cagayan de oro

CDO civic parade on eve of city fiesta draws biggest crowd ever

August 27, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Aug) – Thousands participated in the Higalaay civic-military parade here Tuesday morning and many more Kagay-anons watched it by the street side despite stringent security measures implemented by the local police. Major Ivan Vinas, spokesperson of the Cagayan de Oro Police Office, said more than 10,000 students, government employees, soldiers and priests joined the parade, a traditional event held the day before the city fiesta honoring Saint Augustine. Vinas said even dogs and clowns in colorful costumes participated in the parade, making it the biggest in the city’s 69-year history. “This is the biggest and the crowd really behave well following the orders of the police,” he said. Vinas said an estimated 30,000 people lined up along the parade route from Rodelsa Rotunda to Lim Ketkai Center, a stretch of 2.5 kilometers, via the city’s main thoroughfares. A big delegation of soldiers from the Army’s 4th Infantry Division spearheaded the 120 contingents that participated in the parade. Police implemented stringent security measures aimed to deter possible terrorist attacks. The two major phone companies – Globe and Smart – cut off their mobile phone signals during the duration of the parade, from 8 a.m. until noon. Vinas said they also imposed a “no wearing of hats and no backpacks” policy for the crowd. “We did not hear a whimper of complaints. The people just followed our orders,” he said. The tradition of holding civic-military parade a day before the Cagayan de Oro fiesta celebrating the Feast of Saint Augustine dates back after World War II ended. Historian Antonio Montalvan II said by tradition Cagayan de Oro celebrates its municipal fiesta on August 27 while the city celebrates its religious fiesta on August 28. “After the war, political and religious structures were more defined,” Montalvan said. He said there are old pictures of Cagayan de Oro residents riding World War II type vehicles participating in the parade. Montalvan said there are some suggestions that the tradition of holding civic-military parades began before the war. President Elpidio signed Republic Act No. 521, which granted the status of a chartered city to the Municipality of Cagayan de Misamis (the former name of Cagayan de Oro) on June 15, 1950. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)

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Suspect in killing of Jesuit volunteer arrested

August 24, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 24 August) --  The suspect in the killing of a Jesuit volunteer and the wounding of her housemate last Friday afternoon in Pangantucan town in Bukidnon has been arrested. Police S/Sgt. Michael Villasan of the Pangantucan police station said the suspect, Arnold Naquilla, 36, a resident of Santo Nino Village in Pangantucan town, was arrested in his residence at around 5 p.m. Friday. Villasan said Genifer “Gen” Buckly, 24, and lawyer Anne Kathleen Gatdula 30, of Batch 40 of the Jesuit Volunteers Philippines (JVP), allegedly caught Naquilla stealing their belongings inside their boarding house early Friday afternoon. “We don’t know his motive year but Naquilla stabbed the victims instead of surrendering,” Villasan told MindaNews on Saturday. Lawyer Antonio La Vina, a Jesuit volunteer, Batch 2, said Buckly was “our first violent casualty in 40 years. One volunteer died of natural causes more than 20 years ago.” Villasan said Naquilla but was arrested based on the accounts of witnesses who saw him running away from the victims’ house. He said they brought Naquilla to the hospital where Gatdula was recuperating but the victim was “too traumatized” to see the suspect. “Gatdula is still in shock and traumatized by the incident,” Villasan told MindaNews by phone. He said they instead brought a cartographic drawing of Naquilla to Gatdula for identification. “Gatdula confirmed said Naquilla is the suspect but we know this is still circumstantial,” he said. Villasan said they are hoping Gatdula would be well enough to publicly identify Naquilla. Buckly, who is a member of  Batch 40 of JVP, has a BS-Secondary Education degree from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University in Zamboanga City. Villasan said members of the JVP went to Pangantucan on Saturday to bring Buckly’s remains to her hometown in Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)

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Oro officials join anti-dengue drive

August 20, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/20 August) — Local officials down to the barangay level have been mobilized to counter the spread of dengue fever which has widely spread in 10 barangays of the city. City Councilor Maria Lourdes Gaane, a physician who chairs the Sanggunian Panlungsod health committee said the local government is launching “Oplan Kontra Dengue” to get rid of the breeding ground of Aedes aegypti, the mosquito species that carries the dengue virus. Gaane said all local officials down to the barangay level will be out on the streets to clean drainage canals and other possible breeding grounds of the mosquitoes. “It will be an all-out war today. We will fog the drainage canals and clean the schools today,” she said. This came after 184 more dengue patients were rushed to various hospitals over the weekend, doctors said. These included children from middle-class families. Dr. Ramon Nery, chief of the government-run JR Borja General Hospital said this raised the number of afflicted residents to 1,964 from 1,780 cases in the city last week. “We have to open more wards to accommodate the patients this week. Other hospitals  in the city have opened more rooms too,” Nery said. Cagayan de Oro ranks as one of the areas in Region 10 with the highest incidence of dengue cases. The City Health office reported 15 deaths from January to August 16 this year. Eight deaths happened between July and August. City Health Officer Dr. Fe Bongcas said the10 barangays with the highest dengue incidence are Canitoan, Lumbia, Balulang, Lapasan, Patag, Iponan, Bugo, Bulua, Macabalan and Macasandig. Nery said many of those afflicted with dengue came from the clusters of houses or middle-class neighborhoods families not the urban poor. He said many children got bitten by the mosquitos in schools. (Froilan Gallardo/MindaNews)

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795 new dengue cases reported in NorMin

August 20, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/20 August) — At least 795 new suspected dengue cases were reported in various hospitals across Northern Mindanao over the weekend, health officials citing new data said Tuesday. Dr. David Mendoza, head of the Regional Epidemiology, Surveillance and Disaster Response Unit (RESDRU) of DOH Northern Mindanao, said the recent batch of patients brought to 17,701 the number of dengue patients to 17,701 as of August 17. Mendoza said that last week the number of cases was pegged at only 16,905 patients. “There are still no signs that the dengue cases are going down. We are still in the danger zone,” he said. Topping the list is Bukidnon with 7,120 cases; followed by Misamis Oriental with 2,853 cases; Lanao del Norte, 2, 514 cases; Misamis Occidental, 1837 cases; and the island province of Camiguin, 270 cases. Cagayan de Oro had 1,978 cases, including several children from middle-class families. Iligan City had 1,129 cases. Mendoza said the number of deaths rose to 70 in Northern Mindanao despite a relentless campaign by the local government units to flush out breeding grounds of the mosquitoes. In Cagayan de Oro, its local government launched “Oplan Kontra Dengue” to enlist the help of all barangays to clean their backyards and drainage canals on Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Ramon Nery, chief of the government-run JR Borja General Hospital said they have to open more wards to accommodate the dengue patients. The Cagayan de Oro health office said the dengue cases in the city rose to 1,964 cases this week from the 1,780 cases reported last week. City Health Officer Dr. Fe Bongcas identified 10 barangays with the highest dengue incidence namely, Canitoan, Lumbia, Balulang, Lapasan, Patag, Iponan, Bugo, Bulua, Macabalan and Macasandig. (Froilan Gallardo/MindaNews)

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NPA rebels disarm security guards of mining firm in MisOr

August 19, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 August)—New People’s Army rebels disarmed security guards at a quarry site of Minergy Power Corporation in Balingasag town, Misamis Oriental Monday morning. Lt. Col. Anthony Derilo, commanding officer of 57th Infantry Battalion said the rebels carted away five AK47 rifles a radio and several rounds of ammunition from the guards at Barangay Quezon Heights in Balingasag town. Derilo said the rebels did not a fire a shot during the raid and fled to the mountains afterward. Nicholas Marino, spokesperson of the NPA in Misamis Oriental said it only took them five minutes to disarm the security guards of AY 76 Security Agency. He said they seized four AK 47 rifles (not five as claimed by the military), several radios and 200 rounds of ammunition. Marino said the NPA in Misamis Oriental decided to raid the outpost of the security guards to teach Minergy Power Corporation “a lesson”. The company operates a 165-MW coal-fired power plant on the shoreline of Macajalar Bay fronting the province of Misamis Oriental. “Minergy dumps its highly-toxic wastes in the bay and in a hole in that quarry site,” Marino said. He said residents have complained to them that they have acquired various diseases including asthma, dizziness and sore eyes after the power plant went full-blast in September 2017. The Misamis Oriental provincial board conducted an investigation but nothing has come out of it. The management of Minergy Power Corporation declined to comment on this matter. (Froilan Gallardo/MindaNews)

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NPA rebels disarm security guards of power firm in MisOr

August 19, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 August)—New People’s Army rebels disarmed security guards at a quarry site of Minergy Power Corporation in Balingasag town, Misamis Oriental Monday morning. Lt. Col. Anthony Derilo, commanding officer of 57th Infantry Battalion said the rebels carted away five AK47 rifles a radio and several rounds of ammunition from the guards at Barangay Quezon Heights in Balingasag town. Derilo said the rebels did not a fire a shot during the raid and fled to the mountains afterward. Nicholas Marino, spokesperson of the NPA in Misamis Oriental said it only took them five minutes to disarm the security guards of AY 76 Security Agency. He said they seized four AK 47 rifles (not five as claimed by the military), several radios and 200 rounds of ammunition. Marino said the NPA in Misamis Oriental decided to raid the outpost of the security guards to teach Minergy Power Corporation “a lesson”. The company operates a 165-MW coal-fired power plant on the shoreline of Macajalar Bay fronting the province of Misamis Oriental. “Minergy dumps its highly-toxic wastes in the bay and in a hole in that quarry site,” Marino said. He said residents have complained to them that they have acquired various diseases including asthma, dizziness and sore eyes after the power plant went full-blast in September 2017 The Misamis Oriental provincial board conducted an investigation but nothing has come out of it. The management of Minergy Power Corporation declined to comment on this matter. (Froilan Gallardo/MindaNews)

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