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AL KHOBAR extort group eyed in Kidapawan bus burning that killed 3

KIDAPAWAN CITY – A still unidentified man on Thursday set ablaze a passenger bus in M’lang, North Cotabato, leaving three passengers charred beyond recognition.

The YBL bus was bound for M’lang, North Cotabato from this city at about 4 p.m. when one of its passengers stood up, pulled a container, and splashed gasoline on the rear side of the bus while it was traveling somewhere in Barangay Bialong, M’lang.

Witnesses said the man then set the bus on fire using a lighter.

As commotion ensued, the man was last seen leaving the bus along with other passengers.

Bernardo Tayong, M’lang disaster official, said the three dead passengers, who were trapped inside the burning bus, have yet to be unidentified.

YBL, one of the bus lines operating the Davao-Cotabato-Tacurong-South Cotabato route, has been receiving extortion demands from the lawless Al Khobar group – an organized crime group reportedly responsible for extortion and bombing incidents in Central Mindanao.

The bus firm has survived a series of bombings and arson in the past five years.

The incident is still being investigated. (PNA)

Kidapawan is 3rd most competitive city in Mindanao

January 23, 2021

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato – This city ranked third on the top 10 most competitive component cities in Mindanao based on the latest data results posted by the Cities and Municipalities Index (CMCI) on Thursday. Lawyer Paolo Evangelista, city information officer, said the city received the… Read More

MinDA, partners convene to address Central Mindanao flooding

4th Mindanao River Basin Management Council (MRBMC)

 November 27, 2020

KIDAPAWAN CITY – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and North Cotabato provincial government hosted here Friday the 4th Mindanao River Basin Management Council (MRBMC) to further discuss the preparations against severe flooding incidents in the province and the rest of Central… Read More

C. Mindanao journalists mourn death of multi-awarded colleague Malu Cadeliña-Manar

KIDAPAWAN CITY – Journalists from North Cotabato and the rest of the Soccsksargen Region mourned the passing of veteran and multi-awarded radio and print journalist Malu Cadeliña-Manar on Sunday evening. She was 52. The 52-year-old Manar was pronounced dead on arrival at Kidapawan

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North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco backed a proposal by state-owned Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) to build a satellite office in her province that would speed up delivery of low-cost housing to the homeless, poorest of the poor.

Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, SHFC president, said the satellite office would be established in North Cotabato’s capital city of Kidapawan in a bid to bring down the government’s socialized housing program closer to the people.

SHFC is the government agency that extends low-cost, long term housing loans to community and homeowners associations under its flagship project, the Community Mortgage Program (CMP).

The SHFC Kidapawan City satellite office would be among several established nationwide as the agency spreads its wings to the provinces to reach more of the country’s homeless poor, especially those displaced by demolition and those living in risk areas.

Speaking at the meeting of City and Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators at the Provincial Capitol on September 4, Cabling bared that Gov. Catamco is in support of the establishment of the satellite office. The SHFC satellite was expected to back up the government’s social housing program, among the province’s top priorities, as spelled out in an executive order issued by the governor on September 1, 2020. Cabling, the guest speaker of the gathering, briefed the participants on the mechanics of the CMP and the low-interest, long-term housing loans offered to beneficiaries through their duly-organized community/homeowners associations.

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MINDANAO EARTHQUAKES: 900 quake-hit Kidapawan families get SHFC relief aid

The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) on December 7 delivered relief goods to more than 900 families in Kidapawan City, Cotabato who were affected by the recent earthquakes that rocked Mindanao. The humanitarian drive was led by Annicia Villafuerte, Vice President for Recovery Projects Department, which was created to enable the agency to respond quickly to the needs of communities displaced by disasters.

“Our hearts are full knowing that this will come a long way for the communities that we support, especially now that Christmas is just around the corner,” said Villafuerte, who is also heading SHFC’s housing initiatives for families left homeless by the Marawi conflict in 2017. “We are very thankful that our effort to provide assistance to the earthquake victims was very successful.”
The 923 beneficiaries of the relief operations, simultaneously held in barangays Singao, Poblacion, Magsaysay, and Lanao, are members of five communities that are under SHFC’s Community Mortgage Program (CMP) namely: Upper Singao, A. Delima, Amurao, Llanderal, and Belarmino homeowners associations. In addition to blankets and tents, the families received rice, water, and groceries to support their daily needs while they try to get their lives back to normal.
“Maraming salamat po sa SHFC sa natanggap naming tulong,” said 67-year-old Norma Sererazo, who spent several days in a makeshift tent in the aftermath of the earthquake. “Malaking bagay po ito sa amin at sa mga kasamahan ko dito sa Llanderal.”
CMP, the flagship program of SHFC, has granted about P15 billion in loan assistance and has funded the forging of more than 2,700 empowered communities since its inception in 1988.