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Oro’s Casino leads Butuan leg winners in netfest

By Lynde Salgados

CAGAYAN de Oro’s Clyde Mari Casino brought home the premier 18-under boys title of the 2015 Cebuana Lhuillier-Dunlop Sport Age Group Tennis Tournament’s latest Summer Series leg in Butuan City.

Casino, however, went through the deciding third set before wearing down George Gogo of Camiguin in the finals, 6-3, 2-6, 10-5 of the group 2 event held from April 29 to May 2 at Butuan Capitol Tennis Club in Butuan City.

Although Rupert Ohrelle Tortal of Surigao City forced the retirement of Nash Agustines of Oroquieta City in a 6-4, 4-1 duel for the 12-under boys diadem, the much younger Agustines still hold a good promise as he continues to lord it over in the unisex 10-under at the expense of John Christopher Sonsona of Tubod, Lanao del Norte whom he overcame in three sets, 3-5, 4-1, 4-0.

“We missed some of the best age group netters in the region, but with a total of 138 participants…the Butuan leg was still an interesting tourney,” organizer and ITF-licensed referee Mario Inguito Craiz told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro via text messaging.

Here’s the complete results:


10 years & under (unisex) Champion: Nash Agustines (Oroqieta City)35 41 40 Runner-up: John Christopher Sonsona (Tubod, Lanao del Norte)

12 years & under (Boys) Champion: Rupert Ohrelle Tortal (Surigao City) 64 41(RETired) Runner-up: Nash Agustines (Oroquieta City)

14 years & under (Boys) Champion: Janus Al-Najeeb Ringia (Marbel City) 26 63 10-2 Runner-up: Marc Nicole Suson (Cebu City)

16 years & under (Boys) Champion: Janus Al-Najeeb Ringia (Marbel City) 76 62 Runner-up:

18 years & under (Boys) Champion: Clyde Mari Casino (CDO) 63 26 10-5 Runner-up: George Gogo (Mambajao, Camiguin)

12 years & under (Girls) Champion: Joshea Dominique Malazarte (San Francisco, Agusan del Norte) 63 26 10-8 Runner-up: May Alejandro (Butuan City)

14 years & under (Girls) Champion: Janmarie Anghag (Ozamiz City) 63 61 Runner-up: Winona Cabardo (Davao City)

16 years & under (Girls) Champion: Carmeville Gervacio (Ozamiz City) 62 76 Runner-up: Janmarie Anghag (Ozamiz City)

18 years & under (Girls) Champion: Mary Aubrey Calma (CDO)63 62 Runner-up: Immaville Gervacio (Ozamiz City)


10 unisex Champion: John Christopher Sonsona/Nash Agustines 42 41 Runner-up: Kurt Gervan Bandolis/Kristin Guia Margarrette Bandolis

14 years & under (Boys) Champion: Marc Nicole Suson/Justin Yepis 8-3 Runner-up: Prince Najeeb Langitao/John Steven Sonsona

18 years & under (Boys) Champion: Auden Aaron Paduganan/Francis Hidalgo 8-3 Runner-up: Duma Hakim Boloto/Clyde Mari Casino

14 years & under (Girls) Champion: Janmarie Anghag/Farrah Kris Caroline Emata 8-5 Runner-up:Joshea Dominique Alejandro/May Alejandro

18 years & under (Girls) Champion: Immaville Gervacio/Mary Aubrey Calma 8-3 Runner-up: Hillary Olga Reserva/Erika Aguillon

‘Cagayanons’ believe Pacquiao won the fight against Mayweather

By Cris Diaz (PNA), SCS/CD/CD

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 3 (PNA) – Like most of the Filipinos, the “Cagayanons” believed Manny Pacquiao won the fight against Mayweather during live broadcast on Sunday.

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan De Oro City said he believed Manny Pacquiao won the fight after landing many punches compared to Mayweather.

“Manny Pacaquiao was the aggressive fighter right from the start to the end as Floyd Mayweather kept on running away all time,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said that Pacquiao carried the fight with determination and dignity as the Philippine flag flew high during the fight, upholding the Filipino pride and honor.

“Undoubtedly, Pacquiao’s colleagues in Congress are proud of the Filipino fighter who demonstrated the epitome of the Filipino’s determination and courage,” Rodriguez said.

Likewise, the more than 4,000 people who watched the pay-per-view of the Pacquiao-Maweather fight here also believed that Pacquiao should have won the fight.

About a dozen restaurants and hotels on Sunday broadcast live the pay-per-view Pacquiao-Mayweather fight here, selling entrance tickets from PhP250 to PhP350 per person.

Most wagers bet a minimum of PhP20,000 and up in favor of Pacquiao even before the fight started, but only a few took the bet since most Cagayanons favored Pacquiao to win.

Police on full alert in today's Mayweather-Pacquiao match

By Lynyrd Alexsei N. Corrale (With Jennica Diaz/MSU intern)

WHILE many barangays and private enterprises are preparing for the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight today, the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) chief of operations and plans Lemuel Gonda said they are on full alert.

Cocpo has deployed police units to all public viewing areas in coordination with local government units and barangays. Patrol mobiles, explosive ordnance unit (EOD), K9 units, and all alert teams are on standby, Gonda added.

Preparations have been made to witness the fight of the century.

Viewing areas

The provincial government of Misamis Oriental has prepared a 9x5 LED screen at the Provincial Capitol Grounds to provide the people free viewing of the match, said Allyn Peñalosa, provincial information officer.

“We will start the showing at 7a.m. until the end of the match,” Peñalosa said adding that they are also showing the match at the provincial government’s extension in Tagoloan town in Misamis Oriental.

According to Julius Maximo of Cagayan de Oro Information Office (CIO), the city government has its public viewing at Duaw Park across City Hall at 9 in the morning.

Since most of the barangays in the city are going to do the same thing, “Katong mga tao nga wala gyud, dili makapalit sa tickets, mao among target na audience sa free viewing,” Maximo said. Duaw park can only accommodate about 100 persons, he added.

Christine Sabalo-Monforte, 36, has already prepared her sound system and projector with three flat screen TVs for the fight of Pacquiao-Mayweather. Monforte is inviting her neighbors in Barangay Kauswagan to watch the fight. She added that this is not the first time she has opened her house for free pay-per-view.

“Eight years na namo ni ginabuhat ug kani ang nakapabibo basta daghan kayo mulantaw,” Monforte said.

She also said that her husband, Jude, bought a video splitter and a sound system. With a little free snack, peanuts and fish crackers, she is expecting people to enjoy watching the fight.

There are also other houses in the neighborhood which are sponsoring for the venue, Tata Pacana, 48, also a barangay official in Kauswagan, is one of them. According to Pacana, because of the bigger space he has, his house was chosen. He added that it was sponsored by First District Representative Klarex Uy.

Meanwhile, there are 24 areas in Barangay Carmen which have been prepared for the event. In its barangay hall, the staff has prepared the projector and sound system Saturday afternoon.

Romarey B. Gorro, congressional staff of Uy who is holding office at Carmen barangay hall, said the pay-per-view is open to all. He added the viewers are going to receive ‘freebies.’ “Naay uban na maghatag ug free liquor and junk food every time naay pay-per-view diri,” he said.

He furthered that their staff has assembled approximately 100 satellite dishes for districts 1 and 2. All residents from those districts will be accommodated.

“Karun ra jud ni na daghan kumpara last time kay 50 ra,” he said.

Bernadette Murphy, a barangay official in Nazareth, said that pay-per-view at the barangay hall is being sponsored by an airlines through an FM radio station for the airing of the fight. She explained that this is the barangay’s first time to have a pay-per-view.

Expensive pay-per-view

Barangay Consolacion chairman Dante Roa wanted to subscribe pay-per-view for the residents in his barangay but cancelled it since it is expensive. “Dili madayun, dili makaya sa budget,” he said.

The subscription cost P30,000 if one is going to show it outside their house, in this case, the barangay’s covered court, while P2500 when viewing the fight inside the house, Roa added.

Still, some of the residents in the barangay guaranteed that they will subscribe in their homes.

Roa briefed the barangay tanods to be on alert and rove in the area.

Bound to earn for the day

The big fight will not stop Ali Macapasir, a pedicab driver in Carmen to do his income generating job. He said that ‘earning’ is his first priority. However, he said that if passengers are fewer, perhaps he could find time to witness it.

Meanwhile, Gilbert Dauba, 30, a resident of Puntod and also a driver of RBC Pier route for 12 years said: “Dili na importante sa ako, ang importante makakita ug kwarta pangbuhi sa pamilya,” he said when asked if he would stop driving in the meantime to watch the fight.

“Mingaw gyud na kada away ni Pacquiao kay,” he said adding that he may only drive half-day. He is also a fan of Pacquiao but he has three children to feed, the food on the table is more important, he said.

Fund raiser for face reconstruction

Aside from free pay-per-views, Loreto’s grill and restaurant at Tomas Saco, Nazareth, is hosting a fundraiser. John Loren Ocampo, the owner of the restaurant, mentioned that the fundraiser is at P350 per head and it will benefit his friend, Micheal Comique, his batch mate at Xavier University who got in a motorbike accident—his friend’s sport.

The proceeds will help his friend’s face reconstruction. Ocampo added that he didn’t have pay-per-views of Pacquiao’s fights in the past admitting that he is not a fan. However, this is his only way to help his friend’s family for his operation.

“Win or lose man si Pacquiao but him [his friend] will win [the operation],” he said.

10,000 flock to the Labor Day ‘mega job fair’ in CDO


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 1 (PNA) -– Around 10,000 job seekers flocked the day-long “mega job fair” in an uptown mall here Friday on the occasion of the 113th anniversary commemoration of the Labor Day, employment officials said.

Raymundo Agravante, regional director of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that 71 private and public agencies participated in the Labor Day job fair here.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has also processed around 5,000 job vacancies for overseas employment submitted by eight accredited recruitment agencies in the region, the labor official said.

Agravante said that the locally based private and public agencies also announced the availability of more than 4,000 job vacancies in the region.

Among the top vacancies for local employment are Customer Service Representatives, Candidate Soldier Course, Security Guards, Product Support Representatives, Officer Candidate Course, Officer Preparatory Course, Revenue Officers, Business Transcribers, Proofreaders, Administrative Assistants III, Retail Sales Team and Business Developer.

The vacancies for overseas employment include Service Crew, Delivery Drivers, Security Guards, Janitors, Food Servers, Carpenters, and Nurses. Most of the overseas vacancies are in the Middle East countries.

He said that the 10 members of the Regional Coordinating Council also joined in providing help desk assistance, renewal of professional licenses, receipts of single entry approach, request for assistance on labor and employment concerns.

The Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Region 10 also facilitated skills demonstration during the event.

Agravante said that the month-long Labor Day celebration in Northern Mindanao adopts the theme: "Dissenting Trabaho at Kabuhayan" (Decent work and Livelihood).

OWWA conducts pre-departure orientation, ensures OFW safety

By Jose Angelo Lorenzo S. Gomos (JMOR/PIA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO, April 30 (PIA) - Northern Mindanao residents planning to work abroad no longer need to go to Manila because Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Region 10 handles pre-departure orientation for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) hopefuls.

Located on the 2nd floor of the Trinidad Bldg., Yacapin St., Cagayan de Oro, OWWA currently deploys approximately 80 OFW’s per week with a total number of 69, 348 both based in land and sea.

“In-ana kadaghan ang demand sa OFW’s abroad especially sa Middle East countries,” (That’s how high the demand of OFWs in the Middle East countries) says OWWA 10 Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Regional Director Harry B. Borres during the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Mega Job Fair press conference held on April 29.

OWWA is an attached agency to DOLE and promotes the welfare and protects the interests of OFW’s.

Part of OWWA’s concern is finding solutions to address problems of Filipinos working abroad.

“They [OFW’s] are often overworked by their employers, abused verbally, and suffered maltreatment,” said OIC-RD Borres.

He specifies that countries which have the most distressed OFW’s are in the Middle East. “The visa of household service workers is not registered with the local market and their local authority.”

Seventy among the 80 deployed OFW’s in Northern Mindanao are household service workers and over 50 problematic cases have been recorded, 30 of which are cases of maltreatment.

Other cases include contract violation, expired visa, locked-up OFW’s, and underpaid workers.

However, OWWA 10 offers four-day training for OFW hopefuls which includes culture of familiarization and self-defense. Arabic language will also be taught to prime trainees for effective communication.

In addition to OFW protection, OWWA established 36 posts abroad. Along with this, OWWA coordinates with the police to rescue distressed OFW’s.

OWWA also provides hotlines and addresses of their office and of the Philippine Embassy to the OFW’s.

“We sent crisis management team to Yemen and Libya,” said Borres, ensuring OWWA’s mandate to impose security and safety to OFW’s in Arab nations where wars are currently waged. Recently, P10,000 was granted to OFW’s who returned from Libya.

Furthermore, OWWA’s responsibility is to cater the employment of OFW’s returning to the Philippines and securing their family’s needs.

“Katung mga OFW’s nga dili na gusto manar’baho, naa ta’y tie-up with OWWA Landbank nga nag approve ug P865 million para negosyo,” (For those OFWs who do not want to work abroad anymore, we have a tie up with OWWA and Landbank with an approved P865 million for business capital) Borres said.

A total of 1, 257 OFW’s have availed to this amount and their businesses generated employment with 5,632 jobs.

Besides this, OWWA also grants scholarship to OFW dependents in the Philippines.

With Labor Day ahead, OIC-RD Borres commends OFW’s, saying, “Our Filipino workers are very skilled, can speak English fluently, and can multi-task.”

COWD upgrades facilities, develops new sources

By Paula Vallestero (PIA)

CAGAYAN DE ORO – Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) upgrades facilities by replacing pumps to improve operational efficiency.

The disposal of the existing split type pumps in its booster stations with submersible modular type pumps. The upgrading of pumps will result to shorter downtime and decrease the period of supply interruptions during repairs.

COWD’s report bared the completed replacement of three pumps, two in Balulang booster station, and one in Bugo.

Ongoing projects water projects were likewise initiated by COWD at the Ayesha Subdivision in Camaman-an to accommodate waterless areas and those experiencing low water pressure, as well as to augment and improve water supply in Camaman-an and other neighboring areas.

COWD said another water source at NHA-CDO Bayanihan Village in Macapaya, Camaman-an is also being developed to address the water needs of the survivors of Typhoon Sendong who resettled in the area.

University Sports Complex to rise in CDO


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 28 -- Xavier University is set to build the Xavier Sports Complex at its Pueblo campus to strengthen its sports development programs for elementary and high school Ateneans.

In a public consultation and scoping at XU Grade School, XU vice-president for administration Br Noel B Cantago SJ, project manager Engr Noemi A Dacudao and pollution control officer Joel F Francisco addressed the various issues raised by parents, teachers, local government units and the communities residing around the construction site.

“The purpose of this event is to gather your thoughts about the construction of the Xavier Sports Complex and respond to the different issues on sanitation, traffic, noise and others,” Br Cantago said to the attendees.

“We will do our best to address your pre-, during and post-construction concerns.”

The five-hectare sports complex comprises a gymnasium with over 4,500 seating capacity, semi-Olympic size swimming pool and a race track for training purposes, among others.

XUGS-Pueblo principal Emmanuel G. Gomez expressed his excitement on this development project for the basic education community.

“The Xavier Sports Complex is a concrete example that XU aims to meaningfully improve itself especially in providing facilities for its elementary and high school students,” Gomez said.

Details about the start of its construction and expected completion date are still being finalized. A public hearing will be the next step prior to the groundbreaking ceremony.

City Council congratulates 124 successful city scholars


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 27 (PNA) - The City Council committee on education on Monday has congratulated the 124 city scholars who successfully completed the college education.

City Councilor Adrian Barba, chair of the committee on education, said that the 124 city scholars were part of the 143 city scholars who passed the city government’s scholarship program four years ago.

Barba also made special commendation to the city scholars who garnered honors and special awards from their schools during the commencement exercises this year.Among them are: Christmar Bolatano, BSED - Summa Cum Laude at Liceo De Cagayan University, Karen Grace Barton, Danna Mae Salo, Jessah Mae Otida, and Kimberly Galupo, all Cum Laude of Liceo De Cagayan University, Jamaica Maraguinot, Cum Laude of Xavier University.

Barba also congratulated Graziella Gamayo and Rochelle Novie Cabrido, all graduated cum laude at the Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) here.

Barba said that the city’s scholarship program, implemented four years ago, is part of the city government’s social commitment of sending the poor and deserving students to school.

“We believe that providing the poor and deserving students a chance to continue their studies would give the students an opportunity to prove, once and for all, that poverty is not a hindrance to success,” Barba said.

Veggie prices up in Oro

By Jamila Hiba A. Padilla (XU-DevCom), Jo Ann Sablad (Liceo intern) [Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro]

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Vendors here said that prices of some vegetables have increased due to the dry spell brought about by the weak El Niño that has been forecast to last until the first quarter of 2016.

Manong Dodoy, who has been selling vegetables for years now in Cogon market, said few vegetables have been brought to the markets since farms and gardens are drying up and there has been no irrigation to help alleviate the worsening heat these days.

Dodoy sells at least 10 different vegetables in his stall: Baguio beans, cauliflower, lettuce, singkamas, radish, potato, onion leaves, and cabbage.

The prices of these vegetables have increased between P30 and P50 per kilo, he said.

Asked about the increase, another vendor, Nang Mising, sympathized with the workers whose salaries have not increased since their income is not enough to cope with the soaring prices of basic commodities, including the agricultural products like vegetables.

“Kaya gihapon bisa'g ginagmay ra, igo ra buhi-buhi. Makapalit ug isa ka kilo nga bugas, gamay’ng sud-an, inom ug kape, mao ra among maabot sa karon, sa kalisud sa panahon,” she said.

She hopes things will get better soon since she still has to pay for her grandchildren’s tuition at school.

“Some vegetable dealers have less produce, walay stock sa bodega, kay wala na-harvest sa mga planters,” vendor Eden Ompoc said.

For the eateries inside Cogon market, the prices of cooked food have also gone up or the serving is cut.

Jay Anne Noynay, who has a stall for cooked food, said the P5 to P10 serving before could no longer be maintained by now due to the price increases in vegetables.

“Dili na baya ga serve ang mga tindahan ug barato, kay mo patong, mo increase baya jud sila,” said Jay Anne.

A vegetable vendor, Jamil Cabugatan, said that the price of the vegetables he sells has been increasing.

“Tungod sa init, ang uban madaot,” Cabugatan said.

He also said that the number of customers buying his vegetables is decreasing from more than 30 to 30 and less. With this, his income per day is also decreasing.

Fruit vendor Rushie Paslon said the price of her fruits is high because there weren’t that much fruits to sell. “Gamay ra ang ani kay init man,” she said.

Meat stall owner Ruben Roxas said that the price of his meat products (pork and beef) is still the same, but the dry spell is still affecting his enterprise. “Apektado kayo. Menos ang palit,” he said.

Consumers roam from stall to stall to compare prices in order to buy the cheaper ones.

But the weekly update of agricultural price statistics of Northern Mindanao by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that prevailing retail prices of the commodities have remained stable.

Engr. Carlito A. Baclayon, interim chief Statistical Operation and Coordination Division of PSA, said there are no movements to the prevailing retail prices of agricultural commodities such as rice, corn, meat and poultry, fish, vegetables and fruits. Still, there are observations of dry spell, which is affecting the production of commodities in certain areas like Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental.

“The pricing of the products has remained stable. There were no reports of El Niño yet. We’re waiting for further reports from Pagasa. What the agricultural areas are experiencing would be the dry spell,” Baclayon said.

However, Statistical Coordination Officer 4 Brenda Lynn Castro said that if the El Niño was to happen, there would be no assurance whether the prices could go up or down, “since if there would be inputs from other regions that can stabilize the prices.”

Castro admitted they could not tell if the El Niño can affect the production of agricultural commodities directly.

The prices of chicken and egg have not shown any increase yet.

CDO to host West PH Sea confab on April 29

By Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat (JMOR/PIA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 25 (PIA) – The second leg of the nationwide Information Drive on the West Philippine Sea issue will be held on April 29, 2015 at VIP Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.

A collaboration project of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the campaign aims to disseminate information on the issues relating to West Philippine Sea particularly why the Philippine government seeks arbitration from an international tribunal, our entitlement on the disputed territory and other historical, economic and legal concerns.

Foreign Affairs Spokesperson and Assistant Secretary Charles C. Jose will grace the event to discuss the core issues, the overarching principles that guide Philippine response to the issues, and the steps that are being undertaken by the Philippine Government to address the disputes.

An estimated 200 participants from the different sectors particularly from the academe, National Government Agencies, fisherfolks, Information officers, local government through barangay chairmen and the media have been invited.

The Multi-sectoral forum will start from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 nn which will end with a press conference with ASec Jose. This forum is open to anyone interested. For details you may call PIA region 10 office at 856-8178.

City seeks support for Sinulom Falls as tourist destination


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 24 -- Chair of the City Council committee on tourism, on Monday called for support for the development of the Sinulom Falls in Barangay Tignapoloan as one of the city’s tourist destinations.

In her special report during the regular session presided over by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas, Councilor Candy Darimbang said she personally visited the site twice upon the invitation of the barangay chairman of Tignapoloan.

She said, the city can be proud of the Sinulom Falls, which is breathtaking and panoramic.

She said it is comparable to the Pasonanca Falls in Zamboanga, and other landmark tourist destinations in the country.

She, however, observed that the temporary access road leading to the site is not fully developed, it was steep and rough and difficult to traverse.

According to Darimbang, with the discovery of the potential tourist destination, the local government should extend full support to the development of the area. She cited that tourism is a major player and catalyst in the country’s progress.


In line with this, the councilor filed a proposed resolution declaring Sinulom Falls at Sitio Sinulom, Barangay Tignapoloan as a protected area and a second resolution, requesting the City Council to appropriate funds for the construction of the access road leading to the falls to make it accessible to tourists.


Vice Mayor Acenas referred these to the City Tourism Board for appropriate action. He suggested that the board considers tapping the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) for the development of the area.

Councilor Adrian Barba said the ownership of the land and other concerns should also be looked into.

For his part, Councilor Teodulfo Lao said Sinulom Falls can be a source of pride to the city. If the area belongs to Cagayan de Oro, it can be developed as a tourist destination, he cited.

Palay production in Northern Mindanao up 5.7%


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 23 (PNA) – Palay production in Northern Mindanao increased by 5.76 percent in 2014 compared to 2013, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said on Thursday.

NEDA said that rice growers in Northern Mindanao harvested 713,764 metric tons last year as against 673,903 metric tons in the previous year.

Translated into revenue, the value of the palay produced in Region 10 in 2014 was PhP13.9 billion, up 24.7 percent compared to the PhP11.4 billion in 2013.

Bukidnon posted the highest yield in irrigated palay at 5.40 metric tons per hectare, followed by Lanao del Norte at 3.40 metric tons per hectare, the NEDA report said.

Northern Mindanao comprises the province of Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, and the island province of Camiguin.

More classrooms for CDO, says Luistro

By Cherie Lian V. Ansale (RTP/PIA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 22 (PIA) -- The government will be constructing a total of 142 classrooms here.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said this during the inauguration of the new division office of Cagayan de Oro, April 21, here.

This he said in addition to the 26 senior high school sites that the national government is planning to construct in the second quarter.

Furthermore, Luistro asked the attendees to help the Department of Education (DepEd) in monitoring the construction plans to make it in time before the senior high school students start their classes in June 2016.

“It will be helpful if our citizens and the school board also help our education officials to monitor and to ensure they are constructed according to standards and in time for June 2016 opening of our senior high school,” Luistro said.

Meanwhile, Cagayan de Oro City mayor Oscar Moreno received an education champion award for his dedication in shaping education in the city. He shared that the local government is committed to help and be a partner in elevating quality education in the city.

The new DepEd division office is now located in Fr. William Masterson, S.J., KM 5, Upper Balulang.

Oro stakeholders gear up for K to 12

By Butch D. Enerio

LEADERS in Cagayan de Oro City have geared up for the implementation of the country’s educational system in a summit with a theme: "Uswag Kagay-anon (Move Up Cagayan)! Yes to Senior High School (SHS)" on Tuesday.

The Department of Education in Cagayan de Oro (DepEd-CdeO), the lead implementer, is embarking on the huge challenge in implementing the SHS Curriculum and averred that it cannot afford delay as the next generation must survive in the Asean world.

Education Secretary Bro. Armin S. Luistro, the summit’s keynote speaker, said there are a lot to gain with the K to 12 Curriculum where the future of Grade 12 graduate is more promising than that of high school graduate in the old curriculum where four years were spent to complete it.

He said that Grade 12 graduates can easily land on jobs where their skills are honed apart from earnings that could be more than 100 percent higher.

“We are seeking the cooperation from industries to open their doors to our SHS students where they can learn hands-on and experience the training of jobs required by an industry,” Luistro said.

1.4 million new learners

Luistro said in the academic year 2016-2017, there will be 1.4 million new learners in the entire country and would be doubled in the following school year.

Cagayan de Oro City was chosen as one of the 10 pilot cities in the country to implement the SHS by the Philippine League of Cities (PLC) because of the aggressiveness of the current administration to advance and afford basic education to the city’s constituents.

One of the eight-point agenda of Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno is education and environment protection where his administration pursues and enhances the role of the city as educational center of Northern Mindanao.

“Cagayan de Oro must be better and the only way to improve is to advance our quality of education, and it is never late, education has no end and will never end,” Moreno said.

Cagayan de Oro City is awarded as the 2nd Most Competitive City of the Philippines and a grand winner in the “Most Livable Cities Challenge.”

The Moreno administration has constructed a total of 309 classrooms in its 20 months in office to address the pressing gap. He actualizes his famous tagline, “Buhis sa Katawhan, Ibalik sa Katawhan (Give taxes back to the people).

‘Education Champion’ award

Moreno received the Education Champion Award from Luistro during the blessing of the new DepEd building in this city.

“DepEd-CdeO’s commitment is to offer education that could uplift every Kagay-anon’s standard of living. It hopes to contribute to the city’s economic development. That it will serve as our return of investment that will hopefully happen with the full implementation of the K to 12 Curriculum where the gains are jobs, business and quality college education,” said Mary Ann Allera, DepEd-CdeO SHS coordinator.

In Cagayan de Oro City, the projected enrolment of the public schools for school years 2016-2017 and 2017–2018 will be 17,011, where 90 percent public and 10 percent private provisions. “That would mean, 10 percent of our graduates from Junior Public High SHS will take SHS in private schools,” she said.

DepEd said that it will give an allowance of 1,504 for other enrollees from other divisions within the region or across regions owing to Cagayan de Oro, which is considered as the learning hub of Northern Mindanao.

In the private schools, the projected enrolment is 6,482.

At present, the capacity of the approved non-DepEd schools is 10,129. That would mean the private schools can accommodate 3,647 more from other divisions.

The city with its LSB has an ongoing process for possible purchase of lots intended for SHS.

“In the private schools, we currently have 10 with approval to offer SHS, seven are waiting for approval to offer SHS and 38 are gearing up their application,” DepEd said.

Skills development accredited implementers

There are already four Technical Education Skills Development Authority (Tesda) accredited early implementers: Xavier University (XU) for Integrated Technology, Systems Technology Institute (STI), Skills mastery Institute, and AMA Computer College.

DepEd’s survey indicates that the choice of academic specialization is the General Academic Strand, while the lowest number will be in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Stem) strand.

In private schools, most of the students will take the accountancy, business and management. Just like the public school, the lowest number will be in Stem.

In the public schools, the highest number of enrollees will take home economics (HE), industrial arts (IA) in next in rank, the agri-fishery and ICT, which ranks third.

In the private schools, maritime and criminology are considered as the most preferred specialization followed by HE, ICT and IA.

Word demands

The preferences of the SHS are also in consonance with the work demands in the city in the next five years. This is based on the March 2015 survey conducted by DepEd-local government unit-XU in partnership with LCP.

It can be noted that first in the rank is construction, which will involve welding, ship building. The 2nd is labor especially on carpentry, plumbing, and masonry, among others.

The second choice is accountancy, business and management, which are aligned with banking as the third among the in-demand courses.

“We can deduce that skills needed by the establishments and industries would hopefully be met by the SHS graduates in 2018 and beyond. In that way, we will be able to supply skilled workforce,” Allera said.

DepEd has 228 teachers in the public school with NC II, III, IV Tesda certifications. They are currently teaching junior high school in preparation for the SHS. Sixty of them were trained in the summer of 2014 using the LSB fund. "This summer, we will continue to send teachers for training and assessment."

SHS in Cagayan de Oro needs a total o f 216 classrooms and 323 workshops. The highest need is in the HE, ICT, IA and agri-fishery, which entails almost a billion pesos to comply with the equipment requirement.

“We have identified engaged stakeholders. We need them to be more committed and be with us in our aspirations to hone the skills of our best capital-human resources,” Allera said.

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