‘Coop Radio’ to be launched in Oro

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 12:57 a.m.

THE Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) announced Friday that a "Cooperative Radio" is to be launched three months from now to cater to the needs of the poor all over Northern Mindanao.

CDA Director Orlando Ravanera said the Cooperative Radio is a radio station that will run through the wave channels of the amplitude modulation (AM).

'Henry' leaves P800,000 in damages in MisOr

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:21 a.m.

HEAVY rains and strong winds brought by typhoon Henry last week left the eastern portion of Misamis Oriental with an estimated P700,000 to P800,000 worth of damages.

Edmundo Pacamalan Jr., chief of the Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC), said the estimated worth comprised the 12 houses destroyed and 137 damaged in the towns of Kinoguitan, Sugbongcogon, Tagoloan, Magsaysay, Medina, Talisayan, Balingoan and Gingoog City.

PNP urges gun owners to get licenses

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:20 a.m.

THE Police Regional Office in Northern Mindanao (PRO-10) is urging owners of unlicensed and yet to be renewed guns to register their firearms to avoid penalties in violation of the Republic Act 10561 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition.

Senior Superintendent Leony Ga, PRO-10's Regional Operations and Plans Division (ROPD) chief, said stiffer penalties for unlawful acquisition and possession of small and light weapons will be imposed.

‘No coordination’ in 2013 Oro bombing response

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:20 a.m.

AS the city remembers the ugly bombing of a bar cum bistro in a mall complex that will turn a year this Saturday, July 26, the head of the City Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) said there was no proper management from the responding agencies in the incident that killed six people and injured 46 others.

“When I assumed office in July of last year, I saw there was no coordination among the agencies. A particular agency had no idea what to do, how to respond and if they were allowed to get into the scene immediately,” CDRRMO chief Mario Verner Monsanto said Wednesday, July 23.

‘No hope for Garb under PNoy’

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:19 a.m.

PEASANTS in the region are pessimistic in the passage of the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (Garb) under the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

“Wala na’y pag-asa among ginasulong na bill kay wala jud gakabuhat na ayo si PNoy (There is no chance that the bill we are pushing for will become a law since PNoy has done nothing about it),” said Richard Colao, secretary general of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-10 (KMP-10).

Oro's farm-to-market road projects stuck in limbo

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:18 a.m.

IMPLEMENTING the farm-to-market roads (FMR) projects’ that would stretch from barangays Lumbia to Tumpagon, and Besigan to Dansolihon, has remained unclear.

“With how I see it now, the FMR [will not be] implemented anytime soon,” city agriculturist Hector San Juan said.

‘Vehicle no longer with me’: ex-CHO officer

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:18 a.m.

A FORMER city health official denied possession of the government-owned service vehicle issued to him and alleged that former mayor Vicente Emano has it.

Dr. Jerie Calingasan, who used to head the city health office during Emano’s administration, said the vehicle in question, a Mitsubishi L200 Strada 4x4 with plate no. SFP-163, is not with him.

Mothers resort to alternative cure for dengue

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 01:37 a.m.

DENGUE may not have a cure yet, but mothers, whose children are afflicted with this viral infection, offered some products and herbs that could help parents in making their kids recover.

“These [supplements] are not recommended by the doctor. But as a mother, we will do anything to save our children,” said Suzan, 38, whose daughter is currently confined at a private hospital in Barangay Carmen.

Househelp most ‘in demand’ job in NorMin

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 01:36 a.m.

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole 10) in Northern Mindanao has strengthened its implementation of the Kasambahay Law after it released its latest data that domestic or household help is the most in-demand job in the region.

According to the Labor Market Information of the department, jobs categorized under laborer and unskilled occupation consist most of the vacancies in northern Mindanao.

Oro chosen as model on good practice

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 01:36 a.m.

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG-10) in Northern Mindanao has chosen Cagayan de Oro City’s ‘Taxpayer-Friendly Kiosk and Automated Business Permit and Licensing System’ as ‘model on good practice’ among local government units in the region.

The selection came during the agency’s recent ‘Training on Documenting LGUs Good Practices’ which was participated in by 11 cities and municipalities in Region 10 and aimed at drafting a ‘reference document’ of its ‘model projects’ or ‘good practices’ that can be replicated among interested LGUs.

Intel report shows jewelry shop in Oro targeted

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 01:18 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Intelligence report showed that a group of robbers targeted two jewelry shops and a bank inside SM City here.

Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares, Cagayan de Oro police chief, made the statement Wednesday following the MLhuillier jewelry heist inside the mall on Tuesday night.

Oro council approves slashed P2.3-B investment plan

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 01:50 a.m.

AFTER many months of deliberating the annual investment plan for approval, the city council approved on Monday’s session the AIP budget but not without slashing P1.9 billion from the proposed P3.3 billion.

The city’s AIP, formulated by the City Development Council (CDC), for this year has been reduced to P2.3 billion.

Climate change campaign launched

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 01:49 a.m.

FOR the concerns of climate change and its effects to the environment to reach far and wide, concerned government line agencies and other stakeholders launched the country’s Climate Change Advocacy Campaign (CCAC) Tuesday here.

In the strengthened collaboration between the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in northern Mindanao, the campaign was designed to vigorously disseminate information aimed at educating Filipinos on the current trends in weather pattern–effects of the changing climate.

American found dead

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 01:48 a.m.

AN AMERICAN was found dead inside his room in a budget motel at Yacapin-Aguinaldo streets in Cagayan de Oro around 11:30 am Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

Cogon police identified the victim as Thomas Woodward, 63, of Florida, USA.

Groups gather signatures for resumption of peace talks

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

AS ARMED conflict between the military and the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels continues to claim more lives in the spate of raids by the Maoist rebels, several groups in Cagayan de Oro gathered to begin the signature campaign for the resumption of peace talks to end the bloodshed.

"Our people aspire for and deserve a free, prosperous, and peaceful society," read a joint statement by 10 major networks from different sectors advocating genuine peace in Northern Mindanao.

Oro no land development yet

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:23 a.m.

DESPITE being touted as the most progressive city in the country last year due to emerging business entities, growing investments and the rise of infrastructures, Cagayan de Oro has remained without land-use development plan yet, a City Hall official recently revealed.

“We have rising buildings and becoming [a] progressive city, but we still do not have that sort of plan yet,” City Social and Welfare Development head Teddy Sabuga-a said.

Contract on Z Benefits for renal illnesses patients inked

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:22 a.m.

KIDNEY transplant surgery is expensive.

With this, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) signed an agreement Monday to provide a new privilege under the Z Benefits Package (ZBP) for patients with renal diseases, particularly the indigents in Northern Mindanao.

Comply with law, CH urges establishments

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government encourages establishments to cooperate in the implementation of the Barrier-Free Tourism (BFT) ordinance.

They should adopt barrier-free designs and standards to benefit the mobility-impaired, such as persons with disabilities (PWDs), people of short physical stature, the elderly, pregnant women and children.

Rafting rate hike pushed due to expensive equipment

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:27 a.m.

DUE to the changes in their operations, the six whitewater rafting operators in Cagayan de Oro hinted on wanting to increase the rates of the services they offer.

“There are many things that we considered before raising the issue on rate increase. All of them are reasonable,” Kagay Journey-White Water Rafting and Kayaking co-owner Chisum Factura said.

Rebels identified in Bukidnon plantation raid

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:25 a.m.

TWO of the suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) responsible for the raid of a pineapple plantation at Sitio Kiantig, Barangay San Jose in Quezon, Bukidnon last July 15 were identified by the Bukidnon Provincial Police Office over the weekend.

The attack left two persons dead and about P1.5 million in damaged properties.

NPA ‘not behind’ banana plantation attack

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:25 a.m.

THE New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were not responsible for attacking a banana plantation in the municipality of Pangantucan in Bukidnon last week, a provincial police official said Sunday.

Contrary to earlier reports, authorities in the province have clarified the perpetrators of the incident were local bandits and not the leftist insurgents.

'Robber' nabbed in LBC robbery try

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

IN HIS fourth attempt to steal from the same company, a suspected robber was arrested by police Saturday afternoon even before he could poke his gun to a teller of a courier firm at Pabayo-Chaves streets.

Divisoria police were patrolling on foot around 1:30 p.m. near an LBC branch in the area when a suspicious looking man entered the establishment.

Undie leads to identification of charred body

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

AN UNDERWEAR led to the identification of one of the unnamed bodies that were burned and dumped recently in a barangay bordering Libona town, Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro.

Jenisel Saharena positively identified the brief worn and the body tattoos of Lynde Madula to police authorities Friday.

Teener, 4 others nabbed for drugs

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 12:20 a.m.

FOUR persons and a minor female were arrested after an estimated P330,000-worth of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) was confiscated by authorities in two separate buy-bust operations in Cagayan de Oro Thursday evening.

The Divisoria police said the illegal substance, which was seized from the three suspects inside a hotel here, has an estimated street value of P100,000.

Man owns up killing aunt, hurting ma

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 12:19 a.m.

HAD it not for the throbbing pain in his head that bothered him, a mentally challenged man admitted he would have not killed his aunt and hurt his mother in Barangay Iponan Friday morning, police said.

Errol Lumayog, 28, single, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that his headache had triggered him to kill his own aunt and bang his mother's head using a huge stone.

Rafting mishap that killed tourist ‘an accident’

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 12:19 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- After more than a month of evidence-gathering, Task Force Rapids (TFR) finally revealed that the whitewater rafting mishap that killed a 26-year-old nurse in the Cagayan de Oro River was an accident.

Pagasa: ‘Henry’ to skip Philippines

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 12:18 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Tropical Storm Henry, the eighth tropical cyclone to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) this year, is not going to make a landfall in the country's territory, the state weather bureau in Northern Mindanao said Thursday.

“He will not make a landfall anymore. Probably, he is going to land in Taiwan area of responsibility,” said weather specialist Joeffry Frivaldo of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) in Northern Mindanao.

Group pushes for resumption of GPH-NDFP peace talks

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:20 a.m.

FOLLOWING the series of rebel attacks in Mindanao that left more deaths, a multi-sectoral group composed of all peace advocates in the island is calling on the Philippine government (GPH) to resume peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

Sowing the Seeds of Peace in Mindanao (SSPM), a multi-sectoral group advocating peace condemned the continuing bloody battles between the New People’s Army rebels (the armed wing of the NDFP), police and the military.

Village officials ‘behind’ illegal mining, logging

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:20 a.m.

A GOVERNMENT official and an environmental advocate alleged that some barangay officials are involved in the illegal mining and logging operations in the city’s upland villages.

“I am very sure the barangay captains are behind all of these widespread illegal mining and logging activities in the upper lands of the city,” Orlando Ravanera, regional director of Cooperative Development Authority said during the press conference at Cagayan de Oro Press Club’s “Media Konek” on July 17, 2014.

Another body dumped in Oro

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:19 a.m.

ANOTHER male body placed inside a sack was found 20 meters away from Macapagal Road in Barangay Upper Carmen on Thursday.

It is the second time a body was dumped in the area.

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