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[In the news] Colleagues in human rights movement set tribute for Frederico Gapuz -MindaNews

MindaNews » Colleagues in human rights movement set tribute for Frederico Gapuz.

By mnicc
May 17, 2012

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/16 May) — A tribute for human rights lawyer Frederico Gapuz has been scheduled on Thursday (May 18) at the Iglesia Filipina Indepeniente’s Pro-Cathedral of the Virgin Mary in Barangay Bulua here.

Human rights defenders, civil libertarians, church leaders and political activists from all over Mindanao are expected to pay their last respects to Gapuz in the necrological service cum tribute that will start at 5:30pm.

In an program emailed Wednesday, lawyer Mario Paul A. Labis, secretary general of the city chapter of the Union of People’s Lawyers in Mindanao (UPLM) said their chapters from all over the island will send their representatives.

“The funeral will be on the following day (May 18) to take off at 6:00 am from the city to proceed to Alubijid town, Misamis Oriental, where a mass will be held at the Roman Catholic Church followed by interment rites at the Alubijid Cemetery,” the program reads.

Lawyers Beverly Selim-Musni of Karapatan-Northern Mindanao, UPLM secretary general Carlos Isagani Zarate, Eduardo Estores of UPLM Southern Mindanao, Jose Begil of UPLM Caraga, National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) president Edre Olalia and Makabayan party leader Satur Ocampo have confirmed their attendance, said Labis.

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[In the news] CDO Now Movement chooses to stay transparent, honest | Sun.Star

CDO Now Movement chooses to stay transparent, honest | Sun.Star.

By Michael Andrew W. Yu
March 13, 2012

THOUGH its recall campaign has already been terminated, Save CDO Now Movement said it still chooses to stay on the course of transparency and honesty.

Tito Mora, spokesperson of the movement, said they did not purposely file the petition with spurious signatures just to make a point.

“Save CDO Now Movement is not just about making a point. It is about pointing to the direction of our vision of a safe Cagayan de Oro. That is where we want to go to, that is where all this leads to and that is what we want to build,” Mora said.

He said they respected the pronouncement of the city’s political leaders from “politicizing” their cause.

“We rejected the temptation to shortcut the process. We paid out of our pockets and people donated, that even just one peso was so precious to us,” he added.

Last week, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) called off some petitions for recall election filed at its offices due to “lack of budget and time.”

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[In the news] ‘Sendong’ victims to get houses from government -INQUIRER.net

‘Sendong’ victims to get houses from government.

Philippine Daily Inquirer
March 6, 2012

Vice President Jejomar Binay has approved the purchase of seven relocation sites in northern Mindanao and the Visayas for the construction of 15,000 new homes  for victims of Tropical Storm “Sendong.”

Binay, who is also chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), said his office and the National Housing Authority (NHA) had authorized the purchase of four properties in Cagayan de Oro City, two in Iligan City and one in Dumaguete City at a total of P237 million.

“The sites would be subjected to geohazard surveys to ensure that the communities that we will build are safe and environmentally sustainable,” said Binay  in a statement issued Monday.

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[in the news] UCCP joins call to end mining -MindaNews.com

MindaNews » UCCP joins call to end mining.

By Erwin Mascariñas, Minda News
March 3, 2012

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/02 March) – Forty leaders of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) from different parts of Mindanao have declared their full support to calls for an end to mining.

UCCP pastors and church workers from Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Lanao and Zamboanga issued the statement during the conference on mining and its effects last February 27–29 in Iponan, Cagayan de Oro City.

The statement was based on the stand of the Ecumenical Bishops Forum that “destructive mining is blatantly unethical, unjust, and senseless for it exacerbates poverty, causes dislocation of livelihood of the people, and even threatens the base of life and life itself.”

“For decades already, we have spent time providing awareness to our communities through basic ecology seminars, tree planting etc. but why is it that disasters haven’t been halted? Clearly, because while we promote environmental protection, the government’ laws and policies allow the wanton destruction of the environment like the passage of the Mining Act of 1995,” said Bishop Melzar Labuntog, UCCP head of church for Northwestern Mindanao, in his Biblico-theological reflection.

The gathering unanimously called for the passage of HB 4315 or the Peoples’ Mining Bill which is seen as a solution to the ecological problems caused by both small- and large-scale mining.

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[In the news] Opol mayor lauds raid vs illegal miners -MindaNews

MindaNews » Opol mayor lauds raid vs illegal miners.

By Erwin Mascariñas
March 1, 2012

OPOL, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/29 February) – Mayor Dexter B. Yasay lauded the raid against illegal miners operating along the Iponan River of this town last Tuesday, saying the drive will be even more fruitful now that his undermanned police force has been backed by soldiers.

He said that Tuesday’s raid, which resulted in the confiscation of 15 diesel-powered hydraulic pumps, put out of commission more illegal mining operations than the raids in the two previous years combined.

Yasay said 9 of the 15 confiscated hydraulic pumps came from Sitio Inapasan, while the remaining 6 were from Sitio Araw-araw, both part of Barangay Bagokbok of this municipality.

The mayor said he was glad that the campaign against illegal miners, which came over two months after Typhoon Sendong claimed over a thousand lives in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, has now caught the attention of the Provincial Peace and Order Council headed Vice Gov. Norris Babiera, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, the regional and provincial police force and the Philippine Army.

Aside from the heavy rainfall, environmentalists have blamed the killer flashfloods on December 16 and 17 to mining and logging operations in the hinterlands of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan and neighboring areas.

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[In the news] Hataman clears way for log permits -INQUIRER.net

Hataman clears way for log permits.

Philippine Daily Inquirer
February 22, 2012

DUMINGAG, Zamboanga del Sur—The highest ranking officer in charge of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has ordered an inventory of tree plantations in the region in preparation for the possible issuance of permits to cut trees provided these were not from natural growth forests.

Mujiv Hataman, acting ARMM governor, said the inventory was needed to determine which individuals or companies would be issued tree-cutting permits.

Following the Dec. 17 disaster that struck the northern Mindanao cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, Hataman received direct orders from President Aquino to stop logging in the region.

Logs cut from the forests of Lanao del Sur, a province in ARMM, had made floods that swept the two cities deadlier, pummeling hundreds of people to their deaths.

A logging firm, Vicmar, was identified as the operator of the concession from which the killer logs are believed to have come.

As a result of Mr. Aquino’s instruction, Hataman issued Executive Order No. 3 which imposed a moratorium on tree-cutting even in private plantations in ARMM.

Hataman, however, said EO 3 was not a blanket ban on tree-cutting in plantations. He said it merely imposes a stricter procedure in the issuance of tree-cutting permits “because we want to make sure the trees are really from private estates and not from our remaining forests.”

The inventory, he said, would help authorities identify the source of trees that would be cut in the region.

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[In the news] Move to revoke mining exploration permits in CDO, Iligan lauded -InterAksyon.com

Move to revoke mining exploration permits in CDO, Iligan lauded
by Cong Corrales, InterAksyon.com
February 21, 2012

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines — Anti-mining advocates here lauded the unexpected but “long overdue” resolution of the Regional Development Council 10 urging the Mine and Geosciences Bureau to revoke all mining exploration permits in the uplands of Iligan and this city.

The advisory committee of RDC 10, which includes the representatives of Northern Mindanao, said the disaster wrought by tropical storm “Sendong” late year, showed clearly enough that the unabated extraction of natural resources has threatened both cities’ fragile ecologies.

Authored by Cagayan de Oro 2nd district Representative Rufus Rodriguez, the resolution stems from a disclosure of MGB Regional Technical Director Alfredo Relampagos that they issued four exploration permits in Cagayan de Oro and one in Iligan City.

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[In the news] 2 Northern Mindanao senators back green bills | Sun.Star

2 Northern Mindanao senators back green bills | Sun.Star.

February 21, 2012

MINDANAOAN Senators Aquilino Pimentel III and Teofisto Guingona III said Saturday they will support the pending house bills and resolutions on environmental protection and rehabilitation of Sendong-devastated areas.

The bills are filed by Cagayan de Oro Representatives Rufus Rodriguez (2nd district) and Maximo Rodriguez of Abante Mindanao party-list.

The two senators from Northern Mindanao issued this support during the Mindanao Summit on Disaster Risk Reduction and Geo-Hazard awareness held in Cagayan de Oro over the weekend.

The bills include House Bill (HB) 1063 imposing a logging ban in Cagayan de Oro City, HB 1064 declaring Cagayan de Oro City as a mining-free zone, HB 5663 that seeks for the appropriation of P2 billion for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities, and HB 5685 granting a 50-percent subsidy on the electricity bill of residents in the affected cities.

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[In the news] Mindanao journalists held overnight by mining firm’s militia -InterAksyon.com

Mindanao journalists held overnight by mining firm’s militia
February 20, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE – 8:43 p.m.) A dozen journalists from Pagadian City were stopped Sunday and held overnight by militiamen detailed to a foreign mining firm the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said Monday.

The journalists managed to leave area of Sitio Balabag in Barangay Depore, Bayog town, Zamboanga del Sur, late Monday afternoon after the Special Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit militia who had held them were “pulled out.”

The group was on its way back after covering the demolition of houses, mostly owned by small-scale miners, at a site targeted for exploration by Canadian firm TVI Resource Development Inc. when their way was blocked by the SCAA, who had even ripped up portions of the road with a backhoe.

Jong Cadion, publisher of Frontline Mindanao Balita, said when asked who had ordered them stopped, the militiamen replied: “’Yung TVI.”

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[In the news] Misamis Oriental declares one-year moratorium on mining | Sun.Star

Misamis Oriental declares one-year moratorium on mining | Sun.Star.

By Michael Andrew W. Yu
February 21, 2012

THE Misamis Oriental Provincial Board approved on Monday a resolution declaring a one-year moratorium on the conduct of small-scale mining operations in Opol town and the issuance of new endorsements for mining applications throughout the province.

Vice Governor Norris C. Babiera, who authored the resolution, said the unimaginable havoc brought by Tropical Storm Sendong in December now calls for more aggressive and pro-active actions from the local government units (LGUs) and civil society organizations.

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Babiera said the proliferation of small-scale mining operations, particularly in the hinterlands of Opol in Misamis Oriental and along Iponan River in Cagayan de Oro, has raised very serious concerns in various joint fora and multi-sector geo-hazard and risk assessments.

He said it is important to consider declaring a moratorium on small-scale mining operations in the area and issue new endorsements for those who will be applying for small-scale mining to prevent further destruction to the environment.

“It is the thrust of the province of Misamis Oriental to protect and conserve its environment, not only for the greater good of the majority of the present generation but also to reassure the existence of the same natural resources to adequately satisfy the need of the future generation,” Babiera said.

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[In the news] Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao meet in DC -MindaNews

MindaNews » Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao meet in DC.

By Mindanews
February 20, 2012

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 Feb) –  Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao will gather here this weekend to discuss environment,  justice and human rights at a time when “peoples’ rights and conditions remain unchanged and neglected in the second Aquino administration.”

Lawyers, law students, paralegals and legal workers will be attending the 4th Mindanao Assembly of People’s Lawyers on February 24 and 25 at the Episcopal Mission Center, McArthur Highway, Matina.

The assembly is convened by the six-year old Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao (UPLM)

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[In the news] Authorities alarmed over illegal hydraulic mining in CDO’s mountains -MindaNews.com

MindaNews » Authorities alarmed over illegal hydraulic mining in CDO’s mountains.

By Froilan Gallardo, MindaNews.com
February 10, 2012

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/9 February) – In the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong, the rampant illegal hydraulic mining along the Iponan River in this city and neighboring town of Opol in Misamis Oriental has become the centerpiece of a major environmental concern in this city.

During a meeting of the Misamis Oriental Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, officials identified major financiers that are fueling the illicit multi-million industry in the hinterlands of Cagayan de Oro.

Officials also bared the presence of Korean nationals who are operating three to five barges in the Iponan River ostensibly for sand and gravel quarrying.

“We suspect these Korean nationals are actually engaged in gold mining,” Teddy Sabugaa, operations chief of the Misamis Oriental Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said.

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[In the news] More funds sought for ‘Sendong’ victims -INQUIRER.net

More funds sought for ‘Sendong’ victims
Philippine Daily Inquirer
February 6, 2012

The United Nations (UN) has asked the international community for more funds to effectively meet the humanitarian challenges in the aftermath of Tropical Storm “Sendong” (International Name: WASHI) that lashed this city over a month ago.

From an initial amount of $28.4 million, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-Ocha) is appealing for $39 million in response to “the dramatic increase of needs” of more than 300,000 people over the period of six months.
So far, the agency said $9.6 million had been raised, including $3 million disbursed from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support aid activities in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

Torrential rains brought by Sendong triggered flash floods in 13 provinces on December 16-18 last year. According to UN estimates, nearly 48,000 houses were damaged and 625,000 people lost their livelihood.
More than 550,000 were also forced out of their homes.

Hardest hit were the Northern Mindanao cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, where entire communities were wiped out by rampaging waters.

Seven weeks after the disaster, some 21,900 survivors remain in crowded evacuation centers in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, and more than 400,000 people continue seeking refuge in makeshift shelters and with host families in their areas of origin, the UN further noted.

Some have returned to their damaged houses in highly hazardous and disaster-prone areas even as the government had already declared these as “no-build” zones.

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[From the web] Filipino of the Year 2011: The Volunteers – INQUIRER.net

Filipino of the Year 2011: The Volunteers
They’re the silver lining behind dark clouds, rainbow after a storm
Philippine Daily Inquirer
February 5, 2012

(Editor’s Note: Now on its 21st successive year, the Inquirer’s Filipino of the Year honors a living Filipino who made the most positive impact in the past year as voted upon by the editors and assistant editors. Aside from the one most voted upon, the other nominees in the order of their number of votes were Leila de Lima [some editors have been voting for her the past three years], the Indie Filmmaker, Dragonboat Team, President Aquino [last year’s winner], Azkals, Robin Lim, Netizen, Beauty Queens and Mommy “D.”)

Were an artist to piece together a collage of the names and faces of the rescuers, relief workers, volunteers and donors who stood and delivered during and in the aftermath of Tropical Storm “Sendong” and other calamities in 2011, the resulting artwork would look, without doubt, lit from within.

A good heart beating at its core would cause the collage to glow.

There is no master list of the volunteers and donors, none tracking their names, their hours, their deeds or their gifts (in the future, there should be an effort at keeping one). But they were there—when and where they were needed.

It was in the last quarter of 2011 that the most destructive typhoons hit the country. “Pedring” and “Quiel” blew into Luzon in September and October and left 101 dead. The first affected 3.03 million people in 35 provinces and the latter, 1.11 million people in 18 provinces.

Then one night in December, Sendong unleashed an unprecedented amount of rain on places in Visayas and Mindanao so unfamiliar with such fury that, instead of keeping watch, the villagers went to sleep as the rivers were swelling. The cities of Dumaguete, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan were the hardest hit.

At last count, 1,268 people were dead, 6,071 were injured and 52,435 houses were ruined, with almost 15,000 totally destroyed. The damage to infrastructure and agriculture was assessed at P1.71 billion.

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[In the news] NUJP reports threat vs GMA Network crew – RAPPLER.com

NUJP reports threat vs GMA Network crew – RAPPLER – Philippine News | Multimedia | Citizen Journalism | Social Media.

February 2, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – A Cagayan de Oro City barangay official reportedly threatened a GMA Network crew while the latter pursued a story on the effects of mining, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said Thursday, February 2.

Cagayan de Oro City-based GMA Network reporter Nef Luczon said he had gone to the local barangay office with two cameramen, Micheal Tolang and Micheal Cabulay, on Wednesday for a story on mining and its effects on the local Iponan River.

Higaonon community leaders reportedly escorted the GMA-7 crew to the river, and showed them the extent of the operations of so-called small-scale miners. Iponan residents blame them for allegedly having exacerbated the damage wrought by Tropical Storm Sendong in December 2011, the NUJP said.

Lucson reportedly said barangay kagawad Roy Yanez suddenly accosted and verbally threatened them when they began asking barangay chairperson Loresa Gaupan regarding the barge.

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[In the news] Dynamic Learning Program helps students cope with Sendong trauma – MindaNews

MindaNews » Dynamic Learning Program helps students cope with Sendong trauma.

By Cong Corrales

January 29, 2012

 CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/28 January) – A revolutionary innovation in teaching, applied in public high schools here has given its students an edge over those using the traditional, classroom-type, learning system in their learning recovery since tropical storm Sendong claimed a thousand lives and affected hundreds of thousands more last month.

One such school, Angeles Sisters National High School (ASNHS)  in Barangay Consolacion  — one of the worst hit among 25 barangays affected — was knee-deep in mud after the flashfloods last month so that when classes resumed on January 3, they only had a 44% attendance, Gil Araneta, ASNHS principal, said. But in a span of  two weeks, attendance had reached 90 per cent.

Araneta said they gave their students a series of Psycho-Social sessions when they started the classes for a week. He said the Dynamic Learning Program (DLP), a teaching method that takes into consideration the latest result from the fields of neuroscience,  has enabled the program’s students to cope with  their traumatic experience during the flood and at the same time revive their fervor for learning.

“The program is innovative in that it lets the students learn by discovering through activities,” he said. He added that since they applied DLP in their school, performance indicators of their students showed stark improvements.

He said their first year and fourth year levels championed the city district’s Math Challenge early last year. They also bagged second place in a Rotary International-sponsored Quiz bee, last year. “DLP teaches the students the virtue of discipline. The program is designed to maximize students’ motivation, focus, confidence and composure, self-discipline and stamina in learning,” the principal said.

ASNHS currently has a graduating class of 133 students. Because the program has lessened the need for classrooms and textbooks, their students were able to recover faster, Araneta said.

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[In the news] Fil-Am journalists raise money for ‘Sendong’-stricken colleagues- INQUIRER.net

Fil-Am journalists raise money for ‘Sendong’-stricken colleagues
By Nimfa U. Rueda, Philippine Daily Inquirer
January 29, 2012

 LOS ANGELESFilipino-American media practitioners here have raised at least $9,000 for media colleagues who were among those who died and lost their homes when Typhoon “Sendong” struck Northern Mindanao last month.

The media practitioners spearheaded a benefit concert and art auction, dubbed Sining Para sa Bayan, in Glendale, California, on Jan. 21.

The two-part event featured top-notch performers, musicians and artists, including Pinoy folk rock pioneer Florante and Emmy-award winner Jess Española, a visual animator for the cartoon series “The Simpsons.”
NUJP fund drive

Proceeds will go to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) fund for media workers who were among the victims of the deadly typhoon that left more than 1,000 people dead and displaced around 330,000 residents in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

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[In the news] PNoy to NHA: finish homes for ‘Sendong’ survivors before June 2012 – MindaNews.com

MindaNews » PNoy to NHA: finish homes for ‘Sendong’ survivors before June 2012.

By Violeta M. Gloria, MindaNews.com
January 26, 2012

  ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/25 January) – President Benigno S. Aquino III today told officials of the National Housing Authority (NHA) to finish all the houses for suvivors of floods brought by tropical storm Sendong last month by June 2012.

“Dapat ipangako nyo na by June 2012, tapos na ang lahat na mga bahay dito,” (You should promise that by June 2012 all houses here should be finished) Aquino said even before he was through with his introductory greetings.

The core shelters for the survivors, who are still staying in evacuation centers and tent cities, will be built through “bayanihan ng bayan.”

The President’s visit coincided with the 40th day since the destructive floods that killed hundreds of people and wiped out whole communities in both cities.

Aquino arrived in Iligan with Vice President Jejomar Binay, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman and other heads of government agencies to inspect the relocation site for survivors who lost their homes to the floods.

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[In the news] Atlas Mining avails of P129M credit facility from BDO – INQUIRER.net

Atlas Mining avails of P129M credit facility from BDO
By Riza T. Olchondra, Philippine Daily Inquirer
January 25, 2012

 MANILA, Philippines—Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp. has taken out another loan from Banco de Oro Unibank Inc. (BDO).

The listed miner disclosed Tuesday that it availed itself of a P129-million credit facility from BDO.
The proceeds of the facility will be used to finance Atlas’ working capital requirements, according to Atlas.
Atlas has a work program to conduct exploration works around its mining subsidiary’s mining area in Cebu province.
The listed miner wants to increase the milling capacity of its subsidiary Carmen Copper Corp. (CCC) to around 60,000 tons per day by 2013. CCC’s present capacity is 40,000 tons per day.

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