Lumad, Moro leaders reaffirm kinship, sign covenant

Iligan City-based Datu Diamla Rolando So-ong (right), over-all head claimant of an ancestral domain in Lanao del Norte embraces Hajji Datu Ismael Gonzales after they exchanged tokens during the IP-Moro reaffirmation of kinship in Songco, Lantapan, Bukidnon on March 8. 
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SONGCO, Lantapan, Bukidnon  – Representatives of eight Moro tribes and most of the Lumad or non-Islamized tribes in Mindanao yesterday signed a five-point kinship covenant in a gathering here filled with festive remembrance of historical relationships and aspirations for peace and unity in the island.

Fr. Nery memorial race draws 500 runners

MALAYBALAY CITY –  (Bukidnon News Dispatch/01-02 October) The first
ever Fr. Nery Satur memorial run, organized in time for the
commemoration of the 20th anniversary of his death, drew more than 500
participants on October 1.

The five-kilometer run started around 6:45a.m. at the Freedom Park
Covered Court. The Diocese of Malaybalay and the Archdiocese of Manila
sponsored the event to mark Satur’s death anniversary this year. Continue reading

Rehab of Rio Grande de Mindanao, “a high priority, high impact” project

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News Dispatch/ 29 Sept)– The Rehabilitation of the Rio Grande de Mindanao is one of the 10 high priority and high impact proposed projects as presented in the Mindanao River Basin Integrated Management and Development Plan, a copy of which was obtained by Bukidnon News.

In the last chapter of the 16-chapter master plan released in July 2011, the Presidential Task Force on the Mindanao River Basin Rehabilitation and Development outline the selected priority projects based on a list of programs and interventions “extensively and exhaustively” reviewed by the task force’s technical working group. Continue reading

Fr. Nery Satur Memorial Run set on October 1

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/27 Sept) The Diocese of
Malaybalay and its media and environment apostolates along with a
sports gear partner will be holding a five-kilometer fun run in memory
of slain priest Fr. Nery Satur in this city on October 1, Saturday.

Run Briefer

Dubbed as the Fr. Nery Satur Memorial Run, the event aims to honor
Satur who lost his life in fighting for the environment two decades
ago.
On Oct. 14, 1991, three men, allegedly hired by the illegal loggers he
angered, killed the 29-year-old Satur. His head was smashed by a
rifle’s butt. Later, he was shot pointblank with a shotgun.

Fr. Nery’s martyrdom came during an era of logging concessionaires in Bukidnon. 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

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

SP eyes Impasug-ong as Bukidnon’s tribal capital

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News Dispatch/22 Sept.) – Majority of the
members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan are proposing an ordinance
declaring the town of Impasug-ong as Bukidnon’s tribal capital.

Eight members of the 14-member provincial board have sponsored the
proposed ordinance, Nemesio Beltran Jr., one of the proponents, said. Continue reading