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BIR reminds banks to accept payments on March 31

by (EOR/RCA-PIA 10 Mis. Occ.)


OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, March 30 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Misamis Occidental reminded all the authorized agent banks (AAB), in the province, to accept tax payments on March 31 and April 14, both Saturdays, this year.


These AABs are also reminded to extend their banking hours from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. during the period April 2 to 16, for the same purpose, Judith G. Seno, Assistant Revenue District Officer of the BIR Revenue District Office (RDO) 100, said.


Seno said this reminder is in accordance with the provisions of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) executed by the AAB’s, BIR and the Bureau of Treasury, more particularly item 2.1.2 of the bank obligations which states that the AAB shall open bank operations two Saturdays, immediately prior to April 14 of every year.


However, April 7 is Black Saturday, so the AABs will do it on March 31, the Assistant Revenue District Officer said.


Likewise, she said the same MOA provides that these AABs shall extend banking hours from 3:00 to 5: 00 p.m. during the period April 1 up to the income tax payment deadline.

Meanwhile, RDO-100 has continued to strengthen its campaign for taxpayers to pay the annual income taxes for 2011 before this year's deadline on April 16.

In Ozamiz City, the campaign started early this month with a motorcade around the main thoroughfare of the city and the ceremonial signing of the pledge of support by the tax payers.


It also included the reminder to the tax payers to ask for official receipts (ORs) everytime they buy goods or services from the store or establishment where these items are bought.

In fact, RDO-100 advocates that asking for ORs should be made a habit by every tax payer to help the government in its tax collection efforts as taxes are the source of funds for development projects for the general welfare of the people.

Aquino seeks dismantling of private armies

by Jaime R. Pilapil and William B. Depasupil, Reporters


SAYING that he wants the very first elections to be held under him to be the most peaceful and orderly, President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to dismantle all private armies in the country, most of which are believed maintained by politicians.


“I’ve tasked the PNP specifically for the continuing efforts to remove all of these private armed groups that exist, not only in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM),” President Aquino said during a Cabinet cluster meeting on voter registration in the Muslim autonomous region.

The President announced that a private army in Kalinga province had been neutralized, while the incidence of violence in Abra province—an alleged haven for assassins—had gone down.

“They’ve arrested quite a number of people identified with this [Kalinga] private armed group, filed the necessary charges and confiscated firearms. In Abra, we are told that there is a marked diminution of the violence normally being experienced in the province,” Mr. Aquino said.

He recently met with police officials for a “cursory evaluation” of the remaining private armies.

“We assessed the private armed groups and the result of that meeting was a revalidation of whether or not the data are still correct,” President Aquino said.

In June 2011, 28 private armed groups were dismantled by the police and 106 persons were arrested and charged.

The President first ordered the dismantling of private armies weeks after he assumed office.

On August 4, 2010, then-PNP Director General Jesus Verzosa and then-Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Ricardo David signed Joint Letter Directive 05-2010 that set in motion the PNP-AFP joint campaign to dismantle the remaining partisan armed groups or private armies in the countryside, particularly in the violence-prone provinces of Abra, Masbate and Misamis Occidental.

Based on the latest validation of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence, there are still 107 private armed groups all over the country, but only 65 are active.

Among the notorious private armed groups is the Kuratong Baleleng, which is based in Misamis Occidental. The group later evolved into an organized crime syndicate.

Rep. Loreto Leo Ocampos of Misamis Occidental said that the group was founded in the 1970s by Octavio Parojinog, the father of former Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” Parojinog of Ozamiz City, who the lawmaker claimed is now the group’s alleged leader.

Ocampos claimed that the group has about 100 to 200 fully-armed members and some 1,000 sympathizers.






PhilHealth revokes accreditation of Misamis Occidental hospital

by BONG D. FABE


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) in Northern Mindanao has revoked the accreditation of a medical clinic in Misamis Occidental province for fraud. Datu Masiding M. Alonto Jr., PhilHealth-X regional vice president, said PhilHealth found Bonifacio Medical Clinic in Bonifacio town, Misamis Occidental filed fraudulent claims for “ghost” patients aside other misrepresentations.

Alonto said the clinic, located at Purok 4, Poblacion, Bonifacio furnished “false and incorrect information.”

With the revocation, the clinic can no longer process claim reimbursements of PhilHealth members effective March 16, 2012, he said. He said PhilHealth filed a number of cases against the clinic for various irregularities since the approval of its accreditation in 1998. Twenty-nine of these were later found to be fraudulent claims for “non-admitted” patients.

These cases were filed after PhilHealth-X Legal Office found irregularities on the legitimacy of the patients’ confinement after a trend of family confinement and mandatory admission of 3 days was detected, Alonto said.

Alonto said these acts are tantamount to grave breach of the warranties of accreditation, which is punishable by revocation of the clinic’s status as an accredited PhilHealth provider.

In its decision dated Nov. 14, 2011, the Arbitration Office found Bonifacio Medical Clinic violating Section 141 or Claims for Non-Admitted Patients of Rule XXVIII of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the National Health Insurance Act of RA 7875 as amended by RA 9241.

“BMC undermines the goal of PhilHealth to provide secured hospitalization for its members,” Alonto said.

PhilHealth-X Legal Office chief lawyer Allan G. Panolong said his office has received decisions for BMC for 12 counts of revocation and 6 orders of suspension with an aggregate fine of P710,000.

PhilHealth was created in 1995 as the government’s answer to the clamor for a more responsive and comprehensive government health care program. President Fidel V. Ramos signed into law Republic Act 7875 on Feb. 14, 1995 creating the PHIC, which is mandated to provide social health insurance coverage to all Filipinos.

PhilHealth assumed the responsibility of administering the former Medicare program for government and private sector employees from the Government Service Insurance System in October 1997, from the Social Security System in April 1998, and from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in March 2005.







PhilHealth revokes accreditation of Bonifacio Medical Clinic in MisOcc

by ( Merlyn Ybañez/PhilHealth-10/EOR/PIA-10)


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 27 (PIA) -- The PhilHealth Regional Office 10 has revoked the accreditation of a medical clinic in Misamis Occidental for fraudulently filing claims for non-admitted patients and other misrepresentations, an agency statement said.

PhilHealth Regional Vice President for Northern Mindanao Datu Masiding M. Alonto Jr. said Bonifacio Medical Clinic (BMC) located at Purok 4, Poblacion, Bonifacio town was found guilty for misrepresentation by furnishing false and incorrect information and can no longer process claim reimbursements of PhilHealth members effective March 16, 2012.

Alonto said the order came after a thorough investigation conducted by PhilHealth Regional Office 10 – Legal Office and that the revocation of BMC’s accreditation is permanent effective March 16, 2012.

PhilHealth has already filed a number of cases against the clinic for various irregularities since the approval of its accreditation in 1998. Twenty-nine (29) of which were later found to be fraudulent claims for “non-admitted” patients.

The cases were filed after PhilHealth 10 – Legal Office has found irregularities on the legitimacy of the patient’s confinement, since a trend of family confinement and mandatory admission of three (3) days were detected, Alonto said.

Alonto said these acts are tantamount to grave breach of the warranties of accreditation, which is punishable by revocation of the clinic’s status as an accredited PhilHealth provider.

In its decision dated November 14, 2011, the Arbitration Office found BMC violating Section 141 or Claims for non-admitted Patients of Rule XXVIII of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the National Health Insurance Act of R.A. 7875 as amended by R.A. 9241.

“BMC undermines the goal of PhilHealth to provide secured hospitalization for its members,” Alonto added.

As of this writing, Atty. Allan G. Panolong, Head of the Legal Office of PhilHealth 10 received decisions for BMC for 12 counts of revocation, six orders of suspension and aggregate fine of P710,000.00.

School in Mis. Occ. wins Sayawit National Competition of DepEd

by (Pat Nano/PIO/PIA-10 Mis. Occ.) )


TUDELA, Misamis Occidental, March 26 (PIA) -- Another national award has been added to the province of Misamis Occidental.

This, after the contestants of Tudela Central School, this town, won two of the major prizes of the Sayawit National Competition conducted by the Department of Education (DepEd) in Baguio City.


Mrs. Luzvisminda Tactacon, School Principal said these two major prizes are 1st place in the Teacher Category and 4th place in the Pupils Category of the said competition.

Participants of the Tudela Cental School were indeed very lucky to make it as finalists from among 15 entries, nationwide, Tactacon said.

She said the school’s presentation depicted the current situation of the environment, especially relating to climate change.

Just recently, the Provincial Government of Misamis Occidental has lined-up activities, to place itself, not only in the national map but in the world map, as well.

The achievement of Tudela Central School in the Sayawit National Competition has surely placed Misamis Occidental in the national map and every Misamisnon should be proud of it, Governor Herminia M. Ramiro said.

Meanwhile, she said the province also plans to join national competitions where the name of Misamis Occidental will be at stake, such as, the search for beauty queens, and other festivals

P 498-M worth of projects implemented in Mis. Occ. under MRDP-2, CFAD

by (EOR/RCA/PIA-10 Mis. Occ.)


OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, Mar. 25 (PIA) – A total of P 498.09 million worth of projects have been implemented in Misamis Occidental under the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) Rural Infrastructure Sub-Projects, Phase 2 and the Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD) last year.


Of this amount, P 488.76 million was spent on some 62 road projects with a total length of 292.13 km. under the MRDP 2 while P 9.25 million was spent under the CFAD.


Both programs were intended to further improve the income and achieve food security through the development of rural infrastructure, agri-fishery, livelihood and bio-diversity conservation activities of the residents in the rural areas.


Meanwhile, during the recent meeting of the Mis. Occ. Provincial Development Council (PDC) in the city, Teresa B. Calamba, Chairperson of the Road Sector Committee and Secretary to the PDC reported the following status and accomplishments of the rural infrastructure sub-projects:


One (1) of the projects with a length of 2.68 km. amounting to P 2.384 million have been fully liquidated while two (2) others with a length of 3.44 km. amounting to P 6.7 million have been accepted by MRDP and turned-over but not yet fully paid.


Four (4) of the projects with a length of 35.94 km. amounting to P 25.58 million, is still on-going and has an accomplishment of above 50 percent while the implementation of five (5) others with a length of 25.28 km. amounting to P 55.90 million which is also on-going, has an accomplishment of below 50 percent, Calamba said.


Contracts for eight (8) projects involving 24.22 km. amounting to P 66.14 million have been awarded but not yet started while six (6) projects involving 11.10 km. amounting to P 32.54 million have been bidded out but not yet awarded.


The bid documents and feasibility studies for 12 other road project with a length of 58.30 km. amounting to P 86.10 million have been readied for bidding while 24 others with a length of 131.16 km. amounting to P 213.39 million, are currently under review for additional funding.


Likewise, of the P 9.25 million worth of projects implemented under the CFAD for the province, last year, P 7 million was released for the poultry and livestock production of the municipalities of Aloran and Sinacaban at P 2.25 million, each, and Calamba and Panaon at P 1.25 million, each.


The other P 2.25 million is also to be downloaded to the different barangays of Sinacaban, the PDC Secretary added.

PAL suspending Ozamiz flights starting March 25

by LBG, GMA News


Citing "commerical" reasons, flag carrier Philippine Airlines will suspend its flights to Ozamiz City starting Sunday, March 25.

But PAL, in a news release, said passengers between Manila and Ozamiz may be served through a "code-share" agreement with AirPhil Express.

AirPhil Express operates its flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, PAL said.

"Ozamiz-bound passengers have the option to take the PAL flights to Dipolog in Zamboanga del Norte, the nearest PAL station to Ozamiz. PAL flies to Dipolog six times a week using the 134-seater Airbus A319 aircraft," it added.

It advised Ozamiz passengers holding PAL tickets to visit PAL ticket offices or call PAL Reservations at 855-8888 for endorsement of their tickets and rebooking with AirPhil Express.

PAL used to fly seven times a week using the Airbus A320 and A319 jets to Ozamiz, one of just three cities of Misamis Occidental.

The flag carrier did not give any indication of when it will resume flights to Ozamiz.

“GO HERMIE” sets 2012 Mis. Occ. Development Plan

by (EOR/RCA-PIA 10 Mis. Occ.)


OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, March 23 (PIA) -- The development direction of the province is set on the present administration’s executive blueprint by the acronym “GO HERMIE.”

GO HERMIE stands for good governance, order of law, health and social services, and human resource development, education and youth development, microeconomic stability, investment opportunity and tourism and institutional development, and improved delivery of services and environment and agriculture development.

This will be the gist of the monitoring and evaluation report on Year 1 of Misamis Occidental’s Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) presented during the Provincial Development Council (PDC) meeting yesterday, March 22.

The three-year comprehensive ELA of the province clearly articulates the development direction of both the executive and the legislative branches of government of Misamis Occidental.


The last component of GO HERMIE is also gearing towards agri-forest and eco-tourism development with focus on the protection of the Mt. Malindang Natural Range Park.

The meeting was attended by members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the chief executives of the local government units of Mis. Occ., and heads of national agencies, as well as non-government and other sectoral organizations in the province.

Cha-cha bill won’t be passed

by Charissa M. Luci


Manila, Philippines – Charter change (Cha-cha) advocates in the House of Representatives should start yielding its campaign for the Cha-cha bill after the chairman of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments admitted the non-passage of the infamous measure in the 15th Congress. Misamis Occidental Rep. Loreto Ocampos said the House will not be able to pass the measure that seeks to amend certain economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution. “As of this time, it is too late already for Cha-cha,” Ocampos said. He earlier warned that the Cha-cha bill faces death by “mid-year” if there are no “concrete” major developments on the proponents’ proposals and if the Executive fails to give green light to the measure. Ocampos said “it is reality” that without Malacañang’s support, the passage of the bill in the 15th Congress is unlikely. “It is a complete surrender as far as the Cha-cha bill is concerned,” he said.

BFP-Tangub City conducts activities to raise awareness on fire prevention

by Judith Bayog-Tablan


TANGUB CITY, Misamis Occidental, March 21 (PIA) -- Various activities have been lined-up by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) here to raise the people’s awareness on the observance of the Fire Prevention Month of March this year.

Among such activities were the drawing, poster-making, and essay-writing contest on the theme "Makiisa, Makialam, Makipagtulongan Upang Sunog Ay Maiwasan (be united, get involved and cooperate, so fire can be avoided),” Senior Fire Inspector Butch Baulete, City Fire Marshall, said.

Held at the Tangub City Function Hall 1, last March 9, the poster-making and essay-writing contests were participated by high school students, while the drawing contest was geared towards elementary students.

First prize winners in the three categories automatically became the city’s official entries to the provincial level of the contests, Baulete added. (EOR/JBT-CIO/PIA 10 Mis. Occ.)

BFP intensifies training of barangay volunteer fire brigades in Ozamiz

by Rutchie C. Aguhob


OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, March 20 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has intensified the training and organization of the Barangay Volunteer Fire Brigades, especially in the densely populated areas of the city.

“We are doing this because we want to have force multipliers in all the barangays of the city, who will serve as the first responders, during the occurrence of fire in their areas,” Sr. Insp. Clint S. Cha, city fire marshall said.

Cha said the problem of the absence of roads and accessibility to these areas prevents the fire trucks and other fire-fighting equipment to go where they are needed during fire incidents.

He said training these volunteers on fire prevention and safety, as well, as skills on fire suppression, such as bucket relay, rappelling, evacuation, first aid, can help whenever there is fire in their areas since they themselves live in the communities.

Meanwhile, Cha said the BFP in the city has lined-up other activities in observance of the Fire Prevention Month of March, all focused on the theme: “Makiisa, Makialam, Makipagtulongan, Upang Sunog ay Maiwasan (be united and involved. Cooperate, so fire can be avoided).”

This includes the intensified fire safety inspection on buildings and other similar structures, including the business establishments, to see if they have complied with the requirements of the Accessibility Law and the Fire Code of the Philippines.

Also included in the month-long activities are the intensified fire prevention awareness program and the inspections of the city’s fire hydrants, Cha said. A holy mass held at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral followed by a motorcade around the city last March 1 kicked-off the month-long celebration in the city. Cha said a fire drill competition will be held tomorrow, March 21, at the Ozamiz City Hall grounds, to be participated in by the different fire volunteer brigades of the city. (EOR/RCA-PIA 10 Mis. Occ.)

AFP’s IPSP Bayanihan gains support of the Mis. Occ. provincial government

by Pat Nano


OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, March 19 (PIA) -- The Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) “Bayanihan” of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has gained the support, not only of the local government units (LGUs) but of the provincial government as well.

Thus declared Col. Rommel Almaria, Commander of the 55th Infantry Battalion (55IB), Philippine Army, based in Misamis Occidental, who said he is thankful for the strong support of Governor Herminia M. Ramiro in all their activities, particularly, during the recent disaster preparedness training for their soldiers.

Almaria said their mandate from the AFP is to serve and protect the people within its area of responsibility (AOR) under the guidelines set in its IPSP Bayanihan that calls for unity and cooperation of the people.

Included in 55IB’s AOR is the whole Misamis Occidental, nine towns of Zamboanga del Sur, and four towns of Zamboanga del Norte.

Thus, the 55IB Commander said they have closely coordinated with the LGUs of the cities of Tangub, Ozamiz and Oroquieta to orient the people on ISP Plan Bayanihan, particularly on the aspect of preparedness for any disaster or calamity, either natural or man-made.

Meanwhile, Almaria said they will monitor, not only the insurgency activities in the province, but also the safety of the civilians within their AOR during calamities.

Based on the monitoring they have done, Almaria said they found out that there are still insurgency activities happening in the outskirts of the province because they still get the support of the people in the area.

That is why he has warned the people not to be deceived by these groups and instead stop giving them their support, the 55IB Commander said.

Relative to this, he said they have conducted the social awareness symposium and the youth leadership summit among students in the far flung and hinterland barangays of Oroquieta City and the neighboring areas in coordination with the LGUs.

A youth summer camp will also be conducted this summer in coordination with the church, Almaria added. (EOR/PN-PIO/PIA 10 Mis. Occ.)

Ozamiz barangays to receive P50,000 financial aid from Mis. Occ. provincial government

by Pat Nano


OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, March 15 (PIA) -- The 51 barangays of Ozamiz City have started receiving the P50,000 financial help from the provincial government of Misamis Occidental.

Funds for the purpose have been included in the provincial budget approved by Governor Herminia M. Ramiro for the development projects of the 490 barangays of the province.

As such, almost all the barangays of the first district of the province already received the funds, which they have used for the improvement of their barangays.

Included in the first district are the cities of Tangub and Ozamiz and the towns of Bonifacio, Clarin, Tudela, Sinacaban, Jimenez, and Panaon. (RCA/PN-PIO/PIA 10 Mis. Occ.)

Gov. Ramiro vows to give priority to the welfare of provincial government employees

by Pat Nano


OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – The welfare of the provincial government employees of Misamis Occidental will always be a priority of Governor Herminia M. Ramiro.

This was revealed by the Governor who saw how happy the employees were to receive their salary differential, productivity enhancement bonus and clothing allowance for this year.

During a recent flag raising ceremony, Gov. Ramiro thanked the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) headed by Vice-Governor Henry Oaminal for approving the budget of the said benefits of the provincial employees.

She also thanked the department heads for their good work performance, which is a pre-requisite of the productivity incentive and their support to the present administration.

Meanwhile, she informed the employees of the other projects intended for their welfare, one of which is the housing project located in Oroquieta City.

Last week, officials of PAG-IBIG or the Home Mutual Development Fund had already visited the province to talk about a partnership regarding the implementation of the project, she said.

Priority will be given to the employees of the provincial capitol for the 250 units of house and lot that will be put up by PAG-IBIG, Gregorio Luba, Jr., Head of PAG-IBIG, Pagadian City Branch. (PIO/PIA-Mis. Occ.)

BIR RD-100 in Mis. Occ. confident to hit this year’s collection target

by Pat Nano


OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, March 13 (PIA) -- Despite the present economic situation, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Misamis Occidental is confident to hit its collection target this year.

This was the optimistic view of Atty. Maria M. Alfonso, Revenue District Officer for RD 100 based in the Ozamiz City, who said their tax collection target is increased every year, yet they have always been able to meet it.

Alfonso said for 2012, their target is P642 million, higher by P92 million or 16.72 percent, compared to last year’s P550 million, which they have successfully achieved.

However, there are quarters when the collection is low but there are also others when they have exceeded their targets, she said.

She also thanked the tax payers for their cooperation and support for paying the correct taxes and assured them that these will go back to the people through the programs and projects implemented in the localities.

Meanwhile, she said the collection during the second quarter is expected to increase in the second quarter of the year after collections in the first quarter experienced a slowdown, especially, during the month of February.

One of the reasons for this was because there were only few construction projects that were undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways during the period.

Aside from the individual income and business taxes, BIR is depending on the infrastructure sector for the needed tax collection, because Misamis Occidental is basically an agricultural province, Alfonso added. (RCA/PN-PIO/PIA Mis. Occ.)

Phil. Army’s 55IB undergo disaster preparedness training in Mis. Occ.

by Pat Nano


OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, March 12 (PIA) -- The 55th Infantry Battalion (55IB), 1st Infantry Division, Philippine Army, based in the province, participated in the Disaster Preparedness Program of the Misamis Occidental provincial government.

Headed by Col. Rommel B. Almaria, Commander of 55IB, t members of the Misamis Occidental Search and Rescue Team (MOSART) headed by Gain Paul De Barras in the said training.

Almaria said there is a need to be prepared for any calamity or disaster that may happen anytime without warning and encouraged all members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to have enough skills in performing rescue operations.

Aside from threats of flashfloods and landslides, Almario said Mt. Malindang, in whose foot the province of Misamis Occidental is settled, is actually a volcano that has been continually monitored by the members of MOSART. (RCA/PN-PIO/PIA 10 Mis. Occ.)





Misamis Occ LGU creates river systems monitoring group

  • Source: Misamis Occ LGU creates river systems monitoring group
  • Sunday 11th of March 2012
by Pat Nano


OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, March 11 (PIA) – The provincial government has approved recenlty the creation of a committee that will oversee activities of river systems in Misamis Occidental.

Governor Herminia M. Ramiro has signed Executive Order No. 007-2012 creating the Misamis Occidental River Basin Management Committee (MORBMC). Signing of the said EO was witnessed by the heads of the different groups from the government and non-government organizations, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) and people’s organizations, such as the Misamis Occidental Search and Rescue Team (MOSART) after a wide consultation with the stakeholders was done.

Creation of MORBMC aims to monitor and study the activities of the river systems in the province relative to climate change and will be headed by Ramiro with Dennis Leopoldo, Head of the Provincial Government-Environment and Natural Resources Office (PG-ENRO), as co-chairpersons.

Leopoldo said there are 18 major watersheds in Mis. Occ. that needs the attention of MORBMC in the wake of the recent floodings resulting from climate change.

Meanwhile, the MORBMC has given priority to monitor and study the activities of the water basin in the towns of Clarin and Tudela, which experienced floodings that resulted in huge damage to properties, last month.

It will now be the responsibility of MORBMC to look for ways so that a repeat of what happened to the two towns can be prevented.

As recalled, a Memorandum Circular have been issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to all LGU’s to ensure the safety of the residents from possible disasters and calamities in their respective areas. (PIO/EOR/RCA/PN-PIA10 Mis. Occ.)

Mis. Occ. provincial capitol to retain its old structure

by Pat Nano


OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, March 9 (PIA) -- The provincial capitol of Misamis Occidental will remain to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the country. This assurance was given by Governor Herminia M. Ramiro to the members of the Advisory Council for National Committee on Monuments and Sites of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) who came to the city recently.

Headed by Architect Dominic Calicia, the said group purposely came to the city to take a look and to study the structure of the provincial capitol building and make sure its old structure, which was designed by Architect Juan Arellano in 1930, will be retained.

Arellano also designed the Metropolitan Theater and National Museum and many other structures in Manila, which are now considered “endangered American era neo-classical buildings” in the country.

Architect Galicia said the provincial capitol building of Misamis Occidental is one of the most beautiful building in the whole Philippines and he is happy that its old structure will be retained.

In line with this, Governor Ramiro said a regular meeting between the contractor of the renovation of the Capitol and the NCCA will have to be done to make sure this will be carried out.

The decades-old capitol building, which houses the different offices of the provincial government, will undergo renovation since its dilapidated state causes the rain water to get inside causing damage to the documents and also posing a threat to the health of the employees.

The renovation will be completed within a duration of one year. (PN/PIO/PIA-10 Mis. Occ.).

Revenue bureau intensifies tax campaign in Misamis Occidental

by Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper


OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue District Office 100 (RDO-100) here intensified campaign to remind the taxpayers in the province to pay their obligation during the first quarter in 2011, during the first quarter of the year.

Revenue district officer lawyer Maria M. Alfonso said the campaign’s kick-off activity was coincided with the renewal of business registrations.

She hopes RDO-100 will be able to achieve this year’s tax goal with the full cooperation and support of the taxpayers.

The campaign started with a motorcade around the main thoroughfare of the city. After which, a ceremonial signing of the pledge of support by the tax payers took place.

Meanwhile, the district revenue official reminded the taxpayers to ask for official receipts in their every transaction with stores, noting that it is government’s advantage.

She said consumers must make it a habit to ask for receipts for the Revenue department to determine the amount of taxes it will be collecting from the establishments. (PIA)

BIR intensifies tax campaign in Misamis Occidental

by Pat Nano


OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, March 7 (PIA) -- The Revenue District Office 100 (RDO-100) of the Bureau of Internal Revenue here has intensified its campaign to pay the annual income taxes for 2011.

Such campaign aims to remind the tax payers in the province to pay their obligation for the year 2011, during the first quarter of the year, which also coincide with the renewal of business registrations, Atty. Maria M. Alfonso, Revenue District Officer said.

Alfonso hopes RDO-100 will be able to achieve this year’s tax goal with the full cooperation and support of the tax payers.

The campaign started with a motorcade around the main thoroughfare of the city recently after which, a ceremonial signing of the pledge of support by the tax payers took place.

Meanwhile, Alfonso has reminded the tax payers to ask for official receipts (ORs) everytime they buy goods or services from the store or establishment where they bought them.

Not asking for the ORs from these establishments is a loss to the government as the ORs provide information if they really pay the correct taxes, Alfonso said.

In fact, it should be made a habit by every tax payer to help the government in its tax collection efforts as taxes are the source of funds for development projects for the general welfare of the people, Alfonso added. (RCA/PN-PIO/PIA 10 Mis. Occ.)

Aquamarine park posts P6.53-M income in 2011, expects to double this year

by Rutchie C. Aguhob


SINACABAN, Misamis Occidental, Mar. 6 (PIA) -- Prospects are high that the Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park (MOAP) located in Barangay Libertad Bajo here will double this year, with its 2011 income of P6.53 million.

This is the assessment of Manolito V. Yap, project manager of MOAP, who said that the bookings for their function rooms and dormitories have started early for 2012 compared to last year, when the bookings were made only after the renovations of some of it facilities were completed after the first quarter of the year.

The park consists of fish hatcheries, and houses a mini zoo and the entrance to Dolphin Island, which serves as the rehabilitation center for bottle-nosed dolphins that are washed ashore and those which seek shelter from fishermen.

Owned by the Misamis Occidental provincial government, MOAP is described as a tangible manifestation of its vision to promote aquamarine production, environmental protection, and ecotourism, geared towards the provision of livelihood opportunities to the Misamisnons.

The project was started by then Governor Leo Loreto S. Ocampos, who is now the Congressman of the 2nd District of the province supported by then Congresswoman Herminia M. Ramiro of the said district, who is now the governor of Misamis Occidental.

It also gained financial support from Sen. Francis Pangilinan and then Senators Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. and Richard Gordon, the Secretary of the Department of Tourism when the MOAP was opened to the public.

Meanwhile, in his operations report to Governor Ramiro, Yap said the gross income from the dormitories and function rooms of MOAP from January to December last year amounted to P456,160.06, while the gross entrance amounted to P301,165.

He said the highest income was noted during the month of November with P381,248 because of the pre-Christmas gatherings followed by the summer months of June, P334,295.31, and May, P274,392.7. (RCA/EOR-PIA 10 Mis. Occ.)

Member of Alferez organized crime group nabbed

by Ronnie Francis M. Cariaga


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 5 -- Combined forces of the Misamis Occidental Police Provincial Office and Joint Task Force Panguil arrested suspect Rommel Alferez, who allegedly has a pending arrest warrant for the crime of carnapping issued by Judge Alan Flores, Regional Trial Court (RTC) of the 12th Judicial Regional Region, Branch 7, Tubod, Lanao del Norte, after he was sighted inside the cockfighting arena in Barangay 6, Tangub City, Feb. 25.

Tangub City Police Chief, PSupt. Elias Hampac said the Police Anti-Carnapping Emergency Response (PACER) team based in Iligan City is looking into the suspect’s possible involvement of other crimes committed in Metro Manila.

Rommel was frisked after the lawful arrest, resulting in the confiscation of an illegally possessed 0.45 caliber pistol and ammunitions.

PSupt. Hampac added that Rommel is the uncle of Jojo Alferez, whom he and his police personnel encountered last Dec. 7 in a shootout that resulted in the wounding and arrest of Nelson Balos. PSupt. Hampac was likewise hit in his right shoulder.

The Alferez Organized Crime Group is believed to be operating in Cagayan de Oro, Pagadian, Dipolog and other neighboring cities. Their members are also linked to many criminal activities in Cebu and Metro Manila. (EOR/RFMC-PRO/PIA 10)

Tangub city receives Seal of Good Housekeeping Award from DIlG

by Pat Nano


TANGUB CITY, Misamis Occidental, March 4 (PIA) -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) to Tangub City for 2011.

The award was given after the city government was able to follow the guidelines set by the DILG in the implementation of the open disclosure policy in tax collection and Sound Fiscal Management in the use of public funds.

Along with the SGH Award was the cash amount of P3 million, which has helped the city so much in adding up to its development projects.

Meanwhile, Mayor Philip Tan thanked Governor Herminia M. Ramiro, on the occasion of the city’s 44th Charter Anniversary, recently, for the financial subsidy that Tangub received during her administration.

The Mayor also acknowledged the help of the Governor and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), headed by Vice-Governor Henry Oaminal for their continued support for development projects of the city.

One of these projects was the drainage improvement in one of the streets of Tangub and the P3.0 million that the Governor gave to the city in a congratulatory bid after it won the 2011 SGH Award.

These subsidies which the city government of Tangub has been using for its development projects have been much appreciated, Mayor Tan added. (PIO/PIA-10 Mis. Occ.)

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