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.
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).
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).
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ILIGAN CITY -- Negotiators of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will meet today, December 4, in Kuala Lumpur to settle the details on power sharing and normalization that are preventing them from clinching a comprehensive peace accord more than a year after inking a landmark preliminary pact.
ONE of the notorious robbery suspects in Cagayan de Oro City struck anew and carted away more than P160,000 cash and worth of jewelry from a cashier of a business firm while onboard a jeepney in Barangay Agusan late Monday afternoon, police said Tuesday.
Chief Inspector Lemuel Gonda, chief of the Cagayan de Oro Police Office’s (Cocpo) operations and plans branch, identified the victim as Rosalinda Aban, 33, of Barangay Indahag, while the suspect was identified as Harold Bongayo, a resident of Barangay Camaman-an.
THE Misamis Oriental Provincial Board commended the volunteers of the Misamis Oriental medical mission team for their selfless effort in helping out survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) victims in Barugo town, Leyte.
Provincial Board Member Vincent Pelaez, of the first district, said after the 10-day medical mission dubbed “Misamis Oriental Cares,” the 68-man team returned home safe Monday evening.
THE National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), through its Environment Management Department (EMD), launched on Tuesday its reforestation projects in the provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental -- areas affected by the company's expansion program in Mindanao.
NGCP said that with its ongoing and about to start expansion projects in Mindanao, it will be cutting trees in areas where their lines traverse.
SPECIAL Task Group Dignos has been created to fast track the investigation on the killing of a journalist in Bukidnon province.
Police Superintendent Roy Aque Magsalay, Valencia City police chief, received orders from his superiors to hasten the investigation of the murder of Joash Dignos, a block timer of dxGT Radyo Abante in Maramag town in Bukidnon following Malacañang’s promise to give justice to Dignos.
THE Cagayan de Oro City Council was urged by one of its members on Monday to stop the blaming and focus on the fight against illegal mining operations in the hinterlands, after an alleged foreign company was discovered financing illegal mining activities by another councilor.
“It’s not easy to curtail all the illegal activities in our hinterland villages. Not then, not now,” said President Elipe during the City Council’s session Monday.
TANGUB CITY – Glittering lights of the 17 gigantic Christmas symbols were switched on in the evening of December 1 here.
This year, the festival showcases part two of “Christmas around the world” theme. It depicts the various landmarks of different countries around the world.
THREE persons died in a recent attack believed to be carried by the New People’s Army (NPA) in the hinterland of Talakag town in Bukidnon on Sunday dawn, an official of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) said Monday.
4ID spokesman Capt. Christian Uy identified the fatalities as Eddie Gawahan, Jonel Yanda and his mother Germinia Yanda, all residents of Sitio San Abel in Miarayon village.
MORE than 60 student leaders and writers from various cities and provinces in Northern Mindanao convened in Cagayan de Oro City to organize their ranks and create a significant force against all types of corruption in the country.
“In every area–Lanao, Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental—there will be coordinators who will build chapters and initiate activities in line with the principles of Youth Act Now (YAN),” said Rommel Limjoco, regional coordinator of College Editors Guild of the Philippines–Northern Mindanao Region (CEGP-NMR).