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Mindanao farmers readies for the ASEAN Integration

By (Vanessa Mae S. Siano, DA-ACU 10/PIA

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, October 31 (PIA) - “When you look at ASEAN and beyond, the Philippines is already well-positioned but we have to unite around the AEC game plan… the government has a role, but private sector is the key,” said Atty. Adrian S. Cristobal, Jr., Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) undersecretary in his keynote speech during the Mindanao Food Congress held in Cagayan de Oro City recently.

In consonance with its theme: “Aligning Mindanao Food Security in the ASEAN Market,” the convergence of key players and stakeholders in the agriculture and other related industries in Mindanao aims to identify areas in food production that needs enhancement through public-private partnership. This is seen to boost the competitiveness of the agriculture sector and make the country be at par with its neighbors in the ASEAN region on the onset of the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Integration.

The event also serves as a venue for food producers and other stakeholders to explore for more available financial windows and to share their best practices in their respective fields and in turn, learn from each other and replicate them.

Cristobal emphasized that the country needed to enhance competitiveness, improve compliance, promote collaboration and intensify communication in order to have more access in the ASEAN market. He revealed that the government has been conducting information campaign and has implemented projects in order to prepare the industries for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

Meanwhile, Dr. Rolando T. Dy, executive director of Center for Food and Agribusiness of the University of Asia and the Pacific also revealed that among the potential export champion commodities, the country is already competitive on pineapple and cavendish banana as to productivity, cost, quality, supply reliability and branding. He stressed that in order to maximize the country’s export potentials with commodities such as cacao, coffee, cardava banana, corn, coconut, palm oil and rubber, all stakeholders must collaborate in order to fill the competitiveness gaps. He reiterated that it should be addressed through private sector-driven initiatives, but in accordance with the road maps crafted by the government.

Accordingly, the Department of Agriculture (DA) presented its six-year (2014-2020) development program. Director Shandy M. Hubilla of the Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) Luzon B Project Support Office revealed that the PRDP will center on the value-chain focusing on the priority commodities and climate change resiliency and adaptation in the implementation of its sub-projects.

The PRDP which has a P27-billion budget aims to provide key infrastructure, facilities, technology and information to increase income, productivity and competitiveness among small holder farmer and fisherfolk groups in the countryside through a partnership with the local government units and the private sector.

Within its six-year implementation, the PRDP has allocated P2-billion for infrastructure development for the Mindanao cluster. This will include farm-to-market roads and facilities. The said budget is the biggest compared to the other clusters in the country. Moreover, for 2014 PRDP has allocated around P251-million for agri-enterprise development for Mindanao. This will be for the commodities such as rubber, cassava, coconut and abaca.

The Mindanao Food Congress is a collaborative effort of Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc., the local government unit of Cagayan de Oro, the Mindanao Development Authority together with the regional offices of the DA, DTI, National Economic Development Authority and the Mindanao Business Council.

Adrenalin-pumping adventure in Dahilayan

By Jay Decenella

Towering pine trees with velvety green leaves. Cool breeze dabbing our skin. Mountain ridges with a vast sprawl of verdant meadows. We were not in Switzerland. These were the scenes when my friends and I visited Dahilayan in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

Thick masses of clouds hung low over the Manolo Fortich skyline when we reached the Dahilayan Adventure Park after a nearly two-hour ride from Cagayan de Oro City, warning us of an imminent rain. The weather can be unpredictable, so it’s advisable to bring an umbrella if you’re planning to visit Dahilayan in your next vacation.

It was a Saturday, the only day of the week when I could manage to squeeze myself out of a busy schedule as a journalist, so I didn’t let the threat spoil my excitement. The view from the mountaintop overlooking vast green sprawl of the province greeted us with an icy cool wind suggestive of Baguio’s climate.

The route to Dahilayan was by itself filled with scenic views. Our shuttle passed through Del Monte’s pineapple plantations and mountainsides loomed far on the fringes.

The 840-meter zipline at the Dahilayan Adventure Park once held the claim as the longest in Asia. Unknown to many, the spotlight recently shifted to Butuan City’s Delta Discovery Park, where a 1.3-kilometer cable zipline is grabbing media attention. Nonetheless, it doesn’t ebb the rush of adrenalin from the thrill and fun that Dahilayan offers to the visitors.

Set up on a platform 4,700 feet above sea level, Dahilayan’s main attraction launches dual riders into a speed of up to 100 kilometers per hour, culminating with an elevation drop of 100 meters when you reach the terra firma. While zooming over the pine leaves, you also get to enjoy the marvels of Mount Kitanglad’s foothills still covered in fog from a bird’s eye view.

Lifestyle Feature - Travel ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 Dahilayan, however, imposes height limitations to those wishing to ride the dual zipline: between 4’4” and 6’3” are allowed. Ravi Michael Victorio, flights operation manager of ZipZone, cites safety reasons for the policy. But that doesn’t mean the equipment installed in Dahilayan Adventure Park are of low quality. The harnesses were purchased in the United States and assembled locally under the fastidious watch of Engr. Elpidio Paras, CEO of Dahilayan Adventure Park.

Paras conceived and pioneered the zipline in Bukidnon out of his fascination with this kind of tourist attraction in the U.S.

There are also two other dual ziplines designed to prepare tourists for the 840-meter ride: a 320-meter and 150-meter cable line. In other words, you do the warm-up stage with the shorter lines before you step up the thrill.

Dahilayan Adventure Park built the shorter ziplines in 2008 before mounting the longest line in 2009. Of course, riding the dual ziplines would be more fun with a friend to share the adrenalin-pumping experience. Me and my friend, Aubrey, first tried the shorter ziplines and we were in all smiles as we zoomed over the pine treetops overlooking the entire forest.

All the rides will set you back P600 or P350 for just the two shorter lines, plus you’d get an optional certificate (it comes with a separate fee) with your in-flight photos as a testament to how you conquered the second longest zipline in Asia.

The extreme adventurist will definitely find complete satisfaction in the newly opened Drop Zone Sky Swing. For a solo price of P500 or P700 for tandem, a windmill-powered winch pulls riders 120 feet up in the air until the highest point is reached to signal that the suspension line be released. While in flight, you get the feeling of having all your entrails explode in the air as you swing like a pendulum after the daredevil drop. It will take all your stamina and lung power to pull the release line!

Near the Drop Zone area are the Net Trampoline, Bungee Bounce, and Tree Top Adventure activity areas for minors and children.

For the faint-hearted, you might as well try the ropes course for P200, wall climbing for P100, Luge ride for P600 or buggy ride for P800, among other rides. Dahilayan also offers a package of P1,999 per person, inclusive of all rides, transportation and meals.

Accommodations are available at Pine Grove Mountain Lodge, which offers family suites at P5,000, standard room (good for 3) at P2,800, and Barkada room (good for 12 to 25 persons) at P500 per head. Function and activity areas are also available for guests looking to hold their family reunions, weddings or birthday parties outdoor.

Getting to Dahilayan has been hassle-free since many tour agents are offering packages at justifiable rates. We took the package offered by Pinegrove. Contact them through mobile 09228801319 or visit their office, Parasat HD located at the third floor of Centrio Ayala Mall in Cagayan de Oro City.

Indeed, what Manolo Fortich lacked in water attractions it compensated with a variety of forest adventures.

Flower vendors hoping to make brisk sales during ‘Kalag-kalag’

By Froilan Gallardo

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Oct) – Vendors along Lt. Guillermo St. near the Cogon public market here are expecting brisk sales in the coming days as families buy flowers to decorate the graves of departed relatives during the weekend, when Catholics observe All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, a two-day celebration collectively called locally as “Kalag-kalag.”

“Come back tomorrow. The flowers will arrive from all over Mindanao and all of them are very beautiful to see,” flower vendor Marilyn Buay said Tuesday.

Buay said they are expecting a huge shipment of Malaysian Mums from General Santos City Wednesday. She said other flower shipments from Cotabato, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte will also start arriving today.

“The flowers will be delivered by container vans, trucks and jeeps. Expect this street will be filled with vendors selling flowers tomorrow afternoon,” Buay added.

Another flower vendor, Herminia Sarita, said vendors like her are expecting a three-day fiesta selling flowers for the dead starting on Thursday until Saturday, a day before All Souls’ Day.

“This is our most awaited part of the year. This is the time we can make big profits,” Sarita said.

Lt. Guillermo St. near Cogon public market is Cagayan de Oro’s little flower district. Everyday vendors like Sarita and Buay sell flowers to the adventurous buyers who come here to buy at cheaper prices, as compared to buyers who prefer the upscale flower shops.

Sarita, who did not return to her work in Singapore preferring to sell flowers, has a small stall in front of a department store in Lt. Guillermo St.

She said she is selling the colorful Malaysian Mums – grown from Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon – for P160 a bundle of 10 pieces. Her Anthurium flowers that are also grown in Dahilayan sell between P100 to P150 a dozen.

“Expect these prices to go up during the three-day fiesta as buyers start to come here,” Sarita said.

A little farther away, Buay sells red roses grown from Claveria, Misamis Oriental; red torts and orange Gladiola flowers.

Buay said she expects the prices to go up by as much as 30 percent even if suppliers try to fill the demand.

“We cannot just raise our prices because we know there is an ongoing economic crisis. Buyers are stingy of the prices,” she said.

Buay said they felt the economic slowdown after Tropical Sendong struck Cagayan de Oro December 2011.

“After Sendong we knew we are in a crisis when people became picky of the prices. The situation has not recovered since,” Buay said.

DTI-EMB apprises Northern Mindanao exporters of changes when Asean integrates in 2015

By Butch Enerio

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—A team of resource speakers from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and its marketing agency, the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB), explained to local exporters in this city the changes in customs procedures and trade regulations they should expect when the 10 members of the Asean integrate into a single economy next year.

The information session was held during the two-day session under the DTI’s Philippine Export Competitiveness Program (PECP) 2014. Participants were briefed particularly on the importance of proper classification of goods; food regulations for small and medium enterprise exporters; and export-complaint awareness. The EMB, formerly the Bureau of Export Trade Promotion, provides frontline assistance, information, specialized consultancy services, business matching and other export development and promotion services, and enables all players in the industry to compete with products and services from the Philippines’s trading partners.

Data from Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (PhilExport) in Cagayan de Oro showed that Northern Mindanao has more than 200 exporters who contribute to a little over $1 billion in export revenue, or 2 percent of the national export earnings of about $54 billion. Export products of the region, such as the various processed food products, coconut-based food and industrial exports, gifts, toys, housewares and fashion accessories and mineral resource-based products, are mostly homegrown.

The PECP has enjoined the exporters that, while they are encouraged to exploit opportunities, they should exercise due diligence in their business dealings with their buyers and thoroughly validate their identities by coordinating with the different offices of the EMB to avoid problems in the future.

“Before any shipment of goods to buyers, the exporters should investigate the background of his customers and validate with the proper authorities like the DTI and government instrumentalities or trade post in countries where exportation will be made,” said Magdalena Cortez, EMB mediation officer, Export Assistance and Business Matching Division.

PhilExport said that Northern Mindanao’s existing export markets are China, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and the United States, while the emerging foreign markets are Australia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

PECP has underscored the importance of proper classification of goods, export market opportunities and trends for food products, particularly in Japan and the South Korean protocol for chicken.

One of the contentious issues discussed during the seminar was the process in resolving complaints arising from, among others, defective products, when one of the contracting parties renege on the provisions of the contract, and when foreign buyers refuse to pay, notwithstanding the classification of products and concerns on tariff and the liability of forwarders concerning products.

EMB said they are mandated to resolve complaints arising from export trade-related transactions that the bureau has set a timetable of 175 days or less, depending on the gravity of the issues presented.

DILG conducts local incentives, investments code, revenue code confab in NorMin


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, October 27 -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to conduct on November 10-12, 2014 a consultative dialogue cum training assistance on local incentives and investments code, and local revenue code (LGU resource and revenue generation).

This initiative of DILG, region 10, is in line with the commitment of the President to reduce poverty in multiple dimensions and provide massive equality employment by 2016, said Atty. Rene K. Burdeos, regional director, DILG-10.

The program is also part of the commitment of the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government to improve the state of local governance of the LGUs through capacity development performance oversight and award/incentives.

Further, director Burdeos said the formulation and updating of the Local Incentives and Investments Code (LIIC) and Local Revenue Code (LRC) are very important for economic growth since both documents are expected to enhance the business climate of the local government units, promote their investment areas and attract potential investors.

He underscored that the local government units (LGUs) play a vital role in providing the suitable atmosphere and business climate to encourage investors. One of the elements for an LGU to be considered business-friendly and competitive is the presence of policies or ordinances for investment attraction and retention consistent with national investment policies.

The participating LGUs for the event will include: El Salvador City, Gingoog City, Cagayan de Oro City, the municipalities of Lugait and Villanueva from Misamis Oriental; and Catarman and Mambajao from Camiguin. (Julla Columba Celerina M. Pagaduan/DILG10)

COCPO, RTA ready for Oplan Kaluluwa


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, October 26 – The Cagayan de Oro Police Office (COCPO) and the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) are ready for the All Saints Day and All Souls Day celebrations.

This was the assurance of acting police director Atty. Faro A. Olaguera and RTA’s Nonito Oclarit to the City Council committee on police, fire and public safety chaired by councilor Ramon G. Tabor during its meeting yesterday.

Councilor Tabor invited the COCPO and RTA to discuss the security and traffic plan during the Nov. 1 and 2 celebrations and peace and order issues.

He said places where people will converge must be secured, houses will be left unattended, which should also be secured, he cited.


In his report, the acting police director said the COCPO will establish Public Assistance Desks (PADs) at private and public cemeteries, bus terminals, churches and ATM machines,

There are also Alert Teams in Districts 1 and 2 and proper coordination with other Intel Community on threats on terrorism and threats on criminality by organized crime groups.

He also assured that COCPO is intensifying crime prevention efforts especially during the long weekend against Akyat Bahay, Acetylene Gang, among others.


Meanwhile, councilor Tabor stressed that advisories should be given to the public on the traffic scheme and other measures to be implemented on Nov. 1 and 2.

According to Engr. Oclarit the RTA is ready for the deployment of traffic enforcers who will work on three shifts.

An executive order was issued by mayor Oscar Moreno on the traffic scheme during the these dates, which will also be implemented, he said.

Engr. Oclarit assured the committee that traffic advisories will be released to the public through the local media and other means. (CdeOSP)

Good Governance Dialogues held in Cagayan de Oro City

(Mindanao Examiner - CCGGAC)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Over 100 local government officials and leaders of civil society organizations have participated in the recently concluded Good Governance Dialogues in Cagayan de Oro City in southern Philippines.

Previously held in Manila and Cebu, the series of regional fora is organized by the Cabinet Cluster on Good Governance and Anti Corruption, in cooperation with the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) and INCITEGov.

The regional forum aims to make governance accessible to the grassroots by bringing together national and local governments, civil society organizations, business, academe and development partners for meaningful engagement.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, who opened the forum, spoke on reforms instituted under the government's Budget Transformation Agenda. Central to these reforms, according to Abad, is the policy of “spending within our means, on the right priorities, and with measurable results.”

Among those who were in the forum panel were Mayor Evelyn Uy of Dipolog City; Vice Governor Maria Cristina Atay of Lanao del Norte; Councilor Melleanette Mercado of Gingoog City; and Councilor Kirk Asis of Bayugan City.

The forum emphasized the importance of empowering CSOs and citizens to take part in the government so programs are responsive to needs, especially of sectors like persons with disabilities, women and children, and youth.

Budget Undersecretary Richard Moya and Assistant Secretary Maxine Tanya Hamada and Department of Social Welfare and Development Assistant Secretary Camilo Gudmalin, and Marie Labajo of the National Anti-Poverty Commission weighed in on the state of citizen engagement in the current government.

The panelists discussed at length current government initiatives for citizen engagement, such as the award-winning Grassroots Participatory Budget Process and the bigger challenge of sustaining the positive gains in opening the government. The next Good Governance Dialogues will happen in Davao City and Baguio City in November.

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.

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