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Typhoon Melor 2015: Bagyong ‘NONA’ updates

Typhoon “Nona” News Updates — Several areas in the Philippines are now under storm signals following the landfall of typhoon “Nona”, also known by its international name “Melor”.


According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), “Nona” hit the regions of the country at around 11 AM on Monday. Thereby, the following provinces were put under Signal No. 3, 2, and 1. Take a look at the list below for your reference:

Signal No. 3
Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Ticao and Burias Islands, N. Samar, E. Samar, Samar and Biliran

Signal No. 2
Camarines Norte, Marinduque, Romblon Or., Mindoro Occ., Mindoro, Batangas, Laguna, Southern Quezon, and Leyte

Signal No. 1
Metro Manila, Bataan, Bulacan, Lubang Islands, Coron, Rest of Quezon, Polillo Islands, Southern Leyte and N. Cebu

As per news updates online, about 700,000 persons in the provinces of Albay and Sorsogon and in Northern Samar were evacuated as part of the a preventive measure.

The figure is close to what was disclosed by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

724,839 persons were evacuated due to the said typhoon.

Weather bureau said, “Nona” was last spotted in the east of Catarman in Northern Samar bearing maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour (kph).

Nona Update as of 2PM:

TC Update: as of 02PM today 14Dec2015, TY #NonaPH was located in the vicinity of San Jose, Northern Samar or at 20 km West of Catarman, Northern Samar (12.6°N , 124.5°E).

Stay tuned to related news releases.

Source: PAGASA, Inquirer

State of Governance Reform in the ARMM: Coping with Challenges and Limitations (Gaps)

Premises In making assessment on the state of governance reform in the ARMM, there is one basic question that comes to mind: Is the ARMM equipped with adequate authority and substantial resources to make effective reform or is the ARMM simply tasked to build the foundation for reform (transition)? To reform a highly devastated society […]

What would you do?

[Editor’s Note – This is a reprint from the comments posted by Professor Solita Collas-Monsod at Inquirer.net on December 5, 2015 presenting facts on the GPH-MILF Peace Talks and the actuation and perceptions by some concerned individuals and groups against the Bangsamoro Basic Law and what are growing concerns in the ground in Bangsamoro Homeland] […]

San Bernardino Shooting: Brief info on suspects Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik #SanBernadino

San Bernardino Shooting News: Wednesday had it that at least 14 lives were lost, while 21 people ended up wounded due to a shooting incident in San Bernardino, California.


The authorities identified the suspects as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 27. The couple carried the assault at the Inland Regional Center, where the former’s colleagues conducted a holiday party.

San Bernardino Shooting

According to initial information, the incident happened after some sort of a dispute. Farook and Malik returned on tactical gear and equipped with assault rifles and handguns. The authorities also found pipe-bombs and a remote-control detonator.

Here’s a few information culled by the investigating team pertaining to Farook and Malik:

Syed Rizwan Farook
– Born in Chicago
– Raised in Southern California
– Travelled abroad in July last year
– Said to have been a devout Muslim but stopped attending mosque several years ago
– Worked as environmental health specialist

Tashfeen Malik
– Came to the U.S. on a K-1 fiancée visa
– Had Pakistani passport
– Met Farook online

This issue is still developing in terms of identifying the real motive of Farook and Malik. It is still unclear at the time being.

Meanwhile, here’s the list of the names of the 14 victims (who died) released by Coroner:

1. Shannon Johnson, 45, of Los Angeles.
2. Bennetta Bet-Badal, 46, of Rialto, Calif.
3. Aurora Godoy, 26, of San Jacinto, Calif.
4. Isaac Amanios, 60, of Fontana, Calif.
5. Larry Kaufman, 42, of Rialto, Calif.
6. Harry Bowman, 46, of Upland, Calif.
7. Yvette Velasco, 27, of Fontana, Calif.
8. Sierra Clayborn, 27, of Moreno Valley, Calif.
9. Robert Adams, 40, of Yucaipa, Calif.
10. Nicholas Thalasinos, 52, of Colton, Calif.
11. Tin Nguyen, 31, of Santa Ana, Calif.
12. Juan Espinoza, 50, of Highland, Calif.
13. Damian Meins, 58, of Riverside, Calif.
14. Michael Wetzel, 37, of Lake Arrowhead, Calif.

Source: Yahoo!CBC News

BANGSAMORO CSO DECLARATION

That we, the Bangsamoro Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the Bangsamoro Homeland, subscribing to peaceful and democratic means of resolving the decades Bangsamoro issue towards final attainment of Bangsamoro aspiration for self-determination, identity and governance. That it is our common belief that all the substantive signed peace agreements entered into by and between the Philippine […]

CFCST Muslim Professionals and students participate in Training of Trainers on Values Transformation

COTABATO City—Three (3) Muslim Professionals and Fifteen (15) students from Cotabato Foundation College of Science and technology (CFCST) in Doroluman, Arakan, North Cotabato participated in Training of Trainers (TOT) on Values Transformation Training (VTT) conducted by Bangsamoro Development Agency-Central Mindanao (BDA-CenMin) in Barangay Balas, in said municipality last November 27-30, 2015. According to Haja Farida […]

Myanmar CSO Leaders Visit UNYPAD CSWG Area in Pagalungan

By: Badroden Mamendig COTABATO City (November 29, 2015)—Leaders of different Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from Kachin and Northern Shan States mostly working on humanitarian response visited the UNYPAD Community Security Working Group (CSWG) piloted community in barangay Layog, Pagalungan, Maguindanao on November 15, 2015. The community visit was made possible through the joint effort of

Businessman shot and killed in Kabacan, North Cotabato

KABACAN, North Cotabato – Taya “Jun” T. Moreno, a businessman in Kabacan town, North Cotabato was shot and killed at about 4:30 PM on November 24, 2015 at Barangay Poblacion, Kabacan, North Cotabato. A student said that he was on his single motor cycle traversing the Abellera Street, a provincial road from downtown going home […]

314 Blood Units Collected in the Recent 27th MBD

COTABATO City — In the recent 27th Muslim Blood Donation (MBD) conducted by Bangsamoro Development Agency-Central Mindanao (BDA-CenMin) held at the Regional Management Office (RMO) of the agency located at #23, Jasmin Street, Rosary Heights 6, Cotabato City last November 22, 2015, three hundred fourteen (314) blood units were collected. With the text brigade sent […]

UNYPAD Maguindanao Cluster-2 Organize Chapter in Libutan, Maguindanao

By: Saidona A. Lawan LIBUTAN, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (November 26, 2015) — The Maguindanao Cluster-2 Provincial Chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD) conducted orientations in its newly organized members in Libutan, Mamasapano, Maguindanao on November 15, 2015. The activity was actively participated by 53 young men and women. Musalik Indal, a

CSO STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW

After applauding the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) as a demonstration of peace and hope, the world is now witness to how this peace agreement fails to be carried out to its fruition. As civil society organizations with programs for, offices in, and people from the Bangsamoro, we are saddened to […]

Grand Mufti Abdulrahman attends AMAPI’s 47th Founding Anniversary

Kabacan, North Cotabato – The Grand Mufti of Bangsamoro, the Eminence Sheikh Abuhuraira O. Abdulrahman graced the commemoration of the Al Muslimin Alpha Phi, Inc. (AMAPI) 47th Founding Anniversary at Felra Suites, National Highway, Tacurong City, on November 7, 2015 as guest of honor and resource speaker of the occasion. Turn-over ceremony and induction of […]

CBCS joined the 5-day Trainer’s Certification Course

October 2015 – As part of its effort to develop competent staff, the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) tossed its advocacy officer to participate in the 5-day intensive Trainer’s Certification Course (Training of Trainers) conducted and facilitated by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA). The primary aim of the training is to enhance effectiveness of […]

CBCS Attends Regional Workshop on Economic, Social (ESC) Rights

October 23, 2015 – The Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society Inc (CBCS) represented by Sammy Maulana, Noraisa Sally and Lolita Uka attended the Regional Workshop on Economic, Social (ESC) Rights at Sardonyx Plaza, Cotabato City. The forum provides venue to discuss and share information for additional inputs and case updates mentioned on the Philippine Government’s […]

MIND DA NEWS: Heed Those Statements

By Patricio P. Diaz on August 20 2015 6:39 pm [Author’s Note: Mind da News, the alternate of COMMENT in MindaNews, is a comment on current news. The author may be contacted at patponcediaz@yahoo.com.] GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Aug) – The leaders of the Congress, the Palace and the President, especially, must heed […]

Mindanaoan.com shortlisted in 2015 Globe Media Excellence Awards

The post Mindanaoan.com shortlisted in 2015 Globe Media Excellence Awards appeared first on Mindanaoan.com Multi Awarded Lifestyle Blog.

A total of 58 entries were shortlisted for various categories of the Globe Media Excellence Awards (GMEA), the most anticipated premier award-giving body that gives recognition to excellence in journalism in Mindanao. The premier award-giving body which recognizes excellence in journalism from the best breed of scribes in Visayas and Mindanao, the awards gives recognition to print, broadcast, and digital media practitioners who have excelled in their respective fields. Awards night for the GMEA Mindanao leg will be held on November 17. “The number of entries that we received this year is a testament to the commitment of media practitioners

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OXFAM delegation pays courtesy call to BTC

Cotabato City – On Wednesday, October 28, the Philippine-based Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (OXFAM), an international non-government organization paid courtesy call to the office of Bangsamoro Transition Commission in Cotabato City to seek, explore issues and concerns on the current status of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted to President Benigno Aquino III on […]

UNYPAD Cotabato City Chapter Conducts Community Forum

By: Jordan L. Talusob COTABATO City (October 18, 2015)— The United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD) Malagapas Cotabato City Chapter conducted a community forum on “Contemporary Issues Affecting Bangsamoro Questions” held at Malagapas, RH-10, Cotabato City on October 7. Abdul-Alim Talusob, Cotabato City Chapter Secretary said that the forum was part of the Campaign and Advocacy program

Migz Zubiri to run for Senate anew, as Poe-Chiz guest candidate

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Former 3-consecutive term Bukidnon 3rd District Congressman and Senator for 4 years Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator as an independent earlier today, Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at the Commission on Elections main office. He was accompanied by his wife, newspaper lifestyle columnist Audrey Tan-Zubiri. Zubiri, who previously said he was quitting politics, told Mindanaoan.com that he got inspired by his No. 6 ranking in the latest survey of senatorial preferences. In the Sept. 8-14 Pulse Asia Research Inc. survey of senatorial preferences, Zubiri emerged as the sixth most favored by voters. “I’ve been

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UNYPAD Conducts Community Security Training Workshop

PAGALUNGAN, Maguindanao (October 6, 2015) – Community leaders and representatives from the Philippine National Police attended the 3-day training on Community Security Workshop conducted at Barangay Layog, Pagalungan, Maguindanao on September 29 – October 1, 2015 by the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) in partnership with the Conciliation Resources (C-R) with financial support

UNYPAD Maguindanao Cluster-3 Prov’l Chapter appoints Aysha Tarhata Moreno as Chairwoman

By: Abu Ramaisah Bin Abubakar BULUAN, Maguindanao (August 1, 2015) – The Women Affairs Committee (WAC) of Maguindanao Cluster-3 Provincial Chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) conducted briefing orientation for 21 women on July 12, 2015 at Barangay Poblacion Buluan, Maguindanao. In the succeeding part of the orientation program, the group

UNYPAD’s USM Chapter Conducts Series of Islamic Symposiums during Ramadhan

By: Omar A. Mohamad KABACAN, North Cotabato (July 30, 2015)—The University of Southern Mindanao (USM) School-based chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) conducted series of Ramadhan Islamic Symposiums in the school campus dubbed as “weekly ramadhan symposium.” “The objective of the activity was not only to impart knowledge about what is

UNYPAD Ranao Region hosts 3-Community Symposiums during Ramadhan

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (July 30, 2015)—At least 3 series of Islamic symposium in Lanao del Sur and Marawi City was conducted through the efforts of the office of the Regional Coordinator and Vice President for External affairs of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) in coordination with the UNYPAD Marawi City

Regular Islamic Class Resumes

By: Farida P. Dalandan COTABATO City (July 27, 2015) — The Women Affairs Committee (WAC) of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD), in partnership with the national committee on Da’wah and Education, resumed the Regular Islamic Class for the UNYPAD national officers and staff on July 10, 2015 at the UNYPAD National Office

SPEECH OF MR. ABDULFARID B. AMELLA

In-Country Scholarship Program (ICSP) Recognition Ceremony, 23 July 2015, Davao City To all of us who are here, headed by the convener, our sponsors, fellow scholars and other guests – Assalamu alaikom W.W. and good morning to all of us. Before I start my message, allow me to convey my thanks and gratitude to the

UNYPAD Metro Manila Chapter Sponsors Ramadhan Islamic Symposium

TAGUIG, Metro Manila (July 15, 2015) —The National Capital Region (NCR) Chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) and its organized mothers (UMMAHAT) under the UNYPAD Luzon Regional Cluster conducted an Islamic Symposium last July 7, 2015 (Ramadhan 20, 1436H) as part of yearly Ramadhan activity of the organization. The program was

Paglat Municipal Chapter Holds Ramadhan Islamic Symposium

By: Abu Ramaisah Bin Abubakar PAGLAT, Maguindanao (July 15, 2015) – The Ramadhan Islamic Symposium held in Sittio Kiludan, Barangay Damalusay, Paglat, Maguindanao was successfully conducted on July 10, 2015 by the United Youth for Peace and Development Inc. (UNYPAD Inc.) Paglat Municipal Chapter in coordination with the UNYPAD Maguindanao Cluster-3 Provincial Chapter. Paglat Municipal

UNYPAD, IHH Distribute Food Items in Moro Communities of Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines (July 14, 2015)—The United Youth for Peace and Development  (UNYPAD) and UMMAHAT, a group of mothers, have facilitated the distributions of food items sponsored by the Insani Yardim Vakfi (International Humanitarian and Relief Organization or IHH)  at the Targan Community, Maharlika, Taguig City, and Barangay 649, Baseco, Metro Manila last July 09, 2015,

UNYPAD Chapters activities in Ramadhan increase

By Yusoph S. Lumambas COTABATO City (June 30, 2015) — The Bangsamoro Darul Ifta Grand Mufti Abu Hurairah Udasan made the formal declaration at exactly 8pm over a local radio station here in Cotabato City that Ramadhan 1436H will start on June 17. Fasting during Ramadhan is prescribed and obligatory to every Muslim. Allah said: “O