BFP cites Oro volunteer firefighters

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 11:36 p.m.

IN CELEBRATION of the Fire Prevention Month this March, the Bureau of Fire Prevention (BFP) in Northern Mindanao has recognized anew the contribution of Cagayan de Oro City’s volunteer firefighters.

Fire Superintendent Lyndee Lauzon, BFP-Northern Mindanao director, said the efforts of the firefighters belonging to private groups and companies are important to BFP’s thrust, as they contribute in responding to emergencies and helping the bureau in its education campaign.

MisOr inmates to get livelihood trainings

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 11:36 p.m.

INMATES at the Misamis Oriental provincial jail are set to get livelihood trainings for them to maximize their time and learn new skills while serving their sentence.

Around 150 prisoners have volunteered to enroll in the program after the importance and benefits of the training were explained to them.

DA to implement $700-M project

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 10:29 p.m.

MARAWI CITY – The Department of Agriculture (DA) will start implementing the country-wide $700 million Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) in the second quarter of this year.

Agriculture Secretary Prospero J. Alcala told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Friday that the PRDP is a result of the lessons learned from the Mindanao Rural Development Project (MRDP), which comprise the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao clusters.

Backup generators help some areas from power outages

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 02:36 a.m.

ALTHOUGH daily blackouts are expected in some areas in Mindanao, Cagayan de Oro City and parts of Misamis Oriental are spared from the power interruption because the power utilities in the area have backup generators that could address the low supply of electricity.

Jerome Soldevilla, communications officer of Steag State Power Incorporated (SPI), said Friday that power outages may be felt for maybe around three to four hours per day in most areas in the island.

Prosecutor: Newspaper ad can be ground for libel case

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 02:35 a.m.

AN ADVERTISEMENT published in a newspaper is enough to establish a "probable cause" that could lead to filing a libel case in court, the city prosecutor said Friday.

City Prosecutor Fidel Macauyag said his office would only need a probable cause to endorse a complaint to the court.

Transparency a must for LGUs to qualify for ‘good housekeeping’

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 02:35 a.m.

TRANSPARENCY in governance was not implemented fully in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City resulting to their exclusion from the Department of the Interior and Local Governance-Northern Mindanao’s (DILG 10) list of ‘good’ local government units (LGUs) in 2012.

DILG regional director Rene Burdeos said among the criteria LGUs must comply with, to achieve the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) is "transparency and accountability."

Cops nab suspected motorcycle thief

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 02:34 a.m.

A SUSPECTED motorcycle thief in Cagayan de Oro City was arrested Thursday afternoon by joint operatives of the Carmen police station and the Crime Against Persons and Properties Division (CAPPD) of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo).

Senior Inspector Ariel Philip Pontillas, CAPPD chief, said the arrest of Mohammad Solayman, 25, a native of Marawi City, and his live-in partner Angel Abello, happened when the two showed resistance after the authorities invited them for questioning.

Oro not on DILG’s list of ‘good’ LGUs in 2012

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 01:07 a.m.

CAGAYAN de Oro is not among the towns and cities that received the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) given by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The DILG in Northern Mindanao region released on Thursday a list of towns and cities that passed the agency’s transparency, accountability, performance and participation program for the year 2012.

Police nab gun-firing cop

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 01:06 a.m.

A POLICE was caught with eight heat-sealed sachets of what authorities suspected as methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) after allegedly firing a gun due to an altercation with his wife Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Arrested was Police Officer 3 Arnel Acero, a resident of Zone 4, Barangay Bugo and assigned at Cugman Police Station.

Editor calls libel case vs him 'ridiculous’

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 11:32 p.m.

FILING a libel case against a media practitioner has just reached a new low lately.

Calling it “ridiculous,” Herbie Gomez, editor in chief of Gold Star Daily, is facing a libel case not because of a news story that was published but of a series of advertisements.

No more renewal on taxis franchised in 2001- LTFRB

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 11:31 p.m.

TAXIS franchised thirteen years ago would no longer be allowed to ply their routes in Cagayan de Oro City beginning this year.

Mandangan Darimbang, director of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Northern Mindanao (LTFRB-10), said that the first batches of Toyota Altis taxis would no longer be renewed following the agency’s regulation on limiting the franchise of public utility vehicles (PUVs) since 2007.

Oro beefs up anti-cyberporn campaign

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 11:30 p.m.

THE City Government of Cagayan de Oro has intensified its information campaign anew before it could sanction violators of laws on anti-cyberporn and regulation of internet usage to students.

Maricel Rivera, city information officer, said Wednesday the group headed by the Regulatory and Complaint Board (RCB) has made another round Wednesday reminding owners and operators of internet cafés to be mindful of the laws else face legal action or closure.

Lanao cops to hunt down Macari group

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 11:28 p.m.

LANAO del Norte police vowed on Wednesday a crackdown of the Macari group allegedly responsible of various criminalities in the province and nearby towns and cities.

Police Provincial Director Senior Supt. Madid Paitao said they are still monitoring on the remaining members of the dreaded kidnap-for-ransom group whose leader and two of his companions were killed in a clash between police officers and army soldiers in Poblacion 4, Sitio Kalayaan, barangay Gamal in Sapad town on February 12, 2014.

PNP to put up more police stations in Oro, Iligan

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 12:08 a.m.

THE Northern Mindanao Police Regional Office (PRO) is keen on establishing more police stations in urban centers in the region to enhance security against criminals who continue to commit unlawful acts that affect local residents and business establishments.

Chief Superintendent Lyndel Desquitado, PRO deputy regional director for administration, said more police sub-stations or “advance security command posts” are necessary for the growing cities like Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

Crime rate up in Northern Mindanao

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 12:21 a.m.

NORTHERN Mindanao’s crime rate went up in the last two years with the Philippine National Police (PNP) recording 70,000 cases.

Chief Superintendent Lyndel Desquitado, deputy regional director for administration in Police Regional Office in Northern Mindanao (PRO-10), said that from 30,000 crime incidents, the figure has substantially increased.

DSWD sought to verify dual PhilHealth membership

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 12:20 a.m.

TO avoid dual membership for its thousands of members in the city, the Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) office hopes that the city legislators will reconsider the approval of the ordinance allowing Mayor Oscar Moreno to enter into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Boyet Martinez, consultant of the city’s PhilHealth office, said they are optimistic that the City Council will give Moreno the green light so he can access data from the DSWD.

6 Northern Mindanao cops get medals of honor

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 12:19 a.m.

FOR rendering heroism and bravery in action, police officers in Northern Mindanao were awarded medals of honor during the regional office’s 23rd founding anniversary at Camp Vicente Alagar in Barangay Lapasan on Monday.

Superintendent Michael Pareja, Police Regional Office-Northern Mindanao (PRO-10) spokesman, said six police officers received the medal of honor including PO1 Oliver Espira who was wounded during a skirmish with wanted persons in Poblacion 4, Sitio Kalayaan, barangay Gamal in Sapad, Lanao del Norte on February 12, which resulted in a brief exchange of gunfire that killed the suspect identified as Nasser Macari alias Commander Tigre.

Oro council sessions likened to 'Martial Law'

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 12:19 a.m.

A CITY Council member accused the majority bloc of running the City Council as ‘Martial Law-like’ on its 31st regular session on Monday.

City councilor Lourdes Candy Darimbang said she noticed it since the council started in July last year, adding that the martial law-like discussions worsened lately because the minority bloc rarely gets the chance to explain their arguments or air clarifications or queries during the past sessions.

NPA, military reminded: Minimize collateral damage

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

MISAMIS Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano has appealed to both the New People’s Army (NPA) fighters and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to minimize the collateral damage of the possible conflict that could affect the indigenous peoples in the Caraga Region fearing its possible spillover in the province.

Emano said that the NPA and AFP forces should be mindful to the human population in the areas.

Council for Oro senior citizens formed

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

TO HARMONIZE the relationship of the senior citizens belonging to the different organizations here, the City Government of Cagayan de Oro recently created a council of elders to better address their concerns.

Mayor Oscar Moreno said that the creation of the Council of Elders for Senior Citizens (CESC), would iron out differences of the members of the Cagayan de Oro Federation of Senior Citizens Association (Cafesca), which is in existence for 31 years, and the Cagayan de Oro Federation of Elders (Cafe), which have been at odds on how their affairs should be managed.

Students: Education key to a clean city

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 01:01 a.m.

EDUCATION and awareness of the people will help keep the cleanliness of Cagayan de Oro City, said the volunteer students who launched a citywide cleanup drive last Saturday morning, February 22.

Denise Gonzales, National Service Training Program (NSTP) Educators Association (NEAR) coordinator in the city, said if the people in will rely on others to clean up their mess it will be hard to keep the city clean, but awareness and education is the potent antidote to free the city from litter and strewn garbage.

Lawmaker pushes for ‘Chacha’ to boost foreign investments

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 05:43 p.m.

A LAWMAKER from Cagayan de Oro City is pushing for the economic amendment in the Constitution through Charter Change (Chacha) to boost foreign direct investments in the country.

Summary killings a 'challenge' to Oro police

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 05:43 p.m.

THE regional police office in Northern Mindanao said the spate of unresolved summary killings since 2012 is the biggest challenge of the police in Cagayan de Oro City.

Indigent folks avail free PhilHealth

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 05:42 p.m.

INDIGENT patients without health insurance coverage are now automatically enrolled with the Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) through the point-of-care system that is now available at the J.R. Borja Memorial Hospital (JRBMH) in Barangay Carmen.

69 public schools benefit from the Text2Teach project

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 05:41 p.m.

SEEING the competency level of education in Cagayan de Oro declining, Mayor Oscar Moreno embarks on a new project with Ayala Foundation, Inc. and other alliance, aiming to equip teachers in all 69 public elementary schools here with the international standard teaching set by UNESCO.

8 soldiers hurt in collision

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 01:41 a.m.

EIGHT soldiers were injured when a military vehicle they boarded heading to Butuan City collided with a cargo truck in front of Del Monte Philippines Inc. (DMPI) pineapple cannery in Barangay Bugo Wednesday night.

The soldiers are part of the additional forces for deployment to intensify the military’s anti-insurgency operations in Caraga Region.

3 persons nabbed for cutting mahogany trees

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 01:40 a.m.

WHILE the ongoing reforestation and livelihood programs are starting to gain momentum, three suspected illegal loggers from the hinterland communities were arrested while cutting trees in Barangay Dansolihon, Cagayan de Oro City.

Edwin Dael, chief of the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro), said the illegal loggers attempted to flee from the composite team of Clenro and law enforcers.

Capitol to reorganize PWD groups

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 01:39 a.m.

PERSONS with Disability (PWD) employed at the Provincial Capitol of Misamis Oriental will receive P50,000 as a startup amount for their operations to establish and restore the province-wide organizations of PWDs.

Cora Sabejon, a person with disability who is working in the provincial office, said part of the amount would be spent on fixing the capitol’s ramps.

Cybercrime law opposed

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 03:29 p.m.

STUDENTS are apprehensive that the Cybercrime Prevention Law will crush the people’s right to legitimate dissents and expression of their opinions.

Discretionary funds likened to ‘pork’

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 03:27 p.m.

DISCRETIONARY funds are like ‘pork barrel’ funds that are utilized by the executive branch for political patronage in the guise of intelligence operations, a political party leader said Wednesday.

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