Energy Dept. Eases Kagay-anons’ Fear, Assures No Power Interruption during May Election

For several years now, the whole island of Mindanao has been affected by power shortage. Almost every summer season, the island’s provinces, cities, and towns have been suffering from frequent blackouts. There are even weeks when power interruption is scheduled daily and would last for several hours.

Having experienced the drawbacks of frequent power interruption, a lot of Mindanaoans are fearing that blackouts will wreak havoc on the upcoming national and local elections this May 9. Now that our country is using PCOS machines (which are powered by electricity), a blackout on the election day could really plunge the whole thing into disarray.

To help ease the fear of the people, Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada has assured that the energy reserves in the region would be sufficient during the automated national and local elections this May. Monsada has even e-mailed a statement to concerned organizations regarding the fear of power interruption this May 9. In the letter, she said that all Filipino voters have the inherent right to have a clean election.

Just last April 8, the PTFE or the Power Task Force Election 2016 under the leadership of Monsada, convened in CdO to discuss with stakeholders pre-emptive measures that would ensure that there will be no power shortage during May 9. The PTFE has already visited the Agus 6 and 7 hydropower plants in Maria Cristina, Iligan City; its base within the Iligan Regional Disaster Command Center and National Grid Corporation of the Philippines are also stationed to ensure that the power supply is sufficient 10 days before and after the elections.

The Power Task Force Election was created under the power of the DOE, National Power Corporation, National Electrification Administration, and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines. The task force’s main objective is to ensure that the power plants around the country are working and available, provide technical manpower in case of emergency situations, and implement maintenance on power facilities.

Apart from securing the supply of power in Mindanao, members of the task force have also visited their headquarters in Visayas (Banilad, Cebu). Just last April 21, 2016, the PTFE has also successfully finished conducting a test run that tested all systems among PTFE’s headquarters in Mindanao, Luzon, and Visayas.

Apart from the Power Task Force Election, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Securing Energy Facilities (IATFSEF) was also tasked to counter the bevy of attacks made by insurgents on the transmission lines. This task force is composed of the Mindanao Development Authority, Land Registration Authority, NGCP, Armed Force of the Philippines, DOE, National Transmission Corporation, National Power Corporation, DILG, and Department of Justice.

So Kagay-anons who are concerned about a possible power interruption during the May election have nothing to be worried about. Spread this news to everyone and vote wisely this May 9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Cross Philippines – Saving Lives Since 1917

Among the many humanitarian organizations that operate worldwide, the International Committee of the Red Cross is absolutely the most recognized. Established in 1863 by Henry Dunant and Gustave Moynier at Geneva, Switzerland, the International Red Cross aims “to protect human life and health, to ensure respect for all human beings, and to prevent and alleviate human suffering.” Currently, the organization has more or less 97 million volunteers and staff working in all parts of the globe.

In the Philippines, the idea of forming a national Red Cross was spearheaded by Apolinario Mabini. On February 1899, Mabini’s request was approved by the Malolos Republic and the Constitution of the National Association of Red Cross was born. But although the Filipino Red Cross Society was already operating in the Philippines for quite a while, it was only on December 4, 1917 when the country’s Red Cross was officially recognized as a chapter of the American Red Cross.

During the time of President Manuel L. Quezon in 1936, plans of creating an independent Red Cross were again petitioned but since the country was considered as a US territory (and then, later on, a U.S. Commonwealth), it couldn’t be recognized by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. Finally, in 1947, under President Manuel Roxas, the country’s Red Cross movement was recognized by the ICRC after we gained our independence.

A few years back, the Philippine Red Cross only focus on blood-letting and disaster-related activities, but today, they now offer a wide selection of humanitarian aid-related services. Currently, the PRC is providing six major services: Disaster Management Services, National Blood Services, Health Services, Safety Services, Red Cross Youth, and Welfare Services. From its main office in Bonifacio Drive Manila, PRC has also branched out around the country including in Cagayan de Oro City.

In Cagayan de Oro, the Misamis Oriental Chapter of Philippines Red Cross is located at Barangay 27. Aside from that, a regional blood center is situated at Capitol University Medical Center Compound. Red Cross’ blood center is responsible for the blood supplies in Northern Mindanao and other neighboring regions. The Philippine Red Cross – Misamis Oriental Chapter was first established in 1946 after Dr. Jose Carillo—Manila Red Cross Chapter’s former administrator—visited CDO. The purpose of Dr. Carillo’s visit was to organize another Red Cross chapter that would start the movement in Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon. Since then, the humanitarian organization has been assisting the city.

Apart from supplying the people’s need for blood and conducting blood-letting activities, the Philippine Red Cross Misamis Oriental Chapter is also involved in other activities. In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Sendong, Red Cross was one of the first organizations to offer help and conduct rescue operations.

For those who want to donate blood or become a Red Cross volunteer, you can visit their chapter or call them at 856-8855. You can also send them an e-mail at [email protected]

 

 

 

CDO Local Government Promotes Greener Environment, Transforms a Former Dump Site into a Tree Park

It is no secret that our natural environment is experiencing so much disarray today. With people doing little or no action at all to combat pollution, improper waste disposal and illegal logging and mining, we are absolutely on the verge of destroying Mother Nature. Unless we do something, it’s only a matter of time before our entire planet heads south.

When it comes to saving our rapidly deteriorating environment, every small act counts, and the local government of Cagayan de Oro is aware of that. Having experienced Mother Nature’s wrath last 2011 with Tropical Storm Washi (Sendong) and not wanting for it to happen again, the city has been conducting a number of activities that will benefit the environment.

Last April 15, 2016, the local government unit of Cagayan de Oro, under the leadership of the city’s environmental officials, has planted more or less 2,000 tree seedlings at Upper Dagong in Barangay Carmen. Together with the cooperation of individuals who were tapped to plant the seedlings, the area will be made into a tree park.

The area in Upper Dagong that was planted with seedlings used to be a dump site occupying 17 hectares of land. Under the orders of DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) and in compliance with the Ecological Waste Management Law, the landfill was closed last 2010.

According to the CSWMB (City Social Waste and Management Board) coordinator, Elvisa Mabelin, the tree planting activity conducted this month was already the second stage of the dump site’s closure and rehabilitation project worth PHP 98 million. Mabelin also added that the environmental officials are also doing an inspection for a sanitary landfill replacement as part of the project. The first tree planting activity at the former landfill was initiated last October 2015. More or less 1,000 tree seedlings were planted that time. During the second tree planting activity, a total of five hectares were covered. The trees grown at the site varies from golden shower trees, acacia, narra, and teak wood.

Apart from transforming the previous dump site into a tree park, the rehabilitation project also includes the construction of a drainage system that would dispose the city’s garbage properly. The flammable gases that will be emitted from the refuse will be collected through several vents and stored for safety purposes. As for the liquid substances; they will be also collected, then processed, and will be later used to water the trees and plants around the landfill area.

To also help those individuals who have lost their means of living after the dump site was closed, the city government has already planned a job program for them where they will receive a comprehensive training so that they’ll be the ones to operate the MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) of CDO. The facility is specifically made to receive, categorize, process, and store recyclable materials.

Kudos to the local government of Cagayan de Oro for making the city a greener and more sustainable place to live!

 

 

El Niño-Stricken Lumads and Farmers in Northern Mindanao Receive Food Assistance from DSWD

The lumads (indigenous people) and farmers of Mindanao have been receiving food assistance and various aids from the government after their crops and plants were severely damaged by the dry spell caused by the El Niño phenomenon. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has announced last September 2015 that the country will be experiencing El Niño for at least six months (December 2015 to June 2016).  This phenomenon is said to be a result of the abnormally warm sea temperature in the Pacific Ocean. During this six-month period, the country is expected to receive below normal rainfall that would most likely lead to drought. The island of Mindanao has also been cited by PAGASA as the most affected area.

 

Being considered as the Fruit Basket and the major producer of rice, crops, and vegetables in the country, Mindanao relies heavily on its farming sector, which has now become the sector most in need of help. According to the statistics that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) released, in Northern Mindanao (Region X) alone, more or less 28,480 families have been seriously affected by El Niño. And because of this, the government has released food assistance and other aids to help the lumads and the farmers of Mindanao.

 

Last February 2016, the DSWD (Region X) has started giving out family food packages to the Indigenous Peoples (IP) Community as a way of supporting them for the duration of the drought. According to Virginia Cardona, head of the disaster management unit of the DSWD-Northern Mindanao, their team has extended food support program as far as the sitios in San Fernando, Bukidnon, and Claveria, Misamis Oriental. These two municipalities in Northern Mindanao are said to be the areas that were deeply affected by this occurrence.  In San Fernando, the DSWD has extended a total of 3,360 food packs for 480 families, while in Claveria, a total of 4,254 food packs have been extended to 2,127 IPs. Each food pack contains six kilos of rice, two cans of corned beef, sardines, and beef loaf. But despite being able to extend almost 8,000 family food packs in the farming community of Mindanao, the DSWD officials have admitted that there are still plenty of remote areas that need to be reached.

 

As Cardona has said, “There are many more IPs in the area that have yet to receive the food support and we are waiting for the data from the field, it’s really hard since gathering the data from all the different tribal leaders, so there have been additional requests but we haven’t committed yet because other LGUs in Bukidnon are also expecting this.”

 

Aside from San Fernando and Claveria, other areas in Northern Mindanao that have been badly struck by the dry spell are Quezon, Kadingilan, Kitaotao, Kibawe, Impasug-ong, Talakag, Cabanglasan, Lantapan, Valencia, and Malaybalay in Bukidnon and Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental. These towns are among DSWD’s priority areas for food assistance. When asked about their resources to provide family food packs to the IP community, Cardona explained that while still waiting for their budget to be approved by the national office, they are currently using the PHP 3 Million initial release which was taken from their regular fund. But because this problem is on a national scale, the fund is not enough to cover all the affected areas in Northern Mindanao.

 

Since the 2016 national financial allocation did not have any specific fund for the El Niño-affected areas, the DSWD has proposed a PHP 885-million allotment to support its two primary programs: the Cash for Work and Cash for Food programs. Under the program Cash for Work, the IP community or the beneficiaries will be given a daily stipend of PHP 230 in addition to the food assistance (Cash for Food program).

 

Being the most affected community of this phenomenon, the tribal chieftain of an IP community in Claveria, Carmelino Sawitan, has thanked the government for extending help during this hard season.  He said that the IP community is forever grateful that the local government has provided help. It may be a small gesture, but for families whose crops and plants have withered and with no food on the table, the food packs that they received are “a life saver from hunger.”

 

Due to the El Niño and the drought that farmers in Mindanao are experiencing, several places have already declared a State of Calamity, such as Kidapawan City, Koronadal City, Zamboanga City, Basilan City, Maguindanao, and other areas in North and South Cotabato.

Kagay-anon Update – A Look at the City’s Booming Real Estate Sector  

 

Last March 2016, Johndorf Ventures Corp. (JVC), a Cebu-based developer, has announced that it will be launching another real estate project in Cagayan de Oro City. The project, which is named Montierra Subdivision, will open 600 new homes for middle-class families in the city. In a recent gathering, JVC has already introduced their upcoming project to more or less 300 agents and brokers, right after getting their license to sell from the HLURB or Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board.

 

According to Michele Chiu-Bacungan, JVC Sales and Marketing Manager, the Montierra project will be officially launched in April with a special event at the site in Balulang. However, prior the official launch, Johndorf will be holding a pre-selling activity at Mallberry Suites in Limketkai Center. For this project, JVC has allocated a total of PHP 6 Million. Once finished, Montierra will be a master-planned residential community featuring two-storey Asian townhouses located near Cagayan de Oro’s commercial hub.

 

Johndorf Ventures Corp. isn’t the only real estate developer that will be launching projects in Cagayan de Oro this year. As a matter of fact, Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) – the country’s premier developer of sustainable homes – is also set to launch Primavera City during the second quarter of 2016. Primavera City is IDC’s follow-up project to their successful and multi-awarded Primavera Residences, which has been praised internationally for its luxurious design and eco-friendly architecture.

 

The new project will be built at Pueblo de Oro Business Park, one of Cagayan de Oro’s commercial districts. For this project alone, Italpinas has allocated a total of PHP 653 Million.  IDC is considered as a major player in the city’s real estate sector; the company specializes in green building design and sustainable development. Apart from Italpinas and Johndorf, real estate developers such as Ayala Land, Inc., Filinvest Land, Vista Land and Lifescapes, Inc., and Avida Land Corp. have existing projects in the city.

 

Cagayan de Oro – A Real Estate Hotspot in Mindanao

Last 2015, during his public message for the city’s 65th Charter Day Celebration, Mayor Oscar Moreno has made an announcement regarding the city’s progress. According to him, the city of Cagayan de Oro is expecting a total revenue of PHP 4.8 Billion this 2016, which is 85% bigger than the city’s 2015 annual revenue of PHP 2.6 Billion. Because of the many investments and business activities in the city, Cagayan de Oro has been hailed as one of the three cities outside Metro Manila to have reached an annual income of PHP 2 Billion, with Davao and Cebu being the two other cities.

 

When asked about the city’s fast economic progress, City Treasurer Glenn C. Banez has pointed out the city’s real estate sector as its driving force.  It has been quite noticeable that over the past few years, real estate developers have been investing and launching projects in the city and because of this, the sector has contributed a lot to CDO’s rapid progress.

 

It is not surprising that a lot of real estate developers are investing in the City of Golden Friendship. Cagayan de Oro City has long been attracting investors and businesses, especially because of its strategic location. Considered as the Gateway to Northern Mindanao, the city of Cagayan de Oro is now one of the country’s highly urbanized areas and most progressive cities. It has even been named by the National Competitive Council as the Most Competitive City in 2014. The city has also been a mainstay in the list of the most peaceful and most beautiful cities in the Philippines.

 

According to a particular real estate blog, the reason why Cagayan de Oro is now a real estate hotspot is the city’s positive and quick financial growth. As what the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) has said, the Cagayan de Oro City is a flourishing commercial and business hub; it can even be considered as the largest international and domestic seaport in Mindanao, especially now that the Port of Cagayan de Oro has been rehabilitated.

 

But if there’s one thing that really attracts real estate developers to invest in the city, that would be the booming BPO sector of Cagayan de Oro. Currently, the city has two IT buildings and five IT parks.  And as what the former Director-General of NEDA said, there’s a great chance that Cagayan de Oro will become Mindanao’s next financial and business center.

 

With the city’s rapid growth and development, it is only to be expected that in the years to come, more real estate developers will launch projects and provide world-class affordable homes to both Kagay-anons and the people relocating to the city.

 

SLERS at Madrid Fusion Manila

Last April 7, 8, and 9, the culinary world in Manila was treated to an incredible display of unique mouthwatering dishes at the 2016 Madrid Fusion Manila. Held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, the international culinary event highlighted the theme “The Manila Galleon: East Meets West.” The event showcased a fusion of gastronomic wonders from two countries and other parts of the world.

12963379_514914628633613_766615812714401698_nCagayan de Oro was represented in the highly popular culinary event. SLERS, the food manufacturing company behind the famous chicharon and ham of the same name, was an active participant in the colorful and gastronomic 3-day event. Aside from showcasing and selling different varieties of their chicharon, SLERS was also one of the featured ingredients of Madrid Fusion Manila. The festival served as an avenue for some of the best chefs of the country and the world, as well as gourmet enthusiasts and aficionados, to experience the unique, crunchy, and satisfying goodness of CDO’s favorite chicharon.

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The most anticipated gastronomy event was once again hosted by David Celdran, last year’s master of ceremonies. Guests included the Secretary of State for International Kingdom Cooperation of Spain Jesus Garcia, who expressed the appreciation of the Spanish government for the organizers of Madrid Fusion Manila; and Chef Nurdin Topham, owner of Nur Restaurant. The good chef shared his experiences and insights about the relationship between nutrition and gastronomy. His discussion about how what you want to eat and what you need to eat are related focused on the need to eat delicious but healthy food.

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SLERS’ participation in Madrid Fusion Manila is an indication of good things to come for the food manufacturing company. It was able to introduce its products, not only to the Manila culinary scene, but also to international guests.

The presence of SLERS in the recently concluded gastronomy festival is also a sign that Cagayan de Oro’s culinary scene is ready to branch out and explore opportunities offered through events like the recently concluded festival.

This year’s festival followed the highly successful Madrid Fusion Festival 2015, which had the theme “The Philippines and Spain: A 300-year Gastronomic Journey.” SLERS was handpicked and invited to participate in the prestigious event.

HIV ­– Why the City Should be Aware of It

Over the recent years, Cagayan de Oro has already been added on the list of cities with numerous HIV-related cases and for the record, this is a very serious matter that people need to be aware of.

 

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a lentivirus that becomes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) over time. It causes a progressive failure of the immune system, resulting in the victim becoming vulnerable to life-threatening infections and cancers.

 

As you might have noticed, there are still a lot of people who do not fully understand HIV and what it does to people. The sad part is that some people think this is a curable disease. Currently, scientists are still going full throttle trying to find the perfect cure for HIV and AIDS. While this goal is yet to be achieved, one of the best things people can do is adopt preventive measures to be safe from these conditions.

 

How to Prevent HIV and AIDS

Based on numerous sources and personal testimonies from HIV victims, the infection is usually acquired from having unsafe sex with just about anyone (regardless of gender). In fact, even needles used for injections and the inking needles used in tattoo art can also transfer the HIV virus from one person to another.

 

The best ways for you to prevent becoming a victim of HIV and AIDS are therefore practicing safe sex (using contraceptives) and making sure that apparatuses used to inject or embed something in your body are safe and sterilized. For those who are interested in getting tattoos, you must make sure that the establishment you get your tattoo from is practicing proper health and sanitation protocols.

 

Hiding the Disease

Because of how life-threatening HIV is, some people who acquire it choose to hide the fact from their family, their friends, and just about anybody they meet. If ever you know someone who does, you must tell him or her to get treatment. There are HIV awareness and support groups that can help you deal with this disease. Everyone has the right to live a life filled with great memories and to be surrounded with good people.

 

HIV Treatment Hubs and Support Groups

In 2015, Cagayan de Oro was ranked number six among the places that had the biggest number of HIV-related cases in the Philippines. This is why many organizations and non-profit groups have given their time, money, and effort to educate the citizens about the dangers of HIV and how to prevent contracting the disease. These groups have also given their full effort to support those who are victims of the disease and do what they can to get their life back by motivating them to do their best in life.

 

Here are some organizations and support groups you can approach if you want to know more about HIV and helping out someone who is a victim of it. If you know a victim who has trouble seeking help, you must take the initiative and introduce them to these groups and treatment hubs.

 

Northern Mindanao Medical Center – Located in the Provincial Capitol Compound in Cagayan de Oro, it is one of the most credible hospitals in the region, with a Level IV accreditation from the Department of Health. To date, it has a 300-bed capacity with advanced medical facilities to cater to the needs of the people in the said region. NMMC was officially named one of the newest HIV/AIDS treatment hubs during the 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial and Mobilization in 2013.

 

Misamis Oriental-Cagayan de Oro Aids Network (MOCAN) – This is a coalition of both private and government institutions that deals with issues and concerns regarding HIV/AIDS. In their 2015 report, the youngest patient they had on record was 14 years old. Because of this, the group was motivated to spread HIV/AIDS awareness not only in Cagayan de Oro City, but the entire Northern Mindanao Region.

 

J.R. Borja Memorial City Hospital- This is one of the oldest medical hospitals and facilities in Cagayan de Oro, named after the late Justiniano R. Borja, the mayor of Cagayan de Oro from 1954 to 1964. This hospital is one of the certified HIV testing centers in the city (with NMMC being the other one).

 

These are just a few of the groups and institutions that support those who are in need of treatment for HIV/AIDS. We highly encourage the public to be more aware of this disease and help in the awareness campaign by talking to family and friends about it.

 

Bad Burgers: The Newest Burger Joint in CDO!

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Bad Burgers is the newest go-to place in Cagayan de Oro if you want mouthwatering burgers of any kind. Yes, “of any kind,” because they serve different varieties of burgers. So, there’s something for every kind of burger lover.

If you haven’t tried them yet, you’re missing a lot. For starters, they serve thick, juicy, no-frills burgers. Second, since they offer different types of burgers, you can have fun trying out all the burgers that catches your fancy. In other words, you can have a burger party! Wouldn’t that be fun?

Seriously, though, you should really try them out, especially if you are a burger lover. Our sesame seed-covered buns are perfect for the juicy burgers; and this is true whether you choose the simple Classic Cheese Burger or the more adventurous Wasabi with Cheese. It’s the taste that makes these Bad Burgers stand out.

The Bad Burgers Experience

The Classic Cheese Burger is perfect for people who do not want a lot of stuffing in their burgers. But, if you want to try something that’s out-of-the-box, your first choice should always be the Donut Burger. Yes, a donut that’s also a burger! Interesting, don’t you think so? The Donut Burger is a Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donut with mouthwatering burger patty. It’s the perfect combination of sweetness and the unique meaty taste of burgers. You won’t find this anywhere else in CDO but only at Bad Burgers.

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Of course, you can also choose to enjoy the usual favorites like the Cheesy Mushroom Burger, the Hawaiian with Cheese Burger, and the Coleslaw with Cheese Burger. But, if you want a different kind of burger experience, the kind that only Bad Burgers can give, go for the Pepper Coulis (for that peppery spice taste), or the Pesto with Cheese Burger (for those who love to-die-for pesto!).

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If you’re up for a little challenge, try The Dominator Burger. It’s the only one of its kind in CDO. It’s actually an 8-inch cheese burger sliced into four parts. Just imagine all the juicy goodness you’ll get out of that Bad Burgers treat!

For a double patty experience, go for the Double Foul. If you can’t get enough of burgers, try the Triple Threat (with triple patties). And, if you want something that’s totally unexpected, go for the unique look and taste of our Black Burger. Yes, it’s black, but it doesn’t taste bland. In fact, it’s uber juicy and delicious. Your first bite will give you all the juicy goodness you need. You won’t be saying too much because you’ll find yourself fixated on your tempting and delicious burger. So much so that one order won’t be enough for your hard-to-please palate!

If you want to pair your burger with something appetizing, you’ll have a field day choosing from our list. You can go for the beef nachos or the Buffalo wings. Or maybe you prefer good ol’ French fries? Other choices are beef quesadillas, cheese sticks, meat balls, beef taco, and popcorn.

Not Just Burgers

Not a burger lover but you still want to hang out at Bad Burgers? Worry not, because the best all-day breakfast meals are yours to savor! Pancakes and omelets cooked our way are sure to keep you on your toes the whole day!

And, of course, there will be times when one or two burgers won’t be enough for you. This is when you’ll want to try our grilled favorite, the baby back ribs. These are ribs grilled to culinary perfection; you won’t find anything that tastes like these ribs. Fall-off-the-bones softness, and a taste that pleases your senses… an all-time grilled goodness that only Bad Burgers can give you!

Finally, as they’re sure you’ll want to cap off your meal with something delightfully refreshing, they made sure that our list of thirst-quenching drinks is close to perfection: pitchers of iced tea, sodas, juice, and beers. Lots and lots of beer. From Stella Artois to Hoegaarden, to Budweiser and Becks, to Tsingtao and Corona, to San Miguel Beer, you’ll have plenty of beers to choose from here at Bad Burgers. All the better for you as you get to try one every time you visit for your burger fix!

Topping It All Off

For the perfect nightcap, Bad Burgers also serves hard drinks like Johnny Walker, Jose Cuervo, Fundador, and Captain Morgan. Non-alcoholic drinkers will also love the fact that they serve brewed coffee and hot choco.

Bad Burgers has practically everything you would look for to have a delicious, satisfying meal. And that’s one of the things that sets them apart from the other burger joints in the city. But, really, the best thing about Bad Burgers is the texture, taste, and flavor of their patties. It’s definitely a game-changer in our burger-crazed world!

Cagayan de Oro City – Northern Mindanao’s Real Estate Hotspot

Cagayan de Oro City, a city-port situated in the mouth of Macajalar Bay, has always been considered as the official business center of Northern Mindanao. But just recently, the city has gained another title—Northern Mindanao’s Real Estate Hotspot.

For these past few years, it isn’t hard to notice that the city of Cagayan de Oro, also known as the city of Golden Friendship, has been experiencing unimpeded economic growth. A bolstered infrastructure, plenty of job opportunities, and thousands of business investments—these are just some of the things that can prove that CDO has undeniably developed into a simple city-port to one of the country’s highly urbanized cities. And because of city’s geographic advantage and the good leadership of the local government unit, Cagayan de Oro has also become a favorite business paradise of both foreign and local investors.

Apart from being tagged as the business hub of region X, the city has also been hailed as the 2nd most competitive city in the country just last 2014. Cagayan de Oro is also one of the only three cities outside Metro Manila to generate an annual revenue of PHP 2 billion last 2015, another clear indication that the city is indeed doing well and progressing at a fast pace.

CDO Is the Next Target of Real Estate Magnates!

Last June 15, 2015, during the Charter Day Celebration of Cagayan de Oro, Mayor Oscar “Oca” Moreno has made a huge announcement to the public. According to the Honorable Mayor, the city administration is expecting that the annual revenue of CDO will exceed 85% based on their forecasted financial performance. For 2016, the local administration of Cagayan de Oro is already expecting a total revenue of PHP 4.8 billion, a significantly bigger amount compared to 2015’s PHP 2.6 billion revenue.

For this forecasted increase in the city’s annual revenue, Mayor Moreno has revealed that the real estate sector of CDO is actually the driving force of the city’s massive economic progress. The City Treasurer of Cagayan de Oro, Glenn C. Bañez, has backed Mayor Moreno’s revelation by confirming that the real estate sector of the city is indeed flourishing. According to Bañez, there are plenty of property development investments lined up in the city coming from the country’s leading real estate developers including Avida Land Corp., Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc., SM Group, Filinvest Land Inc., and Ayala Lands Inc.

Reasons Why CDO Has Become a Real Estate Hotspot

Due to the city’s strong financial performance and its rapid economic improvement, Cagayan de Oro has undeniably become a potential target of real estate magnates as a good place to invest and develop.

For those who aren’t aware, there are plenty of reasons why the City of Golden Friendship has emerged as a real estate hotspot and one of them is the opening of Laguindingan Airport last 2013. After Laguindingan Airport replaced the now-defunct Lumbia Airport, Cagayan de Oro became the undisputed Gateway to Northern Mindanao and made the whole region accessible to both tourists and businessmen. Another important reason that led the city to become a real estate hotspot is the rehabilitation of Cagayan de Oro Port last year. It has made the city Mindanao’s biggest domestic and international seaport. With both Laguindingan Airport and Port of Cagayan de Oro now fully-functional and modernized, it made it easier even more for real estate developers to enter and invest in the city.

In the viewpoint, however, of the National Economic Development Authority, the biggest draw that made the city a hotspot for real estate developers is the BPO sector. Ever since CDO had BPO companies operating around the city, job opportunities began flourishing. This has led to people from different places relocating to CDO to look for jobs. Currently, the city has 5 IT parks and 2 IT buildings, and this number is really growing fast. And since a burgeoning population invariably leads to an increased need for housing units, real estate developers have capitalized on this need and started developing modern homes such as condominiums. As of present, Cagayan de Oro has five existing condominium projects—Centrio Tower, Avida Towers Aspira, One Oasis, and Primavera Residences.

Because of the city’s emergence as a real estate hotspot, it is already expected that for the next years to come, Cagayan de Oro will still be progressive. As a matter of fact, there is actually a great chance that the city will outperform Davao City and become the business center of the whole island of Mindanao as what Cayetano Paderanga Jr.—former NEDA director general—predicted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kagay-anon Election Special – A Complete Guide on How to Become a Good and Responsible Voter

It’s almost election time in the Philippines. Have you already decided who to vote for this coming May? Unlike the election last 2013, this year is special and more important since we will be again selecting a new president to rule and govern the country. If we don’t choose our leaders responsibly, then the whole Filipino people will suffer for the next six years.

Last February 21, 2016, the city of Cagayan de Oro was chosen to host the first presidential debate this election season at the Capitol University. Although there were some disputes along the way regarding the presidential debates, the event undeniably made a huge impact on Kagay-anons. It has encouraged them to get to know the people running for government positions before deciding who to vote for.

To help you get ready and become a responsible voter this coming May 9, 2016, then here’s a list of six things that you need to do:

List Down What You Are Looking for in a Leader

The first step that you need to do to become a responsible voter is to take the time to list down all the qualities and other important aspects that you are looking for in a leader; this will help you make it easier to decide who to vote for. Once you are done listing them, you can then prepare different ways on how will you be able to judge the candidates for this election.

Find Out the Complete List of the Candidates

Right after listing down the qualities that you are looking for in a candidate, the next thing that you should do is to get a hold of the complete list of the candidates running in different government positions (both national and local).  When you know who is running for the presidential position or for the Congress, it will be easier for you to do a background check on these people. As early as the filing of candidacy, you should have already started checking out these candidates for you to have a longer time learning their flaws and their achievements.

Attend or Watch Election Debates

One of the best ways to know the candidates, especially those who are running for national positions, is to watch—or better yet attend—election debates, just like the one that Cagayan de Oro hosted last February. Debates are the best way to know how a candidate will address critical issues that our country is currently facing. It will also help you know the attitude of the candidate when responding to critiques given by their fellow candidates. If you can’t watch the election debates live or on the TV, you can always review it online. Apart from this, gathering paraphernalia revealing information about the candidates is also a good way of knowing them.

Evaluate Candidates’ Viewpoints on Different Issues

Once you’ve gathered informational materials about the candidates or watched their debates, it’s now time to evaluate their stand on national issues and their solutions for these. Keep a record of these and see for yourself which of those candidates have viewpoints that you like or you think are the most viable.

Check Candidates’ Leadership Abilities

A candidate’s leadership ability is a very important factor when it comes to deciding who to vote for this May election, so make sure that you’ve also checked them and weighed their experiences and capabilities. But aside from their experience as leaders and their abilities, you should also check if they are really well-prepared for the position.  In order to do this, try checking again informational materials regarding the candidate.

Learn about Other People’s Feedback

Although you shouldn’t really believe instantly what other people say about the candidates, whether bad or good, their feedback will also matter and will help you sort out which candidate is really worth voting for. So try asking your friends or family members what they think about this particular candidate and verify their opinion with the facts you’ve gathered. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are also great platforms for you to know about people’s opinions about all the candidates running this election.

If you want change and progress for the country, then the best thing that you should do is to vote wisely. Do not just vote for anyone just because they are popular or because you have no other option. Follow the six steps mentioned above this coming election.

(Note: These steps shouldn’t only be used in deciding who should be the next president in our country. Use these steps also in scrutinizing other candidates running for different positions.)