Public school teacher caught in buy-bust in Davao de Oro

A public school teacher was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Purok 2, Poblacion, Nabunturan town, Davao de Oro Saturday night.

The 40-year-old teacher was caught with a package of suspected shabu worth P10,000.

According to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the suspect is also a maintainer or guardian of a drug den. They also consider the teacher fourth on the list of drug suspects in Davao de Oro.

Authorities also arrested 5 visitors in the drug den. Seized from them were 5 packages of suspected shabu worth P165,000 and drug paraphernalia.

Those arrested will be charged with violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

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Youth organization in Cagayan builds ‘learners pantry

A youth group in various parts of Cagayan brought the community pantry that started in Metro Manila to help those in need there.

More than 600 families have been reported to have received assistance from “Minanggufun”, the name of the pantries of the I-SAVED (Saving Vulnerable, Education and Dreams) group which comes from the Ilocano word for helping.

But one of them chose to distribute school supplies such as art paper and pens for families in Camalaniugan town.

According to the founder of I-SAVED, John Mauro Manuel, their member Limuel Udarbe thought of this because the lack of equipment is one of the challenges to the students who are studying in their respective homes during the pandemic.

The group intends to provide load assistance for those taking online classes if they have more funds.

According to Manuel, they supply the community pantries mainly from the organization’s income-generating projects.

Examples include selling lamps, brooms, t-shirts for a cause, and online “shop and share auctions.”

The group set up traditional community pantries in the barangays of Nabbotuan, Lingu Bassit, and Sitio Bassit in Solana town, and in San Pedro in the neighboring province of Kalinga.

There is also a food pantry that distributes food such as porridge.

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