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SM holds Bomb Threat and Bomb Explosion Awareness Seminar

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Cauayan City, Isabela – As part of SM’s continuous effort to equip and provide awareness to its frontliners and mall employees, SM City Cauayan hold a Bomb Threat and Bomb Explosion Awareness seminar on November 23, 2022.

Around 120 employees from the security force, janitorial and maintenance and mall tenants attended the said seminar.

Through the expertise of PNP Explosive Ordinance Disposal and Canine Group, topics about the Applicable Laws on Explosives and Ammunition, Bomb threats and Plans to Counter Bomb Incidents were discussed.

The bomb experts also hold an actual demonstration of detonation of Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The speakers also shared tips on inspecting and detecting IEDs and on how to respond properly to a bomb threat.

Overall, the said activity was geared to advance the security readiness and awareness of the mall frontliners on Improvised Explosive Devices and to counter its threats, as SM prioritize the safety of its mallgoers and employees.

SM CITY TUGUEGARAO OPENS NOVEMBER 18

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Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba (3rd from left), Tuguegarao City Mayor Maila Ting Que (4th from right), Tuguegarao City Vice Mayor Bienvenido De Guzman II (2nd from right), and Bishop Most Rev. Ricardo Baccay led the ribbon cutting and were joined by SM Markets Director Herbert Sy (right), SM Engineering Design and Development President Hans Sy, Jr. (left), SM Prime Holdings President Jeffrey Lim (3rd from right), and SM Supermalls President Steven Tan (2nd from left).

Just in  time for Christmas, SM City Tuguegarao opens its doors on November 18, 2022, bringing great shopping, leisure, and entertainment up north to this beautiful and bustling city in the Cagayan Valley region.  It is SM Prime’s 82nd Supermall, and the third in Region 2 after SM Center Tuguegarao Downtown and SM City Cauayan.

Nestled in the verdant Cagayan Valley, Tuguegarao is protected by the Sierra Madre Mountain ranges in the east, by the Cordilleras in the west, and by the far-off Caraballo Mountains in the south.

It is the capital city of the province of Cagayan and serves as the –political and administrative center of Region 2, which includes Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino provinces. It is likewise the center of commerce, finance, medical services, and education, as well as the most important trading hub of Cagayan.

Strategically located on a 146,909.87 square meter site along Bagay road corner Diversion road, Tuguegarao City, the two level mall 62,000 square meter floor area will serve shoppers in Tuguegarao, Penablanca, Iguig, Enrile, Solana, Tuao, and Piat in Cagayan as well as nearby provinces like Kalinga and Apayao. More than that, it will be a catalyst for business and employment opportunities in the area.

SM City Tuguegarao’s façade balances bright colors, contemporary patterns, and projecting glass forms into an energetic overall building design. Landscaping is generous and modern, especially at the Valley Park, a 6000 square area that promotes the value of nature and provides a breathing space where you can enjoy open-air activities with your family and friends amidst the bustle of the city.

The new mall’s interiors celebrates its location – near the tributary of two great rivers of the Cagayan province – the Rio Grande de Cagayan and its tributary the Pinacanauan River with its protected natural wonders, landscapes, rare wild flora, and ancient cave systems.

It highlights pride of place with distinctive materials and finishes  – warm textured floor finishes in a bold design that reflects the wooded riverbanks of the Pinacanauan River. Dynamic lighting and organic timber ceiling features also reflect the rivers’ winding path through the Cagayan landscape to the Philippine Sea.

Warm and authentic tones of wood paneling with abundant planting and evocative green graphics discovered along the mall journey will remind visitors of the uniqueness of Tuguegarao.

The SM Store and SM Supermarket are SM City Tuguegarao’s major anchors along with the SM Appliance Center, ACE Hardware, Watsons, Our Home, Surplus, Sports Central, Pet Express, Miniso, and Crocs. It will also have fashion boutiques, jewelry stores, sports stores, bookstores, as well as a Cyberzone and service and wellness centers.

Eating out options include a Food Court; specialty restaurants like Botejyu, Mesa, and Prime Steak House; and local and international food chains like Shakey’s, Bon Chon, KFC, J. Co Donuts, Goldilocks, Macao Imperial Tea, Breadtalk, and Starbucks Coffee.

It will also feature some of Cagayan’s best food stops and homegrown tenants – Bos Chow, Cheese and Stalk, Asyano’s Filipino and Asian Buffet, BLK 5, and Serafina which will serve the Cagayan’s Famous Pancit Batil Patong.  

SM City Tuguegarao will have three state of the art cinemas and two private cinema rooms featuring a stunning display, phenomenal sound from Dolby-enabled, and state-of-the-art digital cinema. Kids of all ages will enjoy amusement centers like Quantum, Tom’s World, Word of Fun, Prizes Prizes, and Ambika Kidz Fun Box.

For customer convenience and an enhanced malling experience, the newest SM in Cagayan has 2,299 parking slots for regular cars, PWD cars, and motorcycles. Its transportation hub within the mall complex provides shoppers with plenty of available transport options.

SM City Tuguegarao’s design team includes DSGN Associates, Inc., Foreign Design Consultant; EDGE, Mall Interior Design Consultant; BCL Asia, Landscape Designer; HBO + EMTB, Cyberzone Designer, and Abesamis + Guerrero Architects, Foodcourt Designer.  JSLA Architects is the Architect on Record, while Dahn Berger Phils Corporation is the General Contractor, and DA Abcede and Associates handle Construction Management.

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 029 Series of 2022

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An order declaring November 2, 2022, Wednesday, A Special Non-Working Holiday in All Government and Non-Government Offices and Classes at all levels in public and private schools in the City of Ilagan to afford Ilagueños time and opportunity to conduct clean-up and maintenance activities in the aftermath of Typhoon “Paeng” and for the observance of the All Souls Day.

22 kabahayan, winasak ng rumaragasang tubig ng  Chico River sa Tuao, Cagayan; 43 pamilya, inilikas

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Camp Marcelo A Adduru, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan- Pinagtulungang ilikas kagabi, ika-31 ng Oktubre  taong kasalukuyan ang apat na put”t tatlong pamilya na nawalan ng bahay matapos tangayin ng rumaragasang tubig ng Chico River sa Brgy Mungo, Tuao, Cagayan.

Nagsanib-pwersa ang PNP Tuao, MDRRMO Tuao, DSWD RO2,   Brgy Officials ng Mungo, LGU Tuao at mga volunteer organization tulad ng  Itawit Cagayan Valley Eagles Club, at Eagles Tuao sa isinagawang force evacuation sa mga pamilyang apektado kabilang na ang mga pamilyang kailangan naring lumikas dahil sa bahagyang pagkasira ng kanilang kabahayan bunsod ng  malakas na agos ng Chico River.

Ang mga nasabing pamilya ay nasa evacuation center na ngayon sa Brgy Lallayug, Tuao kung saan pansamantala munang naninirahan habang wala pang malilipatang lugar.

Ayon kay Tuao PS Chief of Police,  PMAJ Jhun-jhun Balisi, dahil s kalunos lunos na sinapit ng mga evacuees ay kaagad binigyan ang mga ito ng cash aid ng DSWD RO2 bukod pa sa mga bigas, damit at mga grocery items para may pansamantalang magamit ang pamilya habang sila ay nasa evacuation center.

Napag alaman kay PMAJ BALISI na maliban sa dalawampu’t dalawang bahay na nilamon ng ilog Chico, may dalawampu’t isang bahay pa sa nasabing lugar ang partially damaged at nanganganib ding mahulog at matangay dahil sa tuluy tuloy na pagtibag ng lupa sa tabi ng nasabing ilog.#

Source: PRO2

SM Center Tuguegarao Downtown illuminates its 35ft Giant Victorian Glass House for holidays

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TUGUEGARAO CITY—The SM Center Tuguegarao Downtown (SMTD) lit up its 35 feet tall Christmas Centerpiece on Saturday night, October 29 at the mall atrium here.

This year’s centerpiece of SMTD is a Giant Victorian Glass house embellished with snow frosting. It is surrounded by Christmas Trees adorned with bright lights, along with gift boxes and snow-covered flamingos.

Aside from the launching of its centerpiece, the mall also held a ribbon cutting ceremony with their “100 days of happiness campaign” partners; Cagayano Artists Group, Local Government Units and the League of Indispensable Neo Youth Artists.  

 “Apart from the idea that we are bringing closer to the Cagayanos a winter wonderland vibe to make them feel that there’s a snow place like home here at SM Center Tuguegarao Downtown, we also want to make a circle of happiness among Cagayanos. This is why, we opened an art for a cause group exhibit here in our mall,” Asst. Mall Manager Romel S. Uy, said.

  “For this year, we will be adopting some kids with disabilities and chosen farmers here in Tuguegarao as our direct beneficiaries. The different visual artists from Cagayan   voluntarily participated and contributed their amazing original artworks for this campaign. 20% of the proceed will directly go to the chosen beneficiary, so we are inviting all to visit our exhibit which will run until December 30 of this year,” Uy added.

 This is the second time SM Supermalls conducted a 100 days of happiness campaign. In 2021, the biggest mall network in the Philippines showed the world more than a hundred ways of giving through 100 Days of Caring.#

Reindeer-inspired Christmas centerpiece, pinailaw at nagbigay-saya sa mga bata sa SM Cauayan City

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CAUAYAN CITY-Nagbigay-aliw sa mga bata ang pagbubukas at pagpapailaw kagabi, Oktubre 28, ng nagniningning na Christmas centerpiece sa SM Cauayan City.

  Game na game sa paglalaro ang mga bata habang nag-bonding ang mga magkakapamilya at magbabarkada.

  Naging Instagrammable ang lugar sa mga kids at sa nanood sa naturang pagpapailaw na kinatampukan ng reindeer, sleigh, Christmas balls at iba pa.

  Layon ng centerpiece na pasayahin pa lalo ang mga residente at ipadama ang diwa ng pagmamahalan at kapayapaan sa Pasko ngayong Disyembre, ayon kay SM-OIC Regional Operations Manager Sheila Marie Estabillo.

 Dagdag niya, ang dalawang taon na pandemya ay nagbigay-lungkot sa mga mallgoers kaya gumawa sila ng paraan na maibalik ito ngayong taon.

“Pangako namin na ibabalik ang isang tunay na pagdiriwang sa 80 mga malls sa bansa,” dagdag niya. #

KALINGA POLICE CHECKPOINT YIELDS ₱24.4-MILLION WORTH OF MARIJUANA

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Three individuals will now be facing charges for violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act after they were arrested in a police checkpoint in Lubuagan, Kalinga on October 28, 2022.

According to the report reaching the Regional Director, PBGEN MAFELINO A BAZAR, the arrested individuals were identified as Raechelle Kitongan Canao, 29; Augusto Binuloc Gunnawa, 38; and Arnel Langao Wadwad, 26.

According to the same report, personnel of the 2nd Kalinga Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC) received an information that a group of individuals will be transporting marijuana products from Tinglayan, Kalinga to Tabuk City.

Acting on the said information, personnel of the 2nd Kalinga PMFC conducted an interdiction operation in Sitio Dinakan, Brgy. Dangoy, Lubuagan, Kalinga that resulted in the confiscation of 204 bricks of suspected marijuana dried leaves and stalks with an estimated weight of 204,000 grams with a Standard Drug Price of Php 24,480,000; two (2) pieces in tubular forms of suspected MJ dried leaves and stalks with an estimated weight of 2,000 grams with SDP of Php 240, 000.00; and two (2) small bottles (60 ml each) containing a total of 120 ml of suspected Marijuana oil with SDP of Php 6,000.00.

The inventory and markings of the pieces of evidence recovered were conducted onsite in the presence of the arrested suspects and witnessed by Mr. Reynaldo S Gonzalo, DOJ representative; Ms. Janette Alagao, media representative; and Mr. Rodney Aranca, Barangay Kagawad.

The arrested suspects and the seized pieces of evidence were brought to the custody of Lubuagan MPS for documentation and proper disposition.#

MAGAT DAM ADVISORY

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Courtesy: NIA

Magbubukas ng isang spillway gate ang Magat Dam Reservoir, bukas sa oras na alas otso ng umaga Oktubre 29, 2022, bilang paghahanda sa bagyong Paeng.

Batay sa ibinigay na abiso ng pamunuan ng Magat Dam, Gate no. 4 ang bubuksan na may taas na isang metro at magpapakawala ng tinatayang 200 cubic meters per seconds ng tubig.

Kaugnay nito, pinapayuhan ang lahat na iwasan ang pagtawid at  pamamalagi sa  Cagayan river.

NPA ambush troops on their way to augment Disaster Response Team in Abra, 2 soldiers killed

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Gamu, Isabela, October 27, 2022 – Soldiers on their way to augment other troops in Baay-Licuan gearing for Disaster Response Operations (DRO) were ambushed  by Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) killing two soldiers while one is still missing early morning today in Brgy Gacab, Malibcong, Abra

The four soldiers were recalled by their battalion headquarters to help in DRO after the recent 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit the province again in the midnight of October 25, 2022 following a more devastating 7.0 magnitude quake last July.

Lt. Col. Ricardo Garcia III, the commander of 24th infantry battalion slammed the New People’s Army (NPA) in the latest atrocity. “We condemn in the strongest terms possible, the barbaric act of the Communist Terrorist Group.  We assure our people particularly the families of our soldiers that we will pursue the perpetrators and bring them to justice”, Lt. Col. Garcia said.#

SNAP-Magat wins highest award in GKK regionals

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SN Aboitiz Power-Magat receives GKK’s highest award at the Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK) regional awarding ceremony, held in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan on October 24, 2022. (L-R) Representing DOLE-REgion 2: Jesus Elpidio Atal Jr., Assistant Regional Director; Engr. Dennis Aquino, Engr. IV, Occupational Safety & Health Center; from SNAP-Magat: Melvin Catu, VP and Chief Technology Officer; Engr. Edgardo Bundalian, AVP and Plant Manager; Eliseo Ingles, Sr. Manager, SHESQ; Cheryl Ragsac, Nurse & Document Control Specialist; and Barry Frank Yabut, SHESQ Sr. Specialist.

SN Aboitiz Power-Magat, Inc. (SNAP-Magat) is Region II’s health and safety champion after bagging the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) highest distinction at the Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK) regional awarding ceremony, held in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan on October 24, 2022. The award was personally conferred by Assistant Regional Director Jesus Elpidio Atal, Jr. to SNAP representatives.

Through the GKK, DOLE recognizes outstanding establishments and individuals in terms of successful health, safety, and environment programs and policies. A Regional Selection Committee, chaired by the DOLE regional director and composed of experts from DOLE-Region 2, OSHC, and ECC, determined SNAP-Magat as the region’s winning organization after conducting regional validation and judging of qualified entries. SNAP-Magat also won the best short presentation award in this year’s awarding.

In a speech at the ceremony, Assistant Regional Director Atal commended companies that continue to implement health and safety protocols that elevate the workplace environment.

The regional award makes SNAP-Magat eligible for the National GKK championship, the winners of which will be determined later in the year. Meanwhile, true to its core value of safety, SNAP strives to keep raising the benchmark on innovative and effective health and safety programs for its workforce and communities.

About SNAP-Magat:

SN Aboitiz Power-Magat (SNAP-Magat) is a joint venture of Scatec and Aboitiz Power Corporation (AP).

Scatec is a leading renewable power producer, delivering affordable and clean energy worldwide. As a long-term player, Scatec develops, builds, owns, and operates solar, wind, and hydro power plants and storage solutions. Scatec has more than 3.5 GW in operation and under construction on four continents and more than 500 employees. The company is targeting 15 GW capacity in operation or under construction by the end of 2025. Scatec is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ‘SCATC’.

AP is the holding company of the Philippines-based Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution, and retail electricity services. It advances business and communities by providing reliable and ample power supply at a reasonable and competitive price, and with the least adverse effects on the environment and host communities.

SNAP-Magat owns and operates the Magat HEPP with a nameplate capacity of 360 megawatts (MW) and maximum capacity of 388 MW; and the 8.5-MW Maris HEPP. The non-power components such as dams, reservoirs, and spillways are owned, managed, and operated by the government. #