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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.

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.

Growing Energy Demand in Northern Mindanao Answered by Power Firms

For several years now, the whole island of Mindanao has been experiencing power shortages which certainly did inconvenience people, business establishments, hospitals, and government offices. This scenario worsens almost every summer, wherein rotating black-outs could last eight hours a day, interrupting schedules. The power shortage in Mindanao did not only give trouble to the people, it also affected the revenue outputs of SMEs which in the long run also affected the economic performance of Mindanao.

Growing Energy Demand in Northern Mindanao

However, for the upcoming years, MinDA (Mindanao Development Authority) is more positive that the power shortage in Mindanao will be curtailed as more renewable energy projects are being submitted at the One Stop Facilitation and Monitoring Center, a facility created by MinDA specifically to monitor and give reports about the current number of the renewable energy projects submitted in Mindanao. Currently, there are 290 pending renewable energy project applications and majority of them are situated in Northern Mindanao or Region X.

According to Northern Mindanao’s Board of Investments (BOI), the increasing demand of power supply in the region has attracted leading power firms to invest and help the region. Two of these giant power investors are the GN Power Kauswagan and Filinvest Development Corporation. These two firms alone can already assure the stability of Northern Mindanao’s power supply. Nestor Arcansalin—Director of BOI Resource Base Services—said that at present, the GN Power Kauswagan has already started constructing its thermal facility plant located in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte. The construction of the plant is headed by the Shanghai Electric Power Construction, a subsidiary of PCCC (Power Construction Corporation of China), for $41 billion.

The Filinvest Development Corporation, on the hand, is building a coal plant at Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. The coal plant has a capability of producing 405 megawatts. Arcansalin has also said that these two power firms will not only help solve Northern Mindanao’s power supply shortage but will also increase investment figures in the region.

Aside from these two renewable energy projects from Filinvest Development Corporation and GN Kauswagan Power, several more projects are being staged in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. These include the Kirahon Solar project by the Kirahon Solar Energy Corporation at Villanueva, Misamis Oriental—which is expected to contribute 20 MW—and the 69 MW hydroelectric plant at Tagoloan River by Hedcor Inc.—a subsidiary company of Aboitiz Power Corp (Aboitiz Power)—which will be fully functional three years from now.

If you have observed, most of the mentioned renewable energy project are not hydro plants, that’s because, MinDA has been encouraging several other kinds of power sources to be used in Mindanao in order to balance the power mix. According to Romeo M. Montenegro, head of MinDA’s public affairs and investment promotions, having different types of power sources in Mindanao will help the island not to rely solely on hydroelectric power, which is inherently more susceptible to outages compared to other energy sources. Currently, 50% of Mindanao’s power supply is coming from two hydro power complexes that are under the government administration.

With power firms boosting their investments in Northern Mindanao, the power shortage crisis in the region will soon be eliminated.

Mindanao’s Renewable Energy Ventures Reach 290

More and more investors have taken interest in Mindanao’s renewable energy projects, according to the report released by the One Stop Facilitation and Monitoring Center. From 231 pending renewable energy project applications, the number has now increased to 290 after 59 more applications were submitted last May 2015.

The One Stop Facilitation and Monitoring Center, which was specifically established by MinDA (Mindanao Development Authority) last 2014 to check renewable energy applications in the island, also reported that all these renewable energy proposals have a combined capacity of 3,000 megawatts (MW).

MinDA’s Public Affairs and Investment Promotions head Romeo M. Montenegro has stated that these 290 renewable energy proposals range from solar, hydro, geothermal, and biomass. He also stated that 242 of these projects are small hydroelectric power plants that can provide a combined capacity of 2,147.71 MW. Most of these projects are situated in Northern Mindanao.

Due to the power shortage that Mindanao has been experiencing for years, MinDA has demanded for more renewable energy firms to invest Mindanao and help balance the island’s power mix. Currently, 50% of Mindanao’s power source is taken from two hydropower complexes which are controlled by the government.

Power Shortages in Mindanao

Having a balanced power source in Mindanao is very important, according to Montenegro, as it will possibly eliminate the dependence of the island on hydroelectric power, which is actually susceptible to outages. Montenegro has also noted that over the next two years, Mindanao’s power mix will be two-thirds fossil fuel which, will come from private-operated coal-fired power plants.

Among the renewable energy projects for Mindanao that are currently waiting for approval are four hydroelectric power projects: the 110-megawatt Kabulnan 2 project at Isulan, Sultan Kudarat by the Philnewriver Power Corp., 50-Megawatt Matling, and the 50-Megawatt Lake Dapao project of AQA Global Power Inc. which will be located in Lanao del Sur, and the 140-megawatt energy project of Developers Group and San Lorenzo Ruiz Builders in Davao City.

For solar energy projects, 28 applications have already been submitted at the One-Stop Center. These future solar power projects will generate a combined capacity of 427.25 MW. These projects include the 20-megawatt Kirahon Solar project in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental by the Kirahon Solar Energy Corp, the 35-megawatt ICOM project in Lanao del Sur by the local government of Marawi, and the 35-megawatt Darong project in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur by the PhilNew Energy Inc.

Among the 290 renewable energy proposals, eight of them are geothermal projects, four of which are situated in the Zamboanga Peninsula. Presently, AP Renewables—a subsidiary company of the Aboitiz Power Corp—is also eyeing a 20,000-hectare tract situated in the boundaries of Davao del Sur, North Cotabato, and Davao City that could possibly be turned into a geothermal facility producing 200 MW.

Other pending renewable energy projects in Mindanao are the 23.45-megawatt biomass facility in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte by the Eastern Petroleum Corp. and the hydroelectric project at Bukidnon by Hedcor Inc., which is expected to be finished three years from now and will produce 68 MW.

 

PAF-TOG 10 Leading Cleanup Activities

With the breakneck speed at which bleeding edge technology is being introduced and structures being erected and improved here in the City of Golden Friendship, sometimes we neglect things and take them for granted. Among these are our natural resources.

Just imagine the gargantuan volume of trash and waste that is being dumped everyday and how much resources are being consumed to pave the way for urban development. A lot of companies buy huge tracts of land and raze their environs just so they can create buildings.

What worries me is this: what if another natural calamity happens? What if another Sendong hits the city again? No one wants that.

The Importance of Giving Back to Nature

It’s understandable that our city wants to be ahead of the game—to be in the lead when it comes to economic development. But of course we need to balance everything; the same effort that we make in promoting our city’s growth should also be applied to our efforts in preserving our natural resources. So let us give a part of time to make a difference in our environment as well.

Last January, the Tactical Operations Group 10 of the Philippine Air Force led a cleanup drive of the mangrove groves lining the shores of Barangay Cugman along with Primavera Residences and various groups who want to make a difference in our environment. This project is part of the AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP)Bayanihan,” which aims to encourage various sectors to pay attention to environmental issues and take on various cleanup activities to mitigate the unexpected effects of climate change in the future.

You Can Make a Difference

You don’t really need to be part of a prestigious group or organization to take part in making a difference in helping the environment—you can actually do it yourself or start with a few people in your community. Do a simple cleanup drive in your area, create simple fundraisers to purchase seedlings or plants, and/or put up recycling bins to segregate biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste. While these things may not seem to have far-reaching effects but taken together with other projects other groups are doing, these will put a dent in the amount of environmental damage we wreak on Nature.

Final Thoughts

The cleanup drive in Cugman is just a big starting point for Kagayanons to achieve cleaner and safer communities. Remember that there are no jobs too big or too small. If you have a heart in making a difference, then it’s not that hard to take part and make our city a greener and healthier place to live in.

 

HIMUGSO – Kagay-anons’ Joint Celebration for Philippine Independence Day and CDO’s Charter Day

Last June 12 to 15, 2015, the city of Cagayan de Oro once again commemorated the Philippine Independence Day and CDO’s Charter Day in a joint celebration. The occasion was made more significant and colorful by the City Government of Cagayan de Oro and Cagayan de Oro City Tourism Council that came up with the theme “HIMUGSO: Birthing of a Nation, Birthing a City, Birthing Tomorrow.” Coupled with a lot of interesting activities the whole duration of the city’s festivity, everybody had a memorable Independence and Charter Day celebration.

The city’s theme for this year’s joint celebration, “HIMUGSO: Birthing of a Nation, Birthing a City, Birthing Tomorrow” is a reference to the city’s fast-pacing advancement and emergence, a feat which is undeniably worth emulating. Cagayan de Oro City is considered as one of the most progressive cities in the country today. It has even been recognized by the United Nations Human Settlements Program as one of the Emerging Global Cities of Tomorrow. Cagayan de Oro has also been hailed as the Top 2 Most Competitive Cities in the Philippines by the National Competitiveness Council for two consecutive years. And just recently, the city was also named as one of the qualifiers for the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities for 2014.

In celebration to the city’s achievements as one of the country’s premier cities, and to commemorate the country’s 117th Independence Day, the local government unit of CDO, together with its several partners, has prepared numerous fun-filled activities that Kagay-anons certainly enjoyed.

Two major highlights of the four-day celebration were the flag raising ceremony with full military honors at the Kiosko Kagawasan in Divisoria last June 12 at 6:30 am and Mayor Oscar Moreno’s City Mayor’s Annual Report, which was delivered during the 65th charter day commemoration of the city at the same venue on June 15.

Other highlights of the said celebration include several firsts for the city: the first City Charter Day Parade and the first Cagayan de Oro Film Festival. The city’s first ever Charter Day Parade happened 3 PM in afternoon of June 15; it was participated by selected schools and marching bands. The parade started at the Rodelsa Circle and ended at Kiosko Kagawasan. Other events that Kagay-anons enjoyed during the celebration were the static display and demonstration at the Centrio Mall, free museum tours, cultural shows, photo exhibits, balak contest, and the citywide sale which was participated by the city’s malls: Limketkai, Gaisano, SM, and Centrio; even COHARA-member restaurants and hotels participated in the citywide sale.

To culminate the four-day celebration of the city, a night of thanksgiving or the Pahitungod was held at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel, June 15 in the evening. The event was organized as a tribute for the city government’s partners (organizations, institutions, businesses, etc.) that have helped in bringing positive change and progress in the city. Some of the awardees during the Pahitungod were Pilgrim Christian College, FICCO, XU-Maria Reyna Hospital, Del Monte Philippines Inc., Xavier University, Liceo de Cagayan University, Radio Mindanao Network, and Lourdes College.

The four-day joint celebration of the city was indeed jam-packed with activities but it was undeniably the best way to commemorate our country’s independence and the birth of our city.

 

Events, Achievements, and Goals in CdeO’s 65th Year

Last June 15 2015, Cagayan de Oro celebrated its 65th Charter Day. Obviously, this wasn’t just one mere non-working holiday wherein everyone could just relax and extend their rest days—this was something more. CdeO City Mayor Oscar Moreno shared some great news about the city’s accomplishments and what to expect in the years to come. This was announced during the highlights of the city-wide Himugso event, the City Mayor’s Annual Report.

CdeO Continues to Prosper

With a positive voice, Mayor Moreno proudly announced during his Annual Report (held at the Kiosko Kagawasan in Plaza Divisoria) that Cagayan de Oro has been titled by the United Nations Settlements Program as “one of the Emerging Global Cities of Tomorrow.” That alone is already a big achievement not only for the city government under Moreno’s leadership, but also for everyone living in this great city. He also shared a detailed report of the construction of 300 public school classrooms (both elementary and high school), which was funded by the Special Education Fund.

To those who are curious about the proposed budget for 2016 for Cagayan de Oro, Moreno mentioned that it will be around 4.8 billion. This amount is enough to bring the city to the next level with projects centered on tourism, education, home and resettlement, as well as the upgrading of the J.R. Borja General Hospital.

Other achievements also include the city winning USAID’s Liveable Cities Design Challenge and being recognized by the National Competitiveness Council as one of the “Top 2 Most Competitive Cities in the Philippines.”

The City Gives Back

As a way of celebrating the annual city Charter Day, there were free medical and dental checkups in Plaza Divisoria as well as an exhibit showcasing Cagayan de Oro’s history being held outside the Tourist Assistance Center. The said activities lasted from the morning until five in the afternoon. The events were a success as a lot of people dropped by to avail of the free services.

Evident Progress

As a Kagayanon who has lived in this city for many years now, I’ve noticed the exponential progress of this city. From its infrastructure, education, architecture, and constant development, I am confident that there are going to be more people and businesses who will be eyeing Cagayan de Oro for bigger and better opportunities.

I am expecting Cagayan de Oro to be the perfect destination for everyone from all walks of life. Compared to other metropolises in the country—with its perfect balance of accessible amenities one would expect from any large and progressive city and its reasonable cost of living—this is a great place to settle in. In all probability, CdeO might someday be an equal to Metro Manila when it comes to progress and development.

As Kagayanons, let’s not forget our beloved hometown and to give thanks for all the abundant blessings that are being bestowed upon our very own city. Happy 65th Year, Cagayan de Oro!

Save the Ocean and the Mangroves

We don’t really need to be rocket scientists to find out what is going on in our environment—the world is getting warmer, the rains are pouring much stronger, and the typhoons and hurricanes are getting more frequent.

Everything is quite different now—the world is experiencing the effects of global warming.

However, problems like these have their own solutions, but an effort done by a single person is not enough. You need a team; a great number of people who would do their part in saving the environment in whatever way they can.

Aside from planting trees in flood-prone areas and cleaning up clutter that is clogging up our city’s drainage systems, you can also protect and preserve the country’s shores and oceans by planting mangroves. These seedlings may not look like anything much at first but they will grow and serve their purpose once they are fully grown. Remember that these require great effort by not only one person, but by an entire organizations or (better yet) an entire community.

What Are Mangroves?

To those who are clueless of what mangroves are, just imagine them as shrub-like plants that can be grown in shallow water. If you grow a lot of them, you would create a beautiful mangrove forest. They may take long but the wait is worth it—most important of all, you are helping out the environment by planting more green life!

mangroves in the Philippines

People think mangroves aren’t that attractive especially when you head out to a lake or river. But have you heard of the mangrove forests in Palawan? They are so beautiful that they’re one the island’s most popular tourist destinations to go to.

Kagayanons Making a Green Difference

With the activity theme, “Stand Up, Save the Reefs,” Kagayanons have stepped up to make a difference and plant more mangroves during the highlights of the Ocean Month celebration.

Just last May 2015, the Philippine Air Force-Tactical Operations Group 10, along with Primavera and other organizations in the city, planted mangrove seedlings in the town of Bulua, Cagayan de Oro.

planting mangrove seedlings in Cagayan de Oro

Italpinas and several green and environment advocates also worked together to distribute a total of 5000 mangrove seedlings and plant them in the Zone 8, Bulua shoreline.

The activity was made in order to rehabilitate the city’s Iponan River. Food security for the fisher folks and local farmers are expected once this project flourishes. The good thing about this is that they are not only saving the livelihood of the locals, they are also helping the ocean and the environment as well.

One Tragedy Is Enough

A huge lesson was learned in the aftermath of Sendong’s warpath; nobody wants that to happen again. With this little activity, Kagayanons are hoping they have done something for the improvement of the environment. We hope that there will be more environment activities in the City of Golden Friendship very soon.

 

Celebrating CDO’s Local Stories and Talents

Smart Communications Opens SmartSweepSmart Communications hosted a luncheon event to promote SweepOpen and Doon Po Sa Amin.  Aside from learning about these events, the mechanics, the purpose of the competition, I learned valuable insights on Cagayan de Oro’s rich history and cultural heritage.  Two of the city’s pillars in tourism and preserving cultural heritage were there to give us a briefer of Cagayan de Oro’s best:

Dr. Antonio Montalvan spoke about Uncovering the History of Cagayan de Oro.  He shared interesting religious folklore, stories and other “tinu-uhan” and linked it to historical facts and what points in the course of history where those stories changed or perhaps distorted in a way.  Stories and myths that I heard of for the first time: stories of the Oro fish, the friars of today’s famous chapels and cathedrals, of tunnels and of cemeteries turned schools.  Hearing these made me want to digging research and know more! On his closing he challenged everyone in the audience to help uncover the past:

1. We need new historians

2. We need young historians

3. We need to interest and absorb the young on history

4. Add more shareable materials online

Ms. Dorothy Pabayo of CDO Tourism spoke next with such grace and warmth.  A kagay-anon to the core, she shared the City Government’s programs and initiatives in promoting tourism.  As the gateway to Northern Mindanao, the 2nd Most Competent City in the Philippines (next to Makati) she expressed how ready we are, as a city, to bring CDO to the world.   As sizzlers, she showed pictures of city landmarks, its historical significance.  For one, I just learned that along Pabayo St-Divisoria, lies real skulls of the city heroes!  (I might as well write another post about that since I think that fact deserves its own space.)

CDO is a city packed with rich history and culture and beyond this, CDO is also home to a lot of talents and skillful manpower.  We have a vibrant ICT industry-academe collaboration providing an environment that is conducive for the IT-career growth of students and young professionals.   We’re taking long strides in product development and customer service.   This is also going to be part of the talents to shared to the world when these 2 competitions start rolling in.

Thanks to Ms. Judy for inviting the writers, bloggers and the media to this event 🙂  I’m excited to see the entries and winners!