2 houses in front of fire station gutted by fire

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

TWO houses were gutted in a midday fire that left four families and more than 20 people homeless in Barangay Macabalan Wednesday.

But what irked the residents was: the fire station is just in front of their houses.

Bukidnon bus bombing suspect linked to Cotabato blast

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 11:33 p.m.

THE suspect in the bombing of a passenger bus in Maramag, Bukidnon has a pending arrest warrant for the August 2013 Cotabato City bombing that killed eight and wounded scores of individuals, authorities said Wednesday.

Dengue cases still rising

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 11:36 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO City has registered the highest dengue cases in northern Mindanao with 2,208 recorded in September 2014, which rose to 2,813 as of November 8.

The Regional Epidemiology Surveillance and Health Emergency Management region data showed a total of 9,309 dengue cases in northern Mindanao from January this year until November 8.

Police to file raps vs suspect on Bukidnon bus bombing

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 11:35 p.m.

AUTHORITIES are already preparing to file charges as they have identified Tuesday the suspect in the November 6 bombing of a Rural Transit Mindanao Incorporated (RTMI) passenger bus in Barangay Dologon, Maramag town, Bukidnon.

According to Inspector Jose Regner Sevilleno, Maramag police deputy chief, they are expected to file the complaint anytime at the Bukidnon provincial prosecutor’s office today, November 12.

Eastmincom chief: NPA still top threat but strength, support ebbing

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 11:33 p.m.

ALTHOUGH the New People’s Army (NPA) has remained as the number one security threat in the country, a military official said the Maoist insurgents’ strength and support has been eroding.

In the past few weeks, the military has engaged in firefights with the NPA every day within the area of responsibility of the Philippine Army’s Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom).

Fisherfolk leader calls on leaders to act on pollution

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 11:30 p.m.

A FISHERFOLK leader has urged the provincial board of Misamis Oriental to inspect the chicken dressing plant in a coastal village in Salay, Misamis Oriental, and recommend for its closure if it’s found to have violated the environmental laws.

The JP Mini-Dressing Plant in Riverside 1, Salay, has been the source of complaint from the residents for allegedly polluting the barangay’s coastal waters that allegedly deprived the fishermen of their means of living since they could no longer catch fish near their homes.

Expanded Kalahi-Cidss to help more poor Filipinos

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 11:30 p.m.

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) launched on Tuesday an expansion of one of its poverty alleviation programs that would involve millions of Filipinos nationwide.

The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community Driven Development Program (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP), which was approved through the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) Board on January 18, 2013, is an affirmation of the successes of the community driven development (CDD) approach tried by the Kalahi-CIDSS, which started in 2003.

Five from M’nao to vie for TAYO national honors

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 11:29 p.m.

TO HONOR their imperative contributions to nation-building and development, the Mindanao wide search for Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (Tayo) chose the best five youth organizations that will represent Mindanao for the national honors.

Started in 2002, Tayo, which was organized by the National Youth Commission (NYC), Tayo Awards Foundation and the Office of Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino, awards and recognizes exceptional achievements of youth groups and encourages the replication of noteworthy and unconventional projects to solve basic problems in the communities.

Terror groups behind Bukidnon bus blast

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:10 a.m.

A RANKING military official confirmed Monday that a terrorist organization may be behind the November 6 bombing of a passenger bus in Barangay Dologon, Maramag, Bukidnon.

Citing a police intelligence report, Lieutenant General Aurelio Baladad, commander of the Philippine Army’s Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom), said authorities are looking at the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) as the perpetrator of the explosion from an improvised explosive device (IED) that left four of the more than 30 passengers injured.

ACT pushes for teachers’ salary hike

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:09 a.m.

A CONSULTATION for salary increase of public school teachers was held at East City Central school on Monday, as a teachers' party-list has been pushing for this, with prices of basic commodities soaring while the teachers wage remaining low.

The party-list, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), through Representative Antonio Tinio, visited Cagayan de Oro to attend the consultation and hear the various pleas of the teachers pushing for the wage hike to catch up with the cost of living.

Camiguin group wants submarine cable

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:08 a.m.

THE Citizens for Green and Peaceful Camiguin (CGPC) has renewed its opposition to the proposed construction of the 4.4-megawatt diesel-fed power plant on a 2.2-hectare site in Sitio Maubog, Barangay Balbagon in Mambajao, Camiguin, and maintained that the existing submarine cable is still enough for the island’s energy needs.

The group is also concerned of Camiguin’s application for a loan to add another submarine cable that will connect the island to the Mindanao grid.

UPMin student leader killed in Army-NPA encounter

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:08 a.m.

DAVAO -- Student leader Rendell Ryan Edpan Cagula, president of the University Student Council of the University of the Philippines-Mindanao in 2011-2012, former Davao City coordinator of the League of Filipino Students (LFS) and Southern Mindanao coordinator of the Kabataan party list, has returned home after an 11-month absence, in a box.

The 23-year-old Cagula, popularly known by his nickname “Perper,” was among three persons dubbed in an Army press release as “NPA bandits killed in Sarangani encounter” between elements of the Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion and the New People’s Army (NPA) around 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, November 4, in Sitio Tubac, Barangay Nomoh, Maasim town.

Clenro conducts waste analysis

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 10:40 p.m.

THE City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) has gone around the barangays and asked some households to take a look at their garbage to know what kind of wastes that Kagay-anons generate.

Clenro chief Edwin Dael said the checking of the contents of the scraps from households is in line with their waste analysis characterization aimed at determining how much of the garbage being accumulated by residents, businesses and industries are recyclable and how much are considered as hazardous.

New weapons, gears with AFP's P87-B modernization

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 10:38 p.m.

WITH the modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) already in place, expect soldiers to carry around new assault rifles and gears soon.

M16 OUT, M4 rifle in.

Cellphone used as trigger device in bus blast

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 11:20 p.m.

THE improvised explosive device (IED) used in the bombing of a passenger bus in Barangay Dologon in Maramag town, Bukidnon on Thursday was activated by a cellular phone, authorities said Friday.

Maramag police deputy chief Jose Regner Sevilleno said investigation showed that the circuit board of a cellular phone that was attached to the improvised explosive device could be the bomb's triggering device.

NUJP-Davao media lashes out at PNoy 

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 11:19 p.m.

A MEDIA group has lashed out at the office of President Benigno Aquino III for barring Davao media from covering the Philippine Development Forum (PDF) on the Bangsamoro held in a mall in Davao City on Thursday, November 5.

In a statement posted by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)-Davao chapter on social media, the group has condemned “in the strongest term” the shabby treatment the Davao media got from Aquino’s officials who did not allow some of reporters to get inside the venue.

Opol town to have own source of water

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 11:18 p.m.

RESIDENTS of a town in Misamis Oriental will soon have their source of potable water coming from the faucet after its local government entered into a public private partnership for a bulk water supply project with a developer.

Opol Town Mayor Maximino Seno and A Brown Co. Inc. (ABCI) signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday for the construction of the P500-million bulk water project to realize the town’s dream of having a water system, 64 years after it became a municipality.

Army pushes rescue of 2 captive soldiers

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 11:37 p.m.

THE rescue efforts of the military to free two soldiers from the clutches of the Maoist rebels will go on despite calls by church leaders and peace advocates to suspend the combat operations in some parts of northern Mindanao, a top military official said Thursday.

“We will continue with the rescue operation,” said Major General Oscar Lactao, Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) commanding general.

Short-term implementation crucial in Bangsamoro

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 11:37 p.m.

DAVAO CITY—The short-term implementation of the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP), which requires a total funding of P225.6 billion, is crucial to the success of the new Bangsamoro region, a Moro development planner said on Thursday.

“The short-term implementation is crucial because this is where we are managing the high expectations of the people in the communities,” Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan, chair of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), said at the sidelines of the special Philippines Development Forum on Bangsamoro.

Camiguin power plant protest reaches DAR

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 12:39 a.m.

THE land conversion issue at the site of the proposed 4.4-megawatt diesel-fed power plant in Camiguin Island was already referred to the regional Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

Rene Tamayo Sr., the complainant, called the conversion of the property as “illegal” and “premature” and filed a complaint at the office of the Ombudsman in Mindanao against DAR Regional Director Felix Aguhob.

Oro’s CCTVs record road movements

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 12:39 a.m.

MORE than 50 percent of Cagayan de Oro City’s closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) are already working, an official said.

Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) chief, lawyer Jose Edgardo Uy, said the online CCTVs, installed in some parts of the Cagayan de Oro’s downtown area, are already recording and transmitting footages to the RTA control center.

Man playing billiards shot dead

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 12:38 a.m.

MARIO Gamba, 49, was playing billiards when four men riding on motorcycles suddenly appeared and shot him dead at Tulay Semento, Agora in Barangay Lapasan around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Gamba, according to his acquaintances, had been going in and out of Cagayan de Oro Provincial Jail. He is married and a resident of Sitio Tabaco in Barangay Puntod here.

Laguindingan airport ready to take dawn, night flights

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 12:29 a.m.

MORE navigational equipment have already been installed at Laguindingan Airport which are now operational but the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) will not yet use these until they are declared ready for use by technical experts.

Laguindingan airport manager Engr. Jose G. Budiongan said all the instruments needed for dawn and night flights had been completed in October.

MisOr assures power, water connections

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 12:29 a.m.

GOVERNOR Yevgeny Vincente Emano’s administration has assured the residents living in a relocation site in Barangay Calangahan in Lugait town that they will have electricity and water connections next year.

Provincial administrator Edmundo Pacamalan, Jr. said they could not yet provide for these needs to the members of the Alyansa sa mga Biktima sa Demolition sa Calangahan (Albidec) due to budgetary constraints.

Surigao villagers fear escalation of conflict

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 12:28 a.m.

SURIGAO CITY – Residents of a village in Bacuag town in Surigao del Norte fear of a possible escalation of conflict after clashes between government forces and New People’s Army (NPA) rebels on Sunday.

The encounters occurred in Sitio Little Baguio in Barangay Payapag, Bacuag which left two soldiers killed.

DILG to conduct provincial orientation workshops

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 12:27 a.m.

THE Department of Interior and Local Government in Northern Mindanao (DILG-10) will spearhead a series of local poverty reduction action team (LPRAT) orientations this November.

The issuance of Department of Management-DILG-Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Anti-Poverty Commission (BM-DILG-DSWD-NAPC) Joint Memorandum Circular #5, which is Policy Guidelines and Procedures in the Implementation of the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process or GPBP (formerly called Bottom-Up Budgeting) for the preparation of the FY 2016 Budget and Succeeding Years, warrants the need to orient LPRAT members on the new policies and guidelines.

Northern Mindanao power firm worker bags 'Dole GKK Bronze Award'

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 12:26 a.m.

THE Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), facilitated the search of the Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan(GKK) at the OSHC Auditorium, Quezon City on October 27, 2014.

Northern Mindanao finalist Engr. Teodoro V. Cahoy, Safety and Security Officer of the Cagayan Electric Power and Light Co. (CEPALCO), was awarded with the GKK Bronze Award.

Search On: 2014 DepEd-BSP ‘Best Finance Educators’

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 12:26 a.m.

NOMINATIONS to the Department of Education (DepEd) – Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) awards program for the best finance educators in public elementary schools may now be submitted to BSP Manila or at any BSP regional offices or branches.

The program aims to promote saving as a habit and money management as a discipline among schoolchildren.

1 not 8 killed in clash

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 02:35 p.m.

IT WAS just one soldier and not eight that was killed in one of the combat operations by the military troops to rescue two enlisted men held captive by the New People’s Army (NPA) recently, the military said.

Contrary to the rebels’ claim that there were nine fatalities on the army’s camp, the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) said only one soldier died and a militia man wounded in an encounter with the insurgents last month.

2 siblings of Balingasag town vice-mayor arrested

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 02:34 p.m.

SEVEN persons were arrested by the police in Balingasag town in Misamis Oriental on Saturday that included two siblings of the town’s vice-mayor, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in northern Mindanao (PDEA-10) said Monday.

PDEA-10 information officer Rose Bajao said the Balingasag police have always been working closely with the agency before, during and after the conduct of an entrapment or the arrest of persons suspected to be involved in illegal drugs.

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