) approved the local investment plan for health and the 2018 annual operational plan submitted by the City Health Office (CHO).

According to Councilor Mary Joselle Villafuerte, chair of the committee on health, the DOH granted additional P1.6 million to the CHO to effectively implement the submitted investment and operational plans by the health office.

“As soon the DOH received it, they assessed the city including the inputs and performance,” said Villafuerte.
The city council will then schedule the item for approval at the legislative body to authorize Mayor Sara Duterte to sign the terms of partnership to utilize the additional budget.

Villafuerte said that the city will aim to make health centers operate 24 hours a day.
The CHO is aiming to hire more personnel as their next step to open at least one 24-hour health center in each district.

“We should not rely only on THE SPMC as our only government hospital, we should also provide city-run hospitals,” said Villafuerte.

As of now, Villafuerte is pushing for the improvement and pilot opening of the 24-hour Calinan Health Center before the end of the year. (Regina Ronquillo)

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DOST XI pilots use of helophyte plants to clean city wastewater http://mindanaotimes.net/dost-xi-pilots-use-of-helophyte-plants-to-clean-city-wastewater/ http://mindanaotimes.net/dost-xi-pilots-use-of-helophyte-plants-to-clean-city-wastewater/#comments Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:00:05 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62473 ]]> Tagum City, Davao Del Norte — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the region revealed that the city government of Davao will soon adopt vertical helophyte technology to help filter wastewater coming from establishments.

The idea is for plants called helophytes to help filter wastewater. The pilot areas include the city’s slaughterhouse in Barangay Ma-a and a poultry farm in Tugbok.

The DOST will be signing a memorandum of agreement with the city government of Davao for the project. The agency continues to implement biotechnology solutions in crop production.

DOST XI regional director Anthony Sales, in an interview with reporters, said that among these is the integration of irradiated seaweed, or carageenan, into substances that would help plants absorb nutrients.

In effect, this would lead to better growth for certain plants, with research showing increased productivity. At the moment, the technology is being used to improve the growth of rice seeds.

The technology is already being used in farms in Davao Oriental, for example.

Meanwhile, Davao del Norte is already making use of rapid composting technology through the use of a fungus called trichoderma. The technology allows organic waste to turn into compost faster through applications.

Usually, farm wastes take four to six months before decomposing. The use of the trichoderma would increase decomposition to one month instead of four to six months.

The provincial agriculture office is already encouraging the use of the agent. This is also being used as a biocontrol agent for fusarium wilt, considered among the biggest threats to the province’s thriving banana industry.

Earlier this year, the City Council authorized Mayor Sara Duterte to sign on behalf of the city a MOA for the plant filter system project.

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Police secure Toril for Rosary Fiesta celebration http://mindanaotimes.net/police-secure-toril-for-rosary-fiesta-celebration/ http://mindanaotimes.net/police-secure-toril-for-rosary-fiesta-celebration/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:00:32 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62354 ]]> The Toril Police Precinct has already implemented security measures for the upcoming Feast of the Holy Rosary on Oct. 7.

In an interview yesterday, Insp. Francisco Pana III, the OIC of the precinct, said that they coordinated with the Punong Barangay Lilibeth Al-ag, Task Force Davao, 3rd Infantry Battalion, and the intelligence community.

He said they also mounted random checks and frisks, especially in the Toril District Hall, which will become the hub of activities.

“So we have placed entry and exit points where we will conduct frisking to every individual who will enter,”he added.
Meanwhile, he said Al-ag already requested additional personnel to secure
the area. “We can’t say how many but it’s up to the Davao City Police
Office if how many personnel they will deploy,” he added.

The police are also asking the public to refrain from sharing unclassified
information on reported bomb threats on texts and social media to avoid
causing panic.

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Employers asked: Provide protective gear for workers http://mindanaotimes.net/employers-asked-provide-protective-gear-for-workers/ http://mindanaotimes.net/employers-asked-provide-protective-gear-for-workers/#comments Mon, 27 Aug 2018 16:00:51 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=61401 Read more ›]]> The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded contractors and employers of unskilled workers it was their responsibility to provide personal protective equipment (PPE).

The order means that employers are not allowed by law to require workers such as those in the construction industry to buy protective gear.

This includes hard hats, reflectorized wear, and safety shoes.

Engr. Jennifer B. Talo, Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) Region 11 officer, made the clarification as the agency embarks on a 90-day drafting of implementing rules and regulations of the OSH Law.

Republic Act 11058 or the OSH Law was signed earlier this month by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The law strengthens the compliance of companies to rules protecting employees from hazardous workplace conditions.

Penalties, according to the text of the law, include daily fines of P100,000 for each day of non-compliance.

Speaking to reporters last Friday at the Connect Science, Health, and Wellness Forum at the Food Hall of the SM Lanang Premier, Talo said that the OSHC is required to make the reminder to safety officers that protective gear should not be taken out of the salaries of the employees and should be at the expense of employers.

“The law states that the company should provide a safe and healthy working environment and to ensure that the workplace is safe,” Talo said.

The law even allows employees of the right to refuse to work if the workplace conditions are hazardous.

This includes too much illumination or too much noise in the workplace, such as those in industrial plants, which could damage eyesight and hearing, respectively.

The law also requires companies to allocate eight hours of safety trainings for all incoming employees, among others.

The OSHC is an attached agency of the DOLE.

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Millions of fisherfolk, farmers to be included in national ID http://mindanaotimes.net/millions-of-fisherfolk-farmers-to-be-included-in-national-id/ http://mindanaotimes.net/millions-of-fisherfolk-farmers-to-be-included-in-national-id/#comments Sun, 26 Aug 2018 16:00:59 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=61365 Read more ›]]> The Department of Agriculture (DA) is looking to include farmers and fisherfolk in the upcoming national ID system following the recent signing of the PhilSYS Act by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Clint Hassan, information and technology services director at the DA, said there are at least 13 to 14 million farmers and fisherfolk that would benefit from a proposed database program.

The DA would look at incorporating the upcoming ID system with a database project that would identify farmers, products, services, among others.

The idea is to include the sectors in the program planning of agencies, especially those of the DA, with the government pushing to include technology solutions even in programs such as agriculture.

This is part of a medium-term road map that is being designed alongside the Department of Information, Communication, and Technology (DICT).

“We want to identify production,” Hassan said, adding that the program also attempts to link production data with the nearest facilities and services.

Currently, the Philippines is suffering from a lack of rice production, with the rice-producing country ironically relying on importation.

The National Food Authority, for its part, is still waiting for an executive order from the Office of the President, which transfers its mandate into the DA.

“The NFA does not yet belong to the DA,” Hassan said.

Hassan added that the project involves the improvement of production and distribution in Mindanao, which takes advantage of its relative safety from the annual visits of typhoons that endanger crops and livestock.

The DA is fighting against a projection of a possible shortage come 2050.

Hassan, an IT expert working in an agriculture agency, said there was an emerging appreciation for IT solutions in agencies such as the DA.

Hassan was one of the resource persons at UnionBank’s two-day hackathon, a part of the series.

The event, which was held at The Tent of the Azuela Cove property in Panacan, “challenges developers to identify problems with the agriculture industry and find tech-based solutions for the issues.”

Winners received cash prizes and a chance to introduce their ideas to a panel of judges.

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DOLE 11 assists 32 workers affected by Boracay closure http://mindanaotimes.net/dole-11-assists-32-workers-affected-by-boracay-closure/ http://mindanaotimes.net/dole-11-assists-32-workers-affected-by-boracay-closure/#comments Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:31:36 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60163 ]]> THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 11 assisted 32 workers coming from Boracay Island as part of its adjustment measures program.

The Boracay Emergency Employment Program – Adjustment Measures Program (BEEP-AMP) is a DOLE mitigation program for formal sector workers affected by the 6 months closure and rehabilitation of Boracay Island, the DOLE said.
Under BEEP-AMP, displaced workers will receive financial support equivalent to 50% of the minimum wage in Region VI amounting to P4,205.50 monthly for a maximum of six months.
For workers retained, they will receive financial support equivalent to 25% of the minimum wage of Region VI or 2,102.75 for a period of three months and shall be deposited in lump sum to their accounts.
Other than the financial packages, there are also various assistance lodged under BEEP which include the administration of appropriate social preparation, livelihood, and training programs, provision of grants and loans as preparation for the reopening of the island.
For Davao Region, out of the 32 workers, 13 workers have already received their first tranche of financial support.
Affected Boracay employees may avail of the program through the DOLE regional offices with the following requirements:
-Duly accomplished BEEP AMP Application Form
(available via http://bit.ly/BEEPAMP)
-Certificate of Employment
-Any government-issued ID
Davao Region based Boracay affected workers may apply at DOLE XI located at the 4th Floor, AMQ Building, Dacudao Avenue, Agdao, Davao City and look for Ms. Erika Jil Diaz, the DOLE said in a statement.

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Underground cables http://mindanaotimes.net/underground-cables/ http://mindanaotimes.net/underground-cables/#comments Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:28:48 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60161 ]]> -Work begins on next phase of migration of electric, utility wires

THE CITY government will close off portions of C.M. Recto Street to traffic as it works on the next phase of the Davao Light and Power Company underground cabling project.

In a notice posted along the street, the city assured that work will only from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in portions of the street for minimal disruption.
The work on the underground cables will begin more than a year after Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio signed an ordinance outlining the ground work for the project.
Moving the messy overhead wires underground began as a project in 2014 by the late Councilor Leonardo Avila.
As a result, the city government ordered the power utility to construct a system that would place underground all cables, including those of other utilities such as cable, internet, telcos, and other pole users.
The ordinance also threatened to slap heavy fines on pole users whose lack of cooperation would delay work on the underground cabling of the wires.
The project expands an earlier pilot project around the city government grounds.
There are no longer any overhead wires along the streets surrounding the city government’s main buildings along Pichon and San Pedro streets.
The initial plans involved the underground cabling of the wires along the Kadayawan festival routes, such as C.M. Recto (formerly Claveria), Ramon Magsaysay (formerly Uyanguren), and Roxas Avenue.
The ordinance requires companies such as PLDT, Smart, Globe, as well as other pole users such as DCTECH, SkyCable, Bayantel to coordinate with the DLPC and comply with the requirement.
The Bureau of Fire Protection has also been informed of the measure, in case there are fire hydrants that could be affected by the project.
According to a copy of the ordinance, the underground cabling project would run in three more phases starting 2017 until 2020.
Eventually, there will no longer be overhead wires over R Magsaysay, C. Bangoy, Bonifacio, Pelayo, and Quirino Streets by 2020.
The underground cabling comes as the city council committee on peace and public safety said there has been an increasing number of electrocutions in the last five years in the city, with some of the cases involving overhead wiring.
From 2013 to the first quarter of 2018, there have been a total of 1,285 reported cases of burn patients in the city, with a fraction involving overhead wires in cases where there were residents trying to access the poles.
There were 27 reported cases in the first quarter of 2018 alone. Other cases involved electrocutions in high-density residential areas. The city government is considering other measures to protect the public against electrical burns of all kinds, including the protection of workers.

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Pangi jeepney association seeks consideration on ‘cutting trips’ http://mindanaotimes.net/pangi-jeepney-association-seeks-consideration-on-cutting-trips/ http://mindanaotimes.net/pangi-jeepney-association-seeks-consideration-on-cutting-trips/#comments Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:41:24 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60125 ]]> A TRANSPORT group asked the help of the city government on the apprehension of vehicles plying the Matina Pangi to Downtown route.

The group has likewise petitioned the Land Transportation Office to temporarily stop the apprehension of its drivers, at least until the fare matrix of the drivers is resolved.
In a letter addressed to LTO XI regional director Gomer Dy, Matina Pangi Drivers Association president Ricardo Dael sought for a dialogue with the agency.
“Kami nanghangyo sa inyohang malumo nga kasing–kasing nga kung mamahimo nga ipahunong una ang pagpangdakop sa among hanay sa Matina Pangi-R. Magsaysay nga rota sa kaso nga cutting trip (We appeal for your good hearts to temporarily stop the apprehension of our drivers for cutting trips),” Dael said.
The letter was dated June 11 and stamped received the same day. The item was approved on first reading on Tuesday at the City Council.
In an interview Tuesday, Dy said that the LTO will still apprehend the erring drivers until there is a resolution from the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) or the City Franchise Bureau.
The Matina Pangi to R. Magsaysay jeepney route has an average trip distance of around 11.7 kilometers, with the entire trip usually taking around one-and-a-half hours.
It connects residents from Matina Pangi directly to the main roads of JP Laurel (which leads to the commercial areas in the city) and R. Magsaysay (which leads to Chinatown and the main downtown area).
Ideally, the entire trip should let the public utility jeep reach Matina Pangi, across the diversion road.
However, the Matina Pangi jeepneys usually end the trips at the corner of Matina Crossing, around five kilometers short of the actual length of the trip.
Passengers wishing to travel the entire portion of the trip may travel via tricycle services near the Matina Centerpoint area or, worse, through available habal-habal.
The jeepney operators claim that there was a “complication” with the fare matrix for their franchise.

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City, LTO share info on flagged vehicles http://mindanaotimes.net/city-lto-share-info-on-flagged-vehicles/ http://mindanaotimes.net/city-lto-share-info-on-flagged-vehicles/#comments Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:39:18 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60121 ]]> THE CITY and the national transportation agencies will soon be sharing information on flagged and apprehended vehicles.

The city government is expected to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) on database sharing program.

Yesterday, the city council approved on second reading the ordinance authorizing Mayor Sara Duterte to sign the MOA on behalf of the city.

Under the MOA, the City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) will receive direct access to the LTO’s files while also being able to upload their own information for the LTO to see.

The city government will receive access to the LTO’s apprehension database called the Local Government Unit Integrated Law Enforcement System (LGU-ILES).

The city will also have to invest in its own traffic violation database infrastructure.

This will allow both agencies to be informed on the existing violations of each motor vehicle, especially during the renewal period every year for motorists.

The shared access to the no-contact apprehension database would allow both agencies and deputized units to easily flag vehicles that have existing violations.

Deputized units include the Philippine National Police’s Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG).

LTO Regional Director Gomer Dy, in an interview, said that this would improve the information on flagged vehicles.

These include vehicles whose violations were caught on CCTVs, such as not stopping properly on pedestrian lanes, as well as beating the red light.
The violations are usually flagged during renewal period, when a motorist applies annually for the vehicle’s registration.

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