Mindanao Newsbits for October 17,2013
DAVAO CITY (PNA) — A public school teacher in Pegalongan, Marilog District here received this year’s “Many Faces of the Teacher Award” (MFTT), a national recognition given to teachers who have contributed to the development of communities. Randy Halasan, 31, was named by the Bato Balani Foundation and the Diwa Learning Systems as recipient of the MFTT Award for his inspiring teaching experience and community outreach service as a teacher at the Pegalongan Elementary School, which is situated at a remote Matigsalug community. It takes more than seven hours to reach the place from the downtown area.
ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) — The ICAD Foundation-administered Filipino-Turkish Tolerance School (FTTS) is sharing beef to the public, and to the less fortunate in line with the celebration Tuesday of the Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice. The Integrated Center for Alternative Development (ICAD) Foundation, Incorporated is a private, nonprofit, non-stock organization established under the Securities Exchange Commission on April 16, 1996, and administers the FTTS, which was established the following year. FTTS Director Mehmet Biter said they slaughtered more than 300 cows, and the meat was given for free to identified beneficiaries for this year’s celebration.
COTABATO CITY (PNA) — A fire believed to be caused by a kerosene lamp left unattended killed three women, and destroyed more than 100 houses at a remote village in Maguindanao Wednesday dawn. Charred beyond recognition were Baileng Benito, 23, and her siblings, Baikulot, 17, and Baisheka, all residents of Barangay Lower Taviran, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. Seven other residents were slightly hurt. Inspector Datu Tulon Pinguiaman, Datu Odin Sinsuat police chief, said the fire started from the house of the Benitos located near the fish landing area at 2 a.m., and quickly spread to nearby houses made of light materials.
ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) — The City Engineer’s Office has estimated the damage to local government-initiated infrastructure due to recent flashfloods to roughly P10 million. However, City Engineer Luis Despalo said the worth of property damaged could be higher once validation is completed. Despalo said his personnel are checking each infrastructure to determine the exact cost of damage. Despalo identified the damaged infrastructure due to continuous rains that battered this city from October 4 to 10, as mostly bridges and riprap facilities located in the villages of Ayala, Maasin, Sinunuc, Malagutay, Dulian, San Roque, Pasonanca, Lumbangan, Putik, Salaan, Tolosa, and Tumaga.
KIDAPAWAN CITY — Unidentified armed men ambushed and killed a 70-year-old farmer, and wounded another at a remote village in Arakan, North Cotabato, around 7 a.m., Tuesday. Sr. Insp. Rolly Oranza, Arakan police chief, identified the fatality as Rolando Sibonga, of Sitio Lumatikon, Barangay Kabalantian, while wounded is Jose Rany Tatoy, 45, of Barangay Gambodez, both in Arakan town. Oranza said the victims were on their way to their farm lots in Barangay Gambodez when the armed men, positioned in a hilly portion, started firing at them. Sibonga died on the spot due to multiple bullet wounds. (Malu Cadelina Manar)