ILIGAN CITY -- Unidentified armed men torched an elementary school building in the interior village of Darimbang, Tagoloan town in Lanao del Norte at around 11:30 p.m. on October 22.
Lt. Colonel Danilo G. Ibon, commanding officer of the 4th Mechanize Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro in an interview Thursday morning, said that one of the two-room school buildings was damaged and burned the educational materials stored in one of the rooms.
THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Northern Mindanao region vowed it would uphold the law for the protection of the rights of children as it celebrates October as the National Children’s Month.
With the theme: “Kahirapan Wakasan, Karapatan ng Bata Ipaglaban,” DSWD said that it would, in due time, free the urban centers of children belonging to ‘street families.’
TWO New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were killed in a clash with the military in Matimbos River, Barangay Dao in San Fernando, Bukidnon, the military said Thursday.
Captain Christian Uy, spokesman for the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID), said soldiers from the 8th Infantry ‘Dependable’ Battalion encountered half a dozen NPA rebels in the area last week at around 5 a.m.
RANKING 5th and 7th place in the Certified Public Accountant licensure exam whose result came out on Monday has not been easy for Ryan James Bangot Aban who scored 92.14 percent and Richard Joseph Pestillos Baja Jr. with 91.57 percent.
Aban, 20, and Baja, 24, studied well in their undergraduate years and reviewed hard to pass the exam, and topping is a bonus.
THE demolition of a row of stores in front of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) that resulted to the displacement of vendors has drawn mixed reactions.
Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano said the demolished structure will pave way for a modern building to provide decent commercial spaces with low rental for the vendors.
CASES of theft at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) have been reduced with the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras within the hospital premises.
Jun Yecyec, a security guard and in-charge of the monitoring of the CCTV at the NMMC, said since the CCTV were installed, they were able to monitor all movements inside the hospital, especially employees and patients and their watchers.
THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Northern Mindanao on Monday conducted two separate buy-bust operations in Barangays 34 and Macasandig that resulted to the arrest of two suspected drug pushers.
According to PDEA-Northern Mindanao, agents apprehended Janina Flores, 44, married, and resident of San Ignatius, Macasandig.
BECAUSE the people in Cagayan de Oro matters more than any political affiliations, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno wooed the opposition-ruled City Council Monday afternoon to partner with him in achieving his 8-point agenda through the 2014 budget.
Though it is not clear that Moreno has been the first mayor to do such act, many of those who have been working at the City Hall said it was their first time to see a mayor set a humbling gesture by approaching the legislative body whose majority members belong to the party of his political rival former Mayor Vicente Emano to end the political bickering and work together while maintaining the separation of powers and the systems of check and balance to achieve the aspirations of the people in Cagayan de Oro.
A POWER distribution utility is preparing to venture into power production before its contract with the National Power Corporation (NPC) ends in 2015.
The proposed power plant of Misamis Oriental-1 Rural Electric Service Cooperative Inc. (Moresco-1) can supply adequate generation requirement during the 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. peak hours.
“FIGHT against exploitation and land-grabbing, resist the corrupt and anti-farmer US-Aquino regime!”
This is the perennial cry of more than a hundred peasants and indigenous peoples who took the streets on Monday to protest against the government’s ‘failure’ to address the issues hounding them.
VARIOUS Philippine Red Cross (PRC) chapters across the country and Kagay-anons with roots from Bohol joined forces as they have been reaching out to deliver relief assistance to the earthquake victims in Bohol.
“We started the relief operation since day one when the quake hit Bohol,” said Dr. Myra G. Yee, PRC officer-in-charge and chapter administrator in Misamis Oriental.
A 24/7 anti-illegal mining task force in Cagayan de Oro City will soon be deployed along the Iponan riverbanks covering barangays Tumpagon, Pigsag-an, Tuburan, Tagpangi, and Pagalungan where rampant illegal mining operations have been reported.
A BARANGAY councilor bet was found dead in sitio Pajeron in Barangay Lumbia Sunday morning.
Caesar Cabillon, a barangay councilor bet in Lumbia, had two stabbed wounds on his shoulders. He was 75.
MARAWI CITY -- A feud between two families claimed five lives and wounded others in the boundary of Bayang and Lumbatan in Lanao del Sur on Wednesday, the military reported on Thursday.
Colonel Glen Macasero, commanding officer of 103rd Infantry Brigade based in Kampo Ranao, Marawi City, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that in the morning of October 16 during a Maranaw wedding rites in sitio Kumangkale, Lige village of Bayang, two warring families incidentally met that ensued in a firefight.
LOCAL and international organizations held on Friday a city-wide consultation to lessen if not eliminate the impact of climate change in Cagayan de Oro City.
The United Nations Human Settlements Program (UNHSP) and United State Agency for International Development (USAid) gathered the different sectors and spearheaded an event to come up and present objectives that could minimize the impact of climate change in the local level.
IN THEIR pursuit to claim their lands, scores of lumads and farmers from Bukidnon picketed outside the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) regional office in Cagayan de Oro City Friday.
Datu Santiano Agdahan Jr., chairperson of Tindoga (Tribal Indigenous Association), led the march from their post at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office to NCIP to demand for the certificate of ancestral domain title (CADT) which according to him has been elusive for the past years.
A FARMER'S group is set to file charges against armed rebels who destroyed rubber plants and seedlings in Sitio Cagburao, Barangay Bacolod, in Cagwait town, Surigao del Sur early this week, the military said Friday.
The military identified the culprit as members of the New People’s Army (NPA) belonging to the Guerilla Front 19B, the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) reported.
AS THE campaign period started on Friday, some of the candidates for the upcoming synchronized barangay election on October 28 employed different tactics in wooing voters on the first day of the scheduled campaign.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec), however, imposed a set of rules and regulations that would govern the conduct of election campaigning and propaganda that should be observed by 2,048 candidates who filed their certificate of candidacy during the nine-day campaign period.
THE Office of the City Building Official (OBO) has identified buildings in Cagayan de Oro for inspection due to safety and stability concerns even before the intensity 4 tremor hit the city on Tuesday.
“We came up with a list of buildings to inspect,” said Architect Maria Alcantara, assistant OBO official.
THE City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) will intensify disaster risk reduction (DRR) trainings in Cagayan de Oro City to help people prepare for disasters following the earthquake that shook Visayas and Mindanao on Tuesday morning, an official said.
CDRRMO head Mario Monsanto said that although there are no cities that can prepare for an earthquake, his office is conducting drills over and over again to instill the basic skills regarding disaster risk reduction management.
THE City Government’s Task Force Hapsay Dalan team will now enforce stricter measures to curb traffic congestion by apprehending reckless drivers and sidewalk vendors in the busy streets of Cagayan de Oro City.
Abusive drivers and sidewalk vendors continue to violate the mapped-out traffic control program of the new administration despite the implementation of the road rules, said lawyer Edgardo Uy, head of the task force.
THE military failed to implement the cease-and-desist order on the illegal mining operations in Barangay Dao, San Fernando town in Bukidnon, said Provincial Environment and Natural Resources officer (Penro) Felix Mirasol Jr.
“Nag-refer na ‘mi sa armadong kusog, dili nila kayang ipa-undang (We referred the case to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), but they failed to stop the operations),” said Mirasol in a dialogue between the lumad organization Kalumbay and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Northern Mindanao Wednesday.
CRACKS found on the walls of Cogon Public Market after Cagayan de Oro City experienced an earthquake on Tuesday should not be a cause for alarm, said a structural engineer Wednesday.
“The cracks are not serious. The building is safe at intensity 4, and we can sleep on this,” said Engr. Antonio Acupan of the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (Asep).
A HUNGARIAN national was found dead inside a restroom at the seaport in Barangay Macabalan early Wednesday morning, police said.
Macabalan police chief Hermes Parnes identified the victim as Bartos Istvan, about 57 years old, who was supposedly bound for Cebu.
TREMORS were felt in some areas in Northern Mindanao just as a 7.2 magnitude earthquake jolted Carmen, Bohol and Cebu province in the Visayas Tuesday morning leaving almost a hundred lives lost and bringing substantial damage to properties.
An Intensity 4 earthquake jolted Cagayan de Oro City early Tuesday morning including Gingoog City with intensity 4; Camiguin Island, 5; Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon, 3, said Marcial Labininay, officer in charge of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in Northern Mindanao.
MUSLIMS all over Northern Mindanao started celebrating the three-day feast called Eid Al Adha Tuesday to reawaken their brothers in living a life according to the teachings of Islam, said Ansari Moktar, adviser of the Confederation of Muslim Youth (CMY).
CMY has organized an activity in celebration of Eid Al Adha at the Pelaez Sports Center where hundreds of Muslims attended.
ILIGAN CITY -- Pressed with time, the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) is tapping civil society organizations in Mindanao to conduct public consultations to solicit inputs from communities and sectors for drafting the Basic Law.
The Basic Law will serve as charter of the future Bangsamoro government that will replace and have far greater political and economic governance powers than the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) to address the clamor for a meaningful Moro self-determination.
PARENTS may have been the culprits why children bully their peers, a school counselor said.
“Bullying is rooted at home,” said Cherryl Carlos, a guidance counselor at a public elementary school in Cagayan de Oro City.
THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) awarded two families in the region with the Model Family of the Year award recognizing their valuable contribution to the economy, said Owwa executive director Harry Borres.
As a yearly institutional activity of the department, Owwa recognizes the families that are active in the church, community, and maintains positive communication with their members who are working abroad.
FOUR were apprehended carrying unregistered guns and deadly weapons in a checkpoint conducted by the Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo) following the Commission on Elections (Comelec) declaration of the gun ban in the upcoming barangay elections on October 28.
The tight security measures have been implemented to complement the 45-day gun ban pursuant to Comelec Resolution No. 9517 which prescribes September 28 to November 12 as the days when people are not allowed to carry firearms unless exempted.