President Arroyo vows repair of Bukidnon highway

President Gloria-Macapagal Arroyo took an early dinner with Bukidnon local officials on December 18 at the Pine Hills Hotel, as part of her visits to provinces around Mindanao.

Board member Nemesio Beltran, Jr said the President vowed to repair the Sayre highway in the province and is expected to return in January to inaugurate the Bukidnon Medical Center in Malaybalay City.

The provincial government has been pushing for the repair of the highway amid potholes and other road “disasters waiting to happen”.

It has been an overdue repair which appeal has fallen on deaf ears at the Department of Public Works and Highways, the agency in charge of national roads.

Beltran said the President just gave her “Merry Christmas” amid talks she was to hand in her Christmas bonus to the local officials led by Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. and the mayors of 20 towns and two cities.

The event was closed to the media, even if she has asked the press to join her in her convoy from the Seagull Mountain Resort in Kitaotao, Bukidnon to Malaybalay City.

Read more about her rendezvous with the press here


Bukidnon eyes P405-M for economic enterprise

Bukidnon Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. has proposed a P405-million budget for the province’s economic enterprise in 2009.

The proposal was approved but only after provincial board members called in the governor’s economic team to shed light on at least P125 million that has to be taken from the Capitol’s general fund to subsidize the “economic enterprises.”

About 68 percent or P273.5 million of the proposed budget goes to provincial hospitals in Malaybalay City and the towns of Kalilangan, Kibawe, Malitbog, Maramag, Manolo Fortich, San Fernando, and Talakag.

Zubiri endorsed the proposed budget in a letter to the board on November 13.

Board member Rogelio Lago asked for more discussions on the budget, prompting temporary presiding officer Roland Deticio to call in Zubiri’s deputies at the economic enterprise unit. Read more.

Book on Bukidnon from 1880 to 1980

Those who missed American author Ronald Edgerton at Bukidnon State University recently may still catch up in a way.

His book “People of the Middle Ground: A Century of Conflict and Accomodation in Central Mindanao” is sold at Malaybalay’s Zeta Trading at P650 per copy.

The store is just a breath away from BSU’s southern side gate.

The book, a narrative on Bukidnon in a time of change and assimilation, is published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press.

The author used to be with the US Peace Corps and has visited Bukidnon many times.

The Americans, of course have a rich collection of information and other documents on the Philippines in general and Bukidnon in particular. It is kept in their libraries and depositories.

How I wish we in Bukidnon could also access those glimpses of the past now held in other countries.

Of course I look forward to reading this precious book and share it to friends. I’m sure this portion of Bukidnon’s history is revealing to the people of the province at present who stand before a crossroads of time.

The author deserves commendation for producing the manuscript with his intensive interviews and sourcing.  His contribution is priceless in a province where there is a drought of local literature sent to press.

We welcome more books published on Bukidnon.

We just hope, too, that this time it would be written by the locals.

Funds for Bukidnon Sports Complex, in the drawing board?

Bukidnon provincial legslators revealed during their December 10 regular session that national funds for the construction of the proposed Bukidnon Sports Complex are already n the drawing board.

Ex-officio Board member Oliver Owen Garcia said at least P150 million were already pledged for the project. But he did not say, which national government office is coursing the funds.

He later clarified possibly it is from the President’s Social Fund.

Garcia mentioned the funding when he expounded on the City Government of Valencia’s plan to enter into an agreement with the provincial government as it volunteers an 8-hectare lot in Bagonta-as as a possible site of the sports complex.

Garcia voiced out the city’s intention to lobby that the sports complex be built in the city, that’s why they are offering the site.

The provincial legislators deliberated on whether its proper to arrange for a donation or usufruct scheme renewable for 25 years.

The legislators vowed for more discussion on the issue, including the management of the sports complex.

Malaybalay City to have own DepEd division by June

MALAYBALAY CITY – Mayor Florencio T. Flores, Jr. said Malaybalay’s own
interim schools division would be operational by the opening of the
next school year in June 2009.

Flores told this reporter he has already endorsed to the city council
the proposed Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Education
for the creation of the separate schools division.

As of November 18, Councilor Victor Aldeguer said the city council has
passed a resolution granting authority to the mayor to sign the MOA. Continue reading →

Drum and Lyre Presentation in Malaybalay City

uswagPupils from the Aglayan Elementary School perform during the Drum and Lyre presentation and Cheerdance Competition last month at the Capitol Grounds in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

The City Government of Malaybalay choose to hold the activity to highlight children of the city.

Vice Mayor Iñaki Zubiri said it has become the major activity to mark the Children’s Month celebration, although it was delayed since it was commemorated in October.

This girl shows off colors of her get up while preparing to present during the event.

The Bukidnon provincial capitol is in the background. (Photos by Gali)

Bukidnon farmers rely less on weather forecasts – study

A study showed that farmers in Bukidnon depend more
on their indigenous climate forecasting in farming decisions than on
seasonal climate forecasts from the weather bureau.

The decisions include farmers’ choice on what to plant and when to plant.

The study was revealed during a seminar workshop on the role of
seasonal climate forecasts (SCF) in the agriculture sector in Bukidnon
on November 27.

The study was conducted by a team of researchers from Leyte’s Visayas
State University as part of the project on “Bridging the gap between
seasonal climate forecasts and decision-makers in agriculture.” Continue reading →