northern mindanao

Trader in Naawan ‘crisis’ surrenders

August 24, 2017

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A businessman turned himself in to authorities yesterday morning after he reportedly held a Catholic priest for a few hours in a church in Naawan town in Misamis Oriental. Lovernton Ruedas surrendered around 12 noon Wednesday to Sr. Insp. Dexter Ceniza, chief of Police Station 2 in Iligan City. Prior to the incident, the suspect reportedly went to see the chief of police of Naawan Police Station Sr. Insp. Jay Francis Serrano Estigoy in regard to the case of his cousin, a certain Millerton. Ruedas said his cousin went on hiding in Bukidnon. When inside the police station, the reports said Estigoy noticed that Ruedas had a gun, thus he took his service firearm where the alleged shootout between him and the suspect ensued. But Ruedas managed to run toward the Convent where he took refuge. Residents told a local radio station that they have heard the guns rang out. Naawan town parish priest, Rev. Fr. Roniedon P. Valmoria told Magnum radio, a local radio station, that Ruedas, a guitarist and a choir member of his parish, merely sought for his help contrary to reports that he was held hostage. “Walay hostage nga nahitabo,” Valmoria told a local radio program anchored by Joel Jacobo of Magnum radio. “Nag estorya ra mi, nagpatabang siya,” the priest added. “Related man sa droga kay nalooy siya sa iyang ig-agaw kay gipangita sa pulis ug nagtago-tago mao nga makig-estorya unta siya sa hepe,” said Valmoria apparently referring to Estigoy. According to his uncle, Ruedas owned an appliance store engaged in selling musical instruments located in nearby Manticao town, also in Misamis Oriental.

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Hiscom, education department team up on local history textbook

August 24, 2017

THE Cagayan de Oro Historical and Cultural Commission (Hiscom) and the Department of Education Cagayan de Oro Division of City Schools are collaborating on creating the first local history textbook for public school students in the city, Last August 9-11, 2017, the project completed its second phase with the “Validation and Evaluation of Local History Book of Cagayan de Oro” at a local hotel where the output from the first WriteShop earlier compiled by the DepEd’s pool of writers from local historical sources were copy edited and vetted for accuracy and correctness. Dr. Erlinda M. Burton, Hiscom chairperson, suggested the follow-up activity after Hiscom commissioners conducted a first pass review of the first Writeshop Output which covers Cagayan de Oro’s pre-history until the end of the Spanish colonial rule in Philippines in 1898 when the country was ced ed to the United States of America and the Philippine-American War began. Fr. Daniel D. Coronel, SSJV, Hiscom Co-Chair and Mr. Romeo Aclo, Education Supervisor for Araling Panlipunan, DepEd Cagayan de Oro Division of City Schools, spearheaded the activity. Also participating were other local institutions like the History Department of Xavier University represented by Kristian Ian S. Sulmayor, History Dept Chair; and Charlito Lorzano, Asst Director of the ACDO Archives and Land Records Office. According to Mr. Aclo, this is the first such initiative from a DepEd Division to formulate such as textbook on local history based on local historical sources and is being eyed by the DepEd to be the model/template for similar projects in other DepEd areas. The next Write Shop aims to cover the period starting with the Philippine-American War on which Kagay-anon Patriots played a prominent role to the present time under the administration of Mayor Oscar S. Moreno. Mr. Aclo said the group will petition the LGU for funding assistance to complete the project since DepEd funds have already been depleted by the first two Write Shops.

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Go Hotels Iligan set to open soon

August 24, 2017

Robinsons Hotels & Resorts GM Elizabeth D. Gregorio unveils plans for the Go Hotels chain during the Aug 19 grand opening of Summit Galleria Cebu[/caption]Despite the uncertain peace and order situation in Mindanao, Robinsons Hotels and Resorts remains optimistic tourism and the hospitality industry would continue to flourish in the island’s regions. “Mindanao has a very vibrant economy. There are still so many areas which are so conducive to commercial development,” noted Elizabeth D. Gregorio, general manager of Robinsons Hotels and Resorts, a subsidiary of Robinsons Land Inc. (RLC) which operates the group’s Summit Hotels and Resorts, and Go Hotels. “To begin with, we already have so many Robinsons malls in Mindanao. And in terms of Go Hotels also, we are very much present. We have Davao, Butuan, soon we will be opening in Iligan, and we are looking at other areas like Cagayan de Oro, so we’re very optimistic about the economy in Mindanao,” she told reporters on the sidelines of the Summit Galleria Cebu launch last August 19. “Go Hotel is very much a city hotel. It’s a place where you park your things and you’re out for the rest of the day for business or pleasure,” she added. Company information online describes Go Hotels as “an Essential Service Hotel providing quality accommodations, with a complete and convenient travel experience for the savvy professional, the go-getting trailblazer, the modern man and woman – everyone should be provided a low cost option for value lodging.” Although it is profiled as a low cost option for value lodging, Go Hotels rooms feature Windsor chiropractic beds of high quality, hypo-allergenic materials with 100^% cotton sheets and duvet covers; bathrooms with overhead hot and cold rain shower, hand-held shower head and 100% cotton bath towels, soap and conditioning shampoo; LCD Cable TV sets in all guest rooms and lobby, free Wi-Fi in all areas; 24/7 CCTV surveillance in the lobby and corridors with a safe in all guest rooms; transport access to public, private and for-hire transport for hassle free travel. And airport transfer, toiletry kits, and breakfast sets as add-ons should the guest so desires. At present, Go Hotels operates eight hotels in Luzon (Cubao-QC, Ermita-Manila, Mandaluyong, Manila Airport Road, North EDSA-QC, Ortigas Center, Otis-Manila, and Puerto Princesa-Palawan), four in the Visayas (Bacolod, Dumaguete, Iloilo, and Tacloban) and two in Mindanao (Butuan, Lanang-Davao). Besides the one in Iligan, the company is also opening another new hotel in Timog Avenue, Quezon City before the year ends. “We expect to open more Go Hotels at the rate of two a year,” Gregorio said. “Go Hotels already has five operational hotels that are franchised and we continue to explore more interests in franchising. One of the chains biggest franchise operators is Roxaco Land Corp., the property development arm of Roxas and Company Inc., which already operates four Go Hotels in a joint venture with the Vanguard Hotels Group of Singapore. Roxaco-Vanguard operates Go Hotels North Edsa-Quezon City, Manila Airport Road-Parañaque, Cubao- Quezon City, Ermita-Manila, and Timog, Quezon City by the 4th quarter of the year which would increase the group’s total capacity to over 1,000 hotel rooms. Should there be an opportunity, Gregorio said a Go Hotel for Cebu would also be possible.

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122 inmates vote in Malaybalay City

May 13, 2017

MALAYBALAY CITY  – A total of 122 detainees cast their vote at the Malaybalay City Jail in Monday’s midterm elections through a special voting system designed for persons deprived of liberty. The exercise ran from 7-10:42 a.m. inside the multi-purpose hall of the facility that was transformed into a polling precinct, Jail Officer 1 Glenly Love Joyme L. Domingo, community relations services officer of Malaybalay City Jail said. The detainees were only allowed to vote for senators and party-list. Detainees who have not been convicted with final judgment may exercise their right to suffrage. “It is our duty to ensure that the right to vote of our hosted PDL is realized. It forms part of their continuing rehabilitation and development,” Jail Senior Inspector Shodji Labis, city jail warden, said. The inmates who voted were those who registered during the special satellite registration for detainee voters conducted inside the facility on August 9, 2018. Their ballots will be transported to their respective mother precincts to be fed into the vote counting machines.

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Flood warning raises in Mindanao cities, provinces

January 30, 2017

By CRIS DIAZ, Executive Editor and GERRY GORIT, Correspondent CAGAYAN de oro City--Local officials had raised flood warnings in various areas in Northern and Northeastern Mindanao amid heavy rains that continue to batter the region. The local weather officials had raised an “Orange Alert” in the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Agusan del Norte, Agusan Del Sur, Surigao Del Sur, Surigao Del Norte, and Dinagat Island due to heavy rains spawned by the Low-Pressure Area (LPA) Saturday morning. Weather officials also raised the “Yellow Alert” in the provinces of Misamis Occidental and Lanao Del Norte. An “orange alert” means that residents along the river channels were advised to move to safer grounds in anticipation of the rising flood waters while the “yellow alert” advised the residents to be alert for possible flood. Flooding has threatened in low-lying areas and near river channels apart from threats of landslides in mountainous areas in the region, the weather officials warned. Provincial governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano, of Misamis Oriental, issued a provincewide alert and ordered the Provincial Disaster Risk, Reduction, and Management Office (PDRRMO) to mobilize the disaster and rescue teams to be able to respond to any eventuality. He said that residents in Medina, a coastal town east of Misamis Oriental, had been evacuated to safer grounds due to flooding. Emano said that two houses in Villanueva, also a coastal town east of Misamis Oriental, were also destroyed when a tree fell on the houses, but nobody was reported injured. The governor also advised all public-school officials to exercise prudence in dismissing classes, putting into consideration of the safety of the pupils and students. In Cagayan De Oro City, traffic officials had ordered the closure of some portion of the Claro M. Recto Avenue, a long stretch of commercial highway where hundreds of vehicles were stuck up during the urban flooding last Jan. 16. Aside from the Claro M. Recto Avenue, some major streets in Cagayan De Oro City were also closed particularly along Osmena Street, the Lapasan highway, Serena Street in Carmen, and the J.R. Borja Extension, Camaman-an village and all other villages and streets in the city. Last January 16, more than 5,000 residents in Misamis Oriental and another 5,000 residents in Cagayan de Oro City were evacuated due to flood spawned by the LPA. Misamis Oriental and Cagayan De Oro City were still reeling from the flood last January 16 and had remained under the state of calamity. Code Red Due to incessant rains, the state weather bureau has put most of Northern Mindanao under Code Red Alert Saturday afternoon. In an advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the provinces of Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, and Bukidnon were affected by the low pressure area (LPA) and tail-end of a cold front, as of 1 p.m. Saturday. Lanao del Sur, the four provinces of Agusan and Surigao, including Dinagat Islands were under code red, as well. In Cagayan de Oro, several areas were submerged in waters although not as severe as the flooding last Jan. 16. The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines and Lim Ket Kai complex along C. M. Recto Avenue were flooded but not as serious as last time. In some villages, residents left their homes as waterways began to overflow due to the heavy rains that began at dawn and continued until Saturday afternoon. According to the City Social Welfare and Development, about 37 families were evacuated in barangays Bonbon, Puerto and Macasandig. In Gingoog City, 142 families from Barangay Agay-anan had to seek shelter at the town’s covered court. Meanwhile, the police regional office said it has deployed more than a thousand law enforcers from various units to act as search and rescue responders flood-prone areas in the city and Misamis Oriental. “We are now taking precautionary measures. We are particularly assisting the CDRRMO and PDRRMO on preemptive evacuation as well as managing traffic. We have deployed police personnel on key areas to direct traffic, help stranded motorist and provide assistance to the public,” police regional director Chief Supt. Agripino Javier said. Serious flood warning Serious Flood Warning has been raised over 11 provinces in Caraga, Northern Mindanao and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) due to the trough of low pressure area and the tailend of a cold front. In its Serious Flood Warning issued at 1 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 28), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said serious flooding is expected in low lying areas and near river channels and landslides in mountainous areas in the entire Caraga region (Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur) the Northern Mindanao povinces of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental, and Lanao del Sur in the ARMM. Serious flooding is expected in low lying areas and near river channels and landslides in mountainous areasin these 11 provinces where the rainfall advisory is color coded red. PAGASA said a red rainfall advisory is issued “when downpours constitute an emergency.” This is raised when observed rainfall is more than 30 mm within one hour or if rainfall has continued for the past three hours and is more than 65 mm. PAGASA raised an orange rainfall advisory over the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Sarangani. An orange rainfall advisory is raised in areas where rainfall is between 15 mm and 30 mm within one hour. “Flooding is a definite threat in communities under the orange alert,” it said. PAGASA raised a yellow rainfall advisory over the Davao region (Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental and Davao Oriental” and the ARMM provinces of Basilan, Maguindanao and Sulu, or “flooding is possible.” A yellow rainfall advisory is raised when the expected rainfall amount is between 7.5 mm and 15 mm within one hour and likely to continue. (MindaNews)

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BOC-10 meets P9.7-billion target collection for 2016

January 30, 2017

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The Bureau of Customs District 10 in Northern Mindanao met its target collection for 2016, amounting to Php 9.7 billion with an 8.36 percent increase difference compared to 2015. Collection performance was a bit short in the early and mid of 2016 mostly due to the drop in the prices of oil. Apart from the Cagayan de Oro port, there are the Mindanao Container Terminal sub-port in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, the Iligan sub-port in Lanao del Norte and the Ozamiz sub-port in Misamis Occidental. From January to August, last year, revenue collection was on the red. It swung upward starting September, overcoming the target by Php168.97 million and in October by 383.94 million, under the stewardship of then MCT-sub port Collector Nash Guro. November and December also followed suit having the BOC-10 met its target collection for 2016. Atty. Tomas Alsid, district collector of the Port of Cagayan de Oro, expressed optimism for 2017 target, following the meeting of the 2016 collection target as soon as he assumed office, here, last quarter of the year. The curbing of smuggling by the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service under the Intelligence Group (CIIS-IG) in the ports of Cagayan de Oro and the sub-ports under the jurisdiction of BOC-10 by as much as P200 million or 91.5 percent in 2016 by way of seizures and forfeitures has helped a lot in meeting the collection target. Alvin Enciso, acting chief of CIIS-10, said from an estimated total value of P228,520,000 in 2015, seizures and forfeitures in 2016 only amounted to P19,500,000. “We have been stringent in all examinations for importations, and the higher ups in Manila, including CIIS-CDO, have been positive and upbeat for 2016, because smuggling is being curtailed,” Enciso said. Enciso said out of the almost P20 million seizures, the amount of P4,517,595 were converted into additional duties and taxes for the year 2016. Enciso explained the priority mandate of the BOC is on revenue generation and trade facilitation, as well as, anti-smuggling. “When smuggling is down, revenue collection is up. That’s how it is,” Enciso said. Topping 2016 seizures and forfeitures are used clothing, locally known as “ukay-ukay” followed by truck replacement parts also known as “chop chop” and regulated items such as rice, sugar, mosquito coils and used television sets, among others.

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