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NorMin Best 21 for Gawad KALASAG Awards named


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Nov. 24 – Twenty one (21) entries in northern Mindanao emerged as winners for 2015 Gawad KALASAG in northern Mindanao.

Seven regional winners emerged as placer to the national level: Lanao del Norte for Best Provincial DRRMC; Tubod and Bacolod towns in Lanao del Norte as Best Municipal DRRM (1st to 3rd Class and 4th to 6th Class respectively.

Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits (ECOWEB), Inc. as Best Civil Society Organization (CSO); Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (MHARS RTTS, Ozamiz City, Best Government National Hospital; Our Lady of Perpetual Help Academy, Linamon, Lanao del Norte and Sacred Heart of Jesus Montessori School, Cagayan de Oro as Best Private Rural and Urban Schools.

Meanwhile, Cagayan de Oro City grabbed the Best City DRRM (highly urbanized city).

For Best City DRRM (component city), winners were Valencia City, Bukidnon (1st placer), Ozamiz City (2nd placer), and Malaybalay City (3rd placer).

Barangay Demologan, Bacolod, Lanao del Norte bagged Best BDRRM Rural Category.

Oro Rescue was likewise cited as champion in the Government Emergency Response Management (GEM) Basic Search and Rescue category.

Best Early Learning Center went to Barangay 18 Day Care Center, Gingoog City.

For public school urban, winners were Bukidnon National High School (1st placer) and Gusa National High School (2nd placer).

Public School Rural, Lala National High School (1st placer), Maranding Central School (2nd placer) and Salay Central School (3rd placer).

Regina Angelorum School of Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, Best Private Rural School (second placer).

Tagoloan Municipal Police Station for Heroic Act.

Gawad KALASAG is a nationwide search made to recognize excellent initiatives in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and humanitarian action.

The prevention and mitigation criteria cover the risk assessment, plans, policies, and budget, early warning system, risk financing, environmental management, and infrastructure resilience, while the preparedness criterion includes the mainstreaming of DRRM programs and projects, DRRMC organization, approved plans, capacity development activities conducted, and partnership mechanisms.

Meanwhile, the criteria for the GEM category include the degree of risk or danger to the life of the rescue group in doing the operations against the possibility of saving lives (natural or human-induced disaster/complex emergency), existence of operations center, training (availed of by the group or provided to a certain group of responders), and recognition from the community or any organization; or accreditation from higher level search and rescue organization.

Director Ana C. Cañeda, Office of Civil Defense and chairperson of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), region 10, thanked during the 6th Monthly Meeting of RDRRMC the cooperating RDRRMC member agencies who were part of the Regional Selection Committee (RSC).

Cañeda underscored the importance of the role of local governments as frontliners DRRM.

University shares challenges, milestones at 8th ESP world confab

By Analyn B Mejares (XU Comm)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, November 23 -- The Valuing Ecosystem Services Together (VEST) of Xavier University, in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature - The Netherlands (IUCN-NL) shared the challenges, lessons and milestones of the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) project in Mt Kalatungan at the 8th Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) World Conference in Spier, Stellenbosch, South Africa on November 9-13.

XU vice-president for Research and Social Outreach Dr Hilly Ann Roa-Quiaoit presented the VEST experience as one of the panelists of the ninth session which centered on finding strong and useful arguments, and building bridges between research, politics and practice.

In a parallel session, Analyn B Mejares, VEST technical officer presented VEST as Disaster Risk Reduction – Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA) and multisectoral rewarding mechanism during the Session T10: Co-investment approaches at the landscape scale.

The participants of both sessions lauded VEST for its ridge-to-reef landscape approach in watershed management, engagement with multisectoral stakeholders, sector-targeted social marketing and student volunteerism. Other participants of the international confab took note of the PES-VEST Operational Framework which is different from the usual PES framework, having added a fund manager and a monitoring and evaluation body in its system.

About 400 participants from 29 countries attended the international confab conference this year.

Established in 2008, ESP is a worldwide network that aims to enhance the science and practical application of ecosystem services. To facilitate the needed dialogue among scientists, policymakers and practitioners, academic institutions, global and community leaders and advocates, ESP organizes an annual international conference in different parts of the world.

This year’s theme “Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity” placed the spotlight to public and private sector dialogue on how the ecosystem services concept can be used to support conservation, improve livelihoods and engage the business community.

The rehabilitation project in Mt. Kalatungan, Talakag, Bukidnon, built on research and community collaborations, has introduced to Northern Mindanao a “rewarding mechanism” where there exists “the seller” who protects and provides ecosystem services to “the buyer” who benefits from these intangible products.

The Miarayon–Lapok–Lirongan–Tinaytayan Tribal Association (MILALITTRA) serves as the seller in this project while different sectors — businesses, cooperatives, academic institutions, religious organizations and households in Cagayan de Oro City— are the buyers of the various ecosystem services, such as ensuring the streamlines along the region develop high water infiltration capacity and providing continuous supply of potable water, clean air and food, among others.

Xavier Science Foundation acts as the fund manager of the PES project in Mt Kalatungan. The accumulated fund will be used to realize the 5-year development masterplan of MILALITTRA in the areas of environmental protection, cultural preservation, youth development, and education and health services, among other aspects. Their Community Development Plan (CDP) targets to reforest 832 hectares and utilize 816 hectares for agroforestry within their ancestral domain.

SP to accredit lumad farmers assn


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Nov. 22 – The 17th City Council of Cagayan de Oro on its regular session on Monday is slated to act on the proposed resolution accrediting the Mambuaya, Bayanga, Agro Forest Lumad Farmers Association, Inc., for purposes of its membership in the Local Special Bodies (LSB).

This is pursuant to Department of Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular No. 2013-70 and Article 64, Rule XIII of the Rules and Regulations Implementing the 1991 Local Government Code.

The application for accreditation was favorably endorsed by the City Planning and Development Office noting that it has complied with all the administrative requirements that would qualify the civil society organization for endorsement to the City Council.

This was reviewed and endorsed by the committees on agriculture and fisheries and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors Annie Daba and Ramon Tabor, respectively.

Cine Europa: A Window to Other Cultures

By Riain Alfonso

CINE Europa once again has opened its doors to movie lovers at the Rodelsa Hall last November 18, 2015. For its eighth year here in Cagayan de Oro, there are 21 films to be featured from 17 different European countries.

“This is actually the eighth year that we have held Cine Europa here in Rodelsa Hall and we are very happy that we have this relationship between the European Union and the Philippines,” said Owen Jaen Liceo U’s Director for Cultural Affairs, “We believe here in Liceo that appreciating culture, not just our own, but the cultures of the world is very important in the transformation, in our own human transformation. We would like to make our students and the community, through the films, experience the culture, the lives of other people and we appreciate that through these movies, we get to see how other people are in those particular countries. We get a glimpse, a taste of the European Culture.”

This is the 18th year that the film festival is being held, thus this year’s version has ‘Coming of Age’ as a theme. This year marks how Cine Europe has matured and grown with its carefully chosen thematic films. The festival is being shown in nine cities including Manila, Baguio, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Leyte, Zamboanga, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro.

Liceo de Cagayan University has been its partner since it first held the festival here in the City of Golden Friendship. Alain Marc Golez, executive vice president of LdeCU said, “Liceo believes in total human formation, so the formation of our students is not limited to learning in the classroom. With arts, with promoting culture, we feel that the formation of our students become holistic, therefore we can claim that the development of students in Liceo is complete. He furthered, “That is why we support activities like this because it is a window to other cultures. We have movies from Germany, from Slovakia, from the UK, and it is a window to what Europe is about, through film. It’s a good medium for learning and we have fun in the process.”

Cine Europa 18: Coming of Age in CdeO showcased movies from Romania (Nunta muta or Silent Wedding), Slovakia (Mrtvola Musi Zomriet or The Corpse Must Die), Spain (15 años y una dia or 15 Years and One Day), Bulgaria (Faith, Love, and Whisky), and Italy (Dillo con parole mie or Ginger and Cinnamon) to name a few.

It formally opened in the evening of the 18th with a cocktail followed by the showing of Die Legende von Paul and Paul (The Legend of Paul and Paula), a 105 minute film from Germany. Cine Europa will entertain Kagay-anons from the 18th of November until the 22nd.

“Events like these bring us to a higher degree of culture. It gives us a sense of connectivity with Europe, to be able to see their films, which we don’t get to see in a regular movie house,” said Dorothy Jean Pabayo, the city tourism chairperson, “It’s not always that we get this kind of opportunity, to get a glimpse of what is on the other side of the world through their movies.”

“We hope that there will be more projects and events and activities in partnership with the EU delegation here in the Philippines,” Jaen added.

Watershed council pushes plan for ecosystem sustainability in CDO

By Nelia C. Quijano (PIA)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) – Present and future generations in Cagayan de Oro brace to a healthy and balanced ecology in the city.

The Executive Committee of the Agusan-Cugman Cluster of Watersheds Management Council (ACCWMC) has endorsed on 18 November 2015 the proposed Environment and Natural Resources Management (ENRM) interventions of the Balubal Integrated Social Forestry Farmers Association (BISFFA).

Forester Samuel M. Jumawid, technical editor officer of DENR’s Regional Project Coordinating Office (RPCO), said the project intends to increase economic condition of the upland communities and forest cover within Agusan-Cugman Watershed through agroforestry and reforestation, with a cumulative area of 61 hectares proposed to be implemented with Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) support in three-year period or until year 2018;

He further said the government recognizes the vital role of various stakeholders in the protection, rehabilitation, development, management, and utilization of the natural resources in watershed and river basins; hence the crafting of the proposal has involved the participation of national government agencies (NGAs), non-government organization (NGOs), religious sector, academe, local government units (LGUs), security group, Indigenous People (IP), peoples organizations (POs) and business sectors, and other stakeholders.

BISFFA, comprising a total of 121 households are the actual occupants of the area which possess tenure security over the area covered by Community Based Forestry Management Agreement (CBFMA) with total area of 250 hectares where ENRM subprojects shall be implemented.

Pablo M. Bactong, BISFFA president, said they are very glad for the favorable action to their proposal. This is not only benefit the Balubal’s officers but also to all the direct 121 household beneficiaries.

Among the direct benefits identified come from participation of members to do labor work and harvesting agricultural and timber products.

The implementation of the subproject seen to increase the likelihood of attracting additional possible markets for the people’s organization goods and services.

Meanwhile, ACCWMC was organized to promote the formulation of policies and programs in consultation with the stakeholders.

Further, it shall ensure that all projects submitted by participating agencies and peoples organizations for funding under the project are consistent with the overall environmental conservation and management framework of the concerned LGUs and watershed management plan.

It shall carryout also periodic monitoring and evaluation of projects being implemented by partner agencies, and keep track of progress of INREMP implementation within the Agusan- Cugman Cluster of Watersheds.

INREMP, on the other hand, is a seven-year-project that focuses on watershed as a management unit or area of operation. This is implemented through community-based approach with inter-agency supportive mechanism.

Likewise, this project is covered by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) which aims to reduce and reverse degradation of watershed, provides incentives to local communities, and enables improvement of natural resource management by generating sufficient and tangible economic benefits.

The government has adopted integrated watershed management as a national strategy for sustainable development per DENR MC 2008-05, Series 2008.

Oro McDonald rapid chess tilt, Nov. 21-22


ONE of the country’s leading food chains McDonald will treat Cagayan de Oro kids to a chess tournament here on November 21-22.

Dubbed as McDonald Youth Rapid 14-under chess tourney, it will be held at the 2nd floor of McDonald’s Divisoria branch just in front of Xavier University’s college campus.

Arbiter Jun Cuizon said the top three winners will receive P1,500, P1,000 and P500 plus trophies.

Entry fee is P200 inclusive of McDonald meals for two days, Saturday and Sunday.

“Convenient kaayo `ni nga padula sa mga bata kay air-conditioned ang place unya walay pasmo kay naay free meals,” Cuizon told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

The six-round Swiss System event will be played from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Time control is 10 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move.

Interested parties may contact Mr. Cuizon and assistant arbiter William`Turko’ Reintegrado at the Provincial Capitol Chess Park.

Moro peace builders to highlight 6th Leaders Change Forum in Cagayan De Oro


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Nov. 18 (PNA) -— The 10 finalists of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) Triennial Awards for the Visayas and Mindanao areas will converge here on Thursday for the 6th Leaders of Change Forum.

The forum, hosted by RAFI, aims to present exemplary individuals and outstanding institutions in the Visayas and Mindanao regions to inspire local leaders to succeed in their chosen fields of endeavor.

Elisabeth Baumgart, program officer of the RAFI Triennial Award, said that the forum aims to attain a wider audience in the region as people want to hear the inspiring real-life stories of the winners and past winners.

Baumgart said that the forum would feature the works of the former rebels of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), who now build peaceful communities in Maguindanao.

The Maguindanao-based Kadtabanga Foundation for Peace and Development Advocates, Inc. (KFPDAI), was founded 15 years ago by former MNLF Moro rebels-turned-peacebuilders, Baumgart said.

Other RAFI finalists are: The Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation (AIDFI) and their ramp pump that brings water to upland communities in Negros Occidental; Cantaan Centennial Multi-Purpose Cooperative and their work with their community in conserving the giant clams of the Philippines in Camiguin; and Agri-Aqua Development Coalition–Mindanao and their work in coalition building in bringing sustainable development in Bukidnon; and Balay Mindanaw and their work in building peaceful, developed and resilient communities in Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao and the Visayas.

Baumgart said that the RAFI Triennial Awards for Exemplary Individual and Outstanding Institution in the Visayas and Mindanao was initiated in 1996 by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. to recognize the valuable contribution of individuals and institutions to social development.

DA pushes BROWN campaign

By Jorie C. Valcorza (JCV/PIA)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, November 17 (PIA) – As November is declared the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM), the Department of Agriculture (DA) drums up the Be RICEponsible in your Own Way Now (BROWN) campaign.

This is in support to the country’s effort to attain rice sufficiency, improve farmers’ income, and promote better health among rice consumers.As the name suggests, DA urged the people to opt for brown rice, as it is a healthier choice.

Regional Director Lealyn A. Ramos clarified that brown rice is not a variety and that every rice variety can qualify for it as long as it is processed removing only the outermost layer, the hull, of the rice kernel to be able to retain its nutritional value.

She said that complete milling of the palay converts it from brown to white polished rice which is often sold in the markets today.

DA said the brown or unpolished rice is nutritionally superior in terms of protein, B1, B2 and B9 vitamins, vitamin E, minerals, dietary fiber and antioxidants.

They also encourage people to try other staples like banana, potato, cassava, corn, tuber crops, adlai, and sweet potato or mixed these with rice to get more nutrition.

Talking of being RICEponsible, Ramos also called on policy makers to create an ordinance requiring the serving of half cup of rice and making it the default serving for plated meals, like what has been done here in the city.

University training programs receive LoGoTRI-PhilNet accreditation stars

By Wilson J Hormeguera (XUComm)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, November 16 -- Four training programs of the Governance and Leadership Institute (GLI) of Xavier University received accreditation from Local Government Training and Research Institute - Philippine Network (LoGoTRI-PhilNet).

The certificate of accreditation was awarded during the Consortium of Academic Institutions in Mandaluyong City on October 30.

LoGoTRI-PhilNet is the country’s response to rationalize and direct the capacity development efforts in local governance, and to institutionalize mechanisms towards sustained, responsive, appropriate, transparent, accountable and quality capacity-building interventions for the local governments.

A non-stock, non-profit national association, LoGoTRI-PhilNet is a network of Local Resource Institutions (LRIs) composed of different academic and non-academic member communities.

The said institute awarded value stars based on their matrix to four of GLI’s training programs such as Community Participation in Local Governance – four stars (Excellent), Balanced Scorecard to Effectively Manage Organizations – four stars (Excellent), Bridging Leadership for Organizations – four stars (Excellent) and Community Participation in Procurement – three stars (Generally Satisfactory).

In school year 2014-2015, GLI was able to train leaders from 104 local government units across Mindanao.

GLI believes that this accreditation affirms its mission of building the capacity of public servants to advance good governance and effective leadership, and its vision to be the premier leadership institute in Mindanao by 2020.

Nambatac graced Loyola Cup opening

By Lynde Salgados

FUTURE PBA guard Rey Nambatac, a key player of newly-minted NCAA champion Letran Knights, provided inspiration on Friday’s opening of the 2015-16 St. Ignatius de Loyola Cup basketball tournament at the Xavier University gym.

The 5'10" Nambatac, who used to play with the Sacred Heart Saints before his successful stint in Manila, spoke before the basketball-loving youth, sharing positive tidbits on how to become a better athlete and a better person in general.

“Amo gayud siyang gi-invite kay nakadula pud siya kaniadto sa Loyola Cup. It’s a big factor nga makita siya sa mga kabataan nga adunay goal to succeed in their chosen field of sports someday,” tournament commissioner Arvin Martinez told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

Among those who listened with the crowd is Nambatac’s former Sacred Heart coach Edgardo `Boy’ Dacoco who is hopeful that the Cagayan de Oro native will hit the big time in the near future.

“Nambatac, Jalalon, Luib, Paredes ug ubay-ubay pa nga akong gipadala sa Manila nga nihimo na’g pangalan karon sa basketball. Kon suwertihon di lang ma-injured hayag na nga ma-PBA sab kini si Rey,” Dacoco said.

Close to 50 teams from all over Northern Mindanao have registered to see action in the annual Loyola Cup which also has volleyball as an added feature for this season.

Martinez said that around 30 schools from as far as Iligan, Marawi, Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental have fielded their respective teams in the 11th St. Ignatius de Loyola Cup that will last until February 28, next year.

For basketball, events on tap are the 11-under won last year by Xavier University Grade School, under-13 (U-13) and U-15 both ruled by Corpus Christi School and U-17 and U-25 to be defended by host XU Crusaders.

Rosevale shows might to capture COSAA title

By Jack Biantan

ROSEVALE Grade School booters dominated Xavier University Grade School, 4-0, to sweep this year’s Cagayan de Oro Schools Athletic Association (COSAA) elementary football competition and record their 5th COSAA title in five yeards.

Once again, their pillar of strength in the middle Charlson Caryle Dy stood out scoring two booming goals early for the Comets in the match held at the XU grounds in Divisioria.

Dy completely dominated the midfield dishing passes to wingers Renz Arada and JL Cascarra and striker Josh Go. XU Little Crusaders held on for a while and put up their strong defense to stop Rosevale’s charge.

However, Dy started his all around performance when he booted in his first goal in the 19th minute to put Rosevale ahead 1-0 at halftime. His booming shot came from the right side after he was left unguarded at the tip the penalty box.

The 12-year-old son of Engr. Charles and Menchu Dy then put Rosevale ahead 2-0 early in the second half when he booted in another boomer from the center outside the penalty box in the 28th minute.

Striker Josh Go then extended the Comet’s lead to 3-0 when he scored inside the penalty box. Substitute Andy Lugod completed Rosevale’s dominance when he found the back of the net in the 39th minute after his strike was deflected by an XU defender.

Rosevale swept all their COSAA matches this year winning over St. Mary’s School, and Abba’s Orchard School. It was the 9th title for coach Mario Sumampong’s charges this year and their 5th COSAA crown in five years.

XU was no match for the Comets from the start with defenders John Gementiza, Simon Simene, Ino Butaslac and goalkeeper Dave Mendoza keeping the defense. Aside from Dy, youngsters Mamat Cascara and Terrence Dy also helped in the midfield.

Completing the Rosevale team are Faris Mangotara, Jared Tan, Rawin Gementiza, Miggy Estacio, Zidane Denosta, Vinson Manubag, Jude Jayson, Anton Gue, Lorenzo Gue, Khalil Ong, RJ Caintic, Javier Tan, Ethan Biantan and Brombrom Dimaporo.

The Comets are now busy preparing for the Northern Mindanao meet which will take place in Oroquieta City in December. They will join the Manolo Fortich tournament in the first week of December.

The Manolo Fortich tournament is a preview of the regionals as top teams from the different school divisions in Northern Mindanao will join the tournament.

Pantawid women association serves their way to success

By Jamila M. Taha (DSWD/PIA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, November 13 -- With the city’s fast growing economy particularly in the food industry, a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) women association was inspired to come together and set up their very own food business.

Geared with the necessary skills and attitude, the Sr. Nazareno 4Ps Association, actively participated in all program activities of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

In 2014, the group which is composed of 26 women joined the Basic Micro-enterprise Management Training and Entrepreneurship, wherein participants are given basic management training, financial management and processes to achieve their entrepreneurial goals. The program provided them with the necessary capital fund to realize their business goals.

The women’s eatery serves basic “lutong-bahay” (homemade) foods, desserts and even expand their venture to rice retailing. The business is inevitably growing since then and they are now planning to build another branch within the city.

According to Jocel Cabanay, the association’s president, the secret to their success is cooperation and trust. “Our business' success is a shared effort among all of us, we make sure that we maintain transparency and remain responsible to our duties as members of the group," she emphasized.

Cabanay also added, “Nalipay gyud kami tungod kay kani among negosyo dagko gyud ang natabang sa among mga pamilya ug panghinanglanon (We are very happy because this business has really helped our family as well as our needs)," she said.

After more than a year of operation, the women’s eatery has become known in their community. They have offered their services to DSWD several times, one of which was during the Secretary’s visit to the region where the group served their food to more than 300 people. To this date, the office calls for their services whenever there are events to be held within the city.

The group also accepts orders and catering services. Interested clients may personally visit Sr. Nazareno 4P’s Delicious Eatery at Julio Pacana Street, Barangay 26, Licoan, Cagayan de Oro City.

Globe’s Christmas in November with Oro media and bloggers

By Riain Alfonso

MEMBERS of the press and the blogger community in the city had much fun with Globe’s Christmas in November held at Seda Hotel on Tuesday evening.

Globe vows this annual appreciation Christmas party will be much fun and grander in the years to come.

This year, Globe’s prizes for the games and the raffle draw have yet to be matched or edged in the coming parties that will be thrown for the media and blogger communities in the city for the yuletide season.

The event was made livelier with ABS-CBN Pamahaw Espesyal host Jam Bantigue.

Globe is undeniably the top mobile network in the city and with that it vows to serve more the Cagayan de Oro communities through its upcoming various advocacies and events as its way of thanking the subscribers in the city for patronizing Globe since its shift from the analog to the digital.

“Nandito po kami para magpasalamat. Gagawin na po natin tradition to, Christmas in November,” said Jocel de Guzman, Globe Telecom Director for External Affairs.

The members of the press and bloggers were treated to a sumptuous meal and later participated in several games prepared by Globe including filling up a Christmas stocking race, decorate a human Christmas tree, and a Christmas Trivia competition.

To the delight of everybody present, several items were also raffled off including P5,000 Sodexo GCs, rice cooker, turbo broiler, microwave oven, washing machine, LED TV, a Samsung Tab 4, Samsung Galaxy S6, and an iPhone 6S.

De Guzman also mentioned in his welcome remarks the Globe Media Excellence Awards for 2015, now in its fourth year, has for the first time included media practitioners from other cities aside from Cebu and Davao.

“This is the first time that we’ve included CdeO, General Santos and Zamboanga. So this is our way of saying that we are recognizing your (media) excellent work,” said De Guzman, “Sa amin po, nere-recognize namig po siya na isa pong craft. In this digital age, you are now more relevant than ever simply because sa sobrang daming lumalabas na balita kapag nag Goggle ka, sa social media, hindi mo na alam kung ano ang totoo, hindi mo na alam kung ano ang credible. Now if you put your names on these stories and then the people will read them, we know that because of your discipline through the Journalism Code of Ethics, we know that the story that we read, the information that we received from you is actually accurate and it’s the truth. That’s why we all need you. Mas malaki po yung role nyo ngayon,” De Guzman said.

Oro water district assures supply from its source safe

By Pamela Jay F. Orias

AN OFFICIAL from Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) assures residents living in the dumpsite area using water sourced from its deep well as safe.

Engineer Bienvenido Batar Jr., COWD assistant general manager, said the deep wells that COWD owns are monitored every month to assure safe potable water.

A monthly bacteriological test, annual physical and chemical analysis tests are done by the city’s water district to monitor the water quality.

"Ang bacteriological test is done to monitor the presence of bacteria in the water while ang physical and chemical test is to check the color, odor, ug ang kabuuan sa quality," Batar explained.

He said the deep well owned by COWD which is near the sanitary landfill is the one located at Calaanan Valley.

"So far sa among monthly monitoring, wala pa gayud na nag-positive sa bacteria and even chemicals," Batar said.

He furthered that COWD has no control over privately-owned deep wells particularly placed in subdivisions near the dumpsite.

"Ang tendency man gud na ma-contaminated ang tubig is tungod sa leachate from the basura, and posible lang na siya mag-penetrate sa mga mabaw na deepwell ug kadtong very near sa dumpsite," Batar added.

It is under the Department of Health's (DOH) function, Batar said, to monitor these privately-owned deep wells especially if used for public consumption.

Batar is supporting the call of the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) urging the city council to hasten the approval of budget for the closure of the said sanitary landfill.

"Siyempre musuporta gyud ta ana, mas maayo gyud kung masarado na siya ilabina kung atong tan-awon ang risks na posibleng ma-cause ana sa public, specifically ang water, isa gyud siya sa ma-apektuhan," Batar said.

However, Batar assured that COWD is doing its job to ensure safe potable water for its concessionaires.

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