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Mindanao Newsbits for March 19, 2014

Successive Quakes

Davao City – At least two earthquakes rocked the coast of Davao Occidental on Monday evening, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported yesterday. The first quake with a magnitude 3.2 struck around 7:15 p.m., with its epicenter located some 225 kilometers off the coast of Sarangani town, with a depth of 49 kilometers, and tectonic in origin. In the same area, the second tremor with a magnitude 4.2 hit around 8:25 p.m., with its epicenter traced some 124 kilometers, and also tectonic in origin. But Phivolcs did not issue a tsunami warning after the two quakes. No damage was reported by authorities as of press time. (Alexander Lopez)


Police Assistance

Tacurong City – The Sultan Kudarat Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (SK-FCCCII) donated a patrol car to the local police command for its anti-criminality campaign. “The donation of the patrol car was our gesture of support to the city government’s peace and order program,” SK-FCCCII president Manuel Ang said. Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Tacurong, under its president, Rey Miguel Lopez, donated a sound system to the local police force for its information campaign. City Mayor Lina Montilla lauded the business and civic organizations for their support to the peace and security campaign of the local government. “ (Joseph Jubelag)


Water Quality

Butuan City – The upper reaches of the Langaran and Paypayan Rivers in Misamis Oriental, and the Lanao Lake in Lanao del Sur were classified as “Class A” water bodies, meeting the national standards as potential for potable drinking water. These bodies of water are among the classified 21 new water bodies for their best uses in Mindanao and the Visayas, bringing the total number of duly classified water bodies nationwide to 691, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said. Meanwhile, the upper reach of the Guiahao-an River in Agusan del Norte is also categorized as “Class C” or safe for propagation of fish, recreation, and post-treatment manufacturing processes. (Mike Crismundo)


Coop Incentive

Davao City – At least two cooperatives here were rewarded with P100,000 loan grant each from Senator Allan Peter Cayetano under his Trabaho/Kita advocacy on Sunday. Recipients were the GK Pueblos Farmers Cooperative, and the San Isidro Consumer Cooperative. He said the loan’s interest will not exceed five percent, and asked the cooperatives to use the grant wisely, clarifying that it is an incentive. “After three months, if the grant became successful, we will be doubling the previous grant in order for them to have more funding,” he said. Both groups were the 22nd and 23rd cooperatives in the country to receive the grants. Cayetano said he will continue to search for cooperatives with good standings. (Cherry Mae Palicte)


Greening Program

Buenavista, Agusan del Norte – The employees and workers of wood processing plants, furniture shops, and lumber dealers in Butuan City joined the local government’s One Million Tree project along with the Region 13 office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-13). This is to turn the denuded Mount Mayapay watershed in the Guinabsan area “green” again under the National Greening Program. More than 500 seedlings of the mahogany, narra, African tulip, and acasia mangium species were planted at the 225-hectare site. “Our target for survival of these seedlings at the very least is 85 percent,” said DENR-13 Director Nonito M. Tamayo. Local wood traders also used their nurseries for the project.(Mike Crismundo)