FARMERS lauded the effort of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in South Bukidnon for their efforts to reinstall farmer-beneficiaries who were forced to vacate a land in Maramag town due to harassment.
On February 22, after more than 30 years of struggle, the DAR installed 249 farmer-beneficiaries as the rightful owners of the 48-hectare portion of the 820-hectare Ocaya Ranch in Barangay Kuya, Maramag.
MT. MALINDANG Range Natural Park (MMRNP) in Misamis Occidental was declared as one of the new Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) Heritage Park during the 13th Informal Asean Ministerial Meeting on Environment in Cambodia.
The MMRNP qualified and met the stringiest of criteria like ecological completeness, naturalness and high conservation importance.
AN ALLEGED payoff for the ransom of a kidnapped businessman in Marawi City was halted when a shootout occurred between policemen led by the Police Anti-Crime Emergency Response (Pacer) and the supposed kidnappers on Friday dawn along Fr. Masterson Avenue in Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City.
Two of the suspected kidnappers were wounded while their two other companions were arrested, who were later identified as members of the Philippine Army.
THE City Prosecutor’s Office (CPO) has already submitted subpoenas to the two suspects of the assassination attempt on Michael James Licuanan a.k.a Bombo James Dacoycoy.
This came after the case was formally filed by the joint investigation team of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo).
A PERSON who has been infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is urging everyone suspected to have the disease to voluntarily submit themselves for check up.
Nathan (family name withheld), a resident of Davao City, was diagnosed to have HIV in 2010. He ‘boldly’ faced the media during a press conference in Cagayan de Oro on Thursday in commemoration of the World AIDS Day.
OROQUIETA CITY -- The intensified information campaign against dengue conducted by the City Health Offices (CHO) of Oroquieta and Tangub cities has reportedly paid off.
This, as the number of dengue cases in Oroquieta City posted a downtrend, from 69 to 40 cases or down by 42.03 percent, and Tangub City, from 86 to 75 cases or down by 12.79 percent, as reflected in the Disease Surveillance Report covering the period January 1 to November 25 this year.
SOCIAL media is a powerful platform for government communicators to build closer relationship with their constituency, said Jay Jaboneta, Malacañang New Media and founder of the Philippine Funds for Little Kids.
Jaboneta, during the second day of the Mindanao Communicators Network (MindaComNet) Congress held at the Family Country Hotel in General Santos City, said aside from generating word-of-mouth advocacy on public service programs, as well as educating citizens and the media on government agency-related issues, the social media can also help develop brand loyalty for free.
A 30-YEAR-OLD man died while his sister is in serious condition after they were hit by a lightning while taking a rest inside a hut on Wednesday noon in Purok 8 Palalan, Tablon, Cagayan de Oro.
The victim was identified as Boyet H. Binsig, married, a resident of the area. His sister, Virginita B. Monbisar, 32, is now under observation at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC).
THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda)-Northern Mindanao is giving 1,190 scholarships for Northern Mindanao under its Training for Work Schloarship Program (TWSP) for Agriculture and Infrastructure/Construction sectors.
These scholarship grants, amounting to P11.6 million, will be distributed to Tesda Technology Institutions and accredited public and private technical-vocational providers all over the region.
CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Police authorities have filed charges against two persons allegedly involved in the illegal digging that was discovered near the Lumbia City Jail on November 15.
Police Inspector Joel Nacua, station commander of the Lumbia Police Station, said charged with violation of the National Building Code were a certain Christopher Moreno, also known as Jewateddy Alforque Alpeche, a resident of 4th Street Mega Road Heights in Tubod, Iligan City; and Consuelo Aberasturi, owner of the lot.
ILIGAN CITY -- A team from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Northern Mindanao led the burning of 9.15 grams of confiscated shabu and some drug paraphernalia with an estimated value of P91,500 at the Rizal Park Thursday.
The burning, headed by Deputy Director Rey Pavillar, was held during the culminating activity of the Dangerous Drugs Awareness and Prevention Month in November.
THE Philippines will likely have a new and stronger Aids prevention and control law by next year, a member of Congress declared on Thursday in observance of the World Aids Day.
“We have very high hopes Congress will act favorably and will all deliberate speedily on proposed new legislation that will boost the war on HIV/Aids,” Representative Arnel Ty of the sectoral party LPG Marketers’ Association said.
THE Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro has started to catechize the changes in the English Mass liturgy, which is expected to be implemented next year.
Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ, said after 40 years, the liturgy will be changed, which he claimed is part of returning to the “traditional roots.”
ZAMBALES Representative Mitos Magsaysay is pushing for a wage hike for overworked Filipino workers following the release of a survey that 31 percent of employees work beyond eight hours.
“There is no doubt that Filipinos are a hardworking people. This is the common feedback we receive even from foreign employers as their reason for hiring them in their companies,” Magsaysay said.
THE Xavier University High School (XUHS) is holding its 3rd Saint Francis Xavier (SFX) Digital Film Festival today, Friday, at SM City.
At least 10 digitally made films created by third year high school students will be shown in the festival, the genres of which include horror, action, suspense and drama.
THE marathon hearing for the City Government’s 2012 budget ended the other week but an opposition councilor questioned the amounts allocated for debt services and maintenance.
Councilor Edgar Cabanlas said the P2.015-billion proposed 2012 budget submitted by Mayor Vicente Emano have “no color and no direction.”
REPRESENTATIVE Rufus Rodriguez (2nd district, Cagayan de Oro) will lead today’s (Friday) groundbreaking ceremonies to signal the start of multi-million infrastructure projects in the city.
The first ground breaking will be for the P10.5-million rehabilitation of South Divisoria along RN Abejuela-Corrales Sts. to complete the rehabilitation of the entire Divisoria road.
TWO lawmakers recently filed a resolution calling for an investigation over reports that at least 25,454 members of Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) cannot apply for loans or receive dividends.
Representative Rufus B. Rodriguez (2nd district, Cagayan de Oro City) and Representative Maximo B. Rodriguez (Abante Mindanao) passed House Resolution 1887 directing the Committee on Government Enterprises and Privatization to conduct an inquiry on this issue.
AS THE country honored Andres Bonifacio on Wednesday, who was considered the “Father of Philippine Revolution,” members of various militant groups held a protest caravan in different areas of Cagayan de Oro City showing their revolution against injustices and inequalities in the country.
The members of Anakpawis, Starex-Piston, farmers, Kilusang Mayo Uno and transport groups, carrying placards and streamers as they marched on the streets, shouted their opposition against contractualization of employees, unemployment and oil price hike as they demand for a P125 across-the-board wage increase.
CONCERNED over the situation of the residents affected by the newly opened Macanhan flyover, City Councilor Edgar Cabanlas urged Mayor Vicente Emano to make a concrete plan first before implementing any project.
Cabanlas said Emano should first present the plan and the contract of any project.
THE Cagayan de Oro Local Aids Council (LAC) has lined up a lot of activities on December 1, in celebration of the annual World Aids Day.
In this year’s theme dubbed “Getting into Zero,” the supporting organization under LAC, chaired by Mayor Vicente Y. Emano, intensifies awareness to prevent the spread of the dreaded disease thru various activities.
THE City Government of Cagayan de Oro commemorated the birthday of Andres Bonifacio on Wednesday with a two-day job fair, offering around 8,000 jobs from both local and international companies.
Mayor Vicente Y. Emano said the job fair, which ends today, December 1, is also his early Christmas gift to the residents of the city.
POLICE authorities have yet to establish the motive in the killings of a man and a woman who were ambushed in Maramag, Bukidnon on Saturday dawn.
But Police Inspector Raymond Lumapay, one of the investigators of the case based at the Maramag Police Station, said they are looking at several angles, including love triangle, drugs and carnapping.
“EVERYTHING about her is sentimental.”
These were the words of Willeonor Alfanta Caragay, mother of slain Nursing student Colomba A. Caragay.
THE City Council is set to invite the regional director and personnel of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Northern Mindanao in connection with the names of politicians found in the cellular phone of a suspected illegal drugs dealer earlier arrested by PDEA.
The council, however, is yet to settle on the exact time of their appearance.
THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program of the National Government has played a significant role in poverty alleviation.
Dr. Vic Paqueo, consultant of Asian Development Bank and the guest speaker in the national media consultation at Sulo Hotel in Quezon City, said the CCT program has started in just three countries 16 years ago but rose rapidly in many countries around the world.
THE management of Bombo Radyo Cagayan de Oro expressed apprehension over the safety of its broadcaster who was shot by two men Thursday night.
Celso Maldecir, Bombo Radyo Cagayan de Oro station manager, said the suspects in the shooting of Michael James Licuanan allegedly went back to the station and asked information about his condition.
A 15-YEAR-OLD girl was allegedly gang-raped by at least three men on Sunday evening in Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental.
The victim, Leslie (not her real name), a resident of the area, suffered severe abrasions in different parts of her body and is now recuperating at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC).
THE chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Cagayan de Oro Water District (Cowd) filed an administrative case for grave misconduct against an employee of Cowd.
In his complaint affidavit, Joel Baldelovar said the letter of Emmanuel C. Mulawan suggests malice and disrespect to him.
REPRESENTATIVE Jose Benjamin Benaldo (1st district, Cagayan de Oro) led the groundbreaking of two projects in the city over the weekend amounting to P2.2 million.
The projects were located at Zone 7 Macanhan in Barangay Carmen and Zone 3 in Barangay Patag.