BFAR: 'El Nino' won't affect fish yield

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 02:18 a.m.

A LONG dry spell, or “El Niño,” won’t have that much impact on the fish production in the region, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Northern Mindanao (BFAR-10) said Thursday.

Asuncion Maputol, BFAR-10 assistant regional director, said since the El Niño phenomenon has been experienced in the country decades ago, and it had no adverse effect on the fishery sector.

Families of captive soldiers seek truce

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 02:18 a.m.

AFTER the New People's Army (NPA) voiced its plans to free two soldiers who were captured last August 22 in Bukidnon, families of Jerrel Yorong and Marnel Cinches, have asked the government to suspend its military and police operations for the smooth turnover of the captives.

Yorong's sister Genieve Yorong-Tagadiad and Cinches's aunt Ana Curita Tare told reporters Thursday afternoon the freedom of the captives can only be fully achieved if ceasefire will be declared in time of their release.

Cogon vendors push for market improvement

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 02:16 a.m.

VENDORS of the city’s main public market at Cogon organized themselves to form cooperatives for each section, according to City Economic Enterprise Department (CEED) manager Engr. Peter Abejuela.

“The vendors mismo, wanted to have coop sa kada grupo (section). Kami diri sa CEED, dili kami nag-initiate, pero we supported them because they want their needs to be addressed and when it comes to problems with the market, kabalo na sad mi kinsa among i-tap for a certain concern,” Abejuela said.

No NorMin OFWs affected yet on new Lebanon law

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 02:16 a.m.

IN LIGHT of a new policy issued by a Middle Eastern country regarding the deportation of migrant workers and their children, the region’s Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa-10) said it has not yet received any report that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) employed there have been affected by this law.

Harry Borres, Owwa-10 acting regional director, said that so far no OFWs from northern Mindanao are deported from Lebanon due to this new ruling.

New 4ID chief: ‘Our job here is to win peace’

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 02:04 a.m.

THE newly sworn in commanding officer of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) based in Cagayan de Oro City encourages his troops to perform military operations in establishing peace without violating any human rights.

“We perform without human rights violation. Our job here is to win peace, so we must establish peace among the people we are protecting,” said Major General Oscar Lactao, who replaced Major General Ricardo Visaya as 4ID chief, in his speech during the turn-over ceremony held at Camp Evangelista in Barangay Patag on Wednesday, September 10.

DA finds solution to stop spread of rabies

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 01:59 a.m.

TO STOP the spread of the rabies virus, the Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao (DA-10) has recommended to dog owners to control the population of their pets as the region ranks fifth in the country with rabies cases.

Northern Mindanao region is fifth in the country with rabies cases with 7 percent; Misamis Oriental landing third with 22 cases; and Cagayan de Oro, second, with 14 cases.

Youth group cries foul over ‘military espionage’

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 01:58 a.m.

WITH previous cases of red-tagging that led to untimely deaths of student activists, the League of Filipino Students in northern Mindanao (LFS-10) is worried that members of its group may be victims of surveillance by the military who they suspected of “spying” on them.

Vennel Francis Chenfoo, LFS-10 spokesperson, said the group condemns the continuous surveillance and harassment that have been happening to some of their members and alleged the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to be behind these activities.

NPA: Arrest of ex-rebel, desperate move of army

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 01:56 a.m.

THE New People's Army (NPA) has denied Wednesday the claim of the military that the former armed insurgent who was captured last Friday, September 5, in Cagayan de Oro is still an active member of the rebel group.

The NPA called this claim of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) a "desperate move" of its statement that Victoriano "Ka Berting" Dimco is used by the NPA to do intelligence work while living in Barangay Puerto as a construction worker.

Checking of PhilHealth status now a click away

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 01:56 a.m.

THE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation-Northern Mindanao (PhilHealth-10) announced Monday that its members and accredited hospitals can now check their status and updates online through the PhilHealth Care.

“There will be no need for our members to go to PhilHealth offices to check themselves their current status and updates. This process will be easier and more convenient to them, especially our senior citizens,” PhilHealth-10 Local Health Insurance Officer Marlon Niño Arrabaca said.

NGO builds free lofts for Sendong survivors

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 01:55 a.m.

A NONGOVERNMENT organization here in Cagayan de Oro City has built lofts for free to the housing units given by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to survivors of Tropical Storm Sendong.

Pastor Alex Eduave, executive director of the Kagayan Evangelical Disaster Response Network (KEDRN), disclosed that his faith-based organization feels the responsibility of transforming the lives of Sendong survivors better by providing the needs of the internally displaced families.

P5-M worth of 'shabu' seized in Ozamiz

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 12:50 a.m.

ANOTHER million-peso worth of illegal substance trafficked by a suspected syndicate has been thwarted through a controlled delivery operation by law enforcers in Ozamiz City Tuesday evening.

A kilogram of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) with an estimated street value of P5 million was intercepted in a mail courier company by personnel of the Ozamiz City police station around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9.

Farmers warned of looming dry spell in 'ber' months

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12:18 a.m.

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) in Northern Mindanao has warned farmers in the region to prepare for the imminent dry spell that may occur across the country for the last remaining months of 2014.

Engineer Roxana Hojas, DA assistant regional director, has encouraged farmers to brace themselves for the onslaught of the long dry season as the country's weather bureau said it’s probable the "ber" months (September to December) will experience the drought, or locally known as El Niño, starting October.

Wage board optimistic on P89 wage hike appeal

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12:10 a.m.

AFTER completing three provincial wage consultations last month, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Northern Mindanao (RTWPB) is hopeful for the immediate deliberation of the P89 wage increase petition filed by the Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) on July 16, 2014.

Lawyer Gretchen Lamayon, RTWPB-10 information officer, said the wage board has been doing its best to cap off remaining consultations in Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental by the end of September.

Delay in testing of imported goods affecting economy

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12:09 a.m.

THE long process in testing the quality of imported materials before they are released to the market for local consumption may affect the economic activities of the country, said a Bureau of Customs-10 (BOC-10) official.

At present, importers are annoyed at the long queues of goods coming in from other countries, especially from China, that are undergoing verification at the facility operated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Laguna.

NPA asks for suspension of military operations

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12:08 a.m.

THE North Central Mindanao Region of the New People’s Army (NPA) said it is ready to release the two soldiers it has been keeping as “prisoners of war,” but has been requesting the Philippine Army to suspend all its combat operations in some parts of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental.

DepEd: ‘No learner is left behind’

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12:08 a.m.

TO ADDRESS one of the problems in education besetting the country today, the Department of Education (DepEd) will soon launch its “Abot Alam” project where all out-of-school youth (OSY) will be given attention.

“DepEd thinks it is time that we reach out to every illiterate youth and those who are not able to go to school. Ika nga, ‘No learner is left behind,’” DepEd-10 education program supervisor in English Angelina Buaron said.

Senator urges public to help police curb crimes

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:54 a.m.

“THE police cannot do this alone.”

In his speech at the flag raising ceremony at the Philippine National Police Regional Office in northern Mindanao on Monday, Senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona III has appealed to the people to help law enforcers in curbing criminal activities in their communities.

Plan to scrap 4Ps hinders progress, development

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:54 a.m.

THE proposal by the minority bloc of the House of Representatives to abolish the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), also known as conditional cash transfer (CCT), the poverty-reduction initiative of the government, would be counterproductive to achieving progress and development in the country.

Oliver Inodeo, CCT information officer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in region 10 (DSWD-10), said that if the CCT will be scrapped, it would greatly affect the lives of the more than four million families who are the beneficiaries of the program, especially the youth.

Civil Service urges gov't employees 'to live simply'

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:53 a.m.

THE Civil Service Commission (CSC) reminds government employees to live within their means – to live simply, so they won’t be buried in debts especially from loan sharks.

Adams D. Torres, CSC director for northern Mindanao, said the government is doing developmental programs aimed at improving the lots of its employees especially in financial management so that they will not live beyond their means – financial literacy of government employees.

Bill granting free PhilHealth membership for elderly now at Senate

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:51 a.m.

A PROPOSED legislation that would provide the nation’s senior citizens free Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHilHealth) membership is now at the Senate undergoing deliberation, a senator said Monday.

Oro man sues Briton for hacking, other violations

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 01:13 a.m.

A BRITISH national is now facing charges for alleged violation of electronic and internet-related laws and other offenses filed by his former business partner from Cagayan de Oro, the Anti-Cybercrime Group in the Northern Mindanao (ACG-10) said.

Sued for various infractions is Alexander Loukaides, with official residence at Stratford Avenue, Dallas, Texas, USA and postal address in the country at Keepel Center, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City.

City launches ‘Dak-Pa’ vs dengue

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 01:12 a.m.

THE Cagayan de Oro City Government, through the City Health Department, has launched on Saturday Operation “Dak-Pa (Lamok Dakpa Patya)” in villages where there are reported high cases of dengue incidents.

These barangays are Carmen, Balulang, Bugo, Kauswagan, Bulua, Iponan, Macasandig, Patag, Gusa, Canitoan, Tablon, Lapasan and Camaman-an.

‘Kids not the enemy, adults to be blamed’

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 01:12 a.m.

INSTEAD of debating whether to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) from 15 to 13 years old or not, the government should focus on going after parents and adults who are exploiting minors by pushing them to break the law, said City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) officer Teddy Sabuga-a Jr.

Sabuga-a said law enforcers should keep an eye on grown-ups, as they are usually behind petty theft, robbery, shoplifting and other criminal activities committed by children.

Bangsamoro Basic Law done, BTC commissioners sign transmittal letter

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 01:09 a.m.

THE draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is finally done.

All 14 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the body mandated to draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law, signed at 4:40 p.m. Sunday the transmittal letter for submission of the final draft to President Aquino, Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the BTC and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel said.

MisOr lawmaker urges regulation on ‘habal-habal'

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 01:07 a.m.

A LADY legislator batted for a new law to finally put a regulation policy on motorcycles for hire – known as ‘habal-habal’ in Visayas and Mindanao and motorcycle taxi in urban centers – with a national law that has "the paramount intent of the general safety of the riding public in mind."

In filing House Bill 4794, Second district Misamis Oriental Rep. Juliette T. Uy seeks the legalization of the ubiquitous ‘habal-habal,’ a means of transportation usually used by the local people in far-flung areas where trucks, jeepneys and tricycles cannot pass.

Ex-mayor ordered to act on poll protest

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 12:10 a.m.

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) recently ordered former Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano to act on the election protest he filed last year against incumbent Mayor Oscar Moreno.

The Comelec earlier upheld its decision to freeze the petition for election recall filed by Emano's camp.

CSWDO watchful on kids used to commit crimes

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 12:10 a.m.

THE Cagayan de Oro City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) is on the lookout for adults who are allegedly using minors to commit wrongdoings.

After an eight-year-old male child was caught shoplifting in one of the grocery stores in the city on Thursday, the CSWDO said Friday that it is looking into the report that a group of individuals is now resorting to employing children to do the criminal act on their behalf.

Marcos: Pamatong’s group not a security threat

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 12:09 a.m.

A SENATOR has assured the public, especially the people in Mindanao, that there will be no breach of security in the island because of the presence of the United States Allied Freedom Fighters of the East (USAFFE) despite the alleged involvement of some of its members in carrying out a bomb attack plot at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) 3 early this week.

“I believe they are not a security threat to us,” Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said during his visit to Mindanao State University-Naawan campus on Thursday.

Body of drowned girl found

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 12:08 a.m.

A GIRL who was reported drowned on Tuesday surfaced in the Cagayan de Oro River near the City Hall on Friday.

The victim's family, together with the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO), searched her for two days.

Comelec suspends Emano camp's recall petition

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 01:43 a.m.

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has ruled that all petitions for recall in the country, including the one filed recently by the camp of former Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano aimed at unseating incumbent Mayor Oscar Moreno, will not be acted upon by the poll body in the meantime.

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