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RDC-X oks creation of Regional Halal Committee

October 7, 2019

The Regional Development Council of Northern Mindanao (RDC-X) approved the creation of a Regional Halal Committee (RHC) as a Special Committee during its 119th Full Council Meeting held here, September 30.      The creation of the RHC is a recognition of the importance of Halal industry to the region’s development and the need for more focused coordination among responsible agencies and organizations in harmonizing the implementation of Republic Act 10817 or the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2016.      With the creation of the RHC, policy measures can be instituted to ensure compliance of producers, manufacturers, and would-be providers of Halal products with national and international standards, making them competitive in the export market.      The Committee shall be chaired by the regional director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and co-chaired by the regional director of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).       The members shall be composed of representatives of the following regional government agencies: Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Tourism (DOT), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Board of Investments (BOI), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Food Processors’ Association of Northern Mindanao, Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association, research institutions in the higher education institutions in the region, Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc., and regional certifying bodies.       As a Committee under the RDC, the RHC shall plan the Halal Industry Development Agenda, set regional policies and direction on Halal development and innovation, and provide support in the implementation of Halal programs, among others. (APB/PIA10)

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Globe fires up three cell sites in Siargao to enhance connectivity

October 7, 2019

Globe enhances connectivity at the tourist paradise of Siargao in Surigao del Norte as it fires up three cell sites in the municipalities of General Luna, Pilar, and Dapa. The move paves the way for more tourists from different parts of the country and the world to learn about Siargao as well as promotes financial inclusion and business growth in the island.      Siargao, known for its unique island vibe, has drawn foreign and local tourists in the past years and has contributed to the boom of tourism-related establishments such as hotels, restaurants and travel operators, among others.      “We know that a lot of people in Siargao are looking for better connectivity.  The topography of Siargao is quite challenging -- a large area, quite hilly, and the population is spread out so its  very expensive to put up a cell site in Siargao.   However we also know its potential given the beauty of the place and its commitment to  sustainable tourism,” said Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO.      He added:  “With these three new cell sites, we bring data services to the island so that tourists can share their Siargao experience to the rest of the world.  We are laying down fiber so that businesses can have better internet connection to aid them in the digitalization of their operations.  Since Siargao lacks banks, we enable financial transactions through the mobile phone using GCash.  This is just the start, there are more coming up,” said Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO.      Globe spends about 45 percent of its annual income on telco infrastructure, with the belief that providing data services is the first step towards true progress.   Thus, Cu implored local government officials in Siargao to help expedite the release of permits for site acquisition and establishment of cell sites if Siargao is to become an important player in the Philippine tourism industry.      “The local government units are a major component of our efforts to bring connectivity to the communities.  Let us make Siargao an example so that all of these impediments to building infrastructure in this country will go away. We will bring our services to the people because we believe Globe can change people’s lives.  We are already doing that through connectivity and financial inclusion, among others,” he said.      Cu pointed out the perennial problem being encountered by Globe in the deployment of cell sites in the country.  From negotiations and documentation of prospective cell site location to securing structural permits and approvals, Globe estimates an average of eight months and over 25 permits before it can build one cellular tower.      Siargao is one of the major tourism areas in the country where Globe showcased its various products and services such as Globe myBusiness digital tools for MSMEs, Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi, GoWiFi, Globe Traveler SIM, and GCash.  This is part of the recent strategic partnership entered into by Globe and the Department of Tourism on the promotion and digitalization of Philippine tourism.

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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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