Military flags down farmers for 'safety precaution'

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:06 a.m.

ABOUT 700 farmers from the eastern part of Misamis Oriental on board six dumptrucks did not arrive on time to attend the National Peasant Day held at Kiosko sa Kagawasan (Freedom Kiosk) in Divisoria on Tuesday because they were allegedly flagged down by the military in Medina town, Misamis Oriental.

Farmer Eduardo Quidet said their convoy of dumptrucks, owned by the Provincial Government, was stopped by the army's 58th Infantry Battalion (58IB) checkpoint in Barangay Maanas, Medina around 8 a.m.

City Council blamed for delayed aid on fire victims

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:05 a.m.

BLAME it on the late approval of the 2014 executive budget by the Cagayan de Oro City Council.

This was the response of the City Social Welfare and Development office after City Councilor Leon Gan Jr. raised the issue on the delay of the distribution of assistance to families affected in a May fire early this year.

OFW model families recognized

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:03 a.m.

BEING an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) - earning a living in another country for the economic wellbeing of the family - takes a lot of considerations to balance the existence of loved ones, where the upkeep of the family is assured despite the physically distance.

Stories of broken families, children into drugs, squandered remittances, among others, are the sad realities that some OFWs have suffered.

Arrested cop on ‘drugs use watchlist’

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:32 p.m.

A POLICE arrested in a buy-bust operation by a joint team of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) Intelligence Branch (IB) has been confirmed to be on the "drug use watchlist" of the city police office.

Less than a month after SPO1 Nancy Peralta was apprehended on September 30, another police officer, PO1 Darwin Maputi, was arrested together with Arsad Ayunan, a suspected illegal drug pusher, on October 19.

Landlessness, ancestral domain claims remain farmers’ woes

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:31 p.m.

ROGER Plana, 43 years old, has six kids. He feeds his family by tilling half a hectare of land in Barangay Blanco in Balingasag town, Misamis Oriental.

But Plana said the corn and rice he harvests from the plot owned by a farmers’ organization is not even enough to sustain the needs of his family.

Oro public markets to undergo rehab

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:30 p.m.

REHABILITATION of Cogon and Carmen markets will soon begin after Cagayan de Oro City officials found the need of the markets to get major renovation.

Last month, the City Government held a joint inspection at the public markets led by the City Health Office, City Veterinary Office and Task Force Hapsay Merkado.

Anti-power plant protest in Camiguin shelved

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 10:27 p.m.

DENIED by a permit to hold its rally against the proposed 4.4-megawatt diesel-fed power plant in Camiguin, the Citizens for Green and Peaceful Camiguin did not push through with its plan to stage a protest on the opening of the island’s Lanzones festival on Sunday.

The diesel-fed power plant will be constructed in Sitio Maubog, Barangay Balbagon in Mambajao town in Camiguin.

Court orders school to give grad his credentials

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 10:26 p.m.

A REGIONAL trial court (RTC) has ordered a private high school to release to one of its alumni the credentials that he needs for him to proceed college.

In his 12-page decision, Judge Bonifacio Macabaya, presiding judge of the RTC-branch 20 in Cagayan de Oro, granted the petition of mandamus and damages to the 17-year-old graduate of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Montessori School (SHJMS) in C.M. Recto Avenue.

Consumers urged to know their rights

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 10:25 p.m.

AURORA VALDEZ and her daughter were dining at a fastfood chain when the food they ordered was served cold.

She asked the waiter to replace it, but the waiter said that it would take 30 minutes for them to cook a new one.

Peace group hopeful of 2 soldiers’ release

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:46 p.m.

A GROUP of peace advocates is optimistic that the release of two soldiers held captive by the New People’s Army (NPA) will take place soon.

The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (Pepp) said it is very likely that Private First Class Marnel Cinches and Private First Class Jerrel Yorong will be freed by the NPA.

City Hall to probe hospital worker on sex abuse

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:45 p.m.

AFTER learning that an employee of the J.R. Borja General Hospital (JRBGH) has been one of those involved in the alleged molestation of a 19-year-old female college student inside a videoke bar on October 12, the Cagayan de Oro City Government said Friday it is conducting its own investigation.

City Hall has confirmed that June Paglinawan, who holds a position as Administrative Aide III, is working as a wardsman at the city-run JRBGH.

Families urged to follow nutrition program

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:44 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) in Northern Mindanao is enjoining Filipino families to avail themselves of the government’s nutrition program and afford their children the needed vitamins and other medical interventions for good health.

Colleague of slain Italian priest hits ‘slow investigation’

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:44 p.m.

ARAKAN, North Cotabato -- Three years after, the supposed superbody tasked to investigate the killing of Italian missionary Fausto “Pops” Tentorio has yet to prove its worth, a colleague of the slain priest said.

Fr. Peter Geremia was referring to the Special Investigating Team for Unsolved Cases (SITU), which was mandated by President Benigno Aquino III through the Department of Justice to solve high profile cases.

Alvarez assumes post as new 403rd Brigade commander

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:43 p.m.

MALAYBALAY CITY -- Soldiers belonging to the 403rd “Peacemaker” Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division (4ID) based here have a new commander whose mission is to instill a conflict-manageable and peaceful Bukidnon and the rest of the brigade’s area of responsibility.

Colonel Jesse A. Alvarez assumed his post, replacing Colonel Francisco Pabayo in a change of command ceremony at Camp Osito Bahian in this city.

30 Oro cops suspected of using illegal drugs

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 01:34 a.m.

WITH the 30 city police suspected of being users of illegal substance, Senior Superintendent Faro Antonio Olaguera has set the random drug testing of the members of the Cocpo police.

Olaguera, the Cagayan de Oro Police Office chief, told reporters on Thursday that he is ironing out the coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-10 (PDEA-10) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) crime laboratory to ensure success in carrying out the drug testing.

NFA sells rice only to accredited dealers

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 01:33 a.m.

THE National Food Authority-10 (NFA-10) has denied Thursday that it is selling rice to big-time traders as alleged by the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Northern Mindanao (KMP-NMR).

In a previous interview, KMP-NMR secretary-general Richard Colao has accused the NFA-10 of selling its rice to traders who re-sack the NFA rice and sell it as commercial rice, increasing its profit margin in the process.

Oro wins ‘Liveable Cities Design Challenge’

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 01:31 a.m.

CAGAYAN de Oro City’s reputation as the country’s second most competitive city today rose to another level after winning the ‘Liveable Cities Design Challenge’ initiated by the National Competitiveness Council and the United States Agency for International Development (USAid).

‘Liveable Cities Design Challenge’ is a planning and design competition whose objective is to get city planners across the Philippines to better plan their respective cities for a climate-defined future and for disaster-risk reduction.

2 die, 17 injured as bus falls into a ravine

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 01:30 a.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Two people were killed while 17 others were wounded when a bus fell into a ravine late Wednesday in Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur.

Killed were bus driver Macario Omac and Baharan Maulod, Basilan provincial officer of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

3 officials deny sex abuse accusation

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:01 a.m.

THREE of the five men who work at Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol denied Wednesday their involvement in sexually molesting a female college student inside a karaoke bar in Barangay Carmen early Sunday morning.

They said the video footage where they and the 19-year-old Denise (not her real name) were seen together and the result of the medical examination are proof enough that they had no participation in the alleged sexual abuse.

Farmers' group slams gov’t for food shortage

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 11:52 p.m.

WITH the government’s perceived inability to address the issue of food security in the country, today should be called “World Hunger Day” instead of World Food Day, a farmers' group said Wednesday.

Richard Colao, secretary-general of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas in northern Mindanao (KMP-NMR), said it’s not only the consumers who are affected by food shortage, but the farmers who are the main producer of the country’s food supply.

Priest urges gov’t to rethink policy on mining

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 11:48 p.m.

MALAYBALAY CITY – On the 23rd death anniversary of a Bukidnon priest killed for his environmental advocacy, a priest here urged the government to rethink its policy of allowing mining and monocrop plantations in the province, considering that it is considered a watershed area.

“Let’s rethink our land use management in Bukidnon. It seems the framework that Bukidnon is a watershed seems yet to sink in,” said Fr. Rey Raluto, dean of studies of St. Vianney Seminary, during Thursday’s forum attended by coordinators and representatives of ecological desks from around the diocese.

Surigao fishermen catch giant ocean sun fish

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 11:48 p.m.

SURIGAO CITY – Fishermen in a coastal village here caught a rare giant fish early morning Tuesday, which awed residents owing to the fish’s size.

Energito B. Balaba, law enforcement officer of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-13), said it was an ocean sunfish, also known as Mola mola.

Customs to sue importers of P25M seized rice, garlic

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 01:01 a.m.

SUSPECTED smugglers of imported goods that arrived in the local ports might be facing charges, officials of the Bureau of Customs in Northern Mindanao (BOC-10) said.

This after thousands of kilograms of rice and garlic placed in container vans previously confiscated were opened Tuesday by the Customs bureau at the Mindanao Container Terminal sub-port in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

Groups seeks to stop Camiguin power plant construction

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:59 a.m.

A COALITION of environmental advocates asked on Tuesday a unit of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to issue a cease-and-desist order that would stop the construction of a 4.4-megawatt diesel-fed power plant in a 2.2-hectare land in Sitio Maubog, Barangay Balbagon, Mambajao, Camiguin.

Orlando Ravanera, chairman of the group Sulog, said the DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau in Northern Mindanao (EMB-10) should demand the project proponent to stop the construction citing two reasons that he believes legitimate grounds for the issuance of the order.

Bureau lends support to Northern Mindanao exporters

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:57 a.m.

EXPORT players in northern Mindanao have been given an overview and appraised on government policies in doing business in the foreign markets.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and its marketing agency, Export Marketing Bureau (EMB), which is under the Industry Promotion Group, walked through the participants to the two-day Philippine Export Competitiveness Program (PECP) 2014, particularly on the importance of proper classification of goods; food regulations for small and medium enterprise exporters; and export complaint awareness.

Camiguin folk oppose diesel power plant

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 11:08 p.m.

RESIDENTS of a village in Camiguin are opposing the construction of the proposed 4.4-megawatt diesel-fed power plant that local government and electric cooperative officials claimed to be the answer to the energy needs in the island-province.

The proposed power plant is located on a 2.2-hectare property in Sitio Maubog, Barangay Balbagon in Mambajao town, Camiguin.

Power congress to challenge Aquino’s statement

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 11:07 p.m.

IN THE UN Climate Change Summit 2014 held at New York City, USA, on September 23, President Benigno Aquino III delivered a speech in front of the participants signifying that the Philippines is taking huge steps toward solving the power crisis.

“The Philippines is not waiting. We are addressing climate change to the maximum with our limited resources. As early as 2008, we have passed a Renewable Energy Act, and are now treading a climate-smart development pathway,” were the President’s words.

PH to have ‘seamless, borderless’ education

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 11:07 p.m.

WITH the coming integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) next year, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Secretary Joel Villanueva said the government has introduced a new component into the educational system that would ensure the empowerment of the Filipinos.

Villanueva, during his recent visit in Cagayan de Oro City, said this would be realized through the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF).

JCI Philippines invites nominations from Mindanaoans

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 11:06 p.m.

THE Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines with the "The Outstanding Young Men" (TOYM) foundation and the Gerry Roxas Foundation invite nominations for this year’s search of TOYM honorees in Mindanao.

In a press conference on October 10, Friday, JCI invited everyone in Mindanao to nominate a fellow Kagay-anon or Mindanaoan in the hope to award more outstanding people here in the region.

Church leaders to mediate release of captive soldiers

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 11:56 p.m.

LOCAL church leaders are playing active roles to ensure the immediate release of the two soldiers held captive by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Bukidnon almost two months ago.

Prelates both from the Roman Catholic and Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) churches have confirmed over the weekend their part in facilitating the release of Private First Class Marnel Cinches and Private First Class Jerrel Yorong.

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