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Cagayan de Oro City News October 2017

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BOC-CDO to hold public auction of seized goods

By Camcer Ordonez Imam

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Bureau of Customs -District 10 (BOC-CDO), here, is set to conduct a public auction for millions of pesos worth of cargoes and other assets it has seized for various violations, including a ship that was confiscated for using fake international shipping documents, an official at the district office, here, said.

The public auction sale through sealed bidding is set on November 2, at 10:00 a.m., at the Port of Cagayan de Oro Building, in Macabalan, here, IO II Alvin Enciso, acting chief of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), BOC-10, said.

Enciso said public viewing of the cargoes and other assets is set on October 30, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., at the Customs Clearance Area – Mindanao Container Terminal, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

Enciso said the public auction is part of the bureau’s non-traditional revenue source. “After an inventory conducted by BOC District 10 Collector Jamail Marohomsalic, majority of the shipments set for auction were found to come from the sub-port of Tagoloan in Misamis Oriental,” he added.

“We received a directive from Commissioner Isidro Lapena to work on complying with all the revenue sources, both traditional and non-traditional, to help fund the projects of President Rodrigo Duterte,” Enciso said.

“This auction is just the start. There are around 100 more containers for auction. We have yet to finish the inventory and hurdle some obstacles along the way, because doing an inventory is not easy, even as we have to coordinate with the Customs Clearance Area (CCA), where the seized and forfeited cargoes are being secured while the others are still in the container yard of the MICTSI, where we requested the transfer of some 100 container vans to CCA to start the series of inventory,” Enciso added.

Marohomsalic is expecting bigger revenue out of a series of auctions, aside from those coming from imports, and the revenue should help in meeting the additional target from the original P12-billion target for 2017.

Enciso said they were just waiting for approval of auction from Manila before they release the official notice of public auction, including the items with specific requirements and the lowest bids for the auctioned cargoes, he said.

Initially, the BOC is looking at P3.5 million in revenues from the 30 containers that will be auctioned off. “We hope other ports will do the same to raise non-traditional revenues,” said Enciso.

To be auctioned off are tiles, used truck parts, iodized salt, neotegen, maniquin, mattress, assorted kitchenwares, used car doors, hardwoods, used replacement parts and accessories, stoneware and tables, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, angle bars and styrofoams.

Enciso said he suggested the inclusion of the copra from the ship seized earlier for using fake documents in plying the Brunei Darusalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), because copra is a perishable goods and must be disposed soon.

Oro named LGU with highest local revenue in Northern Mindanao

By Jo Ann Sablad

CAGAYAN de Oro is Northern Mindanao’s city with the highest collections from local resources in 2016 and in the second quarter of this year.

Joy Marjorie Manlegro, financial analyst of Department of Finance-Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF), said these local resources or revenues of local government units are the real property tax, business tax, fees and charges, and economic enterprise.

But Manlegro said even though the city posted the highest collection in the region, it doesn't mean that the whole local sources of the city were collected.

"Naa man gud silay (They have their) category in every local sources, let’s say real property tax, naa na siyay corresponding target nga i-meet niya, so naay corresponding pud nga efficiency (they have corresponding taxes to meet). It doesn’t mean that the whole of local sources of Cagayan de Oro was collected. Depende sa target niya (It depends on their target)," Manlegro said.

As of the second quarter of this year, Cagayan de Oro has collected a total of P 1,187,051,824 out of the P 1,730,968,488 total annual target collections of local resources in the city.

"Na surpass na niya ang 50 percent, naa na sya sa 69 percent sa iyang (They surpassed the 50 percent, they are already in the 69 percent of) collection out of the target given by BLGF," Manlegro said.

In 2016, Cagayan de Oro City had collected a total of P 1,812,367,750 out of the total annual target collection of P 1,783,922,129, surpassing the 100 percent of the target given by the BLGF.

Manlegro said having more collections means the businesses in the city is booming and can help the local government unit in establishing projects for the city.

"Ma-prioritize, matagaan niya og focus kay maka-afford man sila'g establish whatever projects nga nakahan-ay sa annual investment plan of the LGU (The local government unit can prioritize and give focus [in their projects] since they can afford to establish whatever projects in line with their annual investment plan)," Manlegro said.

She added that in order to increase the amount of city's collection, the local government unit will have to conduct a massive tax campaign.

"Ang LGU ang iyang dapat buhaton is massive tax campaign. Mag bill gyud sya sa tanan individual concerning sa local taxes nga payments. Magpadala nag silag statement of bills. Its either through media, kanang sa social media pwede naman sya diha, ang uban sa newspaper (The local government unit will have to conduct a massive tax campaign. They have to send bills to all individuals concerning the payments of local taxes. They will have to send statement of bills. It;s either through the media, in the social media, or in the newspapers)," Manlegro said, adding that the local government unit should publish a list of delinquent taxpayers.

Delinquent taxpayers are those who did not pay their taxes after the payment due date.

Manlegro also said the local government should focus on having higher collections in the real property tax (RPT).

"Kay usahay ang businesses kay come and go mana sya pero ang RPT stable gyud na sya, the most stable gyud na sya sa local resources (Sometimes, businesses come and go but the RPT is stable, it’s the most stable of all local resources)," she said.

Out of the four local resources of the city, business tax had the highest collection, according to the 2016 and second quarter data of BLGF.

Organic farmers, advocates to convene in CDO for agri confab

By Jigger Jerusalem (PNA)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—More than a thousand farmers, industry players and advocates of organic farming will converge in this city for the 14th National Organic Agriculture Congress (NOAC) on October 24-26.

Carlene Collado, Department of Agriculture-10 (DA-10) director, said the Congress is one of the platforms for the development of and promotion of organic agriculture (OA) in the Philippines as provided in Organic Agriculture Act of 2010.

The event is expected to boost the awareness and practices of organic farming in the country, Collado said during a press briefing on Friday (Oct. 20).

“While we recognize that OA has gained ground, the agency is hopeful that it will reach even greater heights with the package of knowledge sharing, skills enhancement and market linkages during the affair,” Collado said.

Among the activities during the Congress include the conduct of consultations, organic trade exhibit, awarding ceremony for OA achievers, showcase of organic technology demonstration farm, and plenary session.

During the event, there will be break-out sessions for beginners, marketers and researchers, to impart cost-effective, productive and sustainable organic farming practices, said Samuel Natindim Jr., DA-10 regional organic focal person.

To be discussed at the Congress are updates of Philippine National Standard and technical regulations relevant to OA, soil fertility and crop suitability mapping, national OA plan, among others.

Farmer-producers who have succeeded in their organic farming practices, who have reaped the socio-economic and environmental benefits brought by OA, will also share their stories to the Congress participants.

Expected to attend the activity are prominent Agriculture officials, including Sen. Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate Agriculture and Food Committee and DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.

“With the engagement of the Congress delegates, the DA is keen on enlisting more farmers, agri-stakeholders and consumers to make OA as a viable farming option and provide optimum and continuous support to the industry,” Collado said.

147 mothers join Int’l Babywearing Week in CDO

By Retchie T. Paculba (RTP/PIA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) – With the theme, “Threaded Together,” the Modern Nanays of Mindanao (MNM) spearheaded the region’s celebration of the International Babywearing Week (IBW) 2017 with 147 participants all over northern Mindanao on October 7, in Cagayan de Oro City.

The inspiration for the theme comes from the many different threads that when combined through the weaving process, form all of the carriers that many families use nowadays. All of the individual threads, once woven, create a material, in the same way individuals and groups worldwide come together to create a global babywearing community.

With babywearing, Lucille Lapinid of MNM said that babies develop a sense of security and trust when they are attached to their caregivers. The act also helps in babies’ regulation of temperature, breathing and growth.

Lapinid also shared that babywearing parents are more confident and mobile as they can easily address the needs of their babies. Thus, worn babies cry less and are in a quiet alert state, which is the ideal state of learning. Babywearing also strengthens and improves both the parent and the baby’s core muscles and posture.

For her part, Nadine Casiño, founder of MNM, stresses the common babywearing errors such as the front face carry, which has no proper leg support and all weight is supported in baby’s most sensitive place, and the use of narrow-based carrier that could eventually cause hip dysplasia among babies.

Casiño also cited the misconceptions on babywearing saying that carrying a baby could not spoil him or her since birth to 1.5 years is where a child develops feelings of trust versus mistrust. Hence, if needs are met consistently, infants will develop secure attachment and will learn to trust the environment.

The MNM also stressed that babywearing could not cause bow-leggedness since such condition is pathologic and could not be caused by physical strain.

“Babies are naturally bowlegged because of the position in the womb,” Casiño said.

As for the statement, “It is tiring for a child to be in a carrier all day,” Casiño shared that a mother’s chest is the best place for the child to be. Being in a carrier means that the baby has immediate reach to everything that he or she needs such as food, warmth, movement and touch.

Different types of carriers and local sellers of such were also highlighted during the event through the IBW Library.

The IBW is a week-long opportunity to celebrate, promote, advocate for and focus media attention on the many benefits of babywearing.

BFAR leads Fish Conservation celeb

By Elaine O. Ratunil (EOR/PIA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) spearheaded the Fish Conservation Week celebration on Oct. 15 to 21, 2017 in northern Mindanao by virtue of the Presidential Proclamation No. 176 to conserve and protect the country’s fisheries and aquatic resources.

Anchored on the theme, “Industriya ng Pangisdaan ay Masigla kung ang Karagatan ay Malinis at Masagana,” Asuncion Maputol, BFAR region 10 director, said this year’s celebration aims to recognize outstanding initiatives and contributions of coastal municipalities/cities to sustainable fisheries development.

Meanwhile, BFAR discussed the country’s Search for the Most Outstanding Coastal Community.

The Malinis and Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) program will award coastal municipality with exemplary efforts in protecting and conserving their marine environment.

To qualify, Maputol said the coastal municipality must pass on the following criteria: no illegal fishing, observance of closed fishing season, establishment of marine protected areas, clean coastal waters without domestic and industrial wastes, and effective mangrove protection and rehabilitation program.

The top 3 national winners for this year will receive livelihood projects worth P30 million, P18 million and P10 million, respectively.

During the media forum, Talakayan sa PIA (Philippine Information Agency), Evie Luminkit, officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Fisheries Management, Regulatory and Enforcement Division, presented the activities lined up for the Fish Conservation Week celebration. These include mangrove planting and coastal clean-up, hands-on training on bangus deboning, tilapia dispersal, poster making contest, fingerling dispersal, aqua fair/exhibit and market matching, harvest field day, tilanggit processing demonstration, and bottom set gill nets fabrication and maintenance.

Venancio Hilomen, BFAR-10 assistant regional director, said the bureau has been giving out community fish landing center (CFLC) and fiberglass boats as part of the government’s initiatives to help fisherfolks in the country.

Hilomen also discussed about “F/B Pagbabago” Livelihood Development Program, a livelihood intervention of BFAR in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA) to ensure resiliency and safety of fisherfolk at sea.

Narciso D. Minguito, OIC of the Capture Fisheries Unit, cited the Mariculture Park as one of the initiatives of BFAR-10 in Balingasag that benefitted the town folks in terms of livelihood, economy and job opportunities.

Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD), which was established to reduce poverty incidence in the country was also discussed during the Talakayan sa PIA.

7,000 construction workers needed in Region 10

By Mark Francisco (PNA)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — At least 7,000 construction workers are needed in Northern Mindanao due to the region's booming economy.

Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (Tesda) Director General Guiling Mamondiong disclosed this as Tesda launched Friday the Regional Training Center for Construction in Libertad town, Misamis Oriental.

Courses to be offered by the training center include construction painting, plumbing, tile setting, carpentry, masonry, electrical installation, and maintenance and shielded metal arc welding.

Students, who complete each of the course, will obtain the National Certification (NC) II qualifications, Mamondiong said.

Joel Ortiz, president of the Association of Construction and Informal Workers, welcomed the establishment of the center, pointing out that many construction workers in Region 10 do not have the necessary qualifications.

“From steel man to laborer and mason, many are interested to work on these areas but only a few are qualified," Ortiz said, adding that the quality of the construction workers’ performance must be at par with their counterparts abroad because this is what investors are looking for.

Ortiz said the creation of a training center dedicated for construction would boost the construction sector in the region.

The training center was established through the cooperation of the local government of Libertad, Tesda-10, Cagayan de Oro Bugo School of Arts and Trade (Cobsat) and trainers belonging to the construction and metals and engineering sectors.

Timeout cage camp visits CdO, Oct. 21

By Jack Biantan

THE Timeout Basketball Training Camp of former Cebu Gems assistant coach Rex Salvana comes to Barangay Agusan, Cagayan de Oro City on October 21 to November 18.

According to Salvana, the training camp will be held every Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., from October 21 to November 18.

Salvana used to coach Cebuano Hotshot Dondon Hontiveros with the Cebu Gems in the Metropolitan Basketball Association and the University of Cebu Webmasters.

He was born and raised in Cagayan de Oro City but pursued his basketball coaching career in the Queen City of the South. He is now back in Cagayan de Oro City and hopes to train players and find more talents.

The clinic is open to kids who are 7-18 years old. Participants will get free Timeout uniforms and a basketball.

For registration, participants can contact Rex Salvana at 0936802949.

Registration fee is pegged at P1,500.

Aside from coaching the Cebu Gems, Salvana was also an assistant coach for the Cebuana Lhuillier in the PBA D-League, Misamis Oriental Pryce Pharma in the Mindanao-Visayas Basketball Association (VMBA), Cebu Eastern College, and Cebu International School.

RDC-X enhances communicators skills, strengthens gov’t info efforts

(RTP/PIA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) – To improve the skills of information officers in communicating the Regional Development Plan (RDP) and enhance their writing and presentation skills, the Regional Development Council (RDC)-X held the Training on Enhancing Communication Skills for its Communication and Advocacy Program-Subcommittee (CAP-SC) and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-X Speakers Bureau on October 3.

The training comprised discussions and workshops on communication techniques for AmBisyon Natin 2040 and the RDP, managing press conferences, transforming technical reports, effective powerpointers, and social media engagement.

In his message, Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-10 Regional Director Franklin Gumapon urged government information offices to apply their learning in performing their duties as government communicators.

“We are not here to just inform but also to communicate; to get the message across,” Gumapon stressed.

Effective communication techniques

To effectively advocate government programs and services, Elaine Ratunil of PIA-10 said that communication techniques must encourage action from the target audience and should be purpose-driven.

She also shared the effective communication characteristics that every information officer should consider in communicating their programs, activities, projects and services. This includes the two-way communication process, accessibility, timeliness, accuracy and planning.

To apply the concepts on effective communication techniques in a specific government program, NEDA-X Assistant Regional Director Ester Mae Guiamadel provided a workshop on communicating the AmBisyon Natin 2040, where she stressed the importance of identifying an audience and obtaining their profile, demographics and interests.

“Framing emphasizes some aspects of an issue and de-emphasizes others. It also helps define issues and influences how stakeholders perceive,” Guiamadel explained as she discussed the importance of rooting for the purpose in doing an advocacy.

Sending the message

To equip the government information officers on the different ways of sending message to their audience, Ramir Balquin, Assistant City Planning and Development Coordinator in Cagayan de Oro City, shared his expertise in transforming technical data and reports into understandable sources of information.

Balquin stressed that such reports should be objective, factual, complete, selective and clear. He also added that information officers must always consider the content, format and process in handling technical reports.

Aside from doing the technical reports, there are also inputs on the effective use social media in information dissemination.

PIA Director-General Harold Clavite emphasized the use of new technology in strengthening advocacies, as it is very helpful in engaging citizens.

He urged the communicators to plan their social media posts, and make use of photos, links, messages and hashtags that will entice more viewers to engage in the government’s page.

More than 40 government information officers in the region participated and were expected to come up with their own effective communication strategies.

E-consumers: Emerging online business a convenience

By Jo Ann Sablad

AS TECHNOLOGY starts to take over the business industry, local consumers are beginning to enjoy the convenient way of purchasing products online by just a click or touch of a button.

Businessmen and entrepreneurs are taking the opportunity to use technology as their means to further reach their customers. More and more are also searching for job opportunities from the comfort of their homes.

Owen Jaen, A 38-year-old online consumer, said doing business online is fast, convenient and a good way to purchase products which are rare to see on actual stores or might not yet available locally.

"But it can also be a tricky way to shop since you don't have the chance to try the product before buying it or if you get conned by sites, sellers or apps that don't deliver what they promised," Jaen added.

Madeline Cuadra, a businesswoman who sells clothes, accessories, and other ready-to-wear items via online, said the emergence of online businesses is a convenient way to sell products to the consumers.

"Karamihan sa atin gumagamit ng social media. Mas madali mong mabenta yung mga products at less hassle pa (Most of us are using social media. It’s faster to sell our products via online and it’s less hassle)," Cuadra said.

She added that as an online buyer, online businesses are a huge help.

"Talagang nakatutulong, especially since I have two kids. Hindi ako masyadong nakakaalis. Kasi pag sa online, meron pong COD or cash on delivery. So less hassle kasi hinahatid pa sa bahay (It’s really a huge help, especially since I have two kids. I don't usually get to go outside. Since it’s online, there's COD or cash on delivery. It’s less hassle since they will deliver the product to our house)," Cuadra said.

Niño Josemari Violango, an owner of an online business that sells beauty products through posting in his Facebook account, said it is convenient and by having it, he can work anytime of the day.

"It’s convenient on my part in ordering stuff online. You have to be careful also in buying online. It really depends on the company or seller," Violango added.

Online businesses are indeed convenient and an easier way to sell products to consumers, not only in a single location but anywhere in the world. But it doesn't mean all businesses people see online are legal, or as some may say "legit."

As such, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has policies concerning the protection of consumers in online transactions and their complaints.

On October 20, 2008, the DTI, Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Agriculture (DA) enacted a joint memorandum circular on consumer protection for e-commerce transactions.

The DTI-DOH-DA Joint Administrative Order No. 1 "Rules and Regulations for Consumer Protection in a Transaction Covered by the Consumer Act of the Philippines (Republic Act 7394) through Electronic Means Under the E-commerce Act (RA 8792)" or the E-Consumer Protection Guidelines.

Part of the guidelines include mandating minimum requirements that e-commerce sites must comply with, such as privacy policy, information about retailer, seller, distributor, products and services, and consumer transaction, including the setting-up of a help desk to internally resolve consumer complaints.

The DTI is also working with the Congress to amend the Consumer Act of the Philippines that will include e-commerce-related provisions.

Kagay-anon Krusers Cruisin’ for a Good Cause

(SunStar Cagayan de Oro)

THE big bike loving riders of the Kagay-anon Krusers (KK) Bike Club typically meet for playtime and stress-busting rides during weekends.

But it’s not all fun and games because they are also serious about their social responsibility. In fact, these men frequently engage in socio-civic activities through their rides-for-a-cause such as food drives, relief operations for typhoons and flooding victims, missions for street kids and special kids, and other advocacies.

Last week, the KK members once again revved their motorcycle engines for a good purpose. They rode their big bikes (from Harley Davidson, Ducati, BMW, KTM, Kawasaki and other brands) together to Pantar, Lanao del Norte. This town is only about 13 kilometers from war-torn Marawi.

The bikers’ undertaking was to distribute relief goods and hygiene kits to the refugees who have been displaced by the conflict.

The KK group rode roughly two hours to get to the primary evacuation center in Pantar to bring the goods they worked hard in procuring—mostly from their own pockets and some from solicitations.

“We took a mix of items from basic food necessities and sanitary kits. These are the things we often take for granted, but are scarce in the area. For the recent bike run, we distributed more than a thousand hygiene kits. That’s a lot of people showing their love”, said Carlos King, a veteran biker who has been with the club since its inception in 1996; also a former club president.

Noteworthy, this was not their first trip to an IDP (Internally Displaced People) evacuation site. A few months back, just as the war began brewing, they also made a donation run to deliver relief goods to Baloi, Lanao del Norte near Marawi. The leaders of the group note that majority of the donations coming in were mostly dropped in Iligan.

The Mayor of Baloi, Elias Ali, who is also a KK member, had asked for help as there were less donations flittering in nearer to the war zone. It can be surmised that both distance and safety play a factor in some people’s choice for drop-off. But the KK members courageously took on the challenge to make it down despite the instability and risk involved.

Bryan Tan, the current KK president, noted that many of the refugees walked to the evacuation centers comprised of schools, covered courts, and civic centers. These people, our countrymen who have been displaced, whose normal lives were brutally interrupted when war broke out in their beloved home of Marawi, have no other choice but to huddle together in cramped and uncomfortable centers just so they can live. Thus, the group felt compelled to extend their helping hands.

On top of delivering donations, the Kagay-anon Krusers also welcomed and hosted the Support Our Troop’s Breakfast Ride-CDO program , last Saturday, September 30; wherein hundreds of riders came all the way from Manila and all over Mindanao. This activity was in cooperation with Support Our Troops organization to help raise awareness for the plight of the Philippine soldiers. Through this joint effort, the KK acknowledges the valiant efforts of the soldiers; and this is also their strong statement in condemning the acts of cruelty and injustice committed by the terrorists.

All together, they went to the army hospital inside Camp Evangelista to visit our injured soldiers in the wards. Bryan added, “In our own little way, this is our form of saying thank you to the troops for sacrificing their lives in the service of our country.”

All the KK Members invite motorcycle aficionados with at least a 400cc engine bike to come and join their group. Meet like-minded individuals who not only ride on weekends but, on some occasions, traverse the whole Philippines on their big bikes. Please call 0917-721-1999 or 0917-707-3249 for inquiries on membership.

It must be exhilarating to ride a big bike zooming down the highway, with the symphony of a roaring engine and rubber burning against the concrete. Bikers have often been stereotyped as badass daredevils that crave the adrenaline rush, with all brawn and no brains. But the men of KK prove that they have it all! And most importantly, they show that they have huge hearts that care for their fellow men. Ride on boys! Vrrrrroooom.

Kasalang Filipino 2017: Travel and Destination

By Baby Love Umpa

THE best of Kagay-anons’ products, designs, and services were recently featured in Kasalang Filipino 2017 last September 29 to October 1 at Activity Center, Ayala Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City.

The event was sponsored by Kasal.com and Professional Organizers in partnership with Avon and Seda Hotel.

Aye Navarro was the event’s official photographer and in charge of pictorials for promotional shoots with video services provider Wolfram Works Videography and Rowel Yap, floral and events stylist.

The theme of three-day event was Travel and Destination, Wedding Edition because organizers said couples get married in other places because they think it is the best way to celebrate this special day of their lives.

Kasalang Filipino is a venue for new wedding suppliers to have themselves introduced to the market.

Angela Kho, vice president for finance of Professional Organizers, said this year’s Kasalang Filipino was participated by several new wedding suppliers. "There's a lot of new wedding suppliers man gud. So if you will notice ang sauna mga established brands na siguro sila so di na kaayo sila gapang-apil (That established brands don’t join now), so we have a lot of new ones now but we also have our old exhibitors, they've been with us for the last 10 to 12 years. Depends on suppliers priority,” Kho said.

Exhibitors also included several makeup artists who took part in a competition with the theme “The Bride in her Prenuptial Photo shoot” and a Bridal Fashion Show sponsored by Oro Fashion Designers Guild.

"Well our goal every year in Kasalan is we try to promote Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao as a destination wedding venue kay kung nakadungog namu, Boracay, Bohol kusog kaayo sila (Because if you heard, Boracay and Bohol are booming destinations for weddings). A lot of people go there to have their wedding. Unta we can also establish nga pwede sad ta ma-destination wedding (We hope to be established as wedding destination) and we all have the capable suppliers to make your own dream wedding possible,” Kho said.

"That's why we always coordinate to DOT (Department of Tourism) and this year, ang DOT nagsuppport sila sa destination wedding nato na theme. Naghatag sila og four wedding packages na all over Northern Mindanao nga pwede madaog sa mga registered couple, so murag honeymoon package (DOT is supporting our destination wedding theme. They gave four wedding packages all over Northern Mindanao that registered couples can win, so it’s like a honeymoon package),” Kho added.

Kho said Kagay-anons should support and patronize their own products and destination because Cagayan de Oro suppliers are competent and can deliver their dream wedding.

“Support your local wedding suppliers. You don't need to hire photographers from Manila, Cebu to hire decorators. You come to Kasalan you will see what local suppliers are capable of doing and they can deliver just as good as the service and of course cheaper prices because of course they just here,” she said.

Kagay-anon takes top prize in Spartan Race

By Baby Love Umpa

THE first ever Spartan Race Philippines was held Saturday, September 23, at Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal Province.

Kagay-anon Ali Zandra Chiongbian earned the praise and pride of athletes and spectators alike after she became the first Female Elite Champion of the country’s first ever Spartan Race.

Chiongbian was ranked 15th in the Over-all Elite category composed of 165 male and female participants.

She was first in the Women's Elite category.

Chiongbian ran the race under Team CDO and was coached by Aran Jamaca.

According to the 38-year-old Chiongbian, she has been active in the country’s Spartan race circuit in the last two years, taking part in Spartan races throughout the country 6 times.

She has also gone to every Spartan Race held in Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and the United States before winning her first Spartan Race title here at her home country this year.

"Sige na kog apil. Ika-6 times na nako na na mag join. Lain lain jud kay karun pa man siya sa Philippines. Singapore, Indonesia, America then Singapore napod ko balik then Philippines dayon", Chiongbian said.

Sharing her experience, Chiongbian said she did not feel nervous while running the race but felt anxious as she approached the finish line as she realized she would have to face the cameras and do interviews.

"Kabalo ka asa ko nabalaka, pag-abot sa finish line ? Kay mga camera, interview, ako nalang unta ipauna tong babae, pero dili pwede, pero ako pod gihuna-huna kani sila dili sila Pinay, so mao tong nakaforce sa ako na dapat modaog nalang ko, ako nalang ni e force akong self at least Pinay ang modaog", she said.

Chiongbian said she is also very thankful to have a very supportive husband that motivated her to do her best.

Ali is the wife of businessman Mark Andrew Chiongbian. She said she dedicates her triumph to her family.

"I want to be fit, to enjoy life", Chiongbian said.

A Spartan Race is a series of obstacle races of varying distance and difficulty ranging from 3 miles to marathon distances.

Spartan races attract elite athletes worldwide and are held in the United States, Canada, South Korea, Australia and several in Asian countries.

Cagayan de Oro City cited for outstanding education program

By Pamela Jay F. Orias

THE Cagayan de Oro City Government has been picked among 24 local government units nationwide awarded with the Seal of Good Education Governance for their outstanding efforts in delivering basic education to their constituents.

The award was received by City Mayor Oscar Moreno during the National Education Summit in Manila last week and was conferred by Synergia Foundation, a coalition of individuals, institutions, and organizations working to improve the quality of basic education.

The other 23 local government units given with the same award include:

• 1. Alimodan, Iloilo
• 2. Argao, Cebu
• 3. Bacnotan, La Union
• 4. Balamban, Cebu
• 5. Bongao, Tawi-Tawi
• 6. Cabatuan, Iloilo
• 7. Concepcion, Iloilo
• 8. Dalaguete, Cebu
• 9. Dao, Capiz
• 10. Datu Paglas, Maguindanao
• 11. Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya
• 12. Diffun, Quirino
• 13. Ivisan, Capiz
• 14. Lambunao, Iloilo
• 15. Miagao, Iloilo
• 16. Mina, Iloilo
• 17. North Upi, Maguindanao
• 18. Santol, La Union
• 19. Simunul, Tawi-Tawi
• 20. Solano, Nueva Vizcaya
• 21. Valenzuela, Metro Manila
• 22. Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya
• 23. Tuba Benguet

Since 2013, the Moreno administration has built over 600 classrooms and a total of 15 new campuses in the city.

Moreno has also initiated a Local School Board composed of members of the academe, interfaith groups, the youth, business sector, non-teaching force, parents and teachers associations, Department of Education officials and the City Government's key officials.

To receive the seal, local government units must have a broadened membership and functions of their Local School Board, schools should have functional School Governing Councils, a significant improvement of the youth's reading performance, and at least 15 percent decrease of non-readers and frustrated readers in the schools.

The recipients of the seal will get incentive packages from PLDT and Smart Communications, worth up to P1.5 million each.

City to build infirmaries in Tablon, Lumbia

By Pamela Jay F. Orias

THE Cagayan de Oro City Council on Monday, September 25, approved the construction of health facilities in the villages of Tablon and Lumbia worth P50 million.

City Mayor Oscar Moreno proposed for the establishment of the two infirmaries which he said will “improve the health care delivery system of the city.”

Ma. Lourdes Gaane, chair of the city council committee on health and sanitation, said the construction will start within the year after the City Engineering's Office finalizes the plan and design of the infirmaries.

"Dili man pwede na basta lang ta magtukod ug building diha (We can’t just build a structure right away). This should be in accordance with the standards of Department of Health (DOH) para ma-approve pud ug masuportahan nila atong operations (So our operations will be approved and supported)," she said.

Gaane said each infirmary will have 25 beds for the patients.

Gaane said the construction of these facilities will help address the congestion of JR Borja General Hospital, and the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), both located in the city.

"This is a big step for the City Government to help our congested health facilities in the city," she said.

"Mayor Moreno proposed this kay ang uban (because sometimes) for instance, naay accident didto dapit sa Tablon or Bugo ba kaha, layo naman kaayo na idagan pa nimo sa city hospital or NMMC (There is an accident in Tablon or Bugo, it’s quite far to bring them to the city hospital or NMMC), so para quicker travel time, they can be admitted for the meantime in the infirmaries for first aid treatment," she said.

"Ang ato lang target is para lang ma-cater lang level 1 cases, like ang mga wounded, para naay immediate treatment (Our target is to cater level 1 cases, like the wounded, so there would be an immediate treatment), and they do not need to go to the main hospitals in the city anymore," Gaane added.

Aside from building new health facilities, the city government is also expanding the city hospital. The City Government has started the demolition of the old entrance of the city hospital.

A North Wing Building will soon rise at the site of the hospital’s old entrance. The new building will cost about P70.5 million, under the Health Facility Enhancement Program of the DOH.

The new three-story building will house the hospital's business office, offices of the hospital's different departments, and a modern outpatient department.

The improvement of health facilities of the city is one of the priority programs of the City Government which envisions Cagayan de Oro as becoming the “Medial Center of Choice” in the whole Northern Mindanao region.