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

Malaybalay joins World Teachers Day celebration

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/ 05 October) — Schools in the city celebrated the World Teachers Day today with showcases of talents and students’ appreciation.

More than 7,000 students and 270 teachers from Bukidnon National High School (BNHS) held a two-part program with video presentations for teachers and intermission numbers from faculty members. There was also an awarding of loyalty certificates and trophies to educators who have taught at BNHS for 10 years and more. A pageant called “Mr. and Ms. Teacher of the Year,” showcasing the teachers’ talents as well as giving of tokens was also held in the afternoon.

Pariso L. Orong, BNHS principal, said “Not only today, love your teachers and respect them because without them who knows how things will be,” in his message to students during the program. Continue reading

House approves Bukidnon’s 4th legislative district – records

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/04 October) The House of Representatives approved Monday House Bill No. 5236 or the “Act
Reapportioning the Province of Bukidnon into four legislative
districts,” House records obtained by Bukidnon News showed.

The House approved the bill on third reading on October 3, 2011 with
217-0-0 votes, barely a month after it was filed on Sept. 5, 2011. It
was the house committee on local government, which recommended the
approval of the bill in its Committee Report No. 01402 submitted on
Sept. 5.
The house bill substituted House Bill 4382, which was filed in March
this year by Bukidnon 3rd district Rep. Jose Ma. Zubiri III,
co-authored by 2nd district Rep. Florencio T. Flores Jr. and 1st
District Rep. Jesus Emmanuel Paras. Continue reading

Capitol proposes P1.33B 2012 budget, SP scheds marathon hearings

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News Dispatch/04 October)–  Gov. Alex
Calingasan has proposed a P1.330 billion budget for 2012, about P50
million short compared to the provincial government’s 2011 budget of
P1.379 billion.

The Provincial Government of Bukidnon, which received an internal
revenue allotment of P1.311 billion in 2011, will receive only P1.249
billion this year or P62.2 million less, due to the five-percent
shortfall in the national revenue in 2009, which is the basis for the
computation of the internal revenue allotment (IRA) for 2012. Continue reading

SPECIAL REPORT: Tribal leaders to withhold support for Pulangui V

By Carrell C. Magno and Laurie Ailynne M. Benito
Bangsamoro Center for Just Peace
(via Bukidnon News with permission from VERA Files)

Leaders of indigenous communities in Bukidnon have refused to engage
in any discussion over the planned construction of the Pulangui V
Hydroelectric Project (HEP), until dam proponents submit a cultural
impact assessment that will detail the damage the dam will cause the

The dam, which is expected to generate 300 megawatts into the Mindanao
grid, and 1,256 gigawatt hours of cheap renewable energy nationwide,
is touted to provide more than half the projected power shortage in
Mindanao by 2014. Since it is renewable energy, Pulangui V HEP will
generate very cheap power.

Last July, the project got the go signal from the Regional Development
Council of Region 10, which includes Bukidnon. Dam proponents,
however, were told to update their feasibility studies and secure
clearances from concerned government agencies such as the National
Commission on Indigenous Peoples and the Department of Natural
Resources. Continue reading