SEC warns public vs. scammers

 May 15, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) here has warned the public of the proliferation of at least 28 groups and individuals engaged in fraudulent investment schemes.“In its continuous efforts in investigating possible investment scams, the Commission warns… Read More

P500-M SHFC socialized housing project to rise in Cagayan de Oro City

The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) led on February 3 , 2021 , groundbreaking rites for the Balubal Socialized Housing Project Phase 2, one of the biggest socialized housing projects of the government agency mandated to provide shelter to the homeless Filipinos. Funded by the SHFC with P500 million under its Community Mortgage Program (CMP), the project in partnership with the Cagayan de Oro City government, consists of 40 two-story buildings that could house 960 families.

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The groundbreaking ceremony, spearheaded by SHFC President Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling together with Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno, signaled the start of construction of the Balubal Socialized Housing Project Phase 2, a P500-million project to be funded under the SHFC Community Mortgage Program ((CMP)

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Witnessing the groundbreaking rites for the P500-million Balubal Socialized Housing Project Phase 2, consisting of 40 two-story buildings that could house 960 families, were Operations Senior Vice President Atty. Ronaldo Saco, North Western Mindanao Operations Vice President Engr. Felman Gilbang and Cagayan de Oro Manager Janet Lumaya; Cagayan de Oro City local government officials led by Mayor Oscar Moreno and members of the Balubal Heights Subdivision Federation Homeowners Association.

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Traders from Luzon, Visayas and other regions in Mindanao offering competitive prices prompting local producers to raise prices.

NorMin pork prices soar due to high demand

 January 23, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The prices of pork in Northern Mindanao have increased as other areas in the country turn to the region for their meat supply in the wake of the African swine fever (ASF) threat, the Department of Agriculture-10 (DA-10) said Friday afternoon.

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DA, MinDA break ground for P14-M food terminal in Bukidnon

FOOD TERMINAL. With Northern Mindanao’s tallest peak, Mount Kitanglad, in the background, officials of the Department of Agriculture and Mindanao Development Authority lead the groundbreaking for the PHP14 million food terminal in the Bukidnon town of Talakag on Thursday (Dec 10, 2020). The facility in Brgy. Miarayon is designed to store harvested crops by farmers to avoid profit loss during seasonal changes. (PNA photo by Nef Luczon)

 December 11, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY–The Department of Agriculture (DA) and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) broke ground for PHP14 million food terminal in the Bukidnon town of Talakag on Thursday.

DA-Region 10 (DA-10) Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga said the facility will include cold… Read More


The Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) called on communist rebels to end the recruitment of child soldiers as it joined the country in the observance of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) on Monday, September 9.

The Army division also reaffirmed  the Army oath to protect human rights.

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OATH TO PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS. Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, commander of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, led the pledge of reaffirmation of commitment and support for the International Humanitarian Law,  along with other key military officers in Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City, on Monday. 

The activity was spearheaded by Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, 4ID commander, together with officers and men of the Cagayan de Oro City-based Army division.

A key part of the observance is the pledge of reaffirmation of commitment and support for the International Humanitarian Law led by Brig. General Oliver Vesliño, the assistant division commander.

In his message, the 4ID chief also warned the parents on the revelations of former rebels that the New People’s Army is recruiting minors as young as 12-years-old.

Gacal said they are “alarmed” with the latest data based on the result of the 4ID Custodial Debriefing Reports from 2016 to 2019, showing NPA’s extensive recruitment among minors in Northern Mindanao.

“The recruitment of minors is clear evidence of the continuous violations and deceptions of the NPA rebels,” he said.

Gacal read the message of President Rodrigo Duterte to the troops, echoing the Chief Executive’s directive to “continue to impress upon everyone the Philippine government’s committed adherence to the guiding principles of the International Humanitarian Law, while addressing the threats to national peace and security.”

The commitment, Gacal said, is summed up in this year’s theme, “IHL: Protecting the Defenseless in Times of Armed Conflict.”

Meanwhile, the 4ID’s 8th Infantry Battalion (8IB) also took the oath of reaffirmation to IHL during the flag-raising ceremony at the Battalion Headquarters in Bukidnon on the same day.
Led by 1Lt. Kenneth Cabbigat, civil-military operations officer, the troops swore to strictly adhere and abide by the provisions of the IHL in the discharge of their duties and functions — especially on protecting the civilians and non-combatants.

Dialogue with IPs

Recently, 8IB provided assistance to several Indigenous Peoples (IP) members in Bukidnon who were accused as communist sympathizers.

Lt. Col. Ronald Illana, 8IB commander, called on groups and individuals — even government officials –engaged in “red-tagging” IP leaders to refrain from activities that he said may only sow division in the community.

“In winning the insurgency, we are counting friends not the enemies; I am reminding the friends of the government to stop tagging others to the NPA group,” Illana said.

“If ever some of them support the terrorists, we knew that they were forced to do so, they were victims of threat and we are visiting them through our Community Support Program efforts,” he said.

Illana said 8IB troopers met with the Higaonon elders in Impasug-ong town on Sept. 5 to answer all their concerns and clarify certain issues.

During the meeting, tribal chieftain Benny Cumatang reminded other Higaonons to “love our community. Let us live as one, and avoid accusing our colleagues as supporters of NPA-terrorists unless you have concrete evidence.”

“We have our 8th IB Army and the PNP (Philippine National Police) to work on the insurgency problem and peace and order situation in our municipality, let us help them by giving information and guiding our community,” Cumatang said. (PNA)

2 CdeO journalists ‘tagged’ as NPA rebels

Red-tagging condemned

Support pours for mediamen

Statements of support for two local journalists, who are victims of red-tagging anew, continue to pour Friday evening, this time coming from various public officials.

The expressions of support came after Froilan Gallardo and Leonardo Vicente Corrales were branded as members of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Gallardo and Corrales said they have both been victims of red-tagging in the past, and have fervhttps://www.rappler.com/nation/238955-media-groups-mindanao-slam-red-tagging-journalistsently denied they are in any way NPA supporters or members.

Gallardo is a seasoned reporter and photojournalist who writes for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mindanews, and BenarNews, a foreign media outfit.

Corrales is currently the associate editor of the Mindanao Gold Star Daily. He is also a member of the Cagayan de Oro Press Club’s board of directors.

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of this city’s 2nd District said “journalists are merely doing their job to report both sides of the issues” and that red-tagging “serves no purpose except to destroy their reputations without proof and unnecessarily hinders their work.”

Undersecretary Joel Egco of the Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) said he was “concerned” about the red-tagging of local journalists.

Egco, who also heads the Presidential Task Force on Media Safety (PTFOMS), said his office has, in fact, acted on reports of some reporters being targeted just recently, especially reporters Kath Cortez of Davao Today and Pamela Jay Orias of SunStar Cagayan de Oro.

Cortez and Orias are officers of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, one of the groups being accused of having ties to the NPA.

“We cater to thousands of media workers in the country and we have acted on each and every situation where our assistance was needed, be that in incidents of threats, harassment, harm or even actual killing,” Egco said.

He said PTFOMS will “act with dispatch on each distress call, actual or even imagined,” adding that “we are just a phone call away.”

Philippine Information Agency-10 Director Erlinda Olivia Tiu said the red-tagging of Gallardo and Corrales saddens her “as I am fully aware that they are legitimate members of the media and are helping promote government programs and advocacies.”

The Philippine Army’s 403rd Infantry Brigade commander, Brig. General Edgardo de Leon, said he personally knows Gallardo and Corrales.

“They are professional journalists,” De Leon said, “To me, Froi and Cong are not simply friends, but close personal friends whom I consider as brothers. I vouch for them that they are not Reds and do not deserve to be red-tagged.”

He added: “Whoever is doing this has the malicious intent to sow divided and break our friendly relationship. I suspect that this is the handiwork of the Reds,” a reference to the NPA.

Police regional spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mardy Hortillosa said he supports those who are being red-tagged, “especially those [who] morally have no involvement in any activity of the CTG, but condemns those who support in any way to the CTG. The office will again repeatedly deny any involvement to the said red-tagging.”

State forces and law enforcers refer to NPA rebels as CTG or communist terrorist group. (PNA)


Koko spells out priority plans



CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Newly seated Senator Aquilino Martin ”Koko” Pimentel III visited here yesterday, his hometown, for the first time since assuming the post, for a day of thanksgiving.

BRAND-NEW SENATOR KOKO PIMENTEL with Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy, after taking his oath of office in Davao Oriental before Governor Corazon Malanyaon

He was accompanied by his mother, Ma. Lourdes Tuyor-Pimentel and wife, Jewel May Lobaton, a Binibining Pilipinas-Universe title-holder who represented the country in the Miss Universe Pageant in 1998, and his other relatives, in a mass at the St. Augustine Cathedral.

The 1990 Philippines Bar Topnotcher, Senator “KoKo” as he is fondly called, wowed the Cagayan de Oro media after he announced, in a press conference, that the remaining constituency development fund (CDF) of former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri for the year, will all be poured into Mindanao, including this city.


PUBLISHED IN THE DURIAN POST NO.75, August 22-28, 2011