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COTABATO CITY, Philippines- A five-year-old child and a three-month old infant were burned to death in a fire that razed a house in a remote village in Midsayap, North Cotabato Monday night.
Midsayap’s municipal fire officer, Rolando Marquez, said the mother of siblings Kit Alquino, 5, and three-month old Joel, was out when an unattended kerosene lamp on top of cabinet fell and started a fire inside the room where the victims slept.
“The fire was put off after a 20-minute operation. We found the charred remains of the victims on the floor of the burnt house,” Marquez said in interview with Catholic station dxMS here.
Marquez said the victims’ mother left their house some 20 minutes before neighbors saw fire and smoke billow out of its open windows.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
MANILA — Senators on Tuesday approved on second reading a bill which seeks to carve out a new legislative district in North Cotabato.
The measure now has to go through third reading before it will be sent to the bicameral conference committee, the plenary of both houses of Congress and the President for it to become a law.
Under the House Bill 4111, the first legislative district shall be composed of the municipalities of Pikit, Pigkawayan, Alamada, Libungan, Midsayap, and Aleosan. The second legislative district will be comprised of Kidapawan City and the towns of Makilala, Magpet, Roxas, Antipas, and Arakan.
The towns of Banilisan, Carmen, Kabacan, Matalam, Mlang, and Tulunan shall constitute the proposed third legislative district.
KORONADAL CITY, June 1 (PIA) — Farmer-irrigators in North Cotabato will hold a tree-planting activity in Alamada town, where a target of 500 seedlings will be added to more than 7,000 seedlings that were planted earlier.
The activity scheduled on June 7 and 8 will also be participated by different government agencies in the area.
In line with this, the Department of Agriculture (DA-12) has distributed 8,000 arabica coffee seedlings, which will also be planted in Alamada as one of the climate change mitigation initiatives of the national government.
The distribution of arabaca coffee seedlings was coursed through the office of North Cotabato First District Rep. Jesus Sacdalan.
ANOTHER legislative district should be carved out in North Cotabato due to its growing population, a bill proposed in the Senate stated.
Citing data from the National Statistics Office, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said the province’s population stood at 1,226,508 in 2010, a number which is vital in keeping the province’s leadership in the production of cereals, tropical fruits, vegetables, sugarcane, coconut, coffee, freshwater fish, and livestock.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/25 May) – Revenue officers in North Cotabato padlocked on Thursday one of the biggest grocery centers in Midsayap town due to its alleged failure to pay taxes amounting to P6 million.
Venerando Homez, head of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) District 108 based here, identified the store they served closure as PM Grocery Center. PM stands for Pablo Momo, the name of the owner of the establishment.
The closure order was issued by BIR Deputy Commissioner Nelson Aspe, according to Homez.
Records from the BIR showed that PM Grocery Center violated several provisions of Republic Act No. 7642, or an Act Increasing the Penalties for Tax Evasion, amending some pertinent sections of the National Internal Revenue Code of the Philippines.
According to Homez, the owner underestimated his taxable income by more than 30 percent.
MIDSAYAP, Philippines—Two persons, including a minor, were hurt in a grenade explosion along the national highway in Midsayap in North Cotabato Tuesday night, police reported. Superintendent Franklin Anito, Midsayap police chief, said the blast occurred at about 8:20 p.m. in front of a businessman’s house in Barangay (village) Villarica. Barangay (village) councilman James Llaban identified one of the wounded as Nenita Benitez, 64. She and the minor victim were being treated from shrapnel injuries at a local hospital, as of Tuesday night. Llaban said the grenade was tossed near the steel gate of the house of Gerry Gornez, who has been operating a buy-and-sell business. Police recovered the grenade’s safety pin near the blast scene. Quoting witnesses, Llaban said that shortly before the blast, which happened while Midsayap had been having a power outage, a van was seen speeding away. Anito said the police were still clueless on the motive of the attack. from: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/182031/2-hurt-in-grenade-blast-in-north-cotabato-highway
COTABATO CITY — An alliance of municipalities in North Cotabato’s first district has intensified its “bayanihan” spirit and implemented infrastructure in underdeveloped villages.
The PALMA+PB, which stands for the initials letters of the towns of Pigcawayan, Aleosan, Libungan,Midsayap and Alamada plus Pikit and Banisilan, has pulled its resources and equipment to implement road development projects in 17 villages ofMidsayap.
Road rehabilitation is ongoing and expected to be completed before the year ends, according to Midsayap municipal planning development coordinator Hernane Gravina Jr.
He said the local government of Midsayap has allocated some P2 million for the ongoing project.