Lack of classrooms remains a drawback as classes open

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 12:14 a.m.

WHILE schools gear up for the opening of academic year 2014-2015 in June, beginning with the "Brigada Eskwela" program of the Department of Education (Deped) where paints splashed and brooms dashed in all elementary and high schools in the country, schools remain haunted with problems on population management.

On Monday, soldiers, government agencies and their workforce, school alumni, students, and parents worked hand-in-hand in tidying, repairing and repainting schools for the incoming start of classes in June 2, 2014.

Power outages in Oro continue

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 12:13 a.m.

ALTHOUGH the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is still imposing power curtailment to distribution utilities like Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (Cepalco), there are still days when brownouts are shorter than what has been announced.

Marilyn Chavez, senior manager and customer and community relations of Cepalco, said the power distribution varies depending on what NGCP allows.

DOH: Philippines not ready for mandatory HIV test

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 12:13 a.m.

THE plan of the Department of Health’s (DOH) to revise Republic Act (RA) 8504 or the Philippine Aids Prevention and Control Act of 1998, specifically on the proposal to make HIV testing mandatory, drew mixed reactions both from workers and health officials.

In a recent news report, Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, the newly appointed DOH spokesman, said that the HIV-Aids-STI unit of the agency and the Philippine National Aids Council (PNAC) have considered revising the Aids law through talks with lawmakers.

High school grads vie for city scholarship

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

FRESH graduates from the different secondary schools in Cagayan de Oro took the qualifying examination for the Local School Board (LSB) scholarships at the City Central School on Saturday, but a seeming lack of information may have prevented dozens of others from trying to take the test.

Two of the examinees agreed that not all of the hundreds of hopefuls turned up during the test because they were not informed at all.

People's initiative key to total abolition of ‘pork’

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 12:11 a.m.

EVEN though the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or "pork barrel" is not going to be included in next year's proposed budget, Representative Terry Ridon of the Kabataan party-list said there is a need to advance the people's initiative and abolish other forms of "pork" that are hidden.

In a forum organized by the Political Science Department of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan on Saturday, in coordination with Youth Act Now (YAN) and the Abolish Pork Movement (APM), Ridon discussed what "pork" is all about, how it is today and the importance of the people's initiative.

Armed men abduct van owner in Lanao Norte

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 12:11 a.m.

LINAMON, Lanao del Norte -- An owner of a passenger van was abducted by five armed men in the coastal village of Demulogan, Balocod town, this province, over the weekend, authorities said.

Senior Inspector Domingo Murillo, Linamon police station chief, identified the victim as Jhon Kevin Montajes, 22, and a resident of Barangay Tangigueron of Tubod town.

31 City Hall 'job order' workers unpaid

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 02:06 a.m.

FOR almost half a year, 31 job order (JO) employees of the Cagayan de Oro City Council have not been paid their salaries for failing to comply with the documents needed for processing their wages and worst, there had been no funds allotted in the budget for their items.

City administrator Roy Hilario Raagas said that the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) didn't issue the JO workers their request for employment (RE).

Lawyers: Aquino not sincere in pushing for FOI

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 02:06 a.m.

DESPITE its recent pronouncements, the Aquino government is not really keen on passing the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill anytime soon, two lawyers said Thursday.

Lawyers Prima Jesusa Quinsayas and Carlos Zarate, who is also a Bayan Muna party-list representative, both agreed that what Malacañang actually did was just to ‘water down’ the FOI bill.

Handpicking of Oro as ‘emerging city’ lauded

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 02:05 a.m.

LOCAL leaders praised Cagayan de Oro for being handpicked as one of the nine emerging cities of tomorrow in the world.

The honor was given by United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) as among the nine global intermediate cities during World Urban Forum (WUF) in Medellin, Colombia, organized by the United Nations (UN). UN-Habitat organizes the world’s premiere conference on cities, according to a published report.

P4-M for ‘Prado’ legal: city exec

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 02:04 a.m.

THE budget used by the City Government to procure service vehicles amounting to more than P4 million pesos did not need the approval of the City Council since it is a legal procurement, said City Administrator Roy Hilario Raagas on Wednesday.

Raagas said the money came from the excess capital outlay fund for 2012-2013.

Clenro: Locals run mining operations in Oro

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 02:03 a.m.

THE mining operations in the city’s upland village are being financed and operated by local investors, the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) of Cagayan de Oro City said Wednesday.

Clenro has learned about this last Tuesday when a composite team went up to Barangay Tuburan to check out the mining activities there.

2 Oro lawmakers included in ‘Napolist’ anew

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 02:02 a.m.

TWO legislators from Cagayan de Oro were listed in the controversial list of Janet Lim Napoles, who was allegedly involved in the misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel amounting to more than P10 billion.

According to reports, the city’s second district Representative Rufus Rodriguez and his brother Maximo of the Abante Mindanao (Abamin) partylist were included in the list for former Senator Panfilo Lacson submitted on Tuesday.

Lady lawmaker, others to improve PH-China bilateral relations

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 02:02 a.m.

TWELVE members of the all-women delegation of the House of Representatives were sent to meet senior communist leaders in China.

PNP, Korean group to partner vs. crimes

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 12:09 a.m.

THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 and the Cebu Korean Association signed a memorandum of agreement yesterday to work together in the wake of increasing crime incidents victimizing and involving Koreans.

Police Director Benjamin Magalong, CIDG chief, said this partnership aims to look after the welfare of Koreans living in Cebu who will help them in return on their anti-criminality efforts.

Councilor questions P4-M Oro gov't car

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 02:40 p.m.

CAGAYAN de Oro city councilor President Elipe said Monday that public funds amounting to P4 million was used by the administration to purchase a luxurious vehicle without consent from the legislature.

Rural Transit services criticized

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 02:40 p.m.

PASSENGERS of Rural Transit Mindanao Inc. (RTMI) have criticized the services of the bus company.

Nida Satillo, who often travels to Iligan City to visit her husband’s family, said the free wifi service isn’t true, saying: “What I don’t like lang about them is the false advertisement they put in front of their buses. I never had an experience to access their free wifi.”

Temple leader faces human trafficking raps

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 02:39 p.m.

A TEMPLE leader is facing charges of human trafficking after two young women have submitted their complaints to the Lanao del Norte Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.

Youth group slams tuition hike

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 02:38 p.m.

THE College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) in Mindanao has opposed the move of 18 schools in northern Mindanao to increase tuition.

Steag exec: Epira revocation leads to privatization

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 02:37 p.m.

AN OFFICIAL of the Steag State Power Inc. said Tuesday that if the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (Epira) will be revoked, it could lead to the power industry’s privatization.

Media doubt Palace's support on FOI

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 02:36 p.m.

LOCAL journalists have said they are uncertain of Malacañang’s recent push for the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI) next year.

Land for the peasants answer to food shortage, El Niño

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 01:51 a.m.

FOOD shortage brought by the El Niño phenomenon can be addressed if the peasants will have land that they can call their own, a militant farmer’s group said.

The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Northern Mindanao Region (KMP-NMR) said, to fully prepare for the long drought, “dapat ihatag ang yuta ngadto sa mga mag-uuma ug hunongon ang padayon nga pagpalapad sa mga plantasyon (land should be given to the farmers and the expansion of plantations must be stopped).”

DOH-10: Everyone at risk of HIV-AIDS

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 01:50 a.m.

THE Department of Health in Northern Mindanao (DOH-10) has again encouraged the public to be aware of the increasing number of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive cases in Cagayan de Oro City.

“We have 30 new cases in the region. Only eight in Cagayan de Oro City and the 22 remaining are from other places. But still, this is alarming,” said Dr. Evelyn Magsayo, DOH-10 HIV-AIDS program manager, during the press conference for the 31st International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Mobilization (IACMM) held at a resort here Monday.

Oro cops get combat gears from US

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 01:50 a.m.

FOR the first time, the police office in the city received 18 Kevlar ballistic helmets and 18 bulletproof vests donated by a police department in the United States in a turnover ceremony held at the Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo) headquarters in Barangay Carmen on May 12.

This has been made possible by Project Cagay-anons Help in Peace Initiatives (CHIP-In).

Private schools train teachers for Grade 9 students

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 01:49 a.m.

ON THE third year of K-12’s implementation, teachers from private schools are now gearing up for the incoming Grade 9 students for academic year 2014-2015.

Kris Exzur Barcelona, head of promotions and marketing, said that the trainings are mainly on delivering the new curriculum for Grade 9 students, and exposing them to the learning facilities intended for them.

Remembering Mom

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 01:48 a.m.

I REMEMBERED how excited she was when she heard the news that my younger sister will be arriving in Cebu International Airport. Excited indeed that she managed to tag along my kids before I can finally say, “Yes, ma. You can take the kids with you.”

18 NorMin schools push for tuition hike

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:53 a.m.

EIGHTEEN universities and colleges in Northern Mindanao are applying for tuition increases ranging from 2 to 15 percent to the Commission on Higher Education (Ched-10) for academic year 2014-2015, two of which are community colleges.

According to Ched-10, the schools have complied with the requirements of Ched Memorandum Order No. 3, series of 2012, for application for increase such as consultation with the students, parents, and alumni, deliberation of miscellaneous fees, and others.

‘Please don’t shoot us!’

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:53 a.m.

QUEZON, BUKIDNON —“Maluoy mo, ayaw mi pamusila (Please don’t shoot us)!”

This was all Jill (not her real name), 15, could utter while bullets were zipping over her head as she hugged the ground for her dear life on that fateful afternoon on April 23, 2014.

DOT to re-introduce ‘Homestay’ program

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:52 a.m.

THE best way to spend the night with Filipino families is ‘Homestay,’ said the Department of Tourism-10 (DOT-10), as it plans to revive it in the region.

Homestay is a type of alternative accommodation given to tourists or guests visiting rural areas where they will be spending the night with a family. Guests will also be sharing at least one meal with the family.

Xavier University opens marine station

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:51 a.m.

XAVIER University opened its Marine Station managed by the university's McKeough Marine Center in Solana, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental on May 6.

“This facility has been given to us to serve our community and care for our environment,” said XU President Fr. Roberto Yap, SJ during the blessing of the Marine Station.

Mothers in history, and the history of Mother’s Day

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 11:20 p.m.

DID YOU KNOW that Mother’s Day was first celebrated by the Americans? In 1908, Anna Jarvis organized the first known observance of the occasion, taking over from her own mother’s Mother’s Day work clubs that sought to bring about better sanitation and lower infant mortality rates.

In 1914, US President Woodrow Wilson formally declared the second Sunday of May as the Mother’s Day holiday, and since the Philippines was under the US government at the time, naturally we followed suit.

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