Northern Mindanao’s Population Surged by 1.68% – PSA Census Reveals

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

Kagay-anon News – CDO-CSWD and COCPO Implements City-Wide Juvenile Curfew

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

Kanos in the City – The Pros and Cons of the Impending US Military Base in CDO

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

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

Bad Burgers – Is It Really Bad?

So, I just learned that there’s a new burger joint in Cagayan de Oro called Bad Burgers. Yes, I know I’m a bit late to the party, considering that it opened about four months ago. But I don’t really go out that much and I also don’t spend that much time on social networking sites, so it’s really quite normal for me not to be aware of the existence of a new establishment in the city until months after it opened.

Bad Burgers

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Anyway, I wanted to see if this new burger joint was really as good as my friend said it was. The name is interesting, at least, so Continue reading

Moreno and Rodriguez – CDO’s Great Leaders

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

It Pays to Know! Election in the Philippines

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It has been six years since our country held a national presidential election, and now, the people have chosen their new leader—the tough guy, Rodrigo Duterte. Although the official results have not yet been declared by the Commission on Elections, Duterte, with almost 16 million votes, is the clear winner of the presidential race. As early as today, the camp of Duterte has already started choosing the President’s prospective cabinet members.

Rodrigo Duterte

But before we get to experience this so-called “Disiplinang Duterte,” let me share some interesting facts that not all of us know about the country’s elections: Continue reading

Disiplinang Duterte: Liquor Ban, Curfew for Minors, and More

It has only been three days since the national elections, and even if the COMELEC has not yet officially declared the new leaders of our country, it is clear that former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte will be the next President of the Republic of the Philippines. All four other presidential candidates have already conceded and congratulated Duterte. Effective this June 30, after the president and vice president’s inauguration, we will be under a new administration.

For those who have supported the southern mayor all the way, Duterte becoming the country’s president is also our victory. And for those who are dismayed that their candidates did not win, they have no choice but to support and respect the new leader.

Prior to winning the elections, Rodrigo Duterte has made several statements Continue reading

Disiplinang Duterte – Are You Ready for this Change?

“I do not believe democracy necessarily leads to development. I believe what a country needs to develop is discipline more than democracy.”  – Lee Kuan Yew, 18th Philippine Business Conference

The Filipino people have spoken! And they’ve chosen the tough-talking mayor from Davao City to lead the country for the next six years. Rodrigo Roa Duterte will be the Philippines’ 16th president. Together with the newly-elected vice president, he will be inaugurated this June 30, as is the country’s tradition.

And while many people are expressing their dismay on social media about the results of the election (especially because their candidates did not win), there are also millions of people who are positive that Mayor Duterte (he announced on national television that he still wants to be called “mayor” even if he is now holding the highest position in the land) will bring change to our country. Are you ready to experience Disiplinang Duterte?

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The main reason why millions of Filipinos voted for Mayor Duterte despite all the black propaganda and mudslinging he received from detractors during the campaign period is because Continue reading

PH Eleksyon Serye: New Leaders, New Hope!

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We’re finally in the last stage of our “eleksyon serye!” After several months of hearing nothing but election ads and political mudslinging on the national news and even on social media, we can finally go back to our old life and routines. There’s no need for us to bash supporters of other candidates or post a lengthy status on our respective Facebook walls about why our candidate is better than the rest. It’s also time for us to say sorry to all those friends we’ve somehow offended because of this very divisive election period. The Filipinos have spoken, and they’ve chosen the tough-talking Mayor of Davao City—Rodrigo Roa Duterte—as the country’s 16th President.

Although the COMELEC has not yet officially declared the results of the election, Duterte’s 15 million + votes are already too high for Mar Roxas’, with 9 million + votes, to surpass. As a matter fact, all four of the other presidential candidates have already conceded and wished the Davao mayor good luck for the next six years. Duterte himself has said, “Let’s all begin healing.”

With a new administration coming our way, everyone has high hopes that things will be better than before. For the last 6 years, President Benigno S. Aquino III has focused on the country’s economic growth, and his administration’s efforts were not in vain. It was during this administration that the Philippines experienced Continue reading