Christians invited to observe solemnity in Lent

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 01:56 a.m.

ARCHBISHOP Antonio Ledesma SJ, head of the archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, is inviting Christian churches in the city to join the Roman Catholics in observing the solemnity of the Holy Week.

Ledesma said the Lenten season is not exclusive for the Roman Catholics but is open to other Christian denominations, as well.

Bangus ‘safe for consumption’ amid red tide

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 01:55 a.m.

BALINGASAG town mayor Alexis Quina has reiterated his assurance that the locally produced milkfish or bangaus is safe for human consumption contrary to rumors circulating in Northern Mindanao recently.

“The thing speaks for itself,” he said.

Groups urge to hasten Bangsamoro Basic Law draft

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 01:55 a.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- Civil society organizations in Mindanao appealed to various interest groups and individuals to think twice about their threats to drag the upcoming Bangsamoro Basic Law before the Supreme Court.

“We humbly appeal that this should not be done for purposes of legal calisthenics and to merely prove an academic point; that would be a very scary adventure,” read a statement from the Mindanao Civil Society Organizations Platform for Peace (MCSOPP).

Damage in Oro fire pegged at P1.5M

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 01:54 a.m.

A FIRE razed down 15 houses inside Yaba compound in Corrales street in Cagayan de Oro City early Tuesday morning, April 15.

Roy (not his real name) was awakened by a loud explosion that echoed all over the compound. He saw a large smoke followed by an abrupt blaze minutes later. “Ga-syagita na ang mga tao so nibangon ko,” he said.

Security in Oro terminals tightened for Lent

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 01:53 a.m.

THE increasing numbers of passengers in the various terminals around the city has forced the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) to impose tighter security though conducting continued inspections on travelers and their belongings this Holy Week.

Police Senior Inspector Ivan Viñas, chief at Police Station 3 (PS3) in Agora, revealed that even in the past week, they have been providing 24-hour security at the bus terminal and inside the buses. Inspections are being conducted by policemen both in uniform and civilian clothing.

City jail on alert as prisoners raise demands

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 01:13 a.m.

THE Cagayan de Oro City jail is on heightened alert after more than a hundred of its inmates staged a hunger strike Monday morning to demand response from city jail officials on their concerns.

Jail Superintendent Erwin Kenny Ronquillo, city jail warden, said a group of Special Tactics and Response Team (STRT) from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Northern Mindanao region (BJMP-10) were deployed to augment the prison’s armed personnel.

Demand for fish unaffected by ‘red tide’ scare

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 01:11 a.m.

FISH sellers revealed that the sales of fish have remained normal amid reports of ‘red tide’ that hit several areas all over Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental and some parts of Lanao del Norte.

“The perceived red tide hasn’t really affected the demand here at the fish port; so far it didn’t even decline for a single day. The fishing vessels that are docked here reported that they have seen several areas out in the open sea that showed signs of red tide but they immediately moved to areas that didn’t show any problems,” said Chona Sevillano, barangay council member of Loyongbonbon in Opol town, Misamis Oriental. READ: Fish growers lose thousands in 'red tide'

Disaster risk reduction office gears up for Holy Week

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 01:03 a.m.

THE City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) has already made preparations in time for the observance of the Holy Week on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Mario Verner Monsanto, CDRRMO chief, said teams of responders will be deployed to Malasag site in Barangay Cugman and Guadalupe shrine in Igbalalay Hills in Barangay Tablon, two of the religious areas in the city where people are expected to converge by the hundreds this week.

Man dies while trying to catch Pacman-Bradley fight

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 01:01 a.m.

IN HIS haste to catch the boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr., a man found himself in a vehicular accident around 11:30 a.m. last Sunday at Barangay Lunocan in Manolo Fortich town in Bukidnon.

The victim was identified as Ruben Dignos, 35, married. He reportedly had a drinking spree at a relatives’ place nearby when he realized that the Pacquiao-Bradley fight was about to begin.

Syndicate eyed behind illegal logging in Oro

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 11:51 p.m.

A WELL-ENTRENCHED syndicate may be behind the rampant illegal logging activities in the city’s upland villages, said the head of the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) in Cagayan de Oro City.

Edwin Dael, Clenro chief, said the logging syndicate involves a financier who bankrolls the operations, an insider at the environment office who can tamper a permit for the transportation of logs, and village residents who are paid a measly amount to do the cutting of trees.

Pulangi power plant capacity lowered

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 11:50 p.m.

ILIGAN CITY – The Pulangi hydro electric power plant is down to 60 Megawatts (MW) from 255 MW generating capacity since the water level and supply from Pulangi River that supplies the turbines has gone insufficient.

Engineer Rudy Brioso, vice-president of National Power Corporation (NPC)–Mindanao Generation, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro in an exclusive interview Friday morning, April 11.

RTA to go easy on erring motorist during Lent

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 11:49 p.m.

PEDESTRIANS and motorists can rest easy during the Holy Week as the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) will refrain from arresting violators of road rules.

Lawyer Edgardo Uy, RTA overseer and chief of the Task Force Hapsay Dalan (TFHD), said traffic enforces will be considerate to those who commit violations on road rules in time for Lent.

Mayor, lawmaker hold medical mission in MisOr town

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 11:48 p.m.

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental – On its third time, Villanueva mayor Julio Uy and 2nd District representative, Juliette Uy joined with different organizations and offices for a medical mission on April 9, 2014 at the Kalingagan Elementary School in Barangay Imelda here.

There were three barangays of the three towns visited that benefitted from the mission: Barangay Imelda of Villanueva including Sitio Bangonbangon and Sitio Patag, Barangay Patrocenio of Claveria, and Barangay Corrales of Jasaan.

El Salvador opens ‘pasalubong’ center

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 11:48 p.m.

WHEN visiting El Salvador City in Misamis Oriental or on your way to the Laguindingan Airport and beyond northwestern Mindanao and back, travelers wanting to bring goodies to home could find the town’s ‘pasalubong’ center along the highway near the Catholic Church.

On its grand opening last Friday, The House of Pasalubong (HP) boasts of various homemade delicacies – the locally produced and those coming from neighboring areas were on display.

Oro tax collection hits P500-M target

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 02:08 a.m.

REVENUE collection in Cagayan de Oro City has reached its target owing to the turnout of tax payments in the first quarter of 2014.

City treasurer Glenn Bañez said tax collections at present has reached more than P500 million from the 5,000 taxpayers accounting to 33 percent of business establishments.

Clenro intercepts truckload of illegal lumber

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 02:07 a.m.

THE Cagayan de Oro City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) intercepted a truckload of illegally cut logs when it passed through Barangay Carmen on Thursday night.

Clenro chief Edwin Dael said the seized 28.66 cubic meters of logs was owned by Elena Pantao, of REM Import-Export Enterprises in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, based on the papers presented to his office.

New people’s group bats for changes in Oro

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 02:06 a.m.

TO ENSURE that political leaders fulfill their election promises of progress and development, there is a need for the populace not to be just fence-sitters but to be conscientious, said an official of a newly organized group in Cagayan de Oro City.

Civil society group Nagkahiusang Kagay-anon (NK), consisting of representatives from the city’s various sectors, was organized at the Patrick Cronin Formation Center of the St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral compound Friday afternoon.

Port prepares for 25,000 Camiguin influx for Lent

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 02:05 a.m.

BALINGOAN, Misamis Oriental – Port authorities here assured preparedness for the arrival of an estimated 25,000 passengers headed to Camiguin Island during the Holy Week.

Fish growers lose thousands in 'red tide'

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 01:43 a.m.

FISH growers in Northern Mindanao region have been losing thousands of pesos in investment as massive fish kill brought by the harmful algal bloom (HAB) since it was first reported on March 26.

The losses in the fish farms in Balingasag town, Misamis Oriental have already reached more than half a million pesos, said Asuncion Maputol, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-10) assistant regional director during a press briefing Thursday afternoon.

NorMin copra production up despite weather disturbances

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 01:42 a.m.

EVEN with the series of weather disturbances that hit Northern Mindanao region and affected agriculture yield, copra production increased last year, a National Economic Development Authority (Neda-10) official announced Thursday.

Cecilio Clarete, Neda-10 chief economic development specialist, said copra production went up 3.02 percent and 1.09 percent in the later part and in the whole year in 2013, respectively, elevating the corresponding production levels to 115,221 metric tons (MT) and 438, 719 MT, in the region.

1,000 cops to secure Oro on Holy Week

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 01:41 a.m.

AROUND 1,000 personnel from the combined forces of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) and Regional Training School (RTS) will secure areas here on the commemoration of the Holy Week.

Chief Inspector Lemuel Gonda, Cocpo’s chief of operations, revealed that deployment is part of Oplan Banal na Araw 2014.

2 bodies found in Opol

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 01:39 a.m.

TWO unidentified men were found dead in Barangay Malanang, in Opol, Misamis Oriental Thursday morning.

The men were believed to be victims of extra-judicial killings and bore no identification except that one was only wearing pants and has tattoos on his body, and the other wore only boxer shorts who could be between 25-40 years old.

Moreno allies: Recall petition untimely

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 01:21 a.m.

THE recall petition seeking the ouster of Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno being initiated by political adversaries is not only premature but also counter-productive, said Moreno’s allies in the City Council.

Councilor Teodulfo Lao Jr. said the people are not really receptive of the recall petition, although he added that he has no objection to this move since it is the right of the people to do so as embodied in the Local Government Code and in the 1987 Constitution.

Politicians urged to work together as 'heroes'

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 01:20 a.m.

CAGAYAN de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, in his speech on Wednesday’s Araw ng Kagitingan commemoration, urged the people in the City Government to work together as heroes to avoid paralyzing the functions of a local government.

“Heroism also comes in working together for the good of the people. Real strength comes through partnership, not as one but by working as a team. Our heroes fought for our country not only for themselves but for the future generation to be free from domination, control and manipulation,” Moreno said.

Truck containing unused fireworks explodes

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 01:19 a.m.

THE peaceful and calm afternoon in Barangay Consolacion was disturbed after an idle truck cum storage facility exploded Wednesday.

Donnie Labita, owner of the truck, said that unused fireworks from last year started the explosion after a welding spark caught them.

Oro agri office cautions residents on eating shellfish

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 01:18 a.m.

CONSUMERS have been warned not to eat shellfish yet from the Macajalar Bay due to the presence of harmful algae, said the City Agriculture office echoing the advisory sent by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in northern Mindanao (BFAR-10) on April 8.

Dr. Hector San Juan, city agriculturist, said that BFAR’s monitoring has indicated the recent red tide occurrence could have started from Iligan Bay and moved northeast along the coasts of Misamis Oriental toward Macajalar Bay and even portions of Balingasag Bay.

Lawmaker: RH Law a 'historic victory'

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 01:11 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- The Supreme Court (SC) ruling on the constitutionality of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Law drew mixed reactions from local leaders here.

Both legislators and Roman Catholic Church officials offered differing views on the legislation that has been opposed by those who perceived it as anti-life.

High tech gadgets seen to prevent smuggling

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:52 p.m.

IN ITS effort to stamp out smuggling activities in the seaports of Northern Mindanao, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in the region will now be using a new set of gadgets donated by the United States government, an official said Tuesday.

Lawyer Roswald Joseph Pague, BOC-Northern Mindanao acting administrative officer, said the CT-30 Contraband Team Detection Kit was given last year by the US State Department directly to the customs office in Northern Mindanao.

City launches ‘Maternal Care Package’

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:51 p.m.

THE Cagayan de Oro City Government has launched its latest health program aimed at upgrading the facilities of barangay health centers and their accreditation with the Philippines Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

At the unveiling of the "Maternal Care Package" in barangays Bugo, Tablon and Cugman on Tuesday morning, Mayor Oscar Moreno urged the village officials to set aside politics and instead help the City Government in implementing its various programs, especially health.

City disaster management office orients media

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:51 p.m.

MEMBERS of the press in the Cagayan de Oro City appraised the operations of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) and the need to accurately disseminate information of impending weather disturbances to the public.

The media orientation focused on the understanding of the color-coded alert signals and the protocol in information gathering of incoming changes in weather condition.

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