TACLOBAN CITY -- More help from international forces are coming in this week to Tacloban City, Ormoc City in Leyte and other Samar provinces to assist the clearing operations headed by Metro Manila Development Authority.
Major General Jet B. Vilarmino, commanding general of 8th Infantry Division Philippine Army, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro in an interview Tuesday that the presence and assistance of international forces will provide equipment and facilities that could easily remove the debris which have remained littered and hampered the search for more bodies that could be buried under the ruins.
LA PAZ, Leyte -- The budget of the municipality of La Paz in Leyte province is nearing exhaustion with around a million still unpaid due to the relief operations it complemented due to shortage of aid provided by the Social Welfare department.
“Our municipality needs at least 150 sacks of rice per day,” said Froilan Pundavela, executive assistant of the municipality of La Paz, Leyte.
ADA Estepa, of the Ecology Desk of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, considered on Wednesday coal-fired power plants as tools for gradual mass murder, saying deaths caused by the carbon dioxide emitted by them are very alarming.
“In the United State of America alone, it reported around one million deaths per year due to coal-fired power plants,” said Estepa, to prove her point.
AMID the opposition of environment group Sulog on the construction of two more coal-fired power plants in Misamis Oriental, the top officials of Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental who are political rivals have endorsed the plants.
In politics, Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno and Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano are tagged as nemesis, but the issue on coal-fired power plant did not stop them from expressing their support to the project.
A GREEN group opposing the establishment of coal-fired power plants in Misamis Oriental believes the environmental compliance certificate (ECC) issued by the environment department to FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDC Misamis) and Minergy is “unconstitutional.”
Sulog chairman Orlando Ravanera told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro on Wednesday that the ECC issued to the planned coal-fired power plants in Villanueva is against Presidential Decree 1586 (PD 1856).
COUNCILOR Ramon Tabor warned police officers engaging in “kotong” (mulcting) in Cagayan de Oro City to refrain from doing it, as he ensured not a single complaint against them will be ignored.
Tabor’s warning came following a complaint from a concerned individual on Wednesday morning who happened to be a victim of an alleged mulcting by a still unknown police officer assigned at Cogon Police Station.
TUBERCULOSIS (TB), a curable disease, is now the number one cause of death among people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV-Aids), the Department of Health (DOH) in Northern Mindanao said.
This came after the reported mortality rate cases from different hospitals in the country revealed that tuberculosis (TB) has killed more patients with HIV-Aids, according to DOH National Aids, Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention control program officer Dr. Evelyn Magsayo.
TOLOSA, Leyte – Residents of far-flung communities in Leyte province claimed to have received relief goods only once from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) since Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) wreaked havoc in their community.
“The survivors’ present condition is pitiful,” said Lea Librado, a city councilor from Davao City who was among those who helped in distributing relief packs to villagers.
AN ALLEGED aide of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chair Nur Misuari was arrested at Westbound Integrated Terminal in Barangay Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City around 3:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Daniel Cruz Xavier also known as Salajudin Ibrahim Jaffam was arrested by Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) agents in Northern Mindanao in his alleged involvement in Zamboanga siege in September this year.
AT LEAST 3,257 kilograms of dried marijuana plant worth P814,250 were burned Tuesday afternoon at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Northern Mindanao regional headquarters at Camp Ernesto Alagar in Barangay Lapasan.
Police said the bundles of marijuana plants were uprooted in the hinterlands of Cabanglasan town in Bukidnon in recent operations by the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG).
THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Northern Mindanao inaugurated its newly-built laboratory on Tuesday morning where it can now conduct independently its own analysis on confiscated illegal drugs and drug tests of arrested suspects.
Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac Jr., PDEA director general, said for the last 10 years the regional anti-drug department had been getting services from the Philippine National Police (PNP) crime laboratory on the evidence they gathered during operations.
CAGAYAN de Oro City has remained a Human Immunodeficiency virus-Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV-Aids) “hotspot” as cases have kept on rising in the city, the Department of Health (DOH) in northern Mindanao region announced Monday.
Dr. Evelyn Magsayo said the increase of HIV-Aids cases started during this year’s second quarter.
TOLOSA, LEYTE -- The call for help did not fall on deaf ears as hundreds of able and willing volunteers from Mindanao went in full force to the Visayas amid bad weather to provide support to the Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors.
Red Cross volunteer Romeo Cortes said he observed a lot of people coming from Mindanao who want to go to Visayas.
THE Filipinos love to decorate as Christmas holidays come, thus the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Northern Mindanao has intensified its campaign against uncertified Christmas lights being sold in different business establishments in the city.
Ma. Eliza A. Pabillore, DTI-Misamis Oriental provincial director, said their office has started the conduct of surprise inspection of 24 stores selling Christmas lights in the Cogon and Carmen public markets as early as the last week of October.
AUTHORITIES are still facing a blank wall on the shooting of the 44-year-old man on Sunday afternoon on Villarin Street in Barangay Carmen.
But Police Senior Inspector Alfredo Ortiz Jr., Carmen Police Station chief, said the police already have initial hints with the identities of the two suspects who shot Abdullah Dimaporo in the back.
THE BUREAU of Fire Protection (BFP) belied reports that 10 shanties were gutted by the Sunday morning fire in Zone 1, Little Island, Barangay Agusan.
City fire marshal Shirley Teleron said only four shanties were razed.
AN ENVIRONMENTALIST group has criticized the move of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) for organizing late a team of experts to monitor the construction of a coal-fired power plant after it already granted an environmental compliance certificate (ECC) to the project.
TOLOSA, Leyte -- Comprehensive rehabilitation is needed especially in far-flung communities that were gravely affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) to rebuild their lives and restore human dignity, said Representative Carlos Zarate of the partylist Bayan Muna on Sunday.
“At present, the survivors in hard-to-reach communities are swallowing their pride as they begged for food from passersby,” Zarate said, pointing out his observations as the group Bulig Alang sa Mindanao (Balsa-Mindanao) reached this town Sunday afternoon to conduct relief operations.
BEFORE Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) entered the country, the weather bureau already predicted it would cause a storm surge, but the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) did not expect the damage it brought could be that massive and destructive.
“We predicted a storm surge will hit the coastal areas (of Yolanda’s path), but we had no idea it would affect the inland areas as well,” Nelly Embalsado, Pagasa weather specialist, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Sunday.
THE Police Regional Office-Northern Mindanao (PRO-10) sent 100 troops to Tacloban City to augment the security force and retrieval operation for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda.
PRO-10 spokesperson Michael M. Pareja said four of the troops came from the PNP Crime Lab who are highly trained experts in identification of cadavers.
MAGUINDANAO -- Journalists and the immediate families of Maguindanao Massacre victims urged President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and the Department of Justice to fast track the prosecution of the case, which is now on its fourth year.
AFTER four years in hiding, police finally nabbed Friday morning the suspect who tried to murder radioman Nilo Labares in Cagayan de Oro in March 2009.
Police Inspector Ariel Philip Pontillas, chief of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office’s (Cocpo) crime against persons and properties division, said the alleged gunman, Bernardo Aguilar, was arrested inside the house of Molugan village chief Virgilio Cumba in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental.
SURIGAO CITY -- Unfavorable weather condition and the tedious travel did not dampen the spirit of the volunteers from Northern Mindanao region as they made their way to the Visayas where the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) await their arrival.
The volunteers, composed mostly of students and survivors of the Tropical Storm Sendong, endured hardships just so they can lend a helping hand and to express their solidarity to the Yolanda victims.
LINAMON, Lanao del Norte – Unidentified armed men seized the owner of Findlay Millar Timber Company (FMTC) and three others along the national highway in the coastal village of Samburon, Linamon town in Lanao del Norte late Wednesday afternoon, police said.
Senior Superintendent Madid Paitao, police provincial director, identified the victims as Robert Kua, owner of FMTC in Kolambugan, and Engr. Edwin dela Torre.
A 14-year old lad was shot dead by still unidentified gunman Thursday midnight in District 4, Consolacion in Cagayan de Oro.
Police Inspector Sebastian Chua Jr., deputy commander, Police Station 5- Macabalan, identified the victim as Junifer Gallana, a resident of Isla Copa in Consolacion, who sustained a single gunshot wound in the head.
A TOWN police official has urged a company to beef up its security measures once the construction of its P30-billion coal-fired power plant starts in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.
Senior Inspector Rogelio Labor, Villanueva police chief, said the 405 megawatt (MW) power plant could attract groups and individuals who are out to sabotage or extort the management of FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDC Misamis).
AROUND 150 volunteers from Northern Mindanao geared up to distribute relief goods to areas damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas.
Carol Abrio, executive director of group Panday Bulig, said the volunteers are ordinary citizens, mainly from urban poor communities in the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, including survivors of Tropical Storm Sendong in the hinterlands of the Bukidnon province.
STUDENTS in public elementary and high school in Cagayan de Oro City are performing below the target based on certain international indicators to gauge education quality and efficiency, said an education expert.
Dr. Nene Guevarra, president of Synergeia, said during the Education Summit that in every 10 questions in the National Achievement Test (NAT), elementary students in the city’s public schools can only get six right answers.
A MAN was shot dead by still unidentified gunman at the height of a pre-fiesta dance in Barangay Balubal Thursday dawn, police said.
The victim was identified as Judifer Fabiano, 39, of Purok 2, Balubal, who sustained 12 gunshot wounds on his body.
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HIS mother is a former president who was widowed when her husband, a prominent opposition leader, was assassinated. And so when Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” C. Aquino III came to power on June 30, 2010, expectations were high that he would act with dispatch and resolve on the unsolved murders of activists, lawyers, church workers, and journalists.