ILIGAN CITY -- Thousands of residents of Wao town in Lanao del Sur are opposing the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB), which President Benigno Aquino III signed at Malacañang on March 27.
Edna Espinosa, chairperson of Lihok Wao, a multisectoral organization of Wao, told Sun.Star by phone on April 6 that nobody could dictate them what to say or do.
VENDORS at Cogon market who were wary of the present condition, the absence of intimidation and exploitation tolerated by past management, are now seeing their economic endeavor profitable and government revenue share assured.
The City Economic Enterprise and Development (CEED) said that the present setup in public markets, particularly in Cogon, will set a standard of an orderly market place where vendors are placed in sections according to products.
WITH the spate of unsolved robberies inside various establishments in Cagayan de Oro City, a group of armed men struck again on Monday, adding to the list of incidents that are already piling up.
This time, robbers barged into a factory outlet of Virginia Food Incorporated located at Oro Ace building in J.R. Borja and Pres. Quirino streets around 9:15 a.m. Monday, said Senior Police Officer 1 Nelson Escobido, investigator at Cogon police station.
THE Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) in Misamis Oriental has already made the necessary preparations in anticipation of the coming of Tropical Depression Domeng.
Edmundo Pacamalan Jr, PDRRM officer, said preparedness has been focused on the six villages in Gingoog City and one barangay in Magsaysay town that are most likely to get affected when Domeng makes landfall on Thursday.
BUTUAN -- Dubbed as Mindanao’s first dragon boat team, students and school staff from Father Saturnino Urios University are gearing up with their daily training here to prepare them for the Mindanao’s first dragon boat competition in Davao City on May 1-4, 2014.
“We’ve gone a long way since we started back in 2012. The experience that we gained last year during the international dragon boat club crew challenge in Panglao, Bohol had been very instrumental in our team’s development. With the intensive training, the team has gained more skills. They are much more polished and the determination to compete against veteran international teams is high,” said Fr. Chito Butardo, vice president FSUU and the team’s founder.
PREPARATIONS for the dry season are underway in Northern Mindanao region as farmlands most likely to be affected by drought have already been insured, the agriculture department said.
Already, the Department of Agriculture in the region (DA-10) is in the process of insuring farm areas planted with rice at the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC).
DOZENS of entertainment establishments in Cagayan de Oro are operating without business permits depriving the city of much-needed revenues and some of them are even violating the law, the Regulatory and Complaint Board (RCB) said.
The RCB made the discovery after conducting surprise inspections on more than 30 bars, massage parlor, strip clubs, and karaoke joints along Corrales Avenue and Capistrano Street Friday night.
THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in Northern Mindanao has appealed to the police to exert more effort in cracking down on operators of illegal gambling as these are hurting the operations of the legitimate lotto outlets in the region.
Raul Regondola, PCSO-Northern Mindanao branch manager, said Friday that government-recognized lotto outlets’ sales have been affected by illegal lotto stations that have sprouted all over the Northern Mindanao towns and cities lately.
THE cooperation and coordination between the law enforcers and the civilian populace is one of the vital keys that will propel Cagayan de Oro toward becoming a better and stronger community.
This was the gist of City Mayor Oscar Moreno’s message during the culmination of the Bayanihan Alert for Peace and Development (BAPD) held Friday afternoon at the Kiosko sa Kagawasan in Plaza Divisoria.
ONE of the leading companies in the information technology in the country has introduced the new trend in the automation industry to maximize and effectively use the technology in the recording of data and information dissemination.
Infinitecare Technology Solutions Inc. (ITSI), which sponsored a one-day seminar dubbed as “Unified Data Center Technologies (UDCT)” in one of the hotels in the city, said that with the proliferation of technology, experts in the industry today who promise better solutions to automation often short changed customers due to the poor quality of infrastructure used.
WITH the opening of the third floor of the annex building of the J.R. Borja General Hospital (JRBGH) on Thursday, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno has once again emphasized the importance of health services to Kagay-anons.
Speaking before health executives and JRBGH medical staff, Moreno underscored the health services and urged them to give it priority.
THERE may be a strong chance that the three lawmakers charged in connection with the controversial Priority Assistance Development Fund (PDAF), also known as the ‘pork barrel’ scam, will be convicted, a lawyer and legal consultant of Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno said.
Lawyer James Judith, however, said that the probability of conviction still remains to be seen as the Office of the Ombudsman has yet to formally start with its legal proceedings in connection with the plunder and other graft charges against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada.
THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) in Northern Mindanao is striving to reach its P8-billion target for this year, an official said, amid recent reports that smuggled arms had passed through the port of Cagayan de Oro on their way to the United States.
Already, the agency has surpassed the target it has set for the first quarter of 2014, said lawyer Roswald Joseph Pague, BOC-Northern Mindanao acting administrative officer.
MORE beds will be available to the patients when the City Government-run J.R. Borja General Hospital’s (JRBGH) 3rd floor in Barangay Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, will be opened to the public starting today, Thursday.
The opening of the new floor will mean additional beds and facilities to the Cagayanon patients, said Dr. Ramon Nery, JRBGH executive officer.
THE City Government of Cagayan de Oro is set to create a solid waste management board (SWMB), a body that will craft policies and action plans for the city's garbage problem, after smoke and fire billowed from its dumpsite Monday.
The fire, caused by a combination of methane gas and heat, was detected by residents in Zayas, Barangay Carmen on Monday evening, but it raged on until Tuesday.
ILIGAN CITY -- Peace advocates in the country are seeing positive signs the United Nations (UN) treaty regulating global trade in arms is taking effect soon.
“This global development is very significant for the Philippines, especially at this time when government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will be joining to eradicate private armed groups in some parts of Mindanao,” said Cesar Villanueva of the peace group Pax Christi Pilipinas.
IN light of the issue of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of a public school here allegedly involving some funds, the Department of Education’s (DepEd) division of Cagayan de Oro has vowed to strictly enforce reforms within its ranks.
Romeo Aclo, the newly appointed division PTA affairs coordinator, said at present the education department is on the process of doing investigations with regard to teachers violating DepEd policies.
TACLOBAN CITY – For almost 5 months now around 6,500 families from different coastal communities here fear for their lives as their makeshift homes built within the 40 meters inclusion of the ‘no-build zone’ have remained uncertain since they haven’t received any word yet where to transfer and start rebuilding their lives.
A COUPLE died in a fire that razed their house at Purok-9 in Barangay Tablon at 5 p.m. on March 30.
The victims are Rico Jacutin, 65, and wife Alejandra, 67.
THE Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) will investigate the traffic enforcers under the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) following instances of alleged mulcting in public utility vehicles’ terminals especially in Cogon area.
Chief Inspector Lemuel Gonda, chief of the Operations and Plans Branch, assured that they will not give up weeding out corrupt policemen since it damages the image of the city police.
THE series of calamities that hit the country and affected Mindanao didn’t stop Northern Mindanao Region (Region 10) from increasing its rice production last year, the agriculture department said Monday.
In fact, only less than 10 percent of the 78,000-hectare ricefields in Northern Mindanao was affected by super typhoon Yolanda in the later part of 2013, said Cora Dumayaca, regional rice focal person of the Department of Agriculture-Northern Mindanao (DA-10).
ILIGAN CITY -- The World Bank has committed to pour in more funds for initiatives geared at further fostering peace and development in Mindanao especially after government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) firmed up the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
The CAB is expected to unlock the huge development potentials of Mindanao that has long been left aside due to the decades-long armed conflict.
THIS year’s summer season will not be as dry and warm as rains brought by a natural phenomenon weather forecasters called “localized thunderstorms” will also be felt in the weeks to come.
Last Sunday’s downpour was just a warm-up to a smattering of rain shower that will break the hot spell usually experienced in the months of April and May, said Hannah Salvador, weather specialist at the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) weather station based in Barangay Molugan, El Salvador City.
ILIGAN CITY -- The next president of the country must nurture the gains of the peace process achieved between the Moro rebels and the administration of President Aquino to ensure continued security and stability in Mindanao.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) made this call in a statement released within the week of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
‘CROWDFUNDING,’ a new concept in financing a project or other endeavors, took center stage in last Saturday’s observance of the annual Earth Hour.
Aside from minimizing the use of electricity for an hour, this year’s Earth Hour introduced the idea of crowdfunding to the Filipinos.
AROUND 500 bicycle riders together with a small contingent of skateboarders and runners highlighted the Earth Hour celebration here with a seven kilometer night ride across the busy city streets.
“We want to show our way of helping and saving Mother Earth; this is through encouraging everyone to an alternative clean and sustainable way of transportation. It’s our way of giving back to nature by means of lessening the use of fossil fuel and hopefully conserving energy,” said Eduardo Sulana, event organizer and general manager of Habagat Philippines.
ILIGAN CITY -- Despite the reservations on the sincerity of government in pursuing peace with Moro rebels, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), wished the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) well in the new phase of its struggle.
“We hope that the MILF succeeds in getting the best possible comprehensive peace agreement with the government without giving up the Moro people’s right to national self-determination and ancestral domain,” read a portion of a CPP statement addressed to its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA).
THE president of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of a public school here cried foul after he was removed from his position without due process allegedly orchestrated by some people within the school’s ranks.
Edwin Adriano, City Central School (CCS) PTA president for the school year 2013-2014, was dismayed by the decision of the CCS administration to oust him from his presidency abruptly and without even following the proper procedure.
THE top official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is optimistic that more New People’s Army (NPA) rebels will return to the folds of the government.
“It is time that we give chance to peace; we don’t need more bloodshed against our brothers in the NPA. I think this event will inspire others who are still in the armed struggle to give up their arms and return the folds of our communities. We don’t have to kill one another to achieve our goals and aspirations, there are more viable means in reaching peace,” said General Emmanuel Bautista, AFP chief of staff, during the presentation of 72 former rebels at the army division headquarters in Cagayan de Oro City.
JUBILATION spread in other areas in Mindanao, even in regions not covered by the territories that would be defined in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), as the peace deal between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was finally signed on Thursday.
Local leaders in Cagayan de Oro City lauded the signing of the CAB, calling it as driver of peace and growth that has been sought by Mindanaoans for decades.