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Mindanao Newsbits for August 7, 2014

TOURISM PROJECTS

Surigao City – The ground work of tourism projects worth more than P253.462 million in Surigao del Norte and Surigao City of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are expected to hit their target time of completion before the end of this year. Some of the projects set for completion include the 160-kilometer Siargao Circumferential Road connecting all nine municipalities in Siargao; concreting of the national and secondary roads of the Dapa-Union Genral Luna Road, and Junction Osmeña-Pilar Road; the upgrading of the NRJ Lipata-Punta Bilar-Looc-Mabua Road, and Junction Gata-Mapaso (hot spring) Road; and the concreting of the Tagbasingan Road. (Mike Crismundo)

COTABATO BOMBING

Cotabato City – To commemorate last year’s bombing that killed eight people and wounded 30 others, city officials and relatives of the victims marched Tuesday afternoon along the Sinsuat Avenue here. They chanted slogans for justice and offered a prayer, with a candle-lighting ceremony. Cotabato City Administrator Cynthia Guiani Sayadi, who was said to be the “primary target” of the attack, participated in the event with renewed quest for authorities to identify and arrest the assailants. Initial investigations disclosed that a member of the Khilafah Islamiya Movement (KIM) as one of the suspects in the bombing incident. Some KIM members were said to be affiliated with the terrorist group Jema’ah Islamiya. (Ali Macabalang)

ROLLING STORES

Davao City – The National Food Authority (NFA) in Compostela Valley recently deployed accredited rolling stores in strategic barangays (villages) in the province to ensure the stable supply of rice, especially in the remote villages. NFA Provincial Manager Claro M. Astorga said the move is in response to the clamor of residents for increased supply of NFA rice in the area. There are 10 NFA accredited rolling stores doing the rounds of various villages in the province. Astorga added that the rolling stores will also be available to serve the needs of residents during emergencies and calamities. The rolling stores sell regular milled NFA rice at P27 per kilo, and well-milled rice at P32 per kilo. (Alexander Lopez)

RESILIENT COMMUNITIES

Butuan City – Officials of a city, and eight towns in the Caraga Region recently signed a manifesto to strengthen the initiatives in establishing more appropriate mechanisms to adapt the impacts of global warming and climate change. The officials are from Bayugan, Hinatuan, Lanuza, Marihatag, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Las Nieves, Del Carmen, and Prosperidad. The climate change mitigation program, dubbed “Building Resilient and Adaptive Communities and Institutions” of the Australian Aid, with support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, was implemented by Oxfam Philippines and partner non-government organizations, said Oxfam Philippines Interim Project Manager Ana Maria L. Caspe. (Mike Crismundo)

EBOLA DOWNPLAYED

Cagayan De Oro City – The Region 10 office of the Department of Health (DOH-10) has downplayed the threat posed by the deadly Ebola virus. Emiliano Galban Jr., DOH-10 spokesperson, expressed optimism that the DOH can contain the Ebola virus in areas which have immediate access to international airports such as Manila, Cebu, and Davao. Galban said that Northern Mindanao has no international airport that could be the entry point of people from abroad. “Foreign cargo ships, docking at the Mindanao International Container Terminal and various private corporate ports in the region, do not also pose threat because none of these ships come from Africa, where the virus originated,” he added. (Camcer Ordoñez Imam)