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Haven within a Township: Pueblo de Oro Urban Rainforest Protects CDO’s Biodiversity

September 16, 2019

TREES mater to all of us. Trees provide shade, mitigate floods, absorb carbon dioxide, filter air pollution, and provide habitats for birds, mammals and other plants. The rich biodiversity within a rainforest is also incredibly important to the well-being of humans and of the planet. In an effort to preserve the existing flora and fauna in its 400-hectare Township in Cagayan de Oro, Pueblo de Oro Development Corporation (PDO) signed in 2005 a memorandum of agreement for the first Urban Rainforest in the Philippines with the ICCP Group Foundation, Inc., the Bukidnon local government, and the Department of Natural Resources (DENR). Pueblo de Oro started by planting more endemic plant seedlings, or “wildlings”, sourced from the rainforests of Mt. Kitanglad and other nearby mountains in Bukidnon. By propagating them in areas such as the ridges and knoll of the Urban Rainforest, native animal species were encouraged to build their nests and thrive.      In the years since the project kicked off, PDO has sought and joined forces with other partners and agencies in its efforts to preserve the Urban Rainforest to welcome and nurture the species that settled in the Township.      The Pueblo de Oro Urban Rainforest is a 40-hectare rainforest in the heart of Cagayan de Oro’s growth area, abundant with different plants animals. “Having a township wherein trees are abundant is not just for aesthetic purposes, but also benefits the species living within the area,” said PDO President Prim Nolido.      “And for our residential projects, the trees also reduce the urban heat island effect through evaporative cooling and reduce the amount of sunlight that reaches parking lots, houses and other open areas,” he added. Preserving biodiversity      The grasslands and creeks in the forest are home to numerous species of animals – from small insects to beautiful flights of birds. There are at least 20 species of birds that can be found within the Township. They have been seen taking flight over the combination of grasslands and woodlands in the area, including different breeds of Kingfishers and the Grass Owls, which are decreasing in number because of their loss of home.      These are among the flora and fauna that the Pueblo de Oro Urban Rainforest has been protecting and preserving for more than 14 years. “It is a reality that our wildlife is affected by the loss of its natural habitats. PDO has made it its mission to protect these endemic species and eventually be able to multiply them,” explained Nolido.      The Brahminy Kite, for example, has been spotted in the Township, especially on the fairways of the golf course near the lakes. These brown and white raptors nest in tall trees on wooded slopes. They are also spotted taking thermals – or rising hot air – found in ridges in Hillsborough Pointe, Philamlife Village, and Golden Glow Village. This hot air gives the kites lift on their wings and allows them to glide for long periods. Community involvement The Company’s employees and the community play a part in the continuous effort to develop the rainforest through regular tree planting activities. Thousands of seedlings have been planted since the launch of the urban rainforest and it continues on until this day.      More recently, PDO employees were joined by the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, represented by members of the Laudato Si and Faith and Light communities, parishioners from the St. Francis Xavier Chaplaincy of Pueblo de Oro who have heeded Pope Francis’ call to “Care for Our Common Home”.      Cacao seedlings distributed by Cagayan de Oro’s Agricultural Office were planted during the activity, which also aims to establish an instructional and pilot nursery, products of which would be dispersed to constituent farmers.      To underscore the efforts of its employees and most especially of the communities in the Township, PDO’s Community Relations Unit assists in the preparation of their project proposals for their livelihood projects. This follows the principle that preservation and expansion can only be done if the communities have viable and sustainable livelihood. Watershed protection      Coupled with the efforts of PDO to preserve and nurture the urban rainforest, the protection of watersheds is also a part of their commitment to the care of the environment. Protecting the watersheds promotes sustainable agriculture, ecological security and water resource preservation.      Giant bamboo and mahogany seedlings were planted by employees along the Calaanan Creek to help protect the soil in the Iponan Watershed, of which it is a part, and prevent it from washing downstream. Maintaining a forest cover as well as following environmentallyenhancing practices leads to a sustainable watershed.      People often think of ‘land-based’ climate solutions or nature as being something that’s far removed from the urbanism that more than half of the population lives in. But forests can be the unseen heroes of natural climate solutions where green spaces provide health and community benefits as well as shelter us from the full effect and impacts of climate change.

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Northern Mindanao Volunteers recognized as CDD Champions

September 16, 2019

COMMUNITY volunteers from the provinces of Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, and Bukidnon have represented the region in the 3rd National Community Volunteers’ Congress held last August 13 in Butuan City.       The Northern Mindanao delegation comprised of nine community volunteers, representing their respective Barangay Sub-Project Management Committees (BSPMC), from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP).       Mary Ann Patalinghog representing the community ofBarangay Kilangit, Gitagum, Misamis Oriental; Suzette Mosende of Barangay Taparak, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental; and Mariela Galendez of Barangay San Jose, Medina, Misamis Oriental are awarded in the Improved Local Governance category.       “Dako kayo ang akong kalipay nga kami nga taga-Taparak nahimong usa sa mga awardee sa Bayani Ka Awards, dili namo ni makab-ot nga pasidungog kung wala ang suporta sa among lokal nga pangagamhanan, sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS na staff, barangay officials ug kauban namong mga boluntaryo” says Mosende.       Florentino Amores from Barangay Aromahon, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental was awarded in the Elderly category which recognizes communities who value the elderly sector with equal opportunities. Florentino is 63 years old, and a pastor.       “Nagpasalamat ako sa Ginoo sa mga kaayuhan ug kalamboan nga nahatag sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS sa among barangay, nga sa kadugay sa panahon kami nangandoy og proyekto nga makahatag og tingusbawan sa among barangay ug sa mga lumulupyo niini, ug karon natubag na gyud,” Amores.       Barangay Aromahon in Laguindingan was recipient to four community sub-projects through DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS. These are: Day Care Center, 1 unit school building with two classrooms, concreting of 0.350 kilometer farm-to-market road, and a continuation of the 0.300 kilometer farm-to-market road. These community sub-projects span from 2015 to 2019 implementation of the program.       Mohammad Shiek Pandapatan ofBarangay Pacalundo, Baloi, Lanao del Norte was awarded in the Sustained Community Volunteers’ Group. Mohammad is also now part of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority Parliament under the Office of the Member of the Parliament Said Shiek as a Chief of Staff (EA VI). Mohammad volunteered and was selected as the BSPMC chairperson of Pacalundo from 2015 – 2018.       Mohammad has encouraged everyone to boost the call for CDD institutionalization. “Suportahan po natin ang institusyonalisasyon ng Community-Driven Development approach ng DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS. Suportahan po natin ang pagsasabatas nito, malaki at maliliit po na problema sa ating mga kumunidad ay nasolusyonan na ng CDD approach.”      Arlene Misiona of Barangay Lower Sagadan, Baroy, Lanao del Norte; and Josephine Oracion of Barangay Maribojoc, Tudela, Misamis Occidental represent their communities and are awarded in the Gender and Development category.       Roger Mutia representing the community ofBarangay Ospital, Aloran, Misamis Occidental was awarded in the Environmental Protection category. The Labo creek, which stretches out to the Aloran River overflows and endangers the lives of the community members – despite not being prioritized for two cycle implementations, the community never lost hope of their dream. The community sub-project of the Barangay Ospital is the Construction of 40 Linear Meter Flood Control Structure is now completed which is funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS amounting to P1,350,572.00 with P116,00.00 local counterpart from the barangay development fund of Ospital. Roger Mutia was recently elected as a Barangay Councilor and holds the committee chairmanship of environment and infrastructure.       Joselito Tumanod representing the community ofBarangay New Eden, Pangantucan, Bukidnon has received the Indigenous Peoples’ Welfare category.       Oracion, Galendez, and Tumanod were also recently elected as barangay councilors in their respective communities.       The Bayani Ka Awards and National Community Volunteers Congress is an activity that recognizes the efforts and valuable contributions of community volunteers who have been implementing sub-projects through the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach.       The activity is an annual event of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS to celebrate the success of community-driven development which is implemented across 827 municipalities nationwide.      This year’s theme is “Padayon, Kalahi-CIDSS!,”which boosts the clamor to institutionalize the CDD strategy in DSWD programs and in the local development process of municipalities.      The event was participated by more than 250 community volunteers, local chief executives, and barangay officials from 14 regions nationwide.      Kalahi-CIDSS is one of poverty alleviation programs of DSWD stipulated in the Magna Carta of the Poor. It uses the CDD approach in empowering communities that provides the opportunity for participation by giving them control over decisions and resources. Through CDD, sub-projects target the immediate needs of the communities and community members have larger stake in their own development.                 To date, there are 604,048 community volunteers who worked together to complete the 26,828 community sub-projects nationwide.

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Allianz Receives Top Honors at IABC’s 17th Quill Awards

September 6, 2019

Allianz Philippines’ efforts at employee engagement, corporate social responsibility, and special and experiential events were honored at the 17th Philippine Quill Awards.      The Philippine Quill is a prestigious awards program that honors the most reputable organi-zations and corporations for their “excellent communication to achieve business goals, and to make a difference in society.”      “These awards show our commitment to empowering our workforce and the communities we serve to overcome the challenges that come their way. We at Allianz are very honored that our efforts have been recognized,” said Allianz Philippines Chief Marketing Officer Gae Martinez.      Allianz received top honors for its Dare 2 Be Fit in the Employee Engagement category, Project Sanlahi for the Corporate Social Responsibility category, and Day of Courage for the Special and Experiential Events category.      Through its Dare 2 Be Fit project, Allianz encouraged its employees to participate in physi-cal and mental challenges that included CSR activities. Its main objective is to help en-hance their health and wellbeing and, at the same time, promote team spirit and create an overall positive impact in society.      Through the project, Allianz emphasized that a healthy workforce is a productive workforce. At the same time, it showed that a socially conscious workforce is not just beneficial for the company, but to society as a whole. While it started out as fitness challenge among em-ployees, it eventually became a company-wide program that encouraged employees to be good to their overall health and well-being and, and likewise make worthwhile contributions to the community.      Its Project Sanlahi, meanwhile, celebrated the strength of indigenous peoples, particularly the Aetas of Porac, Pampanga, by introducing them to the rising sport of obstacle course racing (OCR) and giving them the opportunity to learn about financial literacy.       As most of the Aetas expressed interest in pursuing professions outside their community, the OCR and financial literacy activities showed that they can move forward and have a bet-ter life for themselves and their family. Through Project Sanlahi, Allianz likewise showed the importance of social inclusion, that one can pursue one’s dream no matter what his or her present circumstances are.      The Day of Courage project involved the holding of three different events on the same day with the unified message of encouraging people to have a better life by living it with cour-age. These included the Heart Run in partnership with the Philippine Heart Association; The Allianz Conquer Challenge, an obstacle course racing activity in partnership with Con-quer Challenge Philippines; and the Bayanihan Walk for Filipinos in Singapore.      “As our tagline goes, ‘We dare you to, because we’re with you.’ We came up with these ac-tivities with this in mind, and we’ll continue to create more projects like these that would benefit society at large,” Martinez said.

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Primavera City nominated in The Outlook 2019 Awards

September 6, 2019

Green builder and real estate developer Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) gains nominations for The Outlook 2019 Philippine Buyers’ Choice Property Awards organized by leading online real estate platform Lamudi.com.ph.      The Outlook, in partnership with the Philippine Daily Inquirer Property, is on its third year as a black-tie gala event as it brings together property seekers, real estate enthusiasts and esteemed icons alike to recognize and award rising projects and developers in the Philippines.      Aside from an esteemed awarding commemoration, keynote speakers will also be invited to the gala to share important insights on Philippine real estate – providing the event with not just a night of recognition but as well as relevant industry discussion.      For this year’s event, IDC’s latest development in Cagayan de Oro, Primavera City has been nominated as Best Mixed-Use Development in Visayas and Mindanao and Best Innovation Project. IDC has also been nominated for the award of Best Boutique Developer in Visayas and Mindanao.       Primavera City will future six mid-rise towers and a high-rise tower developed in 4 phases the first of which, Citta’ Verde, is currently being constructed. The cornerstone ceremony for Citta’ Bella, was held last March in uptown Cagayan de Oro. Citta’ Bella is the phase 2 of the Primavera City project and will be followed by Citta’ Grande and its tallest tower, Citta’ Alta.      Primavera City showcases first-rate sustainable features such as passive cooling technology using shadow and sunlight control, wind cooling and shape performance which are green features that trademark IDC developments. Primavera City will also contain a renewable energy feature which will be produced from semi-transparent photovoltaic panels found on the roof and portions of external walls.      The Outlook 2019 Philippine Buyers’ Choice Property Awards nominations were screened by an esteemed panel of judges which includes prominent personalities in the rea estate industry, such as: Dr. Eduardo Ong, Former Chairman of the Professional Regulatory Board for Real Estate Services; Atty. Robert Nomar V. Leyretana, Deputy Administrator for Land Registration Authority (LRA); Richard Raymundo, Managing Director for Colliers International Philippines; Amado P. de Jesus, Principal Architect for A.P. de Jesus & Associates and many more esteemed judges that screened potential candidates for the award. In addition to awarding the real estate excellences of the year, the gala hosts leading keynote speakers from the industry, thereby offering an unparalleled opportunity for discussion and knowledge sharing.      The Outlook by Lamudi, in partnership with Holcim Philippines and Philippine Daily Inquirer Property is an annual coming together of the most prominent professionals in Philippine real estate industry.

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Philippine Quill Award of Excellence: Media Wise Communications/ Muse Books’ Caps sweep of the 2019 Awards Season | Billboard

September 4, 2019

On the March, a coffee table book on Jesuit ministry in the Philippines, scored its fourth major award this year – a Philippine Quill Award of Excellence in the Communications Skills under the Publications category during the 17th Philippine Quill Awards held 30 August 2019 at The Marriot, Newport City.      The award is the boutique publishing house’s fourth this year, adding to its Gold Anvil Award and Platinum Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) and Gold Quill (Award of Merit) from the prestigious International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).      Fr. Jose Arcilla, SJ was principal author of the book, which was edited by John Nery and published by Media Wise Communications. Manuel Paras Engwa and Ramoncito Ocampo Cruz were co-publishers.      On the March: The Jesuits in the Philippines since the Restoration chronicles the Jesuits’ ministry of education and the many aspects of their apostolate in the Philippines as they bring the faith to the most remote corners of the archipelago.      “This latest recognition affirms our commitment to use excellent communications to help the organization achieve its goals and make a difference in society, true to the Philippine Quill’s own aims,” said Cruz, who is also Media Wise president and CEO.      On the March is a fund-raising project for the Philippine Jesuit Aid Association (PJAA), which helps elderly, retired and infirm Jesuits. PJAA is headed by Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, S.J.      In January, On the March bagged its Platinum Anvil, a recognition given to entries that stand out among the Anvil Gold winners.      The PRSP cited the book for “recognizing the vital role of Jesuits in the country, the book highlights their mission and achievements, including their evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience.”      The Anvil is the symbol of excellence in public relations, awarded to outstanding PR programs, tools and practitioners.      In June, Cruz flew to Vancouver to receive the book’s Gold Quill from San Francisco-based IABC at the 2019 IABC World Conference.      Only four other Filipino organizations have received the coveted international distinction.      The IABC awards committee said On the March earned the distinction for “exhibiting high-quality writing and superior production values.”      “The book is well-organized, consistent... from the beginning to end. It flows well. It’s clear that [Mediawise] brought together the right mix of interviewers, writers, designers and publishers to produce a high-quality communication vehicle,” said the committee in its citation.

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It’s all about the game—and the gamers—in Conquerors Manila 2019

August 30, 2019

All is set for the biggest League of Legends (LoL) fan event in Southeast Asia to celebrate one of the most played games in the world and its ever-expanding community in the Philippines!      Globe and Garena promise to make Conquerors Manila 2019, which is set to unfold on October 25-27 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, more engaging not only to League gamers but also to the entire esports community as they watch, cheer and participate in several events designed to make their experience unique and unforgettable.      Select celebrities, bloggers and influencers will also take to the limelight as they battle in a friendly competition-for-a-cause in the highly-anticipated “Celebrity Showmatch.”        Fans, on the other hand, are welcome to join the cosplay competition and visit the gaming merch store and various exhibits. As early as now, fans can purchase tickets to Conquerors Manila 2019 at all SM Ticket outlets with a 20%  discount  given if fans buy tickets for a two day pass, instead of one day,  to watch the competitions.  The discount will be given until September 22 or until supplies last.       “Esports is one platform Globe is truly excited about. Its huge—and still growing—the global fan base of this enormous entertainment platform can’t be ignored.  It is due to this why one of our major thrusts is to develop strategic partnerships with the best game developers and publishers in the world like Garena and Riot to make the game more accessible to everyone in the Philippines.  And with faster connectivity provided by Globe, gaming will be more exciting and competitions will be more challenging,” explains Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO.      “Fan acceptance last year was truly overwhelming so we decided to change the format to celebrate LoL fans themselves and their huge contributions to the growth of the game in the country in particular and the acceptance of esports in general,” Nikko Acosta, Globe SVP for Content Business Group and Product Management, says.      Jamie Lewin, Head of Strategic Partnerships for SEA – Riot Games, reveals how  the Philippines has been one of the most high-performing markets in the region for Riot Games.       “Our focus in terms of gaming market development is really the Philippines, and we’re looking at how Filipinos will look at esports, especially now that it is included in the SEA Games Calendar this year. We’re truly excited about our prospects,” he adds.      Aside from the PHP 3.5 million+ in prizes up from grab across competitions and activities during  the two-day event, Conquerors Manila 2019 is also aiming to break last year’s attendance records where more than 16,000 fans trooped to watch the competitions live.      “We are honoured to have Globe as our partner in growing the esports audience in the Philippines. The Philippines remains one of the strongest and most competitive countries in the global esports arena. Our partnership with Globe is fully in line with our mission of building stronger gaming communities, and ensures that we continue to discover and develop more esports talents who can compete at the highest level” says Jason Ng, Garena’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships.      Globe’s commitment to esports began through its groundbreaking LTE network that raised mobile and broadband gaming to the next level. This was followed by the company’s strategic partnerships with Riot, developer of League of Legends; Garena, Philippine publisher of League of Legends; and market leader Mineski, which led to the formation of Team Liyab, the company’s official esports team as well as a multi-platform gaming league called the Philippine Pro Gaming League (PPGL) .      For additional details, please visit www.conquerorsmanila2019.com.      For more about Globe Telecom, visit https://www.globe.com.ph.

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