CAGAYAN de Oro City Councilor Ramon Tabor is not convinced that increasing the budget for intelligence network fund is the primary solution to curb the surging crime rate in the city.
Tabor, committee chair on police, fire and public safety, believes the current P8 million intelligence budget for the network is enough to overcome the criminalities that plague the city.
THE election officer of Cagayan de Oro City has reiterated that pushing for the holding of the recall election for the mayoralty seat is “impossible.”
“First and foremost, recall elections [are] expensive. If the former mayor would really want to push it through, he would really spend big amount of money for it,” said lawyer Aleli Ramirez, head of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in the city, Friday morning.
MISAMIS Oriental is beginning the first few steps to becoming the Philippines' chocolate capital as an international producer of cacao beans has tapped the province to put up hectares of cacao plantation.
Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano, in his recent State of the Province Address (Sopa), revealed that Kennemer Foods International has entered into an agreement with Misamis Oriental where 1,000 hectares of land have already been made ready for the planting of cacao trees.
ELUDING arrest from pursuing authorities for more than three years, the arrest of retired army general Jovito Palparan proved to be a difficult task, the military admitted.
“Finding and catching Palparan [was] difficult to do. Let us bear in mind that he is from the military and he knows what to do, where to hide without getting attention thus the three-year pursuit,” Major Christian Uy, spokesman of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID), said Friday.
THERE is no reason for an increase in the price of chicken in Northern Mindanao.
This as the regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA-10) has clarified that any increase of chicken price is "unreasonable" as its supply in northern Mindanao is more than enough.
AMID the delays in crafting the final draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a group of grassroots communities and various sectors of the Bangsamoro in Mindanao have pushed anew for the speedy signing of the law that they believe will lead to the long-time coveted self-determination of Muslims in the country.
VARIOUS civil society groups in northern Mindanao see the arrest of retired Major General Jovito Palparan as a cover up to the major issues the government officials are facing today.
“The manner of his arrest and the [length] of the manhunt operation are not that convincing to us. Why is it only now? Why is the arrest timely when the country is facing endless issues that are like popping out from cans? We do not want to think that it is ‘scripted’ but yes, we are thinking it is,” Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-10 (KMP-10) secretary general Richard Colao said Thursday.
ALTHOUGH there are people who remain pessimistic of the K to 12 (Kindergarten to Grade 12) basic education program, education officials are optimistic that it will be an effective tool for learning.
The Department of Education-Northern Mindanao (DepEd-10) is convinced it will be an uphill climb for the K to 12 program, but in due time it will ebb.
TO AVOID being scammed, both the region’s labor department and the city’s employment office have urged job seekers to verify any employment opportunity, especially those posted on the internet.
The warning from the Department of Labor and Employment-Northern Mindanao (Dole-10) and the Public Employment Service Office (Peso) came after an applicant, Deisi Jean Vale, was duped into a job hiring post she saw last week on a website believing it was reliable.
THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Northern Mindanao (PDEA-10) has denied that its anti-narcotics agents ambushed a suspected drug dealer in Naawan, Misamis Oriental on August 10, 2014, a PDEA-10 official said Wednesday.
Contrary to a report that was circulating lately, the PDEA-10 agents only carried out an “entrapment delivery” operation that resulted to the capture of Roholla Saripada and had no intent to waylay the suspect, said PDEA-10 deputy regional director Rayford Yap.
THE longest running culinary show, Kumbira 2014, in the country has opened at a mall here on Wednesday on Friday, August 15, 2014.
Anchored on the theme “Throwback at 18: Looking back… cooking forward,” the 3-day event aims at highlighting and showcasing the growth and development of the culinary industry in region 10 for the past years which is organized by Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (Cohara).
THE possible displacement of teachers with the recent implementation of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) K to 12 programs shows some hope to caution the impact of unemployment for those who will be affected, the government said.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), which organized the Regional Consultation among the Industry Tripartite Council (ITC) members of the Academe, said there is now a draft House Bill (HB) that would address the imminent economic dislocation of thousands of teachers and non-teaching employees in private learning institutions all over the country.
SOME of the city’s village chiefs are dismayed by the city council’s apparent “lack of sensitivity” to their requests especially on the various infrastructure projects that have been delayed.
While projects and concerns were tackled during the first part of the City Development Council meeting Wednesday, Nazareth barangay chair Jocelyn Rodriguez has raised her concern on the “obvious delays” by the city council approving the road projects that should have been implemented a long time ago.
AFTER the Cagayan de Oro City Council promised to give the green light on the farm-to-market road (FMR) projects in six weeks’ time, this time 2nd district Representative Rufus Rodriguez is appealing to the local legislators to fast-track its approval.
“We appeal to the city council, especially to the majority bloc, to approve the FMR already because there are many people waiting to benefit from this project,” Rodriguez said Wednesday.
THE region’s Anti-Cybercrime Group (IDC) arrested Tuesday a person suspected of engaging in fraud by allegedly targeting people who go online looking for work.
One of the modus operandi or methods of operation used by the suspect was posting a job hiring at misorjobs.com, a website that offers employment opportunities within Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro areas.
LAW enforcers have ensured that Cagayan de Oro is peaceful and orderly amid the threats circulating through text messages intercepted by the local intelligence community hinting there are individuals who want to sow chaos as the annual city fiesta approaches.
Major Christian Uy, spokesman of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID), said there are unconfirmed reports that a bomb would go off during the festivities, but “these are [still] for validations.”
AFTER a dialogue with the members and the officers of the environmental advocate group, Sulog, Ralph Abragan who represents the group in the City Mining Regulatory Board (CMRB) would be replaced by regional Cooperative Development Authority head Orlan Ravanera.
“By discretion of the body, Mr. Ralph Abragan will be replaced by me and I will continue sharing what he has contributed to CMRB,” Sulog chairman Orlando Ravanera said Tuesday.
A CAMPAIGN dubbed as “Yes to Peace” (YTP) aimed at documenting and pursuing the call and support of at least 10 million Filipinos for peace to reign in the country was launched Tuesday.
The Department of Education (DepEd) in collaboration with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), in a press conference also on Tuesday, explained the need for the YTP campaign cum survey the necessity for armed groups to cease from using violence in resolving conflicts.
NAKED with 18 stab wounds on her body, a 20-year-old college female student was found dead inside her room in a high-end subdivision in Barangay Lumbia in Cagayan de Oro City Monday night, police said.
Senior Inspector Allan Curato, chief of the Lumbia police station, identified the victim as Riza Sabendan, single, a resident of same address, and a third year student of a university here.
ANOTHER college student was robbed while riding a public utility vehicle outside a hotel in Barangay 34, Cagayan de Oro City on Monday.
The victim was identified as Mara Burgos, 19, and a resident of Zone 5, Camp Evangelista, in Barangay Patag.
DESPITE the city dropping down from last year’s top rank and now only second to Makati City in this year’s cities and municipalities competitiveness index (CMCI), the Cagayan de Oro City Government remains bullish on competing to propel the city’s growth.
“We do not mind competing side by side Makati City,” Mayor Oscar Moreno said during Monday’s convocation program at the city hall.
MOST parents may not be aware that bullying is a recurring concern in schools, but the Department of Education in the city thinks that the only way to solve this to get involved.
"The parents are the ones who should know their children, the friends of their children and what activities their children are doing. Everything, they should know. The lack of concern of the parents to their children causes bullying," City Schools Division superintendent Elena Borcillo said.
CAGAYAN DE ORO – It might just be a coincidence but the regional Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested four persons, three of them happened to be sons of former political figures in Mindanao, in separate operations conducted over the weekend.
Two of the suspects are sons of former congressmen from Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte, while the other one is the son of a former assemblyman in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm).
AN OFFICIAL of the National Food Authority (NFA) based in Agusan del Sur who figured in a P2.3-million worth of alleged rice grain theft has denied any link to the reported anomaly that has been filed to the Office of the Ombudsman in Davao City on August 5.
The rice grains were allegedly rebagged using commercial rice sacks.
WHILE state prosecutors handling the Maguindanao massacre cases are facing controversy anew over taking bribes, journalists in Northern Mindanao are disgusted on alleged corruption involving the former head of the prosecution panel Richard Anthony Fadullon and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III.
In a television report, Fadullon is on a bribe list that an unnamed source disclosed in the report earlier this week, while government witness Lakmodin Saliao accused Baraan of taking P20 million.
LINAMON, Lanao del Norte (Updated) -- Seven Meranaws died and 14 others were seriously injured in a vehicular accident along the provincial road in Purok 7, Upper Poblacion in Linamon town in Lanao del Norte.
Police Senior Inspector Domingo Murillo II of Linamon police station said "the assembled vehicle was loaded with 30 passengers; some of them occupied the rooftop of the vehicle."
TURNING Defense of the Ancients (DoTA) virtual game into a sport as advocated by those youth who are fanatics of this game, the Department of Education in northern Mindanao (DepEd 10) opposes it to become one.
“DepEd has even prohibited the use of mobile phones inside the classroom because they can only distract the students, how much more for violent games such as DoTA? It will never become a sport,” DepEd-10 regional director Ingrid Racoma told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro in an interview on August 5.
MALAYBALAY CITY – Leaders of indigenous peoples in Bukidnon signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for a foreign-funded watershed management project to ensure protection of their customs and traditions and to express their cooperation.
Datu Migketay Victorino Saway led tribal leaders in the signing during the launching Thursday of the P6.31-billion (US$154.1 million) Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (Inremp), which covers Bukidnon and three other provinces in the Philippines.
TO REDUCE malnutrition, Lumbia Central School launched its school – based feeding program last Friday morning in partnership with the Philippine Airforce Tactical Operation Group 10 and ITALPINAS Corp.
“We are thankful for the government for giving us funds to be able to feed malnourished children of Lumbia Central School. And also to our partners who supported us in this launching.” Julieta Talirongan, Lumbia Central School Principal, said.
WITH the Mindanao-wide Milo Little Olympics Mindanao taking place in Cagayan de Oro beginning Friday, authorities have geared up and are on the lookout for possible threats as thousands of student athletes and visitors flocked to the city for the said sports event.
Superintendent Danildo Tumanda, deputy city director for administration, said there have been security plans prepared for the sports event held at Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Center that the police refused to divulge.