DOH: Dengue cases in Northern Mindanao dropping

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 12:45 a.m.

THE Department of Health-Northern Mindanao (DOH-10) has recorded lower death rate of dengue cases across the region compared to that of the previous year.

As of June 14 this year, DOH-10's Regional Epidemiology, Surveillance and Disaster Response Unit (Resdru) documented a total of 2,291 cases of dengue in the region compared with last year's 2,393.

Raps filed vs suspected radioman killer

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 12:45 a.m.

ONE of the suspected perpetrators of the slain local radioman in Bukidnon is now facing a murder case at the City Prosecutor's Office in Valencia City.

The suspect, Dionesio Daulong, 22, was captured by Valencia and Quezon police at Purok 6, Barangay Paitan in Quezon, Bukidnon around 5:30 a.m. on June 13.

Guv, officials vow Misamis Occidental to be disaster ready

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 12:44 a.m.

IN SPITE of Misamis Occidental’s (MisOcc) lack of experience in handling heavy floods and landslides, its officials guarantee that the province will be 100 percent prepared when disasters strike.

MisOcc Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) Gain Paul de Barras assured Wednesday they will disseminate the information on disaster preparedness and response learned from the two-day seminar of the PDRRM summit series for local chief executives at a convention center here.

Carper slammed, ‘Garb’ pushed in agrarian reform situation

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 12:43 a.m.

IN ITS 26 years, the country’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp) has not lived up to its full potential of distributing land to the farmers as more of them remain landless, said a peasant group leader Wednesday.

Angie Ipong, of Tanggol Magsasaka, said that prolonging the Carp Extension with Reforms (Carper), the offshoot of Carp, would only mean “an extension of nothing to wait for.”

OIC diplomats to tackle Bangsamoro in Saudi

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 12:42 a.m.

ILIGAN CITY - The Bangsamoro will be among the matters taken up by diplomats of Muslim countries who are meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on June 18 for the two-day 41st session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

With recent developments in the Mindanao peace process, the OIC is widely expected to consider the question in a more hopeful and positive light.

Tourist buried today; legal action eyed vs rafting firm

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 11:24 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- The family of Aizza Mae Calipusan Balbin, 26, who died while taking part in a white water rafting adventure in Cagayan de Oro on June 13, buries her ashes today (Thursday) at her hometown in Loboc, Bohol.

Prices of rice, spices shoot up

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 02:31 a.m.

CONSUMERS and vendors in the city are hounded by the price increases of rice, and spices like garlic, onion and ginger these days.

Rice traders and vegetable vendors at Carmen and Cogon public markets, two of the most visited markets in the city, shared same sentiments for the year's record high prices of rice and spices.

Oro forms task force to ensure tourists' safety

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 02:31 a.m.

THE local government has organized a task force on Monday that will ensure the safety of tourists coming to Cagayan de Oro City, in the wake of the white water rafting accident that killed a 26-year-old nurse from Bohol.

Former Department of Tourism-Northern Mindanao (DOT-10) regional director, Dorothy Jean Pabayo, said Task Force Rapids (TFR) will pave a way to a more in-depth study on how incoming tourists will enjoy their stay without endangering their lives.

Cops liable for water district man's arrest

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 02:30 a.m.

THE arrest of a Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) senior architectural draftsman last week can be considered kidnapping and the police officers involved must be held liable, lawyer Edgardo Cabanlas, former city councilor, said.

Four police officers served the warrant of arrest to Emmanuel Mulawan Sr. while he was punching out his time card midday of June 11, 2014.

DSWD releases P42.8-M to DepEd to combat malnutrition

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 02:29 a.m.

FUNDS from the Social Welfare department (DSWD) amounting to P42.8 million has been transferred to the Department of Education (DepEd) to feed the emaciated kinder and grade 1-6 students including their families.

In a statement, lawyer Araceli F. Solamillo, DSWD-10 regional director, said the transfer of funds aims to address the under nutrition and short term hunger conditions among public school children in Northern Mindanao through the school-based feeding program (SBFP).

Tour guides prepping for Asean integration in 2015

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 01:41 a.m.

WITH the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) integration in 2015, tour guides all over the Philippines are preparing to refine their standards so they can compete with other countries.

Tour guides gathered in a three-day event that ended here Monday for the National Tour Guides convention and general assembly bringing with them information on tourism in their places.

Stat authority urges applicants to avail other services

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 01:40 a.m.

THE Philippine Statistics Authority-Northern Mindanao (PSA-10), formerly National Statistics Office (NSO), is calling people to request for needed documents through availing the other services the agency offers.

Following complaints of long and tedious process, Marilou Igbon, regional director of PSA-10, urged residents of Northern Mindanao to try online application, batch request entry system (BREQS), or the authorized partner agencies to decongest the daily long queues at registration offices.

Grenade explodes inside man’s pocket

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 01:39 a.m.

THE Bukidnon police has declared a province-wide full alert status after a grenade inside a man’s pocket exploded in Malaybalay City in the afternoon of June 14, authorities said.

Inspector Joanne Galvez, spokesperson of the Philippine National Police's (PNP) provincial office in Bukidnon, said the victim identified as Mobahar Darangina, 19, a resident of Purok 2, Barangay 9, Malaybalay City, was suspected to have been lugging the explosive in his short pants' right pocket when it blew up.

OCD holds disaster summit for Oro, MisOcc

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 01:38 a.m.

AFTER two years of experiencing one of the worst disasters in its history, Cagayan de Oro City hosts a Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System (DRRM) Summit.

The summit was attended by the City’s DRRM team together with the local chief executives (LCEs) of the province of Misamis Occidental at a convention center here beginning today until June 18.

Oro pushes for regulation of whitewater rafting industry

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 10:08 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO - The City Government is pushing for the regulation of the million peso white water rafting industry following the international standards to prevent any repeat of the tragic accident that killed an adventure tourist last Friday.

Mayor Oscar Moreno presses for the safety of the adventure tourists that have been patronizing the city’s premier tourism destination.

Mayor’s 'Soca' highlights people empowerment

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 01:52 a.m.

FOR the administration of Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, the nagging issue and the fight against poverty can be won through the empowerment of the people.

Moreno in his State of the City Address (Soca) Sunday morning underscored increased opportunities for the poor by providing them the necessary training and education and access to both the local and international job markets, as more concrete solutions to uplift the lives of the Kagay-anons apart from the efficient delivery of social services and assistance which can supplement the needs of the indigent and physically challenge citizenry.

NorMin 'most wanted' shot dead

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 01:51 a.m.

A SUSPECT with various criminal offenses, and one of the most wanted persons in Northern Mindanao, was shot dead in Barangay Lapasan following a manhunt operation Sunday morning, police said.

Junie Bataluna, 35, a resident of Barangay Mat-i, Claveria, Misamis Oriental, bore four gunshot wounds after shooting it out with law enforcers.

City fiscal back in office, vows to bring changes

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 01:50 a.m.

AFTER his preventive suspension was reversed by the justice department recently, City Prosecutor Fidel Macauyag who is back in office will implement a few changes at the city prosecutor’s office (CPO).

Macauyag was suspended on orders of Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary Leila De Lima for failing to submit to the DOJ main office in Manila an estafa complaint, which accordingly was in violation of department order 963 and memorandum order 003, both dated November 14, 2012. His suspension began April 22, 2014.

Oro folk commemorate 64th Charter Day

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 01:48 a.m.

AS EARLY as 7 a.m., the streets of Cagayan de Oro City Divisoria were flooded with people, who were eager to witness the 64th Charter Day Ceremony of the city at Kiosko Kagawasan on June 15, 2014.

The ceremony started with a prayer followed by the singing of the national anthem.

Tourist missing as raft capsizes in Cagayan de Oro River

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 01:00 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Updated) - A tourist who had gone white water rafting with friends has reportedly been missing after the raft she was on capsized in one of the rapids in Cagayan de Oro River around 2 p.m. Friday, June 13.

Chisum Factura, one of the owners of Kagay Journey-White Water Rafting and Kayaking, said Azzi Calipusan Balbin, who was part of a group of eight tourists, went missing after the raft she was on with four others overturned while negotiating one of the rapids in the beginners section of the course.

Suspected gunman of slain radioman captured

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:48 a.m.

AFTER months of being at large, one of the alleged killers of radioman Joash Dignos was captured by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon Friday morning.

Superintendent Canilo Fuentez, Bukidnon police deputy provincial director for operations, led the capture of Dionesio Daulong, 21, at Purok 6, Barangay Paitan, Quezon in Bukidnon around 5:30 a.m. Friday. Read related story

COWD workers hold prayer rally for nabbed colleague

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

EMPLOYEES of the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) who are members of First Labor Organization of Cagayan de Oro Water District (Flow) offered prayers on Friday as their way of helping their co-worker Emmanuel Mulawan who was recently arrested and brought to the Regional Trial Court, Branch 20 of Imus, Cavite, to face the rape case filed against him.

Massing outside the COWD building along Corrales street, Mulawan’s co-workers, who wore black shirts, prayed for his safety inside the jail.

Lawmaker won’t challenge Oro mayor in 2016 polls

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:46 a.m.

TO take out rumors that he was eyeing the mayoralty position against his political ally, 2nd district Representative Rufus Rodriguez made it clear Friday he won’t challenge City Mayor Oscar Moreno in the 2016 elections.

“Rufus Rodriguez… is not running for city mayor. We (Rodriguezes) are supporting Mayor Moreno,” he categorically announced in front of reporters and visitors during the blessing of the newly renovated Cagayan de Oro Press Club (COPC) office along Velez Street Friday.

2 sexual assault suspects arrested

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:46 a.m.

TWO men who allegedly molested minors in two separate incidents were arrested by police Friday morning.

Suspect Floro, 56, was turned over to the Macabalan police station for allegedly raping a nine-year-old girl Thursday evening.

Pa to face charges for maltreating son

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:45 a.m.

FOR allegedly abusing his one-year-old son, a father will be facing charges in violation of the law that protects women and children, a government psychologist said Thursday.

Stella Ferrarez, a psychologist at the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD), said that complaint for the violation of Republic Act 9262, or the Violence against Women and their Children (VAWC), has already been prepared against the suspect.

Kin of arrested water district employee seeks help

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 02:05 a.m.

THE arrest of an employee of the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) has caused alarm and apprehension for his safety.

The family of Emmanuel C. Mulawan, senior architectural draftsman of COWD, sought the help of Mayor Oscar Moreno on Thursday after he was arrested by the police at the COWD office midday on June 11.

P2.3-M worth of ‘shabu’ seized in 1 week

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 02:04 a.m.

ABOUT P2.3 million worth of shabu was seized by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Northern Mindanao (PDEA-10) in a series of drug bust operations in the region.

PDEA-10 chief information officer Rosemarie Bajao told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Thursday that the four operations from June 10 to 12 led to the confiscation of not less than 176 grams of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and the arrest of four suspected drug couriers.

Protest, prayers greet 116th Independence Day

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 02:04 a.m.

ON THE 116th commemoration of the Independence Day Thursday, a contrast in the observance with the militant groups holding protest and the Cagayan de Oro City Government spearheading in the offering of prayers was obvious.

Early Thursday morning, different local government units, war veterans, the Philippine National Police (PNP), the academe, national government agencies, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), members of the Philippine Freemasonry, private groups and individuals joined in the commemoration at Kiosko Kagawasan in Divisoria.

Clenro belies refusing permits to loggers

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 02:03 a.m.

A VILLAGE official blamed the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) of Cagayan de Oro on why loggers resort to illegally cut down trees.

Barangay Dansolihon chairman Gilbert Nacalaban has called on Clenro to release to loggers the permits to cut and transport trees the soonest possible to avoid rendering their activities illegal.

Cops face blank wall on found charred body

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 02:02 a.m.

AUTHORITIES on Thursday are still facing a blank wall on the identity of a man whose charred body was found in Barangay Indahag Tuesday.

Senior Police Officer (PO1) Neil de las Alas, chief investigator at the Cogon police station, said the body cannot be simply identified because it was scorched beyond recognition.

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