AS RIVERS in Cagayan de Oro City continue to swell on Monday, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) declared the code red alert level, compelling residents to leave their houses in areas beside the riverbanks and shores.
The heavy rains were brought by Tropical Depression Agaton, which weakened into a low pressure area (LPA) as of Monday (January 20).
A SIGNIFICANT price increase of fish sold in the market has been observed due to insufficient supply, as the low pressure area barreled Mindanao for almost two weeks now, Imee Austria of Cagayan de Oro Fish Brokers Association said.
From the previous price of P100 per kilo, the price of a first-class fish has been doubled due to scarcity, she said.
AUTHORITIES have yet to determine the identity of the group that torched several equipment of a banana processing plant in Valencia City, Bukidnon Friday night.
Captain Christian Uy, spokesman of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) in Camp Evangelista, said approximately 10 to 15 armed men forcibly entered the Alkuino banana processing warehouse owned by Sumifru in Barobo, a hinterland village in Valencia, and burned a water tank, back hoe and two packing machines.
WITH the torrential rains, floods and landslides have turned extensive in the city and in some municipalities in Misamis Oriental.
The prevailing weather condition on Sunday evening compelled the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and Department of Education (DepEd) to suspend classes in preschool and elementary levels in public and private schools today, January 20.
BUSINESS plates with Mayor Oscar Moreno’s face on it have been met with jeers.
The plate is yellow in color and it has Moreno’s face and the cathedral church on it.
AN ALLEGED police informant was shot dead on Lim Ket Kai Drive in barangay 35 Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
Modesto Ligtas Jr., chief of Barangay 35, identified the victim as Sabre Solimabao, a Maranao and resident of Barangay 31, whose body and head were riddled with bullets.
AS THE water in Cagayan de Oro River neared critical level which is 4.5-meters, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Council (CDRRMC) declared the preemptive evacuation for residents living near the river, shore and other high risk areas.
Earlier, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction (PDRRMO) of Misamis Oriental started theirs since Thursday as the province has been experiencing flooding and landslides due to the torrential rains brought by the low pressure area that hovered in Mindanao for a week.
TWO landslides have been reported in Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental Province on Friday as the low pressure area (LPA) turned into a tropical depression named by the state weather bureau as ‘Agaton’.
The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) confirmed on Friday landslides in Barangay F.S. Catanico and in Barangay Sta. Ana, Tagoloan town.
BOTH the workers and management of the City Government-run J.R. Borja Memorial Hospital (JRBMH) are calling for the speedy approval of the 2014 Executive Budget as the row on deliberation between the City Council majority bloc and the executive branch rages on.
The budget approval would mean providing the hospital more services through the establishment of an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a JRBMH official said.
“HE was a hard-working man and a very dedicated political leader,” Adlai Elizaga, son of the former vice-mayor John Lim Elizaga, said of his father.
On Elizaga's last wake on January 16, people remembered the leadership and person of the former vice-mayor.
THE Cagayan de Oro City Hall branded Councilor President Elipe and his colleagues in the City Council’s majority bloc who are against the approval of the 2014 Executive Budget as ‘anti-poor.’
If the P2.6-billion executive budget for 2014 will not be approved, around 100,000 Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) members will be deprived of health insurance coverage, said city information officer Maricel Casiño-Rivera Thursday.
AROUND P85-million worth of infrastructures and agriculture were destroyed as Low Pressure Area (LPA) barreled Northern Mindanao Region and now it has been lingering due to the breeze of the northeastern monsoon and the high pressure that pushes it down.
Chances of it turning into a tropical cyclone next week is about 30 to 50 percent, according to Ann Fortich of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) El Salvador City satellite office in an interview on Testigo Northern Mindanao.
THE City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) of Cagayan de Oro on Wednesday advised residents to remain vigilant as the Low Pressure Area (LPA) that has been bringing flood, landslides resulting to evacuations lingers.
“Somehow the LPA is seemingly stationary. It cannot go out because of the breeze of the northeastern monsoon,” said CDRRMC Chief Mario Monsanto.
THE Cagayan de Oro City Council halted the budget hearing on Wednesday and called for an executive meeting to discuss on how to proceed with the deliberations of the proposed 2014 Executive Budget amid the concern on incomplete program of work (POW).
“We need to have an executive meeting on how to go about it without the POWs,” said Councilor President Elipe.
WITH the further delay of the approval of this year’s executive budget, the possibility that hundreds of Cagayan de Oro City Government’s academic scholars will not finish their studies continues to hound them.
FOURTEEN inventions from young researchers and professionals in Northern Mindanao were displayed at the SM Event Center for the annual Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) beginning January 15 until.
The Department of Science and Technology in region 10 (DOST-10) conducts the exhibit that carries the theme “Inventions and Innovations for Smarter Philippines” in search of new innovations, inventions, research projects, prototypes, industrial designs and applications from the region.
AS THE low pressure area (LPA) unleashes its fury since last week, many parts of Mindanao and other areas in the Visayas are bracing up with the widespread destruction it has brought including deaths and damages to properties.
All classes in Misamis Oriental were suspended on Tuesday as the LPA continues to hover above Mindanao and the Visayas.
BELIEVING that Cagayan de Oro City’s potable water supply may be contaminated, a former environment department official has urged Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) to extend its parameters to detect toxic residues in its water source.
Raoul Geollegue, former regional executive director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Northern Mindanao, cited that the graphic documentation of his group shows that the water in the junction of Lapinigan creek and Bubunawan River is murky.
TAX collection, if strictly implemented, would surpass revenue earnings for more than a hundred percent from what Cagayan de Oro City is collecting at present, the city’s treasurer said.
City Treasurer Glen Bañez said that once proper declaration and assessment of the taxable income of businesses, including other forms of taxations, for the city to earn P5 billion annual revenue is achievable.
SEEING the lack of implementation of some traffic laws, the City Government will launch a project aimed to bring back order on Cagayan de Oro’s major roads and streets.
Lawyer Edgardo Uy, the city consultant on traffic affairs and head of the Task Force Hapsay Dalan, said Tuesday they will make the Divisoria area a traffic code-compliant zone.
NITRITE ammonia was found in the three water sampling that the Regional Health Fish Laboratory of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Northern Mindanao conducted on Monday after a fish kill occurred in the river of Barangay Agusan on January 11.
Rey Hojas, lab analyst of BFAR, said the river water contained high amounts of nitrite ammonia.
KAPATAGAN, Lanao del Norte -- An estimated 1,285 individuals from 284 families of barangay Lapinig, this town, fled their homes after a flash flood hit the coastal barangay dawn on Monday.
Pacita Simbrano, Lapinig village chief, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro, “The flash flood was triggered by sustained rainfall for the past three days now.”
INDIGENOUS people (IP) in Cagayan de Oro City felt discriminated due to the delay of the 2014 Executive budget deliberation at the City Council.
“For me, the slow deliberation for the IP budget is a form of discrimination,” said Nena Lumandong, coordinator of the City Social Welfare and Development-Indigenous People (CSWD-IP).
AROUND 7,000 victims of human rights violation during the martial law period under the late President Ferdinand Marcos will be receiving their second settlement fund from the Hawaii Federal Court in February, according to American lawyer Robert A. Swift, lead legal counsel of the claimants, in a letter obtained by this paper.
THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office in Northern Mindanao will hold its second Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (Rice) and calls on interested Filipino professionals and students to join the event.
DOST said that those with research projects, inventions, prototypes, industrial designs and software applications related to science, technology, engineering, medicine, health and the environment to join the Rice at the SM City Event Center, this city, on January 15-17, 2014.
A LAWMAKER who visited Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday deemed the Laguindingan Airport as dangerous due to lack of facilities like the navigational equipment, runway lights and its own control tower.
At present, the new airport relies on the control tower at the old Lumbia airport.
EIGHT people are now languishing in jail following their arrests in two separate buy-bust operations by anti-illegal drugs agents in Barangay Barra in Opol town, Misamis Oriental Saturday afternoon and Sunday dawn.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Northern Mindanao Deputy Director Rayford Yap identified the suspects as Ringo Tolosa, Giovannie Abella, Nisan Tecson, Angela Sabella residents of Zone 5, Gordo in Barra, who were arrested Saturday evening.
THE Philippine National Police has raised anew a warning to the public on using the internet for personal gains.
Superintendent Reynante Reyes, chief of the Police Regional Office’s (PRO)-Northern Mindanao Cybercrime Group in Camp Alagar, said his office will not hesitate to arrest violators of Republic Act (RA) 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, and bring them to justice.
NORTHERN Mindanao’s sugar production may get a boost after the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Misamis Oriental introduced a modernized facility to enhance productivity of coconut sugar in the province and in Cagayan de Oro on January 10.
Judy M. Aclan, DTI-Misor-Business Development Division’s senior trade and industry development specialist, said the facility will consist of a spray dryer, an equipment that is still under study if viable to local coco sugar producers.
TO hasten the deliberation and approval of the Executive Budget for this year, both the city’s legislative and executive branches must set aside politics and foster trust, said Dr. Dixon Yasay of Xavier University-Governance and Leadership Institute (XU-GLI).
"Trust is a big ‘question mark’ between the City Council and the city mayor but it should not hamper the advancement of the people’s interest. They do not come from the same political party that is why there is (an issue) of trust," Yasay said.