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CDO bags 2nd 'Seal of Good Education Governance'

By Jigger J. Jerusalem (PNA)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The local government’s aggressive educational support program has resulted to Cagayan de Oro’s winning its second Seal of Good Education Governance (SGEG).

This was according to Mayor Oscar Moreno, who recently accepted the SGEG award given by the United States Agency of International Development (USAID) and Synergeia Foundation.

Moreno said he was “humbled and happy” that the city's effort to pour in some P2.5 billion in the last five years for educational infrastructure projects has been recognized twice.

Since Moreno took over the helm in 2010, the city government was able to build 508 classrooms and establish 13 new high school campuses--mostly in barangays where classroom shortage has been a perennial problem.

Moreno said the local government aims to build more classrooms in the coming years, to be funded from the 1 percent share of the real property tax that the city collects annualy.

“We realized that there is still so many things that need to be done in the field of education, so we keep on pushing,” Moreno said.

Moreno credited the city's intensified education support program to the collaborative efforts of the private and public sector through the Local School Board (LSB).

Under the current administration, the LAB has been composed of representatives from the education department, Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Federation of Chinese Chamber of Commerce, private primary and secondary schools, academe, parent-teacher association, and the interfaith communities.

Stakeholders aim for disaster-resilient city


THE Cagayan de Oro city government and the private sector have partnered with the National Resilience Council (NRC) to draft measures aimed at making Cagayan de Oro, a disaster-vulnerable city, resilient to disasters.

In the first stakeholders meeting and launch on Friday, April 27, NRC executive director Malu Erni said the council has been forging partnerships with local government units (LGUs) to enable cities and municipalities to prepare for disasters and be resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

Erni said the NRC has adapted an international standard or index for resiliency and develop the Philippine Disaster Resilience Scorecard for local governments and the Leadership Resiliency Program for the local chief executives and LGU officials.

"There is a need for a new paradigm, new knowledge and skill sets, and new institutional arrangements to be able to be resilient. And we chose Cagayan de Oro because what we are looking for in a city is a local chief executive and a team that would promote sustainable development, push for sustainable economy and environmental sustainability," Erni said.

Erni lauded the city's measures during the Tropical Storm Vinta last December 2017 which resulted in zero casualty.

"What that showed us is that Cagayan de Oro has a planned strategy for disasters and we want this to happen in all parts of the country," she adds.

A series of meetings will be conducted with experts in government, private sector, civil society organizations, city officials and Department of Interior and Local Government officials to determine the acceptability of the scorecards as a localized assessment tool for assessing disaster resilience.

"We need to prepare, adapt, and transform. These series of meetings are initiated to hear all of your thoughts, para if makabuo na tayo ng (so that once we create the) scorecards, you are all a part of it and you can co own it," she said.

City Mayor Oscar Moreno, for his part, said the conference will set the tone towards making Cagayan de Oro a livable and competitive city.

"We are taking part of the history today and of course this will bring Cagayan de Oro to greater heights. We are honored to gather such experts in our midst and be part of this milestone that we will achieve," he said.

Northern Mindanao's economy posts 5.9% growth in 2017

By Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat (PSA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) -- The economy of Northern Mindanao posted a 5.9 percent growth in 2017, lower as compared with the 7.5 percent growth recorded in 2016.

According to Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Regional Director Ronaldo Taghap during its news conference in Cagayan de Oro City, among the major economic sectors, services showed the fastest growth at 6.6 percent, lower than the previous year's growth of 8.3 percent.

Industry decelerated to 5.9 percent compared with the 9.8 percent growth in 2016.

Meanwhile, Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing contributed 1.0 percentage point to the 5.9 percent growth of economic performance of the region in 2017.

Agriculture and Forestry, which accounted for 87.5 percent of the total AHFF sector, increased by 5.7 percent.

On the other hand, Fishing declined by 1.6 percent. This was driven by the decline in tiger prawn and seaweed production.

Further, Industry contributed 2.1 percentage points to the 5.9 percent growth of the region's economy.

Manufacturing, which remained the highest contributor to the region's economy, grew by 5.5 percent growth.

Electricity, Gas and Water Supply and Mining and Quarrying posted double digit growth of 13.8 percent and 10.5 percent, respectively.

On the other hand, Construction expanded by 2.2 percent growth in 2017.

Services remained to be the main driver of the region's economy as it accounted for the biggest share of 43.4 percent of the total GRDP.

The services contributed 2.8 percentage points to the 5.99 percent growth of the region's economy, with Trade and Repair of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles, Personal and Household Goods which shared 36.4 percent of the total Services grew by 5.9 percent, Transportation, Storage and Communication with 7.5 percent, Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities with 5.1 percent, Financial Intermediation with 7.6 percent, Public Administration and Defense; Compulsory Social Security with 5.4 percent.

DOLE-10 to hold Mega Job Fair to mark 116th Labor Day

By Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat (with PIA10 intern Samuel Roldan)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 10 has lined up activities including a Mega Job Fair on May 1 and 2 at the Atrium, Limketkai Mall in Cagayan de Oro City in celebration of the 116th Labor Day.

DOLE 10 Assistant Regional Director Estrella Pahalla during the Talakayan sa PIA shared that there about 13,800 jobs available during the mega job fair.

More than 5,000 jobs are for local hiring and more than 2,000 each for overseas and vacant positions for the government.

Pahalla explained that this year, they have partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to conduct business fairs and skills demonstration to invite others to venture into business or learn a skill.

There will be three major activities for this occasion: Jobs Fair, Business Fair, Occupational Safety and Health Summit.

The activity will start with a mass at the Manaoag Chapel on May 1 by 7am. The fairs will be open by 10:00 am with a ribbon cutting at the Atrium, Lim Ket Kai. It will also have livelihood and business fair on the same day at the Rotunda of said mall.

Fourth activity will be the TVET enrolment day and skills demo by TESDA, which will be held at the 2nd floor Atrium.

The fifth activity will be the DOLE Clinic or One Stop Shop wherein the offices of DOLE will be around to cater to the needs of the applicants.

Next is the Diskwento Caravan of DTI and RTWPB which will be conducted at the Capitol Compound of the Provincial Capitol office on the same day.

DOLE lhas coordinated with DTI and TESDA this year because they believe that with the help of these government agencies, DOLE’s aim could be achieved.

As for DTI’s Kabuhayan and Livelihood Fair on the same dates, the Provincial Director of DTI Misamis Oriental, Ma. Eliza Pabillore, urged small and medium enterprises to be there to participate in the business and livelihood fair.

Also, a booth for the Negosyo Center will be displayed during the Jobs Fair where micro enterprises can approach and inquire about the center's business operations and services.

Meanwhile, Austillo Igot who represented TESDA Region 10 Regional Director Tarhata Mapandi, during the Talakayan sa PIA discussed the programs of the government they are supporting such as the Build Build Build Program.

They also have training skills under TESDA’s Train Train Train Program focusing on the construction sector.

He said there will be 45 public and private technical and vocational institutions joining on May 1 at the Atrium, with 15 institutions who will conduct skills demonstration with free services on pedicure, massage, haircut, etc.

Igot shared that employment of TESDA graduates nationwide is up by 65 percent. This is to assure the public that we are doing our job and helping our country to elevate its economic status, he said.

On the safety and health of workers, Teodoro Cahoy of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) emphasized that they have requested all establishments, private and government offices, to comply with the requirements for the safety and health of the workers.

Pahalla said that it is mandatory to have safety officers in an establishment.

However, with the mandate now that the process is developmental in approach, the inspectors make discussions with the management as to the things they need to comply and the things they need to do to ensure that they follow protocol in keeping their establishments safe and healthy for workers.

“I want to inform our media partners that DOLE is advancing through the information of safety and health through our Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) because not all of our workers out there know about the ECC and we have our attached agency situated in the regional office at the ground floor and we also have the OSH," she added.

Region 10 agri prime movers recognized

By Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat (DA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) -- Region 10 has been recognized for its contribution to the development of the agri-fishery sector through its national Gawad Saka winners.

Dr. Berly Tatoy and the Provincial Agricultural and Fisheries Council (PAFC) of Misamis Oriental represented by its chairperson, Mario Jamis, were awarded during a simple rite at the Rizal Hall, Malacañang led by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, assisted by Usec. Ariel Cayanan.

Aside from a presidential citation, Dr. Tatoy who won the outstanding agricultural researcher category, was conferred with a P2-million worth of project award and P100,000 cash.

Meanwhile, PAFC MisOr was awarded with P300,000-worth of project award and P50,000 cash for the PAFC category.

Joining the delegates were Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano, DA-RFO 10 OIC-Regional Director Carlene Collado, Regional Technical Director Carmelita Bajarla, Research Division Chief Juanita Salvani, Field Operations Division Chief Carlota Madriaga, and MisOr Provincial Operations Center Chief Nilda Salas.

CDO boxing team hauls 6 gold, 2 bronze medals in PH Games

By Recthie T. Paculba (IAF/Roven Larroza/PIA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) -- The city's Amateur Boxing team proved their ability to bring the city's name to greater heights after garnering six gold medals and two bronze medals during recently concluded 2018 Palarong Pambansa in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

The gold medalists include Jericho Acaylar (44-46 kgs.), Mark Lester Durens (46-49 kgs.), John Erl Palovino (49-52 kgs.), Joshua Jan Odvina (50-52 kgs.), Dave Bryan Caspe (52-54 kgs.) and Wesley Caga (54-56 kgs.), said Team CdeO Head Coach Elmer Pamisa.

Kim Bryan Cabrillos (48-50 kgs.) and Sanny Dave Vidal (56-60 kgs.) bagged the two bronze medals.

Cagayan de Oro City apparently dominated the boxing competitions in the National Games after garnering six gold medals from the 10 categories, becoming the overall champion in boxing.

Along with this, the delegated Team CdeO Amateur Boxing team sent their appreciation for the unrelenting support and help provided by Mayor Oscar Moreno for their success upon participating in the National Games 2018.

Oro moms converge for Earth Week

(SunStar Cagayan De Oro)

MOTHERS throughout Cagayan de Oro City gathered on April 21 to be a part of a mother and baby-centered event in celebration of the Earth Week at Cetrio Ayala Mall, Cagayan de Oro City.

The Modern Nanays of Mindanao (MNM), a peer support organization that consists of mothers, in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB)-Northern Mindanao, hosted one of the highlight events of the three-day Earth Week celebration: the Great Cloth Diaper Change.

According to Ayana Flores, one of the core members of MNM’s organizing team, the Great Cloth Diaper Change is an international event wherein participating mothers from all over the world simultaneously change from disposable to cloth diapers.

Last April 21, around 150 mothers with their babies in tow gathered at the Centrio Ayala Mall event center to participate in the international event, which occurred around 11 a.m.

Modern Nanays of Mindanao, a promoter of breastfeeding, baby wearing and cloth diapering, encouraged the mothers of Cagayan de Oro to shift from using disposal diapers to cloth diapers through discussions all about cloth diapers, its kinds, how to wash them, where to buy one, and the environmental and economic advantages in using them.

Tapping the DENR-EMB, the environment bureau also talked about the climate change, plastic problem, solid waste management, and solutions for said problems.

“Nga ang mga mama makabalo pud unsa ang angay buhaton sa sulod sa balay para ma-manage nila ang ilang garbage, and ilang solid waste (So that the mothers will also know what they should do in terms of managing garbage, their solid wastes, inside their homes),” Flores said.

According to Real Diaper Association, a group that organized the international Great Cloth Diaper Change, reusable cloth diapers can reduce waste for families with children in diapers by more than 50 percent, and help reduce exposure of babies’ skin and lungs to the chemicals in disposable diapers.

The Great Cloth Diaper Change is just one of the events help in Centrio Ayala Mall in celebration of the Earth Week that help plant the idea to Kagay-anons to adjust or change their lifestyles in order to aid in saving Mother Earth.

Other events include: Junk Art Workshop by Dire Husi Artsville and Earth talks last Friday, April 20, and urban gardening workshop by the City Social Welfare and Development and a concert for Mother Earth by the DENR-EMB on Sunday, April 22.

'Franchise Negosyo' opens opportunities for MSMEs in CDO


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) initiated a meet and match between franchisors and potential franchisees in apparent hopes of tapping into latent business opportunities in this southern city.

"Franchise Negosyo Para Sa Cagayan de Oro, was a business matching-expo-seminar which sought to attract mainly the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) segment, took place from April 19 to 20, at the Ayala Centrio Mall.

"We bring Franchise Negosyo to regions to promote franchising as a tool of economic development, for generating enterprises and nation-building to as many Filipinos in the provinces," said PFA President Richard Sanz.

He identified globalization and developing and supporting MSMEs as PFA's priority programs for the next two years. "We are encouraging local brands to go global by providing them with the right tools and networks to connect to the international markets," he explained.

Sanz said that the composition of PFA membership consists of 5 percent micro, 29 percent small, 29 percent medium and 37 large enterprises. “Almost 70 percent of our membership belong to small and medium enterprises that we encourage to go big by way of giving them capacity-building and mentoring (programs) to have access to markets to expand," he added.

The event on Thursday started off with a seminar on "How To Franchise Your Own Business" followed by a two-day expo, where 35 brands, ranging from food to retail and services, join as exhibitors. Among them are leading retail sector exhibitors 7-Eleven, Aquabest, Crystal Clear, Diana Stalder, Living Water and SOS.

Representing the service sector are Bayad Center, Canadian Tourism and Hospitality Institute, Laundrybest, Phoenix Petroleum, Quickclean, Rapide and Xcess Salon.

Coinciding with the expo are "How to Invest in the Right Franchise" seminars for aspiring franchisees.

Sam Christopher Lim, president of U-Franchise and one of the speakers said, "Franchising is about replicating success and it is about time to develop local entrepreneurs not only for the national level but for the international stage."

The event is organized in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry Regional Office 10 (DTI-10), DTI Misamis Oriental, Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the City Government of Cagayan de Oro.

DOH: No shortage of anti-rabies vaccine in Northern Mindanao


AN OFFICIAL of the Department of Health (DOH) in Northern Mindanao Region said there is no shortage of the anti-rabies vaccine for humans in the region, pointing out they have enough allocation of the vaccine to every animal bites center across the region.

Dr. Ellenietta Gamolo, DOH-Northern Mindanao medial officer, however, said that Cagayan de Oro City's health office might be experiencing the shortage because of the high incidence of dog bites.

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Gamolo also clarified that local health centers should have the capacity to buy their own supply of rabies vaccine, adding that what the DOH can only provide is an augmentation supply for the bites centers.

"We also have an allocation for Cagayan de Oro but they already used all of it. We also cannot give all our supplies to Cagayan de Oro alone, because there are many bites centers across the region and we also provide for them," she said.

Gamolo said local health offices, through their local government units, have the power to purchase vaccines on their own to local suppliers.

She clarified that local government units don’t have to wait for a DOH memorandum order especially if the shortage is alarming.

"The local government units should have their own means of buying their own supply, the DOH will only help them. If they have bites center, it should follow that the local government units must set aside an amount or a budget to buy vaccines," she said.

"It is actually not surprising if a city like Cagayan de Oro experiences lack of supply because its health office is not only serving the city but other patients from nearby provinces or municipalities come here just to get treatment," Gamolo added.

The City Health Office (CHO) said the trend of dog bites cases in Cagayan de Oro is increasing.

In 2015, the CHO recorded a total of 10,000 dog bites, 2016 with 11,000 bites cases, year 2017 with 12,800 cases, and for the first quarter of this year, 3,800 cases of dog bites are recorded so far.

NorMin crime volume dips as anti-drug campaign gains momentum

By Elaine O. Ratunil (eor/Lemuel B. Gonda/PRO10)

CAMP ALAGAR, Cagayan de Oro City (PIA) -- Police Regional Office 10 (PRO-10) 1st quarter total crime volume for 2018 showed a drastic decrease of 38.13 percent compared to the crime statistics recorded in 2016 and 2017.

The crime volume in Northern Mindanao dropped significantly as compared to the same period in the last two years.

From January to March, it registered 5,714 crimes in 2016 and 5,295 crimes in 2017.

Compared to the current crime volume drop of 3,276, it decreased by 38.13 percent.

PRO-10’s assessment point out to the link and direct effect of the diminished presence of illegal drugs in the streets as a result of the intensified anti-illegal drugs campaign.

Most of the prevalent crimes are usually drug-related cases like theft, robbery, physical injury, domestic violence, rape, and all forms of abuse.

Since January to March this year, there were 534 persons arrested in its intensified anti-illegal drugs campaign.

Some 6,571 households were re-visited by police stations with 504 self-confessed drug users and 107 drug pushers who voluntarily surrendered.

With this accomplishment, PCSupt. Timoteo Pacleb said that the PRO-10 personnel will carry on its mandated task to enforce the law and place lawless elements behind bars.

He also directed all provincial and city police offices to continuously conduct efficient campaign and advocacy by implementing a wide-ranging pro-active approach / strategy on the campaign against all forms of criminality in coordination with various law enforcement and other concerned government agencies.

CHED conducts info caravan on free higher education in Cagayan de Oro

By Apipa P. Bagumbaran, Reymark Semaña (PIA10 Intern)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 20 (PIA) -- The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) held an information caravan on Republic Act (RA) 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017 to orient stakeholders in Northern Mindanao and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on the implementing rules and regulations of the law.

Lawyer Carmelita Yadao-Sison, OIC Executive Director of Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) Secretariat, said all Filipino students enrolled in state universities and colleges and CHED-recognized local universities and colleges will be exempted from paying tuition and miscellaneous fees under RA 10931.

Miscellaneous fees include library fees; computer fees; laboratory fees; school ID fees; athletic fees; admission fees; development fees; guidance fees; handbook fees; entrance fees; registration fees; medical and dental fees; and cultural fees.

The law also provides free technical-vocational education and training (TVET) in all public training institutions, tertiary education subsidy and student loan program.

The caravan, held at the Limketkai Mall Atrium on April 18, was participated by officials, staff, faculty, and students of public and private higher education institutions in Region 10 and ARMM as well as CHED-partner national line agencies.

Dr. Zenaida Gersana, CHED-10 regional director, meanwhile urged the participants to support the implementation of the law to safeguard the welfare of students.

“We should continue to work as one to make tertiary education a reality for the many poor and deserving young students,” she said.

As part of the information caravan, a #FreeEducationNa exhibit was also launched at the venue to showcase various programs of CHED-partner agencies.

CDO farmers to benefit from DA project

By Elaine O. Ratunil (eor/CdeOSP)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 19 (PIA) -- Farmers in Cagayan de Oro will benefit from another project from the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Through Ordinance No. 13414-2018, the 18th City Council during its regular session on April 16, 2018 authorized Mayor Oscar Moreno to enter into and sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DA-10 covering the grant of three units of water pump and engine sets with accessories to the city government.

The project is in line with the mandate of the DA to promote agricultural development through bottom-up self-reliant farming systems approach that will emphasize equity, productivity and sustainability in the use of agricultural resources.

Pursuant to the MOA, the DA Regional Field Unit-10 shall transfer to the city the project with an actual cost of P88,000 per unit as a grant and regularly monitor the operations and maintenance of the equipment.

For its part, the city shall submit to DA the list of recipients of the project and the utilization, operation, and activity report at the end of every harvest season.

As the caretaker, the city shall turn over the water pump and engine sets to farmers organizations and cooperatives engaged in rice production that are prone to the adverse effects of El Niño, among others.

The MOA was reviewed and endorsed by the committees on agriculture and fisheries and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors Annie Daba and Ian Mark Nacaya, respectively.

DENR to train municipalities on solid waste management techs


THE Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officers (Menros) of various municipalities in Misamis Oriental province will be going through solid waste management training, as part of the 10-year Ecological Solid Waste Management Plan, on May 23 to 26.

Organized by the Provincial Government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Northern Mindanao, Provincial Information Officer Nicole Managbanag said the three-day training will consists of discussions on protecting the environment through proper garbage disposal and collection in roads and bodies of water.

Managbanag added that several companies will also be presenting their new technologies which can help solve the ongoing problem of trash in the environment.

"Part of the training sa (for) Menro, meron yung mga different companies na mag present ng kanilang mga technology, yung (there are different companies that will present their) alternative solid waste management technology," Managbanag said.

According to Managbanag, a board meeting was conducted last Friday, April 13, wherein these alternative solid waste management technologies were introduced by companies such as the Liamtech Company and Marinas Technologies Inc., to the Provincial Solid Waste Management Board, chaired by Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Emano.

These technologies, she added, include a bioreactor, a machine that accelerates the decomposition and stabilization of waste and turn them into fertilizer.

At present, Managbanag said the province already has a technology that can turn kilos of cellophanes into chairs which, then, will be donated to schools, and other facilities in need of chairs.

The provincial information officer added that through the solid waste management training, the above mentioned technology will also be introduced and be adapted by the municipalities.

Managbanag also mentioned that a total of P400,000 budget is allocated to the three-day training; P300,000 from DENR-Northern Mindanao, and P100,000 from the Provincial Government.

"Kining (This) writeshop kun (or) deliberation of 10-year Ecological Solid Management Plan daku og ikatabang alang sa pagpadayon sa programa sa pag-protehir sa kinaiyahan, maoy hinungdan nga suportado gayud kaayo nato kini (is a huge help in our unceasing program to protect the environment, that's why we support this activity)," Emano said.

2 jobs fair on Labor Day


THE Public Employment Service Office (Peso)-Job Placement Bureau in Cagayan de Oro City will be conducting a jobs fair in two malls on Labor Day, May 1.

To be held at Limketkai Atrium and SM Uptown, Peso, together with the City Government and the Department of Labor Employment, is expecting a large number of applicants as the first batch of K to 12 students recently graduated.

"We have two venues specifically because we are looking for a lot of applicants considering na (that) this year is the first batch of the K to 12 graduates. So it’s possible that those who graduated in their senior high, some of them hindi tutuloy in (will not continue with their) education and some of them are looking for work already," Peso Manager Kathleen Kate Sorilla said.

According to Sorilla, around 100 industries, both local and overseas, will be joining the jobs fair, in which there are 60 to 70 local job vacancies and 100 to 150 overseas job vacancies.

Local industries comprise of retails, sales, construction firms, department stores, hotel and restaurants, and among others.

Overseas industries, meanwhile, are more on job orders for nurses and service crews.

Sorilla said nurses are in demand abroad, especially in New Zealand, in the national hospitals in Saudi Arabia, and others.

"As of now, we'll be accepting pre-registration. Yung (The) pre-registration, it’s our way of registering our applicants ahead of time para on the day of the jobs fair, diretso na sila pasok sa venue (they can immediately enter the venue), no more lining, no more signing of documents, everything will be smooth, hapsay na ang plastar sa jobs fair (the jobs fair will be in order)," Sorilla said.

In pre-registration, which started on Monday, April 16, until April 30, the applicants will only need to bring a set of resume and all their credentials to the office of Peso located in the City Hall, Sorilla said.

The applicants, will then, be given a tab which they will present during the jobs fair.

The Peso manager also mentioned that another jobs fair will be held in Centrio Ayala, this city, on May 3 to facilitate interested applicants which were not able to join the one-day jobs fair on May 1.

DOH-10 launches Garantisadong Pambata 2018

By Claire R. Gigje (PIA10 intern)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) Region 10 together with the National Nutrition Council (NNC) launched the advocacy and promotion of Garantisadong Pambata 2018 during the Talakayan sa PIA (Round 1) on April 10, 2018 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Telesfora Madelo, nutritionist-dietitian IV of DOH-10, discussed the importance of a child’s first 1000 days during the Talakayan.

In her presentation, she said that the nutrition of a child starts from the womb of the mother until two years old. Upon birth up to six months, she emphasized that exclusive breastfeeding must be given to the infant, followed by complementary feeding and continued breastfeeding. She added that among the most chronic problem in the country is stunting.

She explained that contrary to the belief that being stunted is genetic, nutrition plays a big role in the condition.

She added that children could be taller than their parents if they are given proper nutrition during their first 1,000 days.

On the other hand, Dr. Ma. Elen Santua explained the role of Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) in linking DOH to local government units especially in geographically disadvantaged areas.

The top deadly diseases in the region for children are diarrhea and pneumonia which are preventable through proper hygiene and nutrition, said Santua.

She also urged mothers to take advantage of the immunization, iron supplementation, Vitamin A, and deworming given by the department as this will boost nutrition and immunization from communicable diseases among children.

During the same forum, Liwayway Llorico of NNC-10 shared that based on the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022, Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte are among the 36 focus areas for nutrition.

Valencia City in Bukidnon was a Nutrition Honor awardee by NNC for creating a communal gardening which addressed malnutrition problems in the area.

Llorico said that the new theme for Nutrition Month this year which is celebrated every July is “Ugaliing Magtanim, Sapat Na Nutrisyon Aanihin,” which aims to promote backyard planting.

The theme was selected through a national theme making contest whose winner was from Valencia City, Bukidnon.

PH’s 2nd PPP Knowledge Corner launched in Cagayan de Oro

By Apipa P. Bagumbaran (APB/PIA-10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) -- The National Economic and Development Authority in Region X (NEDA-X) and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center launched the second PPP Knowledge Corner in the country on April 5, bringing PPP to the local level.

Located at the NRO-X Regional Socioeconomic Analysis and Research Center (ReSEARCH-X), the PPP Knowledge Corner will act as an information hub on PPPs where local government units (LGUs) and other stakeholders can get accurate and up-to-date information on PPP projects.

It will also serve as the region’s access point to all PPP Center services to help LGUs, implementing agencies, and other stakeholders develop and implement well-structured PPP projects.

Engr. Leon M. Dacanay, Jr., NEDA-X Regional Director, said putting up the knowledge centers is a step to widen the dissemination of information relative to PPP. “With this development, the advisory and technical assistance services related to PPP can be more reachable to the stakeholders,” he said.

He also urged LGUs and other partners to participate and take advantage of the PPP Knowledge Corner.

Dacanay looks forward to the implementation of more PPP projects on transportation such as the Mindanao rail project, on water supply, schools, and hospitals, among others.

He assured that NEDA-X will support and work hand-in-hand with the PPP Center in facilitating and optimizing PPP in the region for the country’s inclusive growth and sustainable development.

The activation of PPP Knowledge Corner is part of the PPP Center’s strategy to help develop and implement PPP projects at the local level.

“The PPP Center has started to put more attention to projects of LGUs,” said Usec. Ferdinand Pecson, PPP Center executive director.

Pecson said they would like to assist LGUs realize their development goals by strengthening their capabilities to undertake PPPs for infrastructure and development requirements.

The PPP Center is a government institution that serves as a central coordinating and monitoring agency for all PPP projects in the country.

It provides technical advisory services to implementing agencies to ensure that the PPP projects are bankable, well-structured, and highly beneficial to the public.

More studes complete senior high this year in CDO

By Mark D. Francisco (PNA)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – At least 75 percent of the 16,390 first graders who enrolled in this city in 2006, have successfully completed senior high school last month.

They are composed of the first batch of the K-12 graduates coming from Cagayan de Oro under the new Philippine basic education curriculum, said City Schools Division Superintendent Jonathan dela Pena.

Dela Pena also noted a three percent increase in the Grade 12 graduates in the new curriculum, at 76.7 percent, compared to the last batch of fourth year high school graduates coming from Cagayan de Oro under the old one, at 73.7 percent.

Likewise, the education official reported that the completion rate for Grade 10 students in the city has improved from 69.73 percent in school year 2016-2017, to 70.22 percent this year.

Dela Pena attributed the surge in graduation and completion survivals to surge in construction of public classroom buildings in the city.

However, dela Pena also reported that repetition rates in Cagayan de Oro City have increased from 1.15 percent in 2016 to 5.64 percent in 2017 across all levels in junior high. In the elementary level, an increase from 0.46 to 2.52 percent repetition rate was also noted.

Interestingly, only 25.56 percent of the total repetitions can be attrbuted to poor academic performance, he said. The other prevailing factors are: need to take care of siblings (43.9 percent), lack of interest (29.36 percent), illness (18.56 percent), early marriage (14.92 percent) and distance between home and school (9.15 percent), among others.

To counter these problems, Dela Pena said the City Schools Division has initiated the so-called Learner Centered Classroom starting last year.

Using this approach, he said the traditional pencil and paper test would be 20 percent of academic evaluation and the rest would be utilized to "encourage critical thinking.”

North Mindanao ready for May polls: Comelec exec

By Jigger J. Jerusalem (PNA)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Northern Mindanao is all set for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on May 14, the chief of the Commission on Election in the region (Comelec 10) said.

Comelec 10 Director Renato Magbutay said they are just waiting for the poll materials to arrive from Manila anytime this month.

Some of these poll materials are ballots and election returns, Magbutay said noting the elections will be conducted manually.

Based on data from Comelec 10, Northern Mindanao has about 2,541,331 registered voters and 4,341 clusters of voting precincts. In the 2016 presidential elections, 2,108,036 voters cast their ballots, or a voters’ turnout of 82.95 percent.

During the latest Comelec command conference conducted early this week, Magbutay said his office is still waiting for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to submit a list of areas of concerns in the region.

Northern Mindanao has its share of potential election threats, such as the presence of the communists in the provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental.

DOH 10 kicks off Friendship Games 2018

By Claire Gigje and Janina Jajalla (PIA10 Interns)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) -- The Department of Health in Region 10 (DOH-10) kicked off its Friendship Games 2018 with theme “Boosting Healthy Lifestyle and Camaraderie through Friendly Sports Competition” from April 2 to 6, 2018 at the DOH 10 compound in Cagayan de Oro City.

The celebration, which is on its 13th year, included officials of different agencies in various health centers and government hospitals in the region.

This event is already a tradition maintained and sustained in Region 10, said DOH Regional Director Nimfa Torrizo.

Torrizo said the aim is to achieve teamwork not just in the office but also in games.

The event hopes to encourage camaraderie among the employees not just in regional office but also in local government units, hospitals, and rural health units.

Region 10 is the only region nationwide that has sustained the conduct of the friendship games throughout the years.

In fact, Torrizo said this will expand into an Inter-Regional Friendship Games Mindanao Cluster on June 25, 2018 together with Region 9, Region 11–Davao, CARAGA, Region 12–SOCSARGEN, and ARMM.

Torrizo also hopes the event will expand nationwide as she said this promotes good health and boosts productivity among workers.

The event kicked off with a parade, pledge of sportsmanship, lighting of torch/flame of friendship, releasing of balloons and banner raising.

Meanwhile, the participating agencies aside from DOH-10 were the City Health Office of El Salvador, Misamis Oriental, DOH- Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, JR Borja General Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City, Northern Mindanao Medical Center, Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Regional Training Hospital in Misamis Occidental, SM Lao General Hospital, Commission on Population Region 10, Provincial Health Office Misamis Oriental, and Gregorio T. Lluch Memorial Hospital.

RDRRMC-10 full council meeting held

By Franklin P. Gumapon

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 4 (PIA) -- Member-agencies of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Region 10 (RDRRMC-10) converged here on April 3 to discuss their first quarter accomplishments and the programs to be implemented in the succeeding months.

Regional Director Rosauro Arnel Gonzales Jr. of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-10) disclosed that no untoward incidents were reported during the observance of the Holy Week in the region and he attributed it to the preparedness measures employed by all concerned agencies.

Dr. Dave Mendoza of the Department of Health (DOH-10), on the other hand, encouraged the council members to support DOH’s immunization program to protect the public against diseases like measles.

Mendoza said the measles cases recorded in the region from Jan. 1 to April 2, 2018 totaled 199, broken down as follows: Cagayan de Oro City-42; Iligan City-36; Balo-i, Lanao del Norte- 24; Maigo, Lanao del Norte-23; Ozamis City-18; Tubod, Lanao del Norte-14; Medina, Misamis Oriental-12; Salay, Misamis Oriental-10; Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte-10; and Baroy, Lanao del Norte-10.

He also warned the public against summer diseases such as typhoid, cholera and hepatitis A, diarrhea, sore eyes as well as mosquito-borne illnesses.

For its part, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD-10) reported that it had already shelled out P44,741,546 for food and non-food items for internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the Marawi crisis.

Presently, DSWD-10 is catering to IDPs both home-based and those in evacuation centers comprised of around 24,268 families.

Marawi residents fled their homes when government forces clashed with the ISIS-inspired Maute group almost a year ago.

City Hall honors exemplary women employees

By Jo Ann Sablad

SELECTED female workers of Cagayan de Oro City Hall have been named as Exemplary Women of City Hall during the flag raising on Monday, April 2, as part of the recently culminated Women's Month celebration.

According to City Information Officer Abigail Malalis, the Search for Exemplary Women of City Hall is an initiative of the City Hall's Gender and Development Committee chaired by City Accountant Beda Joy Elot, to recognize female employees who excel in their work as public servants.

"Giving acknowledgement and importance and recognition sa mga babae nga workers sa (to the female workers of the) City Hall. For the longest years nag trabaho, dili lang para lamang dinhi sa City Hall as a public servant pero sa community pud niya (they worked, not only in the City Hall as a public servant but also for the community as well)," Malalis said.

Out of the more than 20 female workers representing the different departments of the City Hall, only 10 were named exemplary women. The top five will be receiving a plaque and a cash prize.

A certificate of appreciation as well as a cash prize worth P1,000 will also be given to those who were in the 6th to 10th places.

Diana Beja of the City Assessor's Office was recognized as the "Most Exemplary Woman of City Hall" and was given a P5,000 worth of cash prize and a plaque; followed by Myrna Dangcal from the City Information Office who received P3,000 worth of cash prize and a plaque.

The third, fourth and fifth placers, namely: Felicitas Golosino from the Office of the Building Official, Ochered Berondo of the City Economic Enterprise Department, and Nena Undag-Luandog from the City Social Welfare and Development Office, respectively, were also awarded with a cash prize worth P2,000 and a plaque.

Other nominees were Albina Delgra from the City Council; Elsa Edrote of the East West Terminal and Public Market; Maribel Guzman of the Civil Registry; Sylvia Flores from the City Planning; and Marcela Aggarao of the Agricultural Productivity Office. They all received a cash prize of P1,000 and a certificate of appreciation.

This is the first time the City Hall conducted a Search for Exemplary Women of City Hall 2018 which started on March 8 in accordance to the celebration of the Women’s Month, Malalis said.

SSS starts receiving applications for loan restructuring with penalty condonation

(SSS Cagayan de Oro, PIA 10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 2 (PIA) -- The Social Security System (SSS) has started receiving applications for its Loan Restructuring Program (LRP) with penalty condonation today, April 2, in all SSS branches nationwide.

Member-borrowers who have past due loans like Salary, Calamity, Emergency Loans, Educational Loan (old), Study Now Pay Later Plan, Voc-Tech, Y2K, and Investments Incentive Loans are covered by the program provided they have resided or worked in a calamity/disaster stricken area as declared by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) or in the case of Typhoon Ondoy, by the National Government.

LRP applicants should bring with them a duly accomplished LRP Application Form, which can be downloaded from, and two valid identification cards.

The LRP allows member-borrowers to clean up their overdue loan principal and interest in full or by installment under a restructured term depending on their capacity.

Qualified members only have six months to avail of the program or until October 1.

Borrowers who have approved LRP in 2016 to 2017, members with final benefit claim prior to the LRP availment period, and those who committed fraud against SSS are disqualified from the program.

40,000 devotees visit Cagayan de Oro pilgrimage sites

By Alwen Saliring

SOME 40,000 devotees visited the two pilgrimage sites in Cagayan de Oro City during the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, a significant decrease compared to last year's observance, the disaster office said over the weekend.

Allan Porcadilla, officer of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Department (CDRRMD), said around 33,000 to 35,000 people visited the Malasag Walkway and roughly 7,000 devotees crossed the rivers to reach the Guadalupe Shrine in Barangay Agusan.

Porcadilla said the figure has dropped to almost half of last year's record which is nearly a hundred thousand.

He said the decrease could be attributed to other newly-established pilgrimage sites in Misamis Oriental.

"Sauna ang taga Misamis Oriental moanhi og syudad para mosaka sa Malasag ug Guadalupe karon dili na kay daghan naman bag-o nga destinations sa province (Before, people are coming to the city to visit Malasag and Guadalupe but now there are many sites in the province which are near to their homes)," Porcadilla said.

Misamis Oriental province has at least six holy sites that attract the faithful during the Lenten season - the Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador City, the Our Lady of Moog in Laguindingan, the Sipaka Heights in Talisayan, Hinuklog in Medina, Our Lady of Lourdes in Binuangan, and Christ the King in Gingoog City.

Porcadilla also said the hot weather may also have discouraged the devotees.

Porcadillla added their office had received numerous emergency calls and responded to several vehicular accidents around the city during the Holy Week.

Meanwhile, an official of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) said the observance of the Holy Week was generally peaceful.

Cocpo spokesperson Superintendent Mardy Hortillosa II said no major untoward incidents were recorded during the two-day religious activity.

He said there were only isolated incidents noted at the sites like few devotees who passed out and some children got missing but were later found by the police.

Authorities are not yet letting their guard down as they continue to monitor beaches for the Easter Sunday, April 1, to ensure safety and security of the public.