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.

2 teenagers file charges vs. rape suspect; lawyer: client is presumed innocent

Bukidnon State University students carry placards during a symposium on women and children protection at the BSU gymnasium on March 9. It was done in time for the International Women’s Day and as an indignation of the series of rape incidents involving students. The rape suspect was arrested on March 3.
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MALAYBALAY CITY  – Two teen-age complainants have lodged charges against a man they accused of allegedly raping them in separate incidents in January and February, while its possible there are more victims out there, Oliver Owen Garcia, lead counsel for the victims, told radio station DXBU Friday. Continue reading

Bukidnon, 1st province in PH to comply with mandatory IP representation – NCIP

By Walter I. Balane
MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/06 March 2012) Bukidnon is becoming the first province in the country to comply with mandatory representation of the indigenous peoples in all levels of local government, a requirement provided by the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA), Ma. Shirlene Sario, provincial officer of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) said.
Sario said IP representatives have been selected in all of the province’s 462 barangays, 20 of its 22 towns and cities, and one for the whole province making it the first province to do so in all levels as provided in Section 16 of Republic Act 8371 or the IPRA of 1997.  Continue reading

Vice President Jejomar Binay, Kaamulan 2012 street dancing and ground competition guest of honor



Bukidnon Gov. Alex Calingasan pays attention to Vice President Jejomar Binay upon his arrival at the Capitol Grounds. Binay was the guest of honor in the Kaamulan 2012 street dancing and ground competition on March 3, 2012 in Malaybalay City
Bukidnon News photo courtesy of the Fredelyn Ragandang/PAIA

National, local governments’ help sought in conflict-torn Bumbaran-Talakag villages

Sonny Boy Pondi and wife Alice map out the clash points in 10 conflict torn villages along the border of Talakag town in Bukidnon and Bumbaran in Lanao del Sur/Bukidnon News photo by Walter Balane

MALAYBALAY CITY  (Bukidnon News/20 January) The clan conflict in 10 villages along the border of Talakag, Bukidnon and Bumbaran, Lanao del Sur are aimed at driving non-Maranao settlers in the area, Sonny Boy Pondi, who stands as the chairperson of the group, told Bukidnon News.

Two groups of armed men, the Dimas and the Mama Orak (or Mamurak) group figured in clashes since January 2012 sending villagers to flee to neighboring Talakag town.

The villages belonged to Bumbaran’s geographic boundary but were adopted by Talakag said Pondi, a former Moro Islamic Liberation Front combatant who married a Pentecostal pastor.

He has appealed for help from the government for their conflict-torn villages. He said the government must look at their plight and help them be recognized by the local government of Bumbaran, Lanao del Sur. Continue reading

MVC grad tops 2011 nursing board: “it was a miracle”

Jerald L. Pelayo/Photo courtesy of Jerald's Facebook account

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/17 February) A graduate of Mountain View College in Valencia City, Bukidnon, Jerald L. Pelayo, topped the 2011 Nuursing Licensure Examination, according to the announcement of the Professional Regulation Commission Thursday.

Pelayo, who is from Masbate City and is now back in his hometown, earned a rating of 86.4 percent. Closely trailing Pelayo is Linsid Angelou  A. Tapongot from Xavier University with a rating of 86 percent.

Another graduate from MVC, Jierell Mae Victor Saguinhon, landed on the 9th place. Continue reading

Bukidnon: One of 10 climate change adaptation pilot areas – NEDA

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/12 September) The province of Bukidnon is one of 10 provinces in the country selected as a pilot area for the Joint Programme on Strengthening the Philippines’ Institutional Capacity to adapt to climate change, according to the National Economic Development Authority, which spearheads the program in the country.

The joint program, dubbed MDG-F 1656 JP, aims to influence the institutions of government and their respective key processes by integrating climate change adaptation as one of the critical issues that pose as a serious threat to the achievement of the country’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target on environmental sustainability, said Sheila Marie Encabo, MDG-F 1656 JP coordinator in her letter to Gov. Alex Calingasan, a copy of which was obtained by Bukidnon News. Continue reading