IN THE UN Climate Change Summit 2014 held at New York City, USA, on September 23, President Benigno Aquino III delivered a speech in front of the participants signifying that the Philippines is taking huge steps toward solving the power crisis.
“The Philippines is not waiting. We are addressing climate change to the maximum with our limited resources. As early as 2008, we have passed a Renewable Energy Act, and are now treading a climate-smart development pathway,” were the President’s words.
WITH the coming integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) next year, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Secretary Joel Villanueva said the government has introduced a new component into the educational system that would ensure the empowerment of the Filipinos.
Villanueva, during his recent visit in Cagayan de Oro City, said this would be realized through the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF).
THE Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines with the "The Outstanding Young Men" (TOYM) foundation and the Gerry Roxas Foundation invite nominations for this year’s search of TOYM honorees in Mindanao.
In a press conference on October 10, Friday, JCI invited everyone in Mindanao to nominate a fellow Kagay-anon or Mindanaoan in the hope to award more outstanding people here in the region.
LOCAL church leaders are playing active roles to ensure the immediate release of the two soldiers held captive by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Bukidnon almost two months ago.
Prelates both from the Roman Catholic and Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) churches have confirmed over the weekend their part in facilitating the release of Private First Class Marnel Cinches and Private First Class Jerrel Yorong.
WITH the existing power crisis in Mindanao that also threatens Luzon and Visayas Islands, advocates of renewable energy will hold the 3rd Mindanao Congress of the Advocates for Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification and Development (MinCARED) here in the city on October 30 to empower the energy consumers in Mindanao.
“There is a need to involve consumers in this issue. Thus, we are inviting everyone to join us in the 3rd MinCARED to understand the status of Mindanao’s energy crisis,” Clint Django Pacana, Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives (Amreco) executive director, said during the ceremonial signing of the pledge of support to the Congress by various stakeholders, Friday morning, October 10.
AS A new police unit that focuses on criminal activities using information and communications technology (ICT) where many people are unfamiliar with its operations, the Anti-Cybercrime Group-Northern Mindanao (ACG-10) urges the public to report crimes related with the internet or electronic gadget use such as cellphones and computers.
Police Superintendent Reynante Reyes, chief of the ACG-10, said with the fast-paced technologies today, there are individuals or groups who may take advantage of others by committing “high-tech” crimes and it is ACG’s job to go after the former who violate the long-established laws, as well as new statutes pertaining to anti-cybercrime.
FIVE hundred women from various age groups who were beneficiaries of the COKE Sari-sari store Training and Access Resources (STAR) project marched at the Cagayan de Oro City Tourism Hall on October 9 after undergoing three months of training with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) in Northern Mindanao.
Tesda Secretary Joel Villanueva, provincial director Leo Vega Velez, regional director Edgar A. Sales, Coca-cola sustainability manager Gilda Maquilan, and Balay Mindanaw executive director Ariel Hernandez graced the women’s graduation.
WHILE Cagayan de Oro Electric Power and Light Co. (Cepalco) modernizes its operations, it is also implementing reduction of its rates by .26 centavos for residential consumers starting this October.
“Actually we have been reducing it in the past years, and this recent reduction is due to the new equipment and modern technologies that the company has applied resulting to faster and more efficient work, so mas dali na ang trabaho, mas daghan na mahimo. The computerization sad, easier na ang process and because of that we were given incentive kay nakita nila nga maayo atong performance,” Marilyn Chavez of Cepalco, said.
MISAMIS Oriental Vice-governor Joey Pelaez assures Friday that efforts to promote the local tourism industry in the province won’t be deterred despite the Australian government’s latest advisory warning its citizens not to travel to some areas in the Philippines, particularly in northern Mindanao.
In a recent news article, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Travel (DFAT) has warned its residents to leave areas in Mindanao it considers as high-risk due to series of kidnappings of foreign nationals, particularly in eastern, central and western Mindanao.
Children benefiting from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) of the government could soon pursue their education after high school once a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Technical Education and skills Development (Tesda), is signed.
Sec. Joel Villanueva, director general of Tesda, said that an agreement with the DSWD is being finalized so that beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya who are now in secondary schools can further benefit from the program by taking tech-voc courses.
TWO complaints that involved lawyer Elly Pamatong are already docketed at the City Prosecutor’s Office (CPO), City Prosecutor Fidel Macauyag confirmed Friday.
Macauyag said Pamatong filed libel, malicious mischief and attempted homicide against Ramil Lumongsod and others last September 12, 2014 and docketed under 14I-4307 to 4309.
OVERSTAYING foreign nationals are hiding from authorities in northern Mindanao, the Bureau of Immigration (BI-10) confirmed on Thursday.
This validated the recent statement of Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison who revealed that there are around one million “TNT” (“tago nang tago” or those in constant hiding) aliens in the Philippines.
COCONUT farmers all over the country are mulling on holding a series of mass actions nationwide if the proposed legislation crafted to protect the money that they claimed theirs would not become a law due to lack of support from lawmakers, an official of the Coco Levy Ibalik sa Amin (Claim) said Thursday.
THE region’s nutrition status posted slight improvements and setbacks as reported in the 8th National Nutrition Survey Forum conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) with the National Nutrition Council (NCC) in the region on October 8, Wednesday.
With stunting being one of the most critical prevalence and less understood by the public, the government is urged to intensify approaches and understanding to certain cases, specifically stunting.
COCONUT farmers in Misamis Oriental and other areas in Northern Mindanao are organizing themselves to get the highly controversial coco levy fund back from the government.
Richard Colao, secretary-general of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Northern Mindanao Region (KMP-NMR), said they are fast-tracking the creation of Coco Levy Ibalik sa Amin (Claim) in every town, particularly in Misamis Oriental, where a huge area is planted with coconuts.
WITH the launching of Task Force Kinaiyahan (TFK) on Wednesday, one of the tribal leaders in Cagayan de Oro City’s hinterland villages is optimistic that people will go back to their traditional ways and abandon illegal activities like logging and mining for good.
THE government is set to bid out for the privatization of the Laguindingan International Airport next year, National Economic and Development Authority (Neda)-Northern Mindanao Director Leon M. Dacanay, Jr. confirmed.
“The Neda board has endorsed the airport’s public-private partnership (PPP). Since the government cannot afford the expansion alone, we invite bidders. It will be an advantageous approach for the government,” he added.
HUNDREDS of families surviving in city streets would soon take part of the government’s poverty alleviation program by capacitating them and providing their children health care and education for a brighter future.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will pilot the program in the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro where 221 identified “street families” will soon have the opportunity to benefit from the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT).
MISAMIS Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente “Bambi” Emano offered on Tuesday a P100,000 reward to anyone who can give information to the authorities that could lead to the capture of the slay suspects who shot dead two Swiss men at a beach resort in Opol town in Misamis Oriental on October 5.
Emano urged those who have the information to immediately notify his office or the police.
A LOW Pressure Area (LPA) may be expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility this weekend as Cagayan de Oro and some parts of northern Mindanao will still experience intermittent rains until today, Wednesday (October), the state weather bureau said Tuesday.
June Frivaldo, weather specialist at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) monitoring station in Barangay Molugan, El Salvador City, said the LPA will pass through Palawan and the Visayas islands and Bicol region on October 10 and 11.
AS MEASLES outbreak hit the country this year, the Department of Health conducted a nationwide mass immunization for the entire month of September.
The health agency targeted 95 percent coverage in each region and Northern Mindanao hit its target for measles and rubella vaccination.
TANDAG CITY – The newly appointed commander of the 4th Infantry Division warned his soldiers not to deviate from their mandated task and objectives by keeping the high level of discipline within their ranks.
During his visit to battalion headquarters in Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur. Maj. General Oscar Lactao, commander of the 4ID told his troops to convey a high level of discipline by following the “A.B.U.S.A.D.O” abbreviation.
THE National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) has called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the provincial government of Bulacan to intervene in the safety of GMA news stringer Rommel Ramos who was threatened by a security detail of Bulacan Vice-governor Daniel Fernando recently.
In a statement, NUJP said Ramos was invited to have a dialogue on October 1 with Fernando to settle their previous differences.
A PREGNANT woman is in critical situation after she was stabbed eight times by her live-in partner on Monday around 11:10 p.m. at Doyogan Sinalok, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental.
Brought to the hospital was Junalyn Mantos, 32, who is six months pregnant.
PIECES of jewelry worth P1.395 million plus bundles of cash in foreign currencies were stolen by a house help from the residence of a police official in a barangay in Cagayan de Oro recently.
Aside from the jewels, taken from the police officer’s house were 800 U.S. dollars and 150 euros.
TO MAKE the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) more effective, an RTA official said Monday they have discarded the old system and introduced new method in preparing for the department’s budget as well.
Lawyer Jose Edgardo Uy, RTA consultant, said they are doing away with the old practice of preparing the budget since this is no longer relevant to the present situation.
TO CHECK if the newly installed navigation aids at Laguindingan Airport are fully functional, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) said an inaugural flight for night landing will be scheduled sometime next month.
Engineer Jose Budiongan, Laguindingan Airport manager, said the inaugural flight would be held either on the first week or second week of November, this year.
WITH numerous infrastructures being put up all over Northern Mindanao, the government is continuing its efforts to ensure stable supplies and prices not only for food and other basic commodities but also main construction supplies.
“We are closely monitoring, regularly conducting surveillance of the basic needs to find out if some retail outlets are not following guidelines,” DTI-Northern Mindanao said in a statement sent to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.
OPOL, Misamis Oriental -- Police are hoping to solve the broad-daylight murder of two Swiss nationals with the help of the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footages in the beach resorts in this coastal town.
At least one of the beach resort owners expressed willingness to help in the investigation on the killing of Robert Erich Loeber, 67, and Balthazar Johann Erni, 78, on Sunday, said Philippine National Police (PNP)-Northern Mindanao spokesperson Superintendent Michael Pareja.
MAYOR Oscar Moreno admitted that the province of Misamis Oriental availed itself of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds and used these for various projects when he was still the provincial governor.
Moreno, a Liberal Party member, was listed as one of the recipients of the DAP released by Malacañang to local government officials between 2011 and 2013.