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P583-Million Public Market To Rise In Iligan City  

February 20, 2020

ILIGAN CITY Mayor Celso Regencia announced that a P583-Million public market is going to rise in Iligan City during the ground breaking ceremony held on February 20, 2020.  Mayor Regencia said the ground breaking ceremony signalled the start of the project which will include earth moving and cleaning of the lot where the public market will be constructed, particularly in Barangay Pala-o, this city. The new two-storey public market will replace the old one which was built in 1960. It was demolished last year and around 1,600 vendors were relocated to a temporary market at the integrated bus and jeepney terminal in Tambo, Barangay Hinaplanon. The new market building, which will be built on a 9,735 square-meter lot donated by the Laya family to the city government, will have a roof deck, cargo lifter and escalator. The roof deck, according to Virginia Junsan, head of the city's Economic Enterprise Development and Management Office (EEDMO), will be a venue for night market where food stalls to be put up. She said the new facility will generate 1,269 stalls at the ground and second floors. Around the building is reserved as parking space that will be occupied with 132 vehicles. Sourced out budget Mayor Celso Regencia, who signed the notice to proceed after the groundbreaking, said the budget is not a loan but sourced out and earmarked for the project from 2013 to 2019. "Akong isulti sa inyoha nga kini nga kantidad gikan sa 2013 hangtud sa 2019 ato ning gitigum para gyud mapatindog nato ang atong gipangandoy nga nindot nga merkado nga dili ta mag-loan sa bangko. Last term na nako ug dili ko magpabilin og (utang) nga magsakit ang ulo (sa magsunod nako) para magbayad sa utang," Regencia said in a press briefing. (I'd like to tell you that this amount is from 2013 to 2019 that we saved so that we can build a beautiful market without applying for bank loan. This is my last term and I don't want to leave a loan that would give problem to the officials next to me.) The winning bidder, Leyte-based contractor BM Marketing, was awarded with the contract. It will finish the project in 18 months according to BM Marketing representative Mark Tiu in a press conference. Tui said constraction materials will be bought in Iligan ang workers are coming from Iligan. "It is economically feasible to buy the (construction) materials here (in Iligan) and if possible, 100% of the workers will be coming from here," Tui said.

Suspect who killed, burned a 2-year old boy commits suicide inside detention cell

February 19, 2020

ILIGAN CITY -- A 65-year old farmer who killed and burned a two-year old son of his girlfriend was found dead hanging inside the toilet of the police detention cell in Maigo town, Lanao del Norte. Lieutenant Baltazar Deguilmo, chief of Maigo Municipal Police Station, said Florencio Curay was found hanging, using a sling rope, by a duty officer around 12:00 midnight of February 13 while doing the regular roving-inspection of the costudial facility. Deguilmo said the duty officer called Curay's name but did not answer. When his fellow inmate checked the toilet, he was found hanging. He was using the handle of the sling bag where his clothes were kept. "We observed yesterday he was very silent and did not eat. He was restless," Deguilmo said. Curay was arrested on Sunday evening for killing and burning to ashes the two-year old son of his girlfriend after a fight over a missing money. Deguilmo said Curay alleged his girlfriend took his money that resulted to a quarrel. In an interview with the media, Curay denied killing and burning the child. He also denied having a relationship with the woman.

6 soldiers in clash with Dawlah Islamiya receive awards

February 18, 2020

ILIGAN CITY - The Armed Forces of the Philippines awarded on Monday morning, February 17, five soldiers who got wounded in a clash on Saturday with the suspected remnants of Dawlah Islamiya in the hinterlands of Balindong town, in Lanao del Sur. They are Second Lieutenant Edon John Sumpay, Privates First Class Jeson Orias and Alony Gado, Jr., and Sergeant Rodgen Pumares, all of 82IB and Private Almie Maputi of 55IB. Brigadier General Generoso Ponio, 1st Infantry Division commander, pinned the Wounded Personnel Award, after the flag raising ceremony inside the Kuta Cesar Sang-an Station Hospital at the 1ID Headquarters in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur. Ponio assured them to be provided with best medical treatment for their speedy recovery. On Saturday, the government troops clashed with the armed men in a joint combat operation with the 55IB and 82IB according to Captain Clint Antipala, acting officer of the 1st Division Public Affairs Office. Killed during the clash is Private Ellasar Palma of the 55IB. Colonel Jose Maria Cuerpo, commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, said the 20 remnants probably suffered casualties during the encounter because of the bloodstains in their withdrawal route. “In the last few days, the security forces have taken their camps and security layer positions. Your forces will continue to pursue them with the ultimate objective of defeating terrorism in Lanao province”, Cuerpo said. “We also extend our deepest sympathies to the bereaved families and friends of our soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice in protecting the people against the terrorist group and we salute his gallantry and bravery,” Ponio said.  

Pabualan urges transport groups to register with CDA

February 17, 2020

Director Eugene Pabualan of the Office of Transportation Cooperatives (OTC) has urged transport groups to register with Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and also get accreditation from OTC. Dir Pabualan said these two requirements are very important for transport coops to get franchise from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). Dir Pabualan echoed these requirements during the dialogue regarding the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program that will be fully implemented in June, this year.   Meanwhile, Rodger Zerna, Coop Program Coordinator of the Community Improvement Division (CID) said that their office is ready facilitate all coops planning to register with CDA and also get accrediation from OTC.  Zerna said Capability development trainings are also in place to guide all transport coops what to do following the PUV-MP guidelines. For his part, Mr Oliver Egypto, acting city administrator and Head, Office for Community Affairs said that teamwork is the key to success for every organization and also pledge to support whatever project of the administration of Mayor Oscar S. Moreno.   

Oro hosts 3rd Philippine Environment Summit on Feb 26-28

February 16, 2020

  Oro hosts 3rd Philippine Environment Summit on Feb 26-28 Cagayan de Oro will host the 3rd Philippine Environment Summit with the theme “Paradigm (re)Shift: Heeding Nature” on February 26-28, 2020 at the Grand Caprice Convention Center. This year’s Summit shall showcase programs and projects that contribute to the country’s social and economic advancement while protecting the environment. “Global warming and its flip side, climate change, has starkly revealed that our current paradigm for thinking and doing is unsustainable, and it is now undeniable that we must respect and return to nature’s principles if we are to continue the gains of cultural evolution and to save the environment on which our lives depend,” said  Dr. Angelina P. Galang, President of Green Convergence. The biennial Summit is unique to most fora on the environment that present the dire state of our planet in that it recognizes the countless efforts of many Filipinos who are taking positive steps to counter the destruction.   “Our Summit proclaims the good news,” Galang stressed. “We celebrate the Philippine environmental movement, and call for the Filipino people to unite in accelerating the drive towards sustainable development.” Confirmed plenary speakers include Federico Lopez, CEO of the Energy Development Corporation and Mitos Urgel of the World Fair Trade Alliance Asia. Also invited are Hollywood star and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno. DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu will deliver the keynote address.  Hosting of the summit is rotated among the three major island groups of the country. The Summit was first held in 2016 in Luzon at the SM Mall of Asia, Metro Manila, while the 2018 event was held in Visayas at the Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City. The 2020 Summit will be the first time that Mindanao hosts the event. The 3-day Summit will carry the themes of Safe Food, Healthy Environment, and Sustainable Economy. Each day will have plenary sessions in the morning and breakout sessions in the afternoon. Around 1,000 participants from all over the country are expected to attend.  The 3rd Philippine Environment Summit is supported by the Energy Development Corporation and the Forest Foundation Philippines. Those who wish to attend are asked to pre-register at For inquiries, send a message to  BusinessWeek Mindanao, Mindanao Daily and the Metro Cagayan de Oro Times are proud media partners of the 3rd Philippine Environment Summit.                 ReplyReply allForward                    

Young construction worker found dead in Iligan

February 11, 2020

ILIGAN City--A construction worker was found dead, at 9:30 in the evening on Wednesday, February 5, along the C3 Road of Doña Maria Phase 2, in Barangay Tubod, Iligan City, two days after he was declared missing. Major Abogado Mautin, chief of Iligan City Police Station 4, said the construction worker, Rafael Jimenez, 18, a resident of Barangay Tomas Cabili, was found lying on the road, both hands tied up, mouth covered with masking tape. A group of teenagers, hunting spiders in the area, found the body at the grassy part of the road. The victim, who has four stab wounds in the different parts of his body, was identified at the funeral parlor by his father who informed the police that he last saw his son on February 4. Mautin said he received report from the barangay that the victim is a known thief and a deliquent in his area.


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