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Barmm conducts hazard drill in Maguindanao

By Teng Lauban Datu Cotabato City Bureau Chief . MAGUINDANAO — To intensify the preparedness on calamities and disaster, the Bangsamoro Risk Reduction Management Council (BDRRMC), through its Bagsamoro-Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (READi), conducted a multi-hazard simulation drill over the weekend at Barangay Kusiong, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. …

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Siao named chairman of civil service committee

By Frank E. Dosdos, Jr. Correspondent . The House of Representatives recently elected Congressman Frederick W. Siao of the Lone District of Iligan as its chairman of the Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulations. According to the report, Siao is on his second term as representative of the district …

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Pascual named ambassador of goodwill to China

THE Cagayan de Oro City Council has adopted a resolution designating Councilor Jay Pascual as Ambassador of Goodwill to China. This is on the occasion of his travel to Guangzhou, China from Sept. 5-7 to attend the Guangzhou World Agricultural Expo. As the chair of City Council committees on tourism …

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Oro alumni group holds program on empowerment

Cagayan de Oro-based alumni of US Government Scholarships recently conducted a program dubbed as “The Citizen Starter Pack,” a two-day workshop on citizen empowerment in the aspects of human rights, quality education, and disaster preparedness at the American Corner of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan. “This is an opportunity …

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Savoring the true taste of Filipino fiesta

There is certainly no fiesta celebration in the Philippines without a lechon. Roasted suckling pig, or lechon in Spanish, has always been a staple dish, if not the favorite food, in every Filipino festival or special occasion. Here in Cagayan de Oro, this month, lechon will surely be the centerpiece …

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The future of BPO industry

By Ma. Teresa Montemayor . MORE than three years ago, Patrick Ocampo, 49, decided to join the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry with the goal of securing a better source of income for his family. “I came from the academe. I was a college professor for 24 years but because …

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Anti-fake news bill gives Duterte more power to suppress

WE oppose a measure which seeks to criminalize the publication and proliferation of false content or “fake news” on the internet, deeming the bill “dangerous” and “hypocritical.” Allowing the government to define “fake news” would only give the Duterte administration more power to clamp down on media and critical content …

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From warriors to peacemakers

By Teng Lauban Datu Cotabato City Bureau Chief . CARMEN, North Cotabato — Under the bristling heat of the noonday sun, more than 200 men stood in perfect formation in the grounds of this sprawling military facility. Not long ago, they fired at each other every time they meet in …

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Solar firm fetes 11th anniversary

Greenergy Solar’s parent company, Greenergy Development Corp., celebrated its 11th anniversary last month, with an event titled G-Eleven at the N-Hotel, Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City. Greenergy President and CEO, Engr. Cerael Donggay, delivered the keynote address on the opportunities of democratized and decentralized energy systems through solar technology. Several …

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Sultan Abubakar kin converge in Kabuntalan

By Teng Lauban Datu Cotabato City Bureau Chief . COTABATO City — Sultan Abubakar Siddique descendants converged last Sunday at Poblacion of Kabuntalan. The main purpose of the family reunion is to know among the relatives particularly coming different places as First Grand Reunion of the clan, in fact, the …

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