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Mindanao newsbits for June 5, 2014

BUKIDNON CLASH

DAVAO CITY – Operatives of the Army’s 1st Special Forces Battalion clashed anew with suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels at 5 a.m. Tuesday at Sitio Kalanganan in San Vicente, Bukidnon, where a soldier was wounded. However, Captain Alberto Caber, Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) information officer, did not identify the wounded soldier but disclosed that he is now in stable condition. Villages tipped off the soldiers about the presence of the rebels in the area, prompting the Special Forces to conduct a patrol that led to the encounter. Among those recovered from the area include an M-16 rifle, and a caliber .45 pistol. EastMinCom Commander Lt. General Ricardo Rainier Cruz cited the soldiers’ immediate action that resulted to the recovery of the firearms. (Alexander Lopez)

4 TREASURE HUNTERS FALL

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police operatives and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) personnel arrested four treasure hunters while conducting an illegal activity inside a cave in Barangay Victoria in the eastern district of this city last Sunday. Authorities identified the suspects as Arturo Manlangit, 55; Edgardo Barredo 49, both residents of Barangay Victoria; Ronald Villanueva, 49; and Roel Aizon, 44, both residing Barangay Manicahan. Felicitas said the suspects violated Republic Act 9072, or the National Cave and Cave Resources Management and Protection Act.  (Nonoy Lacson)

SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS

BUTUAN CITY – At least 1,800 students were recently awarded with scholarship grants under the Student Financial Assistance Program of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). They are from the various villages in this city, and remote communities of Las Nieves in Agusan del Norte. Most of students will receive, depending on their tuition needs, P12,000, P9,000, and P6,000 annually. The applicants were ranked based on their grades, and they must belong to the poorest of the poor, said CHED Regional Director Maricar Casquejo. (Mike Crismundo)

KIDNEY CARE

TAGUM CITY – The public are urged to take care of their kidneys, reminding them that kidney failure is the third chronic disease affecting people worldwide, to mark the National Kidney Month, a health professional here disclosed. Dr. Michael Manalaysay of the Davao Medical School Foundation said the leading causes of the chronic kidney disease are hypertension and diabetes. Kidney failure can also be acquired epigenetically or through factors such as toxins, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, and stress. Manalaysay said that a baby from parents without genetical defects can acquire kidney disease due to the mother’s unhealthy diet, lifestyle, and stress management. He suggested the public to take a renal scan to detect the disease in its early stage. (Cherry Mae Palicte)

COASTAL CLEAN-UP

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A coastal-clean up in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental, was recently conducted in preparation for the World Environment Day and launching of the Climate Change Advocacy Campaign that opened today. The activity was organized by the Region-10 office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-10), through the Protected Areas and Wildlife Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWCZMS). Participants include on-the-job trainees at the DENR who came from the various schools in the region. Forester Marilou Clarete of the Office of the Regional Technical Director of the PAWCZMS, said this is to expose them to the role of mangroves in preventing floods, and the importance of biodiversity. Speakers during the event were Clarete, Felipe Callorina Jr., officer-in-charge of the Coastal and Marine Management Division; Mercy Barbarona, PAWCZMS planning officer; and Allan Nacabalan of the Taytay Coastal and Marine Environmental Protectors Association. (Camcer Ordoñez Imam)