Clenro uses 2-pronged way to stop mining in Oro

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 10:01 p.m.

TO STOP the illegal mining operations in Cagayan de Oro City's hinterland barangays for good, the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) said it would employ a two-pronged approach.

Clenro chief Edwin Dael said the apprehensions of persons involved in illegal mining will continue, but at the same time, the agency will offer an alternative source of income for the residents in the upland villages.

Coops’ plan to buy Agus-Pulangui takes off

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 10:00 p.m.

COOPERATIVES in Mindanao are making good on their plan to pursue acquiring, rehabilitating and managing the Agus-Pulangi hydropower plants (HEPs) in Bukidnon, one of the island’s main sources of electricity.

Petronilo Ilagan, national president of the National Association of Electric Consumers for Reform (Nasecore), said the cooperatives have all the components needed to buy Agus-Pulangi and operate it.

CHR to probe MisOr ‘bakwits’

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 09:59 p.m.

THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Northern Mindanao is mulling over on probing reports that the rights of the indigenous people displaced by the armed clashes between the military and the New People’s Army (NPA) in a mountain village in Claveria town, Misamis Oriental, have been violated.

Victorio Aleria Jr., CHR-Northern Miindanao supervisor investigator, said Monday that the commission will be investigating if the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRHIL) has not been respected during the encounters between the troops and insurgents last week.

Groups vow to unite until justice is served, impunity ends

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 09:58 p.m.

VARIOUS groups in Cagayan de Oro City unite as they joined in the commemoration of the fifth year of the Ampatuan massacre that killed 58, of which 32 were members of the media, at Sitio Masalay, Barangay Salman, Ampatuan town in Maguindanao.

There are 197 accused and 110 are being detained, and 84 are still at large with standing warrant of arrests, which included 42 policemen as suspects who have posted bails.

More villagers to flee as rescue operations go on

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 11:30 p.m.

RESCUE operations conducted by the military in Northern Mindanao to free captive soldiers violate the rights of the indigenous people, as "it forces the lumads out of their ancestral domain, threatening their livelihood and existence."

Roger Plana, secretary-general of the lumad group Kalumbay, said they condemn the ongoing rescue efforts of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) due to the displacement of more than three hundred villagers.

Group lashes out at gov’t over human rights issues

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 11:30 p.m.

A DELEGATION from Mindanao who traveled to Manila by land to air their grievances to the government has lashed out at Malacañang for defending President Benigno Aquino III, whom they said has “tainted human rights record.”

The group then demanded Aquino's removal from office.

Mother of an Ampatuan massacre victim still hopeful

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 11:28 p.m.

AFTER five years with the accused of the bloodiest media killings in the recent history still unpunished, a mother of a victim of the Ampatuan massacre remains optimistic the suspects will soon face conviction before President Benigno Aquino III steps down from office in 2016.

Catherine Nuñez, mother of UNTV cameraman Victor, one of the 32 media workers out of 58 people who were killed in Sitio Masalay, Barangay Salman, Ampatuan town, Maguindanao on November 23, 2009, said she is still hopeful that those responsible will finally be punished.

Standing ovation for Pacman

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 11:22 p.m.

ALMOST 700 people who watched a free Manny Pacquiao vs Chris Algieri fight on Sunday roared their cheers and loud applaud with standing ovation for the people’s champ at the lobby of the Provincial Capitol of Misamis Oriental.

The City Hall also put up a free pay-per-view for the city residents.

‘Maximize SC guidelines to hasten massacre cases’

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:22 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- A lawyer representing the 17 families of the 58 individuals, 32 of them media workers and journalists, who were killed in the 2009 Ampatuan massacre said the justice department should hasten the prosecution of the case by maximizing a set of guidelines crafted by the Supreme Court (SC).

Fleeing villagers sick, tired

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:08 p.m.

WALKING in the forest for two straight days has taken its toll on the group of evacuees who fled the hinterland communities following armed clashes between military and the New People’s Army (NPA) in Barangay Minalwang, Claveria, Misamis Oriental, an official said Friday.

Misamis Oriental Provincial Administrator Edmundo Pacamalan Jr. said the 300 villagers from Sitios Lakbangan, Kalhaan and Impadiding reached Minalwang on Wednesday and all of them were accounted for, although some of them got sick along the way.

Slain rebel ‘son of NPA top official’

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:07 p.m.

A NEW People’s Army (NPA) fighter who was killed by the military in an encounter in the mountain village in Claveria, Misamis Oriental, on Tuesday was the son of a top Maoist guerrilla official, a source said Friday.

The source, who requested not to be named, said the slain rebel, the 21-year-old Francisco Manseguiao, was the son of a top NPA commander known popularly as “Bajoy.”

DSWD workers join national protest on wage hike

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:48 p.m.

SEEING that their income is not enough to survive the daily needs, the workers at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Northern Mindanao office have joined other public servants all over the country in calling for the increase in their monthly salary.

According to the Social Welfare Employees Association of the Philippines (Sweap), the current minimum monthly wage for government workers is P9,000. Sweap wants it raised to P16,000 a month.

Family retrieves rebel’s body

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:47 p.m.

THE body of the slain New People’s Army (NPA) member who died in an encounter with the military in a mountain village in Claveria, Misamis Oriental on November 18, was retrieved by his family Thursday, the Provincial Government said.

The casualty, Francisco Manseguiao, 21 years old, who hailed from Sitio Lantad, Barangay Kibanban, Balingasag town, was killed when the military and insurgents figured in a firefight somewhere in Barangay Minalwang, Claveria.

Ex-village official, 2 others face raps

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:46 p.m.

A FORMER barangay kagawad and two others are now facing charges as authorities filed complaints against them before the City Prosecutor’s Office Thursday.

According to Senior Inspector Harvey Abellanosa, chief of the Detective Management Desk (DMD) of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), charged were Dan Donald Galvez, Allan Dumpas, and Rex Farly Caingin.

Oro’s P3.8-B budget slash seen

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:13 p.m.

THERE is a possibility that Cagayan de Oro’s proposed annual budget of P3.8 billion for 2015 would be cut down, a city legislator said Wednesday.

Councilor President Elipe, who chairs the ways and means and finance committees, said it is likely that slashing the budget for next year would affect the operations of some executive departments at City Hall.

Church leaders appeal to army, NPA

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:12 p.m.

CHURCH leaders appealed to the military and the New People’s Army (NPA) to stop the fighting in the hinterland village in Claveria, Misamis Oriental as it has displaced residents caught in the crossfire.

Bishop Felixberto Calang, of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI), said the evacuation indicates that the pursuit operation of the military to rescue the two soldiers held captive by the Maoist rebels is now displacing the communities in the area.

Ched scholarship funds need increase

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:11 p.m.

FUNDS for scholarship grants that the Commission on Higher Education (Ched)-Northern Mindanao has been awarding beginning this academic year after the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) was abolished are not enough for the volume of applicants in the region.

Roy Roque U. Agcopra, chief administrative officer of Ched-Northern Mindanao, said it is insufficient for all the expenses and fees that the scholars need to pay.

‘Listahang tubig’ to map out water service utilities

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:11 p.m.

GOVERNMENT line agencies are fast-tracking the gathering of data to improve the management of all the water resource in the country and enhance its regulation for better water service coverage.

A national survey dubbed as “Listahang Tubig” will map out water service utilities and providers in provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays to determine the extent of water service coverage and water system condition nationwide.

Another project for Oro after mayor's US visit

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:10 p.m.

THE recent trip of Mayor Oscar Moreno and other city officials to the United States has resulted in another project that would be implemented by the American government in Cagayan de Oro.

The city has become a recipient of the Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) project funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAid).

Misamis Oriental government ready to help ‘bakwits’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:55 a.m.

THE Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental is ready to extend assistance to the 152 residents who left their homes Monday as a result of the recent armed encounter between the army and members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in a remote village in Claveria town.

The villagers, who belong to the Higaonon tribe, had to walk for kilometers from their community in Sitio Lakbangan, Barangay Minalwang, and this has taken its toll on the children, elders and the sick who are among the evacuees.

Gas stations refusing to rollback prices must be penalized

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:55 a.m.

FUEL refilling stations that repeatedly do not comply with the order to decrease the prices of their petroleum products should face the consequences based on a local ordinance, a City Government official said Tuesday.

City Councilor Ramon Tabor reminded those refilling stations that refuse to lower their fuel price have no right doing business in Cagayan de Oro.

No ebb on abuse vs OFWs

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:54 a.m.

MALTREATMENT against the 69,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from northern Mindanao has not ebbed as Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-10) records an average of 50 cases of abuse every month.

Thirty-year-old Darlene Andales Saladaga from Villanueva town in Misamis Oriental who worked as a domestic helper in Kuwait returned home last Saturday, November 15. She had been abused by her wards aged 7 and 8 years old.

Nurse in UK died in road accident

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:53 a.m.

A NURSE from Barangay Kauswagan in Cagayan de Oro met a fatal accident Wednesday, November 12, after a vehicle hit him as he crossed the street at the grounds of the University Hospital in Heath Park, in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Anecito Obsioma, 55, worked as a nurse at University Hospital of Wales (UHW).

PDEA to burn another batch of illegal drugs

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:53 a.m.

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Northern Mindanao (PDEA-10) is set to destroy another bunch of seized illegal drugs this Friday, November 21.

The second batch of illegal substances, composed of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu and cannabis or marijuana, that are ready for incineration at a cement company in Lugait, Misamis Oriental, were confiscated by the PDEA Provincial Special Enforcement Team (PSET).

Police beef up security anew as terror threats loom

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 01:11 a.m.

POLICE Chief Superintendent Francisco Genabe Jr. ordered deployment of police forces in Northern Mindanao following the spate of bombings in some areas of the island.

“Security in regional boundaries leading to Cagayan de Oro City is tightened due to terror threats and all the bombings, and the latest incident on North Cotabato is very alarming,” said Police Superintendent Bernardo Mendoza, chief public information officer of PRO.

Philippines still insufficient in processing corn

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

THE Philippines still has insufficient capability to process its corn, an agriculture official said Monday.

Milo delos Reyes, head secretariat of the Agri-Pinoy Corn Program, said of the 7.8 metric tons of corn the country produced this year, only 10 percent of it had passed through mechanical drying.

Kin of deceased person with Aids may opt silence

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 01:00 a.m.

THE family of a person who died in Cagayan de Oro City last week due to complications brought about by Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (Aids) has the option not to divulge the death of its member to the media, an advocate said Monday.

Fritzie Estoque, president of the Misamis Oriental Cagayan de Oro Aids Network (Mocan), said it is up to the relatives to keep their silence if and when one of their loved ones has died due to Aids.

Retailers told: Follow SRP on 'noche buena' products

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 12:57 a.m.

AFTER monitoring the prevailing prices of “noche buena” products from wet markets to supermarkets and groceries, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) came out with its suggested retail prices (SRP) that merchants should possibly heed.

Chief Almer R. Masillones, consumer welfare division of DTI, warned that retailers selling the products higher than the SRPs must be able to present Show Cause Order (SCO) and explain their valid reason for selling those products at higher prices.

MisOr villagers flee homes as Army, NPA clash

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- More than a hundred residents fled their homes in Sitio Lakbangan, Barangay Minalwang, Claveria town in Misamis Oriental on Monday due to ongoing clashes between troops and Maoist rebels.

Ireneo Ubarde, of Misamis Oriental Farmers’ Association-Kilusan ng Magbubukid sa Pilipinas (Mofa-KMP), told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro by phone late Monday that the villagers are fearing for their lives, as they have been forced to leave their homes in a hurry.

‘Philippines must brace for brain drain’

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 12:40 a.m.

WITH the imminent regional economic integration of member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) next year, there is a possibility that the exodus of more Filipino professional and skilled workers going out of the Philippines to work elsewhere would result in shortage of the country’s human resource, a lawmaker said.

Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV said the country must not worry about the liberalization of goods and products that comes with the institutionalization of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 but on the “brain drain.”

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