Advocates keep hope alive for peace

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:01 p.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- Hope springs eternal for peace advocates amid new challenges buffeting the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) that was forged a year ago on Friday.

Lumads to pray for peace, lesser suffering

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:56 p.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- Fearful that the renewed violence will spread into their communities, leaders of the indigenous peoples in southern and central Mindanao will hold on Saturday, March 28, simultaneous rituals that will invoke divine guidance to have the peace process between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) continue.

Today, it has been one year since the landmark Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) was signed between the government and the MILF, formally transforming their relationship from that of adversary to peace partners.

Deles, Ferrer, Iqbal honored for peace work

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:55 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Bucking a political firestorm, Xavier University officials awarded government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief peace negotiators Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and Mohagher Iqbal for “walking the difficult path for peace.”

Less emergency, cramped classes in Oro this June

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:55 p.m.

STUDENTS in the elementary and secondary levels for academic year 2015-2016 are assured of classrooms, as the City Government through the local school board (LSB) with the Department of Education (DepEd) made an initial inventory of constructed classrooms under the present administration.

Dulce Tiro Potenciano said by the start of classes in June, an additional 309 new classrooms await the students in Cagayan de Oro's public schools where more than 93,000 of elementary and about 33,500 high school students are expected to enrol.

Cardinal tells Congress: Don't water down BBL

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:29 p.m.

COTABATO Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo has urged members of Congress not to water down the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) so as not to render meaningless the Moro people's aspiration for self-governance.

"By all means, let the BBL be refined and (be) attuned to the Constitution," Quevedo said in his Open Letter to our Honorable Legislators.

Grid consortium pushes line safety campaign in Mindanao

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:28 p.m.

DESPITE the dispute over right-of-way (ROW), the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) continues to reach out to barangays and other local officials to spread the message about taking care of the power transmission lines to ensure the safety of the communities around its power lines.

As part of measures to address ROW issues and prevent tripping and accidents, NGCP has been participating in the sessions of the Association of the Barangay Council (ABC), Sangguniang Bayan (SB), and Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP).

MILF to pursue BBL even beyond Aquino’s term

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:45 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said on Wednesday they would pursue the passage of the Bangsamoro Law beyond the term of President Benigno Aquino III if Congress will not pass it before 2016.

Xavier University calls on parents to stand up for peace

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:30 p.m.

JESUIT-RUN Xavier University has asked the parents of its graduating students to join the school “in standing up for peace.”

Fr. Roberto C. Yap, Xavier president, made the call in a “special letter” addressed to the parents, where he assured a "safe and secure" commencement exercise in the face of apprehensions raised earlier.

Tribal group member shot dead in Bukidnon

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:28 p.m.

A MEMBER of Tribal Indigenous Oppressed Group Association (Tindoga) was shot dead in Quezon town in Bukidnon Tuesday.

Mabini “Tata” Biato, a member of Tindoga, was allegedly shot by the security guards of a landowner in Barangay Botong.

318 in Surigao City infected with STIs

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:28 p.m.

THE SURIGAO City Health Office said 318 persons in the city were infected with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) last year, 16 more than in 2013.

Topping the list for 2014 is bacterial vaginosis, with 185 cases, slightly lower than the 188 cases in 2013, according to Jessica Nepomuceno, social hygiene clinic nurse at the CHO.

New urban hub planned for Cagayan

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:27 p.m.

THE Cagayan de Oro City Government is planning to transform the former site of the city airport into its new urban hub.

Eileen San Juan, city investment and promotion officer, said Barangay Lumbia has great potential as an extension city because it is built on high ground, making it flood-free, and has a small population.

Northern Mindanao police outline safety plan for Holy Week

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:25 p.m.

THE police in Northern Mindanao will increase their presence in the streets and keep close watch on bus terminals, seaports and airports during Holy Week.

The regional police chief, Superintendent Agrimero A. Cruz Jr., briefed reporters on Monday on security plans to ensure the safety of motorists, commuters and tourists not only during Lent but for the summer vacation as well.

Surigao mayor indicted graft raps

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:20 p.m.

SURIGAO City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas is facing a graft complaint for hiring 14 consultants and contractual employees in 2011 without the approval of the City Council.

A resolution issued by the Ombudsman for Mindanao Director Maria Iluminada S. Lapid-Viva and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said the complaint was filed by Matugas' critics, Jamar Gavino and Rey Culbo and the late Bernardo Pecho.

Northern Mindanao farmers blast DA inaction on dry spell

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:18 a.m.

FARMERS in Northern Mindanao suffering from the dry spell this month are blaming the Department of Agriculture (DA) for their plight.

Ireneo Udarbe, chairman of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) in Northern Mindanao, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro the searing heat has withered the crops of farmers in Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon.

Maguindanao evacuees reach 125,302

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:16 a.m.

DATU SAUDI AMPATUAN, Maguindanao -- Three generations of families of sisters Cartiquia Cartin and Saria Namawog are among 125,302 residents who fled their villages in Maguindanao following the all-out offensive of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) nearly a month ago.

Don’t drink and drive, motorists warned

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:14 a.m.

THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Northern Mindanao is warning motorists not take the wheel while under the influence of alcoholic beverages.

“Think twice before driving drunk,” warned Ferdinand Flores, the acting legal officer of the chief adjudication section of LTO-Northern Mindanao.

Don’t drink and drive, motorists warned

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:10 a.m.

THE Land Transportation Office in region 10 is warning motorists not take the wheel while under the influence of alcoholic beverages.

“Think twice before driving drunk,” warned Ferdinand Flores, the acting legal officer of the chief adjudication section of LTO 10.

‘Bantay Asin Task Force’ enforced in NorMin

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:06 p.m.

A LITTLE bit of salt is what makes our food tasty. But are we sure if it’s healthful?

Being healthy is what everyone aspires but the utilization of iodized salt in Northern Mindanao continues to be a challenge, a nutrition program coordinator said.

NPA rebels attack construction firm, burns equipment

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:05 p.m.

THE military condemned the series of atrocities sowed by the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Agusan del Sur, calling it as a handiwork of criminals terrorizing communities.

It added that the recent incident of burning equipment owned by a construction company based in La Paz town in Agusan del Sur has resulted in loss of jobs of hundreds of workers in the area.

Misamis Oriental oil palm plantation draws fire

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 01:57 a.m.

A HOUSE of Representatives inquiry has found that the owner of an oil palm plantation in Misamis Oriental “cut corners” to set up the plantation on land owned by a local tribe.

The House Committee on Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples said there were lapses committed by A. Brown, the local government and other agencies involved in putting up the plantation in Barangays Bagocboc and Tingalan in Opol town.

Congress urged to honor peace deal

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 01:55 a.m.

SOME 78 foreign and local civil society organizations are calling on Congress to honor the peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The appeal was made on the heels of continued calls, including by legislators, to shelve the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law because of the supposed insincerity of the MILF in light of the tragic January 25 clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, that left 44 police commandos, 17 Moro rebels and five civilians dead.

Forest protectors converge to save Bukidnon watershed

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 01:53 a.m.

MT. KALATUNGAN in Bukidnon face deforestation and forest degradation from large-scale logging activities that continue even to this day. It is part of the major watershed in Northern Mindanao, supplying water to lowland communities such as Cagayan de Oro.

Its rich biodiversity is threatened by timber poaching, overlapping land claims and expansion of agricultural activities into its protected areas.

2 dead in P10-M Oro fire

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 09:51 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Five hundred families were left homeless after an afternoon fire on Thursday gobbled up 200 houses of mixed concrete and light materials in a commercial district in this city.

OPAPP assures Senate copy of MILF probe report

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 09:31 a.m.

THE Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) has assured the Senate that it will get a copy of the report on the internal probe of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on the Mamasapano incident.

The OPAPP is awaiting receipt of the MILF report through the International Monitoring Team (IMT), its communications head, Polly Michelle Cunanan, said.

Agri-biotechnology answer to food security

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 09:30 a.m.

PARTICIPANTS from the media were briefed on the developments in agricultural biotechnology in the country in a multisectoral forum held in Cagayan de Oro City Wednesday.

The forum was organized by Asfarnet (Asian Farmers Regional Network) – Philippines.

Army wants MILF training camp in Iligan City dismantled

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 09:29 a.m.

In an exclusive interview, Col. Gilbert I. Gapay, commanding officer of the Army's 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that "the move to dismantle the training camp is in response to the complaints before the Sangguniang Panlunsod of Iligan City.”

Deodato S. Abugan Sr. and Datu Lantung Ko Limonsodan, a Higaonon tribal chieftain, said armed MILF members led by Abdul Sango Amoran of 305th guerrilla unit tried to recruit 85 Higaonon tribesmen and Meranaws from Bukidnon in May last year.

Another girl abused by Aussie surfaces

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:56 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Another alleged child rape victim of Australian Peter Gerard Scully arrived here from Manila on Wednesday afternoon and was brought to the Lumbia City Jail for the girl to identify the Australian.

Peace advocates call for end to Maguindanao fighting

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 09:22 p.m.

WORRIED about the resulting humanitarian crisis, nongovernment groups are calling on the military to halt its offensive in Maguindanao to stem the tide of civilian evacuees fleeing the fighting.

On Tuesday, at least 10 peace networks issued a statement on an "urgent humanitarian appeal for the suspension of military operations" which they said have taken a heavy toll on civilians.

Korea, PH schools team up for Mindanao disaster management plan

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

THE Seoul National University of Science and Technology (Seoultech) and the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) on Tuesday launched the kickoff meeting of the Urban Renewal Planning for Natural Disaster Prevention Responding to Climate Change project.

The project, which is supported by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), will boost the country's capacity for research in disaster risk mitigation management.

BIR issues appeal to taxpayers

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 09:20 p.m.

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue in Region 16 has launched a campaign to convince the public to pay their taxes.

"The kickoff indicates that the bureau is on a tax campaign mode and reminds everyone of one's duty to pay taxes," BIR Regional Director Alberto S. Olasiman said.


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