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Kahimunan 2014 to showcase best products of Northern Mindanao


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 21 - More than 30 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) from different provinces of Northern Mindanao will showcase the region’s best products in the Kahimunan Northern Mindanao Food and Lifestyle Show 2014 on August 23 to 30, at SM City, Masterson Avenue, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City.

The Kahimunan 2014 is a core event of the Higalaay Kagay-an Festival 2014, an annual city fiesta celebration of the city.

It is hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) which features products of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental – from processed food beverages, gifts and hardwares, fashion accessories, home style and living and health and organic products.

Oneof the features of this event is the recognition of Best Product Design for Housewares/Furnishing and Fashion Categories as well as recognition of the Most Innovative Food Product.

The Kahimunan 2014 is a marketing event to enable MSMEs to promote and access new markets for their products. Further, trade trainings and product development activities were conducted as part of the preparatory activities for the event. (DTI-MOR/PIA10)

Oro lawmaker blames NGO for listing names under his PDAF

By Mario C. Manlupig Jr.

CAGAYAN DE ORO first district Representative Rolando Uy remains unfazed amid the imminent charges that he will face and instead put the blame on the bogus non-government organization (NGO) which allegedly faked the more than 800 signatures of former and incumbent barangay officials and residents.

Uy said the Commission on Audit (COA) has to conduct an investigation on reports linking him to Kabuhayan at Kalusugang Alay sa Masa Foundation Inc. (KKAMFI), an NGO which implemented Uy's Livelihood Technology Kit project.

Uy sees KKAMFI and the people behind the foundation liable in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel controversy because they are the ones who "faked" the signatures of incumbent and former barangay officials in the distribution list of the kit's beneficiaries.

Forged signature

"The foundation itself wronged the list. Why would I include these people in the list when in the first place I know them? It's like I'm putting myself in danger," said Uy, adding that even his signature was also forged.

Listed as supposed beneficiaries are government officials here who have denied the signatures were theirs. They even said their signatures were faked.

Some of them were former Barangay Puntod chair and incumbent city councilor Alexander Dacer, Barangay Puntod chair Marvin Beja (who used to be a barangay kagawad), former Barangay Puerto chair Milagros Lao, Sun*Star Cagayan de Oro's copy editor and former Puerto village council secretary Jigger Jerusalem and many others.

Dacer, Beja, Lao, and Jerusalem and many others are listed as beneficiaries from Barangay Mambuaya. But they confirmed they are not residents of the said village. All of them belong to the city’s second congressional district under Rep. Rufus Rodriguez.

Uy said he has not known anyone from KKAMFI which he believed the foundation might have gotten the names from the records of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

'Perjury case'

On the brewing perjury case of the village captains enlisted as beneficiaries, he said: "That's their prerogative. But just to clarify it, it was not me who let them signed the documents. They have no evidence to show that I was there when they signed that. However, all these allegations will be answered in the court at the proper time."

For now, Uy maintained, he is gathering witnesses to file his affidavit to the Office of the Ombudsman which can attest he distributed thousands of seedlings and the kit.

Contrary to reports, Uy admitted receipt of around P10 million from the PDAF, not P34 million or P39 million.

In a special report of the COA published on website, Uy received over P14.5 million.

Meanwhile, allies of Uy in the Liberal Party are convinced that this controversy boils down either to political agenda of the opposition or the will of the NGO to liquidate the fund.

"I don't believe Klarex did it. Just look at the beneficiaries, everyone of them are from his rival's political camp. It's possible one of them is behind this bogus foundation. Aside from it being politically motivated, the foundation fabricated all their documents just so they could liquidate the funds," city councilor Enrico Salcedo said.

Beja, however, told this paper the village chairs enlisted as beneficiaries of Uy's program have yet to meet whether or not they will file the case. He added they all want to clear their names.

Jollibee to open 100th Mindanao store in Oro

By Lenesse Marie Libres

JOLLIBEE Food Corporation will open another branch—its 100th for Mindanao—in the city this August, in time for Cagayan de Oro’s fiesta week.

The newest Jollibee store under construction is located beside Polymedic Hospital at A. Velez St which is one of the busiest streets in the city. Schools, hospitals, offices and businesses are located near the area, making the newest branch a strategic location.

“We will open the 100th Mindanao store here, during the fiesta week. That way, our opening will be blessed with the city’s festival,” said DJ Santos, JFC Trade Marketing Officer for Mindanao.

It will also be the 17th Jollibee branch in the city, living up to its promise to provide Filipinos more places to bond and share ‘langhap sarap’ food while creating happy memories.

In 1991, Jollibee opened its first store outside Luzon in this city. In that same year, pancakes and jolly meals were launched with JFC hitting an enormous P2.65 billion in sales. Their 100th Philippine branch opened in Davao City as well.

Twenty-three years later, as Mindanao’s economy grows, its confidence in the region strengthens too.

In an interview with a major daily, JFC chief financial officer Ysmael V. Baysa said that Jollibee Foods Corporation aim to be the largest homegrown quick service restaurant chain in Asia by 2020.

However, customers have been complaining because of the long queues and slow service at Jollibee food chains particularly during rush hours.

Santos assures that they are working on solutions to address that, and they are more than overwhelmed at how Cagayan de Oro is being touted as a "Jollibee City."

“That is why we are opening more branches, some even close or beside another branch. This is to answer to the Kagay-anons demand for our food,” Santos added.

The Jollibee Velez branch will open its doors anytime this week.

3rd Mindanao Fashion Summit: Local designers aim for global impact

By Lenesse Marie Libres

WHILE everyone thinks that the country’s second largest island has already maximized its abilities, the 3rd Mindanao Fashion Summit (MFS) focused the spotlight on the richness of Mindanao when it comes to its past, present and future.

In all kinds of art, creative influences come from its culture, even fashion. The MFS aimed to bring cultures and regions into one through designs and skills of tailoring and embroidery.

Designers from Ozamiz, Davao, Butuan, Iligan and Cagayan de Oro City gathered in one venue to pull off another fabulous event full of patterns, textures, fabric and style.

The 3rd MFS successfully ended with its Holiday Collection on August 10, 2014 at the Rotunda of the Lim Ket Kai Mall.

Highlights of the fashion show were the top creations by 27 local designers, namely, Alma Mae Roa, Dionesio Joao Tarepe, Alquin Cap-atan, Jinky Petalcorin, Fuji Jimenez, Angela Soriano, Emi Englis, Ann Semblante, Erwin Tan, Frida Cabilis, Benjie S. Manuel, Boogie Musni Rivera, Felison Canete, Anthony Blan Emboy, Gil Macaibay III, John Mark Magallanes, Joey Sendico, Jermaine Nabong, Jonnie Navarro, Adonis Maquidato, Joshua Guibone, Juniel Doring, Mark Christopher Yaranon, Mavy Cooper De Leon, Victor Tusing and Ruvil Neri.

Unlike the past summits, this 3rd Mindanao Fashion Summit is the first attempt to showcase an all Mindanaoan talents and designs.

Models graced the catwalk wearing modern and stylish camouflage prints, sequined patterns, work style fashion incorporated to gowns and modern men’s wear.


During the activity, the Cagayan de Oro City’s Higalaay 2014 t-shirt was also worn by prominent people of the city.

“The purpose of celebrating fiesta aside from eating good food and exciting activities is actually to promote Cagayan De Oro City to attract investors, tourist and foreigners to boost our economy. And having launched the name ‘Higalaay’ for Kagayaan Festival, it is the best way to describe Cagayan De Oro,” Sean Oliver Moreno, son of Mayor Oscar Moreno, said.

Moreno is one of the main endorsers of the Higalaay shirt. Sold at P250, the proceeds of the shirts will be used for funding of the fiesta feeding program for street children.

The event is hosted by Oro Fashion Designers guild and Designers Assembly together with FHGG event matters, The Cagayan de Oro city government and the Department of Tourism – 10.

Headed by summit chairman Glenn Cabaral and Designer’s Assembly President John Mark Magallanes, the summit is geared toward the promotion of the pride of the local fashion industry and the Mindanaoan designer as global designers.

Cagayan de Oro as prime city of the south was agreed the appropriate host of the summit being the number one emerging economy of the country.

The Sendongkoy bloc (cult's) deadly political Ebola virus

By Susan Palmes-Dennis

WHAT do you call someone or some group who got infected by the virus of politics? And how do you cure them?

This is the only thought that crossed my simple mind after reading a news report on this paper concerning Nazareth barangay chairperson Bebot Rodriquez along with other barangay officials who raised concerns over delays in approving road projects in the city to be funded by Reps. Rolando Uy and Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City's 1st and 2nd districts respectively.

That same story also showed barangay chairperson Rodriguez wondering why the projects remain unfinished saying “they should have been implemented long time ago.”

I wonder why the Cagayan de Oro City Council comprised of loyalists of the unlamented previous administration is taking too long to approve the projects.

The reason is so clear. Those objecting and blocking the implementation of the projects are fearful that if the projects are implemented the public would give credit to the administration of Mayor Oscar Moreno. The Padayon Pilipino majority blocs don’t want that. I don't believe they're stupid or ignorant. Their brazen disregard to the needs and welfare of the taxpayers is simply staggering.

They don’t care about their constituents enough to work for their welfare that is my opinion. Why should they allow these projects to be implemented and risk the loss of public trust on them and their lord?

That's the only reason any objective person can think of for their continued refusal. If there are funds and the projects already passed muster from auditors and budget officials alike, what's keeping the council from approving them?

As expected the political minions of former mayor Vicente “Sendongkoy” Emano are infected by the political virus that makes them blind, deaf and dumb to anyone but their lord and master.

Their rabid loyalty to their chain-smoking patron borders disturbingly enough and is similar to the fanaticism seen among cults (it had been rumored that Sendongkoy's Padayon Pilipino is a cult masquerading as a political party).

But such is the sad reality of Philippine politics even if the elections are less than two years away.

Then senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. released funds for the improvement of JR Borja Hospital but Sendongkoy would have none of it so most of the funds went back to the national coffers.

Anyone would describe it as stupidity. It was the highest form of political insanity to deprive Cagayan de Oro City residents of services from an improved city hospital just because Sendongkoy feared they will be grateful to Pimentel.

Back then, the JR Borja hospital functioned more like a funeral parlor than an actual hospital. By refusing to accept funds allocated by their political rivals, Sendongkoy and his Padayon Pilipino bloc (cult?) are robbing their constituents of services owed to them all for political glory.

But they don’t care. And now they are still doing it. Trust me they would give Rodriquez and company a million and one reasons why the projects could not be implemented. By the way infrastructure is so important to progress; I don’t have to elaborate on that. Even kindergarten pupils can answer that question.

Bebot Rodriquez noted that the 2012 and 2013 road projects were approved by the City Council, but this year’s road projects for the city's two districts remained pending.

And when the people complain about bad roads or no roads at all, then of course Sendongkoy's bloc (cult) would gleefully point their accusing fingers on the present administration.

Like I said—the Sendongkoy political virus has eaten up their system, rendering them blind, deaf and dumb to anyone but the chain-smoking lord and master of their lives.

They have no real allegiance whatsoever to their constituents, who pay their salaries, obscene allowances and meals and continue to employ their relatives and allowed them to reap material profits from their overstaying tenure in public office.

Their version of public service is defined by their rabid, fanatical loyalty to their master. Their contempt for Mayor Moreno is only overcome by the greater contempt Cagayan de Oro City residents have towards them for their brazen arrogance, collective ignorance and blind obeisance to their lord.

Last week it was reported that Councilor Alexander Dacer fell from a chair during a City Council session because one leg of his chair collapsed. A listener during the session also fell, supposedly because of the same reason.

Vice Mayor Ian Caesar Acenas, whose first election as SangguniangKabataan (SK) Federation chairman in 1996 was fraught with controversy as an SK candidate questioned the legitimacy of the election returns, had the gall to blame Moreno for the faulty furniture.

If they themselves cannot fix the faulty furniture in their own backyard with funds they approved for themselves, how would their constituents realistically expect them to fix the problems of the city which they continually blame the mayor for?

In the meantime, the Sendongkoy council bloc (cult) should shut up their motormouth ways and approve the projects immediately. As to the answer in my opening question, there's only one way to deal with a life-threatening cancer/virus. And that's to cut it out, amputate it if necessary lest it pollute the whole system.

Pamatong accused of forced MNLF recruitment

By Maricel Butardo

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Residents of a barangay in Cagayan de Oro City were allegedly harassed by Ely Pamatong, who claims to be the lawyer of fugitive Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Nur Misuari.

Pamatong, who rose to infamy in 2004 after his supporters scattered steel spikes on EDSA following his derailed presidential bid, allegedly harassed residents to force them to join the MNLF.

Those who do not want to join were forced to leave the area, villagers said.

They added that Pamatong was claiming that the 10,000 square-meter land is owned by a certain "Kumander Lahi."

Many of the residents, like Marino Rivera, said they have land titles to prove their ownership.

A dialogue was held between Pamatong and the residents of the compound on Thursday.

Pamatong denied the villagers' allegations and said the residents are welcome to stay in the compound. -- report from Maricel Butardo, ABS-CBN News Northern Mindanao

2 caught selling shabu in Cagayan de Oro

By Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News

Police on Wednesday evening arrested two men who they caught selling illegal drugs in Barangay 31 in Cagayan de Oro City.

But Rommy Lascaman and Hanzel Babaylan denied the allegations against them, GMA Northern Mindanao's Jeik Compo reported.

Seized from Babaylan was a pack of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu), along with a lighter. Babaylan insisted the shabu was not his.

He said he and Lascaman were waiting to ride a passenger jeep at the time police accosted them.

Lascaman, when asked by a GMA News team if he knew Babaylan, declined to answer.

The two face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. — Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News

Lawmaker seeks council’s nod on road projects

By Alyssa C. Clenuar

AFTER the Cagayan de Oro City Council promised to give the green light on the farm-to-market road (FMR) projects in six weeks’ time, this time 2nd district Representative Rufus Rodriguez is appealing to the local legislators to fast-track its approval.

“We appeal to the city council, especially to the majority bloc, to approve the FMR already because there are many people waiting to benefit from this project,” Rodriguez said Wednesday.

Two weeks ago, in a committee hearing chaired by councilor President Elipe, guests who participated in the talk with the councilor were invited like the Oro Youth Development Council, Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry and media practitioners.

During that meeting, Elipe gave them his word the project will be approved.

Rodriguez is concerned on the project delay especially that the budget from Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) might be diverted to another city in need of it or be returned to the national fund.

“Sayang kaayo if the money will be given elsewhere when it prioritizes Cagayan de Oro for that matter. We fought hard for that in the Congress for approval and it will only amount to nothing?” he said.

Being a congressman who used to rely on his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), which is now abolished, for funding various undertakings, Rodriguez said he depends on the city government in projects to be pursued.

“I allocated P40 million to my district for 2014. This could be used in the road projects in Balubal, Tablon, Upper Gusa, Indahag, Upper Agusan and many more,” he added.

“They should not delay the project because this is for the welfare of the people. The farmers in the hinterlands need those roads promised to them. If they will not approve the project, it is of course their prerogative. It is in their conscience though,” Rodriguez furthered.

No further legal action

Earlier, city councilors from the minority bloc had been opting to file legal action on the “constant blocking” of projects under Mayor Oscar Moreno’s administration by the majority members.

This has been, however, concluded by the mayor himself during the City Development Council meeting on Wednesday that he will not think about it yet as of the moment.

“Ayaw lang sa na. I do not think that is appropriate as of this time,” Moreno said.

“The Executive has refused to take legal action on the City Council’s doings because I do not think it would be the answer. Maulaw ko sa DA and DPWH that we are like this in the city. I am waiting for the positive, affirmative action by the city council on the matter,” he said.

Woman dies from 20 stab wounds in Cagayan de Oro

By Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News

Police in Cagayan de Oro City are investigating the brutal death of a woman who was stabbed 20 times in her house in Barangay Lumbia on Monday.

The body of the victim, identified as Rizza Saguindan, 27, was found in the second floor of her house with 20 stab wounds in the back, GMA Northern Mindanao's Joe Legaspina reported.

Saguindan's relatives called for justice, even as police are still determining the motive for the crime.

While investigators noted the victim's mobile phone and tablet computer were missing, they also theorized the assailant may have had a grudge against her.

Chief Inspector Allan Curato, head of the Lumbia police, said they will coordinate with the Scene of the Crime Operations police to check for additional evidence.

Police are also investigating the possible role of a schoolmate of the victim, with whom she was last seen alive.

Dr. West Edquila of the SOCO team said they gathered biological evidence, including smears from the victim's remains.

"At the crime scene, there are signs of struggle. According sa mother of the victim, magulo yung kwarto nung dinatnan niya," Edquila added.

Oro bullish on most competitive cities index

By Lenesse Marie Libres

DESPITE the city dropping down from last year’s top rank and now only second to Makati City in this year’s cities and municipalities competitiveness index (CMCI), the Cagayan de Oro City Government remains bullish on competing to propel the city’s growth.

“We do not mind competing side by side Makati City,” Mayor Oscar Moreno said during Monday’s convocation program at the city hall.

Moreno sees it as a pride to compete with the top cities in the Philippines.

According to him, the top 10 consists of Metro Manila cities mostly from Luzon.

Also, being ranked higher than the booming cities of Davao and Cebu is already a pride in itself.

“Actually, that is what competitiveness is about, competing with the top and most successful cities. We should be grateful that we are competing with the great ones rather than ‘so-so.’ Second place is not so bad. But we always want to push further for future recognitions like this,” he furthered.

The city made it to the top list of the Philippine’s most competitive cities in 2014 with a score of 49.36 percent after Makati’s 53.24 percent.

“We were nervous because the NCC [National Competitiveness Council] called and told us ‘you will be happy’ but refused to tell us what the results were,” said Moreno.

Last week, Moreno and other City Government officials made an appearance during the Regional Competitiveness Summit 2014 held at the Philippine Convention Center in Manila.

Cagayan de Oro also ranked 9th in economic dynamism, 2nd in infrastructure and 5th in government efficiency.

The study was conducted by the 15 Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCC) all over the country.

The RCC was tasked to collate data from local government units (LGUs) to generate a city and municipality competitiveness index.

In 2013, 285 LGUs were ranked. To strengthen the index, 530 were ranked for the CMCI this year.

According to Local Economic and Investment Promotions officer Eileen San Juan, Cagayan de Oro city’s lapses that caused it to drop second in this year’s CMCI are yet to be distinguished.

“NCC did not disclose the reasons. But one of these days, we will be sitting down with the head of the local sectors such as DTI and DOT, to determine what are CdeO’s strengths and weaknesses. So that we can also do something about it,” San Juan said.

“Reasons for being ranked higher than Cebu and Davao were not disclosed by NCC too, but the two cities are doing well given their own performances in their own sectors. This does not always mean that we are better. Competitive pa rin,” she added.

Moreno said the drop is due to bad roads. “It could also be that the search for this year consists of many cities more than last year. Given the bombing incident last year, the city is still lucky to be in the top.

“There is nothing to be ashamed of in this award. We are very grateful and proud. Ipaubaya muna natin ang top 1 sa Makati,” he said.

The NCC’s official website listed down the basis for the ranking.

For economic dynamism, scores were based on data of the size and growth of the local economy through business registrations, capital, revenues and occupancy permits, cost of living, cost of putting up businesses, financial deepening, productivity, capacity to generate employment, and presence of business and professional organizations.

Ranking for government efficiency was based on transparency, economic governance, local taxes and revenues, local competition related awards, efficiency of business registration, investment promotion, compliance to orders from the national government, health and education.

The Infrastructure ranking was based on data of existing road networks, distance from cities and municipalities to major ports, DOT accredited accommodations, hospitals and health centers, classroom and school buildings, basic utilities, infrastructure investments, ICT connection, ATM’s and public transportation.

Sons of former Mindanao congressmen nabbed for drugs possession

By Bobby Lagsa |Inquirer Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – The sons of two former Northern Mindanao congressmen were arrested in separate buy-bust operations by anti-narcotics agents here on Saturday night, the local office of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency here said. First to be arrested was Nikko Pancrudo, son of former Bukidnon Representative Candido Pancrudo. PDEA regional director Emerson Magarte said the young Pancrudo was arrested in a buy-bust operation in the village of Kauswagan here. Taken from him were 16 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride, commonly known as shabu. Following leads provided by Pancrudo, the PDEA arrested Eric Dominic Badilles, son of former Lanao del Norte Rep. Alipio Badilles. Magarte said the young Badilles yielded 20 grams of shabu when arrested on Corrales Avenue.

Magarte said that based on the Pancrudo’s mobile phone, the two suspects knew each other.

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