Bukidnon eyes P60T Christmas cash gifts to employees

MALAYBALAY CITY –  Bukidnon Vice Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr announced last week that the provincial government can free funds to give P60,000 cash gifts or performance enhancement incentives to regular employees and casual employees. Continue reading


CHR probes surrender of 80 suspected rebels in Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY – The Commission on Human Rights is investigating the surrender of 80 alleged New People’s Army (NPA) over complaints of alleged illegal arrest among others, lawyer Jeanny Ivy Abrina, CHR 10 regional director said. Continue reading

While VG Zubiri is away, who should preside in the provincial board?

MALAYBALAY CITY  (Bukidnon News/03 November) The Bukidnon Sangguniang Panlalawigan has called on Commission on Elections Bukidnon election supervisor Lordino Salvaña to shed light on an issue left when Vice Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. took a leave of absence for his United States trip. Continue reading

In the know: Iñake Zubiri and Gaisano Malaybalay

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/13 October) In March 2009, then vice mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri lamented the investment incentives given to Gaisano Malaybalay by the city government through a special ordinance. He alleged that a portion of it was “unfair” and must be taken out. Continue reading

Gov vetoes ordinances creating history officer, fixed SP staff posts

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/06 October) Gov. Alex P.
Calingasan vetoed two ordinances passed by the Sangguniang
Panlalawigan in May and August 2011, according to a copy of his letter
to the provincial board.

The provincial board passed in May 18, 2011 Ordinance No. 2011-023R or
the “Ordinance permanently providing staff personnel in the offices of
the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, creating co-terminus
positions therein, and for other purposes.” Continue reading

Malaybalay’s Social Action Center pilots 2 villages in leadership drive

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/07 October) To address poverty and lack of livelihood opportunities at the village level, the church has to do its role in social action. In Bukidnon, the Diocese of Malaybalay has changed tack. Before organizing livelihood projects, they are now engaging the communities in a community leadership drive using ‘model villages’. Continue reading

Killer buses in Bukidnon highways: In 2011 – 9 deaths in 32 RTMI bus accidents

Special Report
(First of a series)

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News Dispatch/06 October) –  Jerry Villamor, who works for the municipal government of Manolo Fortich was operating the town’s crane on September 6 in Mangima, Tankulan village. They were responding to a vehicular accident that happened earlier.

A Starex van fell off the road and they were supposed to save the victims inside the vehicle.

Instead, Villamor and colleagues Nickarter Onahon Jr and Alfredo Amolat, figured in another accident.

A bus of the Rural Transit of Mindanao, Inc. (RTMI) rammed through the rescue vehicle, apparently ignoring a warning device ahead.

Villamor died on the spot. Onahon and Amolat were rushed to the hospital for serious injuries.

The three became the latest addition to the statistics of vehicular accidents involving RTMI busses in Bukidnon’s highways. Continue reading