PNoy asked to order transfer of 3 power barges from Panay to Mindanao

Courtesy of napocor.gov.ph

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/12 March) – President Benigno Aquino III
has been urged to intervene in the impending power shortage in
Mindanao by ordering to forgo the sale of three power barges presently
stationed in Panay Island and temporarily transfer it to appropriate
stations in Mindanao.

In asking Aquino to intervene, Nestor Degoma, president of the Power
Alternative Agenda for Mindanao (Palag Mindanao), different sectors
are now asking for drastic and decisive moves to help avert the
impending power shortage in the island. Continue reading

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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

Buseco apologizes; city council: apology not enough on brown outs

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/Sept 30-Oct.1) The Bukidnon
Second Electric Cooperative (Buseco) apologized to the members of the
Malaybalay City Council amid City Councilor Melchor Maramara’s inquiry
on the frequent brownouts in Brgy, Kalasungay, where he lives.

The city council invited Buseco officials including Malaybalay branch
manager Juancho T. Chiong with public relations officer Leonard Lleros
to shed light on the matter during their 35th Regular Session on
Sept.27, 2011. Continue reading

NCIP revokes compliance certificate issued to Bukidnon ranch occupant

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News / 30 Sept) – The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, sitting en banc, decided to annul the compliance certificate it issued to a ranch operator in Maramag, Bukidnon, reversing a verdict it made more than three years ago, according to a copy of its decision furnished by petitioner Panalsalan Dagumbaan Tribal Association (Padata).

In its September 20, 2011 decision, released only on September 28 and was emailed to Bukidnon News a day after, the commission en banc granted Padata’s petition to annul or recall Compliance Certificate No. CCRX-08-7-150 issued to respondent Engr. Ernesto Villalon.

The decision came more than a month after the killing of 28-year old farmer Welcie Gica, who was reported shot by security guards hired by the Villalons in Panalsalan village to secure the ranch. Gica, father of two, joined fellow Padata members who staged a protest  in the ranch on August 24, 2011 when they were confronted by the guards. Continue reading

[Updated] Impasugong proposed as Bukidnon’s tribal capital

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News Dispatch/25 September) – Impasugong, Bukidnon’s
134-year old town has been proposed to be declared as the tribal
capital of the province.

Provincial Board member Nemesio Beltran Jr. said the proposal is now
in the hands of four committees of the board.

Established in 1877, Impasugong has been able to preserve its cultural
heritage and ethnic identity, Beltran added.

According to Mindanao historian Rudy B. Rodil, Impasugong is one of
only four Bukidnon towns where the majority of the inhabitants are
Lumads or indigenous peoples. Seven other towns in Mindanao are also
predominantly Lumads. Continue reading

CDA calls on Bukidnon electric coops to register

MALAYBALAY CITY – The Cooperative Development Authority calls on the the management of the two power distributors in Bukidnon, namely First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative (FIBECO) and Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative (BUSECO), in its reiterated campaign for  these Electric Cooperatives (EC) to register under CDA. Continue reading

Probe sought on claim Bukidnon bananas stricken by ‘Panama disease’

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/22 Sept) The Sangguniang
Panlalawigan urged the Bukidnon provincial agriculturist in a
resolution passed Wednesday to investigate the veracity of a report
that a fungal disease has infected at least a thousand hectares of
banana plantations in Bukidnon.

Board member Jay Albarece (1st district), who authored the resolution,
urged provincial agriculturist Alson Quimba to produce a report to the
governor and the provincial board about the report raised by the
Davao-based Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA)
in an ABS-CBN report this week. Continue reading