Stalled SIP “greatly affects” peace efforts – Gov. Calingasan

MALAYBALAY CITY (11 April) – The stalled Social Integration Program (SIP) of the national government is “greatly affecting” the peace efforts in the province, Bukidnon Gov. Alex Calingasan told a press conference Monday.

Calingasan said many New People’s Army rebels who surrendered to the government have become uneasy over the delay of the release of social integration funds from the national government through the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.

The governor said he was told that 10 rebels who wanted to surrender firearms through the SIP’s Balik Baril scheme were having second thoughts because they weren’t sure if the program was still ongoing.

He stressed the point to reporters after the graduation rites of a new batch of 192 graduates of the Special CAFGU Active Auxiliary (SCAA) Basic Military Training at Camp Osito Bahian, in Impalambong, Malaybalay City. 

During the opening program of the Broadcasters’ Month on April 7 organized by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas Bukidnon Chapter, Calingasan said the provincial government was forced to give initial livelihood funds to 102 persons who surrendered to the government last year in Cabanglasan town. 

The provincial government released P15,000 each to the “uneasy” returnees, he added.

Col. Romeo Gapuz, 403rd Brigade commanding officer, said the Balik Baril program was temporarily stopped pending a review of its rewards system. He said there were suspicions the system was being abused.

“Until OPAPP redesigns the system that’s the time we can resume with the program,” he added.

But Gapuz denied there were people who abused the system.

He said there were doubts about some of the surrenderees who did not turn in firearms.

“If they have no firearms they must be in the OB (order of battle) to be admitted in the reward system,” he added.

Calingasan defended his position favoring the creation of more SCAA units in the province even if he wants peace.

He said the SCAA are there to defend, not to make offensives,” he added. (Walter I. Balane)



IN THE KNOW: Is Musuan Peak or Mt. Calayo an active volcano?

Without intent to be alarmist, Bukidnon News tried to research on the question that bogged the public’s mind for years.

We refer to the following list:

The Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology listedthe 22 active volcanoes in the country: including their location in grid, province, their height, number of historical eruptions and their latest eruption of activity.

Bukidnon’s Mt. Musuan is one of the country’s 22 active volcanoes.

Source: Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology

Tectonic, not volcanic, quakes hit Malaybalay, Valencia – PhiVolcs

MALAYBALAY CITY – The five earthquake events felt in Malaybalay and Valencia cities since April 1 were all of tectonic origin, not volcanic, Marcial Labininay, officer-in-charge of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs) Cagayan de Oro (Malasag) Earthquake and Volcano Monitoring Unit, said.

Labininay clarified that the tremors were not caused by volcanic activity but by movements in active faults in the area.

Jovy Ellacone of the Valencia City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council told Bukidnon News the quakes left no damages.

Per report by Ruby Balistoy of the Philippine Information Agency in Bukidnon, residents of Valencia and Malaybalay Cities in Bukidnon felt at least two “very shallow andmild quakes” on April 5.

The earthquake events were recorded on:

– April 2, about 6:30 p.m., epicenter at 7.79 degrees North, 125.11 degrees East, 28 km. South and one (1) degree East of Malaybalay City, magnitude 3.2, Intensity II for both Malaybalay and Valencia cities.

– April 3, about 7:11a.m., epicenter at 8.04 degrees North, 125.06 degrees East, 20km. South, 14 degrees East of Malaybalay City, magnitude 3.0, Intensity I in Valencia City.

– April 3, about 7:23a.m., epicenter at 7.87 degrees North, 125.01 degrees East, 40 km. South, 15 degrees West of Malaybalay City, magnitude 3.0, Intensity II in Malaybalay City.

– April 5, 11.42a.m., epicenter at 7.87 degrees North, 124.82 degrees East, 50 km. South and 8.39 degrees West of Malaybalay City.
– April 5, at 1:25p.m., epicenter at 7.78 degrees North, 125 degrees East, 49 km. South and 14 degrees West of Malaybalay City.

With the same depth of .001 km., the latest quakes, on April 5,  registered at magnitude of 3.5, Intensity III in Valencia City and Intensity II in Malaybalay City.

Also, on March 28, a mild quake was also felt in Malaybalay City at 1:32 p.m., epicenter at 73 km., East of Cagayan de Oro City, magnitude 4.0, Intensity II, also in Malaybalay City.

According to the Phivolcs website, there is a Cabanglasan fault and a Central Mindanao fault that cross Bukidnon (check this map). In the same map, a portion near the vicinity of Malaybalay and neighboring areas is shown to be prone to liquefaction, or the  “phenomenon in which the strength and stiffness of a soil is reduced by earthquake shaking or other rapid loading.” (Bukidnon News with a report from PIA Bukidnon)