Archive | February 2008

New blog on Bukidnon news and information

The Central Mindanao Newswatch, Bukidon’s local newspaper, is launching this week its online journal Bukidnon Newswatch Online.

This is the paper’s second attempt to put up a blog for the community newspaper based in Malaybalay City.

This try was triggered by a recent mechanical problem, which delayed the release of the week’s issue. The paper received constant queries on when to release the paper.

This inspired Newswatch staffers to put online some of the paper’s top stories.Going online, at least in the blogosphere, would be among the new ways the paper can serve the people of the province who are in Bukidnon and in many parts of the world.

This becomes part of the way the paper celebrates 20 years in service as “press freedom fighter from the Heart of Mindanao”.

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Bukidnon to Iligan and back

After months of planning and preparation, the proposed training on Basic Journalism with Iligan City-based Civil Society Organization – Forum for Peace (CSOFP) was finally done.

We conducted the training on February 22 to 23 at the Redemptorist Compound in Brgy. San Miguel, Iligan City.

It was conducted under the Grassroots Documentation and Reporting Training arm of the Mindanao News and Information Cooperative Center, the group running MindaNews.

The engagement provided opportunity for me to travel, again, to another city in Mindanao for GDRT. It’s the fifth grassroots training engagement which I helped facilitate after that in Upi, Maguindanao (now in Shariff Kabungsuan); Caraga, Davao Oriental; Tandag, Surigao del Sur; GSIS Heights, Matina, Davao City.

We gave basic training workshops on News writing, Feature writing, preparing press statements and basic photography.

There were about 30 participants in the training representing non-government organizations and peoples organizations in Iligan City, Marawi City, Lanao del Norte and Lanao deo Sur.

The trip served as a breather for me from the “provincial” confines of Bukidnon. I traveled by bus from Malaybalay City to Cagayan de Oro late afternoon on Feb. 21. Read More…

Rehab sought on Bukidnon’s Mt. Kitanglad

 The provincial board of Bukidnon has approved a resolution seeking more funds for the rehabilitation and reforestation of the Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park. Read full report here.

In a resolution approved on January 30, the provincial board “significantly and zealously” requested Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr., Second district Rep. Teofisto Guingona III and First district Rep. Candido Pancrudo, Jr. for additional funding for the park.
The four officials were asked to allocate at least P1 million each for reforestation and rehabilitation of the mountain, which was declared a protected area in 2000 by Republic Act 8978.

The resolution did not specify, however, how the allocation would be allocated.

As a protected area, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources was supposed to get annual budget from the national government to maintain, conserve and rehabilitate the mountain, a source from a non-government agency working in the area, said.

This was confirmed by an environment official. “Very minimal allocation is downloaded to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) from the General Appropriations Act every year so we rely on the local government,” said Agustin Lilangan, a desk officer at the Protected Area Superintendent office.

This should be a priority indeed as the whole of Bukidnon is considered a watershed.

I used this as an update this month considering the concern’s urgency. Please come back for more entries. 🙂