Mindanao Newsbits for September 23, 2013

PEACE TALKS

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process presented updates on the 40th Formal Exploratory Talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), revealing that the power-sharing annex hasn't been signed between the group and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) peace panel due to several items that have yet to be clarified. According to GPH panel chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferer, through a video conference from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, items such as normalization, quarantine, disaster risk reduction, human rights, administration of justice, and peace and order must be fully explained to the MILF. (Carlo Suerte Felipe)

KIDAPAWAN MARKET

KIDAPAWAN CITY - City Mayor Joseph Evangelista, with the City Treasurer's Office, will padlock today some 600 stalls and stores inside the public market and at the overland terminal for their failure to pay the arrears on their ground rentals, which accumulated to some P30 million. Rocaya Patadon, head of the Enterprise and Economic Management Office, said some of the arrears date back in the early '90s after the city government constructed the four-building public market, the biggest in North Cotabato. City information officer Psalmer Bernalte said the city government is losing millions of revenues from unpaid rentals. (Malu Cadelina Manar)

AMPLE SUPPLY

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - A sufficient rice stock in Northern Mindanao, especially in the key cities, was assured by the Region -10 office of the Department of Agriculture (DA-10). The DA-10 said stocks at the various warehouses and other designated areas of the National Food Authority in the cities and provinces of Northern Mindanao stands at 354,339 metric tons of palay ''We have ample supply of rice for our consumers in the region,'' said DA-10 Director Lealyn A. Ramos. She said the supply came from the 82,110 hectares of farmland in the region, which is 63.08 percent of the total area planted. (Vanvoyd Torres)

TANGUB FIESTA

TANGUB CITY (PIA) - The changing of the garb of St. Michael, the Archangel, drummed up the month-long celebration that culminates during the city fiesta here on September 29. Held in honor of the city's patron saint, the ritual of ''Pagpakanaug ug Pag-ilis ni Señor San Miguel'' (coming down and changing the outfit of the image of St. Michael) at the Parish Church has always been a crowd-drawer here. The activity was attended not only by Tangubanon devotees, but also by the people of the neighboring towns, Vicenta B. Paller, tourism officer of this city, said.

MENTORS' SEMINAR

OROQUIETA CITY (PIA) - The Region -10 office of the Department of Education (DepEd-10) revisited the curriculum content of health as a component of Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health. Included in the revisit are the competencies, contents/performance standards, and development of assessment tools based on local information, HIV/AIDS trends and updates, adolescent and reproductive health, and issues on drug addiction, smoking, and alcoholism among teenagers. DepEd-10 Director Ingrid D. Racoma said the two-day seminar aims to make teachers aware of the real events in society, which involves students' activities that need guidance and proper attention.

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