IS THE Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 or the K to 12 Act beneficial or a scourge to the Filipinos?
There are too many controversies and praises that hound this new law, however, many schools in the country have to buckle up to cope with the demands as they have already been competing globally even before the passage of the law. And in order to meet the global demands, the schools have to face the challenges that come with the K to 12 program implementation.
AFTER losing from his re-election bid, outgoing Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano filed an election protest at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Manila through his legal counsel Friday.
Emano, through his Lawyer Francis Ku asked the Comelec Manila to recount and retabulate the official ballots and other election documents manually and visually.
THE Jasaan town police filed a double murder case on Friday against alleged suspects responsible for the killing of a driver and his aide of a Jasaan jeepney liner on Wednesday evening on Bonifacio Street in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental.
Police Senior Inspector Brian Inojaldo, Jasaan town police chief, said Wilborn Cabil, 27, a resident of Zone 2, Gusa; and Alex Redoblado, 25, of Ilaya, Upper Carmen, all of Cagayan de Oro, are charged with double murder at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office as suspects in the killing of Doniel Salla, 30, a resident of San Martin, Villanueva and Roldan Ofema Jr., 25, a resident of Fuente, Upper Jasaan.
SOME private companies and government offices in Cagayan de Oro City are unaware of the new law on the Philippine standard time (PST) that President Benigno Aquino III signed on Thursday since a memorandum hasn’t been circulated yet.
Some government offices here have already read about the new law in the papers, but confirmed they have not yet received any memo.
THE Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) is still on full alert even after the elections.
“The election period ends on June 12. So, even though the casting of votes and many candidates have been proclaimed in the May 13 elections the alert status is still heightened,” Cocpo Chief Graciano Mijares said.
THE Department of Health (DOH) and other agencies held a random human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) surveillance to determine the human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/Aids) cases in Cagayan de Oro City.
Since last week the Integrated HIV Behavioral and Serologic Surveillance System (IHBSSS) and the group Tingog CdeO rounded up the different areas of the city to spot and identify persons engaging in men having sex with men (MSM), aged 15 and up, to achieve its research goal of 300 respondents in a period of one month.
PUBLIC school teachers in the city, who served as Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) in the recently concluded May 13 polls, are complaining of the delay in the release of their honoraria.
The teachers said they are disappointed over the disdainful treatment of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) at them citing that the P4,000 stipend isn’t enough to compensate the extra work and sleepless nights they spent in the May 13 polls.
FIRE hits the Misamis Oriental Provincial Veterinary office on Luna corner Velez Streets in Cagayan de Oro Thursday afternoon.
Cagayan de Oro City Fire District’s initial investigation suggested a faulty electrical wiring may have caused the fire considering that the building is very old, said fire investigator Rosalito Caratao.
TWO suspects, who are allegedly members of the dreaded riding-in-tandem groups, were arrested Wednesday evening in Jasaan town in Misamis Oriental, police reports said.
Police Officer 3 (PO3) Edilberto Gacita of the Jasaan police station identified the suspects as Wilborn Cabil, 27, a resident of Zone 2, Gusa; and Alex Redoblado, 25, of Ilaya, Upper Carmen -- both are barangays in Cagayan de Oro.
SOME P11,000 worth of cash and valuables were carted away from a gasoline station by six unidentified suspects on Wednesday evening along Masterson Avenue in Upper Balulang in Cagayan de Oro.
Police Officer 1 (PO1) Liezel Mejos, of the Carmen police station, said the suspects, who were on board two single motorcycles without plate numbers (red and white), carted some P11,000 cash from Shell gas station’s income for the day and two cell phones of the cashier, Leah Daayata.
WAGE order 17 will soon be implemented on June, but the amount of the new wage hike can't be divulged yet pending the result of the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) en banc meeting.
The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) will implement this new wage order after the deliberations of the two wage petitions it will submit to NWPC for finalization.
THE Philippine National Police in Northern Mindanao (PNP 10) was declared as the fourth region having the most number of confiscated firearms in the Philippines since the implementation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban for the May 13 midterm polls.
Police Superintendent Ronnie Francis Cariaga, PNP-10 spokesperson, said that as of May 16 the police regional department gathered 295 firearms of different kinds confiscated by its field personnel in different police operations.
AS he vowed to find ways to solve the problem of the sidewalk vendors in Cogon and Carmen public markets, Mayor-elect Oscar Moreno said that sidewalk vendors cannot be displaced from their current position.
“Dili ko moingon nga dili sila mahawa pero we have to find solution sa root cause sa problema nganong anaa sila sa kadalanan, kinahanglan sulbaron ang tanang aspeto sa problema (I can’t say that they will not be transferred but we have to find a solution to the root cause of why they are on the streets. All aspects of the problem must be addressed),” Moreno said in an interview on radio Wednesday.
THE city council’s committee on health and sanitation has strengthened its partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) as it pledges its support to DepEd’s recently launched `Brigada Eskwela 2013.’
Councilor Dante Pajo, chairman on health and sanitation said, his committee is set to conduct a series of inspection on canteens inside the public schools in both elementary and high schools in the city starting on the first week of June.
ILIGAN CITY -- The fire that hit a coconut oil mill in Barangay Kiwalan in this city entered on its third day, Wednesday, with four injuries and more than a hundred families leaving their homes due to the fumes from the fire site.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) identified the victims as Clint Cha, 44; Raymond Magallon 27; Vicente Ramayan, 88; and Romeo Morallas 52. They were admitted at Adventist Medical Center.
ILIGAN CITY – The conflagration that hit the coconut oil mill of Granexport Manufacturing Corporation (Granex) in Barangay Kiwalan on Monday afternoon has continued to rage as another round of flame billowed from the thick smoke as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The fire has been raging for more than 24 hours and the damage has been pegged at P220 million.
POTENTIAL hydro projects in Mindanao that can generate at least 1,093 megawatts (MW) capacity may solve the 300-450 MW power shortages in the island.
Engineer Cerael Donggay, chief executive officer of Greenergy Development Corporation and Project Director of Bulanog-Batang and Pulangi 5 Hydro Projects, said 11 small potential hydro sites could generate at least 186 MW to add to the 907 MW that big hydro plants such as Pulangi 5, Bulanog-Batang, Agus 3 and Pulangi 1,2,3 and 5 can generate.
BRIGADA eskwela, a weeklong school cleanup and maintenance that signals the beginning of the school year is here again.
Elena M. Borcillo, city schools division superintendent, said she received the order from the Department of Education head office in Manila to officially start the 2013 Brigade Eskwela otherwise known as National Schools Maintenance Week.
THE lack of information drive by concerned agencies has been cited as one of the factors in the rising cases of people with Human Immuno Deficiency/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrom (HIV/AIDS) in the city.
Cagayan de Oro has been tagged as one of the “hotspots” of HIV/Aids cases in the country.
TWO men suffocated and died inside an excavation well in a village in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental Monday morning.
Senior Police Officer 4 Renerio Cabanes of the Tagoloan town police office identified the casualties as Wilboy Naldo and Joseph Polito, both of legal age and residents of Sta. Ana, Tagoloan.
IN ABOUT a dozen combat operations initiated by the New People’s Army (NPA), the rebel group has counted 27 soldiers killed in action, a statement sent by the NPA to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro via e-mail on Tuesday said.
In the statement, spokesperson of the NPA in North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NPA-NCMReCom) Allan Juanito, said since May 3 to 11, 2013, the armed rebels noted 27 casualties and many were injured on the military side, these were soldiers “who tried to destroy the growing revolutionary exercises” of the communist group.
CASES of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV-Aids) in Cagayan de Oro have reached an alarming level, making the city a “hotspot.”
Health assistant secretary Dr. Enrique Tayag said there is one patient diagnosed to be living with HIV in the city every week.
THE Kristohanong Katilingban sa Pagpakabana (KKP)-Social Involvement Office of Xavier University (XU-SIO) vows to uphold the people’s agenda and continues to engage with the elected officials to sustain good governance.
Ermin Stan Pimentel, KKP director, said the people’s agenda created a significant difference from traditional campaign that resulted to the Kagay-anons’ long desire for change.
AT LEAST five barangay chairmen will be resigning from their posts following the defeat of incumbent Mayor Vicente Emano to mayor-elect Governor Oscar Moreno in the last May 13 polls.
Emano, during his radio program, said: “I told them not to resign just because I lost in the elections.” He declined to name the barangay chairmen.
THE SIX marines, who were wounded in the recent Gingoog City clashes against the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, received medals for their bravery.
The Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) spokesperson Major Leo Bongosia said Vice-admiral Jose Luis Alano of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) handed over the Wounded Personnel Medal and cash assistance to wounded marines on Saturday in recognition of their sacrifices and efforts in securing the Philippines from national threats.
ECONOMIC losses in Mindanao could reach P65 billion if the Mindanao grid will continue to experience power deficiency in most areas in the island.
Engr. Cerael Donggay, Greenergy Development Corp. chief executive officer and project director of Bulanog-Batang and Pulangi 5 hydro projects, said production losses due to machinery breakdowns, export revenue losses, employment curtailments, net profit and taxes reduction will result to billions of economic losses if the Mindanao grid will sustain the 100-megawatt (MW) power deficiency.
WHILE saying that he respects the decision of the people in the latest elections, Mayor Vicente Emano on Sunday said he is considering filing election protest against mayor-elect Oscar Moreno.
But, he would study first the legality and basis for the filing of his election protest.
IN LESS than six weeks, before he could formally sit as the new mayor, Oscar Moreno has already found a critic -- his own wife, Arlene.
In a television interview last week, Arlene said she will be the first to criticize Moreno if he fails to perform his task as the city’s new chief executive.
THERE were over 100,000 Kagay-anons who voted the newly proclaimed Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno.
The color of “Hapsay nga Pang Gobyerno” will reign in the city for the next three years as promised by Team CDO.
A “HABAL-HABAL” (motorcycle for hire) driver was shot dead along Narra St. in Reyes Village subdivision, Barangay Bugo in Cagayan de Oro City Saturday night.
Police Officer 2 (PO2) Lemuel Tecson of the Puerto police station (PS6) identified the victim as Amorsolo Corpus, 34, single, a resident of Zone 1, Sta. Ana, Tagoloan town in Misamis Oriental. Corpus sustained a single gunshot wound in the head.