Mindanao newsbits for February 23, 2014
Butuan City – The various local government units (LGUs) in the five provinces and six cities in the Caraga Region will now have the option to prepare better for the onslaught of disasters as the government finally installed the disaster monitoring gadgets in strategic locations in the region. The Region-13 office of the
Department of Science and Technology (DOST-13) initially installed 33 Automatic Rain Gauges (ARGs) and 28 Automatic Water Level Sensors (AWLSs) in strategic areas, while additional units are set to be installed in other identified areas in the region. “The government is committed to complete the installation for the other areas in the region,” said DOST-13 Director Dominga D. Mallonga. (Mike Crismundo)
Tagum City – A total of 21 couples employed at the local government unit (LGU) here tied the knot during a recent civil mass wedding dubbed “Kasalan ng Kawani” in this city. The City Civil Registrar and City Human Resource and Management Office organized the first civil mass wedding for city government employees. City Mayor Allan L. Rellon, who solemnized the civil marriage rites, said the mass wedding drummed up the LGU’s call for unmarried couples to tie the knot so as to legitimize their union. The newlywed couples also experienced the slicing of the cake, tossing of bridal bouquet, and treated with sumptuous early dinner. Each couple received a sack of rice and cash from the LGU. (Cherry Mae Palicte)
General Santos City – Sultan Kudarat Governor Suharto Teng Mangudadatu ordered the suspension of Isulan Mayor Diosdado Pallasigue following an administrative complaint filed by former Isulan Municipal Administrator Elias Segura before the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP). The SP members passed a resolution urging the governor to place Pallasigue under preventive suspension for 15 days while the administrative case filed against him is being heard. The case stemmed from the resolution of the Ombudsman, which ruled as illegal the dismissal order issued by the mayor against Segura. For his part, Pallasigue described his suspension as politically-motivated, saying that he is a staunch political critic of the governor. (Joseph Jubelag)
Kidapawan City – An officer of the Misuari faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) has yet to confirm reports that some commanders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have joined their forces in Mindanao because of their alleged opposition to the signing of the Normalization Annex of the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro (FAB). Datu Jimmy Labawan, deputy chief of the Misuari-MNLF faction, admitted that what he received was only verbal reports of the so-called “transfer of loyalty.” “I have yet to find out if the reports were true. So far, what we received from the central office were only verbal reports, which have yet to be verified,” said Labawan. He, however, admitted that some leaders and members of the MILF in Mindanao are opposed to the decommissioning, one of the most important provisions in the Normalization Annex. (Malu Cadelina Manar)
Zamboanga City (PNA) – A three-day training course on Peace Journalism for selected college students opened here Saturday, which aimed at building capacities of college writers and aspiring journalists who will contribute to the building of the local print media as mechanism for peace. The three-day course involves an intensive training for 14 young journalists, mostly editors, writers or senior mass communications students of government and private universities and colleges in this city. It is being held under the auspices of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Enhancing Governance Accountability and Engagement (ENGAGE) in partnership with the city government’s Public Information Division.