Laguindingan airport seen as busiest regional air transport hub

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:19 p.m.

THE arrival of a huge airliner at Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental is seen as a sign of the airport's potential as the region's busiest regional transport facility.

A Cebu Pacific Air Bus A320 operated by Tiger Air landed Sunday night at Laguindingan, the first time a wide-body commercial jet arrived there.

Alert raised in Oro for Holy Week

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:18 p.m.

WITH the start of Holy Week, Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo) has increased security especially in crowded places like the Guadalupe Shrine in Barangay Agusan and in Malasag in Barangay Cugman.

Police Chief Inspector Lemuel Gonda, spokesperson of Cocpo, said security has been tightened at pilgrimage sites.

Nutrition Council taps LGUs to promote nutritional change

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:16 p.m.

THE National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Northern Mindanao is pushing for "replication strategy" by engaging outstanding performing local government units (LGUs) to serve as coaches and mentors.

LGUs that produced positive results on nutrition have been recognized through the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA), the highest award on nutrition in the country.

16 killed in fresh clashes in Maguindanao

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:50 p.m.

DATU UNSAY, Maguindanao -- Fresh clashes on Sunday in Maguindanao left 16 people, including four soldiers and a commander of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), dead, the Philippine Army said Monday.

Misamis Oriental town gears up for Hinuklog

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 01:07 a.m.

ON Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, the people of Medina in Misamis Oriental will re-enact the passion of Christ in the town’s streets and on stage.

More than 250 out of school youths, tricycle drivers and students have been rehearsing their roles for the Hinuklog, Medina’s Lenten presentation.

Envi group calls on public to help fight forest fires

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 01:06 a.m.

COTABATO CITY – An environmental protection advocacy group is calling on the public to help fight forest fires and to continue planting trees.

The Balik Kalikasan Advocacy Group (BKAG) raised the call after a dry spell has been noted in Cotabato since January.

Congress urged to help end Mindanao's agony

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:10 p.m.

About a thousand residents, many of whom from the ranks of youth, marked the start of Christendom’s observance of Holy Week by taking part in an early morning “Walk for Peace” on Sunday.

The participants walked at least two kilometers to dramatize their call not to abandon the peace process between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Iligan City has new mayor

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 03:31 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has sworn in Vice Mayor Roderic Marzo as Iligan City mayor on Friday.

Advocates keep hope alive for peace

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:01 p.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- Hope springs eternal for peace advocates amid new challenges buffeting the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) that was forged a year ago on Friday.

Lumads to pray for peace, lesser suffering

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:56 p.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- Fearful that the renewed violence will spread into their communities, leaders of the indigenous peoples in southern and central Mindanao will hold on Saturday, March 28, simultaneous rituals that will invoke divine guidance to have the peace process between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) continue.

Today, it has been one year since the landmark Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) was signed between the government and the MILF, formally transforming their relationship from that of adversary to peace partners.

Deles, Ferrer, Iqbal honored for peace work

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:55 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Bucking a political firestorm, Xavier University officials awarded government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief peace negotiators Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and Mohagher Iqbal for “walking the difficult path for peace.”

Less emergency, cramped classes in Oro this June

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:55 p.m.

STUDENTS in the elementary and secondary levels for academic year 2015-2016 are assured of classrooms, as the City Government through the local school board (LSB) with the Department of Education (DepEd) made an initial inventory of constructed classrooms under the present administration.

Dulce Tiro Potenciano said by the start of classes in June, an additional 309 new classrooms await the students in Cagayan de Oro's public schools where more than 93,000 of elementary and about 33,500 high school students are expected to enrol.

Cardinal tells Congress: Don't water down BBL

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:29 p.m.

COTABATO Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo has urged members of Congress not to water down the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) so as not to render meaningless the Moro people's aspiration for self-governance.

"By all means, let the BBL be refined and (be) attuned to the Constitution," Quevedo said in his Open Letter to our Honorable Legislators.

Grid consortium pushes line safety campaign in Mindanao

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:28 p.m.

DESPITE the dispute over right-of-way (ROW), the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) continues to reach out to barangays and other local officials to spread the message about taking care of the power transmission lines to ensure the safety of the communities around its power lines.

As part of measures to address ROW issues and prevent tripping and accidents, NGCP has been participating in the sessions of the Association of the Barangay Council (ABC), Sangguniang Bayan (SB), and Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP).

MILF to pursue BBL even beyond Aquino’s term

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:45 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said on Wednesday they would pursue the passage of the Bangsamoro Law beyond the term of President Benigno Aquino III if Congress will not pass it before 2016.

Xavier University calls on parents to stand up for peace

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:30 p.m.

JESUIT-RUN Xavier University has asked the parents of its graduating students to join the school “in standing up for peace.”

Fr. Roberto C. Yap, Xavier president, made the call in a “special letter” addressed to the parents, where he assured a "safe and secure" commencement exercise in the face of apprehensions raised earlier.

Tribal group member shot dead in Bukidnon

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:28 p.m.

A MEMBER of Tribal Indigenous Oppressed Group Association (Tindoga) was shot dead in Quezon town in Bukidnon Tuesday.

Mabini “Tata” Biato, a member of Tindoga, was allegedly shot by the security guards of a landowner in Barangay Botong.

318 in Surigao City infected with STIs

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:28 p.m.

THE Surigao City Health Office said 318 persons in the city were infected with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) last year, 16 more than in 2013.

Topping the list for 2014 is bacterial vaginosis, with 185 cases, slightly lower than the 188 cases in 2013, according to Jessica Nepomuceno, social hygiene clinic nurse at the CHO.

New urban hub planned for Cagayan

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:27 p.m.

THE Cagayan de Oro City Government is planning to transform the former site of the city airport into its new urban hub.

Eileen San Juan, city investment and promotion officer, said Barangay Lumbia has great potential as an extension city because it is built on high ground, making it flood-free, and has a small population.

Northern Mindanao police outline safety plan for Holy Week

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:25 p.m.

THE police in Northern Mindanao will increase their presence in the streets and keep close watch on bus terminals, seaports and airports during Holy Week.

The regional police chief, Superintendent Agrimero A. Cruz Jr., briefed reporters on Monday on security plans to ensure the safety of motorists, commuters and tourists not only during Lent but for the summer vacation as well.

Surigao mayor indicted graft raps

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:20 p.m.

SURIGAO City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas is facing a graft complaint for hiring 14 consultants and contractual employees in 2011 without the approval of the City Council.

A resolution issued by the Ombudsman for Mindanao Director Maria Iluminada S. Lapid-Viva and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said the complaint was filed by Matugas' critics, Jamar Gavino and Rey Culbo and the late Bernardo Pecho.

Northern Mindanao farmers blast DA inaction on dry spell

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:18 a.m.

FARMERS in Northern Mindanao suffering from the dry spell this month are blaming the Department of Agriculture (DA) for their plight.

Ireneo Udarbe, chairman of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) in Northern Mindanao, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro the searing heat has withered the crops of farmers in Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon.

Maguindanao evacuees reach 125,302

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:16 a.m.

DATU SAUDI AMPATUAN, Maguindanao -- Three generations of families of sisters Cartiquia Cartin and Saria Namawog are among 125,302 residents who fled their villages in Maguindanao following the all-out offensive of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) nearly a month ago.

Don’t drink and drive, motorists warned

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:14 a.m.

THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Northern Mindanao is warning motorists not take the wheel while under the influence of alcoholic beverages.

“Think twice before driving drunk,” warned Ferdinand Flores, the acting legal officer of the chief adjudication section of LTO-Northern Mindanao.

Don’t drink and drive, motorists warned

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:10 a.m.

THE Land Transportation Office in region 10 is warning motorists not take the wheel while under the influence of alcoholic beverages.

“Think twice before driving drunk,” warned Ferdinand Flores, the acting legal officer of the chief adjudication section of LTO 10.

‘Bantay Asin Task Force’ enforced in NorMin

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:06 p.m.

A LITTLE bit of salt is what makes our food tasty. But are we sure if it’s healthful?

Being healthy is what everyone aspires but the utilization of iodized salt in Northern Mindanao continues to be a challenge, a nutrition program coordinator said.

NPA rebels attack construction firm, burns equipment

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:05 p.m.

THE military condemned the series of atrocities sowed by the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Agusan del Sur, calling it as a handiwork of criminals terrorizing communities.

It added that the recent incident of burning equipment owned by a construction company based in La Paz town in Agusan del Sur has resulted in loss of jobs of hundreds of workers in the area.

Misamis Oriental oil palm plantation draws fire

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 01:57 a.m.

A HOUSE of Representatives inquiry has found that the owner of an oil palm plantation in Misamis Oriental “cut corners” to set up the plantation on land owned by a local tribe.

The House Committee on Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples said there were lapses committed by A. Brown, the local government and other agencies involved in putting up the plantation in Barangays Bagocboc and Tingalan in Opol town.

Congress urged to honor peace deal

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 01:55 a.m.

SOME 78 foreign and local civil society organizations are calling on Congress to honor the peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The appeal was made on the heels of continued calls, including by legislators, to shelve the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law because of the supposed insincerity of the MILF in light of the tragic January 25 clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, that left 44 police commandos, 17 Moro rebels and five civilians dead.

Forest protectors converge to save Bukidnon watershed

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 01:53 a.m.

MT. KALATUNGAN in Bukidnon face deforestation and forest degradation from large-scale logging activities that continue even to this day. It is part of the major watershed in Northern Mindanao, supplying water to lowland communities such as Cagayan de Oro.

Its rich biodiversity is threatened by timber poaching, overlapping land claims and expansion of agricultural activities into its protected areas.