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Aerial View of Cagayan de Oro City


Faulty drainage blamed on Oro flooding

By Mario C. Manlupig Jr.

A CAGAYAN de Oro City official blamed the city’s faulty drainage for causing the massive urban flooding Sunday evening that sent motorists and commuters stranded for more than an hour along the main roads in barangays Carmen, Kauswagan, Bulua and Lapasan.

Teddy Sabuga-a, city social welfare and development chief, underscored the importance of the drainage which could have averted the flash floods that resulted to displacement of residents in affected areas.

“Even before, the comprehensive land use planning should have been established which will identify geographical areas of danger in residential and commercial spots. We are a third-class city, and yet we don’t have a comprehensive drainage,” he told this paper Monday morning.

Sabuga-a noted there are culverts in the drainage that were filled in to give way to business establishments.

This drainage problem has remained one of the reasons why it always floods during heavy rains as the drains are also clogged with garbage that stops the flow of the water.

Despite this situation, more buildings have mushroomed in these areas.

With the inundation in the major roads in the city, numerous vehicles broke down while the drivers tried to negotiate with the flooded areas.

More families displaced

As intermittent rains persisted over the last three days beginning Friday last week, more families have been recorded displaced that almost doubled the number of families affected from last Saturday’s 303 to 571 as of 4 p.m. Monday.

Landslides, flash floods and destruction of houses have drastically increased the number of families affected in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental as two low pressure areas (LPA) positioned in the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) over the weekend.

However, only one LPA has remained and it has been moving 700 km East of Northern Samar toward the Philippine area of responsibility Monday evening.

The total displaced families comprised around 1,835 individuals.

The City Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) in the city has recorded a total of 283 displaced families composed of 1,453 individuals who were sheltered in different evacuation centers in the affected villages of Cugman, Gusa, Carmen, Canitoan, Pagatpat, Bulao and Bulua in Cagayan de Oro at the height of the flooding.

This figure adds to the 210 families previously affected in Cugman and Gusa Saturday evening.

Misamis Oriental

The Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) also recorded a total of 78 displaced families composed of 323 individuals from the towns of Opol, El Salvador and Lagonglong in Misamis Oriental.

Meanwhile, infrastructures such as the Calongonan steel bridge in Alubijid town and RCDC bridge in Manticao town had also been reported damaged.

Edmundo Pacamalan Jr., provincial administrator of Misamis Oriental, has placed all the damages in houses and infrastructures amounting to P96,000.

Maryciel Lariosa, camp manager of the evacuation center at West City Central School covered court, said most of the victims are living near the creek which swelled up Sunday evening, while others were from areas hit by landslides that damaged their houses.

Last Sunday, Cugman chair Marlon Tabak prevented 15 households from going back to their destroyed houses at Bigaan riverside due to the imminent danger whenever downpour persists.

Based on the city’s shelter plan, these areas affected have been identified as part of the surveyed dangerous spots in Cagayan de Oro.

Sabuga-a cited their difficulty in convincing informal settlers to relocate in safer places the local government has prepared for them.

“These rains will continue until December, so we need a long-term solution for this not just to have these victims sheltered in evacuation centers, but to place them in a safer place,” he said.

He furthered there has been an ongoing construction of housing projects in Barangay Balubal for the informal settlers.

“We understand that when these people are relocated there could be changes in their lifestyle. But, they have to accept that because safety has to come first,” Sabuga-a added.

NYC launches Abot-Alam, spearheads voter’s registration in CDO


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, September 1 (PIA) – The National Youth Commission (NYC) launched Abot – Alam and spearheaded voter’s registration on August 28, in time for the city fiesta in Cagayan de Oro City. Abot- Alam is a national program for out-of-school (OSY) youth who are between 15-30 years of age. This is to effectively address the needs of the fast growing number of Filipino youth who are not attending formal schooling such as those dropped out or never had schooling at all. Further, the program seeks to undertake the following activities: Data Banking, to enable the government to know the total percentage of OSYs in the country and locate these OSYs through the barangay targeting system; Unified National Framework, to unify the initiatives and resources of government agencies, NGOs and institutions, volunteer groups and other sectors; and Reintegration ( Equal Opportunity), to ensure that all OSYs will be given equal access to programs and services of partner agencies and institutions. A ceremonial turnover of the resolution of Abot-Alam and press briefing were held consecutively at the Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol and the City Hall Compound on the same day. Meanwhile, a Book Donation of YES Pinoy Foundation was conducted at Consolacion Elementary School and Voter’s Registration and Education Campaign at SM City led by Assistant Secretary Jose Sixto “Dingdong” Dantes III, Commissioner-at-Large, NYC. (NYC/PIA10)

James Reid makes Mindanao women swoon in CDO birthday party

By Maurice Arcache

My friend, businesswoman Mags Cue, travels around the world to personally source the accessories and other fashion items for her 22 Mags stores nationwide. She recently celebrated her birthday by holding a party dubbed “Glitz and Glamour” at the Emerald Ballroom of Limketkai Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City. Prominent personalities from CDO and nearby cities of Northern Mindanao went to the party, as did fashion designer Renee Salud and Mutya ng Pilipinas execs Lynette Padolina and Mayenne Vijandre.

Young and handsome Filipino-Australian actor-singer James Reid, star of the hit romantic-comedies “Diary ng Panget” and “Talk Back and You’re Dead,” surprised the guests with a song number from his self-titled album. He serenaded the birthday celebrator with his enchanting voice that made many women-guests swoon. Some of the celebrities who have worked with Mags and whom she personally knew as well as her famille also extended their greetings through a video presentation. Personal messages were given by gorgeous actress Angel Aquino, Philippine Tatler’s Iloilo correspondent Nonoi Ybiernas, and moi, naturellement, palangga. It was very touching watching Mags. She shed tears of happiness while delivering her “thank you” message. Marks & Spencer During my school days in London, I’d go shopping at England’s iconic Marks & Spencer department store. And even in Manila, I still do, dahlings. So I’m very glad that Marks & Spencer opened a flagship store at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City. The store carries the familiar M&S sections such as women’s wear, men’s wear, lingerie and beauty essentials, and a stand-alone food store. (I remember that in London, I’d buy sandwiches from M&S.) The Marks & Spencer opening was in collaboration with the SoFa Design Institute, which hosted a style competition at the Central Square Atrium. Eight students from the school were asked to create key looks from the Marks & Spencer collections based on three themes: Stylish Work Wear, Laid-back Casual Weekend and Stylish Night Out.

The winner received P50,000 in cash and M&S gift vouchers. Runners-up received P10,000 worth of M&S gift vouchers each. “The newest store aims to improve the customer journey through improved navigation of personal style preferences,” said Marks & Spencer international visual merchandising head Lee-Oliver Morley. “[The store provides] a better layout and more inspiring in-store customer experience.” Marks & Spencer is at Central Square, 5th Ave. and 30th St., Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig City. Store hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday -Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Bespoke bazaar Caravan II: Bespoke, the second installment of the popular lifestyle market, brought in an awesome assortment of brands with a très unique twist. Guests were able to make their lifestyle finds completely their own by having them personalized by artisans. Now that’s what I call real service, dahlings. For one weekend, the Kirov Model Unit at Rockwell became the mecca for stylish people. Available were monogrammed leather folios from Coco and Tres; clever plates by The Wareshop Total; stamps and embossers by The Best Impressions; delicate Morse code accessories from Adorno Handmade; choose-your-own charms from Stockton Row.

Michelline Syjuco’s latest collection and Lovlos were a hit with buyers. Attendees were also able to witness “art in action” with Robby Singh’s on-the-spot pet murals and digital paintings by Mawee Borromeo. Designer Nicole Whisenhunt, tastemaker Blue Carreon and Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles, with his wife Marga, couldn’t stop from milling around the booths, while enjoying tasty yummies from participating eateries, Your Local and Scarsdale. Also spotted were Ria Prieto, head of Inquirer Red magazine; Hannah Cruz; and mother-and-daughter beauty duo, Dr. Vicki Belo and Cristalle Belo Henares of Belo Essentials. The latter brought her dog Maki and had his portrait done by artist Robby Singh. The second coming of Caravan proved what I’ve always said—that “everything looks exquisitely better with that personal touch.”

Higalaay 2014 parties: The ‘Live All Out’ experience

By Lenesse Marie Libres

HYPING up the city’s night life, Lifestyle District brought us their pre- and post-Higalaay Festival parties -- Prohibition and Republiqs Elektro Mundo -- two of the biggest parties for the fiesta season and Smart with Hot Nights 2.

‘Prohibition Party’

On August 23, all roads led to the night life center of Cagayan de Oro city, Lifestyle District, for its Prohibition’s Wet and Dry Dance Festival.

Youngest RnB Hip hop and "feisty" Ice Queen DJ Issa Ramos of Imperial Ice Bar, Philippine’s pop girl group Kitty Girls member Khai Lim, fastest rising female DJ Cammy V of Time, the gorgeous MC Marga; Manila’s the only female MC, prolific producer and DJ Clyde Harris of 6AM Group Asia, DJ Sam & Slippy of Arkitekno with a special performance from R Funk Ylaya, air swimmers, dancers, beer pong tournaments, and brand ambassadors while models strutted their swag in the catwalk wearing outfits from MAGS boutique and Gil Macaibay III Fashion Studio.

Prohibition is the first part of Lifestyle District’s double weekend parties. Republiq Elektro Mundo is set to end the fiesta month with a bang.

'Hot Nights 2'

From Hot Nights: Get Wild and Get Wet, Wear What You Dare in April, is Hot Nights 2 held on August 27, 2014.

On the eve of the city fiesta, Live Loud: Hot Nights 2 rocked the Lim Ket Kai Parking Lot with top DJs featuring Solo Club DJ of the year DJ Ace Ramos, DJ Nina Saputil, DJ Ron Poe and the Ultimate MIXtresses: DJ Ornussa and DJ Sanya.

Kagay-anons had one heck of a hot, wild and sexy party, fueled by Petrol and in partnership with Smart Communications.

Also, last April 30, 2014, party lovers danced till dawn with DJ Cocoy, DJ Kylie and DJ RB with the top bikini bachelorettes and Hunk Lifeguards of Cebu at the Hot Nights considered as the sexiest summer party this year.

‘Republiq Elektro Mundo Party’

What is it like? From Masskara Festival, Dinagyang, Panagbenga and Sinulog comes Republiq Elektro Mundo on August 30, the last leg of Lifestyle District’s Double Weekend Party.

Tonight, party Elektro Mundo style with Republiq, superclub of Resorts World Manila, the clubbing legends of the Philippines with a superb experience in hosting the concerts of Avicil, Afrojack, Bruno Mars, Chainsmokers Benni Benassi, R3hab, LMFAO, Kaskade and Calvin Harris, to name only a few.

Jive crew member and beats producer MC Aoh, superstar Djs X-Factor, the Metro’s hottest female DJ Nina Saputil and Marc Naval along with CdeO’s best MC R Funk, DJs John "Sam" Samonte and RB Banaag will be on stage during the Elektro Mundo party.

Jason Uy, Lito Muñoz, John Samonte, Roselle Reyes, Jude Uy and Michael Valerio, the team behind the awesome double weekend party of Lifestyle District, are excited to end the festivities with a bang at the Elektro Mundo Party tonight.

“We at Lifestyle District are proud to bring this concept to Cagayan de Oro tonight. A party hosted by the best party scene in the country with the best venue in CdeO. For the partyphiles in the city, you are welcome to experience a feast of the senses and enjoy what Republiq and Elektro Mundo is all about!” Samonte said.

The Elektro Mundo Party is set to end the month with the swankiest post fiesta party ever, inviting everyone to have fun, dance and party, wet or dry, from dusk till dawn.

Cops abducted Mulawan: Oro mayor

By Alyssa C. Clenuar

AFTER a Cavite trial court judge dismissed the rape case filed against Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) senior draftsman and whistleblower Emmanual Mulawan Sr., Mayor Oscar Moreno said the arresting officers, who identified themselves as members of the Gitagum town police and apprehended Mulawan, have a lot of explaining to do.

“The police who arrested Mr. Mulawan and brought him to Manila have a lot of explaining to do. I believe the police abducted him,” Moreno said.

Mulawan was arrested in his office inside COWD on June 11, 2014 and immediately brought to Imus, Cavite the following day by four arresting officers from Gitagum police station.

Mulawan told reporters during the press conference at the city hall Thursday morning that he remembers the policemen’s answer when he asked who was behind his arrest – “ordered from the higher-ups.”

“I asked one of the policemen about the expenses of the tickets. When he replied, I butted in and asked him who sponsored the tickets. He didn’t elaborate, but constantly said, ‘from the higher ups’ which I did not question further,” he said.

When they arrived in Manila, he expected to be brought to Camp Crame keeping in mind the “higher-ups” would mean high-ranking police officials, but he was brought instead to Dasmariñas city jail before he was detained in Imus, Cavite, until his release on August 27.

Mulawan, however, denied that he was framed up because of his advocacy in exposing alleged anomalies inside COWD, particularly the board of directors and the general manager.

“I could not point to the COWD board of directors and the general manager as the culprit behind my arrest, but all I could say is – justice will soon prevail,” Mulawan said.

Moreno assured Mulawan and his family that the city government will do everything so that justice will be served, however, it will not delve into Mulawan’s involvement in exposing the alleged wrongdoings in COWD.

“There will be an investigation and I will think about it thoroughly yet. But I should not comment on issues where Manny is involved in because I might come out as biased. Rest assured, we, from the city government, will do everything we can to render justice to him,” Moreno said.

Mulawan believes that his experience inside the jail, although harrowing, was worth it and that he is at peace with himself.

“I believe my fight was not for myself but for the concessionaires of water district,” he said.

After the press conference Mulawan has been brought to a hospital for physical check-up as he loses weight and limps.

Oro biz group to host M’nao Food Congress 2014 in Sept


THE Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (Oro Chamber) will host the Mindanao Food Congress 2014, the largest gathering of agriculture and food industry players, government policy makers, exhibitors, businessmen and consumers in Mindanao. This year's Food Congress with the ultimate goal of aligning Mindanao Food Security in the Asean Market hopes to re-affirm the position of the island as the country's food basket by showcasing its agricultural products toward finding new markets and establishing industry networks. More importantly, this conference will be an opportune time for private-public stakeholders to discuss policy issues as they prepare Mindanao for the challenges of the One ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. Set on September 25-26, at the Luxe Hotel, the Mindanao Food Congress is also co-hosted by the city government of Cagayan de Oro, Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Mindanao Business Council (MinBC), and the Chamber of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Industries (CAFFINORMIN). Meanwhile, Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) supports this congress as he is one of the invited keynote speakers on the said event. The secretary has also issued Memorandum Circular No. 2014-88 encouraging all local chief executives in Mindanao Regions to send representatives on the said congress, particularly from their respective Local Agricultural Office to participate on official business. All DILG Regional Directors of Mindanao and the ARMM Regional Governor are also directed to disseminate the memorandum circular within their respective jurisdiction. (Oro Chamber)

Police: Crime dips as feast nears

By Mario C. Manlupig Jr.

AT THE height of the Higalaay Kagay-an Festival 2014, the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) has noticed a decline in criminal activities on the streets following the high-level alert and tighter security measures implemented by law enforcers.

As the feast of St. Augustine comes to its grandest day Thursday, Chief Inspector Lemuel Gonda, chief of operations and plans division, said authorities are still in control of the city's peace and order.

"Since January, nag-drop ang crime rate because we have intensive campaigns. In August, as the fiesta approaches, the number of street crimes has slowed down by and by," Gonda told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Tuesday morning.

At the beginning of 2014, the city police have conducted the intensified campaign against terrorism, criminality, and other hostilities movement (“Icatchm”) and the intensified peace and order drive (“Ipod”) that include regular check points, roving operations, manpower augmentation and police outposts.

As the month of August opened, police security map Oplan Senior San Agustin 2014 has been placed to maintain the highest alert status of the city.

The Philippine Army is also working jointly with the authorities.

Major Christian Uy, chief of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division's (4ID) public affairs office, told this paper previously they have deployed personnel in monitoring suspicious persons entering the city.

City councilor Ramon Tabor, chair of the committee on police, fire and public safety, cited the role of the public has helped in maintaining a safe and peaceful place.

"[The primary reason of the decreasing crime rate is the] joint effort among concerned agencies helping us and, of course, the support and cooperation of the people. Let us continue to enjoy the different activities lined up and pray for the safety of our city and the people," Tabor said Tuesday morning.

Northern Mindanao's Police Regional Office (PRO-10) added 150 police officers coming from the Regional Public Safety Battalion last August 13.

The Special Training Unit of PRO also had augmented 100 police trainees distributed around the city since the second week of the month.

Police records from the City Investigation and Detection Management Bureau (CIDMB), however, showed most crime suspects are still at large.

In its Unit Crime Periodic Report (ICPR) from January to May this year, suspects who remained scot-free have reached 52 out of the 82 alleged perpetrators in murder and rape-related cases alone.

Superintendent Adonis Mutya, CIDMB chief, said the shortcoming of the data is also possible as it only documented the police blotters of every station.

Gonda furthered crime incidents related to the month-long fiesta celebration have not transpired as its campaigns continue.

Last Monday August 18, a 10 year-old girl was allegedly raped in Cogon area by still unidentified tricycle driver. The victim was taken into custody of the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD).

Based on police records, robbery that involves ransacking of private vehicles has surged in August alone.

"We cannot stop this kind of street crime. What we can do about it is to conduct preventive measures on the part of car owners. We must see to it we park our vehicles at safe places," Gonda said.

In June and July, both index and non-index crimes like summary killings, robbery and drug peddling have peaked at an alarming level.

Test run of new Oro traffic lights in chaos

By Alyssa C. Clenuar

TO EASE up the road congestion in Cagayan de Oro City, the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) conducted the test run of the new traffic lights last week, but it received complaints from motorists and passengers who claimed the trial run brought chaos instead.

On Friday morning, August 22, vehicles from Macanhan, Upper Balulang, and those passing by Vamenta Boulevard in Barangay Carmen and at the circumferential road, Rodelsa Circle, in Barangay Macasandig were in long queues.

Drivers became hotheaded while shouting and beeping were heard as the new traffic lights went online at Carmen junction near West City Central School.

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“Grabe, makasapot. I missed my flight because of this. Nobody told us that they were opening the new traffic lights here. To think I woke up early because I know my flight is early, still, I am stuck in traffic because of it (test run),” Marni Yap, a traveler, ranted when asked by Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro while her vehicle got stuck in the traffic.

“They should have informed the public about this. Dili baya sila ang ma-hassle (They are not the ones inconvenienced here),” Yap said.

In Barangay Nazareth, along 15th Street headed toward Cogon market, vehicles and “tri-sikads” were also snarled. Motorcycles were the only ones capable of maneuvering in tiny spaces between trucks, cars, jeeps and “motorelas.”

Motorist Raul Blanco had been stuck for almost two hours before an RTA officer took control and straightened out the traffic congestion. He believes the traffic lights are not ideal for the area.

“It is a small area that does not need traffic lights. I have been passing through here for my whole stay in the city since I only live along the street. There was no traffic at all. Maybe on some occasions, but not this time. Kalas gas, kalas oras gyud. Wala’y ayo (It was a waste of gas and a waste of time. It was useless),” Blanco said.

RTA consultant Jose Edgardo Uy said in a previous interview that they are continually installing traffic lights together with the installation of closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) while holding a dry run during the fiesta season.

Uy welcomed suggestions and comments about the trial run since they can be helpful to the betterment of their services.

“The traffic lights have been activated for testing purposes. We thank all those who sent comments and suggestions. In the afternoon of Friday, August 22, we discussed the comments and suggestions sent to us and asked the contractor in coordination with the RTA to make adjustments to the time settings,” he said.

“I also had my own observations when I passed by several of the newly energized traffic lanterns and there were motorists who did not know where to stop at intersections with new traffic lights. Motorists initially ignored the stopping lines that are parallel to the pedestrian lanes,” he added.

However, the full activation of the city’s new traffic light system has no date yet.

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Replacing unreliable or incompetent officials

By Manny Valdehuesa

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/25 August) — Any barangay, municipality, or city that made a mistake in its choice of officials during the last elections can do something about it even now to weed out the unresponsive, the incompetent, or the unreliable.

It’s a widespread problem that any citizen can do something about, doing our society a great favor. It just needs a recall initiative by a group of citizens. Recall of course is the legal process of having an undesirable official relieved and replaced by the constituents for loss of confidence.

In a democracy loss of confidence is a very serious matter, for it concerns the credibility, reliability, or competence of an official. Public confidence is essential for good governance. It is the most important aspect of public office, the basis for wielding power and authority.

Any official who loses the people’s confidence cannot govern properly or effectively; it will be big problem for him to decide or act on official matters. If he stays on without the people’s confidence or backing, or if he forces the issue, he will be stymied by legal challenges and outright non-cooperation, making his administration virtually inutile.

It is why in advanced democracies resignation or relief from the position usually follows a vote declaring loss of confidence in the leader or his party. Without public support, there is no point in holding on to the office.

To ignore the issue or let it pass on the chance that it will go away will only worsen conditions in the community. It will encourage officials to think the people don’t really care, that there’s no penalty for being neglectful or even corrupt. They will take the community for granted.

Before long, people will wake up to find that from simple neglect or inattention, the issue has grown into outright corruption that will be difficult to undo. That’s why the issue of trust must be confronted decisively and resolutely—and why constituents must be vigilant, attentive to community affairs, with special focus on its governing processes. Otherwise abuse will creep in, incubate corruption, and become virtually unmanageable.

Preventing abuse and eradicating local corruption are best done by citizens of the community. They are the sovereign power, the ultimate authority—the Boss, as P-Noy prefers to call them.

Members of the community have every right to remove bad or unreliable officials. It’s why the law allows them to recall and replace officials without awaiting regular elections. It’s how they can rectify an error of judgment committed by the voters during the previous election.

The law tells us that elected officials have no business staying in office if they fail to live up to promises or assurances they make during their candidacy—and that removing and replacing them without awaiting regular elections is the way to secure the wellbeing of our community.

Unfortunately, although this power is well enunciated in the law, we citizens seem reluctant or afraid to invoke it—perhaps out of fear of failure or, worse, fear of reprisals from powerful trapos or traditional politicians.

That may be so but it is unbecoming for powerful sovereign citizens to be intimidated by their own public servants. Servants are supposed to serve in a manner satisfactory to their masters—a duty or obligation intoned in their oath of office and job description.

If the officials are just inept or incompetent, all the more reason to remove them. The community shouldn’t be burdened with their salaries and benefits, letting them enjoy the perks of office, if they’re unreliable and undeserving of trust. Mere loss of confidence is a ground for recall.

To rid a barangay, town, or city of an unwanted or undesirable executive, a simple procedure is provided by the Local Government Code (R.A. 7160), Sections 69-75. It will enable the people to make up for the mistake of enthroning unsuitable officials, replacing them with better leaders.

But it needs resolute citizens to launch the initiative; it won’t succeed if only a few support it because majority vote is needed. Otherwise even ordinary folks can take the lead if they have the will or determination to improve conditions in the community. They have but to assert their right to have officials they can rely upon.

“Sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them” (Article II, Section 1, Constitution). This provision needs to be internalized by every Filipino, to invoke if the community’s welfare and its members’ right to good governance are an issue. It’s there to underscore the power of ordinary citizens.

Remember Dagohoy and Gabriela Silang? They were ordinary barrio folks. Even Andres Bonifacio was an ordinary fellow from a neighborhood of Tondo in Manila. None of them had exalted titles—no rank, no shiny buttons on their shoulder or chest.

They simply made bold to assert their sovereign right and power to demand good governance and justice. In the process, they sparked a great revolution.

The question is, where today are the Filipinos who can spark reform and revolution?

‘Kahimunan’ NorMin food and lifestyle show opens

By Lenesse Marie Libres

THE Kahimunan Northern Mindanao Food and Lifestyle Show, one of Higalaay fiesta’s core events, is now underway at SM City Cagayan de Oro.

Launched on Saturday morning, August 23, the Kahimunan Show has been an annual event that has been modified from last year’s Kahimunan Northern Mindanao Trade Fair.

Unlike the usual five–day affair, Northern Mindanao's top delicacy and native goods suppliers are allowed to display until the end of the month, offering great food and unique handmade products such as native delicacies, abaca made bags, furniture, room decors and more at low prices.

According to Liza Alcantar, division chief of Business Development Division, Department of Trade and Industry–Northern Mindanao, this year’s products have undergone development making them definitely better.

“Over the years, our exhibitors have made their products more world class. They have been around since 1990s when we started the fair. They participated in activities to upgrade their products and this is very timely because the Go Negosyo Bill has been signed into law already, and now, we can level up or MSMEs. We can say that we are getting there, our products are finally getting a spot in the global arena,” Alcantar said.

“Kahimunan means celebration and gathering. Today, we celebrate the hard work, passion, creativity and dream of Northern Mindanao to find a place in the global market,” she added.

Exhibitors for this year are 2N Handicrafts, SLERS Industries Inc., Alubijid Weavers, Pan E Dolci Co., Cherry Michelle’s Cake and Pastries, Rustic Woodworks, Bukidnon’s Bounty, Poona’s Finest, FOPANORMIN, Greenminds Inc., Misamis Oriental ARC Abundance, Greenpastures Corporation, Alwana Wood Products Inc., Buhat sa Misamis Occidental, Chino’s Deli, Chris Gomez Creative Design, Highland Fresh, Hinam-is, Kinilaw Mix, Dessert Strip, LANORPA – Made in Iligan, Southern Yui Farms Inc., Tinabuan Arts and Crafts, and Dayawan Handmade Paper.

Dayawan Handmade Paper Project

"Suga" or lamp shades are the latest product innovation of the women in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental who are part of the livelihood project of the San Roque Handmade Paper Products Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

It is a non-stock, non-profit organization in the municipality of Villanueva, Misamis Oriental and popularly known by its trade name which is "Dayawan Handmade Paper."

Supported by the STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI), Dayawan Handmade Paper is exhibiting its products at the Kahimunan NorMin Food and Lifestyle Show 2014 selling handmade paper from abaca fiber turned into greeting cards, storage boxes, pen holders, lamp shades and other innovative novelty items.

Prices of the lamp shades range from P430 to P2,500, according to Elena Sayre, in charge of the Dayawan Handmade Paper stall.

Kahimunan Special Awards

“This year, we will be awarding our exhibitors some special awards.This is the first time we are doing this ever since Kahimunan started,” Maria Eliza Pabillore, DTI Misamis Oriental provincial director, announced during the launching ceremonies of Kahimunan.

Out of all the 24 exhibitors, winners will be chosen for the three categories, which is the Best Product Design for Houseware and Furnishing, Best Product Design for Fashion and Most innovative Food Product.

The "Best Product" awards will be given to the exhibitors. This combines creativity of form, function, quality, workmanship and innovations as well as the materials used and local value, while the "Most Innovative Food Product" will be judged through product innovation, packaging innovation, certifications, export potentials, and hundred percent made of local ingredients.

The winners of the three categories will be given special privileges for the whole year and for Kahimunan 2015.

Mayor Oscar Moreno, who headed the launching and ribbon cutting ceremony, said that Kahimunan is another opportunity to create inclusive growth.

“These activities for MSMEs is very helpful in pushing growth in the region. As the region grows, CdeO will also benefit. As we celebrate the coming feast, we have to be grateful for these blessings,” Mayor Moreno said in his keynote speech.

Kahimunan stalls will be available until August 31.

Oro puts up Investment Promotion Center

By Butch D. Enerio

IN STRENGTHENING good governance and enhancing the economic prosperity of the people, the local government unit (LGU) and the private sector have collaborated to spur investment in Cagayan de Oro City.

A memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed recently by the City Government of Cagayan de Oro, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Misamis Oriental and the Promote CdO Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit private organization, would seek to implement effective promotional strategies to attract investors into the city.

The MOA underscored the respective indispensable roles of the LGU, DTI and Promote CdO, as key players in the growth and development of the city, particularly in stimulating the economy through investments in tourism, trade and industry, the services sector that contribute to inclusive growth and employment generation.

The establishment of the CdeO Trade and Investment Promotion Center (Oro-IPC) was mutually agreed by the parties, which will provide business promotion and facilitation services, especially for start-up businesses, coordinate events such as inbound and outbound missions to advance the city’s competitiveness.

The signing the MOA was done by Mayor Oscar Moreno, Ma. Elisa Pabillore of DTI Misamis Oriental, and Jaime Rafael Paguio of the Promote CdO, and witnessed by USAid visiting personalities.

Moreno said the establishment of the Oro-IPC is one of the processes and mechanisms on good governance that are essential in improving efficiency in the delivery of public services and curbing graft and corruption.

“This is something to show to our people that indeed we can simplify procedures of our frontline services that will definitely cut short the processing time of transactions, hence, making our service to the transacting public fast, efficient, convenient and reliable, notwithstanding reducing bureaucratic red tape,” Moreno said.

Cagayan de Oro is one of the pilot cities in the country of the project Invest (Investment Enabling Environment), initiated by the United States Assistance for International Development (USAid) to encourage would-be investors to locate in the city.

The Invest project was designed to make transacting business with city hall fast and less cumbersome specially when applying for licenses as a result of good governance thus cutting red-tape which has remained a bane for investors.

Among reforms identified in the Invest study are the automation of the business permit and licensing system (BPLS) and linking it with Philippine Business Registry; establishment of one-stop-shops; and streamlining of inspection systems.

Aside from Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo and Batangas are among the urban centers in the country handpicked as pilot cities chosen by USAid because of their demonstrated economic potential.

Adventure and food in Cagayan de Oro: A ‘Biyahe ni Drew’ itinerary

By Cristina Tantengco/KG, GMA News

With its whitewater rafting, adventure parks, and loads of fresh seafood, it’s no wonder Cagayan de Oro is one of the Philippines’ top destinations for adrenaline junkies!

Here’s the itinerary used by Drew Arellano and the crew of “Biyahe ni Drew.”

Fast facts

Cagayan De Oro is also known as the “City of Golden Friendship.” While we were here, we noticed that the locals were friendly and could help travelers because they could speak English and Tagalog in addition to their native tongue. Here’s a tip: When traveling to Cagayan de Oro (or “CDO” as some call it), go in a group of at least five people. Most tours and activities require a minimum of five participants. The law against jaywalking is strictly enforced in Cagayan de Oro. The fine is P1,500 and travelers are not excused.

How to get there

By air. Cagayan de Oro is just two hours from Manila by plane. If you’re coming from the Visayan islands, the flight is even shorter!

What to do

•Whitewater rafting The jump-off point for Cagayan de Oro’s famous whitewater rafting is a one-hour drive away from the city proper. Package tours include the use of a life vest and helmets, and a safety briefing — be sure to pay attention!

There are two options for rafting tours. The “short course” features 14 rapids and goes for P900 per person, while the “long course” passes 21 rapids and costs P1,000 per person. There’s a minimum of five people per group.

•Mapawa Nature Park Located 30 minutes from the city proper, Mapawa offers a 20-minute trail hike that takes you to a 350-year-old heritage tree. From here, it’s another 15-minute hike to the jump-off point for the river trek. There’s a waterfall that’s around two storeys high and acts as a natural slide, a six-storey-high waterfall that you have to rappel down, and a 25-foot-high cliff jump. This river trek costs P1,200 per person, with a minimum of five people per group. Lunch is included.

You can also try the forest zip line for P325 or go horseback riding for P200 an hour. There’s also a bed and breakfast where you can stay for P650 per head, minimum of five people in a group.

What to see

•Malasag Eco Tourism Village The Malasag Eco Tourism Village is near Mapawa but focuses on a more cultural experience. Here, you can see and even experience the traditions of Mindanao’s indigenous tribes. If you’re looking for accommodations, they’ve also got you covered. For P1,850 you can already get a room for two with breakfast.

•Macahambus Cave You’ll pass by Macahambus Cave on the way to the whitewater rafting jump-off point. If you have a lull in your schedule, set aside some time to explore this historic cave. In 1900, this cave was the hideout of the Kagay-anon soldiers during the Battle of Macahambus Hill — the first victory of Filipinos during the Filipino-American War.

The cave itself is short, and when you get out, you’ll see the Cagayan River.

•Tsada Kagay-an City Tour This tour is organized by the local government and has been up and running daily since 2012. “I found the tour very informative. The guides are professional,” says Drew. “They knew what they were talking about, and maraming sights kaming napuntahan that stem from their local flavor...from the market, to showing us some of the ancient buildings, to the cathedral, and this house owned by a prominent family that showed relics of the distant past.” The four-hour tour costs P599 per person.

Where and what to eat

•Divisoria Plaza Every Friday and Saturday night, the streets around the plaza are closed to make way for food stalls and tables where locals and travelers alike can enjoy street food and a cold drink.

•Nanol’s Cafe The Cogon Market is open from 1 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is a great place to buy pasalubong or have a snack. For breakfast and teatime, look for Nanol’s Cafe. This small shop sells sikwati (hot chocolate) and the kakanin called putomaya for a winning combination.

•Humba ni Aling Violy Humba is a pork stew popular in the southern part of the Philippines, and Aling Violy makes the best one in Cagayan. For just P35, you can try a serving of humba with rice. Add P10 to P15 for drinks and you’re all set!

•Sinuglaw Pork, ginger, eggs, and — Drew’s favorite ingredient — coconut milk? No wonder this dish was a hit with the “Biyahe ni Drew” crew.

•Richie’s Baby Back Ribs “Pork fat is good!” says Drew. At Richie’s, there’s the half-slab (P250) and full slab (P599) that both come with a side of veggies. The meat just falls off the bone, and is meltingly tender. There’s also buffalo chicken with fried garlic, an unexpected combo that works really well.

•Poldo’s Lechon Restaurant For our nighttime food trip, we went to Poldo’s and gorged on juicy meat and crispy skin! “Solid, ito talaga favorite ko,” says Drew.

•Isla Bonita Cagayan de Oro doesn’t just have adventures outdoors. They’ve also got exotic dishes for the adventurous foodie. Give them a try at Isla Bunita.

•Missy Bonbon Breadshop This bakeshop and cafe has great pastel, or soft bread stuffed with rich yema. Apart from the original recipe, they also make pastel stuffed with hazelnut and chocolate. If you want something a bit heavier, Missy Bonbon also has pancakes and pasta.

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)

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