BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS:  Poverty incidence and Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 June) – Poverty is among the biggest hurdles for Bukidnon. The provincial government should prepare and present a clear anti-poverty strategy. They need to show results between… »

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: Follow through citizenship

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 7 June) – “The people have spoken,” the announcer said, then asked the old, come-backing and new officials to stand and be recognized as the “choice… »

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: How not to get killed in media?

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 1 June) – I am reviewing my instructional materials (IMs) in journalism/media writing even if classes in our university resume only in August. June-July has become… »

Fiesta Fare

Lechon (roast pig) ordered by customers for the feast in honor of Gingoog City’s patron saint, Sta. Rita de Casia, are lined up for delivery on Sunday (May 22, 2016). MindaNews photo… »

IP leader’s daughter: we will respond to NPA’s statement after funeral

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 22 May) — The family of slain Umayamnon leader Datu Benjamin “Otto” Omao Sr., representative of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in the City Council here has… »

Datu Omao and the 8-point agenda for the Lumad in Malaybalay

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 18 May) – Slain Umayamnon tribal leader Datu Benjamin Omao was the first ever selected to be the indigenous people’s mandatory representative in the history of… »

Malaybalay IP mandatory rep shot dead

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 17 May) – Umayamnon tribal leader Benjamin “Otto” Omao was shot dead past 8 a.m. today by three unidentified gunmen who posed as solicitors in his… »

Kaamulan rescheduling meant to accommodate Duterte – Gov. Zubiri

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/01 April) — The decision to move the Kaamulan street dancing competition to an earlier date was meant to accommodate Davao City Mayor and presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte,… »

Water ration

Esmily Gayon attends to her set of pails for the water ration from the Malaybalay City Water District in Zone 1, Kalasungay,  Malaybalay City after it was declared that the… »

Unscheduled 5-hour brownout hits Malaybalay, 3 Bukidnon towns

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/27 January) — The entire city and the towns of Lantapan and Cabanglasan experienced power interruption from 6:38p.m to 11:45pm Tuesday. Ten of Talakag town’s 29 barangays and another one in Valencia City, all under the Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative (Buseco) were also in darkness. In an advisory past 7pm, Buseco said the 69kV sub-transmission line from Maramag town to Brgy. Aglayan, Malaybalay tripped. The power utility did not explain why the trip-off occurred, except to say they were still coordinating with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). Elizabeth Ladaga, NGCP communications officer, however, told this reporter the transmission line is now owned and managed by the Bukidnon Sub-transmission Corporation (BSTC), a consortium composed of Buseco and First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative. The line was turned over to BSTC in June 2015, she added. BSTC general manager Nikki Tortola did not respond to text queries as of 8pm Tuesday. Ladaga said in a text message around 1:40a.m. Wednesday that the line was fully re-energized at 11:45p.m. Tuesday after BSTC personnel finished replacing two insulators and cleaning two others. Asked why Buseco said they had to coordinate with NGCP on the cause of the power interruption when the latter said BSTC should be asked about it: “True, BSTC still has to coordinate with (NGCP) Maramag substation because the Maramag-Aglayan line (owned by BSTC) is connected with the substation and relays and breakers are inside the Maramag substation,” she explained. The brownout occurred while midterm examinations were being held at Bukidnon State University forcing proctors and examinees to use mobile phone flashlights while waiting for generators to be turned on. An administration official said the auto start mechanism of the generators did not function and it had to be manually operated. Affected residents vented their ire on the unscheduled brownout on social media. (Walter I. Balane/Mindanews)

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: “Let our powers combine!”

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 January) – Environmental advocacy of the youth figured in what I thought was a déjà vu experience last week. Our university radio station has initiated a participatory… »

PERSONAL ESSAY: Beyond the four walls: Reflections in a time of sickness 

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/10 January) — I had my own visits to the doctor lately such that I call the season after the Christmas break as sickness season. I’m glad I… »

Minimal damage in Bukidnon but continuous rains render some roads impassable

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 December) —  Tropical Depression Onyok which made landfall in Davao Oriental at 10:30 p.m. weakened into a low pressure area (LPA), but continuous rains rendered some roads… »

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: Minding governance

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/02 November) – In a citizens forum, Melchor spoke about his dismay that a local government refused to extend support to a student athlete who was competing in… »

Peace between Lumad, Moro to be featured in Kaamulan street dance tilt

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/23 October) – How the Lumad and Moro people of Mindanao achieved peace after years of hostilities between them will be featured in one of the eight entries… »

COMMENTARY: Beyond the four walls: Land and conflict

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/09 October) — In our Principles of Economics class, we study why peace is important to the economy. We relate the absence of peace to wasting scarce resources… »

Malaybalay to use ‘unspent’ funds for P29M CDRRMC projects

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 18 June) – The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) has approved two resolutions allowing the use of P29 million from available funds of… »

Biz group says Bukidnon needs updated tax codes to draw investments

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/01 May) – Bukidnon needs to reform its tax codes if it wants to attract more investors to the province, a business chamber official said. “At the start… »

CHR, LGU probe Wao killings as hundreds flee homes

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 29 Apr) – More than a thousand persons fled their homes in Barangay Park Area in Wao, Lanao del Sur following the reported killings of six… »

7 killed, 7 wounded in Wao village attacks; mayor, parish priest call for sobriety

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNew / 26 April) – The mayor of Wao in Lanao del Sur has called for sobriety to prevent the escalation of violence that left seven residents dead… »

Birdwatching temporarily suspended in Mt. Kitanglad

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 25 Feb) – Birdwatching activities in the Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park have been suspended effective Feb. 17, according to the Office of the Protected Area… »

Coordination: key to ensuring birdwatchers, tourists not caught in crossfire in Kitanglad

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews /17 Feb) – Coordination is key in ensuring birdwatchers and other tourists visiting Mt. Kitanglad’s attractions avoid a repeat of  what happened to seven foreigners and two… »

Guide hurt as foreign bird watchers caught in Army, NPA clash

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/17 Feb) — A local tour guide was hurt when a group of foreign bird watchers he was helping got caught in an encounter between the Army and… »

Town police chief, deputy killed in Bukidnon grenade attacks

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – A Bukidnon town police chief and his deputy died when another policeman lobbed grenades at them after a gathering and dinner Monday night,… »

REFLECTIONS: Peace in a piece

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 5 Feb) – I hear the drum beats for war in any circle: in the news, in the faculty room, in the neighborhood store, in family… »

Bukidnon youth leader cuts on expenses to save money for Pope’s visit

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/17 January) – A youth leader obliged herself to cut on expenses so she can save money for the plane ticket to Manila as one of the delegates… »

Waiting for the Pope

 Students of San Isidro College in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon take “groupie” photos as they watch the arrival of Pope Francis beamed live via satellite on a wide screen at the… »

Malaybalay puts assistance for health workers in a trust fund

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 15 Jan) – The city government here is using the scheme of creating a trust fund dedicated for its assistance to Barangay Health Workers (BHWs). Vice… »

Bukidnon rubber industry needs to improve quality

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 14 Jan) – The rubber industry is an emerging industry in Bukidnon but small rubber farmers need to improve quality of production to be able to… »

Bukidnon postpones Kaamulan 2015 to October

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/12 January) – Kaamulan, Bukidnon’s annual ethnic festival, will be held in October instead of March. Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri announced the postponement in his radio program… »

New BSU President vows no tuition hike  

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/11 January) — The new President of the Bukidnon State University — an educator from the Bukidnon tribe — has vowed not to increase tuition “as of this… »

Bus Inspection

Male passengers disembark for bus inspection Saturday (January 10, 2015) at a composite police-military checkpoint in Barangay Sinuda, Kitaotao, Bukidnon before entry to the Province of Bukidnon. The security measure… »

‘BBL not a perfect law; Peace in Bangsamoro needs good governance’

DAVAO CITY – The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) should not be viewed as a perfect law that will solve all problems besetting the proposed political entity that will replace the… »

Communities clueless on ASEAN economic integration, says educator

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/05 January) – Communities need to be enlightened on the impact of the impending participation of the Philippines in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic… »

Bukidnon politics 2014: 3 mayoral successions

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 01 January) — An ambush, an ailment, and a case conviction forced three successions among Bukidnon mayors in 2014. In Maramag, ailing Mayor Alicia Resus was… »

High Water

Sawaga River, which passes through downtown Malaybalay City, swells from 0.83 meter around 10:40a.m. Sunday to 2.4 meters as of 4:50p.m. Monday as tropical storm Seniang dumps heavy rains across… »

Over 300 flee as rivers swell in Bukidnon; more evacuations set as Seniang sweeps N. Mindanao

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/29 December) – Over 300 individuals from at least six villages in Bukidnon have fled as water levels in rivers and streams connected to the Pulangi River started… »

Families bury kin, demand justice for Bukidnon bus bombing victims

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/20 December)– Expressions of love and calls for justice highlighted today’s burial of two Central Mindanao University (CMU) students who were among the 10 people killed in the… »

Rural Transit’s control over bus service in Bukidnon resulted to security lapses – Zubiri

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 19 Dec) – It is possible that Rural Transit Mindanao, Inc. (RTMI)’s control over the bus transportation service in Bukidnon contributed to the company’s alleged lapses… »

Marielle Achacoso: A girl whose dreams ended on Bus 2640

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/16 December) — “Happiness is a positive cash flow” and “nothing is impossible” said two of the stickers placed by 17-year old Marielle Achacoso, a first year accountancy… »

LTFRB on Bukidnon bus blast: RTMI’s lapses won’t affect its franchise

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 December) — The franchise of Rural Transit Mindanao Inc. (RTMI) won’t be affected despite having committed “lapses” in relation to the bombing of one of its buses… »

Bukidnon bus bomb suspect also tagged in 2006 Kabacan blast

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/12 December) – Multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder charges were filed Thursday against an escapee for Tuesday’s bus bombing outside Central Mindanao University in Maramag, Bukidnon that… »

Praying for Justice

Hundreds of students and employees of Central Mindanao University attend the ecumenical prayer rally late afternoon Wednesday to ask justice for the victims of the bus bombing near the school… »

Same group behind 2 bus bombings in Bukidnon?

MARAMAG, Bukidnon (MindaNews/11 December) – Police are looking into the possibility that the group behind the bombing of a passenger bus near the Central Mindanao University in Maramag, Bukidnon on… »

UPDATE: 10 killed, 42 injured in Bukidnon bus bombing

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/10 December) — Ten people (not 11 as earlier reported) were killed and 42 others were wounded when a bomb exploded inside a bus cruising along the highway… »

11 killed, 20 injured in Bukidnon bus bombing

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 9 Dec) – Eleven people were killed, nine of whom on the spot, and 20 others were wounded when a bomb exploded inside a bus cruising… »

Bukidnon aims to make local tourism industry prepared for emergencies

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/07 December) – Moves are underway to make the tourism industry in Bukidnon prepared for emergencies. About 450 hotel and restaurant management students of Bukidnon State University underwent… »

‘Bobby’: HIV victim joins campaign versus dreaded, misunderstood disease

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/03 December) – After learning he tested positive of Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) last year, 33-year old “Bobby” cried. He was afraid not of his condition, but of… »

Ampatuan Massacre

Members of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) join the candle lighting rites Sunday (23 Nov 2014) at the EDSA Shrine in Quezon City to mark the 5th… »

Whirlwind destroys 3 houses in Bukidnon, causes 21-hour brownout

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 16 Oct) – A whirlwind in Valencia City Tuesday totally destroyed three houses and caused a 21-hour long brownout in parts of Bukidnon. The Valencia City… »

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