THREE persons were killed while a boy survived in a gun attack in Purok 3, Barangay Mabuhay in Baungon municipality Saturday evening.
The victims were identified as husband and wife Juan, 51, and Rosita Magsalay, 47, and their 30-year-old son, Julius.
THE Department of Social Welfare (DSWD) regional office together with the City Social Service office here distributed a total of 1.325 million worth of livelihood assistance to 10 barangay associations.
“These beneficiaries or barangay associations are all part of the Self Employment Assistance – Kaunlaran Association or SKA. Each association has 25 members in which each will receive a minimum of 5,000 to 10,000 pesos per individual, varying on the type livelihood project in which they applied,” said Rhandy Ladoruz, sustainable livelihood program focal person DSWD Northern Mindanao.
THE World Bank (WB) is expected to conduct a comprehensive review this month of the poverty alleviation program in Mindanao implemented under the Department of Agriculture (DA).
The review will commence in a kick-off meeting today, March 17, to look into the implementation of the various program components under the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP).
PASSPORT applicants from different parts of Mindanao have complained of the policies in obtaining and in the renewal of passport at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)-Northern Mindanao office in Cagayan de Oro City.
“We got here yesterday (Thursday) around 9 a.m., and we were told that there were no more forms left. So we had to stay for the night and came back at 5 a.m., but to my surprise, people were already in line as early as 3:00 in the morning,” Estrella Bendanilo, 62, from Pagadian City, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Friday.
IN ORDER to avoid a repeat of the disaster brought by Tropical Storm Sendong in December 2011 in Cagayan de Oro City, Mayor Oscar Moreno’s administration with the Japanese government, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), agreed to construct retaining walls or dike on both sides of the Cagayan de Oro River.
Mayor Oscar Moreno said that final stages for the details of the dike construction is already with the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) and that before the end of this month, it would be submitted to the like the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the final engineering works.
THE country’s top motorcycle manufacturers have waged war against makers of imitation motorcycles and spare parts anew as the companies’ third year anti-imitation campaign kicked off at SM City Mall Cagayan de Oro Friday.
Fierce business rivals in the past, the companies dubbed as the “Big 4” – Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha – banded together to fight the proliferation of imported copycat motorcycle units.
ANOTHER two bodies were dumped again in Cagayan de Oro City’s upper village Friday noon, causing residents in the area to express fear that their community could be tagged as the dumping area for cadavers.
The area in the boundaries of Barangay Indahag, Cagayan de Oro and Barangay Gango, Libona, Bukidnon had seemingly been the preferred site for dumping corpses, most of whom had unknown identities, by perpetrators who also remain unidentified.
TO HAVE a strategic and harmonious relationship with the Philippines, a first-world Asian country donated P170 million worth of construction materials for the houses of Sendong survivors in the city.
Japan’s Minister for Economic Affairs Akio Isomata told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that his country is donating construction materials to the Philippines to foster a harmonious relationship.
SOME of the survivors of typhoon Sendong ready for relocation in Barangay Pagatpat are worried over the future of their livelihood after the City Government prohibited them to raise domestic animals like pigs.
Beverly Briones, housing and home site regulation officer of the City Planning Office, said during the preoccupancy seminar Thursday that there are guidelines to be strictly enforced in the relocation site to prevent disruption of peaceful neighborhood.
THE provinces of Misamis Oriental and Occidental are among the beneficiaries of a five-year program of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid) worth P100 million aimed at accelerating systematically the capacity of provincial governments in giving services to the people.
The program, which covers Mindanao and Visayas, is nearing completion this year.
DESPITE the abolition recently of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) by the Supreme Court that prohibits lawmakers to implement project, the city’s second district Representative Rufus Rodriguez promised to pour more projects for his constituents san the PDAF.
On Thursday Rodriguez led the groundbreaking and turn-over of different finished projects in different barangays in his district.
LAGUINDINGAN, Misamis Oriental – Rotating power outages will be implemented in the western part of Misamis Oriental due to insufficient supply of electricity granted to Misamis Oriental-1 Rural Electric Service Cooperative’s (Moresco-1), a power distribution utility based here.
Engineer Colleen Tarcelo, Moresco-1 Opol service area manager, said the demand of electricity in Mindanao is higher than the supply available in the island’s power grid.
TRUE to serving the people in need of medical treatment, a private hospital in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon offers “no balance billing” for Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) members in the province coveted two distinguished awards during the recognition of PhilHealth Heroes and Best Practices in the region Wednesday.
Dr. Mike Po, the director and owner of Malaybalay Polymedic General Hospital (MPGH) who received the Health Warrior and Best Practice awards, said the thrust of MPGH is providing services than raking in profits.
A FARMERS’ group in Barangay Puerto is optimistic that what they’re fighting for more than two decades will be granted to them, following a positive response from the Department of Agrarian Reform in Northern Mindanao (DAR-10).
Jose N. Pabonita, president of the Maitum Free Farmers Association (MFFA) in Sitio Maitum, Upper Puerto, said DAR-10 has already started the perimeter land use mapping (Plum) where the agency would map the land actually occupied, planted and maintained by around 100 of the farmer-members for years.
NEARING the first half of the Fire Prevention Month, the Bureau of Fire Protection in Northern Mindanao (BFP-10) has already recorded dozens of fire incidents in the region.
Engineer Noli Dela Rita, BFP-10 spokesman, said that in March alone the fire bureau recorded around 56 fire incidents.
A FIRE burned down a house situated at Block 18, Lot 10, National Housing Authority (NHA) subdivision Wednesday morning, said Balulang chairman Alfredo Carcosa.
A certain Engineer Jonathan Ogat, owned the gutted house.
A POWER utility company refused to pay P11 million of inexplicable payment billed to them by the Interim Mindanao Electricity Market (IMEM) to avoid passing the amount to its consumers in some areas in Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon.
During a press conference held in its office in Laguindingan Tuesday, Misamis Oriental-1 Rural Electric Service Cooperative (Moresco-1) in a statement said the company would find it difficult to pay the millions of pesos that IMEM billed them.
THE police provincial office in Misamis Occidental denied on Tuesday reports that New People's Army (NPA) rebels assaulted a police station in Bonifacio town in Misamis Occidental on Monday afternoon, hours after the attack in Matanao town in Davao del Sur on Monday dawn.
“It was never an ambush,” said Senior Superintendent Archival Macala, PPO-Misamis Occidental chief.
DISASTER imagination is the key for disaster response agencies to act early on any calamities through anticipating dangers that would probably cause damage and take lives in high-risk communities.
Secretary Mario Montejo, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) secretary, said early warnings from advance prediction equipment will trigger disaster imagination that will lead to early response to threats from nature.
IN A special report Councilor President Elipe delivered Monday, he and some members of the City Council questioned the legitimacy of the Metro Manila extension office of Mayor Oscar Moreno.
In a document presented by Elipe, it showed that a realty management has been requesting for the payment of one unit in a residential building under Moreno’s name.
THE National Dairy Authority (NDA) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) revealed during its 19th anniversary Monday that demand for fresh milk in Mindanao increased and even surpassed production last year.
“Several years ago, we didn't imagine that there would be a time that the demand in the market for fresh liquefied milk would be this high. We have seen a steady annual growth rate of 10 percent in the market, which reached to 4.5 million liters of milk just for Mindanao and 12 million liters in the national level as of 2013. This year, we’ve increased our target to six million liters for Mindanao,” said Marilyn Mabale, regional manager, NDA Mindanao Island Office.
SECURITY alert in Northern Mindanao has been heightened following an attack at a police station in Matanao town in Davao del Sur by New People’s Army fighters, where fatalities reached to 12 and wounded nine others at dawn Monday.
Of the 12 killed, seven were soldiers, three were policemen, and two were rebels.
MARAWI CITY -- The House Committee on Energy is considering a full audit on the status of Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative (Lasureco) to determine the root cause of an unpaid debt of more than P7 billion.
In a public hearing held at the Provincial Capitol on March 7, committee chair Representative Reynaldo Umali said, “We would like to look into the management of Lasureco to include of an audit of the electric coop.”
ILIGAN CITY -- The Alcantara Group is anticipating the worst with the impending long dry spell that could worsen the power shortage in the Mindanao grid.
Engineer Edgar Sevilles, vice president for operations of the Alcantara Group, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro in an interview that the three facilities include the 100-megawatt (MW) Southern Philippines in Alabel, Saranggani province, 55 MW Western Mindanao Power Corporation in Zamboanga Peninsula, and the 103 MW of Mapalad Power Corporation (MPC) based in this city.
THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is still determining the cause of fire that broke out in Purok 13, Barangay Poblacion, Initao, Misamis Oriental on Saturday.
Senior Fire Officer 2 Samson Roa, Initao fire marshall, said the blaze allegedly started on the second floor of a boarding house owned by the Echavez family.
FOUR graduates from Northern Mindanao topped in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) both in the elementary and secondary levels conducted in 15 testing centers in the country on January 26, 2014.
For the second time in a row, Daisy Buenaventura Reyes, a graduate of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, topped the board with a score of 88.20 percent grade while Miriam Aranzado Miranda, a graduate of Golden Heritage Polytechnic College here, topped the LET September 2013 board whose results came out in November last year with a score rating percentage of 90.60.
A POLICE official urged the City Government to order businesses in Cagayan de Oro to hire at least one security guard for the safety of their customers during with their transactions.
Chief Inspector Henry D. Cay-as, Divisoria police station commander, said the City Government should include such requirement in addition to its “no CCTV, no renewal of business permit” policy so businesses would be compelled to hire security guards.
HUNDREDS of anti-jaywalking violators have been apprehended in Cagayan de Oro City since the policy’s implementation in the streets of Divisoria last Saturday.
Lawyer Jose Edgardo Uy, Task Force Hapsay Dalan (TFHD) chairman, said that they apprehended around 140 violators on March 6, the fifth day of their operation.
INMATES at the Misamis Oriental provincial jail were taught about women’s rights in time for the International Women’s Day celebration today, March 8, to make them responsible husbands and parents after they serve prison.
Alfredo Mapano, a political detainee, said the symposium was intended to spread awareness among the prisoners about the rights of women and their children.
THE Higaonon tribe in Cagayan de Oro City has called for the protection of the Kagay-anons against the devastating effects of climate change while it has demanded for environmental preservation.
In a ritual held along the Cagayan de Oro River on Friday, Datu Sandigan, also known as Feusto Orasan, said the ritual was intended to ask "Magbabaya" (Supreme Creator) to spare the city from calamities like "Sendong."