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Canadian ambassador visits Oro

By Lynyrd Alexsei N. Corrales

CANADIAN Ambassador Neil Reeder dropped by Cagayan de Oro on Monday to meet with local government officials and other groups as part of his travels in the Philippines’ countryside to renew the ties and invoke stronger human connections.

Speaking before City Hall employees during Monday's flag raising ceremony, Reeder said this is his first visit to the city and that he finds Kagay-anons having the same values as Canadians.

Eileen San Juan, economic and investment promotions officer of the Cagayan de Oro Trade and Investment Promotion Center (ORO-TIPC), said Reeder is in the city to explore areas where the Canadian government can be of assistance.

Reeder had come from Davao City.

San Juan said Reeder is particularly interested in connecting Rotary Clubs in Canada to the city for the possible provision of hospital equipments.

Reeder made the offer, San Juan said, after hearing Moreno speak about the needs of the JR Borja Memorial City Hospital.

Reeder also talked about the Green City Program 2020 of Canada, which aims to make Vancouver a green city, a program that Cagayan de Oro might be able to adapt, San Juan said.

Reeder also related some interesting tidbits of President Benigno Aquino III’s May 2015 State Visit.

“PNoy (Aquino) planted a small tree beside the tree his mother, the late former President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, planted 26 years ago when she visited there,” Reeder said.

“Like the trees planted there, so has the relationship of the Philippines and Canada, prospered,” he said.

There are about 800,000 Canadians of Filipino origin that includes a sizable community of Kagay-anons.

According to San Juan, Filipino-Canadians in North America and delegates from Cagayan de Oro City will meet up in Vancouver, Canada from July 31 to August 2 of this year for a fellowship event called Tapok.

San Juan said Moreno plans to be in this year’s affair to renew ties and to encourage investments from Kagay-anons now residing in Canada.

The City held this event for the last 15 years. The event is held every two years, alternating with Duaw.

Duaw, also held every two years, is the homecoming event of Kagay-anons from all over the world.

Oro technical school gutted

By Pamela Jay F. Orias

A TECHNICAL school along C.M. Recto Avenue in Cagayan de Oro was gutted in a fire incident at 3:03 a.m. Saturday, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said.

The BFP placed the damage on property at P100,000 which included computer sets, school facilities and records of the Driving and Automotive School Technical School (DATS), located at the 2nd floor at SBS Building where the fire initially broke out.

The fire bureau declared a fire out at 4:36 a.m.

DATS is an institution which offers automotive servicing, driving, and welding courses, with National Certification 2 (NC2) accreditation.

Fire officers are still trying to reach the owner of the said building, Peter Sia.

Initial investigation showed the fire may have started at the roof of the office, "Gatan-awon nato ang short circuit na mao ang posibleng hinugdan," said Senior Fire Officer 2 Victor Naive, chief investigator, but a thorough investigation is still being conducted to determine the exact cause of the fire.

Naive again reminds the public on fire safety, "Labina ang mga tao karun, adto gyud sa mga Chinese products gapalit kay barato, so careful lang, dili lang pa-sobraan ug gamit."

He also reminds the public to refrain from buying substandard products, "Para lang man gihapon ni sa inyo," he added.

The fire was the first this month following the dawn fire last June 19 that killed a two-year-old boy, destroying 36 makeshift houses at Zone 8, Upper Dagong, Barangay Carmen.

7,000 attend K-12 Mindanao Summit in CDO


At least 7,000 participants packed the Atrium of Limketkai Mall during the recent K-to-12 Mindanao-wide summit in Cagayan de Oro City led by Bro. Armin Luistro, Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd) with DepEd officials and City Mayor Oscar Moreno.

The summit was aimed to promote and explain the importance of the implementation of the Senior High School.

Sec. Luistro explained Cagayan de Oro was chosen as the venue for the summit due to its successful implementation of the Senior High School program through the Local School Board and the proper use of the Special Education Fund in building classrooms.

Sec. Luistro and Mayor Moreno also led the “Commitment Signing” for the implementation of the Senior High School.

BOI’s IPP Roadshow hits Cagayan de Oro

By Camcer Ordonez Imam

Cagayan De Oro City – The Board of Investments (BOI) held a forum on the Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) 2014-2016, at the Mallberry Suites Business Hotel yesterday.

Some 150 participants came from various chambers of commerce, business support organizations, the academe, local government units, members of inter-agency committees, non-government organizations, consumer organizations and the media.

They were briefed on the IPP’s tool for industrial development and economic growth and also discussed specific economic activities that are critical in advancing a particular industry or to improve the product’s value.

BOI Resource-based Service Director Nestor Arcansalin described the IPP feature as having ensured continuity, consistency and predictability – factors seriously considered by domestic and foreign investors.

This year’s IPP also introduced innovative features, such as the principle of geographical application, which takes into consideration the impact of an economic activity in the particular region, province, or cluster of local government units.

On the preferred list of activities are manufacturing, agribusiness and fishery, services, economic and low-cost housing, hospitals, energy, public infrastructure and logistics and PPP projects.

This IPP year’s theme is “Industry Development and Inclusive Growth.”

DENR-10 echoes Pope Francis’ call to sustain environment

Jessa Ann Mahartin(DENR-RPAO/PIA)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, July 2 (PIA) -- With the recent news about the encyclical letter of Pope Francis on climate change, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 10 backed the Pope in addressing the impacts of climate change.

In his encyclical letter entitled Praise Be: On the Care of Our Common Home, the Pope called out everyone to make urgent action to care for our common home, the earth. He stated that the Mother Earth is harmed because of the human’s irresponsible behavior.

The Pope said that the challenge to protect the earth should include everyone.

“I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all,” said the Pope.

He cited that climate change is not just a scientific issue but also an issue of moral and ethics. Pope Francis added that each behavior must be changed swiftly in order to sustain the environment.

Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan said that the DENR 10 firmly supports the cause of the Pope to take urgent action in the mitigation and adaptation of climate change through making relevant programs and projects that will address the climate change in the national and local level.

The National Greening Program (NGP) which aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares in six yearsis one of the DENR’s efforts to respond to the call of protecting and conserving the environment, Director Tawantawan said.

The NGP is not just simply planting and growing of trees but also addressing the core issues of society with its goals to reduce poverty, promote food security, conserve the Philippine’s biodiversity, environmental stability, and to enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation, she said.

The Mindanao’s accomplishment on “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNow”that reached the peak of Guinness World Record marked a significant result of the collective effort from all sectors of the society. This only shows that all can unite in achieving one common goal of protecting the land from its environmental deterioration and make it verdant again, Tawantawan added.

The TreeVolution activity planted 2,294,629 trees in 29 different areas in Mindanao which was participated by the 122,168 participants on September 26, 2014.

According to Tawantawan, the NGP plantation in region 10 can sequester 6,748,248 tons carbon dioxide (CO2) in one year with the assumption that a one hectare plantation of fast growing species such as Falcata and Brazilian Fire Trees with the density of 500 trees with two meters height has the potential to sequester 104 tons of CO2 in one year.

Carbon sequestration is a way of capturing CO2 from the atmosphere. It is a significant processof minimizing greenhouse gas emissions which is a major contributor to climate change. Through carbon sequestration, air pollution can be reduced.

Tawantawan further said that the geo-hazard assessments of the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB) and the effort of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) to support the solid waste management implementation are some of the appropriate actions to make the solution on climate change a reality.

Likewise, she said the intensive Information, Education and Communication (IEC) advocacy campaign of the region with the EMB and MGB in raising the public’s awareness and participation to combat the impacts of climate change in the regional level.

Tawantawan agreed with Pope Francis that there has to be a paradigm shift on climate change. From the scientific and technological approach, climate change has to involve social mobilization through educating the humanity with their role of stewardship to the environment, said Director Tawantawan.

Over 48,800 senior citizens in Northern Mindanao to receive pensions


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, July 1 (PNA) -- More than 48,800 senior citizens in Northern Mindanao will receive a quarterly pension of PHP1,500 pension, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here said Wednesday.

Charmaine Tadlas, the regional DSWD information officer, said that the DSWD arrived at the figure after validating 29,499 additional senior citizens to the DSWD’s existing 18,501 lists of senior citizens in the region.

She said that the government has extended a quarterly pension to qualified senior citizens in Northern Mindanao in January 2011 to augment the senior citizen’s medical needs and foods.

Any qualified senior citizen could apply at the City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office under the local government unit. They can also apply at the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), Tadlas said.

She said that the qualified senior citizens are those considered to be indigent, and are aged 66 years old above and are not beneficiaries of any pension such as SSS, GSIS, among others.

The DSWD would announce the release of the pension on a quarterly basis (March, June, September, and December). The senior citizen could claim the pension at the OSCA or City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office.

CDO’s proposed Integrated Zoning Ordinance mitigates “climate change”

By Crescencio "Cris" Diaz [(PNA), CTB/CD]

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 30 (PNA) – The city government here has started conducting public hearings on the proposed Integrated Zoning Ordinance (IZO) that now mitigates “climate change.”

City Councilor Alexander Dacer, on Tuesday, said that 59 village chiefs joined the public hearing last Friday as the city council started drafting a new IZO that would inform the constituents on the status of the village lots.

He said that the new IZO intends to identify areas considered as “danger zone,” particularly villages near water passages, as part of mitigating climate change.

“So far, the village chiefs have not introduced new changes of the existing IZO during the first two public hearings,” Dacer said.

Dacer, chair of the city council committee on subdivision and landed estate, said that the public hearings are important so that the constituents would know the classification of the village.

Engr. Isidro Borja of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), said that there are no changes in the zoning of urban barangays as these are highly- commercial areas.

“In the proposed IZO, they have introduced some areas for commercial as well as hazard zones, there are no changes, especially those barangays along the river,” Borja said.

Dacer said that the committee has scheduled a second public hearing for the second week of July with the village residents, the business sector, and developers in attendance.

Misamis Oriental activates disaster council as rains pour on

By Froilan Gallardo

THE Misamis Oriental Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office has activated its emergency numbers 161 to response to any emergency in preparation to the onset of the rainy season.

Assistant provincial disaster team chief Jeric Abasa said they also set up a command center at the Misamis Oriental provincial capitol that is manned 24 hours to monitor distress calls.

Abasa said residents can dial 161 on the Misortel line and expect an emergency responder to answer at the end of the line 24 hours a day.

Abasa said the emergency line can also reached via the PLDT or by radio via the radio 158 radio frequency.

The command center can also be reached through text or SMS messages sent via 0998998833 on Smart and 09172701570 on Globe.

“We have operators manning the command center 24 hours a day and our rescue team are in constant training every Friday to prepare themselves,” Abasa said.

Also on tap are 424 personnel to serve as emergency coordinators in all the barangays in the province.

Abasa said the coordinators will provide barangay officials with the latest weather bulletins.

One Oasis CDO tops off Building 1

By Mike Baños (PR)

One Oasis CDO, the very first resort-themed, mid-rise condo development of Filinvest in Cagayan de Oro City, recently held the topping off ceremony for its Building 1, the first of five in the Asian-Balinese inspired 2.7-hectare complex development.

During the topping off ceremony it was revealed that One Oasis CDO’s amenities will be upgraded namely; increase in the size of the swimming pool, upgrading of the open basketball court to a covered play area and enhancing the development works with additional greenery.

Unit owners were also happy to know that they already enjoyed an 8% increase in their investments. Building 1 turnover is expected on the third quarter of 2015.

Shown in photo during the topping off ceremony are (from L to R)Mr. Jeff Gong-Cyberage Construction; Mr. Dale Lagonera-OOCDO Sales Team Head; Mr. Larry Cruz-LBC Builders. Ms. Arabelle B. Solidum -Area General Manager-Northmin; Hon. Mayor Oscar S. Moreno-City Mayor of Cagayan de Oro City. Mr.Tristaniel L. Las Marias-FVP-Vismin Cluster and Mr. Elmer Francisco-Licensed Real Estate Broker.

Filinvest tops off first condo building in Cagayan de Oro

By Butch D. Enerio (Correspondent)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI) topped off its first building, one of the five condominiums that it is constructing here on Saturday.

Filinvest’s One Oasis Cagayan de Oro (CdO) was the first to be completed among the condominiums that are rising in this city’s downtown,

The project is the first resort-themed, midrise condominium development in this city. It was inspired by Asian-Balinese architecture and sits on a 2.7- hectare complex on Rosario Limketkai Avenue.

Ara Solidum, FLI area general manager for Northern Mindanao, said owners of One Oasis CdO will have their units turned over to them by the next quarter.

“Completion and delivery dates are our top considerations, which sets our project apart from the rest, which have a five-year time lag.” Solidum said.

FLI has positioned One Oasis CdO, which offers the quickest return for unit owners, who wish to invest their savings in assets that appreciate in time.

Its timely delivery ensures earlier generation of steady income flow for its investors, she said.

Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, who graced the occasion, said FLI’s coming to the city is an investment that contributes to the growth of the community.

“FLI’s investment in CdO is a manifestation of business confidence…that it sees a promising progressive city, and that FLI wants to be part of the economic growth not only in CdO, but the whole Northern Mindanao,” Moreno said.

FLI said its Oasis communities are midrise enclaves that allow urbanites to enjoy their patch of green in the city. With resort-inspired amenities and refreshing landscapes, owners can enjoy a convenient, laidback lifestyle, while staying close to their daily needs.

FLI’s One Oasis has an atmosphere of centralized leisure amenities, such as swimming pools for adults and kiddies, a club house, fitness building, basketball court, multipurpose hall and children’s play area, among others.

“With all these amenities, every single day is a chance to indulge, relax and enjoy a vacation in the city, notwithstanding that for residents, who are looking for alternative investments for their hard- earned earnings, will find One Oasis as a wiser option than simply putting their money in the bank.” Solidum said.

Oro buildings ready for earthquakes

By Pamela Jay F. Orias

BUILDINGS in Cagayan de Oro City have been assured to be disaster-ready especially during earthquake, the Office of the Building Official (OBO) said Friday.

Maria Concepcion Alcantara, officer-in-charge of OBO, said though that they haven't reached 100 percent of evaluating the buildings that owners applied for inspection.

“These are disaster-ready, earthquake ready provided the earthquake doesn’t reach intensity 9,” Alcantara said.

Alcantara said that most high-rise buildings in the city where there is usually a crowd like malls passed the OBO’s inspection and granted with permits to build.

"When we issue a permit that means only one word – safe," Alcantara said, adding that before an establishment obtains a permit, "Muagi gyud na sila sa butas ng karayom, mo-reklamo gani nang uban kay dugay daw kaayo, but we have to."

Structural officers at OBO will check the building foundation, beams, floorings, and the overall superstructure of the establishment, she said.

Terrence Agusan, structural officer, clarified that buildings in the city cannot withstand earthquakes with strength beyond intensity 9.

Alcantara said the National Building Code of the Philippines (Republic Act 6541) stipulates that any person, firm, or corporation, including any department, office, bureau, agency of instrumentality of the government intending to construct, alter, repair, move, convert or demolish any building or structure, or cause the same to be done, shall obtain a building permit from the Building Official for whichever of such work is proposed to be undertaken for the building or structure, before any such work is started.

But of the 430 building applications received by OBO as of April to June, there are 147 buildings that have been constructed without building permits, 64 started their construction without permits while 219 buildings are waiting for the permits.

"Daghan man gyud dili ga-follow, magbuot sila, we try to discipline them, pero dili man gyud maminaw, so beyond our control na pud ang uban," Alcantara said.

To aid the dilemma, the office is collecting penalties for those who break the law. "Muabot ug 5 to 10,000 ang atong sanctions for them."

"We are doing everything in our capacity to always put public safety first," Alcantara said.

Meanwhile, the Cagayan de Oro City Fire Department also confirmed that it is inspecting establishments in the city.

Shirley Teleron, district fire marshal, said they are doing all measures to protect the public from disasters, specifically possible major quakes.

An order from the central office was forwarded to every fire department in the country, intensifying inspections for building structures.

Teleron said: "Gibuhat gyud namo karon tanan, ga-inspect mi every now and then."

As for quake readiness, Teleron said they are focusing on the presence of fire exits in every building especially the high-rise ones.

Bosch plans to open business hub in Cagayan de Oro


MANILA – Bosch, a global supplier of technology and services, is planning to expand its operations in Cagayan de Oro within the year.

The firm said Cagayan de Oro is earmarked as the third Bosch business hub location outside of Metro Manila. The firm opened offices in Cebu and Davao in 2013.

"The up-and-coming city provides easy access to a large concentration of markets in Northern Mindanao, including mining and energy," Bosch said in a statement on Thursday.

Bosch ended its 2014 fiscal year with $42.5 million in consolidated sales in the Philippines, a growth of more than 45 percent year-on-year.

The firm said 2014 sales made the Philippines "the fastest growing market for Bosch in Southeast Asia."

"The strong growth is based on the successful performance of the company’s power tools and automotive businesses, along with significant contributions from its security systems business which formally established local operations in 2014," Bosch said.

As of April 2015, Bosch had increased its workforce in the Philippines to nearly 400 associates.

“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our office in Manila, Bosch remains strongly committed to the Philippine market through continued product and service diversification, employment growth, compelling social and sustainability programs, trainings, and partnerships,” said Andrew Powell, managing director of Bosch in the Philippines.

“For 2015, we expect further sales growth in the country based on an increased demand for our innovative products ‘invented for life,’” Powell added.

For its global sales, the Bosch Group expects to grow within an exchange rate-adjusted range of 3 to 5 percent in 2015.

Northern Mindanao Q1 tax collections hit P2.49 billion

By Apipa P. Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 24 (PIA) --- Northern Mindanao continues to post double digit growth in tax collections, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in the region said.

In a media forum last week, NEDA told media practitioners that the tax bureau in the region hit a total of P2.49 billion in tax collections during the first quarter of the year, higher by 20 percent from the P2.07 billion tax takes in the same quarter in 2014.

Income taxes, which amounted to P1.52 billion, contributed the biggest share of 61 percent followed by Value Added Taxes (VAT) with P674.9 million or about 27 percent of the total regional tax collections.

Bulk of the collections was registered by the Cagayan de Oro Revenue District Office (RDO) totalling P1.48 billion or 59 percent. This amount is also 29 percent higher from the P1.15 billion tax collections in the same quarter of last year.

Based on the report submitted by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in the region, Iligan City RDO collected P394.6 million during the quarter, followed by Bukidnon RDO with P325.5 million. Ozamiz City RDO posted P206.3 million collections while Gingoog City RDO recorded P89.9 million during the same period.

The BIR attributed its strong performance to the implementation of Oplan Kandado and its enhanced tax mapping efforts.

The increased number of VAT-registered individuals and establishments as well as improved payment systems at the local level were also cited as contributing factors to the continuing tax collection growth in the region. (APB/PIA-10)

NorMin investments up by 105%

By Butch D. Enerio

INVESTMENTS in Northern Mindanao surged in the first quarter of this year.

In a media forum spearheaded by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) last week, the Department of Trade and Industry’s regional office reported that investments reached P4.73 billion from P2.31 billion in the first quarter in 2014, a 105 percent increase.

Most of investments went to Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon.

Misamis Oriental generated P2.78 billion, up by 53 percent year on year, and accounted for almost 60 percent of the total regional investments for the quarter.

Infrastructure and services soaked up 85.49 percent of the total investments in the province.

Major investments included the completion of port facilities in Cagayan de Oro City, the construction of real estate building and expansion of a plantation in the municipality of Claveria.

Bukidnon raked in P1.3 billion, a 28.21 percent slice of the regional investment pie.

Agriculture and agri-based businesses that increased production and construction efforts pushed up the investment figures.

Except for Camiguin, which had 42 percent drop, all five provinces in the region had higher investment numbers during the quarter.

Misamis Occidental ranked third with 6.35 percent, doubling investments from last year’s P150.41 million to P300.17 million coming from servicing, infrastructure and services and trading.

Lanao del Norte generated P294.47 million worth of investments, up by 29 percent year on year. The servicing sector posted 45.93 percent or P134.88 million followed by infrastructure and services with 32.23 percent or 94.65 million, and 15.64 percent or 45.93 million was generated by the trading sector.

Construction or expansion of business entities and the establishment of a logistic company boosted investments in the province.

DILG chief joins Kagayan-anons in fight for dev’t


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 22 -- "Let us continue to fight for freedom from hunger and poverty!"

This was the call of various sectors in Cagayan de Oro City, which was echoed by Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas during his visit to Misamis Oriental, June 10.

With about 200 farmers, fisherfolk, women, youth, and persons with special needs, among others present in the event organized by the Koalisyon ng mga Mamamayan Para sa Reporma (KOMPRe), Roxas personally listened to the concerns and agenda of the various civil society networks in Cagayan de Oro.

KOMPRe has facilitated opportunities, such as this event, for the common folk to be heard by the national government.

"Ito ang magsisilbing mapa natin sa biyahe natin," Roxas said, referring to the key development and reform agenda of civil society organizations (CSOs).

He also viewed the CSOs' agenda as a "challenge" that he willingly accepts.

"Lahat ito ay simbolo ng pagbabago," Roxas stressed.

The Aquino administration, through the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), has implemented a number of projects for Kagay-anons and the whole Misamis Oriental province, funded through the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) Program, which encourages the participation of citizens in identifying, allotting for, and monitoring projects for their own welfare.

"Lahat itong mga gawain ng pamahalaan, iisa ang tinutukoy nilang lahat: ang mapasainyo ang kapalaran ninyo," Roxas emphasized.

In turn, the participants expressed their enthusiasm in ensuring that these projects under the administration's reform agenda continue beyond President Aquino's term.

"We are very happy to have you here... we will pray for you, and for your intentions," said Monsignor Perseus Cabunoc, a religious leader in the community.

House declares 2 cities, 5 provinces mining-free zones

By Ryan Ponce Pacpaco

THE House of Representatives has approved eight proposed laws declaring two cities in Mindanao and five provinces as well as one district in another area of the country as mining-free zones.

“Mining has been statistically proven to be one of the most environmentally destructive industries,” the authors collectively stressed.

The bills, under consideration by the Senate, include: HB 45 by Hon. Rufus B. Rodriguez and and Maximo B. Rodriguez, Jr.; HB 5262 authored by Hon. Isidro T. Ungab; HB 670 by Hon. Cesar V. Sarmiento; HB 3667 authored by Deputy Speaker Carlos M. Padilla; HB 3780 by Hon. Ben P. Evardone; HB 4363 of Hon. Deogracias B. Ramos, Jr.; HB5260 by Hon. Joseph Gilbert F. Violago; and HB 5261 by Hon. Rogelio J. Espina, M.D.

The House-approved measures had been steered through plenary by the sponsoring House committee on natural resources.

The areas sought to be declared as mining-free zones include the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Davao, and the provinces of Catanduanes, Nueva Vizcaya; Eastern Samar, the 2nd District of Sorsogon, Nueva Ecija; and Biliran.

The authors cited the constitutional mandate “to protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature.”

“Mining has adverse effects both to humans and the environment. Aside from adding toxic chemicals to the ore, it strips-off large areas of top soil of all flora and fauna,” they added.

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