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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Murcielagos Bay shellfish remains safe to eat

By:  Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental (10 Apr 2014) - Shellfish collected from Murcielagos Bay, in the boundary of Misamis Occidental and Zamboanga del Norte, remains safe for human consumption.

This, after the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has come out with Shellfish Bulletin (SB) No. 8, dated April 1, 2014, declaring the area to be free from toxic contamination.

As disseminated in all SB Nos. 01-07, issued by BFAR, during the first quarter this year, the area has been delisted from those with red tide toxins.

This means that all types of shellfish, including Acetes specie or "alamang" or minute shrimps, can now be harvested, sold, bought and eaten, BFAR Officer-in-Charge Drusila Esther E. Bayate said.

Meanwhile, BFAR has declared the following areas in Mindanao as free from red tide toxin:  Taguines Lagoon in Brgy. Binoni, Mahinog, Camiguin Island, in Region 10; Hinatuan, Bislig and Llanga Bays in Surigao del Sur of Region 13; and Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental in Region 11.

However, shellfishes collected at Dumanquillas Bay, in Zamboanga del Sur in Region 9, are found positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit, based on the latest laboratory results from BFAR and the local government units (LGU).

Bayate said, all types of shellfish and "alamang" gathered from this red tide area are not safe for human consumption, and gathering, selling, buying them are prohibited.

But fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs gathered from red tide areas may be safe to eat, provided that, they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and the internal organs, such as gills and intestines, are removed before cooking.  [PIA 10-Misamis Occidental]

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DA turns over 0.75 kilometer farm to market road in Bacolod

By:  Vanessa Mae S. Siano

BACOLOD, Lanao del Norte (1 Apr 2014) - The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO-10), in partnership with the Office of Congresswoman Imelda Quibranza Dimaporo (Lanao del Norte 1st District Representative), and the local government unit of the municipality of Bacolod, Lanao del Norte, turned over the Liangan East-Babalaya farm-to-market road (FMR) project to the farmers and residents of the said barangays.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Panguil Bay Bridge ready by 2016 - RDC-X

By:  Archimedes C. Lazaro & Peleta B. Abejo
NEDA-X and Philippine Information Agency-10

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, 6 Feb 2014 (PIA) - Officials of the Regional Development Council of Northern Mindanao (RDC-X) and major stakeholders of the Panguil Bay Bridge (PBB) Project met with Secretary Rogelio L. Lingson of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on January 3, 20143 at the DPWH Central Office to facilitate funding and early implementation of the Panguil Bay Bridge (PBB) Project.

Secretary Singson expressed full support for the implementation of the PBB project within the term of the Aquino Administration in consonance with the government's efforts on enhancing agriculture and tourism development in the region.

Latest developments include the completion of the new business case study with grant assistance from the Government of Korea.  The civil works and approaches are proposed to be implemented through a combination of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Government of the Philippines (GOP) funding that shall include the acquisition of the road right-of-way.

With ODA funding, the DPWH can avail of foreign technology in constructing and designing bridges in relatively deep bays.

Once completed, it was suggested that the operation and maintenance of the bridge shall be managed by a private sector, which shall collect toll fees from the users through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme.

Approval of the PBB project by the NEDA-Investment Coordination Committee is targeted within the first half of 2014, so that the loan can be obtained by mid-2014, detailed engineering to start in the fourth quarter this year, and bridge construction to commence within 2015.

Costing P5.193 billion, this 3.6 kilometer two-lane bridge will connect the municipality of Tubod, Lanao del Norte and Tangub City in Misamis Occidental and reduce travel time between the two places to only about seven minutes.

Panguil Bay Bridge is one of the priority projects in Northern Mindanao considered as one of the major strategic interventions particularly in providing access, logistics and infrastructure services toward the attainment of inclusive growth.  Once completed, it will provide uninterrupted access from Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities to Tangub, Oroquieta and Ozamiz cities and the rest of Zamboanga Peninsula.  It will also enhance agricultural development and industrialization along the Cagayan-Iligan Corridor and the Tubod-Tangub-Ozamiz-Oroquieta growth areas.

Acting RDC-X Chair and NEDA-X Director Leon M. Dacanay, Jr. and RDC-X InfraCom Co-Chair, Engr. Modesto C. Babaylan were joined by Congressman Imelda Q. Dimaporo of the First District of Lanao del Norte and Mayor Nelieta Q. Noval of the municipality of Tubod, Lanao del Norte (for Tubod-Lanao del Norte side); Congressman Henry S. Oaminal of the 2nd District of Misamis Occidental, Governor Herminia Ramiro of Misamis Occidental, Mayor Philip T. Tan of Tangub City, and Mayor Reynaldo O. Parojinog, Sr of Ozamiz City (for Tangub City-Misamis Occidental side). 

The team also had a pre-meeting discussion focused on resolving road-right-of-way issues with Congressman Jorge T. Almonte of the 1st District of Misamis Occidental and Mayor Maria Luisa D. Romualdo of Mambajao, Camiguin, Chair of the RDC-X Macro & Development Administration Committee.

The RDC officials and Congressional representatives present strongly articulated and signified their commitment and support for the realization of the much-awaited bridge project.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Are you a registered voter in Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental?

Sinacaban COMELEC personnel & Election Registration Board (ERB)  
SINACABAN, Misamis Occidental (9 Sept 2013) - The local office of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) today released the posted computerized voters list (PCVL) or the certified list of registered regular voters who are qualified to vote for the forthcoming barangay elections on October 28, 2013 in their respective barangays, this municipality.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ozamiz rob gang chief gets 67 years in prison

By Non Alquitran and Aie Balagtas See
Philstar News Service

Ricky Cadavero alias Kambal
MANILA, Philippines - The leader of the Ozamiz robbery gang may serve as long as 67 years in prison since he was convicted in absentia for two counts each of robbery and frustrated murder, an official said yesterday.

Ricky Cadavero is also the subject of an arrest warrant for murder in Lapulapu City, Cebu.

"The long arms of the law finally caught up with him.  He will rot in jail as more complainants have surfaced to identify him in several other robbery cases," National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina said in an interview.

He said the NCRPO's task of neutralizing the Ozamiz gang does not end with Cadavero's arrest--his men are still hunting down the remaining members of the gang.

Southern Police District director Chief Superintendent Benito Estipona said Cadavero is cooperating in the follow-up investigation.

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 215 convicted Cadavero for robbery on Sept. 27, 2011, sentenced him to six to 17 years in prison and ordering him to indemnify the government of P1.2 million.

The same court also found him guilty in another robbery case, sentencing him to four to 10 years in prison and telling him to pay the government P45,000 in damages.

Cadavero was convicted for two counts of frustrated murder and meted a jail term of eight to 20 years for each count.

Espina called on other victims of the Ozamiz robbery gang to file charges against them.  "We will see to it that they stay in jail for their lifetime so they could not return to their old ways of robbing innocent people and owners of business establishments," he said.

Cadavero was arrested along with his common-law wife, Fe Tolentino, in Noveleta, Cavite Friday night.  Alleged gang driver Randy Maratas and another reported gang member, Avelino Lagata, were arrested in Bacoor City.

Police officers recovered two .45 caliber pistols, a .38 caliber revolver, assorted ammunition, around 10 grams of shabu, 12 cell phones, three bankbooks and assorted documents.

They also seized a Mitsubishi Montero Sport, a Toyota Innova and a Honda CRV, which Espina said were used by the gang in previous robbery operations.

After the arrest of five gang members in Quezon City two weeks ago, Estipona's men arrested Gregorio Telen in Lucena City.  Telen fingered Antonio and Ramil Espera, who yielded two motorcycles, handguns, and hand grenade and an undetermined amount of shabu.

The Esperas led police officers to Cadavero.  Estipona said Cadavero and his gang have admitted participating in at least 15 robberies in Metro Manila and Cavite. []

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Aboitiz to build new hydropower facilities in Bukidnon

Rappler Beta

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (24 May 2012) - Amid the power shortage in Mindanao, a wholly owned unit of Aboitiz Power Corp has announced its plans to construct two run-of-river hydro-electric power plants in Kitaotao, Bukidnon.





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