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Mindanao Newsbits for May 3, 2014

Rodeo contest

Cotabato City – Local rodeo expert riders will slug it out in an unprecedented contest in North Cotabato to showcase their prowess in “handling animals the right way” and help drumbeat public attention towards the province’s upcoming centennial or 100th foundation anniversary celebration, organizers said yesterday. The event is scheduled May 5-6 at the municipal grounds of Pigcawayan, North Cotabato, with at least eight teams of professional rodeo riders from within and outside the province confirming participation, said Provincial Veterinarian Rufino Suropia, who heads the organizing committee. The “Rodeo sa Cotabato 2014“ aims to showcase the livestock industry of Cotabato province in a wider scope (and) encourage the people to appreciate handling animals the right way,” officials s said. (Ali G. Macabalang)

Prosecutor reacts

Cagayan De Oro City — Northern Mindanao Regional State Prosecutor James Umpa cried foul over accusations hurled against him, accusing him of “stealing a sports utility vehicle and harassing a private citizen in Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur.” The news report appeared in an online news website of a television network. Umpa said the news item was unfair to him and his family since they are the victims and the car, a Toyota Fortuner with Plate No. ZEH-575, that he allegedly stole is actually his wife’s and was recovered from the alleged complainant, Jose Elbina of Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur. According to the news report, Elbina complained that Prosecutor Umpa, “in conspiracy with policemen from Aurora, took away his Toyota Fortuner on Feb. 11, 2014,” while he was driving it in Aurora. (Camcer Imam)

Seaweed dryer

Zamboanga City — Two seaweed farmers associations in this city were chosen as beneficiaries in the implementation of the shared service facility projects of the Department of Trade and Industry. DTI-Zamboanga City Office chief Engr. Rolando G. Acuña said the shared facilities in the form of stilt dryers were turned over to the seaweed farmers of the villages of Dita and Manicahan in the east coast of Zamboanga City. A simple turn-over ceremony was held and witnessed by officials of the villages and representatives from the City Agriculturist’s Office. Acuña said the establishment of the projects will now address the needs of the seaweed growers for drying facilities in the village. (Nonoy E Lacson)

Pamana project

Tandag, Surigao del Sur – The provincial government of Surigao del Sur might avail itself of a new budget of P120 million from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process intended for road projects and social program in conflict-affected areas of the province. Under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan project of OPAPP, the proposed budget allocation will be intended for a road project from Hanipaan going to Andap Valley Complex, specifically in Barangay Sto. Nino in San Agustin town, this province. Andap Valley Complex is the center of several bloody skirmishes between government security forces and communist insurgents the past several years. Some government projects were already implemented in the complex. (Mike Crismundo)

Salesladies fired

Zamboanga City — Three of the four salesladies of the Makers Shop Center who filed a complaint against one of the store supervisors for alleged abuses and maltreatment were terminated from their job during the Labor Day celebration Thursday. The three salesladies went home crying after they were informed by the management Wednesday that it was their last day of work. Apparently, the three were terminated from employment due to their complaint for several labor laws violations of the store and the store supervisor Aaron Dy, a Taiwanese, for alleged maltreatment which caused one of them to a suffer a miscarriage. (Nonoy E. Lacson)