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Japan lends P7.36 B for Phl infra projects

By Zinnia B. dela Peña (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - The Japanese government is extending ¥19.5-billion loan or about P7.36 billion to support critical road infrastructure development as well as flood risk management projects in Cagayan De Oro.

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) chief representative Noriaki Niwa yesterday signed the loan agreements covering the construction of four-grade interchanges in Metro Manila and flood risk protection projects for Cagayan De Oro River.

Nearly P3 billion of the total financial grant would go to the interchange construction project which would ease traffic congestion as well as enhance transportation capacity and efficiency around Metro Manila.

The project is part of the JICA-supported and NEDA-approved transport roadmap for Metro Manila and surrounding areas.

The interchanges would be built at EDSA-North Avenue-West Avenue-Mindanao Avenue interchange; Circumferential Road 5 (C5)-Greenmeadows-Calle Industria-Eastwood interchange; and EDSA-Roosevelt Avenue-Congressional Avenue interchange.

The Metro Manila interchange construction project would alleviate serious traffic congestion, as well as enhance transportation capacity and efficiency around Metro Manila. It is part of the JICA-supported and National Economic Development Authority-approved transport roadmap for Metro Manila and surrounding areas.

A bigger portion of the financial aid or P4.37 billion would be used to fund the construction of new dike/retaining wall and drainage outlets and the improvement of Kagayan Bridge as well as the preparation of a flood forecasting and warning system in the areas around Cagayan de Oro River.

The project would strengthen the resilience of communities along the Cagayan de Oro River stretch, from the Macajalar Bay to the Pelaez Bridge, to climate change and other hydrometeorological hazards by mitigating flood risk in the area.

During the signing ceremony, Purisima said, “This invaluable support addresses all the right needs as we seek to build an economy well-guarded against disasters and strongly invested in the mobility and connectivity of its people. We expect these projects to bring about a multiplier effect to our macroeconomic successes and to improve the quality of life in the Philippines.”

He emphasized that infrastructure improvement and flood risk mitigation are critical components of development. “These projects strengthen our ability to adapt to emerging challenges: traffic congestion and flooding are pressing concerns in urban areas. These projects reflect the serious commitment we share with our allies to unlock the limits of our growth frontiers,” Purisima said.

Japan remains to be the Philippines’ top bilateral source of ODA loans. JICA currently supports the loan financing of 18 projects amounting to $2.54 billion in the sectors of agriculture and agrarian reform, infrastructure, flood control, environment, climate change, and disaster rehabilitation.

Japan has been the top donor country to the Philippines for the past 23 years. Despite its current economic difficulties, Japan continues to support the Philippines.

For the past 10 years, more than half of the total foreign assistance to the Philippines has been extended by Japan.

Japanese assistance to the Philippines has also been funneled through multilateral donors such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and various UN agencies.

Northern Mindanao gender advocates encourage women to be decision-makers


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 26 (PIA) -- With the theme, “Juana, ang Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na!” the Gender Advocates in region 10 (GA-10) celebrates the Women's Month by recognizing the empowered women who take the lead in the society be it in the office or home.

During a media forum, Talakayan sa PIA, on March 25, GA-10 president and Parole and Probation Administration-Department of Justice (PPA-DOJ) regional director Rosa H. Lacanglacang said that only few women hold key positions in the decision-making body thus, she encourages women to run for public office to have equality in representation.

Moreover, she stressed that a woman should be given due recognition as to what she really wants in her life. Having a voice in the council is one of the ways for a woman to express her needs such as a separation of comfort rooms for men and women which some establishments do not consider.

As the regional director of PPA-DOJ, Lacanglacang says that their office has shown progress when it comes to recognizing the abilities of women in decision-making having 12 women as heads in their 16 offices. She also added that gender and development has been integrated in all of their programs and services to manifest the efforts in upholding balance between men and women.

Despite the efforts in breaking the conservative mindset, Lacanglacang expressed that there is still disparity because the society thinks that women are not fit enough to preside; that leadership is not for women. However, she stressed that having women, even if they come short in number in the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government, is already a good start to encourage women’s participation in nation-building.

Use of complementary food technologies gets nod from RDC-X


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 25 (PIA) --- The use of complementary foods and adoption of the technologies used in the production of such foods were endorsed by the Regional Development Council of Northern Mindanao (RDC-X) during its 104th full council meeting.

The endorsement was requested by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the RDC-X Economic Development Committee to address malnutrition in the region.

Emma Nieva, co-chair of the Economic Development Committee, said the use of complementary foods in feeding programs of local government units (LGUs) region-wide is expected to reduce the prevalence of underweight children in the region from 5.77 percent in 2012 to 3.5 percent in 2016.

She said the use of complementary foods is reported to have shown positive results in contributing to the reduction of underweight children and the improvement of knowledge on health and nutrition of mothers.

The DOST and the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) has implemented the PINOY program, a package of intervention which uses local technology of complementary foods, to lessen the impact of malnutrition among children aged 6 to 35 months.

PINOY stands for Package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young children. It involves a 120 feeding days of complementary foods and nutrition education using the DOST PINOY modules.

Among the complementary foods formulated under the PINOY program are BigMo curls, rice mongo instant blend, and rice mongo curls.

Complementary foods are being used in select barangays in Cagayan de Oro City and Talisayan in Misamis Oriental province.

The RDC-X is also enjoining private investors in the region to adopt the complementary food technologies for production and commercialization.

Currently, only Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Xavier University are producing complementary foods in the region.

Police ensure security of tourists, visitors during summer, Holy Week


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 24 (PNA) –- The local police have assured local officials that appropriate measures have been adopted to ensure the security of tourists and visitors during the summer break and Holy Week.

Police Supt. Adonis L. Mutya, deputy city director for police operations, said on Tuesday that more people are expected to come to the city during the Holy Week and the summer break, prompting the police to secure malls, resorts, and places of convergence here.

Mutya said that more police officers would be deployed in the city’s strategic areas to deter and preempt possible occurrence of criminal activities.

The police, however, are soliciting the cooperation of the public by reporting to the nearest police outpost or police officers any suspicious activities and personalities around, he said.

The more than 3,000-strong Cagayan De Oro City Police Office (COCPO) has been on its toes as local officials urged the local law enforcers to adopt “any means” that would assure the safety of the people and the community.

City Councilor Ramon Tabor, chair of the city council committee on police, fire, and public safety, issued the challenge during the weekly meeting among local law enforcers in preparation for the summer break and the Holy Week.

“Do whatever it takes, (to secure the people and the city) despite the limitation,” Tabor told the members of the city’s peace and order council as the city expects more visitors to visit this seaport capital during the summer break and the observance of the Holy Week this year.

New urban hub planned for Cagayan

By Butch D. Enerio

THE Cagayan de Oro City Government is planning to transform the former site of the city airport into its new urban hub.

Eileen San Juan, city investment and promotion officer, said Barangay Lumbia has great potential as an extension city because it is built on high ground, making it flood-free, and has a small population.

The United Nations Habitat, through its Achieving Sustainable Urban Development (Asud) program, has chosen Cagayan de Oro as one of four cities in the country for planned city extension (PCE) development.

Christopher Rollo of Asud, who is also country programme manager for the UN Human Settlements, said the other cities are Silay, Iloilo, and Zamboanga.

Rollo said that if the expansion of the city is left unchecked and unplanned, its development is likely to be driven by the real estate market that favors gated communities.

He said that Asud will work with the City Government to come up with comprehensive plans for the more than 800 hectares in Lumbia.

"In Lumbia, it is where everything can be put in place like public spaces can remain public, road network to connect to other districts without being blocked by private ownerships of lands. And it is where the transacting public would do business with government offices in a one-stop-shop since all government agencies would be resettled in the city extension area," Rollo said.

Asud noted that Cagayan de Oro is already a highly urbanized city in Northern Mindanao and much of its development has been along the east-west corridor of the Iligan-Cagayan de Oro-Butuan national highway.

Over time, barangays along this highway have evolved into vibrant commercial and residential areas. Rising population and economic growth in the last 15 years was accompanied by changes in the city's land use where forests and agricultural lands made way for residential and commercial projects.

CMA seeing robust growth through franchising


MANILA, March 22 (PNA) -- ABACUS-BASED mental arithmetic learning center CMA Philippines targets to add at least 10 new branches this year on account of increased interest on the center’s teaching methods.

CMA Philippines CEO Anthony Esguerra said the addition of at least 10 new branches will bring the total number of their facilities to 25 by year-end.

CMA Philippines currently has 15 branches, most of which are in Metro Manila. It also has two branches outside Luzon—Iloilo City and Cagayan de Oro City.

“Our vision for CMA Philippines is to equip future leaders of our nation, one child at a time. I believe CMA is the best educational foundation our Filipino students need,” Esguerra said.

CMA focuses on the teaching of mental math by first learning mathematical operations using the abacus.

Children, as young as three years old, who can count one to nine, can already be admitted into the program. Adults aged up to over 80 years old can also enroll.

CMA offers a money-back guarantee if after 10 sessions—1.5 hours each—a student is unable to learn the two-hand four-finger abacus method. A 10-session module in CMA costs P4,500.

Esguerra said this is because the center guarantees that on the first two sessions, students already know the CMA method.

“CMA adopts a two-hand abacus mental arithmetic method in teaching its students. This distinct method puts the spotlight on total brain development—the perfect synergy of the right and left sides of the brain. And this what makes CMA one of a kind,” Esguerra said.

The CMA method was developed by CMA founder Master Tai Chiang Ching, who was honored as the World’s Best Mental Arithmetic Trainer in 1991.

Master Tai spent a great deal of time studying the abacus and mental arithmetic, initially focusing on the single-hand abacus arithmetic calculation.

His research and experiments led him to develop and perfect the two-hand four-finger abacus method that is being used in CMA branches all over the world.

Currently, CMA branches are in China, Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Egypt, Taiwan, India, Sudan, Malaysia, the US, New Zealand, Singapore and Indonesia.

CMA Philippines recently held its Third CMA Mental Arithmetic National Competition- the Philippines’s biggest mental arithmetic competition—held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, more than tripling the number of participants last year, with 11-year-old Mariel Elysse A. de Leon winning the gold in her level’s Abacus Arithmetic Category.

Over 300 future business leaders competed and showed their skills in abacus and mental calculation. The CMA kids are from the country’s top schools and universities that include Ateneo de Manila, De la Salle University, De la Salle Zobel, Xavier School, Chiang Kai Shek College, San Beda College, Southridge School, Miriam College, International School and Grace Christian, among others.

CMA Philippines President and CEO Anthony Esguerra said this is an indication of the growing acceptance of CMA’s method of teaching mental arithmetic in the country.

CMA Philippines will bring the top 10 students in the competition to the CMA Mental Arithmetic International Olympiad in Singapore on June 7 this year.

Corpus Christi bags 12U, 14U plums in 2015 Loyola Cup Hoopfest

By Lynde Salgados (With reports from Jaime A. Frias II)

NOT quite successful in the junior level, Corpus Christi School held its ground instead in the lower age categories of the just-concluded 2015 Loyola Cup inter-school basketball at the Xavier University gym here.

Barely missing the finals in 17-under division, the Corpus Christi Knights of coach Carlo Dagalea and team manager Dr. Alfonso del Fierro went on to dominate the equally-exciting rivalries in 12-under and 14-under divisions of the city’s premier developmental league for young in-school basketeers.

This, as the XU toddlers of coach Mariano Velez went on to pocket the 10-under plum, making host Xavier University as the winningest school in this year’s Loyola Cup hoopfest as its 25-under and 17-under counterparts made earlier a twin title-finish.

“We had a good fight in the 17-under and 10-under categories pero grasya na kaayo ang duha ka titulo nga among nakuha sa Loyola Cup,” a beaming coach Dagalea told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

Joem Sabandal, Corpus Christi’s prize recruit from Balingasag, Misamis Oriental, poured in 21 points, while `Baby Shaq’ Angelo Calonia added 10 as the CCS Knights neutralized the Sacred Heart’s late rally to prevail, 70-67 in the 14-under championship.

Xavier University Grade School, however, gave the CCS Knights some tough times on the floor in the 12-under finals before the determined wards of Dagalea pulled out a hard-earned 55-52 win.

The siblings of basketball standouts Shantao Moreno and Marco Sabal starred in XU Grade School’s breathtaking conquest of the Little Knights for the 10-under title.

As Justin Sabal thrived in the lowpost to produce 8 points, John Paulo Moreno made up for his costly turnover in the waning seconds when he grabbed a crucial rebound off a CCS miss and completed a coast-to-coast layup to give XUGS a hairline edge, 78-77 with still 12 seconds to go.

The Little Knights failed to convert in their last ball possession, allowing coach Mariano’s charges to celebrate a one-point victory.

DENR to release MRF assistance to LGUs


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 20 (PIA) -– The Department of Environment and Natural Resources 10 (DENR 10) is reminding all qualified local government units to avail of the material recovery facility (MRF) assistance worth P500,000.00 on or before March 27.

Chief of the Pollution Control Division of the DENR Environment Management Bureau (EMB) region 10, Engr. Florencio Dominguez said that only LGUs with existing MRFs are qualified to apply for the fund assistance, as it is intended only for the operation and maintenance of the MRF, and not the construction of the facility.

Dominguez also noted that they are now loosening the requirements to accommodate more LGUs to the program, while stressing on the need to avail the soonest as the money will automatically be returned to the treasury if not used at the end of this month.

He bared this in the recent Regional Interagency Committee on Environmental Health (RIACEH) meeting held in the city on March 17.

The MRF holds all recyclable materials collected from the households, sorted by types using a mixture of manual and automated methods.

Agri-biotechnology answer to food security

By Butch D. Enerio (Correspondent)

PARTICIPANTS from the media were briefed on the developments in agricultural biotechnology in the country in a multisectoral forum held in Cagayan de Oro City Wednesday.

The forum was organized by Asfarnet (Asian Farmers Regional Network) – Philippines.

Asfarnet which promotes responsible farming and policies to improve the quality of farmers’ lives and the environment, underscored the importance of biotechnology in closing the gap between increasing population and the ability of countries to produce food in spite of the dwindling arable land.

Reynaldo Cabanao, Asfarnet-Philippines president, said the forum hopes to share the information on biotechnology with the participants.

Asfarnet was conceived by farmers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam who participated in the workshop, “Farmer to Farmer: Sharing Experiences Related to Biotechnology,” held in Manila and Cagayan de Oro City in 2003.

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Application (ISAAA) said biotech crops are the fastest adopted crop technology in the world.

Dr. Rhodora Aldemita, ISAAA senior program officer, said the development in agri-biotechnology in the world has the new and rigorous 2014 comprehensive global meta-analysis of 147 published biotech crop studies over the last 20 years.

She said the meta-analysis, which was conducted by Klumper and Qaim concluded that on the average genetic modification technology adopted has reduced chemical pesticide use by 37 percent, increased crop yields by 22 percent and increased farmer profits by 68 percent.

“With biotechnology our agriculture would use less and less chemicals to fight insect infestation, chemicals that are harmful to humans,”Aldemita said.

ISAAA said the United Nations Population Council predicts that by 2050 the global population would reach 9 billion and feeding them would be a daunting challenge.

“The fact that the majority of the world’s population is not even aware of the magnitude of the challenge makes the task even more difficult,” ISAAA said.

Aldemita said the Philippines' population of more than 100 million is expected to reach 157 million by 2050, making the country the world's 10th most populous.

Yet the country only has 5.4 million hectares of arable land and the arable land per capita is only at 0.06.

“So without agri-biotechnology the country’s food production would be jeopardized, thus we will rely solely on importation for our food requirements. But this scenario can be mitigated with the use of biotech to increase yields in our remaining arable lands, thus ensuring food supply,” Aldemita said.

ISAAA said that provisional data for 1996 to 2013 showed that biotech crops contributed to food security, sustainability and climate change mitigation by increasing crop production.

Reducing the use of pesticides in 2013 cut CO2 emissions by 28 billion kg – equivalent to taking more than 12 million cars off the road in a year.

Biotech crops can contribute to a "sustainable intensification," a strategy favored by many science academies worldwide, since it allows productivity to be increased only on the current 1.5 billion hectares of global crop land.

BIR urges taxpayers to pay income tax before April 15

By Apipa Bagumbaran (APB/PIA-10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 18 (PIA) --- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has reiterated its call to taxpayers to file their income tax returns before the deadline.

In his message during the regional kick-off of the 2015 tax campaign, BIR Deputy Commissioner Nelson Aspe reminded the taxpayers in the region of the April 15 deadline for filing of income tax stressing the inconveniences on the last day of filing.

Aspe, whose message was read by BIR Revenue Region 16 director Alberto Olasiman, emphasized that the April 15 deadline will not be extended.

He said the anticipated brownouts during summer are not valid grounds for the extension of the deadline.

Aspe also encouraged taxpayers to file their returns electronically.

He urged them to support the tax campaign of the Bureau and help in the attainment of its goal by paying the correct taxes in order to sustain the country’s economic growth.

The 2015 tax campaign with the theme “Angat pa, Pinas!” calls for greater cooperation among Filipinos to pay their taxes as their contribution to nation-building.

The campaign logo for the year takes cues from the colors of the Philippine Flag, using arrows that show an upward movement to denote greater progress and positive change for the country. The campaign TV commercial, on the other hand, shows how taxes work to the benefit of the community.

The tax campaign was launched in the region on March 13 with the unveiling of the theme and presentation of the logo and TV commercial. It was attended by revenue officials and personnel, local government officials, tax practitioners, professionals, media partners, business, professional and academic organizations, and students.

Pledges of support to the campaign in the interest of nation building were also presented during the launching. Among those who voiced support were Cerael C. Donggay, President of the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce & Industry Foundation, Inc.; Pershing Y. Tan Queto, Jr., President of the Ozamiz Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Inc.; VY Beng Hong, Vice-President of the Lanao Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Inc., Iligan City; and Edwin M. De Los Santos, Jr., President of the PICPA CDO-Misamis Oriental Chapter.

Local exporters can now expect tariff free trading in EU

By Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat (JMOR/PIA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO, March 17 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its multi-stakeholder briefing here on ASEAN Economic Community and European Union’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (EU-GSP+) urges more export activities to Europe and ASEAN countries to maximize its zero tariff of over 6,000 products.

According to DTI Assistant Secretary Ceferino Rodolfo, that on December 25, 2014, the Philippines became eligible to EU-GSP+ where from about 9,000+ tariff lines in the European Union (EU) two thirds of it have zero percent duties for the Philippines. This is a big advantage for the regional exporters.

EU-GSP+ is a special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance in the form of zero duties.

For current exporters, it is easier because they already know the standard of clients in Europe. For those exporting to other ASEAN countries, which have less standards then DTI, can help to improve, bring up the standards for European market. However, for those first time exporters, there is a need for cooperation.

He said that in the international arena, the fastest growing region is Asia, while within Asia, the fastest growing region is the South East or ASEAN and within ASEAN, the fastest growing economy is the Philippines.

There are three factors to consider particularly the price, jobs and income. Presently, inflation rate is stable at 2.5%. However, jobs sector is the one with the big challenge. He said that we should make growth as inclusive as possible. We have a big population which is an advantage if we are able to utilize our population then we can surmount to the challenge.

According to Rodolfo, we import more than we export. Among the big imports are oil, rice and petrochemicals. However, he said it is ok to import as long as these products are critical to you such as rice, oil and petroleum products.

Further, the Philippines from 2010-2013 has had 10.6% investments. Meanwhile, in 2013 it increased to 11.7%. This is mainly because of the confidence of business community with economic performance.

One of the sectors invested heavily particularly on capital and equipment is the sugar milling.

Rodolfo said that in ASEAN, a top import is also top export. Trade with ASEAN is largely complimentary.

Part of the visit of ASEC Rodolfo in Cagayan de Oro is a tour with the national and local media to different industries in the region including the Mindanao Container Terminal at PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate, Villanueva Misamis Oriental; Del Monte Inc. in Valencia, Bukidnon; Hineleban Coffee at Manolo Fortich Bukidnon.

In Cagayan de Oro, the team visited the Stoneware Pottery Inc., Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper Crafts, Inc. and Coco Twine and Geonets Production in Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

DTI Regional Director Linda O. Boniao said that we must continue to maximize strengths for the region in collaboration of private sector and the government.

Maritime industry stakeholders act on shipping service woes


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 16 (PIA) -- The Maritime Industry stakeholders in northern Mindanao are addressing concerns on ships quality service standards.

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Regional Office X spearheaded on March 4 a meeting to discuss the numerous complains its office has been receiving in relation to the existing level of shipping service in the route of region 10 in maintaining the cleanliness of rest rooms and general sanitation on-board the vessels such as those plying Balingoan to Camiguin and vice-versa.

Engr. Emmanuel B. Carpio, regional director, MARINA RO X, reiterated MARINA Memorandum Circular (MC) 65/65-A sets minimum service standards for Philippine-registered interisland passenger vessels. Compliance with this set of standards will ensure acceptability quality of shipping service for passenger comfort and convenience.

Under these circulars are the six areas of concern: passenger accommodation, public spaces, serving spaces, embarkation/disembarkation, conditions for the service standards and compliance with Batas Pambansa Blg. 344 or the Accessibility Law.

However, any violation of, or failure of the operators to comply with the policies/guidelines constitute a sufficient ground for the disapproval of the application for Certificate of Public Convenience/Provisional Authority and/or suspension/revocation/cancellation of the vessel's Authority, as the case maybe, in addition to the penalties provided under the Public Service Act, said Engr. Carpio.

A Joint Sanitation Inspection Team (JSIT) will be pursued to intensify the implementation of guidelines concerning ships quality service standards in the region.

Meanwhile, concerns on the carriage of livestock in container trucks; and provisions for persons with disabilities and preparations for the forthcoming Oplan Cuaresma.

The Bureau of Quarantine, being the health authority, is mandated to ensure security against the introduction and spread of infectious diseases to include the emerging diseases and public health emergencies of international concern.

This include a pro-active response to public health concerns on matters pertaining to food safety, sanitation and vector control in airports and seaports of entry on conveyances, people, goods and cargoes.

Cagayan de Oro Port Management Isidro V. Butaslac Jr said there will be comfort rooms for PWDs in Balingoan port.

“Ligtas Oplan Cuaresma 2015” will again be implemented in this region to assist the travelling men, women and children.

Related MARINA regional directives/advisories were also presented.

MC issued on February 10, 2015 was addressed to all Domestic Shipping Companies / operators and other maritime entities on the throwing of coins during port docking / undocking operations of passenger ships.

This is line with the International Safety Management (ISM) Code and International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code implementation, and in order to protect and safeguard the interest of all concerned.

All shipping companies/owners whose ships are operating and calling in Northern Mindanao waters and ports respectively, are hereby directed immediately to formulate and issue a policy concerning the throwing of coins through posting of notice and public address system, informing all passenger/crew onboard ships that throwing of coins to sea gypsies during port docking/undocking operations shall be totally prohibited and will be penalized if caught.

For MC dated February 23, 2015 stipulates that in order to protect the interests of all concerned, notice is hereby given for all passenger-carrying shipping companies/operators to post visibly in all conspicuous places on-board the vessel, all ticketing offices and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Passenger Terminals, a certified true copy of the MARINA Authorized schedule for the information and guidance of the riding public.

Further, failure to observe the MARINA approved schedule of trips subjects the shipping company/operator to sanctions ranging from P10,000 to P50,000 plus cancellation of its Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) under MARINA Memorandum Circular No. 120.

In the pipeline is the procurement of aluminum-hulled boats, according to Butaslac.

For his part, Teodro D. Buenavista Jr, regional director, National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), region 10, said its office is set to launch its Consumer Welfare and Protection project dubbed “Consumer Welfare Desk Sails because Government Cares,” intended to intensify its thrust for information dissemination campaign and uphold the interest of the general public. It will provide free assistance or services to the consumers on any complaints with the agencies authority by bringing always the services closer to the public.

Children with special needs join digital storytelling workshop

(Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro)

INTERNATIONALLY recognized social enterprise, Switotwins Inc., holds its first digital storytelling workshop for children with special needs at City Central School in Cagayan de Oro last March 2 and 3.

Hearing impaired, visually impaired, down-syndrome, intellectual disable transition class and children with autism classes participated in the activities and were assisted by their advisers. The workshop promoted digital access for special children through creative processes and storytelling. It is the first digital storytelling workshop of its kind in the Philippines.

“It is very fulfilling to facilitate a workshop were the participants are excited to tell their stories using accessible digital technology,” Marben Jan Picar, Switowins Digital Storytelling Head said. “I also feel humbled that the teachers are receptive to new digital tools even if they have been teaching using traditional methods for so long.”

The two-day workshop was a back-to-back training for both teachers and students.

During the first day, teachers went through a series of activities to create their own digital stories using the Mother Tongue. Before the day ended, they were consulted as to their suggestions on how to improve the module on teaching digital storytelling to children from the special education classes. During the second day, the special education students were able to have fun learning digital storytelling with the assistance of their teachers.

Romeo “Bambi” Balandra, teacher for children with autism, said that having a workshop like this is very timely. He adds” We are able to tap into contemporary technology and use it for the benefit of our students and for the improvement of our teaching methods.”

The workshop was capped by a Digital Storytelling Festival were the facilitators, teachers and students watched their finished products on a large screen, simulating how it’s done in a cinema.

The facilitators, Switotwins Digital Storytelling, is a winner of British Council I Am a Changemaker, Google Business Group Stories and Universities and Council Network for Innovation for Inclusive Development in SouthEast Asia.

Switotwins will be holding another digital storytelling workshop that will be open to all this coming May 4 to 8 in City Central Cagayan de Oro City.

For more details and reservations, contact 09156074540 or email

Tourism Council led tree-planting


A TREE-PLANTING activity at Duaw Kagay-an park Wednesday morning, March 11, launched the activities for the redevelopment of this riverside public park.

The planting of 19 lambago was led by Dorothy Jean B. Pabayo, chairperson of the City Tourism Council, Elmer Wabe, City Tourism Officer, Ricardo Carlson, City Public Services Officer, and attended by staff from the City Local Environment and Natural Resources.

“This signals the start of our work for the redevelopment of Duaw Kagay-an Park,” Pabayo announced during the tree-planting activity.

She added that the redevelopment of the park has three phases: clearing and greening, to be followed by the mounting of the Birhen sa Kota and the welcome arc, and then the construction of a garden theater.

“Work is done by phase in as much as funds for this redevelopment work come from the privates sector – specifically the Kagay-anons overseas,” Pabayo explained.

Timetable for the unveiling of the first phase and second phase of the redevelopment work will be in August this year, in time for the city’s celebration of the fiesta and Higalaay Festival.

The redevelopment of Duaw Kagay-an Park is being pursued by the City Tourism Council, specifically its Kagaya-an Overseas Committee. The committee, led by Roy Gaane of Los Angeles, USA, has endorsed the conceptual design for the Birhen sa Kota and the welcome arc and has committed to sponsor the costs for the construction and installation of these two structures.

In its recent meeting, the City Tourism Council unanimously agreed to pursue the project.

Smart empowers partner community in Oro

(Sun.Star Cagayan De Oro)

WIRELESS leader Smart Communications Inc. recently organized a team-building workshop for the Xavier Ecoville Sewing Enterprise, in partnership with Xavier Ecoville Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Xavier University.

The workshop was designed to beef up the capacity of the community venture, comprised mainly of women, and strengthen the core of the sewing enterprise: its people. Having been through numerous challenges in life, these women know how to survive, but teamwork and collaboration may not come easy for them.

“At Smart, our engagements with communities go beyond dole-outs. We make sure that we help empower our partner-communities so they are able to improve their lot in life,” said Ramon R. Isberto, head of Public Affairs at Smart.

The workshop, held last February 16-17 at the Xavier Ecoville Multi-Purpose Hall, was facilitated by Happy Ballesteros-Raagas, a consultant and believer in women empowerment.

“The tools from the workshop will improve how they face the future together. With a better understanding of what makes effective teams, I think they are on their way to performing better as a social enterprise,” Raagas said.

More than developing their skills, an enterprise needs to identify with the community, to realize how each individual matters to the team. “The team building workshop was meant to help the women understand the basics of what a team is, and show them what they can do to address the challenges that they face,” added Raagas.

Inspired by the women, Raagas has shared that she will come back for more workshops to continue to strengthen the team, as part of her personal advocacy.

Another advocate for empowering women, Kyna Chan has also been helping the community for some time, from bag design to production, and she has seen the struggles and successes.

“The Sewing Enterprise is a very promising community. I was inspired by how they bounced-back from the rough experiences they’ve had. I am honored to be part of this community because it teaches me to be a woman for others,” said Chan.

Martha Rodriguez, an international bag designer from Cagayan de Oro, also wants to help the women.

“A social enterprise is a smart business created around a social issue. For me, it’s more than just a personal advocacy and providing livelihood. It’s about vision, integrity, honesty, courage and humanity,” Rodriguez shared.

Along with Chan, Rodriguez has shared her expertise by coaching the women and providing technical training and drills to improve their skills.

Last year, Smart also provided support to the sewing enterprise, as they launched their latest product line, including bags made from used tarpaulin materials donated by Smart.

Smart has embraced community building as one of the key pillars under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. It has designed livelihood solutions that are appropriate to the needs of partner-communities.

BIR in Northern Mindanao to launch 2015 tax campaign

By Apipa P. Bagumbaran(APB/PIA-10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 12 (PIA) – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region (RR) 16 is set to launch the 2015 tax campaign here tomorrow, March 13.

The launching will be highlighted by the unveiling of this year’s tax campaign logo and theme “Angat Pa, Pinas!”

The theme calls for greater cooperation among Filipinos to pay their taxes as their contribution to nation-building.

According to BIR-RR16, the 2015 tax campaign logo takes cues from the colors of the Philippine flag using arrows that show an upward movement to denote greater progress and positive change for the country.

Representatives from professional and civic organizations, public and private entities, and taxpayers are expected to grace the event to pledge their support and commitment to the campaign.

DA, TESDA conducts rubber prod’n competency training

By Vanessa Mae S. Siano (DA-RAFIS 10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 11 (PIA) -- Committed to harness the potentials of rubber for the local and international market, the Department of Agriculture-High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) has jointly initiated a rubber production competency training with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-10 (TESDA-10) to train rubber producers and rubber plantation workers to develop their expertise on rubber production and post harvest technologies and come up with competent trainers on rubber tapping.

The activity was made possible in coordination with the United Rubber Producers and Processors Association (URPPA), the International Center for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), University of Southern Mindanao (USM), Central Mindanao University (CMU), and Farm Child, a non-government organization.

Around 30 participants from the different parts of Mindanao, consisting of rubber producers and rubber plantation workers who are members of URPPA and the academe joined the Trainers’ Training on Rubber Production NCII, held at the Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT) and at the Conservation Agriculture with Trees Learning Center in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.

The training provided an opportunity for the participants to develop their mastery in rubber budwood and seedling nursery establishment, budding operation, planting rubber trees/rubber seedlings, tapping operations and latex harvesting which will help them earn a certificate of competency.

In line with this, the participants will go through an assessment process to be conducted by TESDA to determine their competency level for a particular skill set. The certification will also serve as proof of qualification for the participants for a 45-day Training for Work Scholarship Program of TESDA in order to gain a National Certification (NC II). The said undertaking is also in line with the DA’s thrust to improve the quality of rubber products in the country.

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