Eradication of dengue ‘impossible’

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:34 a.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH-10) Northern Mindanao admitted that the dengue virus is impossible to defeat, with to the intermittent cases per month and the widespread propagation of its carrier, the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

“It is difficult to eradicate dengue. It has been going on for years but there are still cases of death from the virus because we do not have a cure for it yet,” said Ivan Rubio, the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance and Disaster Response Unit (Resdru) of DOH-Northern Mindanao, on Thursday.

Reloc site identified for families affected by mega-dike

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:33 a.m.

THE Cagayan de Oro City Government said it has already identified a potential relocation site for the residents who will be affected by the mega dike project, a 12-kilometer flood-protection structure which is expected to be built in 2015.

City Social and Welfare Development (CSWD) officer Teddy Sabuga-a told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro on Thursday that Barangay Balubal is the most feasible relocation for the approximately 2,000 affected families.

Traders may be responsible of rice, spices hoarding

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:45 a.m.

A GROUP of traders operating in Northern Mindanao may be responsible for the hoarding of rice and spices that created artificial shortage of basic goods in the market, the Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao (DA) said on Wednesday.

“Possibly, that the hoarding in Northern Mindanao is done by only one group. Although I don’t have the concrete data yet, pero may duda kami,” DA assistant regional director Roxane Hojas said.

Aquino soon to approve megadike’s phase 1

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:44 a.m.

THE construction of the proposed 12-kilometer megadike that will be soon approved by President Benigno Aquino III is just the first phase of the entire project, National Economic and Development Authority-Northern Mindanao (Neda-10) regional director Leon Dacanay said.

“That is just the phase one of the entire project that will be submitted to the president. There is a long list of the projects that have been approved already at the ICC (Investment Coordination Committee) cabinet committee which awaits the approval of the Neda board,” Dacanay said Tuesday.

Another 2 burned bodies found

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:43 a.m.

ANOTHER burned bodies were found along the national highway in Barangay Gango, between the boundary of Libona, Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro City Wednesday morning, police said.

At first, there were talks circulating among the ‘habal-habal’ (motorcycle for hire) drivers and then the police personnel of Libona decided to check if the rumors of the burned bodies were true.

Nutrition body: Food vital for survival in disasters

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:43 a.m.

POST-DISASTER response is not limited to the relocation and rehabilitation of the affected lives.

For the victims of disaster to go about physically, meeting their nutritional needs is paramount to their survival.

Woman stabbed after ‘dumping’ suitor

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:42 a.m.

A WOMAN was stabbed after she dumped a guy who was courting her at Barangay Kauswagan Tuesday night around 8 p.m., police said.

Janneth Andres, 38, a resident of Barangay Molugan, El Salvador City, was rushed to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) about 1:05 a.m. on Wednesday. The victim arrived at the hospital conscious; but in critical condition.

P7-M 'shabu' found in footwear

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 11:47 p.m.

ILIGAN CITY – Agents of the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency in Northern Mindanao (PDEA-10) nabbed a person, suspected to be involved in a drug syndicate, who claimed a package in one of the mail couriers in Iligan City around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

“The package contained 16 pairs of children’s sandals from Caloocan City. Lodged in the outer sole of each sandal was methamphetamine hydrochloride or 'shabu' placed inside a plastic bag and wrapped with carbon paper to prevent x-ray detection,” PDEA agent known only as Tor told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

LTFRB to hold public hearing on Oro fare hike

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 11:46 p.m.

THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said Tuesday it will soon conduct a public hearing on the fare increase petition filed by the Transport Federation of Cagayan de Oro (Trafeco) last month.

It is in public hearing where everyone can participate in the discussion of the fare hike petition.

DOST recognizes entrepreneurs, scholars

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 11:45 p.m.

AS THE country celebrates the National Science and Technology week, the Department of Science and Technology in the region (DOST) recognizes entrepreneurs and the scholars who graduated with the highest academic awards during its opening ceremonies on Tuesday.

With this year’s theme, "Philippines: A Science Nation Meeting Global Challenges," DOST awarded entrepreneurs – micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who successfully utilized the technology interventions and have shown impressive productivity improvements and market performances.

Bright Leaf Awards hits the road

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 11:44 p.m.

THE 8th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards (BLAJA) is inviting journalists from the tri-media—print, radio and television—for its search for the best agriculture stories, photos, TV and radio segments.

The Bright Leaf Awards is a nationwide search for the year’s best stories that were aired or published between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014.

Kin eyes politics as motive on Bukidnon mayor slay

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 01:38 a.m.

IMPASUG-ONG, Bukidnon – As this town continues to weep for its slain mayor, Mario Okinlay, the family sees politics as the motive behind the killing.

“Ay! Politika ra gyud kana. I do not believe that it is pure New People's Army (NPA) lang ang nagpalikod ani, they were used by rotten politicians,” Okinlay’s wife Julia said Monday.

Bukidnon on alert after mayor’s slay: Police

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 01:37 a.m.

THE province of Bukidnon is on full alert following the murder of Impasug-ong town mayor Mario Okinlay, provincial director Senior Superintendent Glen dela Torre said Monday.

Dela Torre told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro by phone that all police precincts in the province have been on heightened security as law enforcers were instructed to watch over vital installations and places of convergence like malls, bus terminals, churches, and public markets.

1 dead, 2 wounded in bloody youth party

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 01:36 a.m.

ONE person was killed and two others were injured when a gathering of members of youth “clans” turned ugly at a beach resort in Barangay Bonbon early Monday morning.

A Carmen police report showed a stabbing incident happened around 2:35 a.m. on July 7, 2014 involving three male victims, namely, Judy Quezon, 18; Denjie Remando, 22; and John Rey Talipan, 23.

Government, MILF thresh out Basic Law kinks

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 01:35 a.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- Negotiators of government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are trooping to Kuala Lumpur to thresh out concerns related on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law that is scheduled to be submitted by President Aquino for urgent legislation when Congress reopens July 28.

Police clueless on identities of 3 charred bodies

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:48 a.m.

POLICE are clueless on the identities of the bodies of three men who were killed, burned and dumped in Zone 1, Barangay Santa Ana, Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental, over the weekend.

Last Saturday’s torching of the bodies was the second incident in less than a month after residents discovered a charred corpse in Barangay Natumulan, Tagoloan, on June 15, said Senior Inspector Maricris Mulat, Tagoloan police station chief.

Rebel suspects in mayor’s murder face charges

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

AUTHORITIES filed on July 4 murder charges against three suspected members of the New People’s Army deemed responsible for killing Impasug-ong Mayor Mario Okinlay at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Malaybalay City.

The Regional Task Group-Elected Government Officials (RTG-EGO) Okinlay headed by Police Senior Superintendent Pedro Austria, regional director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, said the court docketed the murder charges under NPS No. X-01-INV-146-00231.

Laguindingan airport needs another terminal - Caap

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

DUE to influx of passengers at Languindingan airport, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) revealed it is planning to put up additional terminal building and facilities.

CAAP chief William Hotchkiss said the plans are now underway to study the new location and facilities needed for this terminal.

Export standard slaughterhouse to rise in NorMin

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:46 a.m.

THE agriculture department has belied the claim of hog farmers in the region that the planned construction of an export-grade slaughterhouse will not be pushed through due to budget realignment.

“Actually, dili ‘na tinuod. Wala pa diha ang pundo (It’s not true. The funds are not yet in.) We’re still working out nga masulod sa 2015 budget,” Roxan Hojas, Department of Agriculture-10 (DA-10) assistant regional director, told Sun*Star Cagayan de Oro in a recent interview.

Wait for 2016, Emano told

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 11:40 p.m.

ALLIES of Mayor Oscar Moreno had downplayed the petition for recall initiated by the camp of former mayor Vicente Emano and even called it a mere political strategy designed to get noticed by the city’s voting population and the media.

Lawyer James Judith, legal consultant of Moreno, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro by phone Friday afternoon that the recall petition is “politically motivated” as he also urged Emano to wait for 2016 so he can run again.

Martial Law survivors, kin apply for recognition, reparation

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 11:40 p.m.

TO ACKNOWLEDGE their bravery and courage in standing up against the dictatorial rule of former President Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and 1980s, survivors and relatives of freedom fighters who died during the Martial Law years have applied for the Human Rights Victims and Recognition Act of 2013 on Friday.

With the help of Karapatan: Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights-NMR and Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (Selda), the applicants signed up for the program that started last May 12 and will end on November 10 for the Northern Mindanao area.

2 soldiers die in clashes vs NPA

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 11:39 p.m.

TWO government soldiers died while three were wounded in armed encounters with the New People's Army (NPA) rebels Friday morning in different areas of Misamis Oriental, the military said.

Major Christian Uy, 4th Infantry Division (4ID) spokesperson, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Friday afternoon that government soldiers engaged the Maoist insurgents on three occasions in a span of 24 hours at sitio Kapatagan, Barangay Umagos in Lagonglong and Barangay Kibanban in Balingasag.

Rafting operator still under probe

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 11:38 p.m.

EVEN after it decided to resume its operation after a self-imposed suspension following the death of a tourist last June 13, rafting operator Kagay Journey–White Water Rafting and Kayaking (Kagay) is still under investigation.

“We went back on our operations as soon as we were done fixing what we had to fix,” Kagay co-owner Chisum Factura said on Thursday after the evaluation of the river guides spearheaded by the Task Force Rapids (TFR).

Former mayor recall petition may be put off

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 02:21 a.m.

THERE is a possibility that the petition for recall initiated by the political adversaries of incumbent Cagayan de Oro City mayor Oscar Moreno will be put in the back burner after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) recently declared that it has no funds to conduct any election recall.

Lawyer Aleli Ramirez, city Comelec officer, said the poll body will accommodate all the recall petitions that they receive, as they are mandated to do so, but the financial constraints it is facing now will put those petitions on hold.

Bukidnon mayor’s slay case moved to new task group

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 02:20 a.m.

THE investigation of the killing of Impasug-ong town mayor Mario Okinlay has been moved to the Regional Task Group for Elected Government Officials (RTG-EGO) from the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) that initially handled the probe on July 2, the day Okinlay died.

PSSupt. Pedro Austria, regional director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in northern Mindanao, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Thursday evening that motives on the shooting of Okinlay could not be determined yet until every person who witnessed the shooting could give their statements.

Doctor convicted of failure to obey summons

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 02:19 a.m.

A DOCTOR in the city has been found guilty beyond reasonable doubt for failing to obey summons, thus, violating Section 266 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 or the Tax Reform Act of 1997 (RA 8424).

In a decision penned by Judge Romualdo E. Galarrita of Branch 3 of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities, 10th Judicial Region, Dr. Segundina Lim Velasco, an anesthesiologist connected with one of the hospitals in the city, is sentenced to a year in prison and asked to pay a fine of P5,000.

Task Force Rapids holds rafting run

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 02:18 a.m.

DESPITE some lapses and the controversies hounding the rafting industry after the tragic incident last month, the river guides showed exemplary skills on leading the participants on Thursday’s run.

Outfitters such as Red Rafts, Kagay Journey – White Water Rafting and Kayaking, Bugsay, 1st Rafting Adventure and Golden Friendship White Water Rafting joined in the rafting run spearheaded by Task Force Rapids (TFR), the body that will look into the whitewater rafting industry in its regulation, capacity building, and safety and rescue among outfitters.

Bukidnon town mayor warned NPAs out to kill him

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 03:08 p.m.

PRIOR to the killing of Impasug-ong town Mario Okinlay, he was already warned the New People's Army (NPA) rebels were out to terminate him.

Okinlay was ambushed by the Maoist's rebels after conducting a medical mission in Barangay Bontongon which is a hinterland village of the town past 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

‘Safety should be a culture’

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 03:07 p.m.

SAFETY should be a priority of the people, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in northern Mindanao said after it conducted drills and safety exercises in a public school here Wednesday morning.

“Our aim here is to develop a culture of safety. Although we are aware, but there is a need for practice of these things,” OCD regional director Ana Cañeda said. In observance of July as the National Disaster Consciousness Month, OCD began its month-long disaster consciousness with an earthquake drill at West City Central School (WCCS) in Barangay Carmen.

Suspected food poisoning downs 31 in Oro

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 03:06 p.m.

FOR eating hamburger, 31 residents of Zone 9 in Barangay Bonbon experienced gastrointestinal disorder last Saturday, suspected to be food poisoning by a public hospital official.

The snack items, bought from a burger stall, were given to the residents by a group of nursing students coming from a university in the city.

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