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Regions ‘Enforce Bangsamoro program’ P ˜ The Manila Times

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BY CATHERINE S. VALENTE

RESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has ordered for the immediate implementation of the normalization program under the Bangsamoro peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), including the decommissioning of the rebels’ forces and weapons.

Duterte signed Executive Order %/   IMPLEMENTING THE !Nnex on Normalization under the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro “to ensure human security in the Bangsamoro and enable the communities to achieve their desired quality of life through the pursuit of sustainable livelihood and political participation within a peaceful and deliberative society.�

Under EO 70, the government adopts a Normalization Program that is “multi-faceted and covers the aspects of security, socio-economic development, sustainable livelihood, political participation, CONkDENCE BUILDING  AND TRANSItional justice and reconciliation.� The normalization program would be implemented for the combatant and noncombatant ele-

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MENTSOFTHE-),& THEFAMILIESOF the decommissioned combatants, and other vulnerable individuals and sectors within the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in MusLIM-INDANAO"!2--  The programs will cover the SIX RECOGNIZED -),& CAMPS  PARticularly Camp Bilal in Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur, Camp Omar ibn al-Khatab in Maguindanao, Camp Rajamuda in North Cotabato and Maguindanao, Camp Busrah Somiorang in Lanao del Sur, Camp Badre and Camp Abubakar as-Siddique in Maguindanao, and such other locations of decommissioned combatants. EO 79 also provides that the -),&FORCESANDWEAPONSNEEDTO UNDERGOAVERIkCATION VALIDATION and decommissioning process that will be conducted by the

)NDEPENDENT $ECOMMISSIONING Body, composed of three foreign and four local experts. The National Task Force for the Disbandment of the Private Armed Groups in the Bangsamoro Core Territory and the adjacent Zamboanga Peninsula and Soccsksargen will be in charge of policy, planning and implementation of the program for the disbandment of the private armed groups. Soccsksargen region is comprised of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City. A program for the reduction and management of small arms and light weapons of individuals and groups will be developed by the Joint Normalization Committee, in coordination with the military and the police, consistent with the

Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act. The military, through the Defense department, should prepare a redeployment plan of its units and troops from or within the BARMM, consistent with the progress in the other aspects of the normalization program. Through EO 79, Duterte also FORMED AN )NTER #ABINET #LUSTER Mechanism on Normalization )##-.  TO ENSURE gTIMELY  APPROPRIATIONANDEFkCIENTuDELIVERY of the normalization program. 4HE )##-. IS MANDATED TO coordinate and mobilize relevant government agencies in implementing the normalization program; monitor all socio-economic interventions; create a working group on vulnerable sectors; and submit periodic reports on the

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%/SIMPLEMENTATION �Government agencies are hereby directed to prioritize, intensify and accelerate implementation of development efforts for the rehabilitation, reconstruction and development of the BARMM, ANDADDRESSTHENEEDSOFTHE")!& "ANGSAMORO)SLAMIC!RMED&ORCES  MEMBERS  INTERNALLY DISPLACE persons, and poverty-stricken communities as part of the normalization process,� the EO said. 4HE)##-.WILLCEASEOPERATION upon the signing of the exit agreement by the national government ANDTHE-),&IMPLEMENTINGPANELS or when the normalization program are completely implemented. EO 79 will take effect immediately upon its publication in the /FkCIAL'AZETTE or a newspaper of general circulation.

Negros bishop seeks R U N - U P T O M I D T E R M P O L L S justice for ‘Sagay 9’ Mindanao rolls out red carpet for Bong Go AS the country celebrates Labor Day this Wednesday, Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of the San Carlos diocese in Negros Occidental is seeking justice for nine sugar workers who were killed in what he calls a “senseless� attack on a plantation in Sagay town last year. “We especially remember the Sagay 9 whose murder has not been given justice until today,� Alminaza said in his Labor Day message. “The impunity in senseless killings resulting from the landlessness of our agricultural and farm workers are sad manifestations of where we are in our JOURNEYTOWARDS'ODSKINGDOM of love, justice and peace,� the prelate added. Alminaza also called on government agencies to address the centuries-old problem of landlessness and protect the lives of defenseless civilians whom they have sworn to defend and protect. “We call on the evaluation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-led and local government unit-funded Special Civilian Active Auxiliary if their existence is still warranted and how its abuses can be prevented,� he said. Alminaza also called on the DIOCESES BASIC ECCLESIAL COMMUNITIES "%#S  TO PROVIDE

pastoral care for the families of the Sagay 9 and the survivors of the massacre. “The land issue is a very important economic aspect in the LIVESOFOURFARMERS)TMUSTBE part of reflections among our BEC cluster groups so that our poor farmers may not feel alone in their plight,� he said. He also advised leaders of FARMERS GROUPS TO ALWAYS PRIoritize the well-being of their fellow poor farmers amid the “senseless killings.� The bisphop also reminded Catholic landowners to translate their religious beliefs into their business practices by “prioritizing the interest of the common good and denouncing violence and greed.� Meanwhile, Bishop Ruperto Santos of the Balanga diocese in Bataan, said Labor Day is about expressing gratitude to the workers by creating jobs here so they would not be forced to move to foreign lands, be separated from their families, and the country could avoid brain and manpower drain. M a n i l a Au x i l i a r y B i s h o p Broderick Pabillo joined Santos AND THE LABOR GROUPS CALL FOR an end to contractualization, which the State guarantees under the 1987 Constitution. CATHERINE A. MODESTO

Drugs eyed in Cebu PNP officer’s murder 4(% #EBU 0ROVINCIAL )NTELLIGENCE"RANCH0)" WASLOOKING into illegal drugs as one of the motives for the killing of a police officer in Toledo City on Tuesday. Police Capt. Alejandro BatobaLONOS CHIEFOFTHE#EBU 0)" SAID they were looking into illegal drugs transactions as one of the causes of the ambush of Master Sgt. Junard Cinco who was a member of the Provincial Drug %NFORCEMENT5NITAND0)" “We are looking into [illegal] drugs, as he is a member of the 0$%5 AND 0)" u "ATOBALONOS told The Manila Times. Police Lt. Col. Janette Rafter, chief of the Toledo City Police Sta-

tion, said Cinco, 39, was driving his motorcycle to bring his wife to work when the suspects waylaid them at about 8 a.m. along Barangay Media Once in Toledo City. Cinco, who was assigned to the 0)"IN!UGUST DIEDFROMAFAtal gunshot wound in the head. Rafter said they were coorDINATING WITH #INCOS WIFE  who was still shocked after the incident, and were reviewing the closed-circuit television in the area. “We saw two men on board a motorcycle but we still need to VERIFY THIS ;WITH #INCOS WIFE= They could be persons of interest for now,� Rafter added. RHEA RUTH ROSELL

BARELY two weeks before the midterm polls on May 13, Davao gave native son, former special assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bongâ€? Go, a rousing welcome as he swung through four cities in Davao on Monday, renewing his commitment to his bailiwick and assuring people that he would continue the brand of service the Duterte administration is known for. Go served President Rodrigo Duterte for 21 years — from the time the latter was mayor on to MalacaĂąang, where for three years he saw how government works at the national level. His motorcade started from the city of Tagum in Davao del Norte, proceeded to Mati City, Davao Oriental; then motored to Digos City, Davao del Sur and to Malita City, Davao Occidental. Go, who hails from Davao City, reiterated his keynote message in all his campaign sorties — an unwavering commitment to conTINUETHEkGHTAGAINSTPOVERTY)T was no different in Davao. g)WILLCONTINUETHE0RESIDENTS most important campaigns — that against corruption, criminality ANDDRUGS)WILLCONTINUETOPUSH for this as the wellspring of the change we need to see, not just in Davao, but nationwide as well,â€? he said. )N4AGUM'O SAIDTHEREWERE still many places in the country he had yet to visit, but he could not afford to miss a meeting with the people of his home region. Meanwhile, as thousands of workers nationwide mark Labor Day this Wednesday, Go said he would help Duterte make good

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Supporters cross the line to get near former special assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go during one of his campaign sorties. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO on his campaign promise to end contractualization. “The President has already signed an executive order on contractualization, but this is not enough, we should also examine the Labor Code, especially on the matter of security of tenure of our workers,� he said. Apart from his support for the core policies of the President, Go said if elected to the Senate, he would further the efforts to bring the fruits of development to the region to uplift people out of poverty. “The President has earmarked many projects for Davao under

the Build, Build, Build program that is sure to bring progress to the people of Davao region,� he added. He cited the Mindanao Railway Project, whose Phase 1 consists of A0 BILLION KILOMETERKM  railway connecting Davao City to Digos City and Tagum City. This is part of the entire P85-billion rail project inter-connecting all major cities in Mindanao. Construction of the railway will begin on the third quarter of this year and expected to be completed by the end of 2021, to be fully operational by 2022. There is also the P2.6-billion

Davao City Expressway Project, a 60-km expressway from the Bukidnon-Davao National Highway in Davao City to DigosSultan Kudarat Road, which Public Works and Highways opened in February. He also noted that a total of 4,525 hectares of land were distributed to 2,095 Agrarian 2EFORM BENEkCIARIES IN THE REgion even as the government provides skills and livelihood training for farmers and their families so they can have an additional source of livelihood, such as the Salt Production Training conducted last year in Malita.

P890-M infra projects up in Davao Sur DAVAO CITY:  Around 15,675 households in five towns in Davao del Sur would soon benefit from the P890 million worth of infrastructure and enterprise development projects, the Department of Agriculture in Davao Region (DA-11) said.  The DA-11 said the projects were now being implemented in the area through the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).  The P890-million project is composed of six infrastructure projects worth P834 million and another six agri-enterprise subprojects worth P43 million, the DA-

PRDP added.  Under the projects, road networks linking production areas to markets will be improved for efficient transportation of agricultural products for the residents in the area.  “We need to fast-track our implementation so that we can achieve our objectives to increase the income of our farmers and household beneficiaries in the agri-fishery sector and develop a more market-oriented and climateresilient agriculture,â€? said DA Davao Regional Director Ricardo OĂąate Jr., who is also the concurrent PRDP Mindanao

project director.  The infrastructure projects under Intensified Building up of IBUILD, or Infrastructure and Logistics for Development, include four 35.16 kilometers (km)of farm-to-market roads amounting to P539 million in the towns of Hagonoy, Malalag and Magsaysay, and the rehabilitation of the 14.29-km Waterfall-Osmena farm-to-market road with 122.5 liner meter PSCG Bridge in Sulop town for P251 million.  Meanwhile, Oùate said the implementation of the P43-million post-harvest facilities package in Matanao town

was ongoing, which include 14 units of warehouses with solar dryer to increase the market value of banana production by 100 percent per kilogram; rice by 40 percent; corn by 39 percent; and coconut by 64 percent. Â Under the Investments in Rural Enterprises and Agriculture and Fisheries Productivity are P19.54 million for two projects: the Cardava Banana Consolidation and Marketing Enterprise in Magsaysay town and the Organic Fairtrade Banana Chips Processing in Padada. ALEXANDER D. LOPEZ

MORE SUBIC COMPANIES JOIN ‘WAR ON WASTE’ SUBIC BAY FREEPORT: More companies based here have joined the Subic Bay Metropolitan AuthorITYS  3"-!  g7AR ON 7ASTEu since the start of the Recyclable #OLLECTION%VENT2#% PROJECTIN 2016, SBMA Ecology Center manager Amethya de la Llana said. “Our business locators now SEETHEBENEkTSOFPROPERLYDISPOSINGOFTRASH)TSORDERLYAND more efficient, as well as economical,� de la Llana said during the 6th RCE held at the former mini-golf course along Waterfront Road here. The participating companies

brought to the event various recyclable items like used car batteries, cardboard and paper scraps and light bulbs.  g)T HAS BEEN OUR COMPANYS initiative to properly dispose of our hazardous wastes, being a company that conducts inspection, verification and tests on various products such as gas, oil and other chemicals,� said Marge ,INGAD ADMINISTRATIVEOFkCEROF LOCATOR3'33UBIC"AY)NC  ,INGAD SAID THE kRM USED TO outsource treatment of wastes generated by their operation. “But now we found an economi-

cal way to dispose of these and at the same time, help raise funds for the environment,� she added. Recyclable items generated through the SBMA project were sold to recyclers, and proceeds were donated to the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, which funds Bantay Kalikasan, an organization that promotes a healthy environment for local communities.  )N THE RECENTLY CONCLUDED 6th RCE, the SBMA Ecology Center recognized Hanjin Heavy )NDUSTRIES AND #ONSTRUCTION Co.Ltd. for religiously donating

recyclable trash since the pilot collection event three years ago, as well as for donating recyclable trash worth P32,160 during the previous RCE. Other companies recognized for their contributions to the recycling project include Subic 4RUCKBOY  3'3 3UBIC "AY  )NC  Broadband Broadcast Services, Nidec Subic Philippines, Sanyo $ENKI 0HILIPPINES )NC  +ORYO 3UBIC  3UBIC "AY )NTERNATIONAL 4ERMINAL #ORP  7ISTRON )Nfocomm Phils., Mateen Tokyo )NTERNATIONAL )NC  AND !POLLO 3UBIC)NTERNATIONAL4RADING#ORP

Among the SBMA departments, meanwhile, the Procurement and Property Management Department was recognized for turning in recyclables worth P297,380 at the 5th RCE in November 2018. )NASHORTPROGRAMTHATKICKED off the 6th RCE, dela Llana pointed out that when astronauts go to outer space, they experience the “overview effect� where they feel how fragile the earth is.  g) HOPE WE DO NOT HAVE TO go to outer space just to realize how fragile the earth is. With the series of earthquakes and

aftershocks, let us help our environment adapt to the changes through environmentally-sound practices,� she added. De la Llana also said recyclable items like old tires, expired medicines, rubber shoes/slippers and used clothes would be accepted in the next collection event. 4HE2#%ISPARTOFTHE3"-!S War on Waste program that also includes an anti-littering drive, the regulated use of plastic straws and plastic bags for wet products, and a ban of singleuse plastics. PATRICK ROXAS

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The Manila Times is one of the leading national broadsheets in the Philippines. It is also one of the oldest, having been founded in 1898.

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The Manila Times is one of the leading national broadsheets in the Philippines. It is also one of the oldest, having been founded in 1898.

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