Mindanao Newsbits for October 7, 2013
Tubod, Lanao del Norte — Four brand-new ambulances were distributed by the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte in a recent turn-over ceremony in front of the Provincial Capitol Building, at Barangay Pigcarangan, Tubod, this province. The beneficiaries include Philippine National Red Cross Lanao del Norte Chapter, Municipality of Sapad, municipality of Tangkal and Lanao del Norte Provincial Hospital (LNPH). Sapad Town Mayor Parok Asis was there to receive the ambulance for his town. For the interior town of Tangkal, Dra. Vilma Robriego was on hand to receive the keys for the municipality. (Camcer Ordoñez Imam)
Davao City — In celebration of the World Teachers’ Day last Saturday, October 5, 40 teachers from Davao region were recognized here for their extraordinary performance in the field of teaching. According to Jenielito Attilo, spokesman of DepEd 11, this is the first time their agency recognizes outstanding teachers in the different areas of teaching. “We choose 10 outstanding teachers each in Arabic Language and Islamic Values, Indigenous People, Mobile and Multigrade categories,” he said.
Atillo added that the honorees were chosen by their Division Supervisors basing on their performances. (Cherry Mae D. Palicte)
Kidapawan City — Peace advocates in Mindanao are set to conduct a fact-finding mission in Zamboanga City to ferret the “truth” behind the siege that they said wrecked so much “havoc” to people, not only in Mindanao but to the country as well. Bishop Delfin Callao, convener of the Sowing the Seeds of Peace in Mindanao, said their group wants to thresh out the truth on Zamboanga offensives as they urged for the rehabilitation of the war victims. Callao, also chair of the Mindanao Bishops Conference (MinBisCon), said they want to conduct a “serious assessment” that the government scored a “Pyrrhic victory” in the Zamboanga siege. (Malu Cadelina Manar)
Malaybalay City, Bukidnon Province — Rampaging floodwaters spawned by heavy rains destroyed houses and forced some 360 families in two villages in this capital city of Malaybalay, in Bukidnon province, to evacuate to safer grounds since Saturday.
At least 300 evacuees (450 people) came from the village of Cabangahan while another 60 families (90 persons) left the village of Aglayan. All the evacuees are temporarily housed at designated evacuation here centers after rushing floodwaters caused by heavy rains destroyed their houses late Saturday afternoon. (Camcer Ordoñez Imam)
Zamboanga City, (PNA) — Zamboanga City Water District cautioned residents living near riverbanks about its diversion dam’s water which rose Saturday, exceeding by 1.2 m normal level there. “The diversion dam’s water level as of 11 a.m. Saturday is at 75.40 meters. ZCWD would like to advise residents living near riverbanks to take precautionary measures in case water level will continue to increase,” said ZCWD information officer Dolores Galvan. The dam’s normal and critical water levels are 74.20 m and 76 m, respectively. Galvan attributed the dam water’s rise to rain in the city since Friday. Government’s weather agency said continuous rains in the city was spawned by the intertropical convergence zone in Mindanao, Palawan and Western Visayas while typhoon “Quedan” moved northwest over the country.