Friday, September 18, 2009

23 MILF rebels yield in Norcot

CAGAYAN Journal (BEN BALCE/Sep 18) SOME 23 Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels surrendered to the military in North Cotabato, bringing to 84 the number of MILF members who yielded the past few weeks.

Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said the surrend-erers were under MILF
commander Paron. He said they yielded high-powered firearms.

Maj. Gen. Alfredo Cay-ton, commander of the 602nd Brigade in Carmen,
North Cotabato, accepted the surrender.

“The Philippine Army has recorded a total of 363 MILF surrenderers so far this year. This can be attributed to the different development and nation-building endeavors of the government,” said

“With this considerable number of members lost by MILF, there is no doubt that the strength of the rebel group has fallen significantly. More surrenders are expected as a result of the peace and development initiatives of the Philippine Army,” he said.

In another development, 13 New People’s Army (NPA) rebels have yielded to the Army in Bukidnon, military officials said yesterday.

The rebels surrendered Wednesday to 23rd Infantry Battalion commander Lt. Colonel Cresente Maligmat in Managok,
Malaybalay City.

The 13 surrenderers brought with them two carbines, two caliber .357 and two caliber .38 revolvers, three caliber 22 long barrel rifles, two shotguns, an 9mm Ingram and two grenades.

Fourth Infantry Division spokesperson Maj. Michele Anayron said, “They wanted to leave in a peaceful, normal and productive life.’’

Col. Nick Dolojan, the 403rd Brigade commander, said the surrenderers operated in Barangay
Canangaan, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon.

Dolojan said the surrender was due to the massive information campaign and tactical operations conducted by the 403rd Brigade in Bukidnon PNA

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Moreno fights shortage of classrooms

CAGAYAN Journal (Sep 16) - Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar S. Moreno took the most obvious solution to the country's perennial problem on the shortage of classrooms – build more classrooms in the province.

The lack of classrooms is one of the education woes in the Philippines and the province of Misamis Oriental is no exception.

That is why back in 2004, when Gov. Moreno was elected governor of the province, he immediately convened the Local School Board (LSB) and asked a crucial question – when was the last time you constructed a classroom?

The members of the board were surprised because never in the past that this question was asked by the previous local chief executives in spite of the yawning need for classrooms in the province.

Being a product of good education, Gov. Moreno decided to invest big in improving education in Misamis Oriental by building better and more classrooms every year.

Since then, the proliferation of classrooms began in Misamis Oriental. In less than five years, the provincial government has amazingly completed more than 200 classrooms dispersed all over the province.

Most local government units would have shunned the idea of this ambitious undertaking due to limited funds but Gov. Moreno aggressively implemented the project by identifying the classrooms as a priority program of the provincial government.

The other day, Gov. Moreno turned over the latest set of 4 classrooms and one administration building in Naawan National High School (NNHS). NNHS is a recipient of a total of 18 classrooms from the provincial government in four years time.

Next month, Gov. Moreno is set to turn-over a three-story school building in Gingoog City composed of 18 classrooms.

He also bared his plans in building another three-story school building at the Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School (MOGCHS) which is located in Cagayan de Oro City catering to about 13,000 students. (MCR/MisOr Press Office)


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