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Mindanao Newsbits for August 9, 2014

COMPETITIVE CITY

Cagayan De Oro City – This city was adjudged second most competitive city in the Philippines by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC). The Regional Competitiveness Summit on Thursday launched the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) 2014 that measures competitiveness at the local government level. The NCC ranked the local government units using 28 indicators grouped into three equally weighted pillars – Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure. This city also ranked second in infrastructure, fifth in government efficiency, and ninth in economic dynamism. (Camcer Ordoñez Imam)

2 TOURISTS RESCUED

Butuan City – Two foreign nationals who were on to a cruise to Camiguin Island were rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) off Agusan del Norte.

PCG Acting Station Commander Lt. Anuar G. Inidal identified the rescued foreigners as Steve Botamley, a Canadian, and Roy Rudd, a British national. Inidal said the two tourists were from Butuan City, and on their way to Camiguin Island when their rented boat encountered mechanical problem. “They were approximately five miles from the shoreline of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, when their boat suffered mechanical problem,” said the PCG station commander. (Mike Crismundo)

PROJECT MONITORING

Zamboanga City – City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco has ordered the City Internal Audit Team to strictly monitor and assess outputs of the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) to ensure that infrastructure projects in this city are completed on time. Climaco recently met with the CEO officials to tackle issues affecting the implementation of various infrastructure projects in this city. Climaco feels that there is a need to review the previous system in implementing projects, specifically in the release of mobilization funds to the contractors. She lamented that numerous projects are not completed on time, and some contractors simply collect the mobilization fund and later disappear. She said: “What we want to prevent is that you just do the projects because of the mobilization fund.” (Nonoy Lacson)

MILITIAMAN KILLED

Camp Bancasi, Butuan City – A member of the Special CAFGU Active Auxiliary (SCAA) was killed while three other Army soldiers were wounded in an encounter with suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels at Stand 32, Purok 7 in Barangay Zillovia, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur. Maj. Christian C. Uy, spokesman of the Army’s 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, identified the slain SCAA member as Carlito M. Perez Sr., and the wounded victims as Cpl. Adul A. Sadjael, Pfc. Viermie A. Polinar, and Cpl. Roberto A. Tejeros. “The wounded Army soldiers who were slightly hit by shrapnel due to explosion of improvised explosive device (IED) were the reinforcing troops who stepped on the IED along the way,” said Uy. (Mike Crismundo)

DENGUE SURGING

Butuan City – Health authorities reported a surge in dengue cases in some areas in Mindanao from January 1 to August 2, registering a 60 percent increase from the same period last year. In the Caraga Region alone, 17 deaths were already registered, while 3,313 dengue cases were admitted in the various disease reporting units region wide. Sunshine Alipayo, regional information officer of the Department of Health (DOH) in the Caraga Region, said “it has an increasing number of cases for consecutive weeks in hot spot areas, based in the close monitoring of the DOH-13 Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU).” Aside from the six villages in this city, dengue was noted in the villages of Telaje and Mabua in Tandag City. (Mike Crismundo)