A POLICE arrested in a buy-bust operation by a joint team of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) Intelligence Branch (IB) has been confirmed to be on the "drug use watchlist" of the city police office.
Less than a month after SPO1 Nancy Peralta was apprehended on September 30, another police officer, PO1 Darwin Maputi, was arrested together with Arsad Ayunan, a suspected illegal drug pusher, on October 19.
ROGER Plana, 43 years old, has six kids. He feeds his family by tilling half a hectare of land in Barangay Blanco in Balingasag town, Misamis Oriental.
But Plana said the corn and rice he harvests from the plot owned by a farmers’ organization is not even enough to sustain the needs of his family.
REHABILITATION of Cogon and Carmen markets will soon begin after Cagayan de Oro City officials found the need of the markets to get major renovation.
Last month, the City Government held a joint inspection at the public markets led by the City Health Office, City Veterinary Office and Task Force Hapsay Merkado.
DENIED by a permit to hold its rally against the proposed 4.4-megawatt diesel-fed power plant in Camiguin, the Citizens for Green and Peaceful Camiguin did not push through with its plan to stage a protest on the opening of the island’s Lanzones festival on Sunday.
The diesel-fed power plant will be constructed in Sitio Maubog, Barangay Balbagon in Mambajao town in Camiguin.
A REGIONAL trial court (RTC) has ordered a private high school to release to one of its alumni the credentials that he needs for him to proceed college.
In his 12-page decision, Judge Bonifacio Macabaya, presiding judge of the RTC-branch 20 in Cagayan de Oro, granted the petition of mandamus and damages to the 17-year-old graduate of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Montessori School (SHJMS) in C.M. Recto Avenue.
AURORA VALDEZ and her daughter were dining at a fastfood chain when the food they ordered was served cold.
She asked the waiter to replace it, but the waiter said that it would take 30 minutes for them to cook a new one.
A GROUP of peace advocates is optimistic that the release of two soldiers held captive by the New People’s Army (NPA) will take place soon.
The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (Pepp) said it is very likely that Private First Class Marnel Cinches and Private First Class Jerrel Yorong will be freed by the NPA.
AFTER learning that an employee of the J.R. Borja General Hospital (JRBGH) has been one of those involved in the alleged molestation of a 19-year-old female college student inside a videoke bar on October 12, the Cagayan de Oro City Government said Friday it is conducting its own investigation.
City Hall has confirmed that June Paglinawan, who holds a position as Administrative Aide III, is working as a wardsman at the city-run JRBGH.
THE Department of Health (DOH) in Northern Mindanao is enjoining Filipino families to avail themselves of the government’s nutrition program and afford their children the needed vitamins and other medical interventions for good health.
ARAKAN, North Cotabato -- Three years after, the supposed superbody tasked to investigate the killing of Italian missionary Fausto “Pops” Tentorio has yet to prove its worth, a colleague of the slain priest said.
Fr. Peter Geremia was referring to the Special Investigating Team for Unsolved Cases (SITU), which was mandated by President Benigno Aquino III through the Department of Justice to solve high profile cases.
MALAYBALAY CITY -- Soldiers belonging to the 403rd “Peacemaker” Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division (4ID) based here have a new commander whose mission is to instill a conflict-manageable and peaceful Bukidnon and the rest of the brigade’s area of responsibility.
Colonel Jesse A. Alvarez assumed his post, replacing Colonel Francisco Pabayo in a change of command ceremony at Camp Osito Bahian in this city.
WITH the 30 city police suspected of being users of illegal substance, Senior Superintendent Faro Antonio Olaguera has set the random drug testing of the members of the Cocpo police.
Olaguera, the Cagayan de Oro Police Office chief, told reporters on Thursday that he is ironing out the coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-10 (PDEA-10) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) crime laboratory to ensure success in carrying out the drug testing.
THE National Food Authority-10 (NFA-10) has denied Thursday that it is selling rice to big-time traders as alleged by the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Northern Mindanao (KMP-NMR).
In a previous interview, KMP-NMR secretary-general Richard Colao has accused the NFA-10 of selling its rice to traders who re-sack the NFA rice and sell it as commercial rice, increasing its profit margin in the process.
CAGAYAN de Oro City’s reputation as the country’s second most competitive city today rose to another level after winning the ‘Liveable Cities Design Challenge’ initiated by the National Competitiveness Council and the United States Agency for International Development (USAid).
‘Liveable Cities Design Challenge’ is a planning and design competition whose objective is to get city planners across the Philippines to better plan their respective cities for a climate-defined future and for disaster-risk reduction.
ZAMBOANGA CITY – Two people were killed while 17 others were wounded when a bus fell into a ravine late Wednesday in Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur.
Killed were bus driver Macario Omac and Baharan Maulod, Basilan provincial officer of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).
THREE of the five men who work at Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol denied Wednesday their involvement in sexually molesting a female college student inside a karaoke bar in Barangay Carmen early Sunday morning.
They said the video footage where they and the 19-year-old Denise (not her real name) were seen together and the result of the medical examination are proof enough that they had no participation in the alleged sexual abuse.
WITH the government’s perceived inability to address the issue of food security in the country, today should be called “World Hunger Day” instead of World Food Day, a farmers' group said Wednesday.
Richard Colao, secretary-general of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas in northern Mindanao (KMP-NMR), said it’s not only the consumers who are affected by food shortage, but the farmers who are the main producer of the country’s food supply.
MALAYBALAY CITY – On the 23rd death anniversary of a Bukidnon priest killed for his environmental advocacy, a priest here urged the government to rethink its policy of allowing mining and monocrop plantations in the province, considering that it is considered a watershed area.
“Let’s rethink our land use management in Bukidnon. It seems the framework that Bukidnon is a watershed seems yet to sink in,” said Fr. Rey Raluto, dean of studies of St. Vianney Seminary, during Thursday’s forum attended by coordinators and representatives of ecological desks from around the diocese.
SURIGAO CITY – Fishermen in a coastal village here caught a rare giant fish early morning Tuesday, which awed residents owing to the fish’s size.
Energito B. Balaba, law enforcement officer of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-13), said it was an ocean sunfish, also known as Mola mola.
SUSPECTED smugglers of imported goods that arrived in the local ports might be facing charges, officials of the Bureau of Customs in Northern Mindanao (BOC-10) said.
This after thousands of kilograms of rice and garlic placed in container vans previously confiscated were opened Tuesday by the Customs bureau at the Mindanao Container Terminal sub-port in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.
A COALITION of environmental advocates asked on Tuesday a unit of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to issue a cease-and-desist order that would stop the construction of a 4.4-megawatt diesel-fed power plant in a 2.2-hectare land in Sitio Maubog, Barangay Balbagon, Mambajao, Camiguin.
Orlando Ravanera, chairman of the group Sulog, said the DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau in Northern Mindanao (EMB-10) should demand the project proponent to stop the construction citing two reasons that he believes legitimate grounds for the issuance of the order.
EXPORT players in northern Mindanao have been given an overview and appraised on government policies in doing business in the foreign markets.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and its marketing agency, Export Marketing Bureau (EMB), which is under the Industry Promotion Group, walked through the participants to the two-day Philippine Export Competitiveness Program (PECP) 2014, particularly on the importance of proper classification of goods; food regulations for small and medium enterprise exporters; and export complaint awareness.
RESIDENTS of a village in Camiguin are opposing the construction of the proposed 4.4-megawatt diesel-fed power plant that local government and electric cooperative officials claimed to be the answer to the energy needs in the island-province.
The proposed power plant is located on a 2.2-hectare property in Sitio Maubog, Barangay Balbagon in Mambajao town, Camiguin.
IN THE UN Climate Change Summit 2014 held at New York City, USA, on September 23, President Benigno Aquino III delivered a speech in front of the participants signifying that the Philippines is taking huge steps toward solving the power crisis.
“The Philippines is not waiting. We are addressing climate change to the maximum with our limited resources. As early as 2008, we have passed a Renewable Energy Act, and are now treading a climate-smart development pathway,” were the President’s words.
WITH the coming integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) next year, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Secretary Joel Villanueva said the government has introduced a new component into the educational system that would ensure the empowerment of the Filipinos.
Villanueva, during his recent visit in Cagayan de Oro City, said this would be realized through the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF).
THE Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines with the "The Outstanding Young Men" (TOYM) foundation and the Gerry Roxas Foundation invite nominations for this year’s search of TOYM honorees in Mindanao.
In a press conference on October 10, Friday, JCI invited everyone in Mindanao to nominate a fellow Kagay-anon or Mindanaoan in the hope to award more outstanding people here in the region.
LOCAL church leaders are playing active roles to ensure the immediate release of the two soldiers held captive by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Bukidnon almost two months ago.
Prelates both from the Roman Catholic and Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) churches have confirmed over the weekend their part in facilitating the release of Private First Class Marnel Cinches and Private First Class Jerrel Yorong.
WITH the existing power crisis in Mindanao that also threatens Luzon and Visayas Islands, advocates of renewable energy will hold the 3rd Mindanao Congress of the Advocates for Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification and Development (MinCARED) here in the city on October 30 to empower the energy consumers in Mindanao.
“There is a need to involve consumers in this issue. Thus, we are inviting everyone to join us in the 3rd MinCARED to understand the status of Mindanao’s energy crisis,” Clint Django Pacana, Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives (Amreco) executive director, said during the ceremonial signing of the pledge of support to the Congress by various stakeholders, Friday morning, October 10.
AS A new police unit that focuses on criminal activities using information and communications technology (ICT) where many people are unfamiliar with its operations, the Anti-Cybercrime Group-Northern Mindanao (ACG-10) urges the public to report crimes related with the internet or electronic gadget use such as cellphones and computers.
Police Superintendent Reynante Reyes, chief of the ACG-10, said with the fast-paced technologies today, there are individuals or groups who may take advantage of others by committing “high-tech” crimes and it is ACG’s job to go after the former who violate the long-established laws, as well as new statutes pertaining to anti-cybercrime.
FIVE hundred women from various age groups who were beneficiaries of the COKE Sari-sari store Training and Access Resources (STAR) project marched at the Cagayan de Oro City Tourism Hall on October 9 after undergoing three months of training with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) in Northern Mindanao.
Tesda Secretary Joel Villanueva, provincial director Leo Vega Velez, regional director Edgar A. Sales, Coca-cola sustainability manager Gilda Maquilan, and Balay Mindanaw executive director Ariel Hernandez graced the women’s graduation.