Renewable energy best for Mindanao – Sulog

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:13 p.m.

WHILE the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has advocated for blended sources of power for the country’s second largest island, a civil society group has criticized the government for its preference on the use of fossil fuel, particularly coal, in generating energy.

Environment watchdog Sulog chair Orlando Ravanera said the pronouncement of MinDA chief Luwalhati Antonino to encourage a combination of renewable and non-renewable energy sources may be laudable but she has to keep in mind the hazards of coal-fired power plants to the environment.

Ex-village chief files plunder vs Oro execs anew

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:11 p.m.

A FORMER village chairman has filed plunder charges against City Hall officials anew alleging that they misused public funds intended for the renewal of PhilHealth registration of indigents.

In his complaint submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman based in Cagayan de Oro City on Wednesday, former Taglimao barangay chairman William Guialani accused Ma. Lourdes Gaane, lawyers Percy Salazar and Beda Joy Elot, and Dr. Glenn Bañez for allegedly disbursing some P120 million as payment for the PhilHealth premiums of 25,000 individuals.

Thousands may not be able to vote in 2016 polls

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:10 p.m.

THOUSANDS of Cagayan de Oro electorates may not be able to vote in the local and national elections in 2016 since they failed to comply with the biometrics requirement of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), lawyer Palmer Palamine, acting city election officer, said Wednesday.

Palamine said that out of the 283,173 registered voters of the city, 23,815 or 8.41 percent of them have failed to process their biometrics at the Comelec.

Pagasa: Dry season starts, no El Niño yet

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:09 p.m.

THE heat is on as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa)-Northern Mindanao declared that the start of dry season will fall on the third week of this month.

Luz Mercado, Pagasa-Northern Mindanao weather specialist I, said the onset of summer of this year will be on March 26 and that there has been no indication of rainfall based on Pagasa's weather system.

Army, police chart security measures in NorMin

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:29 p.m.

BOTH the military and police, including the local government unit of Misamis Oriental, have vowed to uphold the law to maintain the peace and security in the province and Cagayan de Oro.

The assurance was made should hostile forces attack the province and the rest of Northern Mindanao in light of the possible unrest once the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) doesn't get ratified by Congress.

Teacher, husband carrying P700,000 drugs arrested

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:28 p.m.

A PUBLIC school teacher was one of the eight persons recently arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Northern Mindanao following two buy-bust operations it conducted.

Rodriguez okay with June 30 BBL voting

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:23 p.m.

SECOND district Representative Rufus Rodriguez is open to the decision of the leaders of both houses of Congress to move the approval of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by June 30.

In news reports that came out Tuesday, Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. had agreed to put the BBL to a vote in June.

Explosive device recovered in North Cotabato

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:23 p.m.

COTABATO CITY -- An improvised explosive device (IED) planted near a national road in North Cotabato was successfully defused Tuesday afternoon by Army bomb experts.

In a statement, Captain Jo-Ann Petinglay, spokesperson of the 6th Infantry Division, said that at 11:40 a.m., a civilian reported having found a suspected IED in Sitio Lotte, Barangay Kayaga, Kabacan town, beside Simuay Hardware.

Bakwits population in Maguindanao now at 54,000

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:05 p.m.

DAVAO CITY -- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (Armm-Heart) has recorded at least 54,370 internally displaced persons (IDPS) or “bakwits” in at least nine towns in Maguindanao province due to armed conflict.

105-MW back online to power Mindanao

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:08 a.m.

COMPLETING maintenance work at one of its two generating units, a power plant operator announced it has brought 105 megawatts back to the Mindanao grid Monday. 

"The unit was officially synchronized to the Mindanao grid at around 6:08 a.m. on March 2," said Steag State Power Inc. plant manager Dr. Carsten Evers in an e-mailed statement to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Monday.

Oro mayor assures city’s liquidity

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:07 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO city is financially liquid, Mayor Oscar Moreno assured Monday.

Moreno told city hall employees and city officials during the flag-raising ceremony Monday that Cagayan de Oro has enough funds but these could not be released right away because of the city council's majority bloc.

Residents can be ‘force multipliers’ in preventing fires

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:06 a.m.

PEOPLE living in barangays will play a vital role in fire prevention, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said Monday.

Fire Superintendent Shirley Teleron, the district fire marshal, said residents can help the BFP in combating any fire if they are trained in basic firefighting techniques.

Maguindanao evacuees bewail hardships 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:02 a.m.

THEY had to ford rivers by at nighttime with their children and farm animals to escape being caught in the middle of the fighting.

This was just one of the hardships endured by villagers displaced by the intensified military offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Saturday night.

5 aliens among targets in Maguindanao all-out offensive

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:57 p.m.

AWANG, Maguindanao -- Military and police authorities in Maguindanao are hunting down four “Indonesians” and an “Arab-looking chemist” who are reportedly hiding in the province with Filipino bomb-making expert Basit Usman, officials said Saturday.

Mixed power sources for Mindanao pushed anew

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 08:29 p.m.

FOR Mindanao to have a stable power supply and reasonable electricity rates, it needs to have combination of fossil fuels and renewable energy (RE), an official of the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives (Amreco) said Sunday.

In a statement sent through email, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chair Luwalhati Antonino underscored the necessity of having both nonrenewable and renewable sources of power in the island.

Moreno welcomes XU’s Iqbal invitation

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 08:28 p.m.

THE plan of Xavier University (XU) to invite Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal as one of the guests of honor during its graduation ceremonies sometime this month has elicited opposition especially from some parents, but Mayor Oscar Moreno said he has no problem with the Jesuit-run school’s move.

In an interview with Moreno on his 64th birthday celebration over the weekend, he said the appearance of Iqbal in Cagayan de Oro City couldn’t be more appropriate.

2 girls’ visit to Aussie’s house turns ugly

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 08:24 p.m.

IT WAS just supposed to be casual bonding time for the two pre-teen girls in the mall. But an offer of food turned ugly when they met a female a few years their senior that led to their harrowing experience last year in the hands of a foreigner who was recently arrested for various offenses, including rape and assault by authorities.

After the meet-up at the mall, Mia, 11, and Lynn, 10 (not their real names), were brought to the house of Peter Gerard Scully, the 51-year-old Australian, by his Filipino lover identified in an online news article as Angel (Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro is withholding her real identity) in Apovel subdivision, Barangay Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City, last year.

PhilHealth 10 recognizes NorMin health care providers

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 11:51 p.m.

THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on February 27 recognized exemplary health care providers in northern Mindanao which demonstrate outstanding performance in the delivery of quality service by upholding health and financial risk protection to PhilHealth members in line with the Universal Health Care.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, PhilHealth 10 awarded three health care institutions namely: Pangantucan Rural Health Unit of Pangantucan, Bukidnon; Malaybalay Polymedic General Hospital, Malaybalay City; and Northern Mindanao Medical Center in Cagayan de Oro.

Army girds for BIFF offensive in Maguindanao

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:11 p.m.

THE Philippine Army's 4th Infantry Division (4ID) is ready to send its soldiers to areas in Mindanao where government troops are fighting the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

Although the areas where the clashes are taking place are outside its coverage, the division will move out once the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) higher command orders a deployment, Major Christian Uy, spokesman of the 4ID based at Camp Edilberto Evangelista in Barangay Patag, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro in a phone interview Friday.

Ex-gov’t panel member bats for BBL, peace talks

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:10 p.m.

ECHOING the stand of the peace negotiators from both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to resume peace talks if the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is not approved in Congress, a former government peace negotiator said dialogue, not war, is still the best option.

"There are other paths to peace," former presidential adviser on the peace process Jesus Dureza said in a recent online interview, referring to ways to attain peace should the country's legislators do not pass the BBL.

Agusan Sur ‘bakwits’ refuse to go back home

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:08 p.m.

ABOUT a thousand displaced members of a tribe in San Luis, Agusan del Sur, are afraid to return to their communities because paramilitary groups have not pulled out, a human rights group leader said Friday.

Aida Ibrahim of Karapatan-Northern Mindanao Region said the hundreds of families belonging to the Banwaon tribe insists on staying at the evacuation center in Barangay Balit in San Luis.

Misamis Oriental, DTI sign pact for price control body

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:06 p.m.

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Northern Mindanao and 26 local government units (LGUs) in Misamis Oriental have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to protect consumers in the region.

The MOA, signed in Cagayan de Oro City last Thursday, aims to create the Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC) in the region.

Bones of girl killed by Aussie dug up

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 09:59 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- An Australian nabbed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Northern Mindanao together with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Malaybalay City last week may be facing another criminal case following the excavation of a skeleton of a girl that he allegedly killed in Surigao City in July 2013.

Army seizes NPA camps in Caraga

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 09:55 p.m.

WITH its relentless offensive operations, the military has claimed it has driven out the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels away from their bases scattered in Caraga, the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) reported Thursday.

In its e-mailed statement sent to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro on Thursday, the 4ID said it is now fighting the Maoist rebels “at their doorsteps.”

Homeowners complain on poor water quality, services

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 09:54 p.m.

WE WANT concrete action.

This was the appeal of the residents of a posh village in Barangay Carmen, Cagayan de Oro who said they have been deprived of quality water by the company that developed their subdivision.

‘Simulation of birth’ is trafficking -- DSWD

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 09:53 p.m.

AS THE "Adoption Consciousness Week" of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ends its weeklong celebration today, the agency warns mothers who are giving out the child in their wombs to others to think twice because doing so is considered trafficking, therefore a crime.

Pamela Balais, Social Welfare Officer II of DSWD-Northern Mindanao, said that simulation of birth or a parent who cannot afford to deliver and raise a child and later will decide to let someone like relatives to raise the child is discouraged.

Groups in Northern Mindanao call for PNoy’s ouster

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 12:59 p.m.

DISMAYED by the performance of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, particularly on the allegation of his awareness of the January 25 Mamasapano operation amid denying about it earlier, militant groups have been calling for his resignation as the nation observed the 29th Edsa 1 anniversary Wednesday.

“Aquino should be held accountable for what happened in Mamasapano. And for that, he should resign as President,” said Wildon Barros, chairperson of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Northern Mindanao Region (Bayan-NMR).

Oro anti-illegal drugs task force beefs up operations

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 12:58 p.m.

AS IT has intensified its efforts to go after pushers and dealers of prohibited substances, the City Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force (CAIDTF) unit of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) arrested nine individuals in two days, said Senior Inspector Evan Viñas, CAIDTF chief, on Wednesday.

Viñas said the task force confiscated from the alleged perpetrators more than P160,000 worth of suspected shabu (crystal meth) in separate buy-bust operations.

Oro youth discuss BBL on People Power commemoration

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 12:57 p.m.

INVITING the youth in the discussion on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was one of the ways to celebrate the People Power that toppled the Marcos dictatorship 29 years ago, a church leader said Wednesday.

Aside from recalling the events that made Edsa 1 anniversary a memorable piece of the Philippine history, Carl Cabaraban, of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro’s Archdiocesan Good Governance Apostolate (Aggap), said the gathering of students from some of the city’s schools at the Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) was aimed at opening the door for the youth to engage in a discussion and reflect on the BBL on the occasion of the 29th People Power commemoration.

DOH, PopCom gear toward implementing Reproductive Law in NorMin

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 12:55 p.m.

AIMING at fully implementing the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (RPRH Act of 2012) or Republic Act 10354, the Department of Health (DOH) in Northern Mindanao Region and the Population Commission (PopCom) established the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) during the RPRH Law team meeting held in the city on Tuesday, February 24.

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