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Xavier Ateneo High School wins top-performing private school, overall 1st runner-up in DSPC ‘19

September 28, 2019

In its third year of joining schools press conferences, Xavier University High School hasn emerged as the top-performing private school and overall first runner-up in the Division Schools Press Conference held at Xavier University Grade School Macasandig and Pueblo campuses in Cagayan de Oro City on September 11-12.       Participated by more than 3,000 students from both private and public schools in the division, XUHS, through PAGASA, the official school publication of XUJHS, finished with 20 awards in the Individual Category and 4 awards in the Group Category.       Thirteen of the winners qualified for the regional level (RSPC) to be held in Gingoog City in October.       “Aside from the determination to win, it is equally important to remain focus to the goal by attending regularly to training and maintain a presence of mind during the actual contest,” said Zle Yee, DSPC champ for Photojournalism – English category.       DSPC seeks to prepare young journos to regional and national levels while honing student-journalists with relevant journalistic skills, engendering social awareness, national building, and responsible journalism.       “Campus journalism is cognizant to our mission to ignite the passion for truth and justice," said Juanito R Oliveria II, PAGASA moderator and coach for DSPC Individual Category. "Giving our students the platform to be the voice of the truth is crucial in their roles of becoming future leaders of the nation.”       The competition showcases the journalistic skills of the students in news writing, editorial writing, editorial cartooning, column writing, feature writing, science and technology writing, sports writing, photojournalism, copyediting and headlining; radio and TV broadcasting, collaborative desktop publishing, and online publishing.       “Despite the limited time of preparation and practice [only 2 formal days], our student-journalists still managed to conquer the limits by making it to the top spots of the competition,” said Maria Liesa L Millan, PAGASA co-moderator and coach.      This year, the journalism tilt was anchored on the theme "Fostering 21st Century Skills and Character-based Education Through Campus Journalism."      “It is not easy to prepare students in big competitions like this but seeing how these young journalists prepare and perform amidst limitations is just fulfilling and inspiring at the same time,” said Jade Alfie Sale, Xu Senior High School journalism coach.      The yearly conference is in pursuant to Republic Act (RA) 7079 or the Campus Journalism Act of 1991, and DepEd Memorandum No. 216, s. 2016.

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A 'Beautiful City' to rise in Uptown, Cagayan de Oro

September 27, 2019

Citta’ Bella at Primavera City, Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) latest green building project is set to rise at the heart of Uptown Cagayan de Oro.       Citta’ Bella which means "Beautiful City" and will feature top line amenities found in first-class condominium such as 24 hours reception, multi-function room, gym center and a unique roof deck experience composed of a sky garden, sauna, jogging path, sky playground and an outdoor infinity swimming pool overlooking the majestic skyline of the city proper.       The Citta’ Bella is a  mixed-use project which will have 291 residential units and a commercial complex located from ground floor up to third floor.       The Primavera City development is composed of mid-rise towers and a high-rise tower and will be developed in 4 phases the first of which, Citta’ Verde is already currently under construction. Newly launched Citta’ Bella, which is the phase 2 of Primavera City project, will be followed by Citta’ Grande and its tallest tower, Citta’ Alta.       “Citta’ Bella is a key milestone for IDC in Cagayan de Oro as this reinforces our commitment to bring world class sustainable building design in the city” expressed Arch. Romolo V. Nati, CEO and Chairman of IDC.      Located in West Uptown Development Area, Citta’ Bella seats atop one of the most promising areas in the city. With the local government of  Cagayan de Oro City successfully completing its Comprehensive Land Use Plan which will serve as guide to future development of the city, the West Uptown Development Area has been identified as a dynamic growth zone with proposed development that will focus on strengthening its road network to complement the rapid growth of the area.  It is also the site for the planned city extension which will host a government center, residential district, residential and agro-industrial zones, and transport hub. In addition, the West Uptown Development Area is said to be the new relocation site to a major educational institution.       “The support showed by Kagay-anons is welcoming and the Local Government of Cagayan de Oro is supportive of its investors. The favorable response of the market is indicative of a rapidly expanding city with a drive for economic growth. We made the right decision in choosing Cagayan de Oro City as the site of our prime project”  added Jose (Jojo) D. Leviste III, President of IDC.       Citta’ Bella is designed to deliver sustainable features which are trademark of IDC developments. Its design utilizes passive cooling technology using shadow and sunlight control, wind cooling and shape performance which anchors on performance-based design that selects the optimal design out of the infinite number of possible combinations and permutations. In addition, Citta’ Bella will contain a renewable energy feature which will be produced from semi-transparent photovoltaic panels found on the roof and portions of external walls.       The Primavera City development is a winner of the Best Mixed-Use Development category at the prestigious International Property Awards Asia Pacific 2017-2018. The Asia Pacific Property Awards is a highly recognized international awards program participated by independent panels composed of 70 industry experts whose criteria include design, quality, service, innovation, originality and commitment to sustainability.      IDC is a design driven developer committed to environmental sustainability through elegant architectural solutions and trademark contemporary Italian aesthetic. IDC focuses on delivering projects on hyper-prospective emerging cities and other next-wave locations in the Philippines.

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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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