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Oro residents block access road in Macajalar

Jigger J. Jerusalem

FOR blocking the road leading to their homes, more than a thousand residents of a neighborhood in Barangay Lapasan found themselves inconvenienced, and in turn barricaded a public street, bothering motorists at Macajalar road Thursday morning.

The residents at Sitio San Miguel in Barangay Lapasan said they find it hard to get to their residences or to go some place from their homes as the private road going there was fenced by the owner of the property whom the residents identified as Mindanao Health Care (MHC) Wednesday night.

San Miguel is located on a hilly side bounded by Barangay Camaman-an and located near a shopping mall. Below the houses is a firing range said to be owned also by MHC.

Because of the blockade, resident Jojie Nonot, 53, said it would be difficult for him and the more than a hundred families to go home as part of the road was affected, resulting in the excavation allegedly ordered by the MHC management.

“What will happen if there is an emergency? Garbage could no longer be collected. The other day, a resident who had just a dialysis couldn’t proceed to San Miguel. He was carried instead by the neighbors. He got soaking wet because it was raining,” Nonot, a farmer and board member of the neighborhood association, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Thursday.

Aside from the San Miguel residents, people going to and from the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Northern Mindanao headquarters at Camp Alagar and students at the Lapasan National High School use the road as shortcut, he added.

Nonot said the owner of the property did not inform them in advance when fencing the road.

He said they were told by the security guards, numbering more than a dozen who were deployed in the area and armed with shotguns, that the road is a private property and using it was prohibited.

He said the homeowners can pass through, but they have to hurdle the barbed wire near where a “private property, no entry” sign is hanged.

In retaliation, the residents also blocked a portion of the Macajalar road just a few meters away from the entrance of the firing range.

Access road

The Macajalar road serves as an access road going to the national highway and a nearby mall. Motorists had to find other alternate routes because of the blockade.

The obstruction, said Rita Zarsosa, 36, and a San Miguel dweller, caused a motorcycle owner to flare up as he shouted invectives at the residents early morning on Thursday. He eventually turned around.

But Zarsosa said that was the only incident that figured an angry motorist. Other drivers, once they saw the blockade, turned back without complaining.

She said only Mayor Oscar Moreno can help them solve their problem, but she heard he could not directly intervene since the property in question is privately owned.

Nonot said they had to do that (obstruction) so City Hall and other concerned government agencies would listen to them and do something about their situation.

SPO1 Jonathan Mulleon, a member of the Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo) Traffic Unit, said they were deployed to augment law enforcers from the Agora police station to ensure violence would not erupt on site.

Nonot said their neighborhood is a piece of land acquired by the former employees of Coca Cola, then owned by San Miguel, hence the name of the housing subdivision, in 1967.

Some of the first residents of San Miguel have been living there for 40 years, Nonot, a homeowner for 22 years, added.

He said they could not figure out why after more three decades of using the road, it is only now that the owners decided to close it, but he added they suspected that the 1.6-hectare property, which the road is part of, will be bought by a company.

Agreement

But he said about three years ago, the homeowners signed an agreement with former MHC president, Vicente Cabrera, who provided three meters and the owner of the adjacent lot another three meters for access road intended for the residents’ use.

It was also agreed that the road will not be closed provided MHC will be paid by the city government through the expropriation of the lot.

He said the agreement was witnessed by sitio leaders of Hillside and San Miguel, City Legal Office, and a Lapasan barangay official.

Nonot said Lapasan barangay chairman Omar Labuntog issued a hold order for the excavation to stop and remove the fence, but it went unheeded.

He said they have yet to have a dialogue with MHC new president Manolo de Leon.

When Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro tried to get the side of the MHC management inside the firing range, the guards stationed inside the property said only employees are allowed to enter the compound.

The guards also said no one in the management was around to answer queries from the media.






1st Go Negosyo Center opened in CDO

(JMOR/PIA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, November 27 (PIA) – “It is not enough to teach people accountancy and basic financial literacy but an entrepreneurial mindset.”

This was made clear by Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV during the opening of the first ever Negosyo Center in the country on November 13, 2014 here in Cagayan de Oro City.

He said that there is an allotted P93.5M for the Go Negosyo Act where 100 Go Negosyo centers will be established nationwide by November of 2015 and 2,500 in total within the next five years.

Senator Aquino said, “We want the Negosyo Centers to be a front line organization.” Isang lugar na pwedeng mahanap, pwedeng makita ng ating kapwa Pilipino na naghahanap ng tulong sa kanilang maliit na negosyo. (A place which can be easily located can be accessed by fellow Filipinos looking for help with their small businesses.)

There are some Negosyo Centers in pilot areas that will be found in city halls, malls, commercial areas, and others to be housed in state universities and colleges, the Senator said.

The purpose of the center is to help micro enterprises become small enterprises and the small enterprises become medium and the medium become large and export and join the global market.

According to him, micro enterprises comprise 92% of the country and graduating from micro to small is really one of the challenges.

There is the regulatory challenge because entrepreneurs go from underground to regular economy. It is also a minimum wage challenge from going to non-minimum wage to minimum wage. It’s a Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) challenge if you are a food entrepreneur. You need to get the regulations to get to the supermarket for example.

“I am hoping that this can make a big difference in terms of our fight against poverty. There is no way we can get out of poverty if there are no jobs, no enterprises,” the Senator said.

If you have a good business you might not need to go abroad. There are many benefits of having a business and having a job in the country. It’s time to focus efforts on fighting poverty. And the way to help our people fight poverty is by providing jobs and supporting their enterprise.

Senator Aquino said the center represents an actual physical program, actual method, and actual process to develop in our country.

He said, finance institutions are present and will give opportunity to the formal or regulated micro financing groups to read brochures or have training sessions here to take them away from the “5/6” or other loan sharks. So that will be part of this center.

This will be a proactive center where the organization doesn’t just wait for people to come but seek out opportunities for our countrymen. Even the farming communities are welcomed for them to find a way so their products and services will be delivered to the market. Meanwhile the center may be also used by the private sectors for meetings, events. There will be a partnership between private sector, government officials, and local officials.

This is just the start, there is so much further we want to achieve, the Senator said. We have a very good start. If we can make it work here in Cagayan de Oro, we can make it work anywhere in the Philippines. We will make sure that the Negosyo Centers are funded, supported and we will continue bringing in private sector to support the Negosyo Centers.

DTI as leading agency for the Go Negosyo Center in CDO

According to Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya, the Negosyo Center is a dream come true. It is really a realization of making services available to Micro Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (MSMEs).

Because that’s always what they ask about, “Where do we go? How do we do? How can we ask for help?” Now, they only have to remember the address of the Negosyo Center whether it is in DTI, local government, or in a mall.

According to Jerry T. Clavesillas, Assistant Director of the Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprises Development (BSMED) that this is the first Negosyo Center established under the Go Negosyo act RA 10644.

Further, it is cross sectoral, cross agency. A Negosyo Center is primarily under the supervision of small and medium enterprise development council of which the membership covers a lot of agencies.

He said that this is really to promote the ease of doing business. Further, requirements are simplified for those who want to go into business and also facilitate other regulatory requirements and even support services we can provide to the MSMEs.

Moreover, the center is for the promotion of MSMEs. MSMEs only need to approach this center. Meanwhile, personnel will not be purely from DTI but ultimately an inter-agency collaboration. So other agencies and private companies like Microsoft are also willing to provide training especially with Information Technology (IT) solutions. These are the things that we can get out of the Negosyo center, he said.

Local government participation

Cagayan de Oro first district Representative Rolando “Klarex” Uy said this is a huge leap for businessmen and would be businessmen in the city. “Ang negosyo maoy kinabuhi sa gobyerno. Kung wala ang negosyante, ang gobyerno dili mugana og walai pangimpliyo. Importante ang negosyante. Kai kung wala sila, unsa man ang employment sa local nga kagamhanan?” he said. (The business is the life of the government. If there are no businessmen, the government could not work and there won’t be employment. The businessmen are important. If they do not exist, what would be the employment in the local government?)

Meanwhile, 1st Congressional District of Misamis Oriental Representative Peter Unabia congratulated the courage of Provincial Director Ma. Eliza A. Pabillore.

He said that this is a big help to aspiring businessmen. He also challenged that the center will be sincere in providing assistance to develop micro entrepreneurs to become small to become employers themselves.

On the other hand, Cagayan de Oro vice mayor Ian Acenas said the city is so lucky and so blessed and that the opening of Negosyo Center is so timely because the city has been declared 2nd most competitive city after Makati just this year.

Programs Offered

The Negosyo Center shall offer services like Trainings in Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Technology, Financial Management, Productivity and Efficiency, Business registration services, Business consultancy/ coaching, Product Development, Market Development and Promotions and Business Ideas and Information.

The center is located at the ground level of Antolin Building, Tiano-Akut Sts., Cagayan de Oro City.

Roll-out for the full multi-phase implementation of the Negosyo Centers will begin in 2015 as provided for in the Transitory Provisions of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Go Negosyo Act.

The Center is a pilot project of Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aguino IV.

Oro to develop relocation sites

By Jigger J. Jerusalem

AFTER more than two years, Cagayan de Oro City's relocation areas still need further development so residents could live a quality life.

In a statement sent through email to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro, Mayor Oscar Moreno was quoted as saying that one of his plans is develop the permanent resettlement sites through the construction of added amenities that dwellers could commonly use such as parks and churches.

Moreno said the additional facilities would complement the facilities recently donated by Habitat for Humanity Philippines in a ceremonial turnover.

Among the structures being donated by the group are multipurpose livelihood centers, a health center, day care facility, as well as police outposts to be put up in various relocation sites in the city.

A multipurpose building and health center will be put up in the resettlement area in Barangay Indahag, while a relocation site Barangay Pagatpat will have its own day care school and a police outpost.

The relocation areas in Canitoan will be recipients of a multipurpose structure and a police outpost.

During the turnover, Moreno expressed his gratitude to Habitat for the continued assistance it has extended to the City Government, especially to the relocated residents whose lives should be enhanced given their condition.

Also, Moreno is planning on subdividing the land on the resettlement sites so they could become the legal owners of the lots they are living in at present.

Most of the settlers living at the relocation areas are survivors of Tropical Storm Sendong that devastated villages in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan where hundreds of people were either declared dead or missing and millions of pesos in properties were damaged on December 17, 2011.

Among the villages in the city that experienced the most destruction brought by Sendong were Carmen, Camaman-an, Balulang, and Iponan where residents perished in the flood.

Aside from the different infrastructure the organization has donated to the city, it also handed out seven water-testing kits that were received by city health officer Dr. Fe Bongcas.

Bongcas said the City Health Office has yet to identify the villages that they are going to distribute the kits to.

Farmers protest DAR Bukidnon executive

Mindanao Examiner

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Some 200 landless farmers on Monday protested the continued defiance of the Department of Agrarian Reform to implement the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program in Bukidnon province in northern Mindanao.

The farmers also demanded the resignation of Julio Celestiano, the provincial agrarian reform officer, for his failure to implement CARP in Bukidnon, especially in the estate of the Fortich family.

Rosendo Emat, chairman of the Fortich Farm Landless Farmers Beneficiaries Association and a member of the national peasant federation Task Force Mapalad, accused Celestiano of violating the CARP.

“While the DAR is among the top agencies tasked to fulfil the state’s Constitutional mandate to pursue agrarian reform with the welfare of the landless farmers and farm workers receiving the highest consideration, the department ironically has a top CARP violator within its ranks in the person of Celestiano, who has been tolerating the Fortich family in blocking the implementation of agrarian reform in a landholding that they don’t even own,” Emat said.

The 331-hectare portion of the 1,178-hectare banana, pineapple and papaya plantations in Valencia City consisting of three lots are being claimed by Carlos Fortich and daughters Maria Teresa Zarraga and Pilar Morasa, according to Emat, who said that government records show that the Fortich family is not the registered owners of the lots.

He said in 2006, the DAR, through issuance of notices of coverage, placed the three lots being claimed by the Fortich family under the CARP so these could eventually be distributed to farmer-beneficiaries of the program.

However, in 2011, as the distribution of the lots to beneficiaries neared, the Land Bank of the Philippines refused to value the landholdings and determine the compensation that the government would give to the landowners in exchange for placing their properties under the CARP after it found out that the lots were untitled and not owned by any private individual.

24 hurt as bus, dump truck collide in Cagayan de Oro

Joel Locsin/JDS, GMA News


At least 24 people were reported injured after a bus and a dump truck collided in Cagayan de Oro City shortly after noon Sunday.

The collision occurred along the national highway at Barangay Tablon in Cagayan de Oro City, GMA Northern Mindanao's Sozie Alamban reported Monday on GMA News TV's "Balita Pilipinas Ngayon."

The injured, which include the bus driver and two children who were on the bus, were brought to a hospital.

The left side of the bus sustained heavy damage.

Initial investigation showed both vehicles were heading for Cagayan de Oro City when the accident happened. Police said the truck was about to enter a compund when the bus hit it.

Meanwhile, the husband of one of the injured asked the bus company to shoulder the medical expenses of the injured.

"Obligasyon nila kasi mga pasahero nila 'yun at saka sagutin nila ang nangyari dahil problema nila 'yun baka wala ng sumakay sa kanilang bus kung ganon ang style nila," said Vergilito Puyos.

The bus company has yet to comment on the incident, even as police continue their investigation into who should be held liable for the collision.

CDO’s emerging foodie trail

(DZRH News)

CAGAYAN de Oro City is a place known to many domestic and foreign tourists as an adventure destination. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people visit CdeO just for the whitewater rafting alone. Adventure-seekers also find more exciting activities a few minutes away from the city.

Not many, however, would come to CdeO just for its delicacies (except maybe for the ham), since CdeO has never been known as a foodie stop. Unknown to many, a lot of the family-owned businesses in CDO are related to food, mainly because Kagay-anons appreciate good grub.

Lately, a number of quirky restaurants have sprouted all over town. In Divisoria alone, unique places to eat can be found in almost every corner, where the ambience is as interesting as the menu.

The newly opened Backyard Grill is one of the restaurants that serve affordable grilled fare, with a lot of their meals at P99. Aside from the usual silog meals, it also serves meals on a hot plate: sizzling Sisig, sizzling (spa)Ghetti and even sizzling Brownie Ala Mode! Its hefty serving of baby back ribs will keep you coming back for more. Backyard Grill is located at Marfori Compound, Gaerlan St.

Alaska Aces back at top of standings

(DZRH News)

Alaska Aces guard Cyrus glides in for a layup against a GlobalPort Batang Pier defender. The Alaska Aces bounced back with a vengeance by beating the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 87-84, Saturday, Nov. 22 in Cagayan De Oro City to grab first place in the standings of the 2014-2015 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup. PBA Image/Nuki Sabio

Alaska Aces guard Cyrus glides in for a layup against a GlobalPort Batang Pier defender. The Alaska Aces bounced back with a vengeance by beating the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 87-84, Saturday, Nov. 22 in Cagayan De Oro City to grab first place in the standings of the 2014-2015 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup. PBA Image/Nuki Sabio

The Alaska Aces bounced back with a vengeance by beating the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 87-84, Saturday, Nov. 22 in Cagayan De Oro City to grab back first place in the 2014-2015 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.

The Aces took command of the game early in the fourth period. Vic Manuel started the scoring binge with three consecutive field goals then Calvin Abueva completed the Alaska run, with back-to-back baskets of his own, which pushed the Aces ahead for good, 79-65, with 7:31 to go in the game.

The Batang Pier cut the gap but the Aces relied on their defense to preserve the victory. Abueva, with 19 points and six rebounds, went on to win Player of the Game honors.

With the victory the Aces (7 wins, 1 loss) grabbed solo leadership in the standings ahead of the San Miguel Beermen (6-1).

The other teams include the Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters (5-2), Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (5-3), the Meralco Bolts (4-3), the Talk N Text Tropang Texters (4-3), GlobalPort (4-4), the Purefoods Star Hotshots (3-3), the NLEX Road Warriors (3-4), Barako Bull Energy (2-5), the Kia Sorento (1-7) and the Blackwater Elite (0-8).

GlobalPort jumped out to an early nine-point lead, 20-11, after a three-point play by Yancy De Ocampo who converted a followup and a bonus free throw with 1:15 to go in the first quarter. Alaska eventually trailed, 15-22, after the first period.

The Aces started the second quarter breathing fire. RJ Jazul and Jvee Casio drilled a pair of triples to start the Alaska scoring spree. Abueva then capped the 10-3 Alaska run with a drive (plus a blocking foul that was not called) to tie the count at 25-all, with 8:09 to go in the second period.

Cyrus Baguio and Casio completed the Alaska run as the Aces suddenly erected a five-point advantage, 31-26, in the second quarter.

But GlobalPort made its own run late in the period, outscoring the Aces 11-2 the rest of the way as Alaska found itself facing a four-point deficit at halftime, 33-37.

Abueva turned to “Beast Mode” early in the third period converting four consecutive field goals right in the first seven minutes of the period. Alaska outscored GlobalPort, 18-13, to grab the lead. Abueva capped the run with a hookshot as Alaska took over the driver’s seat, 51-50, with 6:29 to go in the third period.

Alaska’s second unit, led by RJ Jazul and Eric Menk, then picked up where Abueva left off. Jazul drilled a triple and then Menk converted a pair of free throws to push the Aces to a six-point advantage, 66-60, after the third quarter.

SCORES:

ALASKA ACES 87 – Calvin Abueva 19, Jvee Casio 14, Cyrus Baguio 10, Sonny Thoss 10, RJ Jazul 8, Eric Menk 7, Vic Manuel 6, Chris Banchero 4, Ping Exciminiano 4, Dondon Hontiveros 3, Rome Dela Rosa 2, Sam Eman 0, Tony Dela Cruz 0.

GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER 84 – Terrrence Romeo 26, Stanley Pringle 15, Alex Cabagnot 15, Mark Isip 12, Yancy De Ocampo 6, Ronjay Buenafe 5, Jewel Ponferada 3, Keith Jensen 2, Paolo Taha 0, John Pinto 0, Prince Caperal 0, Nonoy Baclao 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 15-22, 33-37, 66-60, 87-84.

DOLE-X joins regional launching of nutrition council’s “10 Kumainments”

By Glenford C. Labial (DOLE-X)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, November 21 -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office No. X joined the regional launching of the “10 Kumainments” of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) on November 14 at the Dynasty Court Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.

NNC-X coordinator, Marissa DM. Valles, said that the “10 Kumainments” are approved by the NNC Governing Board, as a campaign to help prevent malnutrition and diet-related non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.

Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJDD, steered the unveiling of the huge standee together with retired National Economic Development Authority region 10 (NEDA-X) regional director Myra V. Balandra.

With its 10 dimensions under the Family Welfare Program (FWP), as emphasized under Department Order (D.O.) 56-03 s. 2003 “Rationalizing the Implementation of Family Welfare Program”, DOLE intensifies the mandateto stakeholders to comply “Nutrition” as part of said dimensions, as well as implementing lactation station in workplace.

Aside from the FWP directive, the department commits to NNC the facilitation of emergency employment and capacity building of workers on counseling for the poor and vulnerable workers in the region.

DOLE is part of the Technical Working Group together with the Department of Education (DepEd); Department of Agriculture (DA); NEDA; Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); Department of Science and Technology (DOST); Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Health (DOH).

The launching was attended by non-government organizations like the World Food Programme; World Vision Development Foundation, Inc.; inter-agency partners that include DA; NEDA; DepEd and the trimedia partners.

As part of the programme, NNC presented the Results of the 2013 Nutrition Survey in Northern Mindanao and the Updated Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2014-2016.

The event was participated by Glenford C. Labial, Labor and Employment Officer-III and DOLE-X FWP regional focal person.

The launching bears the theme “Strengthening Partnership in Scaling-up Nutrition Action”.

CSC-10 sets stenographer exam on December 11 & 12

pia.gov.ph

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Nov. 20 (PIA) --- The Civil Service Commission in Northern Mindanao (CSC-10) announced the conduct of stenographer examination in the city on December 11 and 12, 2014.

Applicants must have completed at least two years of college work including course in stenography or have at least six months experience as stenographer in a government or private office duly certified by the employer.


He or she must also be a Filipino citizen, of good health and free from physical defects to enable him or her to meet the physical standards deemed necessary for the position.

The requirements to apply for the examination are four identical passport size photo in standard close-up shot; original and photocopy of a valid and laminated identification card (ID) such as office employment ID, SSS, GSIS, PHIC, Postal and BIR ID; and an examination fee of P400.00.

Applicants must also bring along a good-conditioned typewriter.

Applications are accepted at the CSC regional office on or before the scheduled dates.

For details, one may call (088)858-7563 or visit CSC-10 Regional Office in Vamenta Blvd., Carmen, this city. (APB/PIA-10)

P15M seized drugs destroyed in Misamis Oriental

Joel Locsin

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Monday destroyed some P15 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) and marijuana in Lugait town in Misamis Oriental province.

PDEA officials put the drugs in a kiln at a cement plant during a program attended by representatives of PDEA Region 10, the local government, and the judge of the Regional Trial Court Branch 25.

The burned drugs had been seized by PDEA agents in recent operations in Cagayan de Oro City, GMA Northern Mindanao's Joe Legaspina reported.

It was the second time this year that seized illegal drugs were destroyed by burning.

With the burning, anti-drug operatives are seeking to prevent the drugs from being "recycled" or sold again. — Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News

Listahang Tubig" survey process confab conducted in Misamis Oriental

(EOR/PIA)

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Misamis Oriental, Nov. 18 (PIA) -- Orientation on the "Listahang Tubig" on the survey process for Misamis Oriental was conducted on Nov. 18-19 for better water service coverage.

Listahang Tubig, the national survey aims to enhance the regulation of water users and improve the overall management of water resources in the country.

Jointly implemented by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) and Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), the survey covers level I to III water supply systems in 81 provinces, 143 cities, 1491 municipalities and 42028 barangays nationwide.

The initiative is a project of the NWRB with the support of The World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WB-WSP) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Water for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project.

On the challenges and issues on water system, Edmundo Pacamalan Jr, provincial administrator of Misamis Oriental, underscored it is easy to operate the water system if all consumers participate in the decision-making.

Pacamalan said we should give emphasis on putting more time to social preparation and acceptability.

He further said construction and installation of water system should be disaster-resilient.

In a statement, DILG Undersecretary for Local Government Austere Panadero said that the data generated in the Listahang Tubig will be very useful to concerned agencies and local government units (LGUs) in planning how to reach out to municipalities and barangays that still lack access to safe drinking water, and in sustaining and improving water management of those areas with water supply coverage.

Meanwhile, Edwin Arco, training specialist, said the survey will also help identify water point sources, location, and potential danger for over-extraction of ground water or where watershed development efforts are needed to sustain water resources.

According to Joint Monitoring Program 2014, 7.9 million Filipinos still have no access to improved drinking water.

COHARA honors Kumbira 2014 National Food Competition Winners

By MIKE BAÑOS

The Cagayan de Oro Hotels and Restaurants Association (COHARA) honored two of its Kumbira 2014 winners with a special recognition during its general membership meeting held 30 October 2014 at the new Ah Fong Restaurant in Grand Central.

Cited were Team Kumbira Representatives to the Chef Wars in the National Food Showdown held September 23-24, 2014 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, Metro Manila.

Awarded special recognition were Monster Kitchen Academy, the Overall Champion-Kumbira 2014 for placing 2nd in the Chef Wars Battle Royale- Professional Division and Father Saturnino Urios University-Butuan City, 1st Runner up in the Overall championship-Kumbira 2014 for topping the the Chef Wars Battle Royale- Student Division.

The Monster Kitchen Academy team which competed in the Professional Division of the Chef Wars was composed of Chefs Catherine Lopez-Dano, Albert Chiu and Ramon Cardenas Jr. with coach Chef Carsten Radke while the Father Saturnino Urios University Team from Butuan City which topped the Student Division of the Chef Wars was composed of Student Chefs Neil Mari Y. Arellano, Louie O. Ardiente and Jose Mari A. Oraca with Herbert Castro as their coach.

Chef Cathy Dano said the theme for the Professional Division was French Cuisine with each team asked to create various French dishes with chicken liver as the main ingredient.

In response to the challenge, Chef Dano created a Liver Parfait, Lentil Salad, Smoked Chicken Liver, Buttered Sauteed Pumpkin and Apricot, Toasted Walnuts, Radish with Truffle Honey.

Her team mate Chef Mon Cardenas created Chicken Liver Crème Brulee which was Chicken Liver Pate–stuffed pate a choux in apple jelly and Chicken liver praline breaded with pumpernickel and saffron brioche.

As the plat de résistance, Chef Albert Chiu created his winning entrée Paupiettes Chicken with Liver and Herbs Stuffing and Beurre Blanc Sauce, Chicken Fillet stuffed with Chicken Liver and Herbs filling with Asparagus, Cherry Tomatoes and Mashed Potatoes with Truffle oil.

For its part, Team Kumbira as represented by Fr. Saturnino Urios University of Butuan City topped the Chef Wars Student Division which has a Classical Filipino theme with glutinous white rice as the main ingredient where each team was challenged to create 3 dishes within one hour.

“Our concept was to present a traditional Filipino dish infusing Butuanon delicacies,” said Team Coach Herbert Castro.

For its entry, the team submitted Arroz Valenciana, Savory Palitaw with Binuntan na Kalimango Filling Soy Caramel Sauce, Pickled Carrot and Singkamas, and Deep Fried Puto Maya with Kusilba Mango, Kalamansi Sauce and Peanut Brittle.

“Arroz Valenciana is a traditional dish from Iloilo which usually takes hours to prepare,” Coach Castro explained. “However , we chose to apply modern cooking preparation like sauteeing and cooking the rice in a rice cooker but we made sure that the classical flavor of the dish is maintained. Boiled quail egg, mussels and deep fried kangkong is added as garnish.”

Coach Castro describes “Binuntan na kalimango” as a traditional Butuanon dish. “It’s a mixture of crab fat, young coconut meat (called babahug in Butuanon) ginger, onion, tomatoes and roasted bell pepper. It is next steamed and filled in a palitaw then rolled in coconut meat and sesame seeds.”

Not the least, “Kusilba” is the Butuanon version of Bukayo mixed with tableya to perfectly pair with the puto maya. “We thought of deep frying the puto becauce we Pinoys love to eat the burnt part of the bottom of theputo maya as well as to add texture and crunch to the dish.”

Bodies of 2 soldiers slain in latest clash with Sayyaf sent home to GenSan, CDO

By Julie S. Alipala @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Mindanao

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Draped with a Philippine flag, a white coffin was loaded into a Nomad plane bound for Tambler Airport in General Santos City early Sunday morning.

Hours later, another coffin was placed inside another aircraft bound for Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro City.

Some personnel of the Philippine Air Force and top officials of the Western Mindanao Command, sent off the bodies of Private First Class Joey Blanche of Tacurong City in Sultan Kudarat, and Gabby Aches of Misamis Oriental, in simple military’s funeral rites at the Edwin Andrews Air Base here.

Blanche and Aches were among the five soldiers killed in an encounter with Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu on Friday.

Privates First Class Alison Claro of Gamu, Isabela; Samuel Taluyan of Pangol, Tamdan Kalinga; and Albert Villaluna of Luban, Occidental Mindoro –

will be flown to Manila via a C130 military cargo aircraft on Monday, according to Gen. Rustico Guerrero, chief of Western Mindanao Command.

Guerrero declined to comment when asked about the reported beheading of one of the soldiers as earlier confirmed by Col. Allan Arrojado of the Joint Task Group Sulu.

Arrojado, in a separate interview, said his men did not die in vain.

“They fought hard. Our men fought hard for over five hours and we were able to inflict heavy casualties on the Abu Sayyaf fighters,” he said.

At least 28 other soldiers were wounded in the clash. Arrojado said 10 bandits were killed while 30 others were wounded in the five-hour fighting.

Guerrero, who visited Sulu on Saturday, told reporters that the government troops were engaged in “a very close and intense firefight, just about 10 to 20 meters from the enemies.”

He denied that their troops were ambushed.

“That was a deliberate AFP operation,” he said.

Although it was unusual for the bandits to engage the military in a long encounter, Guerrero said it could be that “they are protecting somebody at the back.”

“And we know they are protecting kidnap victims. What our troops hit then were the outer layer groups of (Abu Sayyaf leader) Radulan Sahiro,” he said.

The clash involved at least 300 Abu Sayyaf members. The military said Sahiron’s group merged with five other sub-groups.

Arrojado said despite the casualties, “more troops were sent to block the escape routes of the bandits.”

Bomb scare grips supermarket in Cagayan de Oro

By Joel Locsin

A bomb scare gripped a neighborhood in Cagayan de Oro City Friday morning, after an attache case was found abandoned near a supermarket there.

Employees of the supermarket noticed the attache case there at about 9 a.m., according to a report on GMA News TV's "Balita Pilipinas Ngayon."

When no one claimed the attache case after a few hours, the supermarket's management sought assistance from police.

A bomb-sniffing dog sat near the attache case five times, an indication it smelled what could be explosives.

Police used a water disruptor to conduct a controlled detonation of the attache case.

Inside the exploded case were documents with the name and photo of an Australian.

Police are now coordinating with the Australian embassy on the owner of the attache case. — Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News

Negosyo Center to help entrepreneurs start business

By Jigger J. Jerusalem

WITH the launching of the first Negosyo Center in Cagayan de Oro Thursday, Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV is optimistic it will further strengthen the foothold of the entrepreneurs not just in the city but in the entire country.

Aquino is the author of Republic Act (RA) 10644, or known as the Go Negosyo Act, which was passed into law early this year.

The establishment of the Negosyo Center is just one of the vital provisions in this new law to help aspiring entrepreneurs get started on their business of choice.

“The opening of the first Negosyo Center in the country eases the doing of business in the city, as it will help fast-track government processes in putting up a business,” he said during the opening.

The Negosyo Center in the city is located at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial office located at the ground floor of Antolin building in Tiano and Akut streets here.

In a statement, Aquino said the Cagayan de Oro Negosyo Center would be the first of many, as RA 10644 mandates the creations of such in all provinces, cities and towns in the archipelago.

He said Negosyo Centers will provide a “unified and simplified business registration process,” making it easier for entrepreneurs to register and start up their business, as well as gain access to sources of financing.

“By making business registration simpler and more efficient, we hope to encourage more Filipinos to start their own small businesses to stimulate the local economy,” Aquino added.

Based on RA 10644, the Negosyo Centers will provide courses and development programs, training, advice on business conceptualization and feasibility, financing, management, capability building, human resources, marking and other support services.

“We call on the businessmen and entrepreneurs of Cagayan de Oro to engage with the Negosyo Center and give feedback on its operations so we can continuously improve its services to the public, as we replicate it nationwide,” Aquino said.

The city’s first district Representative Rolando Uy, who graced the launching, said the putting up of a pilot Negosyo Center in Cagayan de Oro is a welcome development to the micro, small and medium enterprises as it will help their business to thrive and grow.

Uy said he supported for the passage of the RA 10644 by voting for House Bill 3729, the parallel legislation of Senate Bill 2046 in the Lower House, before it became a law.

As a businessman himself, Uy added that every budding entrepreneur in the city must be informed that there is now an office that will cater to their needs in starting their own business.

“With the Negosyo Center, they (entrepreneurs) will no longer find it hard to make their dreams into a reality,” he added.

For his part, Representative Peter Unabia of the first district of Misamis Oriental said the establishment of a Negosyo Center is a reprieve for business minded people where they will no longer go through the hassle in securing documents from government office to another where most of the time they fall victims to bureaucratic red tape for an approval.

“To start a business with the Go Negosyo aiding the investors is a big help that would encourage tremendously businesses to do more, thus making the economy of localities vibrant,” Unabia said.

Aside from facilitating the business registration services, the Negosyo Center will also assist small-time business owners by going through trainings in entrepreneurship, marking, technology, financial management, productivity and efficiency, the DTI said.

Also, entrepreneurs can avail themselves of business consultancy and coaching, product development, market development and promotions, and business ideas and information at the Negosyo Center, DTI added. (With Butch D. Enerio)

CDO nominated in the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Cities

By Michael Ray

Cagayan de Oro is one of the nominees in the ‘Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Cities’ under the highly urbanized city category.

This was revealed by Patricia B. Luna, the executive director of the Council for the Welfare of Children. Cagayan de Oro is the regional awardee in the “Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance’ which became the reason why CDO is in the shortlist in the Presidential Award for Child Friendly Cities.

The different departments at the city hall and the local council are now preparing the necessary documents and requirements that will be submitted in the National Awards Committee (NAC).

On November 25 to 28, the members of the NAC will visit the city to conduct evaluation and validation. They are expected to check the model child-friendly barangay in Cagayan de Oro which is Barangay Bugo and the other barangays as well.

Dengue cases still rising

By Vaneza Kimilat

CAGAYAN DE ORO City has registered the highest dengue cases in northern Mindanao with 2,208 recorded in September 2014, which rose to 2,813 as of November 8.

The Regional Epidemiology Surveillance and Health Emergency Management region data showed a total of 9,309 dengue cases in northern Mindanao from January this year until November 8.

The dengue cases registered 45 deaths.

Dr. Joselito A. Retuya Jr.an epidemiologist of the City Health Office told Sun.Star yesterday that dengue is the top viral-related disease affecting the city.

Shirley Casil, the mother of Maria Mhenryl Casil, a 4-year-old girl confined at J.R Borja General Hospital said she noticed her daughter was too weak to stand while she had fever. Mhenryl also experienced vomiting.

“We had her massaged and then checked-up since she could barely stand,” Shirley said.

At the hospital, Mhenryl’s platelet count reached 98.

“I thought she needed blood transfusion right away, but on the second day her platelet count went up to 140,” Shirley added.

However, on the third day, Mhenryl’s platelet count lowered by 30 and became 110, and then on Monday, it lowered again to 98 platelet count.

“I really don’t know what has caused this. We live near a canal but it is a clean one. Our house is clean too. I learned many had dengue in the neighborhood affecting mostly children,” Shirley said.

Ricornie Lagaret, 6 year-old has been confined at the same hospital; it is her 4th day at the hospital yesterday, November 11, but then her platelet count has not yet reached the minimum of 150.

“It all started when she had rashes and the fever, she also felt dizzy. When we brought her to the hospital, her platelet count was 56,” Lyn Lagaret, her mother, recalled.

Not until Tuesday, Ricornie’s platelet count reached 108.

“When it comes to cleanliness, the house is clean including its surrounding, but the problem is the school. She got bitten there,” Lyn added.

Merrylyn Ompoc, a resident of Baungon, Bukidnon, came to the city to seek treatment for her daughter who has been in the hospital for seven days now.

“We live in the hinterland. It is orderly and clean there. In the hinterland, infections abound, that’s why I didn’t suspect but at the same time I got worried. I know nothing about advocacies or advisories but I wish we have been informed of the right thing to do,” she said.

4S, the solution

“The best way to prevent the mosquito from breeding is through 4S. It is the most effective solution and that should be the permanent prevention,” Dr. Retuya said.

The 4S has already been launched long before the number of dengue cases rose. 4S is referred to: search and destroy; seek early consultation; self-protection mechanisms; say no to indiscriminate fogging/fumigation.

“We are always prepared for that. Since January there were already dengue cases, there hasn’t been a zero record, so that means it is endemic, occurring anytime of the year, but its endemicity has chances that the figures could rise especially during rainy season since it could expand the breeding ground of mosquitoes.”

ABAKADA in barangays

Some barangays in Cagayan de Oro City have their own program in combating these dengue-carrying-mosquitoes.

Launched last May 2014, the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABAKADA) has been helping communities in fighting to lessen the number of dengue cases and also prevent these mosquitoes destroy lives.

“Once a week, some barangays or sitios hold cleanup drive. But if the barangay captains would only cleanup when the cases are high, that’s the problem,” Dr. Retuya added.

He said that unity in the communities to fight against dengue is the best weapon against dengue.

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