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bombingBUKIDNON. A bomb exploded inside a Rural Transit Bus Mindanao bound to Cagayan de Oro from Wao town in Lanao del Sur. The explosion occurred in front of the main gate of Central Mindanao University in Maramag, Bukidnon around 5:30 p.m. (Grabbed from Pulitika sa Bukidnon Group posted by Goody JTabz)

Police in Maramag, Bukidnon are conducting post blast investigation on a bus bombing Tuesday afternoon, December 9,  that left at least eleven passengers dead and more than 15 others wounded, police said.

A manhunt is now ongoing against the suspects who were captured by a CCTV camera in Poblacion Maramag where the bus left before proceeding to Valencia City from Wao, Lanao del Sur, according to Police Inspector Jeselle Longakit, Bukidnon police spokesperson.

Longakit told Church-run Radio DXDB in Malaybalay City that the blast occurred at the rear part of Rural Bus at past 5 p.m.

Longakit said the explosion, believed to be from an improvised bomb with mobile phone as trigger mechanism, occurred while the bus was in transit in front of Central Mindanao University main entrance in Barangay Musoan, Maramag, Bukidnon.

No one has claimed responsibility for the bomb attack that occurred more than a month after another bus of the same company was subjected to IED attack that left four persons wounded.

Longakit said most of the passengers were heading home from a fiesta celebration in nearby Wao town in Lanao del Sur.

The bus firm had been receiving extortion letters from lawless elements asking protection money.

Longakit said the wounded were rushed to hospitals in Valencia City and Poblacion Maramag. (PNA)

Maramag Order of Eagles in 2nd year


MARAMAG, Bukidnon – The Fraternal Order of Eagles-Maramag Club will be holding its medical-dental mission for 100 less fortunate people in Maramag town on October 26 as part of the highlights of its 2nd year chapter anniversary.
Maramag Eagles Club President Christian Lear F. Miquiabas is extending his warm thanks to fellow Eagle brothers and partners who unselfishly devote efforts for the success of the 2nd Club Founding Anniversary.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles is the first Philippine-born fraternal socio- civic organization guided by strong brotherhood and service to the community that has chapters throughout the country.
Miquiabas said United Opposition Alliance (UNA) senatorial bet Juan Miguel Zubiri will address the affair as keynote speaker. National Eagles president Salvador Ramos, Efren Camaro- Regional Governor NMR1, members of eight active clubs in Bukidnon as well as other Eagles Club presidents in Mindanao will attend the event.


FIBECO fasttracking P110M lighting program


MARAMAG, Bukidnon – With an P80M additional fund from the National Electrification Administration (NEA), First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FIBECO) is fastracking the completion of its sitio electrification project.
    NEA earlier had pumped an initial P30 million subsidy for the project.
    General Manager Engr. Renato S. Cortezano said lighting up remote sitios is part of FIBECO’s commitment to improve the lives of people in farflung areas.
    Cortezano in behalf of the beneficiaries of the project, thanked NEA for the subsidy.
    NEA committed the additional fund of P80 million this year after FIBECO completed the electrification of 56 sitios.
    Cortezano said 126 sitios would be the target of the NEA back-up fund for completion by October, with 34 other sitios to be lighted up with other coming funds.
    Engineering services department chief Engr. Antonio Obice Jr. said about 40% of the project has been undertaken and assured full completion by next month.
    Finance head Luz Pallasigue said that 300 barangays under the FIBECO’s coverage area have already been fully energized.    

BUKIDNON sugar planters coop celebrates 10th year


Soaring high as a major factor in
Bukidnon’s economic development


    If sugar is sweet, sweet too, is the solidarity behind the Associated Bukidnon Sugarcane Farmers, Inc. and Associated Bukidnon Sugarcane Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ABSFI-ABSFMPC), a major player in Bukidnon’s sugar industry.
This solidarity came into focus during the ABSFI annual general assembly on October 9, 2011 at the University Convention Center, Musuan, Maramag, Buklidnon.
Members with  their families turned out in full force to join the biggest gathering of the 4,500-member cooperative of sugarcane farmers.
Sweet too is the remarkable growth of ABSFI– one of the fastest growing sugar planters’ group in the country today.
From its seven founding members in 2001, ABSFI has 4,500 active members today.
In his speech during the assembly that lifted the pride and spirit of the members, ABSFI president and ABSFMPC  chairman Pablo Lorenzo III said:  ABSFI is undeniable for its solidarity, reliability, sincerity, effectiveness, credibility and honesty.
All these attributes redound to the greatest benefits and welfare of the members, said Lorenzo.
Lorenzo assured members the sugar industry will continue to soar high as a major factor in economic development despite threats facing the industry.
He cited moves by the Sugar Regulatory Administration against cheaper imported sweeteners posing threats to Philippine sugar. Lorenzo said the government is also strengthening its campaign against sugar smuggling, another fatal threat to the sugar industry,
Lorenzo said the law of supply and demand impacted on sugar price in the current cropping, which is lower than previous levels.
But he said the drop is normal–making sugar planting still a profitable endeavor—and not enough for planters to lose their faith in Bukidnon’s biggest industry.
Lorenzo also urged planters to veer away from the traditional and go into increasing sugar cane productivity through latest cane varieties with proven quality, and improving production through mechanized farming and product delivery—the industry’s contribution to eradicating child labor in sugar cane farms—and through better soil analysis and supplementary farm inputs.
ABSFI vice-president, director and Quezon Mayor Gregorio Lloren Gue, in his speech, assured all-out support for the sugarcane planters. Maramag Mayor Alice Pauliucan-Resus, for her part, said she would adopt promotion of the sugar industry as her advocacy.
BUSCO Sugar Milling Co. Inc. Roman Ozaeta, Jr. said he was highly impressed by the rapid growth and performance of  ABSFI—last year, 2 billion tons of sugar cane production which translated to 5.460 million bags of raw sugar.
Crystal Sugar Co. Inc. vice-president and resident manager Javier Sagarbaria announced during the assembly Crystal’s milling activities that will start on October 24.
Art Belcena, BUSCO’s planters relation officer, during a forum, answered planters’ queries on various concerns affecting the industry and planters-millers relation.
For crop year 2011-2012, Bukidnon is projected to produce over 10 million bags of sugar, with ABSFI expecting to surpass last year’s production.
ABSFI and ABSFMPC are dedicated to serve the  planters to the fullest and focused on improving the planters and the sugar industry. Later this year, members  will receive P3.3 million in cash share interest and patronage, and P2.2 million to be credited to capital build up, Lorenzo said.
ABSFMC has 15,676 hectares of sugar land by members with net canes produce of 1,003.262, tons; and molasses -35,843 in year 2010-2011, according to production data.

FIBECO to get new technology


MARAMAG – As part of upgrading  of its technological system, First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FIBECO) is acquiring the state of the art digital watt hour meters (DWM) and automated meter reading (AMR) from the Korean technology firm KEPID AMStech Co. Ltd, said   FIBECO general manager Engr. Rene S. Cortezano.

The tamper-free digital watt hour meters (DWM) support many functions and communication protocols.

The portable automated meter reading (AMR) records power consumption which are transmitted directly to FIBECO’s billing system.


PUBLISHED IN THE DURIAN POST NO.74, August 15-21, 2011

PSC empowers women in sports

SPORTS TALK. Philippine Sports Commissioner Gillian Akiko Thompson-Guevara (left) with Durian Post Bukidnon bureau chief Mel Velez.

MARAMAG – Women in sports gained muscles here recently with the holding of Women in Sports 2011, sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), with  aim to empower women with a passion for sports.

     The three-day event was in coordination with the Maramag municipality and attended by women in sports, students, trainers and coaches.

PSC commissioner Akiko Thompson-Guevara said, women right now have an equal opportunity to men through active participation in sports.

We in the PSC are all out support in promoting our country’s sports program not only for women but specially also for our younger generation who have the potentials, she told The Durian Post.

The 3 day activity held at Central Mindanao University (CMU) Farmers Training Center included lectures on athletics, badminton, football, dance sports, workshops and a July 22 fun walk.

Greg Ramos, CMU P.E. faculty staff said CMU is vigorously pushing its sports program with CMU president Dr. Maria Luisa Rupac Soliven allocating P5 million for the renovation of the university football stadium. MEL VELEZ                            

Central Mindanao University president bats for educational excellence

MARAMAG, Bukidnon – The 8th and the only lady president of Central Mindanao University (CMU), Dr. Maria Luisa R. Soliven, has placed her priorities on institutional excellence through transformational leadership efficiency.

In the pursuit of CMU’s priority programs, Dr. Soliven is banking on God for guidance.

Her mantra to achieve her mission is anchored on the acronym  SMILE which means S-sincerity, M-morality, I-integrity, L-loyalty, E-efficiency and S-service.

Her formula to achieve teaching quality and excellence is through continuous accreditation, clustering of colleges/departmenst for optimum use of resources and continuing education for faculty and staff on recent trends on teaching and administration.

The other ingredients are students scholarship through internal or external funding, a regular monitoring of classroom evaluation, improving university facilities, offering market-driven degree and non-degree, students counseling and placement, processing plant facilities, management information system for expanded services, graduate school expansion and development of twinning agreements, joint academic and other means of international collaboration.

At her investiture on July 8, Dr. Soliven vowed to pursue CMUs  vision of excellence recognized within beyond national borders for quality instruction, research extension and production responsive to the socio-economic needs of its various constituents and clients; and to provide quality and relevant education to develop highly qualified and competitive graduates responsive to the regional and national development. MEL N. VELEZ