DepEd-10: Despite doubts K-12 program ready

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 01:22 a.m.

ALTHOUGH there are people who remain pessimistic of the K to 12 (Kindergarten to Grade 12) basic education program, education officials are optimistic that it will be an effective tool for learning.

The Department of Education-Northern Mindanao (DepEd-10) is convinced it will be an uphill climb for the K to 12 program, but in due time it will ebb.

Applicants told: Verify online jobs to avoid scams

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 01:23 a.m.

TO AVOID being scammed, both the region’s labor department and the city’s employment office have urged job seekers to verify any employment opportunity, especially those posted on the internet.

The warning from the Department of Labor and Employment-Northern Mindanao (Dole-10) and the Public Employment Service Office (Peso) came after an applicant, Deisi Jean Vale, was duped into a job hiring post she saw last week on a website believing it was reliable.

‘Not ambush but legit operation’

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 01:22 a.m.

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Northern Mindanao (PDEA-10) has denied that its anti-narcotics agents ambushed a suspected drug dealer in Naawan, Misamis Oriental on August 10, 2014, a PDEA-10 official said Wednesday.

Contrary to a report that was circulating lately, the PDEA-10 agents only carried out an “entrapment delivery” operation that resulted to the capture of Roholla Saripada and had no intent to waylay the suspect, said PDEA-10 deputy regional director Rayford Yap.

Cooking show ‘Kumbira 2014’ opens with new features

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 01:20 a.m.

THE longest running culinary show, Kumbira 2014, in the country has opened at a mall here on Wednesday on Friday, August 15, 2014.

Anchored on the theme “Throwback at 18: Looking back… cooking forward,” the 3-day event aims at highlighting and showcasing the growth and development of the culinary industry in region 10 for the past years which is organized by Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (Cohara).

Bill drafted to caution work displacement among teachers

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 01:19 a.m.

THE possible displacement of teachers with the recent implementation of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) K to 12 programs shows some hope to caution the impact of unemployment for those who will be affected, the government said.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), which organized the Regional Consultation among the Industry Tripartite Council (ITC) members of the Academe, said there is now a draft House Bill (HB) that would address the imminent economic dislocation of thousands of teachers and non-teaching employees in private learning institutions all over the country.

‘Delaying tactics’ in council dismay village chairs

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 01:19 a.m.

SOME of the city’s village chiefs are dismayed by the city council’s apparent “lack of sensitivity” to their requests especially on the various infrastructure projects that have been delayed.

While projects and concerns were tackled during the first part of the City Development Council meeting Wednesday, Nazareth barangay chair Jocelyn Rodriguez has raised her concern on the “obvious delays” by the city council approving the road projects that should have been implemented a long time ago.

Lawmaker seeks council’s nod on road projects

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 01:18 a.m.

AFTER the Cagayan de Oro City Council promised to give the green light on the farm-to-market road (FMR) projects in six weeks’ time, this time 2nd district Representative Rufus Rodriguez is appealing to the local legislators to fast-track its approval.

“We appeal to the city council, especially to the majority bloc, to approve the FMR already because there are many people waiting to benefit from this project,” Rodriguez said Wednesday.

Anti-cybercrime group nabs online fraudster

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 02:02 a.m.

THE region’s Anti-Cybercrime Group (IDC) arrested Tuesday a person suspected of engaging in fraud by allegedly targeting people who go online looking for work.

One of the modus operandi or methods of operation used by the suspect was posting a job hiring at misorjobs.com, a website that offers employment opportunities within Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro areas.

Army, police ready for threats as fiesta nears

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 02:01 a.m.

LAW enforcers have ensured that Cagayan de Oro is peaceful and orderly amid the threats circulating through text messages intercepted by the local intelligence community hinting there are individuals who want to sow chaos as the annual city fiesta approaches.

Major Christian Uy, spokesman of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID), said there are unconfirmed reports that a bomb would go off during the festivities, but “these are [still] for validations.”

Environmental group replaces its rep in CMRB

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 02:00 a.m.

AFTER a dialogue with the members and the officers of the environmental advocate group, Sulog, Ralph Abragan who represents the group in the City Mining Regulatory Board (CMRB) would be replaced by regional Cooperative Development Authority head Orlan Ravanera.

“By discretion of the body, Mr. Ralph Abragan will be replaced by me and I will continue sharing what he has contributed to CMRB,” Sulog chairman Orlando Ravanera said Tuesday.

DepEd, CHR to survey studes on armed conflict perception

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 01:59 a.m.

A CAMPAIGN dubbed as “Yes to Peace” (YTP) aimed at documenting and pursuing the call and support of at least 10 million Filipinos for peace to reign in the country was launched Tuesday.

The Department of Education (DepEd) in collaboration with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), in a press conference also on Tuesday, explained the need for the YTP campaign cum survey the necessity for armed groups to cease from using violence in resolving conflicts.

Coed stabbed to death

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 01:58 a.m.

NAKED with 18 stab wounds on her body, a 20-year-old college female student was found dead inside her room in a high-end subdivision in Barangay Lumbia in Cagayan de Oro City Monday night, police said.

Senior Inspector Allan Curato, chief of the Lumbia police station, identified the victim as Riza Sabendan, single, a resident of same address, and a third year student of a university here.

Student robbed inside jeepney

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 01:58 a.m.

ANOTHER college student was robbed while riding a public utility vehicle outside a hotel in Barangay 34, Cagayan de Oro City on Monday.

The victim was identified as Mara Burgos, 19, and a resident of Zone 5, Camp Evangelista, in Barangay Patag.

Oro bullish on most competitive cities index

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 12:44 a.m.

DESPITE the city dropping down from last year’s top rank and now only second to Makati City in this year’s cities and municipalities competitiveness index (CMCI), the Cagayan de Oro City Government remains bullish on competing to propel the city’s growth.

“We do not mind competing side by side Makati City,” Mayor Oscar Moreno said during Monday’s convocation program at the city hall.

Solution to bullying: Parental guidance

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 12:43 a.m.

MOST parents may not be aware that bullying is a recurring concern in schools, but the Department of Education in the city thinks that the only way to solve this to get involved.

"The parents are the ones who should know their children, the friends of their children and what activities their children are doing. Everything, they should know. The lack of concern of the parents to their children causes bullying," City Schools Division superintendent Elena Borcillo said.

Ex-politicians’ sons nabbed in drug busts

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 12:14 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO – It might just be a coincidence but the regional Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested four persons, three of them happened to be sons of former political figures in Mindanao, in separate operations conducted over the weekend.

Two of the suspects are sons of former congressmen from Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte, while the other one is the son of a former assemblyman in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm).

Official denies involvement in P2.3M rice theft

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 11:45 p.m.

AN OFFICIAL of the National Food Authority (NFA) based in Agusan del Sur who figured in a P2.3-million worth of alleged rice grain theft has denied any link to the reported anomaly that has been filed to the Office of the Ombudsman in Davao City on August 5.

The rice grains were allegedly rebagged using commercial rice sacks.

Journos enraged over bribery claims

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 11:44 p.m.

WHILE state prosecutors handling the Maguindanao massacre cases are facing controversy anew over taking bribes, journalists in Northern Mindanao are disgusted on alleged corruption involving the former head of the prosecution panel Richard Anthony Fadullon and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III.

In a television report, Fadullon is on a bribe list that an unnamed source disclosed in the report earlier this week, while government witness Lakmodin Saliao accused Baraan of taking P20 million.

7 killed, 14 injured in road mishap

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 01:35 p.m.

LINAMON, Lanao del Norte (Updated) -- Seven Meranaws died and 14 others were seriously injured in a vehicular accident along the provincial road in Purok 7, Upper Poblacion in Linamon town in Lanao del Norte.

Police Senior Inspector Domingo Murillo II of Linamon police station said "the assembled vehicle was loaded with 30 passengers; some of them occupied the rooftop of the vehicle."

DepEd: DoTA will never become a sport

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 02:12 a.m.

TURNING Defense of the Ancients (DoTA) virtual game into a sport as advocated by those youth who are fanatics of this game, the Department of Education in northern Mindanao (DepEd 10) opposes it to become one.

“DepEd has even prohibited the use of mobile phones inside the classroom because they can only distract the students, how much more for violent games such as DoTA? It will never become a sport,” DepEd-10 regional director Ingrid Racoma told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro in an interview on August 5.

B’non Lumad leaders, DENR sign MOA on P6.31-B project

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 02:12 a.m.

MALAYBALAY CITY – Leaders of indigenous peoples in Bukidnon signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for a foreign-funded watershed management project to ensure protection of their customs and traditions and to express their cooperation.

Datu Migketay Victorino Saway led tribal leaders in the signing during the launching Thursday of the P6.31-billion (US$154.1 million) Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (Inremp), which covers Bukidnon and three other provinces in the Philippines.

Lumbia School feeding program launched

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 02:11 a.m.

TO REDUCE malnutrition, Lumbia Central School launched its school – based feeding program last Friday morning in partnership with the Philippine Airforce Tactical Operation Group 10 and ITALPINAS Corp.

“We are thankful for the government for giving us funds to be able to feed malnourished children of Lumbia Central School. And also to our partners who supported us in this launching.” Julieta Talirongan, Lumbia Central School Principal, said.

Oro placed on high alert

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 10:58 p.m.

WITH the Mindanao-wide Milo Little Olympics Mindanao taking place in Cagayan de Oro beginning Friday, authorities have geared up and are on the lookout for possible threats as thousands of student athletes and visitors flocked to the city for the said sports event.

Superintendent Danildo Tumanda, deputy city director for administration, said there have been security plans prepared for the sports event held at Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Center that the police refused to divulge.

Mining board exec open to probe

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 10:57 p.m.

A MEMBER of the City Mining Regulatory Board (CMRB) body is willing to undergo investigation to clear him from alleged unethical and violation on any mining law.

“I have nothing to hide. I did not do anything illegal and I am willing to be scrutinized to prove it,” CMRB member and Sulog representative Ralph Abragan said Friday over the phone.

Environment chief urges bizmen to get ECC

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 10:56 p.m.

THE Environment Management Bureau (EMB) in Northern Mindanao has urged business establishments to help mitigate the alarming state of the environment by obtaining an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC).

EMB Regional Director Sabdullah Abubacar said getting the ECC will greatly contribute to the region's unwavering campaign to preserve its environmental resources.

DepEd exec: Displaced students welcome in Oro schools

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

THE City Schools Division said that students who were affected by the demolition in Dacudao Compound, Barangay Puntod can transfer immediately to nearby schools.

“I have already given an advisory to all the schools that they are to accept the transferees from the schools under North I district,” schools division superintendent Elena Borcillo said.

Customs collection reaches P3.9B

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 01:30 a.m.

A RELENTLESS anti-smuggling campaign coupled with the robust imports of companies based in the region amounting to hundreds of millions of pesos contributed to the Bureau of Customs in Northern Mindanao (BOC-10) to consistently hit its monthly collection target.

Aside from that, BOC-10 has continued the streamlining of its operations and upgraded its customs systems and transactions, said a report from the National Economic and Development Authority-Northern Mindanao (Neda-10).

Police employ demolition protocol

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 01:29 a.m.

THE Cagayan de Oro City police insisted its team behind the Dacudao compound demolition in Barangay Puntod on August 4 followed protocol in employing a court order to dismantle houses in the area.

“It was not our fault why the man died. We have a protocol and we followed it,” Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) spokesman Superintendent Lemuel Gonda said on Wednesday.

No ‘mafia-like’ system at mining board

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 01:28 a.m.

THE Cagayan de Oro City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) denied that the City Mining Regulatory Board (CMRB) has allegedly engaged in anomalous transaction on the issuance of permits.

The issue surfaced when Ralph Abragan, a CMRB member, divulged the board has a ‘mafia-like’ system when it approved a permit on a particular barangay official to run an allegedly illegal quarrying operation in Barangay Canitoan, he told a local paper.

Superior of charged cop mum on missing guns

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 01:28 a.m.

WHILE the Police Regional Office in Northern Mindanao (PRO-10) confirmed that a police officer under its wing had been charged for the more than a hundred missing firearms inside a PRO-10 stockroom, immediate superior of PO3 Cindy Daaca, the police in question, refused to comment about the controversy.

Superintendent Manuel Alvarez, chief of the Regional Headquarters Support Group (RHSG) based at the PRO-10 headquarters in Camp Alagar, chose not to issue a statement on the alleged 106 undocumented guns which couldn't be accounted for.

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