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FINAL LINE UP OF ACTIVITIES 1st TULABONG FESTIVAL 2013
The Office of M'lang Mayor Lito Pinol has released the final list of activities for the 1st Tulabong Festival to be held at the M'lang Airport or Central Mindanao Airport:
- Feb. 15 afternoon:
- Arrival of 2 ultra light planes for the Feb. 16 airshow with Capt. Rey Acosta and Capt. Sam Mente of Australia flying in from Davao City;
- Feb. 16:
- 4 a.m. Dawn Watch service c/o Mlang Ministerial fellowship;
- 6:30 a.m. Motorcade, delegates from North Mlang barangays and high schools assemble @ Municipal hall to airport via Langkong Access Toad. South Mlang barangays and high schools from Nueva Vida to airport via New Janiuay Access Road;
-7:30 am Mass to be officiated by Rev. Father Rey Salvador;
-9 a.m. Opening program (see separate program)
-10 a.m. Airshow and Sky Diving/Parachute Jump;
-11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Championships Motorcycle Drag Race/ M'lang Exclusive and Invitational.
-6 p.m. Search for Lakandula and Lakambini 2013 with special guest, "Buildex" in concert.
The show, including the many activities during the day, is Open and Free to the public.
Powerful tornado damages banana plantations in Cotabato town
M'LANG, North Cotabato – A powerful tornado hit two villages here Thursday afternoon, causing heavy damage to banana plantations, an municipal agriculture official confirmed.
Nogie Saligumba, the town’s agriculture technologist, said at least 20 hectares of fruit-bearing banana plants were damaged in Pag-asa and Gaunan villages.
He said from 8,000 to 12,000 banana plants were damaged by the tornado which lasted for at least three minutes.
The damage to the plantations was pegged at P3.5 million. “Each tree with fruits ready to be harvested cost from P350 to P380,” Saligumba explained.
Roberto Santoyo, a plantation owner, said he lost at least P2.7 million to the tornado. The plantation helps pay for his family's daily needs, including the school expenses of his children. “But because of the incident...we’ve lost everything,” he said.
Fishers who caught 8-foot crocodile want P40,000 cash for the beast
North Cotabato, Philippines – A group of fishermen caught a crocodile in the village of Dunguan here on Saturday but demanded P40,000 in cash in exchange for turning over the beast to authorities, local officials said.
The crocodile, some eight feet long, was trapped in the fishnet set up in the Liguasan Marsh.
Hernand Dapudong, a member of the municipal disaster risk reduction and management council, said the fishermen, led by a certain “Kap” would only turn over the reptile to authorities in exchange for P40,000 cash.
Under environmental laws, all endangered and protected species inadvertently caught from the wilds should be surrendered to the custody of environment officers.
Dapudong and town councilor Francis Biag tried but failed to convince the group to turn over the crocodile.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources still has to act on the problem, according to authorities.
Dapudong fears that the crocodile would die due to stress if it remains in the fishermen’s custody.Add a comment
ang gears up for visit to the Holy Cross shrine
MLANG, North Cotabato--Thousands are again expected to troop to the Shrine of the Holy Cross in Barangay Nuevabida here during the Holy Week prompting local authorities to start laying out security preparations.
Sr. Insp. Sunny Leoncito, Mlang chief of police is tapping the Barangay Peacekeeping Action team (BPAT) to secure all roads leading to the hill where the Holy Cross put up by the Oblate of mary Immaculate (OMI) missionaries is located.
Members of the local police and Philippine Army troopers will also positioned at the top to secure the pilgrims during the two-day visit especially those who opt to spend the night at the shrine.
Mayor Joselito Pinol has also instructed the local health unit to set up medical stations at the foot hill and its summit to attend to the medical needs of visitors.
Pinol said the barangay government of Nuevabida, recorded at least 35, 000 visitors to the shrine during the last years' Holy Week celebration.Add a comment
DENR tells LGU to turn over crocodile to care facility
MLANG, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) provincial office in Kidapawan City has called on the local government here to turn over the freshwater crocodile that was accidentally trapped by a group of fishermen near the Liguasan Marsh on Saturdayafternoon.
Fatima Magulama, DENR chief of protected area and wildlife, said if the local government wanted to take care of the eight-foot beast, it should have a facility that could accommodate the animal.
Magulama also told the local government of Mlang to write a letter to the Protected Area Wildlife Coastal Zone Section (PAWCZS) reiterating its intention to take custody of the crocodile. She, however, added that if the reptile was not injured, it should be returned to its natural habitat.
Mayor Joselito Piñol said the local government has taken temporary custody of the animal while waiting for the experts from the DENR to check its condition.
“If the beast is healthy, then there is no reason for not returning it to the wild,” Piñol said.
The crocodile was temporarily placed in the municipal nursery and has been placed under observation.
The crocodile was trapped in a fishnet set up by fishermen, who earlier demanded P40,000 in exchange for the reptile.
Piñol said they did not pay to get hold of the crocodile.
The Municipal Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) team was sent to the place where the crocodile was captured to orient residents on laws governing the handling of wildlife.
“I believe there are plenty of crocodiles in the area that is why we want to preserve it,” Mayor Pinol said.Add a comment
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