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Aerial View of Cagayan de Oro City


Abad to stakeholders: ‘Ensure integrity of the budget’

By Butch D. Enerio

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) sees a more empowered local government owing to the bottom-up budgeting approach coupled with the spending reforms to improve efficiency in public spending; increase budget openness; and deepen citizen engagement in the budget processes.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad during the 3rd leg of the Good Governance Forum here said the increased participation of the community in the bureaucracy would enhance transparency in managing the local budget, thus the people’s money is properly appropriated and spent.

He said the bottom-up budgeting would mean that local government will have a hand to determine how much budget would they need for their operations.

Appropriation must reach poor communities

“Here in Mindanao, the DBM would see to it that budget appropriation reaches areas where it is most needed, like where the identified poor families are residing,” Abad said.

He said the dialogue with the cross sections of society sets the stage for candid and meaningful discussion with stakeholders on matters of governance.

“While we have already made the budget more transparent and accessible to the public, we believe that citizens’ engagement shouldn’t end there, rather we want to know from the people as to how we can strengthen the budget reforms, for us to know how best the budget can truly serve the needs of the Filipino people. These are some of the questions we want to answer in the course of the dialogues,” Abad said.

National budget

DBM said the bulk of the proposed P 2.606 trillion 2015 national budget is primarily to address poverty in the country where the social services will be given the lion’s share of P 967.9 billion to realize the Administration’s commitment toward prosperity.

In northern Mindanao alone, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has identified more than 5.2 million poor households spread across the nine cities and 84 municipalities of the five provinces.

In Region 10, the annual per capita poverty threshold is at the average of P14,199 where 95.2 percent of the poor households are found below the average annual per capita income and only 4.8 percent are above the average annual per capita income.

Lower down poverty

“The incidence of poverty must be lowered so that government in the future would only concentrate on state matters, like improving the economy,” Abad said.

With regard to the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program under the conditional cash transfer scheme, DBM said the coverage would be for 4.3 million households nationwide with a budget of P64.7 billion.

He said when all the local governments do their job the country would have smaller national government and robust local bureaucracies that will attend to their respective developmental endeavors, with less intervention from the national agencies.

DBM said that to ensure the integrity in spending the people’s money, the budget process must be adhered to such that government spend within its means; spend on the right priorities; and with measurable results.

City gov’t adopts mobile payment for transactions

By Butch D. Enerio

WITH the mobile money payment, any person who wants to engage in business in the city need not queue at the city hall anymore to get their business permit or the water consumers to spend much time waiting for their turn to pay their bills.

The city government will be adapting a technology where payments are done through cellular phones.

The Scaling Innovations in Mobile Money (SIMM) project, introduced by the United States Assistance for International Development (USAID) and the Local Investment Promotions Office of the city will afford the transacting public ease in paying their obligations where ever they maybe.

The SIMM, which is a two-year USAID/Philippine s program under the Partnership for Growth to promote broad- based and inclusive growth designed to put the country on an accelerated growth trajectory that will benefit the majority of Filipinos.

Mobile money has been designed to eliminate long queues and waiting hours especially during deadlines when paying the various taxes the government collects from the business establishments, motorists, professionals, real state owners, among others.

Gloria Steele, USAID Philippines mission director and party, Mayor Oscar Moreno and other city officials, and local business leaders witnessed the launch of the project on Wednesday, October 22.

USAID said that mobile money has the potential to help the Philippines reach her development goals faster and make those gains sustainable.

To minimize corruption

Mayor Oscar Moreno said that with the mobile money technology, red tape in government as well as corruption would be greatly minimized.

“With less human interventions, transacting business with government would be more fast and red tape and corruption minimized as the temptation on the part of government employees is absent.” Moreno said.

Steele said that the mobile money project would create a cash light society and it will work in this city where it will streamline businesses and make transactions fast and transparent.

“Cagayan de Oro will always be at the forefront of innovations and nothing will ever be obsolete for the city, as the city is a trailblazer in development,” Steele said.

Mobile money in Cagayan de Oro is initially provided by Globe Telecom in paying real property tax, business and building permits, traffic citations. Transaction is free for Globe subscribers.

USAid said that although other cities have already adopted the innovation, CdeO is first in the processing of business permits through SIMM.

Mobile salary inquiries, loan payments

City Hall employees can also inquire about their salary and can transact loan payments using their cell phones, consumers to pay their electric and water bills, and members of the First Community Cooperative (Ficco) can pay their loan amortization also through money mobile.

The mobile money project will also train people on the uses of the innovation to improve household financial management, facilitate new saving accounts opening via mobile banking, and establish additional cash-in/cash out merchant partners in rural areas, aside from increase electronic payroll implementation and adoption by businesses.

The Mobile Money launching was also attended by the representatives from different business organizations like the Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company, Cagayan de Oro City Water District, and Ficco where they signed a memorandum of agreement in the implementation of the SIMM project.

Military flags down farmers for 'safety precaution'

By Jigger J. Jerusalem

ABOUT 700 farmers from the eastern part of Misamis Oriental on board six dumptrucks did not arrive on time to attend the National Peasant Day held at Kiosko sa Kagawasan (Freedom Kiosk) in Divisoria on Tuesday because they were allegedly flagged down by the military in Medina town, Misamis Oriental.

Farmer Eduardo Quidet said their convoy of dumptrucks, owned by the Provincial Government, was stopped by the army's 58th Infantry Battalion (58IB) checkpoint in Barangay Maanas, Medina around 8 a.m.

Quidet said after more than an hour of being held up, they were finally released. They arrived at Divisoria around 11:30 a.m.

Quidet is the field coordinator for eastern Misamis Oriental area of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Northern Mindanao Region (KMP-NMR).

“Ila ‘ming gi-hold kay wala kuno sila kasabot aha paingon ang mga tawo. Among giignan nga moapil sa usa ka kalihukan sa mga mag-uuma (They held us because they did not understand where the people were going. We told them we were joining a gathering for farmers),” he said.

Quidet asked the soldiers why they were apprehensive considering the trucks used belonged to the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental and had the permission of Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano.

They were held by the soldiers for more than an hour, and a copy of the group’s permit had been demanded from them.

But the group didn’t have a copy of the permit since the KMP-NMR regional office has it.

He said it was the first time they were stopped by the military since they have been attending the yearly farmers’ activity for 10 years.

They were only allowed to proceed when Quidet blurted out “sige, molarga ‘mi. Pusila ‘mi kay mopadayon ‘mi (we are going ahead. Shoot us, but we will push through).”

Richard Colao, KMP-NMR secretary-general, said they had secured a permit from the office of Mayor Oscar Moreno to hold the rally and they were even escorted by Roads and Traffic Administration enforcers during their march from the Provincial Capitol to the Kiosko to ensure the activity proceeded smoothly.

Colao said they also asked the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) to secure the site of the protest rally.

Random checkpoints

In a separate interview Tuesday, Major Christian Uy, spokesman of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID), confirmed that the 58IB is conducting random checkpoints from time to time in the area.

“Timing nag-conduct sila og checkpoint. Dili lang kay karon lang na sila nag-checkpoint,” Uy said.

He said the soldiers did it for safety precaution, “Igo lang sila gi-check, then they (farmers) were allowed to proceed.”

One of those who attended the rally, Resim Baculi, of the Upper Puerto Fight Carp Beneficiaries Association (UPFCBA) in Barangay Puerto, is optimistic when they got an assurance from the Registry of Deeds on Monday that their Certificate of Land Ownership Award (Cloa) of the 23-hectare land will soon be released.

“We hope that this will finally be realized,” Baculi said, adding their application for the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp) for the contested lot forms part of the 23-hectare lot in Upper Puerto is owned by a private company.

He said they are hopeful the ROD will keep its word of giving them the Cloa next week.

Sr. Fam Somogod, of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), said the support they have extended to the peasants in the region has been ongoing.

Among the assistance the tillers have received from the RMP are farm implements, as well as processing of documents for their application for Carp.

OWWA awards regional Model OFW Family 2014

By Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat (JMOR/PIA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, October 21 (PIA) – As a way of paying tribute for helping the economy through their remittances, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) region 10 awarded on October 20, two families from the region whose work abroad helped and given positive impact not only to their family but community as well.

OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado said that it has been 10 years since the creation of this concept. She said that the goal was to acknowledge the migrant Filipino workers and their families and the sacrifices they make to leave their loved ones behind, work overseas and fend for their needs at home.

Calzado added that the criteria remain unchanged. One is family solidarity; second is prudent lifestyle and third is positive contribution and impact to the community and society morally and economically.

The winner for regional Model OFW Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA) for land based sector was Wilfredo C. Ancajas and family from Purok Masilakon II, Poblacion, Lugait, Misamis Oriental while the winner for the sea based sector was Captain Calvert T. Ramos and family from Purok 2, Mago-ong, Linamon, Lanao del Norte.

Wilfredo Ancajas worked for 20 years as Foreman Piper in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in four different companies. On June 2014, he decided to forego his overseas job to be with his wife. Their four children have all graduated in college and are now working in their respective fields.

His wife, on the other hand, is an active member of the Lugait-Migrant Ministry and an Officer of the Handmaids of the Lord where she actively participates in community and church activities. She serves as a catechist and a seminar facilitator for couples in the Family Life Ministry of the Parish.

Meanwhile Capt. Calvert Ramos is a Master Mariner at Britoil Offshore Services Pte. Ltd.

His wife, Ida helps in the founding of the organization of seafarers’ wives in Iligan City the Apostleship of the Sea and the precursor of the Star and the Sea – Iligan which provides various socio-psychological activities intended for the wives and children of seafarers.

Further, a special award was granted to Capt. Meinrado C. Villame and Family from Purok Molave, Maranding, Lala lanao del Norte for the Outstanding Achievement for Entrepreneurship and Community Achievements.

Seafarer for 30 years, Capt. Villame and his wife Luzvizminda support community projects in their community such as sponsoring activities of the Gagmayg Simbahan sa Katilingban, among others. His wife is also the founding member and active officer of the Maranding Women’s Integrated Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MWPIC) now Marandings Womens Investors Cooperative.

The family also helped in the completion of education of the children of their relatives and of their farm workers of whom seven are already overseas.

Other nominees included Architect Renato A. Castillo and family from Sumpong, Malaybalay City Bukidnon, Virginia D. Catacutan and Family from Purok 2A, San Miguel, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and Simplicio B. Lariosa and family from Purok Mauswagon, Poblacion, Lugait, Misamis Oriental.

Composed of different stakeholders, the selection committee for MOFYA this year included Director Raymundo G. Agravante of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) region 10, Harry B. Borres, Vice Chairperson, OIC Regional Director, OWWA 10, Engr. Oscar D. Baldoman of National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) region 10, Fritzie C. Estoque, Director, Liceo Center for Community Development, Capt. Buenaventura K. Barete, Surigao Education Center – Cagayan de Oro, Mila M. Pace, Marketing Manager, Globe Telecom – SM City and Pastor Rey D. Cimene of Glorious Hope United Fellowship Center, Inc.

PEN to hold literature-teaching workshop in CDO

(Philippine Daily Inquirer)

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will hold “For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College” on Oct. 27, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m, at the University Conference Hall, Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental.

Metrobank Outstanding Teacher awardee and prize-winning writer Jaime An Lim will deliver the master lecture.

Workshop facilitators will be Ferdinand Lopez of the University of Santo Tomas and Steven Patrick Fernandez of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology.

The lecture will be supplemented by a forum on “The Literature of Peace in Mindanao,” with writers Raul Moldez, Marcelo Geocallo, Shem Salait Linohon and Fernandez.

Program is supported by PEN International in the UK and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

There is no workshop or forum fee but participants must take care of their travel arrangement, accommodation and meals.

For inquiries and pre-registration, contact Philippine PEN at Solidaridad Bookstore, 531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila; e-mail; call +63917-5287491.

'Untrashing' Macajalar Bay

By Lenesse Marie Libres

JUST how much do we know about trash traveling from the shores to the oceans?

Have we thought of the little trash we throw in the waters that if lumped together could clog our waterways?

One doesn’t have to go far. Cagayan de Oro dwellers have been seeing and experiencing wading into waters during urban flooding that results from the less than an hour of torrential rains here in the city.

With the unabated trash thrown all over world in small ways people can, some groups also have never ceased to do the opposite, picking up others’ trash and ensuring trash goes to its proper disposal, so everybody can live with the possible trash-free planet.

On September 20, 2014, the world held the 28th coastal cleanup day. Tracing back its roots along the Texas coast, Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup day started with a handful of volunteers in 1986.

According to Ocean Conservancy that for the past quarter century, volunteers have assembled through the International Coastal Cleanup to improve the condition of beaches and waterways and raise awareness about the trash problem.

“Now, ocean advocates worldwide are developing practical approaches that strengthen the science, promote sound policies and empower people to engage in action for trash free seas,” the Ocean Conservancy furthered.

In Misamis Oriental including Cagayan de Oro City, 880 participants from coastal cities and municipalities, organizations, local government units and establishments trooped to the beach in the early morning of September 20 last month to remove trash they could sweep.

In a partial data released by Macajalar Bay Development Alliance (MBDA) and Xavier University’s McKeough Marine Center (XU-MMC), a huge amount of plastic trash was collected from the shores of Misamis Oriental including Cagayan de Oro.

MBDA and XU-MMC are still collating the full account of trash collected in Macajalar Bay during the coastal cleanup.

In the shores of Tagoloan town, the top five-collected trash are plastic food wrappers by 16.96 percent; grocery plastic bags by 9.73 percent; toys by 6.78 percent; wood fragments by 6.64 percent and diapers and napkins by 5.90 percent.

Also, the top five trash found along the stretch of Macajalar Bay are grocery plastic bags by 9.18 percent; plastic food wrappers at 8.48 percent; cigarettes at 8.06 percent; plastic trash bags at 5.12 percent and cloth fragments at 4.62 percent.

In Barangay Taboc of Opol in Misamis Oriental, the top five trashes are plastic utensils, fastfood and lunchbox containers, grocery bags and tin cans of juice and processed food.

Barangay Taboc houses a stretch of beach resorts where people gather for picnics, which explains the large presence of plastic utensils and food containers.

MBDA and XU-MMC, the cleanup is a way to inform people that they should be careful about their trash.

“The figures show a large amount of trash even though our information is still partial. A total of 880 participants on record joined us in Macajalar Bay. Other barangays have conducted cleanup but didn’t submit yet accomplished data cards or attendance sheets. The cleanup is a good way to instill to our youth responsibility over their garbage,” Kristine Galarrita, one of the organizers, said.

The data gathered will assist the organizations and stakeholders in policy-making and development of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials to address the global problem on marine debris.

Last year, top 10 collected trash from the World Coastal Cleanup day included cigarette butts of over two million, food wrappers more than 1.5 million, plastic beverage bottles over 940,000, plastic bottle caps of more than 840,000 and straws and stirrers over 550,000.

The Philippines ranked 2nd with the highest collected trash among the 92 countries which participated in 2013.

While the participating countries collate and tally their trash finds this year, here are some key information that we need to know about trash and how it can be lessened if not wiped out in the years ahead.

El Circulo Zamboangueño marks 58 years of Fiesta Pilar in Cagayan de Oro City

By Mike Baños

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - El Circulo Zamboangueño de Cagayan de Oro celebrated 58 years of Fiesta Pilar with a mass at the Saint Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral followed by a “comida communal” at La Ilongga restaurant here.

Over a hundred Zamboangueños and their families joined the recent festivities hosted by spouses Manny and Josy Aliñabon at their restaurant. Manny is a graduate of Ateneo de Zamboanga High School and originally hails from Margosatubig town in Zamboanga del Sur province.

“To all our Zamboangueño friends, whether living in our out of Zamboanga, we extend our warmest greetings in the celebration of the feast day of Nuestra Sra. Virgen del Pilar.” said Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno is a message texted to the group. “We pray for Her continuing guidance and abundant blessings. Cheers.”

Chito Potenciano, coordinator of the half-century old association of families, who originated from Zamboanga, also known as “The City of Flowers,” said the Circulo also held the traditional nine-day novena for Nuestra Señora Virgen del Pilar de Zaragoza, the city's patron saint at La Ilongga.

As has been traditionally practiced by El Circulo for the past 52 years, a Comida Comunal followed the celebration of the mass at the Saint Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral. The veneration of the Lady of the Pillar as Zamboanga City’s patroness is closely tied with its historic Fort Pilar.

Perhaps no other institution has played as big a role in shaping Zamboanga City’s Christian Hispanic Heritage as Fort Pilar, and has made it the sole city in Asia that can rightfully lay claim to the moniker Latin City.

Started in 1635, it was built at the instance of Jesuit missionaries and Bishop Fray Pedro of Cebu to ward off Moro pirates. Originally called Real Fuerza de San Jose (Royal Fort of Saint Joseph), its cornerstone was laid by the Jesuit engineer Fray Melchor de Vera, on June 23, 1635 on orders of then Spanish Governor of the Philippines Juan Cerezo de Salamanca.

This event marks the founding of Zamboanga as a city, formerly known as Samboangan. However, subsequent events related to the construction of the fort have sealed its place in the Chabacano heritage of the city which it unique among similar local cultures in the Philippines and Asia.

Renamed the Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar Zaragoza (Royal Fort of Our Lady of the Pillar of Zaragoza) in honor of the patron saint of Spain, Our Lady of the Pillar, it was also the venue of many Marian apparitions, most notably on December 6, 1734 when she appeared to a soldier and again on September 21, 1897 when she appeared over the Basilan Strait and saved the city from a tsunami following a strong earthquake.

Tradition reveals the Virgin Mary appeared to a soldier on December 6, 1734, at the gate of the city. Not recognizing her, the soldier asked her to stop. Upon recognizing her, he fell down to his knees. A relief of the Our Lady of the Pillar was subsequently placed above the eastern wall of the fort making it an outdoor shrine with an altar for praying.

Old folks said the image actually mysteriously appeared in its present site after a pirate attack on the fort while a procession in her honor was being held.

On September 21, 1897, a strong earthquake struck the western region of Mindanao. According to the people who witnessed it, they saw the Virgin Mary floating in mid-air over the Basilan Strait, with her right hand raised to stop the onrushing waves, and saved the city from a tsunami.

Families urged to follow nutrition program

By Butch D. Enerio

THE Department of Health (DOH) in Northern Mindanao is enjoining Filipino families to avail themselves of the government’s nutrition program and afford their children the needed vitamins and other medical interventions for good health.

Dr. Ma. Elen Santua, DOH-Northern Mindanao head, Family Health Cluster, said the continuing education health is a way to constantly remind families, especially the mothers to provide for their children the right nutrition to ensure they grow physically fit and mentally sound.

She said that in many cases, they find it hard to convince the mothers about the nutrition program of the government owing to the lack of education compounded by their financial condition.

“There are mothers who, although submit to the program, out of sheer ignorance use their being poor as an alibi for not being able to sustain giving the needed nutrition to their children, despite that vitamins and other interventions are given for free,” Santua said.

She said that part of the education of the DOH is the food preparations using garden vegetables that can be bought cheap in the market, such as malunggay, squash, root crops and other leafy vegetables, among others, which are rich in nutritional value.

Santua said that DOH’s “Garantisadong Pambata” program is a wholesome approach to meet the nutritional demand and care for growing children, such as breast feeding, immunizations, vitamin A supplement, and other healthy behaviors and sanitary practices to ward off illnesses borne out of dirty surroundings.

Telesfora Madelo, DOH-Northern Mindanao Nutrition Program coordinator, said the government provides micronutrients supplementation of pharmaceutically prepared vitamins and minerals for treatment or prevention of specific micronutrient deficiency; the addition of essential micronutrients to widely consumed food products at levels above its natural state; and the education through the adoption of proper food and nutrition practices, food production and consumption.

She said the DOH also provides know-how for parents to be able to promote child health, human development and quality of life through sequential measurement of physical growth and development of individuals in the community.

The “Garantisadong Pambata” is the institutionalized national preschoolers health campaign conducted every third week of the month of October of each year to all children age 0-71 months.

DOH said it has accomplished about 90 percent on its Vitamin A supplementation covering 4.6 million children in the entire region and 78 percent on the deworming coverage with 700,000 targeted 1-6 year-child population.

Farmers' group slams gov’t for food shortage

By Jigger J. Jerusalem

WITH the government’s perceived inability to address the issue of food security in the country, today should be called “World Hunger Day” instead of World Food Day, a farmers' group said Wednesday.

Richard Colao, secretary-general of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas in northern Mindanao (KMP-NMR), said it’s not only the consumers who are affected by food shortage, but the farmers who are the main producer of the country’s food supply.

Colao said the farmers, particularly those who grow rice, are at a disadvantage since rice bought from other countries overshadows the local product.

What is happening, he said, is that the selling of imported rice in the market is done during the harvest season.

During harvest, prices of rice are lowered and the farmers have no choice but to sell their locally grown product cheap.

Colao said the rice farmers’ efforts are undermined with the entry of the imported rice.

He said the imported rice should be sold to the market during the lean months.

“The National Food Authority (NFA) should time the distribution of imported rice when our farmers are not harvesting. That way, our farmers can still sell their rice at reasonable price, para dili sila alkanse,” Colao said.

“Gamiton lang unta ang pundo sa NFA, ipagawas unta sa panahon nga dili ting-harvest,” he added.

Aside from that, he said big-time traders buy NFA rice in bulk and these are re-sacked and sold as commercial rice, which is more expensive than what the government is selling.

He said the KMP-NMR has also learned that the older rice stock, the quality of which has already deteriorated, is being sold as NFA rice.

He said those who cannot afford to buy commercial rice have no choice, but to queue under the heat of the sun just to buy cheaper rice.

“Bisan og baho na ang bugas, mopalit lang gihapon ang mga kabus kay mao ra man ilang makaya paliton (Even if the rice is already smelly, the poor will still buy it since it’s all they can afford),” Colao furthered.


He said other threat to food security is the entry of crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the country.

He said that genetically modified rice and corn pose health risks to consumers as they are not viable for the poor farmers since they have to spend more for “farm inputs” like fertilizer and agri-chemicals.

“Dili siya kaya sa yanong mag-uuma (The small-time farmer cannot just afford it),” he said.

One example Colao cited is the Bt-corn, a genetically modified variety of corn, which for every nine kilo, about P5,500 is spent by the farmer.

He said KMP-NMR has received reports of farmers and their families whose skin turned yellow when they consumed Bt-corn for a few weeks.

Colao said the program of the government geared toward food sufficiency is not wrong, but it should fit the needs of the people and not promote genetically modified crops.

CDO, Iloilo bag first Liveable Cities Design Challenge

By Tricia Aquino (

MANILA- Cagayan De Oro City and Iloilo City won the inaugural Liveable Cities Design Challenge on Wednesday for their proposals of a government evacuation center, and an APEC meeting venue, respectively.

Organized by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the competition highlights the best designs for disaster-resistant city government or evacuation centers and the development of areas surrounding a possible meeting venue for next year's hosting duties of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.

Cagayan De Oro City's proposed "Oro Central" will primarily be a four-storey public school with 200 classrooms.

It will have laboratories, a multimedia library, parks, playgrounds, and multipurpose spaces.

As its secondary purpose, the building will be the base of a network of evacuation centers, as well as the command center during disasters.

Its parking lot will double as a space for mobile clinics, showers, standby rafts, and canine kennels.

A multipurpose hall will become an assembly area for responding government and non-government agencies, as well as a distribution area for evacuees.

A sky garden will also be used as a distribution, assembly, and stacking area.

Classrooms will become temporary shelters, and a green roof will be a debriefing and wellness area for evacuees.

Meanwhile, to complement the Iloilo Convention Center, cultural and urban areas in Iloilo City will be revamped.

Fort San Pedro, for example, will have more parks and open spaces. Sunburst Park will be expanded to have a park with recreation spaces, food stalls, and assembly areas.

What used to be the City Slaughter House will become the Rivercraft Pavilion for tourism and transportation. It will have a solar roof and wastewater treatment facilities, and will take advantage of natural light and ventilation.

NCC co-chairman Guillermo Luz said the grand winners, along with runners-up Roxas City, Valenzuela City, and Zamboanga City for the government evacuation center category and Cebu City, Iloilo City, and Legazpi City for the APEC meeting venue category, were praiseworthy in the way they utilized resources, maintained ecological balance, made their cities disaster-resilient, and used their land efficiently.

Good design, he said, was not just about the looks. It was about the projects being of service to the people.

"At the end of the day, this is not about planning," he said. "This is about execution."

Luz said the projects must be implemented on time, at the right price, and in the right place. Financing, maintaining, and operating were also factors included in executing their winning designs.

Five cities competed in the APEC meeting venue category, while 10 competed in the city government or evacuation centers category.

They were judged according to adherence to architectural design princpiples; integration of concepts related to economic and social linkaging and integration, ecological balance, physical or land use efficency, and disaster resiliency; and financial viability.

Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Reconstruction president Nathaniel Von Einsiedel, whose organization was established early this year in response to the need for reconstruction in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda, enumerated the four obstacles to implementing similar designs that would make cities liveable and resilient.

First, national agencies had conflicting interpretations of policies regarding land use.

For example, the Department of Agriculture required that land no longer be agriculturally productive in order to be given clearance for other uses, while the Department for Trade and Industry encouraged and provided incentives to investors and developers of special economic zones.

Second, national agencies had disjointed policies regarding the relocation and resettlement of families living in danger zones. For example, the Commission on Audit required that the land already be titled in the name of the local government unit before it could be developed as relocation and resettlement sites, but in many places, lands were not titled, or if they were, ownership records were outdated or nonexistent.

Third, elected local officials refused to use the power for eminent domain in acquiring land for development projects and public facilities. They would rather purchase cheap land or accept donated land, which were often in bad or disaster-prone locations. This heightened the vulnerability of residents to disasters.

Fourth, partisan politics prevented coordinated, timely, and consistent decisions from being made.

Einsiedel remained hopeful, however, saying a more resilient world was within reach. What was needed was unity in order to implement the winning plans.

"We cannot predict when or when the next shock to our well-being will happen, whether from the global financial system or as a result of a changing global climate or a pandemic like Ebola.

"Threats and stresses to our 21st century world will come in all shapes and sizes. What we can constrol is how we respond, how quickly we bounce back from the blow. Humans are not born resilient. We have to learn it. We have to adapt to it," said Von Einsiedel.

To see their projects to fruition, Cities Development Initiative for Asia project engineer Brian Joseph Capati advised that local government officials look for alternative financing sources for their urban infrastructure projects to augment their own funds.

Sources would include asset leverage; capital markets; domestic financial institutions; private institutional investors; private sector participation; and multilateral, bilateral, and export credit agencies.

With cities making up 50 percent of the Philippines' total population and accounting for over 60 percent of the country's economic growth last year, the link between urban and rural areas should become stronger so that economic growth was dispersed equally across the archipelago, said USAID mission director for the Philippines and the Pacific Islands Gloria Steele.

Shared Service Facility to boost roasted corn production in MisOr


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, October 14 - The Department of Trade and Industry Region (DTI) X has approved a P346,000.00 worth of Shared Service Facility (SSF) Project to increase production capability and quality of SRV Livelihood Association Incorporated's Roasted Corn.

The SSF project involves the acquisition of the following production machineries: Combined Roaster and Single Disk Grinder that will enable uniform roasting to produce high quality fine roasted corn and Tea Bag Machine to upgrade one of its product variants from being packed in “puyo” into tea bag to make it more convenient and attractive to consumers.

With the help of World Vision together with their partner MAKASAKA INC., the organization was able to undergo Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Training conducted by the Northern Mindanao Food and Safety Team and recently preparing for their Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP). The organization aims to get a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) certification as part of their project in expanding their livelihood, Roasted Corn Production.

The approval of the SSF project will directly impact on their aim of expansion with its benefits that include decrease in production costs while increasing its production capacity per month by almost twice its existing production at 180 kg/month, and produce high quality product in order to increase competency in the markets. With such support, sustainability of their livelihood would definitely become even more possible.

SRV Livelihood Association Inc. has 25 women members, and residents of San Roque Village, Dayawan, Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. Their main product is roasted corn in different variants used as a coffee substitute. They have their production building situated at Phase 2b of San Roque still in Villanueva. The product is purely white corn variety where they get their supply from the corn farmers in the different parts of Villanueva.

The organization has been in the business since 2010 and recently was able to penetrate local convenient stores in Tagoloan, Villanueva and Jasaan. Their products are also being displayed in the city particularly at Vjandep in Bulua Cagayan de Oro City, One Town One Product (OTOP) store in SM CDO and Pasalubong Center at El Salvador, Misamis Oriental.

Walkout mars debut of Ms. Global Philippines

Robert R. Requintina

A 22-year-old woman from Cagayan de Oro City was crowned the first Miss Global Philippines during a non-televised beauty contest held at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City last Saturday night.

But the same beauty contest was marred by a walkout from several members of the media after they were barred from interviewing the winners.

Crowned as the first Miss Global Philippines was crowd favorite Catherine Almirante, 22, from Cagayan de Oro City, who beat 21 other candidates who competed in the inaugural local pageant that was open to single women and single moms.

Almirante, who has joined other beauty contests in the past, will represent the Philippines in the Miss Global 2014 contest happening in style aboard the Crown Princess cruise ship sailing from Los Angeles, California to Mexico (Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas on December 12 to 20.

But Almirante’s moment was upstaged by a walkout of several print reporters from major media organizations who were barred from interviewing the winners. It is customary that media men are allowed to go to the stage to interview the winners after they are crowned. Only the GMA-7 was allowed to do an interview.

In local pageant history, this is the first time that print reporters were not allowed to interview the winners, a move which was met by an uproar from those who were invited to cover the event.

“In the first place, they should have not invited us if they will not allow us to talk to the winners,’’ a reporter commented.

Photographers, on the other hand, were allowed to take photos of the winners from a distance.


Runners-up, who hold equal ranking, were named Tourism Ambassadors. They are Athena Catriz, 24, from San Pedro, Laguna; Cindy Madduma, 26, from Puerto Princesa City; Sirene Sutton, 20, Las Pinas City; and Lorraine Erum, 27, Pangasinan. Ms. Erum is a single mom.


This is also the first time that the Top 5 contestants came from the Kagandahang Flores beauty camp managed by Rodgil Flores. His camp has produced many winners in major competitions this year.


Winners of special awards were: Almirante, Best in Evening Gown and Clean Air Ambassador; Sutton, Best In Swimsuit; Krista Marie Mendiola, Best In Cultural Attire; Xyrzsa Isidro, 23, Makati City; and Lournalyn Mora, People’s Choice Award.


Members of the board of judges were: Rosella Camua, model Michael Seifert, former Miss Philippines Earth Angelee Claudette delos Reyes, Daniel Ongchoco, Aristeo Tengco, Noel Gonzales, and Dr. Almond Derla.

CDO netter cops two badminton titles

MANILA, Philippines - The Cagayan de Oro Shuttle Busters’ Daniel Pantanosas stood tall among the champions after winning two titles in the last leg of first Sun Cellular-Ming Ramos National Juniors Badminton Tournament Mindanao at the Tuna Smashers Badminton courts in General Santos City.

Pantanosas blanked fellow Miguel Gibhran Pana in the finals, 21-11, 21-10, to win the boys singles 17-under trophy of the competition powered by Forthright Events and Sports Management.

Pantanosas played alongside Miguel Pana and snared the 17-under boys’ doubles title against Paolo Joshua Olango and Kurt Anthony Ramos, 21-16, 21-17.

The three-leg tournament is supported by Sun Cellular, SMART Communications, Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) Sports Foundation and Philippine Badminton Association (PBA) Smash Pilipinas and Babolat.

Janine Peligrino of Goodfaith Badminton defeated Jiselle Joy Capillo of Koronadal City, 21-18, 21-18, to win the girls’ 19-under crown.

Jiselle Joy Capillo retired Michelle Kate Alvarez of Metro Kidapawan Badminton, 2-0, to bag the girls’ 17-under singles trophy.

Arthur Samuel Salvado of Davao City won over John David Barrientos of Space Shuttle Kidapawan, 21-15, 21-4, to gain the boys 15-under singles diadem, while Ma. Lourdes Babanto of CDO Shuttle Busters whipped Kyla Cruz of Goodfaith Badminton, 21-17, 21-18, for the girls’ 15-under singles crown.

Michael Jastine Perez of Mati City ripped Gem Bangcaya of Koronadal Chinese School, 21-11, 21-14, to earn the boys 13-under title and Nevie Tan of C-One zapped Catherine Barrientos of Space Shuttle Kidapawan, 21-19, 11-21, 21-18, for the girls 13-under singles crown.

Other boys’ doubles champion were Ron Danelle Cabalquinto and Julius Fontanilla (15-Under).

In the girls’ doubles, champions were Marinel Diansay and Macy Ann Patricia Salvado (19-under); Sofia Milen Enriquez and Jennifer Saldaga (17-Under); and Ma. Lourdes Babanto and Maxene Renee Olango (15-Under).

In mixed doubles, champions were Richard Joshua Rio and Macy Anne Patricia Salvado (19-Under); Estarco Bacalso and Marinel Diansay (17-Under); and Arthur Samuel Salvado and Georgene Hiso (15-Under).

All the champions of the three-leg junior badminton competition sponsored by Sun Cellular will represent their respective regions in the national finals to be held in Manila late this year.

JBC submits CA shortlist to Aquino

Brian Maglungsod,

MANILA, Philippines -- The Judicial and Bar Council submitted to Malacanang on Friday its shortlist of six nominees to replace retired Court of Appeals Associate Justice Amelita Tolentino.

“Pursuant to Article VIII, Section 9 of the Constitution, the Judicial and Bar Council has the honor to submit the following nominations for the position of Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals Honorable Amelita Tolentino,” Chief Justice and JBC ex-oficio chair Ma. Lourdes Sereno said in a one-page transmittal letter to the Office of the President.

The nominees are Manila RTC Branch 12 Judge Reynaldo de Guzman Roxas, Cagayan de Oro City RTC Branch 41 Judge Jeoffre Acebedo, Makati RTC Branch 134 Judge Perpetua Atal-Pano, Marikina RTC Branch 192 Judge Geraldine Fiel-Macaraig, Quezon City Branch 77 Judge Germano Francisco Legaspi and Antipolo City RTC Branch 73 Judge Ronaldo Martin.

De Guzman Roxas handled the libel case filed by Jose Miguel Arroyo, husband of the former president, against Newsbreak magazine, which he later withdrew in 2004.

Atal-Pano was among the nominees for the CA post vacated by Associate Justice Rosalinda Asuncion-Vicente but failed to make the cut.

On the other hand, Fiel-Macaraig is currently handling the child custody case of showbiz couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barreto.

Martin was earlier included in the list of nominees for Sandiganbayan justice but lost the position to Judge Ma. Theresa Dolores-Gomez.Â

Tolentino was the judge who presided over the Vizconde massacre case and sentenced to life Hubert Webb, Peter Estrada, Michael Gatchalian, Hospicio Fernandez, Miguel Rodriguez and Antonio Lejano II.

She was appointed to the appellate court on August 27, 2001 and became chairperson of the CA’s Fourth Division until her retirement last July 4.

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