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Kalan-onon Festival in Talisayan seen to boost local economy, tourism

Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, July 31 (PIA) – A big boost to its local economy including its tourism is believed to be the impact of the Kalan-onon Festival of Talisayan town in Misamis Oriental held from July 7 to July 14, this year.

Various food and native delicacies which were locally made were displayed by representative from each of the 18 barangays in their creatively crafted booths in the open field in the heart of the municipality during the week long fiesta celebration of their patron saint Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

Among the delicacies featured were Ensaymada de Buko (pastry with coconut inside), Nilupak (made of mashed kamoteng kahoy (yucca root or cassava), or kamote (sweet potato) or banana saba with sugar or milk to taste, cassava cake (made with grated cassava with sugar, eggs and coconut milk), puto cheese (steamed Filipino mini rice cake made out of rice flour) saging minatamis (Banana Plantain in Syrup), puto kutsinta (made from rice flour), biko (sticky rice cake) tupig (made from rice flour and coconut strips then grilled in hot charcoal), camote cake (Sweet Potato cake) kipping (made with cassava flour, crunchy, thin crisp with coconut spread), squash maja (pudding made with squash) suman latik (glutinous rice with thick syrupy caramelized coconut cream used as a dessert condiment), and buko pie (pie with coconut filling).

Robert Maestre, representative of the province of Misamis Oriental, one of the judges during the event said that he could see some delicacies that could go further and really represent Talisayan in the food industry.

He said that his bet was the Ensaymada de Buko because it was the first Ensaymada he tasted with a twist of carmelized buko filling. He said it was well cooked and in terms of presentation, it could compete with other delicacies in the region and even nationwide.

With its sweet coconut filling, he said that this product go hand in hand with the province’s promotion and push for coconut by-products. With more enhancements on how it can stretch its shelf-life, he advised that the maker of the product through the local government seek assistance from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) or Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the province.

Meanwhile, Judy M. Aclan of DTI Misamis Oriental, a judge during the event agreed with Maestre. She said she loves the product and could compete with current delicacies more so when provided with assistance such as packaging and longer shelf-life.

On the other hand, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Regional Director Thelma Oliver, as one of the judges in the competition shared that the agency can help in the promotion of the product and their event. With the social media being a big factor in the information dissemination, PIA can help spread the word.

Town mayor Rommel Maslog expressed his gratitude to the judges for taking time to come to their town and shed some light in the possible ventures they could get into.

He said that one of their main efforts now is to promote tourism in their municipality. With neighboring towns having their trademark product, Talisayan hopes that through this activity, they could create or improve something that could benefit the town in the future and get more tourists in the area.

The town’s week long fiesta included activities such as novena, mass, fun run, Search for Miss Talisayan, Gay basketball exhibition, inter school swimming contest, inter-barangay Palarong Pinoy, Jetski Exhibition, Baroto (boat) racing contest and Sayawan og Kantahan sa Gym (singing and dancing in the gym). (JMOR/PIA)

Caught on camera: Kids in car trunk


Authorities are now investigating if they can slap child abuse charges on the relative of two kids put inside the trunk of a moving car in Cagayan de Oro City.

This comes on the heels of a video uploaded by Bayan Patroller Jasper Jay Nuñez showing the lid of the car trunk, apparently being opened and closed by the children inside it.

Based on the license plate number visible in the video, the city’s Land Transportation Office (LTO) officials tracked down the car owner, Cristino Ansin. The kids were his nephews.

Ansin claimed that he didn’t know about the incident because it was his son, Cristino Jr., who was driving at that time. His son had said that he resorted to putting the kids in the trunk because there was no more room inside the car.

Ansin also said the kids wanted to go to church with the rest of family, so they insisted on going inside the trunk. Ansin has since apologized for the incident and promised that it would not happen again.

Meantime, LTO officials warned the public against putting kids in the car trunk as this would lead to suffocation.

NorMin groups: Sona filled with empty talk

By Mario C. Manlupig Jr.

PRESIDENT Benigno Simeon Aquino III made his 5th State of the Nation Address (Sona) Monday afternoon, and civil society groups in the region called it “rhetorical” and “typical.”

Representatives from various sectors demanded Monday in a protest rally at Magsaysay Park to take a look at the real condition of his “boss” as Aquino failed to address issues that have plagued the country today.

Rochamae Bihag, CEGP Mindanao vice president, said what she has heard from the President were his usual achievements apt only to make himself “handsome” in the eyes of the Filipinos.

“The objective here is to expose the real state of the nation like the condition of farmers, students and laborers. Is there a reality of the agrarian reform, of sufficient wage, or of affordable education?” Bihag told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

She added: “We are not his boss. His true bosses are the business tycoons in the country, the landlords, and those who sit in power.”

In a statement of Bayan, it said there have been growing numbers of an average of four million jobless individuals every year; 59,000 families have been displaced of demolition under the Private-Public Partnership (PPP); and 5,000 individuals ever day joining millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) abroad.

“As we can see it, Aquino gives total favor to international investors who he called will uplift the economic state of the country but at the same time forgets the other sectors. If there’s no balance in giving attention to the different sectors, no progress will be made,” said Nathaniel Saa, SCMP-Cagayan de Oro chair.


Aquino barely talked about the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam of senators and representatives in Congress and his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) wherein the President has an annual 2014 budget of P1.3 trillion.

Although declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, Aquino is insistent of the constitutionality of his DAP.

“We want the president to put a stop on this. His DAP is not for the poor. It does not make open opportunities for the jobseekers, nor for the workers, and most of all, subsidizing hospitals, schools, agriculture and other needs of his people,” the statement said.

More income

Aquino mentioned the increase of profit from the levied taxes from P1.03 trillion in 2012 to P1.5 trillion last year. But Bihag questioned why basic social services have not been felt by the Filipinos.

“In short, instead of us to become happy about this collection, we feel sad that it will become a new way of government officials for corruption,” Bihag added.

Aquino said there is a P7,155 budget in each scholar of the Technical Skills and Development Authority (Tesda) to sustain their training, but Bihag asked why there have been many scholars left struggling financially.

“These Tesda scholars are designed and trained to join the exodus of Filipinos going abroad. In a word, Aquino is pushing our trained citizens to go out of the country instead of helping the country to advance its economy,” said Wildon Barros, Kilusang Mayo Uno-Northern Mindanao (KMU-10) chairman.

Peace Process

While the spate of rebel and terrorist attacks in the Mindanao have been ongoing, the groups want to call for the resumption of peace talks to all revolutionary rebels.

“Good to know that the peace process between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) is in progress. However, what about the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)? The New People’s Army (NPA)?” Barros said.

Land reform

Meanwhile, farmers are also expecting that Aquino will mention them and the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp).

However, they were disappointed with the president’s failure to give a clearer view on this.

“Naa man to [na-mention] pero walay klaro. Char char. Walay reporma. Wala pay saktong dapit ang atong mga mag-uuma,” Saa said.

“He mentioned the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (Armm) but he never mentioned the Hacienda Luisita whose over 1,000 workers were not afforded with what’s due to them. Whereas, according to an Ibon Foundation research, the government has shelled out P400 million in partial payment to the Cojuangco family in line with the Hacienda Luisita compensation,” Barros said.


Senate Bill no. 1733 or the People’s Freedom of Information (FOI) has not been mentioned in his speech at all.

“Despite him snubbing this bill in his speech, we’d still like to push for its approval. What will happen if information will not be provided to us? We’ll remain in this kind of system? He’s promised this at the start of his term,” Saa said.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines wanted the FOI to be included in his SONA, but Aquino never mentioned about it.

Bihag and Barros both agreed that everything in Aquino’s speech is “a lie.”

EPIRA amendment sought to solve Mindanao power crisis

  • Source:http://www.philstar.c om/headlines/2014/07/28/1351260/epira-amendment-sought-solve-mindanao-power-crisis
  • Monday, July 28, 2014 11:55am
By Dennis Carcamo (

MANILA, Philippines - Two lawmakers have sought the amendment of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) to allow the government to generate and sell power or electricity from renewable energy sources.

Under House Bill 4422, Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and younger brother Abante Mindanao partylist Rep. Maximo Rodriguez, said the government would have the power to purchase electricity through bilateral contracts with generation companies or other suppliers.

The two lawmakers cited a statement of the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives, which attributed the rotating brownouts to “largely the effect of EPIRA."

The EPIRA provides the National Power Corporation may generate and sell electricity only from the undisposed generating assets and Independent Power Producers (IPPs) contracts of PSALM Corp. and shall not incur any new obligations to purchase power through bilateral contracts with generation companies or other suppliers.

The bill provides that “The government through the NPC or any other government-owned or –controlled corporation shall be authorized to generate and sell power or electricity to generate from renewable energy sources as defined in RA 9513, otherwise known as the ‘Renewable Energy Act of 2008,’ and to incur new obligations to purchase power through bilateral contracts with generation companies or other suppliers.”

They said it is high time the government seriously focuses on generating other sources or energy in light of the present energy problem.

The elder Rodriguez said the law provides it is the policy of the State to “accelerate the exploration and development of renewable energy resources such as, but not limited to biomass, solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and ocean energy sources, including hybrid systems, to achieve energy self-reliance, through the adoption of sustainable energy development strategies to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels..."

“It is therefore imperative that all avenues be considered when it comes to renewable energy,” he said.

He cited a Department of Energy report on the 2013 power supply-demand outlook, which noted that the Mindanao grid has been experiencing “undergeneration” since 2001.

It also said that half of the region’s plants are hydroelectric and depends on “the availability of water and affected by weather conditions.”

Mindanao needs 1,600 megawatts (MW) of additional power to “meet the electricity demand and the required reserve margin of the grid," the report added.

“These very dark projections can actually be already felt on the island as parts of Mindanao are now suffering from 10 to 12 hours of rotating power blackouts,” he said.

Rodriguez said there has been no dramatic improvement in Mindanao’s power situation since the DOE issued its outlook.

The DOE also reported the region’s power supply of 1,064 MW was 158 MW short of its peak demand of 1,222 MW according to Rodriguez.

Oro to upgrade its technological system

By Alyssa C. Clenuar

TO ENSURE faster and more efficient delivery of services, the City Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a local university on Saturday that will upgrade the city’s technological system.

“There is a need for the upgrading of the approaches, the technology, among others to better the delivery of services to the city. It is not okay that we stick to our old system anymore, as times are changing, we also have the need to adapt and I am happy that Xavier University (XU) will help us on this,” Mayor Oscar Moreno said.

The project is spearheaded by XU through the Collaborative Service Learning Program of the university’s Kristohanong Katilingban sa Pagpakabana –Social Involvement Office (KKP-SIO) in coordination with the XU College of Computer Studies, School of Business and Management Accountancy, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Agricultural Development Community, and the College of Information Technology which is tasked to create technical aspect of the system.

A software on the database management will be developed by students of XU, the beneficiaries of which are the City Economic and Enterprise Department (CEED), the City Development and Planning Office (CPDO), and the Information and Communication Technology Office (ICTO).

To keep records through the use of the new technology which is less dependent on hard copy and more on storage of “soft copy” files, XU will create the Documents Tracking System (DTS).

THE DTS will ensure that documents will be preserved with integrity and that can improve efficiency in the delivery of public service by expediting government transactions, the MOU stated.

“To establish good governance that will anchor on transparency, accountability and public trust, this project is the answer,” Moreno said.

With the campaign, the City Information Office (CIO) is undertaking at present “Connecting Government and the People in collaboration with the Youth through Communications,” a radio and television airtime will be established to utilize for development communications, and this will assist students in training them to become better communicators.

This is an avenue for the students who want to publish their write-ups in the city’s publications.

Also to be launched is a GIS Mapping and Community Profiling (GIS-MCP) at Sitio Talungan for the CPDO-EMD where the sitio’s 40 families, who are Typhoon Sendong victims, reside.

Unlike the three programs where undergraduate XU students of XU will help create, the GIS-MCP will be however manned by the Masters of Information students of the university.

KKP director Nestor Banuag said the projects can definitely take the city to a higher level in terms of its system and its management to be competitive with the other cities in the country.

“I see a great future of the city with the four projects. Development after all is within its reach if we know how to utilize it,” Banuag said. All projects are free of cost.

Anniversary of terror attack in CDO recalled

Cris Diaz

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, July 26 (PNA) -– People in this premier capital of Northern Mindanao on Saturday commemorate the first anniversary of the bombing last year of a commercial hub that killed 9 people and wounded 48 others here.

Monsignor Elmer Abacahin, a Roman Catholic priest, who officiated an interfaith mass at the site of the bombing in Limketkai’s Commercial Complex, said in his homily that the Cagayanons were saddened of the bombing that shocked the entire country as well.

“Today, we commemorate one of the darkest history of terrors that shook the island of Mindanao with an optimism that justice be delivered to the victims and an ardent prayer that such inhumanity would never take place again,” Abacahin said.

The bombing that ripped through a crowd of professionals and visitors who were attending a national convention of doctors killed a medical practitioner and a member of the provincial board of Misamis Oriental.

Dan Lagbas, the eldest son of Misamis Oriental provincial board member Roldan Lagbas who died in the bomb explosion, said that his family is still craving for justice that led to the death of his father.

“There are times of the day that my mother cry for no reason at all. We know that she and us, the children, the excruciating pain of losing a husband and a father,” the young Lagbas said.

He said that the Lagbas family no longer heard updates of the bombing since the last time – two months after the bombing incident – that the family heard that the military and the police already identified the alleged suspects and perpetrators of the dastardly act.

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) have filed multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder against a certain “Usman Hapids” and five others in connection with the Limketkai bombing. However, the suspects have remained at large to this day.

The Limketkai bombing here occurred just as the city government was in the thick of preparing for the annual fiesta celebration in August.

City Councilor Ramon Tabor, chair of the city council committee on police, fire and public safety, on Monday expressed the concern on the city’s peace and order.

Tabor told the city council that prior to the bombing incident, there was a big event, which was the signing of the peace agreement between the MILF and the national government at that time.

He said that the bombing incident also took place in Zamboanga, Cotabato and Maguindanao.

Tabor warned the local police to be vigilant for fear that some groups might also want their presence felt at times when people are busy for a big event. (PNA) CTB/CD/RSM

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Let’s refocus, activate our role, and be in control!

Manny Valdehuesa

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/25 July) — We’re going through a period of voter anguish these days. There’s frustration and exasperation about chronic problems due to government’s inconsistent or errant behavior.

There’s anger about previously unimaginable plunder; many are sick and tired of endless news of abuse and venality that make a mockery of Matuwid na Daan.

Bewildered by this frustrating drift in the nation’s condition—over which we have no influence or control—we might just as well do something we can influence and control, and maybe derive some satisfaction from getting actual results.

It can’t be at national level, though, which is already overcrowded with wannabes and their gimmicks. Besides, the sheer volume and complexity of challenges at that level can be overwhelming for plain citizens to tackle. Even for one with great resources, and who devotes full time to it, the challenge can be daunting and end in deeper frustration.

Better to be practical and realistic, turning to fairly simple but important initiatives that are close to home, literally. In other words, tasks a citizen can and should do even with limited time, energy, and resources to spare.

The tasks should partake of nation-building—small chores in the community that make up the big things in the nation.

One such task is trying out autonomy or self-governance in our community, a task we citizens have not been performing although duty-bound to do so. The reason we haven’t done so, some say, has to do with a neglectful attitude or apathy. Others point to laziness, habitually relying on the few officials in the barangay hall to do the governing.

Yet we have long been mandated to govern ourselves, to make autonomy a reality in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity.

This principle requires that any task of government that can be done at a lower level should not be delegated to a higher level. It is the essence of autonomy or self-governance; but very few, if any, seem familiar with it—or, being used to rely on an oligarchic system, very few are comfortable with implementing it.

For example, the formulation of policies and plans for one’s community is supposed to be done in a participatory manner by the barangay constituents in conjunction with their local officials. But the officials don’t let them, preferring to do it by themselves.

The constituents aren’t even consulted. The officials don’t even bother to inform or invite them to hearings or meetings on the development planning process.

It has been like that since anybody can remember, such that even on rare times when they’re invited, they don’t bother to attend or participate.

This has had unfortunate effects. It has bred a cynical attitude. “What’s the use?”—people say, “they won’t listen to ideas or suggestions anyway!”

And it never seems to occur to the people that they can insist on participating; it’s their community, they’re the sovereign citizens, the officials are their public servants!

In fact, if they have no confidence in the officials, their public servants, they can replace them using their power of recall—taking back the power they delegated to them during the elections.

It takes only 50 signatures of the barangay’s constituents to trigger a recall initiative; but no one seems familiar with the procedure, or confident enough to initiate or spearhead it.

Meanwhile, without the people’s participation, no relevant policies or innovations are generated for the community and no comprehensive development plans are prepared.

This has been made plain where disaster after disaster strikes the barangays and neither the officials nor the residents are able to respond with any degree of preparedness.

Then since the officials are left to themselves, the plans and activities they do prepare are concerned with politically expedient programs and projects, which of course turn off the sensible constituents, deepening their apathy.

Thus, the official policy of autonomy for local governments starting with the barangays—our primary-level governments—still has to be realized after more than a generation since it was mandated. The people remain dependent on often incompetent or corrupt local officials who prefer things to remain as they are, meaning, under their total control.

For as long this situation prevails, the constitutional dictum that sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them will remain meaningless to our people. And we shall never have a government of the people, by the people, or for the people!

Time to wake up and dust off your sovereignty, be assertive, and be in control of our republic!

Oro chosen as model on good practice

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG-10) in Northern Mindanao has chosen Cagayan de Oro City’s ‘Taxpayer-Friendly Kiosk and Automated Business Permit and Licensing System’ as ‘model on good practice’ among local government units in the region.

The selection came during the agency’s recent ‘Training on Documenting LGUs Good Practices’ which was participated in by 11 cities and municipalities in Region 10 and aimed at drafting a ‘reference document’ of its ‘model projects’ or ‘good practices’ that can be replicated among interested LGUs.

Unlike before, the clients now are experiencing hassle-free, convenient transactions at City Hall, especially at the City Treasurer’s Office, due to the establishment of a touch screen, self-service, multifunctional kiosk machine.

The ‘first-of-its-kind,’ in-house kiosk machine, which was developed and designed by the City Treasurer’s Office, can issue statements/receipts of bill on business tax, real property tax, professional tax, community tax (‘cedula’) and queuing or priority number when paying at the counter.

Through the innovative technology and assistance from the USAID-funded Project INVEST, faster and efficient service delivery has resulted to a remarkable almost 40 percent increase in the city’s tax collection during the first quarter this year as the city earned more than P412 million during the period as compared to P297 million on same period in 2013.

It can be recalled that Cagayan de Oro City received the Department of Science and Technology’s ‘e-Readiness Leadership Award’ last June for being ranking no. 1 among cities all over the Philippines in terms of e-governance primarily due to the city’s kiosk-based business permit and licensing system.

Armed men rob online casino in Cagayan de Oro

Joel Locsin

Motorcycle-riding men on Monday pulled off a predawn robbery of an online casino in Cagayan de Oro City, taking at least P45,000 in the establishment's earnings.

The men, numbering at least seven, struck at the online casino along J.R. Borja Extension in Barangay Camaman-an, GMA Northern Mindanao's Kaye Mercado reported.

Five of the men were armed and took the service firearm of the casino's security guard. The men fled aboard two motorcycles.

While the casino's staff locked down the establishment, they were forced to open the door after the armed men threatened to kill the security guards outside.

"Binuksan na lang nila kasi papatayin kami sa labas kung hindi nila bubuksan. Nariyan ako, tapos lima silang nakatutok ang baril sa akin," said security guard Zayas Salosad.

An investigation showed the men then poked a firearm at the cashier, who was forced to open the vault.

The robbers made off with P45,000, along with the wallets and mobile phones of the security guard and three casino staff.

PO3 Ramil Acero said they will check the footage from the closed-circuit television system to look for leads on the robbers.

In the meantime, police have set up checkpoints to catch the suspects. — Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: What if we empower the grassroots?

Manny Valdehuesa

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/22 Juy) — If we empower the grassroots or the masses, really empower them, it would be a good thing for the local governments.

The masses don’t care much for macro or large scale ideas; they’re better with the nitty gritty of things. Stark reality, not abstractions. Reality they can touch and smell and taste. Not the future, but the here and now; not tomorrow but today; and not the national but the local.

If they have a sense of ownership of their community, they would be more particular about their surroundings, more sensitive to official acts and decisions that affect them and their neighborhood directly. And they would be watchful about threats to peace and order, including incursions of traitorous insurgents.

So it would be good to get them truly enfranchised, aware and knowledgeable about the tasks of local governance. Then they will have a greater sense of ownership of the local government, as they ought to have being the people from whom all government authority emanates.

If they’re aware of the large amounts of money earned and collected by their barangay government—which belongs to the community but held in trust by the officials—they would be more concerned about where and how the money is invested. After all, the money, especially the IRA (internal revenue allotment), is really the barangay’s capital for investment but which the officials spend as if it’s a spending allowance. So they will want to be updated on the expenses and raise questions about local conditions are improved by spending these, especially what difference it makes in their own lives.

If they’re truly empowered, they would know how to punish or remove unreliable or corrupt officials without waiting for regular elections to take place. They would be active in the local governing processes, actually contribute ideas or suggestions on what problems to address and what programs or projects to undertake for their neighborhoods. And they’ll also want to know who are benefitting or not—and why.

Since they would be engaged in addressing the concerns or needs of the immediate community, they would be less preoccupied with Malacañang or Congress—whose activities interest them more like teleseryes do, as engaging bits for neighborhood discussion or marketplace gossip, a distraction to spice up their boring existential reality.

To be empowered means they can create their own prosperity within the framework of the community, enfranchised and not taken for granted as the officials presently treat them.

To be empowered is to be infused with the confidence of one who feels he is master of his fate, engaged in the task of governing a community, a sovereign citizen enjoying the blessings of a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Such a government enables every citizen to focus on his quest of a better life, for a fruitful occupation, and a community-based livelihood that earns real dividends. (An empowering motive for striving).

To be empowered means having a voice and a say on the disposition of the community’s wealth, seeing to it that everyone gets a share according to his needs, while also contributing according to his ability.

What a great undertaking it would be if our bureaucracy can focus on efforts to empower the grassroots, turning our government into an empowering institution. Our people would then be at their resourceful best, able to express and apply their talent, turning idle or unutilized assets productive, and assuring earnings for poor.

A barangay of a few hundred families putting their heads together—collaborating to develop the local assets and spaces, mobilizing trade, services, cooperatives, and commercial opportunities within the jurisdiction—can expand the local economy, increase the gross barangay product, and produce benefits for everyone.

Too bad the idea isn’t being tried. We have the people, the technology, and the resources to do it. There are senior citizens with a wealth of experience and skills the community could benefit from. There are women handy with arts and crafts and culinary creations. There are youth and the still unemployed eager to employ energy and imagination to challenging pursuits including sports, the performing arts, technologies, and crafts.

All of them deserve opportunities for useful involvement. They have brains and imagination as sources of ideas, technology, and enterprises. But no one bothers to call on them, to organize, motivate, or challenge them to leave a lasting legacy.

What is lacking is leadership—expansive, imaginative, creative leadership. It’s ridiculous to think that there’s no such leadership in a community of hundreds of families. Our society needs them to induce the elusive progress and prosperity for our barangays.

Many of them lay hidden and anonymous in the barangay. There are educators, working or retired. There are architects and engineers. There are doctors and other health professionals, even scientists and technologists. There are artists, craftsmen, beauticians, assorted service providers. There are lawyers, entrepreneurs, accountants.

If local leaders would only try, they will find a host of other skilled, talented residents in their neighborhoods. But they might as well not be there, because they are ignored or unappreciated. They need avenues of service to open up. And there are more than enough of them to fire up a local volunteerism program for a barangay.

Many of them—retired, pensionado, well-off—don’t even need to be paid; they’ll work merely for the satisfaction and pleasure of doing so. But there they are, idle, at home or in obscure neighborhoods, unrecognized for what they can still contribute to community and humanity.

At the least, the best and outstanding among them should earn recognition and thanks for their services at the peak of their careers. But no official takes the initiative.

Is it because volunteers cannot be relied upon to play the game of partisan politics—the favorite game of the officials? Is it because officials prefer “paid volunteers” who then feel indebted and become grateful campaign workers and supporters at re-election time?

Too bad for the community in its need for role models. Too bad for society in its yearning for excellence. And too bad these potential but unknown heroes!

CEB's Tigerair Philippines launches Manila-Cagayan de Oro flights

Arnold Van Vugt

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, July 21 (PIA) --- Cebu Pacific Air (CEB), through its network made wider with Tigerair Philippines, expands its domestic network with the launch of Tigerair Philippines' Manila-Cagayan de Oro flights last 15 July 2014.

Utilizing an Aurbus A320 aircraft, the Manila-Cagayan de Oro maidedn flight departed NAIA Terminal 4 in Manila at 10:00 a.m. and landed in Cagayan de Oro at 11:30 a.m. The return flight departed Cagayan de Oro at 12:30 p.m. and landed in Manila at 2:00 p.m.

"Tigerair Philippines remains committed to providing the travelling public more travel options and low fares. The launch of firect flights to Cagayan de Oro increases accessibility to northern Mindanao," said Atty. Leilani de Leon, Tigerair Philippines chief legal and corporate affairs.

Cagayan de Oro is a key government, commercial anf tourism hub in the region. It is the gateway to eco-adventure atrracttions such as white water rafting and canopy walks, and is a rapidly developing city with myriad shopping and hotel options.

Tigerair Philippines now operates approximately 220 weekly flights to one international and eight domestic destinations:Hongkong, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Iloilo, Kalibo, Manila, Puerto Princesa and Tacloban. It utlizes a fleet of four Airbus A320 aircraft.

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