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Mindanao Newsbits for August 10, 2014


Kidapawan City – A seven-month-old eagle, locally known as “Banog,” was rescued in a remote village here, which lies at the foot of Mount Apo, on Friday. City Veterinarian Dr. Enrico Garzon identified the eagle as a Philippine Serpent Eagle, which is often spotted in forest clearings, open woodlands, and in cultivated lands with scattered trees. The eagle, he said, was rescued by a farmer in Barangay Sikitan, and was turned over to his office by Kidapawan City Councilor Ruby Padilla Sison, head of the Sangguniang Panglungsod’s Committee on Environment. The bird, according to Sison, was very frail, and could not spread its wings when found by the farmer. (Malu Cadelina Manar)


The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) has turned over seven sub-projects worth P6 million under the Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD) to Agusan del Norte. At least seven people’s organizations (POs) in Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte, benefitted from these sub-projects. The local government of Las Nieves provided additional P1 million to the total budget for the project’s expansion to benefit more farmers. (Ellalyn De Vera)


Kidapawan City – The local government here expressed alarm over the spate of shooting incidents in the city. City Mayor Joseph Evangelista said most of those killed since January were “police characters,” and have been involved in the illegal drug trade not only in North Cotabato but also in other provinces of southwest Mindanao. Since January, at least 18 people were killed, most of them executed by motorcycle-riding gunmen, based on the data presented by Kidapawan City Councilor Francis Palmones. (Malu Cadelina Manar)


Zamboanga City – At least 17 communities in this city, and five in Basilan that have been marginalized by under-development or outright violence “graduated” recently from a year-long empowerment program, implemented by the Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance, Inc. (ZABIDA). ZABIDA President Fr. Angel Calvo said the program, funded by the Australian government, is officially called “Integrated Social Empowerment Program.” Highlights of the program’s achievements are documented in a book published by ZABIDA, and was launched during the ceremony. (Nonoy Lacson)


Cotabato City – Thousands of residents of Marawi city rejoiced after the planned closure of dxSO-FM, the lone state-run radio station in Marawi did not push through. Gradual hauling of furniture and operational devices of the radio station at the Mindanao State University (MSU) main campus in Marawi City ceased when Bureau of Broadcast Services (BBS) Director Tito Cruz informed caretaker Bobby Ilupa last Thursday about the recall of the pullout plan, said Dr. Linang M. Cabugatan of the MSU’s research and archaeological arm Aga Khan Museum. (Ali Macabalang)


Butuan City – More than 6,033 families benefited from the “risk-transfer” projects for the communities in the towns of Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Sur. Oxfam Interim Project Manager Ana Maria L. Caspe said that together with local partners, including Microinsure Philippines from the private sector, they developed the project, which aim to increase resilience of families through accessible and affordable social protection.  (Mike Crismundo)