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Teleperformance Philippines opens facility in Oro

By Jennifer Valcobero

TELEPERFORMANCE Philippines, in the occasion of their 20th anniversary, launched its Cagayan de Oro City facility at the Centrio Mall along Corrales Avenue last November 18.

The facility is the second in Mindanao after its Davao City site which opened in 2013.

Teleperformance, a business process outsourcing company, employs some 40,000 people in 18 sites in different parts of the country.

The firm has already hired about 300 employees and will hire another 1,300 to fill 1,600 work stations in a call center facility that will occupy four floors of Centrio Mall.

The ribbon cutting and the ceremonial wine-toasting last November 18 was led by the City Mayor Oscar Moreno together with the firm’s managing director, Travis Coates.

Speaking at the ceremony, Moreno called Teleperformance’s entry into the city as a substantial contribution to the economic growth of not just Cagayan de Oro but also of the whole Northern Mindanao region.

“You are not just investing in Cagayan de Oro alone but you are investing the whole province of Misamis Oriental. We are very happy that you are here and we hope that you will be happy also. And in your next anniversary, you will be happier,” Moreno said.

For his part, Coates said they are optimistic about business prospects in the region.

“Our arrival to the City of Cagayan de Oro signifies our strong commitment to the Philippine BPO industry and our confidence in this part of the country,” Coates said.

“Teleperformance is excited to expand into Cagayan de Oro City with its strategic location, superb infrastructure, strong local government support, and excellent talent pool that we surely want to tap. I am confident that with the opening of this new site, we will be able to continue to effectively serve our clients and customers and provide excellent career opportunities,” Coates said.

Coates said they are now welcoming job applications and said the company is fully committed to the labor policies of the new administration.

Coates said among the benefits of working for the firm are a great salary package, exciting bonuses, comprehensive healthcare benefits, and career advancement opportunities.

All Teleperformance business sites also have their own fitness gym, spacious cafeterias, full-service clinics, separate sleeping quarters for male and female, game and recreation rooms, and individual lockers for employees.

Filinvest opens One Oasis in Oro


FILINVEST Land Corporation (FLI) launched its 2nd condominium project in Cagayan de Oro city located at Rosario Limketkai Avenue.

The FLI’s One Oasis CDO is a 2.7-hectare property mid-rise condominium community that is considered the first of its kind in Northern Mindanao.

One Oasis CDO is the latest addition to FLI’s series of refreshing oasis-themed condominium communities in prime-urban locations.

Inspired by the world’s best vacation spots, each refreshing enclave features lush landscapes and resort-inspired amenities are dubbed as “My Patch of Green in the City.”

This new condominium project by FLI is an Asian-Balinese-themed development which is composed of five medium-rise buildings.

According to its developers, the uniqueness of One Oasis CDO comes from its resort-inspired amenities such as landscaped gardens, a multi-purpose clubhouse, adult and kiddie pools, entertainment rooms, fitness gym, covered basketball court, kid’s play area and jogging and walking paths.

Filinvest Land Corporation chose to break ground in Cagayan de Oro City because of the rapid pace of development and the city’s favorable economic prospects.

Its developers noted its achievement as the Philippine’s most competitive city of 2016 by the National Competitiveness Council and decide to take part in the city’s dynamism and progress.

Aside from that, FLI was attracted by the region’s impressive economic growth.

Cagayan de Oro City and its adjacent province of Misamis Oriental are part of Northern Mindanao, the island’s industrial corridor whose economy grew by 7.4 percent in 2012 and is continuing for the succeeding years.

The FLI is the developer behind successful projects such as the 52-storey PBCom Tower, the tallest office building in the country, premier outsourcing hub Northgate Cyberzone in Alabang and the sprawling Festival Supermall, which remains the undisputed regional shopping center south of Metro Manila.

For the high-end market, FLI has created the exclusive Brentville community in Laguna, which is home to a growing multi-cultural residential population.

The company likewise strives to constantly introduce innovative concepts such as the Asenso Village entrepreneurial community, all-studio condominiums for yuppies, oasis-themed mid-rise enclaves, Versaflat units that merge home and office, and more, to tap new markets with huge growth potential.

At present, FLI has over 80 projects located in 30 cities and municipalities nationwide.

The company has an extensive network of sales offices, in-house agents and independent brokers located throughout the Philippines.

For more information on Filinvest and One Oasis Cagayan de Oro city, call 0917-305-8888 or visit

Cagayan De Oro’s Corrales Avenue

(jrj moto, Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro)

WHEN the popular Night Cafe of Divisoria area was abolished, Kagay-anons set out to different places to hang out in the city. The night cafe was for years, a venue for residents and visitors here to dine, shop for ukay-ukay items and be entertained in al fresco diners.

Some found good places to hang out at Corrales Avenue.

Corrales Avenue was named after Manuel Corrales Sr. elected to the Provincial Council to be the Councilor for Peace and Internal Order of the Misamis Province at sometime late 1800's.

During my childhood days, I remembered Corrales Avenue as a peaceful place in this city. Usually, it's an alternative from the crowded and traffic congested main streets of the city. The Avenue has old houses where many old families of Cagayan de Oro are residing until now.

Today, Corrales Avenue evolves instantly as a lifestyle destination of Kagay-anons with restaurants sprouting in adjacent blocks. Restaurants here serve the best dishes in town with specialties in seafood, grilled food and favorite Filipino dish.

In the nearby block, an establishment also offers quality and affordable ready-to-wear apparel and other imported fashion items from abroad. Corrales Avenue also has hotels that have affordable accommodation rates. A few blocks ahead are the Ayala Centrio Mall and the luxury Seda Hotel.

The avenue is also a preferred destination business meetings because of coffee shops along the road. Various 24/7 convenience stores also offer drinks and snacks for those who are working on nightshift or just hanging about looking for a place to eat and stay for a while.

At night, the streets here transform into a night life destination. Bars offer drinks at affordable prices. One KTV bar showcases unique LED lights inside its bar where our friends can celebrate without hurting our pockets.

For car addicts, the avenue is known for popular car accessories shop in the city. If you’re also looking for a relaxation routine, the street has various spas and massage parlors. As I have observe it’s the only street in the city that never sleeps, as I myself, sometimes present around the avenue overnight with friends to chill and relax as it affordable and fun. We also accidentally meet our long lost friends or relatives around the avenue.

Nowadays, malls are not the only place we can rely of all the things we need. We have also the simplest street or avenue that offers us quality food, products and services. To Kagay-anons and people from different places, see you at Corrales Avenue as I will be exploring one by one the newly opened stores and other amnesties that our beloved pride “Corrales Avenue” is now offering. It is continuously the emerging day and night spot destination of Cagayan De Oro City.

Oro chosen for climate change project


THE city of Cagayan de Oro has been chosen as one of the "target areas" for a project which aims to contribute to increasing climate change resilience and mitigation in the Philippines.

The project, sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is called B-Leaders project, which stands for "Building Low Emission Alternatives to Develop Economic Resilience and Sustainability."

Mayor Oscar Moreno welcomed a team of USAID personnel last week to discuss and come up with plans and policies which will promote renewable energy in transport, power, and land sectors.

Moreno welcomed the development saying it is a new challenge for the city of Cagayan de Oro.

In its website, the USAID said the country is one of the 16 countries worldwide considered 'extremely vulnerable' to climate change, with 20 typhoons, in average, hit the country causing loss of lives and economic destruction.

Cagayan de Oro, considered a river basin, is one of the cities which is most vulnerable to severe flooding.

The B-Leaders project aims to help local government units and the whole country, respond to disaster challenges by assisting in planning, designing, and implementing particularly Emission Development Strategies (LEDS).

According to USAID, they will provide training and workshops to both national and local government officials.

Batangas, Iloilo, Zamboanga, and Tagbilaran, are also among the cities chosen by USAID as target areas.

MOA for community fish landing center OK’d


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Community Fish Landing Center soon to rise in Cagayan de Oro.

In with the thrust to establish a Community Fish Landing Center, the 18th City Council headed by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy on Monday enacted Ordinance No. 13142-2016 which authorizes City Mayor Oscar Moreno to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) for the purpose.

The project is provided under Republic Act 8550, as amended, otherwise known as the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998. The law authorizes BFAR to establish post harvest facilities for fishing communities consistent with the policy of providing support to subsistence fisheries in the exercise of their preferential rights to benefit from the country’s fisheries resources, especially in municipal waters.

Under the MOA, the DA-BFAR shall provide the city with the criteria for the selection of the site for the Community Fish Landing Center (CFLC), review and approve the selection of the site for the CFLC in coordination with the PFDA, among others while the PFDA shall provide technical assistance in the preparation of the model design of the CFLC.

For its part, the city shall supervise the construction of the CFLC with the assistance of the BFAR and PFDA to ensure full compliance by the contractor with the approved technical and engineering design and other terms and conditions in the contract, among others.

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

Lumbia children welcome “angels” in DOLE-X Project: Angel Tree

By Glenford C. Labial (GCL/DOLE-10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, November 25 - Forty days before Christmas, the Western Misamis Oriental Provincial Field Office (WMO PFO) of the Department of Labor and Employment-X (DOLE-X) held Project: Angel Tree (PAT) at Barangay Lumbia covered court on 11 November 2016.

Some 60 school children of Lumbia Elementary School received assistance in the form of school bags, notebooks, writing pads, slippers, towels and rice.

Project: Angel Tree’s main purpose is to encourage children to continue their education and steer clear from doing laborious tasks that will endanger their lives and health.

PAT is a manifestation of the efforts between the government and private sector in keeping children away from dangerous workplaces, with the help of parents and community to assure that children are always protected and unexploited.

Altruism was realized behind the minds of patrons through donations from Congressman Rolando “Klarex” Uy; Jollibee; Chowking; Phil Fresh; Riza Traders Marketing Corporation; Novo Jeans; Bryants Milling Marketing; Liwayway Marketing; Universal Robina Corporation; Prime Foods; Candole Manpower Services; and ABS-CBN Northern Mindanao.

The activity was a result of beneficiary profiling of the WMO PFO, assessing the poor but deserving student beneficiaries in the barangay and was concretized after a series of meetings with the “angels.”

In an ABS-CBN television news interview, PFO Head Ebba Borbon-Acosta revealed that “The giving of slippers is symbolical for it represents the steps taken not only by DOLE-X but by the people of the community to support the children who are determined to learn in school.”

“Moreover, the gesture is a concrete expression of love which the recipients were made to feel that their efforts to learn is not only acknowledged but also given due importance,” Acosta added.

Barangay Chairman Wilhelm E. Valencia led the turn-over of goods after a simple ceremony where several activities were prepared such as parlor games and talent showcase to teach them a sense of belongingness as well as teamwork.

Valencia thanked DOLE-X regional director, Raymundo G. Agravante stating “We hope that more children will be reached by your initiative because we believe that this is not just confined within your limits but with the support of your partners. You made them happy in this time of year.”

Meanwhile, 10 parents of child laborers in the locality were given P10,000 each as starter kit assistance intended for sari-sari store livelihood project.

PAT is among the many programs that DOLE acts to eliminate child labor including children at risk of becoming child laborers or working children and their families which is symbolically represented by a tree which bears fruits for these children beneficiary.

CSWDO holds mental health training

(City Information Office / PIA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) conducted a two-day training on Mental Health and Psychosocial Services to CSWD personnel.

Psychosocial Division Head Stella Ferrarez emphasized the importance of said training as handling mentally challenged clients need professional expertise and experience.

The training is in anticipation of the city government's plan to put up a city-run mental health facility in Cagayan de Oro City to cater to the needs of mentally ill persons.

The activity was held on November 17-18 at Campo Juan, Manolo Fortich, while the training of the second batch will take place on November 24-25 with the participation of personnel from Residential Care for Elderly and Differently Abled.

BSP awards outstanding Project BRO partners in CDO

  • Source:
  • Wednesday, November 23, 2016

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Nov. 23 (PIA) --- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) awarded outstanding partners in Cagayan de Oro for their efforts in promoting the advocacy of the BSP particularly the Project BRO.

The awarding ceremony was held on November 22, during the Cagayan de Oro leg of the Financial Empowerment Sessions of the Financial Consumer Protection Department (FCPD) of the BSP.

The Cagayan de Oro National High School (CNHS) was recognized as BSP’s Outstanding School of Savers for being able to raise the highest number of student- savers with kiddie savings account among the 40 schools visited by the BSP for the Project BRO.

Margareth Macodbod and Vincent Gary Corugda, both from CNHS, also received the Best Saver-Mentor and Outstanding Teen Saver awards, respectively.

Divina Salve A. Labitad, bank officer of the BSP-FCPD, said Project BRO (BSP Reaches Out) is a savings campaign for kids and teens to promote the habit of saving early.

Labitad noted that those who began saving during their childhood will display better attitudes towards savings than those who did not.

Project BRO was developed for Grade 1 to 10 students from both public and private schools across the country to teach kids about money matters early in life.

It was launched by BSP in July 2015 and has reached 40 schools and more than 70,000 students.

In Cagayan de Oro City, Project BRO team has visited East City Central School, Cagayan de Oro National High School, Xavier University Grade School and High School to guide and motivate Cagayanon kids and teens develop good financial habit.

Chevrolet Oro celebrates 4th year of fruitful service

By Jack Biantan

CHEVROLET, the world renown automobile brand and the current sponsor of one of the world’s biggest football club, Manchester United recently celebrated its fourth anniversary in Cagayan de Oro City with the launching of their latest vehicles, the 2017 Trailblazer and the 2017 Colorado.

The Trailblazer has a powerful 200 horse power engine that “takes riders and drivers farther than ever before, even in challenging weather, frustrating traffic and demanding road conditions,” said Chevrolet Cagayan de Oro general sales manager Rommel Tibudan during the celebrations and their Bankers night held at their service center, in Barangay Kauswagan.

“The 2017 Colorado on the other has also a 200 HP engine and can run in all terrain, up and down peaks and valleys. It can also brave any kind of weather, out in the open road and across rough roads,” he added.

Grandcars Inc. and Covenant Car Company of the Po family is the distributor of the Chevrolet in the city.

Chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) is Peter Po, president Jan Andrew Po, Comptroller Caroline Po, after sales director Ivan Herrick Po, and vice president for operations Lorenzo Aguilar II. They were also present during the celebration.

According to Tibudan, the Cagayan de Oro Chevrolet dealership office has grown by leaps since it was introduced in here in 2012. The office in the city is the second largest dealership in the country today.

“I thank the Cagayanons for embracing us. In our first year in 2013 we sold 172 vehicles, in 2014, 262 and in 2015 we delivered 365. This year we are positive to sell even more and hit our 1000 units target at the year-end despite of the unending competition in the market,” Tibudan said.

Tibudan also said Chevrolet has always been clear and focused on its vision, which is to create a winning edge in the highly competitive automobile industry.

“We aim to maximize the brand’s business potential, in pursuit to create a unique culture and establish a relentless customer-oriented dealer network in the Philippines and predictably making great strides in achieving this goal,” he said.

On November 3, 1911, Swiss race car driver and automotive engineer Louis Chevrolet co-founded the Chevrolet Motor Company in Detroit with William Durant and investment partners William Little (maker of the Little automobile), James Whiting,[6] Dr. Edwin Campbell (son-in-law of Durant) and in 1912 R. S. McLaughlin CEO of General Motors in Canada.

As of 2010, Chevrolet had operations in over 140 countries and global sales in 2011 set a record with 4.76 million vehicles sold worldwide.

Chevrolet's Philippine operations are under the control of The Covenant Car Company Inc.

The company was officially incorporated on July 1, 2009 and assumed business operations on October 1, 2009.

Nineteen dealerships have been established around the country as of 2012 including in Cagayan de Oro City.

Agriculture department stages ‘organic’ trade fair

(PJ Orias)

THE Department of Agriculture (DA)-Northern Mindanao staged its 3rd Regional Organic Trade Fair (ROTF) at SM City Cagayan de Oro over the weekend.

The three-day event, which was held from November 18 to 20, featured 23 exhibitors from local government units and private sectors showcasing their own organic products and other value-adding and product innovations.

Visitors have a chance to taste some of the exhibitors' products, witness demonstrations and business matching.

Julie Lagumen, of Binahon Agroforestry Farm, one of the exhibitors, stressed the importance of organic foods in a persons' fast-paced life.

"Karon man gud kay gusto man ang mga tao ug instant so tungod pud sa kataas sa demand sa food, ang uban pud nga farms mo-resort nalang ug inorganic farming, pero kung tan-awon nato in a long-term situation, tanan aspects sa environment maapektuhan sa pamaagi sa conventional way of farming, maka-affect sa growth sa imong product and sa biodiversity (People nowadays want instant food so the higher its demand, other farms resort to inorganic farming but if you look at the long-term situation, all aspects of the environment are affected with the conventional way of farming, the growth of the product and the biodiversity)," Lagumen said.

The Binahon Agroforestry farm's products are however not available in the markets yet, but Lagumen said they are taking orders.

She said it is their family's version to compete globally.

"Ang challenge sa amoa karon nga naa sa organic farming is ang pagpa-paspas sa growth sa supply, dapat maka-keep up gyud mi sa production (Our challenge in organic farming is the speed in the growth of supply. We should keep up with the production)," she added.

DA said about 68 LGUs in Northern Mindanao have organic agriculture programs, with 16 municipalities in Bukidnon, three municipalities in Camiguin, 14 in Lanao Norte, 11 municipalities in Misamis Occidental and 24 in Misamis Oriental.

Also, there are about 2,684 recorded organic farmers producers in the region, 69 organic input manufacturer/organic food and non-food producers and 22 retail stores, supermarkets and restaurants has organic food products.

The region has 3,248 hectares of agriculture land dedicated to organic farming.

The local government with the best agricultural booth will be recognized through their booth presentation and design, bounty of agricultural products, staff performance, promptness, cleanliness and orderliness of booth activities and sales.

Mindanao electric coops to converge in CDO


DAVAO CITY, Nov. 20 (PNA) -- Members of the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives (AMRECO) are set to converge in Cagayan de Oro City for its first annual general membership assembly and summit on Nov. 25 and 26.

The event will be facilitated jointly with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).

AMRECO announced that the summit will be joined by leaders and representatives of electric cooperative constituencies, member consumers and other significant stakeholders in Mindanao.

Invited to speak during the two-day event are top officials from the Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), National Electrification Administration (NEA) and MinDA.

The general assembly and summit will carry the theme: “Federalism: Its impact on Mindanao Electric Cooperatives and Member Consumers.”

AMRECO said that the summit will be a perfect occasion for the participants to grasp the pulse of the power development plans for Mindanao in the advent of federalism under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The group also hopes that the gathering will provide effective venue for the energy stakeholders in Mindanao to derive insights on the proposed federal system of government as a key component in government reforms towards a hastened economic development, better financial mobilization and greater budget and fiscal autonomy in the regions.

President Duterte has been invited to become the guest speaker of the event.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chair of the Committee on Energy in the Senate, will speak on the impact of federalism on the power industry while Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III will give an input on Federalism in the Philippines.

Largest BPO to attract career opportunities in N. Mindanao


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PNA) – The opening of one of the largest business process outsourcing (BPO) companies here would invite hundreds of job seekers in Northern Mindanao, a BPO executive said Friday.

Travis Coates, Teleperformance Philippines managing director, said that “our arrival to [Cagayan de Oro] signifies our strong commitment to the Philippine BPO industry and our confidence in this part of the country.”

Teleperformance Philippines officially opened on Friday its 1,600-seat 18th branch contact center facility that occupies the fourth floor of a downtown mall here.

Coates said that the first branch of the Teleperformance Philippines opened in Davao City in 2013 although the company has been in operation in the country since 1996.

Coates expressed the confidence that the opening of the new site in Cagayan De Oro City would be able to continue to effectively serve BPO clients and customers and provide excellent career opportunities.

According to Coates, the Teleperformance Group operates 147,000 computerized workstations, with close to 190,000 employees across 311 contact centers in 6

In the Philippines, Teleperformance has around 40,000 employees catering to customers and clients across the globe with services ranging from telecommunications, technology, travel, broadband, media and entertainment, financial to healthcare.

He said that in 2015, the firm reported a consolidated revenue of U.S. $ 3.7 billion.

NorMin to observe juvenile justice, welfare consciousness week

By Recthie T. Paculba (RTP/PIA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, November 18 (PIA) – With the theme, “Rehab, Hindi Rehas: Itaguyod ang R.A. 10630,” the Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee (RJJWC) in northern Mindanao is set to celebrate the 5th Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week on November 21-25.

A motorcade around Cagayan de Oro City from Gaston Park to Divisoria Kiosko Kagawasan and short program will kick off the celebration on November 21.

The short opening program will highlight an inspirational talk from the city mayor and a testimony from a successful child in conflict with the law (CICL).

On the following day, the committee will hold the Juvenile Justice Administration Dialogue with participants from Lanao del Norte and Iligan City. The dialogue will tackle the salient features of Republic Act 9344 as amended by RA 10630.

The Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week is observed yearly to emphasize the rights of every Filipino youth and child, including children-at-risk and in conflict with the law, their role in nation-building, and the responsibilities of all duty bearers and stakeholders in ensuring the protection and promoting the welfare of the Filipino youth and children.

37,000 hectares in Northern Mindanao earmarked for organic farming


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Nov. 17 (PNA) – A total of 37,345 hectares in Northern Mindanao is earmarked for organic agriculture in line with the National Organic Agriculture Program (NOAP), an agriculture official said Thursday.

Samuel C. Natindim Jr., focal person of the initiative of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the region, said that the program aimed to encourage farmers to engage in organic farming.

According to Natindim, the DA has began the practice of organic farming involving 3,248 hectares of land in the region, which represent 8.71 percent of the total agricultural area in Northern Mindanao.

He said that of the 3,248 hectares, 2,684 hectares of land were in Lanao Del Norte, now planted with organic crops like rice, vegetables, cacao, cassava, corn, and banana.

Natindim said that the development was a significant departure from last year’s statistics, which tallied zero production in organic farming until September 2015.

He said that the NOAP is anchored on Republic Act 10068 or the Organic Agriculture Act.

BSP holds inter-school video essay tilt


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Nov. 16 (PIA) --- In a bid to encourage the habit of saving among the youth, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Cagayan de Oro Branch in partnership with the Orobankers Club, Inc. is holding an Inter-School Video Essay Contest.

The contest is open to all amateur student film makers within Misamis Oriental.

Entries must reflect the theme "Saving: Molding the Habit (A Student's Perspective)" and must be original, unpublished online or offline, and has not been submitted in any other contest.

The entries must be in English or Tagalog and may be presented in the form of dramatization, animation, coordinated stills, or documentary and must include the logo of the BSP and the Orobankers Club, Inc.

The file format of the entries must only be in MPEG, MP4 or AVI and must not exceed a running time of three minutes, including opening and closing credits.

Participants must submit their entries, thru CD properly labeled with the participants' name and contact details, at BSP Cagayan de Oro Branch together with a brief storyline.

The deadline for the submission of entries is on December 6, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

The judging of entries will be done on December 7, 2016 based on the following criteria: relevance to the theme (50%), creativity (30%), and video quality (20%).

Interested students can download the registration form at

For more information, contact Dexter Erick Demafeliz or Zendy Pascual of BSP-Cagayan de Oro at (088) 857-4179 to 81, local 207 or email them at

Dads to start deliberations on city’s 2017 exec budget


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Deliberations on Cagayan de Oro city’s projected P5 billion budget for 2017 will commence soon.

The City Council headed by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy is constituting the City Council as a Committee of the Whole to deliberate on the city’s Executive Budget (General Fund and Special Account-Economic Enterprises/Utilities) for calendar year 2017 in the amounts of P4,621,842,141 and P378,157,859, respectively.


In his budget message, Mayor Oscar Moreno said the city government aims to provide affordable but quality social services, sustainable job generation and employment opportunities, capability building geared towards the development of micro and small enterprises.

The city will also strengthen its capability to prepare, mitigate and respond to calamities through its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Team, sustain revenue generation, enhance the delivery and better access to health care by the continued upgrading of the JR Borja General Hospital from being a primary to a secondary hospital.

For 2017, the city government will also continue to sustain financial protection against the cost of illness through the Philhealth Program, and accreditation of Barangay Health Centers where Maternity Care Package Program, to revitalize agricultural productivity as major source of income and employment in hinterland barangays and upgrading and rehabilitation of city markets, among others.

According to the city mayor, it has been estimated that the total resource for the budget year will reach P5 billion for the General Fund and Special Account-Economic Enterprises of which Tax Revenue under Local Sources contributed P1,686,983,126 or 34-percent of the total budget. Other Local Sources of the city comes from: Beginning Balance of P640,000,000; Realignment of Continuing Appropriation (20-percent Development Fund) P50,000,000 and Receipts from Loans and Borrowings P500,000,000.

LPRAP priority projects for 2017 under study


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Nov. 14 – The City Council committee on finance, budget and appropriations in Cagayan de Oro during its meeting took up, among others, the City Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan with the list of priority projects within the Grassroots Budgeting Menu of Programs for 2017.

This was referred by the committee on agriculture and fisheries chaired by Councilor Annie Daba to the committee for further study as per Motion No. 22683-2016 to defer action on proposed Resolution No. 2016-58 “approving and/or adopting the City Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan with the list of priority projects within grassroots budgeting menu of programs for FY 2017” duly adopted on September 13, 2016.

As transmitted by the chief executive last April 7, 2016, the list of priority projects for FY 2017 proposed by the Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and the City Poverty Reduction Action Team (CIPRAT), this city, has a total of 21 projects.

These include the establishment of irrigation systems, livelihood or kabuhayan programs for the enhancement of Bigasan ng Barangay to sari-sari stores, for the blind and deaf sectors, capacity development for youth sector, skills training for out-of-school youth (OSY) in the city, establishment of Higaonon Cultural Village and many others.

Enlisted as implementing National Government Agencies (NGA) for these projects are the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Training Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Tourism (DOT), among others.

The total project cost is pegged at P39.320 million with an estimated counterpart in the amount of P22 million and 17.320 million for the NGAs and for the city, respectively.

After careful study and deliberation, the committee, chaired by Councilor Edna Dahino, submitted this matter to the committee on laws and rules headed by Councilor Ian Mark Q. Nacaya for appropriate action.

New Oro chamber chief vows to boost tourism

By Pamela Jay F. Orias

THE newly-elected president of Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. for 2017 said he will bring in more tourists in the city, increase the number of business meetings and conventions and promote a conducive business atmosphere.

Robert Pizzaro, A Brown Company Inc. executive chairman, won the votes of the chamber trustees during the election of officers last month, replacing outgoing president Jeffrey Ang.

Pizzaro presented his platform and plans for the chamber at the election proper, which included promoting a good business climate for Northern Mindanao and this city, as well as strengthening government and business partnerships across the region.

Pizzaro said he would take advantage of the Duterte administration's thrusts in terms of developing the countryside and ramping up economic activities in rural areas that would help spur development in the city.

Pizzaro also expressed support for the upcoming Mindanao Business Conference 2017 on September 9, 2017 where Cagayan de Oro will be the host city.

Pizzaro led a new set of board including Anna Marie Medes of the Southland Events, Inc., who was voted vice-president for the Services Sector and Irene Floro of the Skills Mastery Institute, who was voted vice-president for Business Support Organization.

Arthur Quiblat of Del Monte Philippines was voted vice-president for the Agri-Business Sector, Efren Cababat of the Pilipinas Kao Inc. became vice-president for Manufacturing and Industry and Jan Michael Uy of the YSU Marketing Corporation was voted vice-president for Trade and Commerce.

Jessie Co of the New CCH Hardware was elected treasurer while Cosme Pacana of the M&A Resource Training and Publishing Inc. was voted as the new corporate secretary.

The new set of officers is set to conduct its strategic planning on November 29. The induction of the newly-elected officers will be on December 2.

A Brown is a publicly listed company with a strategic interest in real estate. Its sister company, A Brown Energy and Resources Development, Inc., specializes in agribusiness, particularly palm oil plantations and milling, and has been an active member of the chamber for more than a decade.

The chamber was organized on December 1982 by a convener group of only 25 firms and elected as charter president Virgilio Neri.

At present, Oro Chamber has about 400 members.

Brgy officials, PTA, school heads undergo educ dev’t confab

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Barangay officials including barangay chairs, Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) officials and schools heads have undergone another workshop to orderly and comprehensively operate the public schools in Cagayan de Oro city.

The Synergeia Foundation, in partnership with the city government, spearheaded the workshop to deepen the understanding and involvement of the barangays and communities in providing quality education to the youth.

In the event, Milwida Guevara, president and chief executive officer of Synergeia also explained the significance of sharing of ideas of the community and learning of the policy-making, conflict-resolution, and monitoring and evaluation.

Cagayan de Oro to host 3rd International River Summit

By Abigail Viguella

SCIENTISTS, environmentalists and concerned organizations will discuss the growing threats of the country’s river basins in the third International River Summit, set to open on November 24 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The summit organizers are expecting more than 1,600 participants coming from the different local government units, leading experts, scientists, policy makers, river administrators, indigenous communities, support groups, people’s organization and practitioners.

About 200 foreign guests and experts are expected to attend as this year's theme is “Healthy Watershed, Clean Rivers, Safer Communities.”

The Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council, the City Government of Cagayan de Oro with the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources-River Basin Control Office are the summit organizers.

The International River Summit is a biennial multi-partner national initiative that serves as avenue to identify opportunities, problems and best practices toward managing rivers across four vital issues on governance, biodiversity conservation and management, climate change and disaster risk reduction management and water quality.

“The theme is a global platform for exchange of knowledge and experience towards the building of an inclusive agenda for sustainable development and resiliency of river basin ecosystem,” said Dr. Hilly Ann Roa-Quiaoit, summit chairperson.

Quiaoit said the state of Mindanao’s eight river basins, part of the 18 river basins in the entire country, will be highlighted during the summit where eminent leaders and stakeholders are invited to share knowledge and best practices to formulate a blueprint of needed actions to address pressing issues affecting river basins and their communities.

“The summit will help us review and assess the present plan for our own river basins, and guide us in the formulation of appropriate policies that would ensure the development of rural communities dependent upon the watersheds for their livelihood, for their agriculture, and most of all in the case of Cagayan de Oro city, for their safety,” said Raul Geollegue, local organizing committee member.

Geollegue said that this summit is a way for local stakeholders to be aware of the threats and social issues that are tied with the issues surrounding the city's river basin.

With the devastation of Sendong in 2011, Geollegue said that such calamities can be avoided in the future if only more people, especially Kagayanons will be aware on how to take care of rivers and the forests surrounding them.

“Of the P15-billion fund that was handed out by the government for the recovery after Sendong, only .6 percent or P97 million was only given for agriculture. That actually barely touched the issue on the rehabilitation of the forests around the rivers. That is why we are inviting participants from this city so that awareness of this issue can be more disseminated,” Geollegue said.

Mayor Oscar Moreno said the holding of the summit here is a bold move of the organizers and the local government unit to gather the participants to tackle a huge environmental issue and take the challenge to protect river basins in the country.

“Mindanao, for the last five years, has experienced severe flooding, including that which devastated this city where more than a thousand died and up to the present countless bodies have yet to be found during the flood brought by Typhoon ‘Washi’, local name Sendong, thus the decision to hold this summit,” Moreno said.

The first International River Summit was held in Iloilo City in 2012 followed by the second summit in Marikina City in 2014.

H&M opens in Cagayan de Oro


HENNES & Mauritz Inc. (H&M) continues its expansion in the southern part of the Philippines, as it opened its 18th store in the country this month.

Open to an exciting set of new shoppers in the fast-developing city of Cagayan de Oro, the over 1,800-square-meter store opened its doors in Centrio Mall last October 27.

"The response from our Mindanao customers, after we opened our first store in Davao just last month, has been incredible! We look forward to catering to even more of the same vibrant shoppers here in Cagayan de Oro, as we open in Centrio Mall. We hope to be the city's destination for fashion and quality at the best price, in a sustainable way," said Fredrik Famm, country manager for South East Asia.

"We have also selected a great group of H&M team members to give you the best shopping experience in this store, and we hope you will welcome and embrace them as your own!" he added.

Cagayan de Oro's first H&M store carries the full assortment of H&M, including ladies, men's, kids, shoes, accessories and lingerie. It also features a full sports, denim and underwear department for both men and ladies.

Within all of these, the mindful shopper will find an array of conscious and sustainably-produced products, and offer the option to donate used clothes and get a discount voucher to use for their next purchase under H&M's Garment Collecting program.

The hundreds who shopped and lined up on opening day received great offers. Gift cards of varying amounts from P300 to P2,000 were handed out to the first 300 people in line, with a special prize of P5,000 for the first who lined up at 5 p.m. the day before the opening.

The next 300 walked away with special H&M umbrellas and tote bags. A special treat also awaited stylish shoppers -- five of the most fashionable people spotted in the queue before opening were chosen by social media influencers Vern and Verniece Enciso and given P2,000 Gift Cards each. Great fashion finds for as low as P300 also awaited everyone else who shopped until the weekend.

H&M's regular operating hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Oro village among nation's outstanding villages

By Pamela Jay F. Orias

KAUSWAGAN village in Cagayan de Oro City has been cited as first runner-up in the search for the outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa across the country.

The Oro village came next to Village City Heights of General Santos City in the highly-urbanized cities category.

It is the first time that the village was recognized in the national arena, but it is its sixth time that Kauswagan was awarded in the regional level since 2010.

"Dili man sekreto nga we are really focused on resolving problems in our level [barangay], inubanan pa gyud sa motivation sa mga officials nato kung unsaon nila nga maconvince ang complainant nga mag-uliay ug dili na ipaabot pa sa laing venue (It’s not a secret that we really focused on solving the problems in our level [village], accompanied with officials’ motivation on how to convince the complainants to reconcile with each other and not to raise it to the next venue)," he said.

Kauswagan village received a total amount worth P181,000, with P100,000 from the national level, P70,000 from the regional level, and the City Government with P11,000.

"Ang P100,000 ihatag nato sa lupon and they can use it para ma-improve pa ang atong pag-solve ug mga problema and the rest of it mabutang sa improvement sa atong local building (The P100,000 will be given to village committee so they can use the money to improve the solving of problems while the rest will be put up in improving our local building)," he said.

The Lupong Tagapamayapa has three criteria, namely: efficiency in the Operations of the Lupong Tagapamayapa, effectiveness in attaining the Katarungang Pambarangay (KP) objectives, and creativity and resourcefulness in the administration of KP.

The Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Justice and Liga ng mga Barangay, among others conducted a thorough assessment, evaluation and on-site visitation and validation to the participating villages that joined the search.

Council for children underscores right to education

By Recthie T. Paculba (RTP/PIA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, November 8 (PIA) -- With the theme, "Isulong: Kalidad na Edukasyon Para sa Lahat ng Bata," the Regional Council for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) kicks off the 24th National Children’s Month celebration with a motorcade, turnover of pencils for the One Million Lapis project and medical mission on November 7 at Kiosko Kagawasan, Cagayan de Oro City.

To help children focus on their studies and maximize the efforts of the government to ensure quality education, Cagayan de Oro City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Officer Teddy Sabuga-a says that it is important to take care of the children's health.

Hence, he urges mothers to provide the best nutrition to their children especially in their first two growing years stressing that the inability to nurture the child in such time of their life would result to fragile growth.

Since this stage is irreversible, Sabuga-a said that mothers should be breastfeeding their infants from 0-2 years.

For her part, Department of Social Welfare and Development-10 (DSWD) Assistant Regional Director for Operations Aldersey M. Dela Cruz says that education starts at home with the family and it is just continued in schools.

Thus, the value of education must be cultivated in homes to sharpen the children's potential and talent that will further aid in their physical, social, psychological and emotional development.

About 51,000 pencils were also turned over by the RCWC to the Department of Education (DepEd) during the celebration as part of the One Million Lapis campaign that aims to promote the child’s right to (write as basic right) education especially for children whose situations have impeded their chances to go to school.

The National Children's Month is slated in the month of November every year as emphasized in Republic Act 10661 to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Children by the United Nations General Assembly.

MinDa calls on stakeholders support to IRS

By Jorie C. Valcorza (JCV/PIA-10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, November 7 (PIA) – Highlighting the gains that the 3rd International River Summit (IRS) will bring to the rehabilitation and protection of our country’s major river basins, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa) called on key stakeholders to be part of the initiative set on 24-26 November 2016 at the Pryce Plaza Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.

Interested participants are advised to pre-register online at

Lourdes Enjambre of MinDa said the summit is a venue to share best practices on the implementation of programs and projects, not just here in the country but across the globe.

Various ambassadors and international agency partners have already committed to speak in the plenary sessions to include Russia, Netherlands, Bangladesh, United Kingdom, and Australia, among others.

Enjambre said this is a good learning experience for the local chief executives, environmental officers and planning officers as they also gather support from the non-government organizations (NGOs) and academe.

A mini-exhibit of the eight major river basins in Mindanao, to include the Mandulog River Basin will be among the highlights of the IRS summit which aims to showcase notable river management initiatives to some 1000 expected delegates.

The event is co-hosted by the local government of Cagayan de Oro City, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council, and the League of Cities of the Philippines.

MinDa, for its part, performs an oversight function in all Mindanao river basins, attuned to its “Mindanao Nurturing Our Waters Program.”

In an interview with Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Enjambre also reported that all river basins in Mindanao have already crafted their respective master plan, while it’s only in Butuan City that’s pending for approval by the Regional Development Council (RDC) but is targeted to be passed within the year.

She said that while they are eyeing to institutionalize the budget that will support to the priority programs and projects identified in the protection and preservation of the watersheds, they are at the same time hopeful for the creation of an executive order to bridge the gap.

DILG to launch MASA MASID in NorMin

By Elaine O. Ratunil (EOR/PIA)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Nov. 6 (PIA) – Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is all set to launch in Northern Mindanao its program, MASA MASID, in support to the pronouncement of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to suppress criminality, corruption and illegal drugs in the country.

To be launched on Nov. 8 in Cagayan de Oro, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga (MASA MASID) is a barangay-based anti-criminality, anti-corruption, and anti-illegal drugs program which encourages multi-sectoral partnership to intensify the spirit of volunteerism at the community level.

NorMin DILG director Arnel M. Agabe said during the ‘Talakayan sa PIA,’ MASA MASID focuses on supply reduction, demand reduction and community rehabilitation.

Agabe further said that under the program, volunteers will be established in barangays to join the fight against these three problems by helping report cases of corruption, drug use and sale and criminality in their areas.

He said everyone is encouraged to get involve and support in intensifying its advocacy and education campaign against illegal activities to end he drug menace of the region.

DILG Memorandum Circular 2016-116 explains that existing Ugnayan ng Barangay at mga Simbahan (UBAS) Technical Working Groups in local government units (LGUs), which brought together barangay officials and religious groups for programs on good governance and community development, shall be expanded and shall be chaired by a City or Municipal Local Government Operations Officer, with representatives from a faith-based group, Liga ng mga Barangay, Philippine National Police (PNP), and City or Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (C/MADAC).

Further, the expanded UBAS TWG shall be responsible for promoting MASA MASID as a mechanism to respond to the needs of their respective LGUs, and shall provide technical assistance to MASA MASID Teams in every barangay.

Barangay MASA MASID Teams, Agabe said will be composed of representatives of faith-based organizations, civil society organizations (CSOs), non-government organizations (NGOs), people’s organizations (POs), and CSO representative from the Barangay Peace and Order Council (BPOC) and Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).

With this efforts, MASA MASID also involves the drugs enforcement agencies and, likewise, the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for the aftercare program to ensure these drug users will find jobs and will be given assistance by the national government after the rehabilitation program so they will no longer be involved with illegal drugs, said Agabe.

Meanwhile, the Talakayan sa PIA is a regular forum facilitated by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) where media personalities from radio, print and television and guests from government agencies gather to converse, thus heightening public awareness on specific government programs.

City, TIEZA to forge pact for devt of FS Catanico Spring Resort project


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Supporting ways to boost the tourism industry in Cagayan de Oro, the 18th City Council during its regular session on Monday is slated to act on the proposed ordinance authorizing the city mayor to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) for the development of the F.S. Catanico Spring Resort Project located in Barangay F.S. Catanico.

TIEZA is an agency attached to the Department of Tourism (DOT), which is tasked to designate, regulate and supervise the Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ) as provided for by Republic Act 9593 or the Tourism Act of 2009.

Under the proposed MOA, TIEZA shall conduct a public bidding for the implementation of the project and supervise its development.

TIEZA shall fund the amount needed to fully complete the project in accordance with the plans and specifications and upon completion turn over the project to the city, with all the improvements.

Pursuant to the MOA, the city shall operate, manage, administer and maintain the project.

It provides that the city shall be the primary party responsible to facilitate the issuance of appropriate permits, licenses and environmental clearances, including the payment of corresponding fees from all national government agencies and local government units, among others.

The proposed ordinance was reviewed and favorably endorsed by the committees on tourism and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors Jay R. Pascual and Ian Mark Q. Nacaya, respectively.

Mindanao research confab held


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) -- To strengthen partnership with the academe in the implementation of research works in the protection of biodiversity and the development of ecotourism in Mindanao, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 10 spearheaded the Mindanao Protected Area Research Forum in Cagayan de Oro City, recently.

DENR 10 Assistant Regional Director Ester A. Olavides of the Management Services during the opening program delivered the speech of Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan, calling all stakeholders particularly the academe—state universities and colleges—and other partner agencies to identify research proposals that could best protect the biodiversity within the protected areas (PAs) in Mindanao.

The forum which was undertaken in partnership with Bukidnon State University, GIZ-COSERAM (Conflict Sensitive Resources and Asset Management) was attended by DENR personnel involved in the management of the protected areas and the academe.

Assistant Regional Director of the Technical Services Felix S. Mirasol, Jr. former Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) of the Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park in Bukidnon led the presentation of Research Gaps and Needs in the protected area.

Raoul T. Geollegue of the Philippine Watershed Management Coalition lectured on the Mindanao Protected Areas: Features, Challenges and Opportunities.

For his part, Jason Damasco, Misamis Oriental Provincial Officer of the National Commission on Indigenous People discussed the NCIP Assistance to PA Researches towards biodiversity conservation and development.

While, Maria Easterluna Canoy, executive director of Kitanglad Integrated NGOs on Enhancing Protected Area Knowledge through establishment of Mindanao PA Institute.

A workshop was conducted to discuss identified areas based on the list of researches conducted by selected DENR PASu in the Mindanao regions.

Representatives from the academe participated during discussions and raised their respective issues as well as their suggestions during the open forum.

The two-day forum was attended by 23 private and state universities and colleges from Regions IX, X, XI, XII and Caraga, and 13 vice presidents and extension services, research directors, deans of College of Forestry and Environmental Science/Biology professors and researchers all over Mindanao.

Kagay-an 390 enriches CDO history

By Recthie T. Paculba (RTP/PIA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) – To tell a story about how the city was founded and the people who came over here, the Cagayan de Oro Historical and Cultural Commission held the Forum Kagay-an 390 on October 27-28.

Hiscom Chair Dr. Erlinda Burton said that Forum Kagay-an 390 is a 10-year preparation for the 400 years of Cagayan de Oro settlement and is considered as the fruit of their strategic planning last May.

Backed by the documents from the recollect fathers and missionaries, Burton stressed that the history of the city started way back when the people from Huluga, the Himologans, were brought here.

Huluga is a place eight kilometers south of the present Cagayan de Oro City.

Considered by City Mayor Oscar Moreno as once in a lifetime and grand event, the Forum Kagay-an 390 also aims to reunite the people who born and raised in the city.

Right now, the Hiscom is operating and doing work at their own initiative since the funding for such cause is insufficient. Hence, Burton urges Kagay-anons to help them in their endeavor as they are also looking forward to the big celebration of the city’s 390 years that would be on 2018.