Customs bureau welcomes Mindanao Container Terminal

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 01:13 a.m.

EVEN before an endorsement from a government policy-making body came out, the Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) sub-port in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, has what it takes to be the region’s main port of entry, a Bureau of Customs-Northern Mindanao (BOC-10) official said.

“It is capable. In terms of readiness, Phividec, the port’s owner, has the facilities and logistical needs,” for MCT to become the new principal port of entry, lawyer Roswald Joseph Pague, BOC-10 administrative officer, said.

Team finds market rules violations

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 01:12 a.m.

THE City Economic Enterprise Division (CEED), City Health Office, City Veterinary Office with Taskforce Hapsay Merkado and representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the region conducted an inspection at Cogon market on Wednesday afternoon for expired meat and other violations of the guidelines set for the market.

Volunteers from the KKP–Social Involvement Office of Xavier University also joined in the inspection pointing out possible errors and improvement areas regarding sanitation, arrangement, and the handling of vendors’ products.

Couple blames other cybercrime scam victims

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 01:10 a.m.

A COUPLE who was allegedly defrauded by two Japanese was not the only cybercrime scam victim in the region, and blamed the other victims who did not come out to expose the suspects.

“Nagmahay ko sa gisundan nako nga nabiktima kay wala nila gi-expose (sa media),” the husband, who requested anonymity, said.

Dengue cases in Northern Mindanao continue to rise

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:35 a.m.

DENGUE cases in the Northern Mindanao region have been surging lately.

The alarming increase of dengue cases has been noted by the regional office of the Department of Health (DOH-10) from January 1 up to September 27, 2014 compared to the same date bracket last year.

Groups hopeful on the passage of bill vs 'pork'

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:35 a.m.

CONVENERS of a nationwide movement aimed at abolishing the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and President Benigno Simeon Aquino’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) penalizing its violators are optimistic that the people’s direct intervention against the controversial “pork barrel” will succeed.

Cop involved in illegal drugs nabbed

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:34 a.m.

A FEMALE police officer of Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) was arrested by anti-narcotics operatives, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Region 10 (PDEA-10) said Tuesday.

Arrested was SPO1 Nancy Peralta, 44, assigned at the Macabalan police station, said Emerson Margate, PDEA-10 regional director.

Cops nab suspect tagged in Korean kidnapping in 2011

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:30 a.m.

ONE of Northern Mindanao’s most wanted persons tagged in the kidnapping-for-ransom of a Korean in 2011 was arrested by the police Sunday evening.

The suspect was identified as Zaldy Saranggani, also known as Eliasar Saranggani, who has a pending warrant of arrest under Criminal Case no. 6559-11 issued in Marawi City on September 15, 2011 by Judge Wenida Papandayan of Branch 10, Regional Trial Court of Lanao del Sur.

Couple sues Japanese, others for estafa, cybercrime

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:27 a.m.

A COUPLE, who invested some P2.35 million in a business deal that went awry, has filed complaints of estafa and cybercrime law violation against two Japanese and their Filipino associates at the City Prosecutor’s Office, said the Anti-Cybercrime Group-Northern Mindanao (ACG-10).

Also included in the lawsuit filed by the complainants are the manager and new accounts officer of a bank based in Cebu City and officers and directors of a company.

Girls escape, tell horrors of sex abuse from Aussie

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:26 a.m.

THE City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) has taken into custody two female girls who were allegedly raped by an Australian, while authorities are still on manhunt operation to arrest the suspect and his cohort.

Police report showed the children were hired by the foreigner as household workers, but ended being sexually molested.

Oro water safe, potable

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:35 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- An official of the city’s water utility company has assured its thousands of concessionaires that the water from their faucets is safe for drinking.

“We would like to assure that the water supplied by Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) is safe and clean,” said Ladele Sagrado, COWD public information and relations division manager.

Supply doubted on Mindanao's capacity to export

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:35 a.m.

DESPITE the assurance of Mindanao’s capacity to export that undersecretary Adrian Cristobal Jr., of the Industry Development and Trade Policy of the Department of Trade and Industry, pressed during the recently concluded Mindanao Food Congress last week, some questioned the island’s competence to supply the demands.

5,000 beneficiaries flock to National Family Day

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:34 a.m.

THOUSANDS of beneficiaries of “Pantawid Pamilya” and their families were one in pledging their support and adherence to the rules and regulations for a sustainable government program for a better future.

The Pantawid Pamilya National Family Day and Convergence Caravan, which was held at the Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Center on Sunday, September 28, was attended by close to 5,000 residents mostly coming from the city and the invited beneficiaries representing the five provinces of northern Mindanao.

Water utility worker’s lawyer to file certiorari at CA

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:33 a.m.

THE legal counsel of Cagayan de Oro Water Disrict (COWD) employee, Emmanuel Mulawan Sr., will file a certiorari at the Court of Appeals (CA) here anytime Monday hoping this will lead to his freedom after he was arrested for the second time for a rape charge.

Lawyer Edgardo Cabanlas said they used as basis for the filing of the certiorari the affidavit of the complainant and the handling of Mulawan’s arrest inside the COWD office at Corrales Street on June 11, 2014.

Minda-wide tree planting nears 4.6-M target

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 12:21 a.m.

PARTIAL count of seedlings planted for Treevolution: Greening Mindanao project in six regions in the island as of 5 p.m. Thursday has reached three million and counting surpassing India’s 1.9 million seeds planted in 2011.

After sirens blared and whistles were blown at 8:30 a.m., volunteers around Mindanao island began planting the seedlings of cacao, rubber, falcata and other seedlings to recover the lost forest cover in the island and surpass India, the current holder of the world record of most trees planted simultaneously in multiple locations for an hour.

Moreno underscores inclusive growth in Oro

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 12:20 a.m.

MAYOR Oscar Moreno has underscored the importance of inclusive growth as the element that will drive Cagayan de Oro City to progress and development.

Speaking before business leaders and stakeholders during the opening of the Mindanao Food Congress at a hotel Wednesday afternoon, Moreno said it is vital that everyone in the community work together to achieve the common goal.

NCIP: Some NorMin tribal leaders also get threats

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 12:19 a.m.

BEFORE he was killed, the late Fausto Orasan (Datu Sandigan) was not the only tribal chief whose life was threatened, a National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-Northern Mindanao official said.

NCIP-Northern Mindanao Director Roberto Almonte said they have information, although the Commission has yet to confirm these, that some lumad leaders in the region have been receiving threats.

New chief vows to go after erring cops, illegal drugs

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 01:13 p.m.

UNDER his leadership as the new chief of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), Senior Superintendent Faro Antonio Olaguera vowed to employ the “carrot-and-stick” approach in dealing with his subordinates, especially erring police officers.

Olaguera, who headed the Regional Intelligence Division (RID) of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Northern Mindanao, replaced Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares as acting city police director during the turnover ceremony held at the Cocpo headquarters Thursday afternoon.

Energy sufficiency ‘key to sustainable growth’

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 01:12 p.m.

NATIONAL and local officials of the government, farmers, agri-preneurs, partners from the academes and researchers convened at the Mindanao Food Congress 2014 during its opening on September 25 to discuss the food security of Mindanao in the light of the coming Asean integration next year.

Discussed during the food congress is the energy sufficiency of Mindanao and its stability as one of the major keys in attaining sustainable growth in the island.

Customs seizes ‘wanted’ tugboat

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 01:11 p.m.

FOR failure of the claimant to pay the required duties and taxes, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized a tugboat, which had been the subject of a manhunt for few weeks, as its crew attempted escape from apprehending authorities Wednesday night, September 24.

In an order from Customs Commissioner John Sevilla dated September 21, 2014, a team from the BOC’s Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) was dispatched and proceeded to Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) sub-port in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental to confiscate the tugboat M/V Hoyo Maru, also known as M/V Propus.

Jobseekers flock to city hall for overseas work fair

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:41 a.m.

AS EARLY as 7 a.m. Wednesday, jobseekers were already crowding outside the Job Placement Bureau-Public Employment Service Office (Peso) at the city hall in the hopes of availing work overseas.

The diaspora of Filipino workers in the Middle East has continued, as unemployment in the country continues to remain unabated and has not been addressed well.

Councilor clarifies not allowing colleague to report

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:40 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO City Councilor Ramon Tabor clarified why he did not give Councilor Lourdes Candy Darimbang her time on the floor, denying claims that he “singled out” and halted the latter’s special report on September 15.

In a transcript of Tabor’s special report during Monday’s session posted on the Facebook page of the City Council Wednesday, he explained that he did not allow Darimbang to make her special report since “her proposed topic is a not special report quality or topic.”

Prices of basic commodities stable

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:40 a.m.

EVELYN Maghanoy, a 32 year-old mother, has already started buying some grocery items that won’t expire before Christmas and New Year, at a local supermarket, Wednesday morning.

“Nagpalit ko daan aning mga sauce, de-lata ug powder nga years pa ayha ma-expire kay para dili nako magpalit sa December kay mag mahal na baya dayun (I bought these sauce, canned and powder that would take years to expire, so I won’t buy anymore in December since prices will surely soar),” Maghanoy said.

2 men shot dead anew in Oro

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:38 a.m.

TWO men were found dead in an abandoned container van at Purok 10 in Barangay Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City around 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Petronilo Ilogon, 45, and Renz Anthony Ilogon, 21, of Barangay Macabalan succumbed to fatal gunshot wounds. Petronilo was shot in the head while Renz on his chest.

Lumad groups, NGOs demand justice for slain tribal leader

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:38 a.m.

SEVERAL tribal groups and nongovernment organizations have taken a unified stand in calling for the speedy investigation of the suspects responsible for the September 13 killing of Cagayan de Oro Higaonon tribal leader Fausto Orasan.

Orasan, 64, who was also popularly known as Datu Sandigan, was shot to death at Sitio Cabalang, Barangay Tuburan, while on his way home to Barangay Pigsag-an.

Chief finds lapses in anti-drug operation need improvement’ chief finds lapses in drug raid

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 11:54 p.m.

CEBU City Police Office (CCPO) Director Noli Romana noted several deficiencies in the way police conducted anti-drug operations after leading a raid in Barangay Bulacao yesterday dawn.

Five persons were arrested in separate operations in Cebu City yesterday.

NorMin tourist arrivals up by 96%

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 12:06 a.m.

DESPITE the tragic whitewater rafting accident in June this year, tourist arrivals in the Northern Mindanao region have increased by 96 percent or 217,253 more compared to the second quarter last year.

Whitewater rafting in Cagayan de Oro City is one of the destinations in the region that has been earning millions.

Sanctions may await cops breaking protocol

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

LAW enforcers who conduct an operation without properly coordinating with the police in the area they are entering into can be investigated and eventually face the consequences of their actions, a National Police Commission-Northern Mindanao (Napolcom-10) said Tuesday.

Lawyer Robert Lou Elango, Napolcom-10 spokesman and head of the agency’s Regional Appellate Board, said the act is called the “non-observance of protocol” and those who commit it could possibly face sanctions from the aggrieved party.

NPA delays release of captives

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

MAOIST rebels holding two government soldiers in captivity said they can only free them if the military and police will suspend their combat operations in some areas in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental.

In a statement released to the media on Sunday, September 21, 2014, the New People’s Army (NPA), through the National Democratic Front of the Philippines-North Central Mindanao Region (NDFP-NCMR), said they could not yet release Privates First Class Marnel Cinches and Jerrel Yorong as long as authorities will not enforce the suspension of military and police operations (Somo-Sopo).

Laguindingan airport expansion seen in 2015

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 12:43 a.m.

EXPANDING the Laguindingan Airport facilities and runway is expected to be implemented anytime in 2015, an airport official said Monday.

Laguindingan airport manager Engr. Jose Budiongan said the expansion will be for the airport’s cargo building, terminal, and runway.

NorMin to continue supplying livestock in PHL

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 12:42 a.m.

NORTHERN Mindanao will continue to supply livestock to the rest of the country while an increase in export is seen as the integration of the 10-member Southeast Asian countries get headway in the coming years.

Engr. Roxana Hojas, Department of Agriculture in Region 10 assistant director for operations, said with the continuing uptrend of livestock inventories in the region, northern Mindanao can easily address the supply and demand situation, particularly of the poultry products.

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