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.
BIFF not involved in attack on farming village in North Cotabato town – mayor
KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Philippines — Mayor Joselito Piñol of Mlang town in North Cotabato has denied that members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were behind the Dec. 27 attack on a farming village that left three people wounded.
Piñol said the hostilities in Barangay Tibao in Mlang resulted from a conflict over a 10-hectare land that has been claimed by Moro and non-Moro farmers.
“This is a feud between the two groups of farmers who both claimed ownership over a parcel of land in Barangay Tibao,” Piñol said as he denied reports that BIFF members harassed the farmers.
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North Cotabato town mayor vows to push total firecracker ban
M'LANG, North Cotabato - Mayor Joselito Piñol on Friday vowed to push for a total ban on firecrackers in the town this year.
“Personally, I recommend that firecrackers should be banned and no more explosions on Christmas and New Year. We can rock and roll to the world without injuring and endangering our children,” Piñol said.
This, after the local government recorded 11 firecracker-related injuries, mostly due to piccolo, from Dec. 25, 2015 to Jan. 1, 2016.
“We did everything to educate our people, but it seems some constituents refuse to learn,” the mayor said.
The youngest of the firecracker victims was 11 years old and the oldest was 59 years old, who both suffered injuries in the hands due to piccolo.
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11 hurt by firecrackers in Mlang
MLANG, North Cotabato - Despite massive campaign against the danger of firecrackers and other pyrotechnics during Christmas and New Year celebrations, revelers continue to light firecrackers that injured them in the process.
Pinol said most of the victims were minors who sustained lacerations due to piccolo explosions.
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