City hospital to open new floor today

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 12:20 a.m.

MORE beds will be available to the patients when the City Government-run J.R. Borja General Hospital’s (JRBGH) 3rd floor in Barangay Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, will be opened to the public starting today, Thursday.

The opening of the new floor will mean additional beds and facilities to the Cagayanon patients, said Dr. Ramon Nery, JRBGH executive officer.

City to form solid waste management board

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 01:26 a.m.

THE City Government of Cagayan de Oro is set to create a solid waste management board (SWMB), a body that will craft policies and action plans for the city's garbage problem, after smoke and fire billowed from its dumpsite Monday.

The fire, caused by a combination of methane gas and heat, was detected by residents in Zayas, Barangay Carmen on Monday evening, but it raged on until Tuesday.

Group lauds positive signs of arms trade regulation

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 01:25 a.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- Peace advocates in the country are seeing positive signs the United Nations (UN) treaty regulating global trade in arms is taking effect soon.

“This global development is very significant for the Philippines, especially at this time when government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will be joining to eradicate private armed groups in some parts of Mindanao,” said Cesar Villanueva of the peace group Pax Christi Pilipinas.

DepEd vows to probe school PTA fund issue

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 01:24 a.m.

IN light of the issue of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of a public school here allegedly involving some funds, the Department of Education’s (DepEd) division of Cagayan de Oro has vowed to strictly enforce reforms within its ranks.

Romeo Aclo, the newly appointed division PTA affairs coordinator, said at present the education department is on the process of doing investigations with regard to teachers violating DepEd policies.

Tacloban residents: How do we move on?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 01:23 a.m.

TACLOBAN CITY – For almost 5 months now around 6,500 families from different coastal communities here fear for their lives as their makeshift homes built within the 40 meters inclusion of the ‘no-build zone’ have remained uncertain since they haven’t received any word yet where to transfer and start rebuilding their lives.

Couple dies in fire; victims’ kin suspects foul play

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 01:22 a.m.

A COUPLE died in a fire that razed their house at Purok-9 in Barangay Tablon at 5 p.m. on March 30.

The victims are Rico Jacutin, 65, and wife Alejandra, 67.

Oro police to probe corruption

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 01:21 a.m.

THE Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) will investigate the traffic enforcers under the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) following instances of alleged mulcting in public utility vehicles’ terminals especially in Cogon area.

Chief Inspector Lemuel Gonda, chief of the Operations and Plans Branch, assured that they will not give up weeding out corrupt policemen since it damages the image of the city police.

Rice production up in NorMin despite calamities

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 12:48 a.m.

THE series of calamities that hit the country and affected Mindanao didn’t stop Northern Mindanao Region (Region 10) from increasing its rice production last year, the agriculture department said Monday.

In fact, only less than 10 percent of the 78,000-hectare ricefields in Northern Mindanao was affected by super typhoon Yolanda in the later part of 2013, said Cora Dumayaca, regional rice focal person of the Department of Agriculture-Northern Mindanao (DA-10).

World Bank to pour more funds for Bangsamoro dev't

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- The World Bank has committed to pour in more funds for initiatives geared at further fostering peace and development in Mindanao especially after government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) firmed up the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

The CAB is expected to unlock the huge development potentials of Mindanao that has long been left aside due to the decades-long armed conflict.

Rains expected in summertime

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 12:46 a.m.

THIS year’s summer season will not be as dry and warm as rains brought by a natural phenomenon weather forecasters called “localized thunderstorms” will also be felt in the weeks to come.

Last Sunday’s downpour was just a warm-up to a smattering of rain shower that will break the hot spell usually experienced in the months of April and May, said Hannah Salvador, weather specialist at the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) weather station based in Barangay Molugan, El Salvador City.

MILF: Aquino successor must ‘nurture Bangsamoro’

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:13 a.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- The next president of the country must nurture the gains of the peace process achieved between the Moro rebels and the administration of President Aquino to ensure continued security and stability in Mindanao.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) made this call in a statement released within the week of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

‘Crowdfunding' highlights this year's Earth Hour

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

‘CROWDFUNDING,’ a new concept in financing a project or other endeavors, took center stage in last Saturday’s observance of the annual Earth Hour.

Aside from minimizing the use of electricity for an hour, this year’s Earth Hour introduced the idea of crowdfunding to the Filipinos.

Bikers observe Earth Hour in Oro

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:10 a.m.

AROUND 500 bicycle riders together with a small contingent of skateboarders and runners highlighted the Earth Hour celebration here with a seven kilometer night ride across the busy city streets.

“We want to show our way of helping and saving Mother Earth; this is through encouraging everyone to an alternative clean and sustainable way of transportation. It’s our way of giving back to nature by means of lessening the use of fossil fuel and hopefully conserving energy,” said Eduardo Sulana, event organizer and general manager of Habagat Philippines.

Communist party hopes MILF succeeds with CAB

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:09 a.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- Despite the reservations on the sincerity of government in pursuing peace with Moro rebels, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), wished the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) well in the new phase of its struggle.

“We hope that the MILF succeeds in getting the best possible comprehensive peace agreement with the government without giving up the Moro people’s right to national self-determination and ancestral domain,” read a portion of a CPP statement addressed to its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA).

PTA head dismayed over his ‘removal’ from office

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:08 a.m.

THE president of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of a public school here cried foul after he was removed from his position without due process allegedly orchestrated by some people within the school’s ranks.

Edwin Adriano, City Central School (CCS) PTA president for the school year 2013-2014, was dismayed by the decision of the CCS administration to oust him from his presidency abruptly and without even following the proper procedure.

Armed forces chief: More rebels to surrender

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 12:32 a.m.

THE top official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is optimistic that more New People’s Army (NPA) rebels will return to the folds of the government.

“It is time that we give chance to peace; we don’t need more bloodshed against our brothers in the NPA. I think this event will inspire others who are still in the armed struggle to give up their arms and return the folds of our communities. We don’t have to kill one another to achieve our goals and aspirations, there are more viable means in reaching peace,” said General Emmanuel Bautista, AFP chief of staff, during the presentation of 72 former rebels at the army division headquarters in Cagayan de Oro City.

Local leaders welcome MILF-GPH peace pact

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 12:30 a.m.

JUBILATION spread in other areas in Mindanao, even in regions not covered by the territories that would be defined in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), as the peace deal between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was finally signed on Thursday.

Local leaders in Cagayan de Oro City lauded the signing of the CAB, calling it as driver of peace and growth that has been sought by Mindanaoans for decades.

State university head calls for IMEM abolition

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 12:29 a.m.

A STATE university official reiterated on Friday the call to abolish the Interim Mindanao Electricity Market (IMEM), calling it as inappropriate for the power situation in the island.

Speaking before key players in Mindanao’s power sector and other stakeholders in a hotel in Cagayan de Oro City, Dr. Ricardo Rotoras, Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) president, said the IMEM will not solve the power problem Mindanao is facing.

Soliman on peace pact: Goodbye to bullets and bombs

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 10:48 p.m.

A RANKING government official is optimistic that a sustainable and lasting peace in Mindanao can finally be achieved with the signing of the peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Thursday.

Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), said the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) will not only benefit the Bangsamoro people but the entire Mindanao.

Bangsamoro agreement signed; Jubilation echoes in Mindanao

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 10:46 p.m.

MARAWI CITY – Celebrations sprouted in various parts of Mindanao to welcome the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) at the Palace grounds Thursday that is hoped to bring a new chapter to the history of the conflict-torn region.

Beginning Thursday morning, the sounds of 'kulintang' rang in Marawi as hundreds of Maranao youth took the rounds around the city to hark about the historic occasion.

XU’s graduation rites theme: Resiliency

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 10:44 p.m.

IN THE wake of calamities and mishaps that beset the country last year and how the Filipinos had dealt with them, resiliency seems to be the theme that dominated Xavier University’s 75th graduation rites on Thursday.

University president Fr. Roberto Yap, SJ, said that while it cannot be denied that the country had a difficult 2013, the people should be encouraged by leaders for them to bounce back from the misfortunes they had experienced.

Police on full alert on CAB signing

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 10:42 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police force in Northern Mindanao (PNP) was on full alert during the signing of the peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Superintendent Michael Pareja, PNP spokesman, said Thursday all police precincts and offices in the region were prepared for any eventuality during the signing.

New traffic lights, CCTVs to be installed soon

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 10:42 p.m.

NEW traffic lights and closed circuit television cameras (CCTVs) will soon be added to the existing traffic system in Cagayan de Oro City, said lawyer Edgardo Uy, chairman of the Task Force Hapsay Dalan.

At present, Uy said the installation of posts where the traffic lights and CCTV will be put up in the city’s streets.

DOH: 10,000 TB cases in Northern Mindanao ‘not alarming’

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

MORE than 10,000 people were infected with tuberculosis (TB) in Northern Mindanao last year but this should not be a cause for alarm, said a Health department official Wednesday.

Dr. Evelyn Magsayo, Department of Health (DOH) regional TB coordinator, considered the figure not so alarming, although in 2012, it was only around 7,000 cases.

Regular earthquake drills pushed in Caraga

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12:11 a.m.

THE Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) in Caraga region is pushing for government offices, school and business establishment’s to conduct regular earthquake drill throughout the region.

“Earthquake drills will help us evaluate and gauge the efficiency of the warning dissemination and the response of the local DRRM Councils and the local government units (LGUs), as well as the level of preparedness of schools, hospitals and surrounding communities if an actual earthquake takes place,” said Liza Mazo, chair of the Caraga RDRRMC.

MNLF officer in Lanao hopes to benefit from Bangsamoro deal

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12:10 a.m.

KAUSWAGAN, Lanao del Norte -- A Moro National Liberation Front revolutionary secretary hopes to benefit from the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) once it becomes a law by year 2016.

Sultan Camlon Moner, a former president of the Association of Barangay Council and barangay chairman of Barangay Delabayan, which was once a conflict area in Kauswagan town in Lanao del Norte in March 2000 to August 2008, said Wednesday they would be glad to benefit from the peace and development of the agreement.

DepEd welcomes use of Text2Teach in Oro schools

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12:07 a.m.

THE Department of Education in the region has welcomed the introduction of a more modern method of teaching that would ensure the students will enjoy and absorb their lessons easily.

Launched recently in the city, the Text2Teach program will be used in the classrooms in various public schools in Cagayan de Oro this June.

Military conducts dialogues in 6 barangays

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12:06 a.m.

THE military has started its peace initiatives in the villages to strengthen peace and security development in the communities in Cagayan de Oro City.

Captain Christian Uy, spokesperson of the 4th Infantry Division in Camp Evangelista, said they conducted series of dialogue with local residents in the urban villages of Cagayan de Oro could partner with the army who are assigned in their areas not only to crackdown criminalities, but to help develop their communities as well.

Graduating student shot dead inside classroom

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:31 a.m.

A STUDENT who is set to graduate on Friday, March 28, was shot dead inside a classroom at Rizal National High School in Barangay Rizal, Claveria town in Misamis Oriental Monday afternoon.

Trucks owner clamored for ‘illegal holding’

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:20 a.m.

TWO truckloads of logs were flagged down by the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) at the City Environment and Natural Resources Office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and (Cenro-DENR) checkpoint in Barangay Lumbia Monday night.

Edwin Dael, Clenro chief, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that he got a report of two truckloads of logs being transported, prompting him to gather his team and respond to the alert.

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