By MEL N. VELEZ
MARAMAG, Bukidnon – The Fraternal Order of Eagles-Maramag Club will be holding its medical-dental mission for 100 less fortunate people in Maramag town on October 26 as part of the highlights of its 2nd year chapter anniversary.
Maramag Eagles Club President Christian Lear F. Miquiabas is extending his warm thanks to fellow Eagle brothers and partners who unselfishly devote efforts for the success of the 2nd Club Founding Anniversary.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles is the first Philippine-born fraternal socio- civic organization guided by strong brotherhood and service to the community that has chapters throughout the country.
Miquiabas said United Opposition Alliance (UNA) senatorial bet Juan Miguel Zubiri will address the affair as keynote speaker. National Eagles president Salvador Ramos, Efren Camaro- Regional Governor NMR1, members of eight active clubs in Bukidnon as well as other Eagles Club presidents in Mindanao will attend the event.
Revenue District Officer Myrna Bernardo of RDO 99, Malaybalay City was awarded a certificate of recognition by Regional Director Alberto Olasiman for registering the highest percentage of collection against goal in the region for the period January to August 2012. RDO 99 exceeded the cumulative collection goal as of August by P38.6Million or 6%. In photo: RD Alberto Olasiman, RDO Myrna Bernardo, ARDO Mama Sanggacala, Collection Division Chief, Blandina Florante. The recognition was given during the 9th regional staff conference last September 20, 2012 in Cagayan de Oro City.
MALAYBALAY CITY – Bureau of Internal Revenue District Office No. 99 is the region’s top tax collection performer for four consecutive months since May.
We have reached the peak and able to surpass our tax collection target, said Chief Collection Section Head Aurora Sualan
For the month of September, BIR Bukidnon overshot the target goal of P70,441,000.00 with actual collection of P80,403,200.45 or an excess of P11,962,200.45 or 16%. Prior ollection is P62,646,900.65, an increase of P19,756,299.80.
`In cumulative comparative collections as of September, the revenue district reached the P764,216,788.01 against the cumulative goal of P713,661,000.00 with an excess of P50,555,788.01.
Revenue District Officer Myrna Bernardo said she owes the good performance to taxpayers who religiously pay their tax obligations and to a continuing massive tax info drive and seminars.
Assistant Revenue District Officer Mike Sanggacala said double efforts by office tax personnel is aimed to help national government by pursuing collection targets set by BIR Commissioner Kim Henares.
VALENCIA CITY – Former Bukidnon Vice Governor Wenifredo Agripo and first termer Valencia City Councilor Rogelio Roque will fight it out in the May election next year for representative of the newly-created Bukidnon 4th District.
But another aspirant, Incumbent City Councilor Peduche has missed the boat having been beaten by the October 5 deadline of filing Certificate of Candidacy (COC).
Agripo and Roque have filed their COCs as aspirants for the Congress seat in the 2nd District, but will be running now in the 4th District which covers Valencia City, Pangantucan and Kalilangan.
The Commission on Elections has issued Resolution No. 9539 spelling out rules for candidates for representative of the new district.
Under the rules Agripo and Roque are now candidates for the 4th District Congress having filed their COCs for the 2nd District race before the creation of the 4th District, which includes Valencia City.
Peduche, who has long made known his wish to run for the new Congress seat, has not filed his COC and the Comelec resolution was silent on the case similar to his. He said he did not file a COC under 2nd District because he toyed with the idea that candidates could still file COC for the new district after the October 5 deadline.
Peduche assailed the Comelec resolution that he said deprived him of his right to run under the new district.
Marisa Estrella -Peduche’s wife earlier filed her COC for City Councilor in Valencia City.
Agripo, running under the banner of Liberal Party which is allied with Zubiri’s Bukidnon Paglaum Party (BPP), said he was happy that the peopleof Bukidnon has added their voice in Congress with the creation of the new district. Agripo was the district political officer for six years of Senator Teofista Guingona when the senator was still a congressman.
The young Roque, an independent candidate, is a pro-environment advocate who wants to contribute to the development of the new district.
MEL N. VELEZ
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Bukidnon’s venerable and respected political kingpin Vice Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri (Bukidnon Paglaum Party) , is facing up to an opponent of a different specie in the race for governor in the 2013 elections.
His rival is a confirmed drug addict with sociedal tendencies, had been described as a big-time smuggler and been involved in a shooting incident with a government official.
And Lynard Allan Bigcas is selling himself as a politician who could effect change in Bukidnon which has become synomous with the name Zubiri.
The 41-year old Bigcas of Talakag, Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro City has filed a certificate with the Commission on Elections contesting Zubiri’s bid to recapure the governorship he previously held.
Bigkas however may have a slim chance to put up a decent fight. Ranged against his notoriety is Zubiri’s hold of Bukidnon’s municipal mayors.
Among Bigkas’ caper was being caught with drug paraphernalia by agents of the Philipine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). He is free on a P300,000 bail bond.
I wanted to end my life, he told a press conference to detail the aftermath of his arrest after filing his Certificate of Candidacy (COC). He admitted using drugs but said his arrest was “God’s will” for him to stop the vice and run for governor to “effect change in Bukidnon.”
Police authorities earlier also had raided his warehouses in Cagayan de Oro City and Talakag and confiscated expensive “smuggled” motorbikes and luxury cars.
He had also figured in shooting incident in Davao City with Miguel Palma Gil, Davao region head of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB).
Bigkas earlier had claimed he is the Liberal Party (LP) candidate for governor in Bukidnon but filed his COC with an Aksyon Demokratikong Pilipino nomination.
The LP had quickly denied Bigkas claim, saying that he had never been a member of the party,
“Bigcas, who is accused of being a big-time smuggler has never been a member of the Party and was never involved in local politics,” Secretary Neric Acosta, LP Bukidnon Chair said in a statement
“This is a clear act of misrepresentation committed to mislead the public especially LP members and supporters,” Acosta said in the statement.
In the 2013 race, Governor Alex Calingasan,Zubiri’s running mate, is facing off two independnent opponents in the vice gubernatorial fight: Tony Dalao and Atty. Nemesio Beltran Jr.
In the 1st District, incumbent National People’s Coalition (NPC) Congressman Jesus Emmanuel Paras will be challenged by Liberal Party (LP) Neric Acosta’s sister-Maria Lourdes and former one-termer Congressman Candido Pancrudo.
In the Second District, Nationalista Party (NP)-Bukidnon Paglaum Party (BPP) incumbent Congressman Dr. Florencio Flores has a rival n former Vice Governor Wenifredo Agripo of Liberal Party (LP) and Valencia City Councilor independent candidate Rogelio Roque,.
In the 3rd District incumbent Congressman Jose Ma. Zubiri III (BPP) is up against Aksyon Demokratikong Pilipino (ADP) bet Ruth Acosta.
The Sandiganbayan First Division has slapped a sentence of 6 years imprisonment on former Valencia City mayor Jose M. Galario Jr. after finding him guilty of violating Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act in connection with case filed by former budget officer Ruth P. Piano, who was replaced by Galario when he assumed as city mayor on July 2, 2001.
Galario, also said to have been meted perpetual disqualification from public office will appeal the decision, according to radio reports. He said that the decision is not yet final and executory.
Aside from six years of imprisonment, the reports said, Galario was also meted “perpetual disqualification from public office.”
Associate Justice Rafael Lagos of the Sandiganbayan First Division penned the decision with concurrence of Associate Justice Efren dela Cruz, First Division Chairperson and Associate Justice Rodolfo A. Ponferrada, said reports on the Sandiganbayan decision.
By MEL N. VELEZ
MALAYBALAY City – Vice Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri and his Provincial Board have passed two resolutions asking President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III to fund two by-pass roads that aim to free the national highways from vehicular traffic congestions.
Sponsored by the vice governor and Board members Nemisio B. Beltran Jr., Manuel L. Dinlayan, Roland F. Detecio, Ranulfo E. Pepito and Renato D. Centillas, the twin resolutions sought funds of P675M for the construction of the Dalwangan-San Jose by-pass road in Malaybalay City and the Bagontaas-Lumbo by-pass road in Valencia City.
The Dalwangan-San Jose by-pass road worth P419M would fund construction of an 18-kilometer road and four bridges along the stretch of the Dalwangan-Barangay Captain Angel-Camp Impalambong-Sta. Ana-San Jose route.
The Bagontaas-Lumbo by-pass road consisting of 7 kilometers of road and one bridge costing P181M starts from Barangay Sugod passing through Barangays of Kahaponan, Sinayawan, Maapag and exiting in Lumbo.
The twin projects hope to decongest the Bukidnon national highways groaning from heavy volume of vehicle traffic due to robust economic activities.
DANGCAGAN – The municipality of Dangcagan in Bukidnon has won over the municipality of Kitaotao in a long-drawn boundary dispute that increased its territory to more than 43,000 hectares.
The decision on the dispute was issued recently by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) based on cadastral surveys conducted in 2000.
Dangcagan and Kitaotao had been locked in legal battle on the boundary conflict for many years.
DENR-Land Management Bureau Region 10 director Ernesto Adobo Jr. said his office has already informed the Department of Budget Management (DBM) Central Office about the decision on the Dangcagan-Kitaotao case and of the adjustment of land area under the jurisdiction of Dangcagan.
From an area of 11,000 before the DENR decision, Dancagan now has total area of more than 42,000 hectares. The dispute with Kitaotao involved about 34,000 hectares.
The victory also means for Dangcagan a bigger share in the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), representing share of local government units in locally-collected national taxes.
According to Municipal Budget Officer Leonardo Durog, Dangcagan was among 9 barangays that separated from the mother town of Maramag on July 1, 1931 through Executive Order No. 306 by then Governor General Butte.
On August 29, 1961, Dangcagan became a regular municipality by virtue of Executive Order No. 444 by issued by the late Pres. Carlos P. Garcia. Vicente Cabiling was the first town mayor.
Kitaotao was a Dangcagan barangay prior to becoming a municipality on June 18, 1966. MEL N. VELEZ
CITY of VALENCIA – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said a new round of high intensity tremors could hit Bukidnon as the agency conducts a study on an unnamed fault that triggered the 5.6 magnitude earthquake that hit Bukidnon and neighboring provinces recently.
Another earthquake could happen anytime, said PhilVocs Northern Mindanao Director Marcial Labinay.
About 878 aftershocks followed the 3:44 a.m. September 4 tremor, said Labinay.
The quake collapsed or partially damage houses and buildings including government structures particularly in barangays Lourdes, Guinoyoran, Tugaya, Lilingayon, Mt. Nebo, San Carlos and Bagontaas in this city.
One died from heart attack and another was injured as the tremor shook schools, houses and other buildings in Barangay Kuya, Dagumbaan in Maramag town.
Phivolcs identified the epicenter of the tectonic quake as 15 kilometers northwest of Maramag. The quake was felt in Malaybalay, Cagayan de Oro, Kidapawan, Butuan, Cotabato and Arakan, North Cotabato.
Labinay said Phivolcs is currentlly studying the unnamed fault in Bukidnon along with earthquake generators in Misamis Oriental, known as the Central Mindanao Fault, Cabanglasan Fault and Tagoloan Fault. MEL N. VELEZ
ABSFI-ABSFMPC assembly set
QUEZON, Bukidnon – The Associated Bukidnon SugarCane Farmers, Inc. and Associated SugarCane Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ABSFI-ABSFMPC) will be holding its 11th year annual assembly on October 7 at Central Mindanao University (CMU) gym in Maramag.
About 4,500 of cooperative members and their families are expected to join the assembly, according to ABSFI-ABSFMPC Manager Abner T. Balagulan.
In last year’s assembly, Chairman Pablo Lorenzo III assured members that the sugar industry in Bukidnon will continue to soar high as a major factor in economic development despite threats facing the industry.
Last year, ABSFI-ABSFMPC members received P3.3 million in cash share, interest and patronage, and P2.2 million credited to capital build up.
ABSFI Vice President Gregorio Lloren Gue assures full support for the coming annual assembly. MEL VELEZ
By MEL N. VELEZ
MARAMAG, Bukidnon – With an P80M additional fund from the National Electrification Administration (NEA), First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FIBECO) is fastracking the completion of its sitio electrification project.
NEA earlier had pumped an initial P30 million subsidy for the project.
General Manager Engr. Renato S. Cortezano said lighting up remote sitios is part of FIBECO’s commitment to improve the lives of people in farflung areas.
Cortezano in behalf of the beneficiaries of the project, thanked NEA for the subsidy.
NEA committed the additional fund of P80 million this year after FIBECO completed the electrification of 56 sitios.
Cortezano said 126 sitios would be the target of the NEA back-up fund for completion by October, with 34 other sitios to be lighted up with other coming funds.
Engineering services department chief Engr. Antonio Obice Jr. said about 40% of the project has been undertaken and assured full completion by next month.
Finance head Luz Pallasigue said that 300 barangays under the FIBECO’s coverage area have already been fully energized.