RESIDENTS of a town in Misamis Oriental will soon have their source of potable water coming from the faucet after its local government entered into a public private partnership for a bulk water supply project with a developer.
Opol Town Mayor Maximino Seno and A Brown Co. Inc. (ABCI) signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday for the construction of the P500-million bulk water project to realize the town’s dream of having a water system, 64 years after it became a municipality.
THE rescue efforts of the military to free two soldiers from the clutches of the Maoist rebels will go on despite calls by church leaders and peace advocates to suspend the combat operations in some parts of northern Mindanao, a top military official said Thursday.
“We will continue with the rescue operation,” said Major General Oscar Lactao, Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) commanding general.
DAVAO CITY—The short-term implementation of the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP), which requires a total funding of P225.6 billion, is crucial to the success of the new Bangsamoro region, a Moro development planner said on Thursday.
“The short-term implementation is crucial because this is where we are managing the high expectations of the people in the communities,” Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan, chair of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), said at the sidelines of the special Philippines Development Forum on Bangsamoro.
THE land conversion issue at the site of the proposed 4.4-megawatt diesel-fed power plant in Camiguin Island was already referred to the regional Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
Rene Tamayo Sr., the complainant, called the conversion of the property as “illegal” and “premature” and filed a complaint at the office of the Ombudsman in Mindanao against DAR Regional Director Felix Aguhob.
MORE than 50 percent of Cagayan de Oro City’s closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) are already working, an official said.
Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) chief, lawyer Jose Edgardo Uy, said the online CCTVs, installed in some parts of the Cagayan de Oro’s downtown area, are already recording and transmitting footages to the RTA control center.
MARIO Gamba, 49, was playing billiards when four men riding on motorcycles suddenly appeared and shot him dead at Tulay Semento, Agora in Barangay Lapasan around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Gamba, according to his acquaintances, had been going in and out of Cagayan de Oro Provincial Jail. He is married and a resident of Sitio Tabaco in Barangay Puntod here.
MORE navigational equipment have already been installed at Laguindingan Airport which are now operational but the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) will not yet use these until they are declared ready for use by technical experts.
Laguindingan airport manager Engr. Jose G. Budiongan said all the instruments needed for dawn and night flights had been completed in October.
GOVERNOR Yevgeny Vincente Emano’s administration has assured the residents living in a relocation site in Barangay Calangahan in Lugait town that they will have electricity and water connections next year.
Provincial administrator Edmundo Pacamalan, Jr. said they could not yet provide for these needs to the members of the Alyansa sa mga Biktima sa Demolition sa Calangahan (Albidec) due to budgetary constraints.
SURIGAO CITY – Residents of a village in Bacuag town in Surigao del Norte fear of a possible escalation of conflict after clashes between government forces and New People’s Army (NPA) rebels on Sunday.
The encounters occurred in Sitio Little Baguio in Barangay Payapag, Bacuag which left two soldiers killed.
THE Department of Interior and Local Government in Northern Mindanao (DILG-10) will spearhead a series of local poverty reduction action team (LPRAT) orientations this November.
The issuance of Department of Management-DILG-Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Anti-Poverty Commission (BM-DILG-DSWD-NAPC) Joint Memorandum Circular #5, which is Policy Guidelines and Procedures in the Implementation of the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process or GPBP (formerly called Bottom-Up Budgeting) for the preparation of the FY 2016 Budget and Succeeding Years, warrants the need to orient LPRAT members on the new policies and guidelines.
THE Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), facilitated the search of the Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan(GKK) at the OSHC Auditorium, Quezon City on October 27, 2014.
Northern Mindanao finalist Engr. Teodoro V. Cahoy, Safety and Security Officer of the Cagayan Electric Power and Light Co. (CEPALCO), was awarded with the GKK Bronze Award.
NOMINATIONS to the Department of Education (DepEd) – Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) awards program for the best finance educators in public elementary schools may now be submitted to BSP Manila or at any BSP regional offices or branches.
The program aims to promote saving as a habit and money management as a discipline among schoolchildren.
IT WAS just one soldier and not eight that was killed in one of the combat operations by the military troops to rescue two enlisted men held captive by the New People’s Army (NPA) recently, the military said.
Contrary to the rebels’ claim that there were nine fatalities on the army’s camp, the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) said only one soldier died and a militia man wounded in an encounter with the insurgents last month.
SEVEN persons were arrested by the police in Balingasag town in Misamis Oriental on Saturday that included two siblings of the town’s vice-mayor, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in northern Mindanao (PDEA-10) said Monday.
PDEA-10 information officer Rose Bajao said the Balingasag police have always been working closely with the agency before, during and after the conduct of an entrapment or the arrest of persons suspected to be involved in illegal drugs.
OTHER than the observance of the All Souls’ Day, November 2 will now be known as the United Nations Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.
Rowena Carranza-Paraan, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) national chair, said Sunday’s first-ever observance came “with sorrow and rage.”
THE Philippine Army in Caraga Region has denied accusations of various human rights violations and destruction of properties in lumad communities in Surigao del Sur.
In an e-mailed statement on November 2, 2014, Captain Jasper Gacayan of the 401IB, said the military is not responsible for the killing of a lumad leader, ransacking of a community store, and the burning of a public school more than two weeks ago.
BELIEVING it can help stabilize the power situation in Mindanao, the cooperative sector has bared plans to acquire the Agus-Pulangi hydroelectric power plants (HEPs).
Challenges such as the liabilities that may come in running these HEPs will not stop the cooperative members from taking interest in their acquisition, said regional director Orlando Ravanera of the Cooperative Development Authority-10 (CDA-10).
THERE is hardly a space left at the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) compound in Barangay Kauswagan due to the hundreds of impounded motorcycles and a handful of four-wheeled vehicles that are stored there, according to RTA chief Jose Edgardo Uy.
Uy said most of the confiscated motorcycles, numbering about 500 units, and an assortment of bus, jeepneys, motorelas and cars, had either figured in road accidents or traffic violations.
EVEN if by law the Agus-Pulangui hydroelectric power plants (HEPs) can now be sold by the government, through the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (Psalm) to any private entity, the time to do it is not yet right.
Speaking before cooperative sector leaders during the Regional Power Summit held at the City Tourism Hall yesterday, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said what stops the government is the clamor of the people of Mindanao who fear that selling it might mean higher electricity rates for the island’s power consumers.
LOCALIZED peace talks are not the best way to attain a lasting truce between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Philippine government (GPH).
This was the call of Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) Supreme Bishop Ephraim Fajutagana and the 15 other IFI bishops from Visayas and Mindanao as they urge for the resumption of peace talks between the two parties.
STAKEHOLDERS belonging to the Mindanao Congress of the Advocates for Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification and Development (MinCARED), have signified to strengthen their advocacy by putting in place a development plan to address power issues on the island in a participatory manner.
MinCARED, which held its 3rd Congress anchored on the theme: “Empowering Mindanao Energy Consumers” on October 29-31. 2014, was focused, among others, on the need to mainstream the Mindanao power agenda to the island’s inhabitants, and pushed for the use of renewable energy to meet the power demand.
THE city’s law enforcement agencies are now ready to ensure peace and order in time for the observance of the All Saints Day and All Souls Day on November 1 and 2.
Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) chief Jose Edgardo Uy said around 146 enforcers have already been assigned to public and private cemeteries in the city.
AS THE National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) together with the various tribes in northern Mindanao and in the Caraga Region observed on October 29 the 17th year of the enactment of Republic Act 8371: The Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (Ipra), answers to their aspirations and concerns are seemingly not bright.
SURIGAO CITY – Dengue cases here have reached unprecedented levels in the last 10 years, with 501 cases for the last 10 months wherein 3 patients died, according to the City Health Office.
Garosfe Menor, CHO dengue program coordinator, noted that the number is expected to increase by year’s end especially that many residents seem not to hear the health office’s plea to clean their surroundings and thus prevent the spread of the mosquito-borne disease.
MARAWI CITY – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (TESDA-ARMM) has been awarded the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 certification, making it the first line agency in the ARMM to be granted the prestigious status by the TUV SUD PSB Philippines.
IRONING out the two key issues that concerned parties need to resolve to free the two soldiers held captive by the New People’s Army (NPA) for two months now is vital to hasten the release.
But the imminent freedom of Private First Class Marnel Cinches and Private First Class Jerrel Yorong depends highly on the period of the implementation of the suspension of military operations (Somo) and the areas that will be covered under this, said Bishop Felixberto Calang, of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI).
REVENUE Code of 2015 is "regressive instead of progressive," a city councilor said, referring to the newly approved revised tax code.
“As emphasized in the Local Government Code of 1991, the taxation efforts of the city must be progressive and not regressive. If we take a look at the new Revenue Code, it is regressive,” Councilor Teodulfo Lao Jr. told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Wednesday.
VENDORS along Lt. Guillermo St. near the Cogon public market in Cagayan de Oro City are expecting brisk sales in the coming days, as families buy flowers to decorate the graves of departed relatives during the weekend, when Catholics observe All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, a two-day celebration collectively called locally as “Kalag-kalag.”
“Come back tomorrow. The flowers will arrive from all over Mindanao and all of them are very beautiful,” flower vendor Marilyn Buay said Tuesday.
THE damage caused by a fire that gutted a two-story building that housed five classrooms, including the computer laboratory at Paraclete Christian Academy at Purok 8, Barangay Poblacion in Salay town in Misamis Oriental on Tuesday, has reached P700,000.
Fire Officer 1 Venerando Reyes III, of the investigation and intelligence department of the provincial Bureau of Fire, said the fire started at the second floor of the school’s building, which housed its computer laboratory.
WITH the recent passage of the revised Revenue Code of the city that will take effect in 2015, City Treasurer Glenn Bañez insisted the old version of the city’s tax code is still the most effective and should have been maintained and not amended by the City Council.
During the City Council’s regular session on Monday, Councilor Ramon Tabor clarified that the revision stemmed from the clamor of the business community on the implementation of the tax code this year.