Officials break ground for P15-M water system

MALAYBALAY CITY – Government officials on April 5 break ground for the P15 million water system project that would supply three villages in Malaybalay City.

The ground breaking ceremony was held at Dalwangan village.

Sen. Teofisto ‘TG’ Guingona III led the ceremony. Gov. Alex P. Calingasan, 2nd district representative Florencio T. Flores Jr., Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri, Engr. Rey Peter B. Gille – chief of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 1st Engineering District, Dalwangan Brgy. Captain Lino-ay, some officials of Malaybalay City Water District and villagers witnessed the ceremony.

The water system would supply the villages of Dalwangan, Patpat and Kalasungay.

Project’s bidding is scheduled on April 12 and the target date for the start of the construction is on April 13. The project is expected to be completed on September 9 with a contract time of 150 calendar days.

The implementing office is the DPWH 1st DEO.

A staff of Sen. Guingona on April 7 confirmed that the P15 million budget is from the Priority Development and Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Guingona.

Jun Aroa, general manager of MCWD on April 7 clarified that the whole water system project has a rough estimated budget of P60 Million. He said the P15Million is just an initial amount to start the whole project.

“The project will tap Damitan Creek that connects Lalawan River near the foot of Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park. A mini dam will be constructed in the source. The MCWD had already tapped the said creek but the pipes are small. This time bigger pipes will be installed but the old pipes will not be destroyed or abandoned,” Aroa said.

A scope of work showed that a mini-dam and coffer dam will be constructed and the installation of main pipe lines.

Based on the information from DPWH, once completed the water system has a potential discharge of 360 liters per second enough to supply the three villages.(Mel B. Madera)


Capitol vows on-time deliveries; buys P56-M medicines, supplies

MALAYBALAY CITY – The Provincial General Services Office (PGSO) of Bukidnon is set to purchase P56 million worth of medicines and medical supplies for 2011.

“This year, our target budget for medicines and medical supplies for our government hospitals and Provincial Health Stations (PHS) is P56.32 million” said Elsie Gail Ocaya, executive assistant and acting PGSO chief in an interview on April 6.

Ocaya said the budget was deliberated during their special meeting on February 24. She said the budget this year is higher compared last year because of price increases of medicines and medical supplies.

“Aside from the price increases of medicines and medical supplies, we also possessed new medical equipments and new reagents which means additional budget,” Ocaya said.

During the Monday convocation program on April 4 Ocaya reported that last year the Provincial Government of Bukidnon (PGB) had a target budget of P40.86 million but PGSO actually purchased P45.71million worth of medicines and medical supplies exceeding about P5million.

The PGB operates ight provincial hospitals which are located in the towns of Maramag, Kibawe, Kalilangan, San Fernando, Malitbog, Manolo Fortich, Talakag and the Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center (BPMC) which is in Malaybalay City. The PGB also runs ProvinciaL Health Stations (PHS) in areas where there are no provincial hospitals.

“All medicines and medical supplies are already bidded and we’re just waiting for its deliveries. We assure that this time the delivery of medicines and medical supplies will be on time,” Ocaya added.(Mel B. Madera)

Malaybalay central school forms stakeholders’ body

MALAYBALAY CITY – Malaybalay City’s biggest elementary school is tapping into its network of external stakeholders to help school administrators in the school’s development.

“It takes the whole village to educate a child,” Noel Tan Nery, Malaybalay City Central School principal said as he announced during the founding meeting of the School Governing Council Monday.

The MCCS gathered some representatives from the different stakeholders to organize the SGC, which Tan Nery said, will be an “interface of stakeholders, sources of strategic decisions that shape the school and its work.”

The MCCS could be the first public elementary school in Bukidnon to put up its SGC, he added. But he clarified that the SGC does not duplicate the Parents Teachers’ Association (PTA) as the former includes the community and other stakeholders.

The SGC is bound to gather both the internal and external stakeholders of the school, including the alumni, the local government, non-government organizations, retirees and other sectors, he added.

Tan Nery cited Republic Act 9155 or Republic Act No. 9155, otherwise known as “Governance of Basic. Education Act of 2001 that mandated schools to organize the SGCs as early as 2002.

He said the law, which renamed the then Department of Education, Culture, and Sports (DECS) as the Department of Education, mandated that the community has to be involved, he added.

H added that the school administrator keeps his control of the school management while the SGC always coordinates with him.

He said bodies, the school administration and the SGC will have “shared responsibility and shared accountability” of the work and action of the school system.

But Tan Nery said the principle behind the SGC is volunteerism, not compulsion.

Cosjulita Olarte, MCCS faculty president, said through the SGC taps the community members who can provide support and work as partners for the improvement process of the school.

Tresilita Linan, SGC chair, cited that the body will provide forum for the stakeholders to work together, like in the development and monitoring of the school improvement programs (SIPs).

The elected officials of the SGC were Philippine Red Cross Bukidnon’s Ms. Jocelyn Daroy (Chairperson), Karancho’s  Alan Comiso (vice chairperson), MCCS’s Ellen Delante (Secretary), Julies Bakeshoppe’s Rosalie Fajardo (Treasurer), Brgy. 1 kagawad Nova Nieva Tortola (Auditor); and Bukidnon Press Club/MCCS Batch 1990 Alumni Association president Walter Balane (Public Information Officer). (Bukidnon News)

102 rebel returnees avail of Capitol’s livelihood fund

MALAYBALAY CITY –A total of 102 rebel returnees availed the livelihood program of the government through the Provincial Livelihood Office of the Provincial Peace and Development Program (PPDP) of Bukidnon.

On March 29 a total of 102 rebel returnees, 31 from Malaybalay City and 71 from Cabanglasan town, availed the livelihood program.

Gov. Alex Calingasan led the awarding ceremonies. Vice Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri, Jr., second District Rep. Florencio Flores, Jr, Malaybalay City Mayor Ignacio Zubiri, Cabanglasan Mayor Rogelio Castillanes, Col. Romeo Gapuz – commanding officer of 403rd brigade and others attended the ceremonies.

Capt. Eduardo Meclat Jr., chief of civil military operations of army’s 403rd Brigade said the ceremonial awarding of cash and livelihood projects was conducted in the Municipal Gymnasium of Cabanglasan town.

The program encouraged all members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing New Peoples Army (NPA) rebels to return to the fold of law,” Meclat said.

Meclat said each rebel returnee received P15,000 cash gift. The rebel returnees also received corn seeds, vegetables seeds and camote vines.

Datu Mangarin Tilucan Jr., reported leader of the NPA and others from Sitio Kauhangan, Canangaan, Cabanglasan town voluntarily surrendered to the military on August 2009. Tilucan and his group demanded among others a farm to market road, a military detachment in their area and school buildings.

On April 16, 2010 the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army turned over to the community a six-kilometer farm to market road in Canangaan village stretching to Sitio Saluringan, a nearby village of Sitio Kauhangan. The said project is under the Kalayaan sa Barangay Program (KBP) of the 4th ID. Sitio Saluringan is about five kilometers away from Sitio Kauhangan.

The 403rd Brigade selected 20 Rebel Returnee including Tilucan for the 45-day training of Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) but Tilucan quitted because of alleged maltreatment from the training team of the 23rd Infantry Battalion. Few others also quitted.

Meclat quoted Tilucan as saying during the program that the amount is very much helpful for them to start a new and free life, which they never experienced under the communist party. The rebel returnees who are mostly Lumads claimed they were allegedly deceived by the rebels by promising them to own firearms and a monthly allowance,” Meclat added.

Meclat said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) welcome every rebel who wants to avail of the amnesty program of the government in order for the country to have lasting peace. (Mel B. Madera)




Photos of a solar-powered community in Sitio Payao in Pay-as, Kadingilan, Bukidnon. The project dubbed as Solar Power Technology Support (SPOTS) to Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) is initiated by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). The project aims to alleviate poverty incidence in remote communities by providing them access to basic services. (Photos by Earl Bolivar)
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