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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Diyandi Festival in Iligan City Kicks Off

By Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY LOCAL NEWS — The Parade of Lights, together with the Angels, will be a great time for the family to watch.

So, too, are the floats with dazzling display of lights, sounds and performances while the parade goes on, Monday night, Sept. 19, around the city thoroughfare.

This was the concept of City Councilor Ruderick C. Marzo, concurrent president of the Alpha Phi Omega International (APO) Fraternity/Sorority, Iligan Chapter, to make more festive this year’s Diyandi Festival, for the enjoyment of the public, especially, the kids.

The parade will start at 6:00 p.m., near the Hinaplanon Bridge and will converge at the City Public Plaza.

Being the proponent of this first ever event, APO, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), Iligan City, intends to have this event done every year.

This could become part of the month-long activities lined up for the Diyandi Festival to celebrate the feast of Saint Michael, the Archangel, the city’s patron, every 29th of September.

“We were able to get confirmation from 19 participants, from the different sectors, barangay and city level, who will be joining with their floats artistically decorated depicting this year’s city fiesta theme, “SIDLAK ILIGAN,” Marzo said.

He has encouraged the participants to preferably utilize/use those power and energy saving and all weather resistant type of lighting materials to light their floats.

Live angels to be placed in the participating floats could be in any age bracket. Angels could be from the participating agencies or they could be requested from the DepEd. The more angels, the merrier, he said.

The board of judges will be having their rating in a 50/50 percent based on the criteria of relevance to the theme and artistry, accordingly.

Prizes at stake shall be Php30,000, Php25,000, and Php20,000, for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, respectively, while non-winning entries will receive plaques of appreciation.

Highlighting the event during the awarding at the city plaza will be the fireworks display, courtesy of the management of Gaisano, Inc.-Iligan. PIA

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

91 Houses Burned In Iligan City

By Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY NEWS — For victims of the conflagration, it was kind of a night mare when they woke up. Nothing was left but ashes of their properties, after they were totally burned.

Around 12:10 a.m. of Sept. 11, fire furiously razed 91 houses, inflicting total damage, that left 192 families with 455 dependents of Puroks Abestilla and Bagong Lipunan, Barangay Mahayahay, here, homeless.

. Likewise, there were 48 identified as renters, boarders, and sharers, whose belongings were partially damaged.

The fire started at the residence of Guro Alam Tucal of Purok Bagong Lipunan. It was reported that upon the arrival of the city fire truck, three (3) residential buildings made up of mixed materials were already engulfed by fire.

Firefighters have controlled the fire after one hour and 30 minutes (1:30min.) of firefighting operations and declared fire out at around 3:00am, said City Fire Marshal Wilfredo A. David, Chief, Bureau of Fire Protection, (BFP).

Sixteen (16) fire trucks from the city and neighboring towns responded to fully clear the area out of danger while the stimated damage to property amounted to Php20 million.

Several victims are now at the evacuation center in the barangay gymnasium, while others took refuge at the houses of their relatives.

David said a thorough investigation on the cause of fire is being conducted, which is still on-going as of press time.

“We based our listings from the actual interview using the intake form of the families affected, which was done by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) workers assigned in the area,” explained Josefina Mabanta, CSWD Supervisor, District 3.

The city government provided rice, sardines, noodles, kitchen wares, beddings and used clothing as immediate relief assistance to the fire victims, which are directly distributed by pack to the victims at the evacuation center.

Other groups who donated food packs were the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), Abante Mindanao (ABAMIN) Party List, city councilors, individuals and religious groups, clubs, who brought their donations directly to the evacuation center.

Meanwhile Evelyn Madrio, Team Leader of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), region 10, Cagayan de Oro City, has requested for augmentation of relief assistance from the region to be distributed to the fire victims, and cash assistance to the totally/partially damaged houses/properties of the victims. (PIA-10)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Feasibility Study on Proposed Iligan City Coastal Road

SP requests NEDA to conduct feasibility study on proposed Iligan Coastal Road

By Melvin T. Anggot

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Sept. 10 (PIA) -- The members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) of Iligan requested the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), region 10, to conduct a feasibility study on the proposed Coastal Road Project of the city.

This was done through a resolution endorsed by SP Kagawad Jose Zalsos, Chairperson of the Committee on Public Works, recently.

Kagawad Zalsos said the plan for the proposed project was discussed in a personal meeting of Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz with Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad in Manila.

Zalsos said it was Secretary Abad who suggested that we request NEDA to make the feasibility study as basis and a step toward the realization of the project.

Based on the plans, Phase 1 of the coastal road will go through Bacolod Street to the side of the fence of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and the beach of Saray connecting to Emilia Khu Street that comes out towards the national highway.