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Bosch Opens Fourth PH Business Hub in Cagayan de Oro City

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.

Bosch building in philippines

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

City-Wide Curfew for Minors in CDO Now in Full Effect

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

Curfew for Minors in CDO – Weighing Its Good and Bad Sides

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

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.

Cagayan de Oro former dumpsite

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.

Cagayan de Oro Tree Park

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 announcead 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.

El Nino Hits Northern Mindanao

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.

food assistance from DSWD

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.

NorMin Minimum Wage Increased by 12 Pesos

Good news, ladies and gentlemen of Northern Mindanao! Starting July 3, 2015, the minimum wage in the area will be increased by twelve pesos a day! For us living in progressive cities like Cagayan de Oro, this wage increase is a good sign for the improvement of employment conditions in the region.

It feels good to know that over 30,800 minimum wage earners are going to benefit from this latest development. Considering how much the cost of basic needs as well as other necessities regular expenses has increased in recent years, the wage increase will definitely be of great help. At the very least, it will give us the opportunity to buy more things for ourselves and our families or save up for emergencies, unlike before when we had to spend within a tight budget.

Employees who work in non-agricultural sectors in Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Tagoloan, Jasaan, and Villanueva (e.g. BPO companies, IT Companies, shopping malls, retail centers, etc.) will have a daily minimum wage of Php318. Employees in the agricultural sector will now be entitled to a daily minimum wage of Php306.

In addition (and to lighten the load for these wage earners), minimum wage earners are exempted from paying incomes taxes. They are also entitled to night shift differentials, holiday pay, and overtime pay (also exempt from income tax). This news is indeed something for the region’s workforce to celebrate. It may not be much for some, but at least we’ve got some progress, right?

Good for Workers, Good for the City

Reading the various opinions of Kagay-anons regarding the matter, the wage increase is generally seen as an indicator that Region 10, particularly Cagayan de Oro, is indeed getting bigger and bigger when it comes to economic development. It’s a good thing because it will provide additional motivation to the region’s workers to do well in their work and consider the possibilities of having more businesses flock to Cagayan de Oro and provide more job opportunities for residents who are still looking for work.

What to Expect in the Future

This is the first time in several years that Northern Mindanao finally received approval for a wage increase. Of course, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any more wage increases in the near future. As long as the region continues to grow as it does when it comes to various sectors of business and employment, there might be another wage increase in a few years.

When it comes to employment, expect a lot more job opportunities to be opened to fresh graduates and individuals who are looking for better career opportunities in other companies or industries. There may be some who think that is not achievable within the next few years, but considering the level of progress the city is enjoying at present, it really isn’t impossible for this dream for more jobs and a healthier economy to come true.

For the current working force, the wage increase and tax exemption can be considered a small taste of victory. There is definitely reason to look forward to more good news in the near future.

CDO Receives Recognition for Outstanding Sustainable City Planning

There’s no stopping Cagayan de Oro from becoming one of the most progressive cities in Mindanao and the Philippines.

Located in Northern Mindanao, the city has been receiving recognition not only within the Mindanao island, but also from other cities and countries. This is proof that the city indeed has the potential to go further when it comes to economic development; it may even have the capacity to be at par with metropolitan cities like Manila and Cebu.

The most recent sign of the city’s prosperity and development is its recognition in the first Liveable Cities Design Challenge held last October 15, 2014 at Pasay City. Aside from the City of Golden Friendship, Iloilo was also awarded the same recognition.

The reason why CDO stood out from all fifteen other cities competing for the prize was because of the design of “Oro Central”—the city’s plan for a school and evacuation center that features an eco-friendly and futuristic design. When this structure is successfully built for real, it is definitely going to be a sight to behold; something for ever city resident to be proud of.

About ‘Oro Central’

The design of Oro Central amazed one of the judges, National Competitiveness Council’s private sector co-chairman, Guillermo Luz. The building is designed to have four storeys and is planned to feature 200 classrooms, laboratories, parks, playgrounds, a multimedia library, and a beautiful roof-top garden.

It has been the experience of several schools in the city that after they are converted into evacuation centers and the locals start returning to their own homes, the school’s facilities are left with damages. With the design of ‘Oro Central’, students will still be able to enjoy quality education even while there are evacuees staying in the building. Class suspensions due to evacuation are expected to become a thing of the past once this building is erected.

Oro Central

The possible location for this state-of-the-art structure is uptown, where it will be far from such natural disasters as floods and within two kilometers from key city structures such as pharmacies, health centers, and hospitals. When earthquakes occur in this particular area, the football and track fields will be the perfect places to go for safety (the fields will be located just outside the building).

Oro Central is also designed to use eco-friendly lighting products and other related materials to lessen the usage of chemicals and/or elements that could be detrimental to the health of the citizens as well as the environment. The building is set to feature such green architectural elements as natural ventilations, large solar panels, natural lighting, and (so far the first of its kind in the city) a 900,000-liter cistern for the storage of rainwater.

A Step towards the Future

If the ‘Oro Central’ is officially built a few years from now, expect other architectural structures to adopt the same concept. After all, we all need to adapt to positive changes, especially in this case wherein a possible solution to the problem of evacuation in the event of natural disasters has been found. Keep up the progress, CDO!

Official Higalaay Festival 2015 Schedule of Activities

Last July 4, barely a month before Cagayan de Oro’s Higalaay Festival officially starts, the schedule of activities for the month-long celebration was publicly released by the City Administration of CDO. If you and your friends are planning to join one of the country’s colorful festivals, then better mark your calendars and prepare yourself for the upcoming Higalaay Festival 2015. Here’s the official schedule of activities:

August 10 to 31, 2015 – Garden Show and Agri Fair (Venue: Duaw Kagay-an Park)

Activities: showcase of agronomic products coming from the different barangays in the city; display of garden plants (ornamental) and landscaping creativity.

Higalaay Garden Show in Cagayan de Oro

August 12 to 14, 2015 – Kumbira (Venue: Limketkai Mall Atrium)

Kumbira is the country’s longest running culinary show that features the city’s best restaurants and chefs including the city’s most promising culinary/HRM students. The event is attended by culinary aficionados not just from CDO but from neighboring municipalities and cities as well. For this year, Kumbira’s theme is “Let’s Talk Ingredients.”

KUMBIRA in Cagayan de Oro

August 22 to 23, 2015 – Cowboy Festival Annual Horse Show (Venue: Roa Property, PN Roa Avenue)

Activities: Racing competitions for horsemen like the Obstacle Race, Barrel Race, and Oval Race

Cowboy festival horse show in Cagayan de Oro

August 22 to 30, 2015 – Kahimunan Northern Mindanao: Food & Lifestyle Show (Venue: to be announced)

This trade exhibition will be showcasing Northern Mindanao-Region X’s finest products including popular pasalubongs. Products coming from the region’s small and medium scale entrepreneurs will also be displayed during this event.

August 22, 2015 – Miss Cagayan de Oro 2015 (Venue: Limketkai Mall Atrium)

Considered as one of the highlights of Higalaay Festival, Miss Cagayan de Oro 2015 has already started its pre-pageant activities since June. Prior to the Coronation Night, the Evening Gown Competition will be held this August 8, 2015 at the Centrio Mall Activity Center.

Search For Ms Kagay-an

August 23, 2015 – The Kagay-an Festival Marathon (Venue: Centrio Mall (starting point and finish line))

The city’s annual marathon event every August features four racing categories: 42 km, 21 km, 5 km, and 3 km run.

August 23, 2015 – Cagayan de Oro Carnival Parade (from Luna-Velez St to Divisoria)

Another highlight of the festival which was introduced last year only, the Carnival Parade is a lively and colorful street fiesta that includes a lot of dancing and singing. This event is attended by schools and institutions from CDO, wearing their most vibrant and artistic costumes while parading through the heart of CDO – Divisoria.

Higalaay Festival

August 23, 2015 – The Higalas Parade of Floats and Icons (from Rodelsa Circle to Limketkai Center)

CDO’s variety of the civic-military parade featuring Higalas that symbolize the rich culture and history of the city.

Higalas Parade of Floats and Icons

August 28, 2015 – Religious Procession

In celebration with the Feast of St. Augustine, the religious parade will start exactly at four in the morning.

Saint Augustine Patron

August 28, 2015 – Fluvial Procession

The city’s religious annual procession, which aims to ask for the endless blessing of the Cagayan River and also to raise awareness of the river’s current status, will start at Macajalar Bay and end on the area of the river near Duaw Park.

Higalaay Festival Fluvial Parade

Apart from these major events, several activities in connection with the festival will also be held, which include:

The 1st Mindanao Photo Summit – July 31 to August 2, 2015

CDO Bazaar and Night Café – Eating Bread Competition (August 08, 4pm to 12mn)

Road Pasalubong Bazaar (August 21 to 27, 12nn to 12mn)

Street Fiesta Party (August 28, 4pm to 12mn)

Night Out Party (August 29, 7pm to 12mn)

2015 Regional Skills Competition – August 17 to 18, 2015

National Guppy Show and Exhibit – August 24 to 28, 2015, Limketkai Mall

Rafthon – August 29, 2015

Kagayhaan Music Festival – August 29, 2015 (whole day), MAPAWA Adventure Park

2015 CDO Badminton Fiesta Challenge – August 28 to 30, 2015

 

Forty-Nine NorthMin Youths Now Green Ambassadors

Even if nobody told you, even if nobody reminded you, our world is undergoing calamitous changes due to global warming.

As you noticed, the City of Golden Friendship (which was once known not to suffer from frequent typhoons) is starting to experience the harmful effects of climate change. Mother Nature gave us nightmares in the form of Tropical Storm Sendong and other weather-related disturbances that forced people to flee their homes.

The City Fights Back and Goes Green

The citizens of Cagayan de Oro and the greater Northern Mindanao area haven’t taken this lying down though; they’ve thought of great and innovative ways to use their resources in such a way that they’ve minimized their footprint on the environment.

Eco Friendly Environment

Aside from the little ways like using eco-friendly bags, tote bags, and paper bags to pack groceries and other items in from businesses and supermarkets, there are some activities that different stakeholders organize to promote green living and awareness when it comes to our environment.

Eco Friendly bags

Leading the Youth to Greener Pastures

Just this month of July 2015, forty-nine youths (based from the different tertiary and secondary schools in Villanueva and Tagoloan in Misamis Oriental, and cities in Lanao del Norte specifically Marawi and Iligan.) were officially dubbed as green ambassadors during a two-day Environmental Youth Camp (EYC). The said activity with the theme, “Our Environment, Our Welfare” was held at the Mapawa Nature Garden located in Barangay Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City.

The said activity was funded by FDC Misamis Power Corporation (a Filinvest-led company) in cooperation with the Environmental Management Bureau.

The students are encouraged to become role models for their respective communities since majority of the areas that they are residing in have experienced the rage of Typhoon Sendong, Typhoon Pablo, and other natural disasters. Aside from this role, they are also encouraged to not just think of the environmental welfare in their location—they should also think and promote eco-friendly solutions.

The two-day environmental camp was considered an eye-opener for the youth regarding visible environmental issues that are already happening in our country. Some might think that these discussions and activities related to environment preservation are still too big for the youth to take in but it isn’t.

Youth Eco friendly Leaders

The organizers and the stakeholders who organized this event are confident these young individuals will be doing their part to promote healthier and greener communities. The results may not be as immediate (as many of us would expect) but with perseverance, we are sure to get results in the future.

Soon, we should be able to mitigate considerably the effects of natural disasters. We wouldn’t have to worry about excessive amounts of garbage being thrown anywhere. We hope this environment camp would also encourage more organizations to adapt similar awareness programs.

 

DPWH Allocates PHP2.3B for Infrastructure Projects in Cagayan de Oro City

For 2015, DPWH will be allocating an estimated fund of PHP2.3B for Cagayan de Oro’s infrastructure projects. The city, which is still revolving after Typhoon Sendong’s damages four years ago, will be prioritizing flood control projects for this year. This project alone is apportioned with a total budget of PHP772 million. According to DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson, they have prioritized the construction and maintenance flood control projects and drainage systems in Cagayan de Oro City in order for disasters like Typhoon Sendong to be prevented from happening again in the city. The monstrous typhoon that hit the city last December 2011 caused the deaths of 400 Kagay-anons and wreaked an estimated damage amounting to PHP1.6B.

This year, the DPWH has five pending flood control projects: two in Cagayan de Oro River and three in Barangay Iponan. A construction of a drainage system in Barangay Patag (Tejero St.) and the improvement of Bigaan Creek are also part of the flood mitigation projects of the DPWH in Cagayan de Oro City. Upon completion of these projects, Singson is positive that the flooding problem in the city can already be eliminated or at least controlled. The structures for these projects are specifically designed to protect Kagay-anons against floods especially during the typhoon seasons.

Aside from the flood control projects, several DPWH projects for Cagayan de Oro City this 2015 include 14 building projects, 24 road concreting projects (including road rehabilitation), 1 diversion road project, six road widening projects, 4 bridge and bypass road constructions and upgrading of off-carriageways. All in all, DPWH has 66 infrastructure projects that are to be implemented this 2015 alone.

The government has also funded PHP118 million for the road widening of the Iligan City-Cagayan de Oro City-Butuan City Rd and PHP68 million for the Sapang Bridge construction along Butuan-CDO-Iligan Rd, in the Kauswagan Section. Another PHP300 million was set aside by the government for the completion of the city’s Cagayan de Oro Convention Center.