Another foreign country has chosen the flourishing city of Cagayan de Oro to be the center of its business operation in Northern Mindanao. This time, it is Bosch, the German multinational engineering and electronics company, that has targeted the city of Golden Friendship as their next business hub in the Philippines. Last June 25, 2015, Bosch has released an official statement confirming their plans of making Cagayan de Oro as an addition to their business centers in the country. And just this August 5, 2016, in Barangay Gusa, Bosch officially inaugurated their new business center. Bosch’s newest hub is located at Neo Arcade Building in Gusa.
Present during the inauguration was Andrew Powell—Bosch’s Marketing Manager—who expressed his excitement of opening their 4th business center in the Philippines. According to Powell, they are aware that Cagayan de Oro is the best place to expand their business, especially with the current plan of the Duterte administration to transform Mindanao as the country’s economic powerhouse. Continue reading
A war-torn area infested with rebels, crimes, and poverty—that’s how most Filipinos see the island of Mindanao. Thanks to the media and their sometimes over-exaggerated news reporting, our homeland is shunned by foreigners and even investors. Comparing it to Luzon and Visayas, progress in Mindanao is really slow and minimal. But all these things are about to change now that the president of the Philippines is a true-blue Mindanaoan.
The moment that President Duterte was inaugurated as the country’s 16th president, it was clear that the progress in Mindanao is one of his priorities. As a matter of fact, during his first SONA (State of the National Address), he has shared one of his projects in Mindanao—the Mindanao Rail Project. Continue reading
Summer days in the Philippines have always been hot and humid, but this year’s summer is different. Because of the El Niño that the whole country has been experiencing since December 2015, the weather in the Philippines for the last five months has been unusually hot and dry. As a matter of fact, several provinces and municipalities in the country have already declared a State of Calamity because of the effects of El Niño. Here’s a list of things you need to know about this global phenomenon: Continue reading
The local government administrators of Cagayan de Oro have just made it clear to the general public that they are eager supporters of change in the country. Exactly 29 days before President Rodrigo Roa Duterte took his oath as the country’s 16th president, the city, through its local council, has already started implementing a curfew for minors as soon as classes resumed last June. Since teenage curfew is among the list of rules and regulations that the Duterte camp intends to execute nationwide as soon as the new administration begins, the local council of CDO did not hesitate in bringing back the 1994 city codified ordinance, which prohibits children aged 15 and below from roaming around the city from Continue reading
The results of the June 2016 NLE (Nurse Licensure Examination) have just been released online by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) last June 17, 2016. Out of the 14,184 nursing graduates who took the exam in different testing centers nationwide, only 6,183 passed.
The College of Nursing of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan soared high once again after the PRC declared that they have garnered a 100% passing rate. Continue reading
In the most recent nationwide census conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), it was revealed that Northern Mindanao’s populace is progressively and quickly growing. Composed of 5 provinces, 9 cities, and 84 municipalities, Northern Mindanao (Region X) now has an estimated 4,689,302 inhabitants.
Among all the places in the region, PSA’s latest census has also shown that the city of Cagayan de Oro—Misamis Oriental’s capital city—is Region X’s fastest growing area. In a span of five years (2010-2015), the city had an average population growth rate of 2.23%. Being considered as Northern Mindanao’s business hub and education center, the boom in CDO’s populace is not that surprising. According to the data released by the PSA, the number of the city’s inhabitants rose from 602,088 in 2010 to 675,950 in 2015. CDO’s current number of residents has already surpassed that of Camiguin Island and Misamis Occidental.
Cagayan de Oro isn’t the only city in the region Continue reading
Last June 1, 2016, the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Office of Cagayan de Oro, together with the COCPO (Cagayan de Oro City Police Office), has reinstated the 1994 city-wide curfew for minors. Under City Ordinance No. 4373-94, kids aged 15 and below are ordered to strictly follow the curfew from 10 o’clock in the evening until 5 o’clock in the morning of the following day.
According to Teodoro Sabuga-a, Jr., the chief of CSWD, they have been enforcing the 10 o’clock evening curfew for adolescents during the opening of classes in the city for years now. But with the ongoing plans of the Duterte administration to effectuate teenage night-time restriction across the country, the CSWD and the COCPO have decided to bring back the 1994 city regulation. Apart from protecting the youth, the said city decree will also help us Kagay-anons prepare for and adjust to the upcoming laws and regulations that President Duterte expects to have executed starting June 30.
Although the night-time restriction for teenagers is now fully implemented across Cagayan de Oro city, just like many Kagay-anons, Sabuga-a believes that Continue reading
It has been years now since Lumbia Airport closed its doors and gave way to a bigger and more modern airport facility in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental. But even though it is no longer operating as a commercial airport, it is still being utilized by the 10th Tactical Operation Group of the Philippine Air Force. However, just this year, it has been announced that the old airport will be rehabilitated into an army base for American soldiers. This has been confirmed by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin last February 1, 2016, after he attended the 46th founding anniversary of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division as the guest of honor. According to Gazmin, the facility will be built as part of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) of our country with the USA. The construction of the facility will start later this year, as soon as pertinent documents are finalized.
Although Gazmin has assured the public that the looming military station in Lumbia will not bring harm to Kagay-anons Continue reading
Last June 1, 2016, the local council of Cagayan de Oro has reinstated the 1994 curfew order for Kagay-anon minors. Under City Ordinance No. 4373-94, children aged 15 and below are not allowed to roam the city from 10 o’clock in the evening until 5 o’clock in the morning. This ordinance is expected to be carried out around the city, except during special occasions such as the eve of the town fiesta, New Year, Christmas, All Souls’ Day, All Saints’ Day, Good Friday, Resurrection Day, and other holidays that the city observes. Minors who are guilty of violating this decree will have to pay a fine of not less than PHP 500.00 and not more than PHP 1,500.00. Violators can also be imprisoned for not less than 1 month and 10 days and not more than 4 months, depending on the ruling of the court.
The main objective of ordering a curfew for minors is to fortify protection for the youth while also helping parents strengthen their responsibility over their children. In Cagayan de Oro City, Continue reading
Election in the Philippines (local and national) has always been both chaotic and colorful. Chaotic, because it’s impossible for voters not to hear or witness political mudslinging from left to right; and colorful, because politicians always make sure their rallies and events are festive and fun (part of their strategy to encourage people to stick with them).
Among the many people who ran during this year’s election are two of Cagayan de Oro’s seasoned politicians—Oscar Moreno and Rufus Rodriguez. Both politicians ran for the position of CDO’s mayor, and although it was Moreno who emerged as the winner, we have to admit that both of them have contributed a lot to the city’s progress. For the last three years, Oscar Moreno has been serving as the city’s mayor, while Rufus Rodriguez has been the city’s 2nd district representative to the House of Congress.
Oscar “Oca” Moreno
Oscar Moreno first became the city’s mayor in 2013 after defeating Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano, who held the position from 1998 to 2007 and again from 2010 to 2013. Prior to becoming the city’s mayor, Moreno already had a long list of experience as a politician. He was the Continue reading