Fresh grads suffer in education, industry mismatch

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 11:44 p.m.

WHEN there is a mismatch between the industry and the academic sector, fresh graduates would find it difficult to get jobs locally, according to Justin Raagas, local coordinator of the Higher Education and Productivity project (HEP).

HEP is a partnership between USAid-Philippines and Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) that aims to address the skills gap and mismatch problem of the higher education in the Philippines.

Poverty in Northern Mindanao 'biggest' headache

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 06:32 a.m.

GROWTH in investments and agricultural production did not even out the unemployment and poverty incidence in Northern Mindanao region.

“Poverty is the biggest headache in the region,” said Engineer Cecilio Clarete, chief economic development specialist of National Economic Development Authority (Neda) in Northern Mindanao.

Cops on alert; PUJs rerouted as holidays near

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 06:31 a.m.

THE Police Regional Office (PRO) in Northern Mindanao has intensified its police visibility and other crime-prevention measures in preparation for the coming holidays.

Senior Superintendent Noel Armilla, PRO deputy regional director, said they anticipate increase in robbery and theft incidents especially in highly urbanized areas like Cagayan de Oro City where people come in huge crowds as Christmas time approaches.

Rebels raid Bukidnon police station

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 06:17 a.m.

KIBAWE, Bukidnon -- About 50 New People’s Army (NPA) rebels raided Kibawe Police Station Thursday morning, killing one police officer, wounding three others and carting away 13 firearms.

Senior Police Officer 3 (SPO3) Rodolfen Alonzo was killed during the attack that lasted 20 minutes while PO3 Jona Roban, PO2 Eliezer Lacoste and Johnrey Maniego were wounded.

Sectors demand release of People’s Survival Fund

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 04:30 a.m.

ACADEMES and scientists call on the release of funds that could be used for disaster risk reduction measures against the dangers of natural calamities caused by the changing climate.

LTO exec supports legalizing ‘habal-habal’

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 04:29 a.m.

A TRANSPORTATION department official in Northern Mindanao region supports the move of Misamis Occidental representative Henry Oaminal’s bill to legalize the operation of motorcycles-for-hire locally known as “habal-habal”, but he is wary over issues on security and safety.

City to auction real properties with unpaid taxes

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 04:29 a.m.

THE city treasurer’s office of Cagayan de Oro has warned those who have delinquent real property tax (RPT) to pay up or else their properties will be auctioned off by first quarter next year.

“If you fail to pay in the first quarter, you are considered delinquent under the Local Government Code,” city treasurer Glen Bañez said.

Bloodshed continues in media

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 12:51 a.m.

IN A span of two weeks, three broadcasters were murdered in Mindanao and one survived a shooting in Iloilo on Tuesday night.

Joash Dignos, Valencia City (November 29); Michael Milo, Tandag, Surigao del Sur, (December 7) and Rogelio Butalid, Tagum City, December 11. They are the 19th, 20th, and 21st since President Benigno Aquino III took office and the 159th, 160th and 161st since “democracy” was restored in 1986. A claim that becomes more tenuous with each media killing according to a statement sent by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines to the media.

Aquino rated 'zero' for failing to address human rights

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 03:37 a.m.

CAUSE-oriented groups rated President Benigno Simeon Aquino III ‘zero’ in dealing with the human rights situation in the country.

More than 3,000 people from Northern Mindanao trooped and marched in the Cagayan de Oro City Tuesday calling for justice for the victims of human rights violations and end the culture of impunity under Aquino’s administration.

Sulog lashes out at environment advisor

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 03:36 a.m.

AN ENVIRONMENTAL management consultant of Misamis Oriental was criticized by an environment group as he claimed that Mindanao could not yet rely on renewable sources of energy.

In a news report published Monday in a local daily, Dr. Josefino Bascug was quoted as saying that Mindanao has to choose among coal-fired power plants, nuclear plants and even candles.

Logs seized in CDO, Lanao Norte

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 03:36 a.m.

ABOUT 1000 board feet of allegedly illegally cut logs have been seized in a joint operation between the police from Bulua police station and the city local environment and natural resources office (Clenro).

‘Less coal, more renewable energy’ - expert

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 03:35 a.m.

AN environmental scientist urged local government officials to do away with coal-fired power plants and consider supporting renewable sources of energy instead.

“As a scientist, I know that coal-fired power plants are huge producers of greenhouse gases,” said Dr. Doracie Nantes, a disaster risk reduction and management expert from Australian National University (ANU).

Council okays bonus for City Hall workers, execs

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 03:35 a.m.

MEMBERS of the Cagayan de Oro City Council granted the proposal on productivity enhancement incentives to all regular, casual employees, job orders and city officials, but junked granting the same perks to the City Government’s consultants.

Only three councilors from the minority bloc — Roger Abaday, Enrico Salcedo and Teodulfo Lao Jr. — favored the proposal. Their ally, Zaldy Ocon, abstained.

GPH, MILF to see full peace pact

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 01:09 p.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- NEGOTIATORS of government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are eyeing a full peace pact in January 2014.

On Sunday evening, the parties inked the Annex on Power Sharing that embodies “the delineation and sharing of power between the central government and the (future) Bangsamoro government within the territorial jurisdiction of the prospective Bangsamoro political entity.”

‘Lumad’ killings in MisOr continue unabated

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 01:08 p.m.

UNRESOLVED arbitrary murders and human rights violations continue to haunt the Indigenous Peoples (IP) in the hinterland area of Opol town, Cagayan de Oro after another killing on December 2.

Rolen Langala, a member of IP group Pangalasag, succumbed to multiple stab and gunshot wounds leading to his untimely death.

Less abused women file anti-violence

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 01:07 p.m.

INCIDENTS of Violence Against Women and their Children (Vawci) in Cagayan de Oro city do not prosper into cases, because most clients only want to move out of their present abusive condition, said Nida Paña of the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD).

CSWD recorded around 30 reports concerning violations involving women and their children for the whole year. In November this year, the office recorded seven complaints.

‘Alternative’ fund to benefit Oro folks

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 01:06 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO City Mayor Oscar Moreno said that an alternative fund of P10 million will be allocated directly to concerned government agencies starting 2014 following the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) or pork barrel.

Moreno said the fund, which will benefit city residents, will come from the National Government. The agencies like the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DoH), and others will also get additional budget for them.

Oro, MisOr dengue cases lower in 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 01:05 p.m.

THE number of dengue cases recorded this year has decreased compared with last year’s, a health department official said.

Dr. David Mendoza, Department of Health-Northern Mindanao (DOH-10) head of Regional Epidemiology Surveillance and Disaster Response Unit (Resdru), said a total of 4,951 persons afflicted with dengue were admitted to different hospitals in the region from January 1 to November 30, 2013.

City police warn public to be cautious

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 01:04 p.m.

THE Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) has warned the public to be cautious and avoid bringing valuable items while outside their homes.

Police Superintendent Aaron Mandea, chief of the City Public Safety Company (CPSC), said the public that police officers are available day and night to secure people and properties and to respond to emergency calls.

MILF urged to honor truce as peace process in final stretch

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 01:27 a.m.

GOVERNMENT senior military adviser Major General Leo Cresente Ferrer appealed to members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to follow the rule of law and strictly adhere to the ceasefire agreement now that the peace process is in the final stretch.

“We ask the MILF leadership to rein in their forces in the spirit of the positive strides of the peace process both sides [GPH and MILF] have steadfastly worked on for so many years. A fruitful conclusion would benefit not just the Bangsamoro people but the rest of the people in Mindanao,” he said.

Guv vows to help evicted families in Lugait

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 12:29 a.m.

LUGAIT, Misamis Oriental – Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano vowed on Thursday to help the displaced families, even as efforts to negotiate with the claimant of the disputed land didn’t prosper.

Emano wanted to persuade the claimant, Emma Añora, through her lawyer to extend the eviction schedule for two months to prepare the relocation site of the displaced families.

Eviction in Lugait town ‘violates law’

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 12:28 a.m.

THE demolition in Barangay Calangahan, Lugait, Misamis Oriental is illegal based on the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA) of 1992 or Republic Act No. 7279, an officer of an urban poor association said.

Francisco Pagayaman, chairperson of Kalipunan ng Damyang Mahihirap (Kadamay) in Misamis Oriental, said that according to the law the persons or entities involved in the demolition should be informed 30 days before the date of demolition.

Officials strive to improve city hospital

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 12:27 a.m.

THE J.R. Borja Memorial Hospital (JRBMH) is now shedding its old image as it strives to improve its services and facilities, chief of hospital Dr. Evelyn Perez said.

Perez said they are now “embarking on an ambitious vision to become the premium hospital and to reach level-three accreditation by the Department of Health (DOH),” which is expected to be materialized soon.

1 killed, 6 hurt in Misamis Oriental demolition

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 02:10 a.m.

LUGAIT, Misamis Oriental -- One person died while six others were injured in a demolition that turned bloody along the highway in Barangay Calangahan here Wednesday.

The fatality was identified as Nixxon Tungao, 35, who sustained a gunshot wound on his stomach. He died before reaching a hospital in nearby Iligan City.

Twin daughters witness radio reporter’s death

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 02:10 a.m.

THE gruesome death of a radio reporter was seen by her twin daughters as her former partner shot and killed her in Barangay Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City, Tuesday night.

“Tag! Tag! Tag! Nakita nako naay gamay nga buslot, nay daku nga buslot (I saw that there’s a small hole and a big hole),” said one of Maricel Pamisa’s daughters a few minutes before the 32-year-old victim was brought to Puerto community hospital where she died.

People can sue firms for violating environment laws

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 02:09 a.m.

CHARGES can be filed against facilities and projects that not only caused degradation to the environment but also brought health risks to the community, said a lawyer for the environment Jennifer Ramos.

Raps filed vs suspect in Bukidnon journalist slaying

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 02:04 a.m.

THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Northern Mindanao filed murder raps against one of the identified suspects in the killing of Bukidnon radioman Joash Dignos at the City Prosecutor’s Office in Valencia City on Tuesday afternoon.

CIDG-Northern Mindanao chief Pedro Austria said Dionisio Daulong is one of the suspects whose sketch was bared by police on Monday.

Lawyer questions legitimacy of some village officials

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 02:03 a.m.

THE barangay officials in Cagayan de Oro City had been divided as some of them joined the oath-taking with Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgenvy Vincente Emano earlier last month while on November 30, the rest of the barangay officials were sworn in by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) with Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno.

Lawyer Edgar Cabanlas, a former city councilor, said those who didn’t join the DILG mass oath-taking might have their elected position nullified.

Rodriguez, Lim vying for Oro’s next ABC prexy

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 02:03 a.m.

AFTER being sworn into office, Cagayan de Oro City’s village chiefs are preparing to elect their leader on December 9.

Rene Burdeos, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Northern Mindanao regional director, said the chiefs from 80 barangays will gather in one venue to choose the new Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) president who will sit as an ex officio member of the City Council.

Chinese mining firm no longer operating

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 01:15 a.m.

THERE’S no case filed yet against a Chinese-owned mining company operating in Cagayan de Oro City’s upland village, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) said Tuesday.

Engr. Daniel Belderol, officer-in-charge of the MGB’s mine management division in Northern Mindanao, said the mining firm has stopped its operations at present.

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