Faulty drainage blamed on Oro flooding

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 02:23 a.m.

A CAGAYAN de Oro City official blamed the city’s faulty drainage for causing the massive urban flooding Sunday evening that sent motorists and commuters stranded for more than an hour along the main roads in barangays Carmen, Kauswagan, Bulua and Lapasan.

Teddy Sabuga-a, city social welfare and development chief, underscored the importance of the drainage which could have averted the flash floods that resulted to displacement of residents in affected areas.

No public fund spent for Oro’s fiesta

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 02:22 a.m.

JUDGING from the various events held during the fiesta activities last week, the celebration of the feast of Saint Augustine has been considered a huge success.

These events that made up the “Higalaay” festival might have been costly, but the head of the fiesta committee said it didn’t cost the city government a single cent.

Lagbas’ wife takes oath today as board member

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 02:21 a.m.

THE wife of deceased Misamis Oriental board member Roldan Lagbas is set to take her oath later today as the official replacement of her husband’s post at the provincial board.

By virtue of President Benigno Aquino III's operation of law, Susan Lagbas has been declared by the president as an official member of the board through a letter sent to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Misamis Oriental on August 11.

Soldiers’ widows receive cash grants

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 02:21 a.m.

MORE than 20 families of soldiers belonging to the Philippine Army based in Mindanao received Sunday the cash assistance from the Alay Sa Kawal Foundation Inc. (Ask)

Vice President Jejomar Binay, Ask chairman, together with Maj. General Ricardo Visaya, 4th Infantry Division (4th ID) commanding general handed to the beneficiaries P30,000 for each family who are survivors of soldiers who died in action or were combat casualties in the different military operations conducted in the entire island.

Armed group raids guard post in a Bukidnon

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 12:00 a.m.

SUSPECTED members of the New People's Army (NPA) swooped down on the security post of a privately-owned subdivision in Bukidnon and took away their firearms shortly before noon on Saturday, authorities said.

The military said around 40 to 60 Maoist insurgents raided a subdivision in Barangay San Miguel, Manolo Fortich town around 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Bukidnon governor invites Binay, Roxas

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 11:59 p.m.

MALAYBALAY CITY – Vice President Jejomar Binay will be the guest of honor Monday as Bukidnon celebrates the centenary of its foundation as a province.

Binay has confirmed his attendance, provincial administrator lawyer Nestor Cajes said.

LPA affects 300 families in Oro

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 11:47 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO (Updated) – The heavy downpour brought by a low pressure area (LPA) caused flooding in some villages and the inundation caused traffic compelling taxi drivers to stop plying their routes on Sunday.

Several villages like Carmen, Kauswagan, Bulua and Calaanan have been flooded on Sunday. The City Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) has reported over 300 families were temporarily sheltered in evacuation centers due to flash floods.

Labor law violations haunt NorMin firms

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:33 a.m.

LABOR law violations are still prevalent in Northern Mindanao.

The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) regional office revealed Friday there are still business establishments here that do not comply with the labor code standards, resulting in loss on the workers sector.

Media group fears abuse of Rodriguez’s ‘privacy’ bill

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:32 a.m.

A PROPOSED legislation that aims to protect the privacy of individuals may be used by those who violate the law as their form of shield, a media organization said.

In a statement posted by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on social media Friday evening, the group expressed fear that the intent of House Bill (HB) 4807 can be exploited by the “criminal and the corrupt.”

5 NorMin firms to vie for national award

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:31 a.m.

OUT of the 2,788 business establishments in Northern Mindanao, five have been nominated to vie for the Secretary's Award of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Manila.

Mildred Dablio, information officer of Dole-Northern Mindanao, said the companies in the shortlist from the region are verified through compliance to labor, safety and health standards.

Cops abducted Mulawan: Oro mayor

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 01:14 a.m.

AFTER a Cavite trial court judge dismissed the rape case filed against Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) senior draftsman and whistleblower Emmanual Mulawan Sr., Mayor Oscar Moreno said the arresting officers, who identified themselves as members of the Gitagum town police and apprehended Mulawan, have a lot of explaining to do.

“The police who arrested Mr. Mulawan and brought him to Manila have a lot of explaining to do. I believe the police abducted him,” Moreno said.

M'nao power generator to refund consumers

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 01:03 a.m.

A POWER generator in Mindanao said it will refund its consumers following an Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) ruling.

Therma Marine Inc. (TMI), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Aboitiz Power announced Friday that it has already set aside P12.695 million for refund to Mindanao consumers.

Police: Oro fiesta generally peaceful

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 01:03 a.m.

THE city’s Higalaay Kagay-an Festival 2014 that drew a crowd of around 50,000 on Wednesday and Thursday remained under control by authorities as the celebration took place on its final two days, the police said Thursday.

Chief Inspector Lemuel Gonda, chief of the city police's Operations and Plans Branch, said the 392nd Feast of St. Augustine in Cagayan de Oro Thursday was "generally peaceful" with only petty crimes being recorded.

LTFRB summons taxi operator over 'tampered' meter

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

THE Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board in Northern Mindanao (LTFRB-10) has ordered a taxi operator in Cagayan de Oro through a letter sent last Wednesday, August 27, asking for explanation of an alleged tampered meter.

LTFRB-10 order is based on a complaint filed by a couple who recently boarded the taxi with plate number KVV-108.

Only 1 tropical cyclone reported in August

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 01:01 a.m.

THE Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) announced on Thursday that only one tropical cyclone entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) for the month of August.

Although it is not unusual, Pagasa said that for this year, only August has the least record for entry of weather disturbance in the country.

Water utility worker accused of rape now free

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 02:28 a.m.

THE rape case filed against an employee of the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD), known for exposing alleged anomalies committed by officials of the said utility, was finally dismissed by the court.

After more than two months of detention in a jail in Cavite, the Dasmariñas trial court granted Emmanuel Mulawan Sr. his freedom after the complainant in a rape case that was filed against him failed to appear before the court during the arraignment hearing Wednesday.

Military dares Karapatan to prove accusations

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 02:27 a.m.

PROVE it.

The Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) challenged Karapatan, a human rights group, to prove their accusations with evidence against the two military generals who it has alleged of perpetuating various acts of human rights violation committed by retired general Jovito Palparan.

Smoke belchers warned

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 02:25 a.m.

ANYTIME soon, Cagayan de Oro’s anti-smoke belching ordinance will be implemented to curb pollution emitted by privately owned and public utility vehicles and those found with excessive emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) will be penalized, the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) announced recently.

“We are currently at the bidding stage of the smoke-belching meter requested from the Environmental Management Bureau that will help us test vehicles that have high emissions of CO2 in the air,” Clenro chief Edwin Dael said.

NPA rebels capture 2 soldiers

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 02:25 a.m.

THE military has accused the New People’s Army (NPA) of disrupting the efforts of government soldiers in extending basic services to the people in the hinterland communities by capturing two enlisted personnel last Friday, August 22.

In an e-mailed statement to this paper, the NPA identified the soldiers they had taken as prisoners of war (POW) as Private Marnel Cinches and Private Jerrel Yorong under the Bravo company of the 8th Infantry Battalion (8IB).

Church holds street, fluvial processions today

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 02:24 a.m.

DAYS before the fiesta celebration, the Roman Catholic church started with its preparations and has been holding novena masses for Sta. Monica, mother of St. Augustine and a model of perseverance in prayer and patience, and also for St. Augustine, Cagayan de Oro’s patron saint.

Today, August 28, marks the 392nd feast day of the St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral.

Oro civic-military parade draws huge crowd

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 02:23 a.m.

HUNDREDS of people from the business sector, academe, government and non-government organizations, barangays, civic clubs, and local government units (LGUs) braved the heat and took part in the civic-military parade that started at Rodelsa Circle and ended at a mall here Wednesday morning, August 27.

For the float competition, Concentrix wins overall champion this year, redeeming the top spot where they won champion in the float competition last 2012.

P1-M collected after 4 months of inspection

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:05 a.m.

THE Regulatory and Complaint Board (CRB) has collected more than a million pesos in form of business permits and other dues from entertainment and food establishments operating in Cagayan de Oro since it conducted regular inspection more than four months ago.

Lawyer Beda Joy Elot, RCB chief, said the increase in earnings have been “substantial” and indicative that most of the city’s nightspots obeyed the law after they had been inspected.

Police: Crime dips as feast nears

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:04 a.m.

AT THE height of the Higalaay Kagay-an Festival 2014, the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) has noticed a decline in criminal activities on the streets following the high-level alert and tighter security measures implemented by law enforcers.

As the feast of St. Augustine comes to its grandest day Thursday, Chief Inspector Lemuel Gonda, chief of operations and plans division, said authorities are still in control of the city's peace and order.

Iponan, Kauswagan schools new PE Rhythmic champs

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:03 a.m.

THE students of Iponan National High School and Kauswagan Elementary School went home winners as they were declared champions in the secondary and elementary categories of the PE Rhythmic Dance Competition held Monday morning at the Pelaez Sports Center.

The schools were scored based on their creativity, originality, choreography, costume and discipline.

Oro PUJ drivers: ‘Traffic aides, not lights’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

INSTEAD of installing new traffic light system, it would be better if the City Government will deploy more traffic enforcers to solve the vehicular congestion in Cagayan de Oro’s major thoroughfares.

The city’s public utility jeepney (PUJ) drivers think the streets would be less chaotic if the number of traffic aides manning the streets would be increased.

CCTVs in checkpoints urged

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

IN ORDER for the authorities to be effective in apprehending individuals involved in illegal mining and logging activities, an environmental advocate has suggested installing closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras in various checkpoints in Cagayan de Oro City.

Orlando Ravanera, chairman of environment group Sulog, said that this idea has come up during the meeting of the City Mining Regulatory Board (CMRB) recently.

Benaldo in new DAP report

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:01 a.m.

FORMER first district lawmaker Jose Benjamin Benaldo is among those who received multi-million peso allotments from the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), according to a report from the Commission on Audit (COA).

Benaldo reportedly received portions from the DAP funds for the milk feeding project of the National Dairy Authority (NDA), the COA said in new report released last week.

CSWD takes custody of rape victim

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:00 a.m.

THE City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) of Cagayan de Oro took over Monday the custody of a 10-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by still unidentified suspect.

Psychologist Stella Ferrarez, head of the CSWD's center and institution division, said her team has to take the child's full custody due to the emotional trauma that brought her in state of constant hallucination.

Test run of new Oro traffic lights in chaos

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 12:00 a.m.

TO EASE up the road congestion in Cagayan de Oro City, the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) conducted the test run of the new traffic lights last week, but it received complaints from motorists and passengers who claimed the trial run brought chaos instead.

On Friday morning, August 22, vehicles from Macanhan, Upper Balulang, and those passing by Vamenta Boulevard in Barangay Carmen and at the circumferential road, Rodelsa Circle, in Barangay Macasandig were in long queues.

Hospital vows ‘services first, before payment’

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:59 p.m.

FOLLOWING the waves of complaints haunting the City Government-run hospital in Cagayan de Oro in the past, officials at the J.R. Borja General Hospital (JRBGH) have assured the public of better and satisfactory service.

Dr. Ramon Nery, JRBGH executive officer, said the city's primary health facility has been re-living up to its original ideals to serve the general public, especially the poor population, of quality service.

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