Cool Yule Tunes

Face it, if there’s ever a time that everyone in the family can sing along to the same songs, it’s during the Christmas season. We all have our favorites, and it’s especially wonderful that both the young and the old can agree on their favorite Christmas songs. This month, get ready to start playing your […]

A Christmas Carol

There is no other Christmas tale that tugs at the heart than that of Ebenezer Scrooge and the three ghosts who pay him a visit on Christmas Eve. The story by Charles Dickens has spawned several versions that continue to touch us all and remind us that money is not the most important thing in […]

Typhoon ‘Pablo’ death toll reaches 1,043

MANILA — The death toll caused by Typhoon “Pablo” continued to climb, reaching 1,043 as of Monday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported.

In its update, the NDRRMC said the number of injured persons remained at 2,662 while 844 others still missing. (READ MORE)

Exactly one year

A NIGHT before December 16, a media colleague, John Paul Barsopia, was having fun during the Christmas party-cum-induction of new officers of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP)-Cagayan de Oro chapter. He was so happy that night since he almost won major raffle prizes and game rewards — from kitchen utensils to mountain bike.

The KBP invited Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano as guest of honor in the event. He also delivered a speech that would boost the “morale” of radio broadcasters and reminded them that to be in that field is crucial in the society, and thus press freedom must be protected and respected. (READ MORE)

Editorial: ‘Sendong’ – Lessons learned a year after

IT’S been a year since Tropical Storm Sendong ravaged most areas in Cagayan de Oro, killing hundreds of residents and damaging billions worth of properties.

It’s been a year since families of some victims who were buried in a mass grave in Camaman-an have been waiting for the result of the DNA tests. Until now, some still grieve over their loved ones whose bodies remained missing. (READ MORE)

Editorial: Disasters to block development

FOR an industry made up of a diverse group of players from small growers to big investors to suffer P22.6-billion in losses after just one disaster is a giant blow to any industry, and ultimately to any region.

The region’s banana industry just did, and this underlines a growing trend pointed out by reports of the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, and the US Agency for International Development. (READ MORE)

Reporting typhoon deaths

THE delays in reporting the number of people killed by typhoon Pablo pointed to how being far from the nation’s capital becomes more pronounced in a calamity.

Access to emergency response is relative to how fast information could reach decision makers who needed data to effectively address competing priorities in an emergency situation such as a super typhoon. (READ MORE)