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RTF-ELCAC-10 kicks off prov'l consultation workshops for CAPDev

(NEDA10/PIA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)--The Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict Technical Working Group (RTF-ELCAC TWG) in Northern Mindanao commenced a series of Provincial Cascading on Executive Order 70 and Validation of Needs and Programs, Projects and Activities (PPAs) Workshop for the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev), May 22, starting with the Province of Bukidnon.

The activity aims to orient and increase awareness of local stakeholders on EO 70 (s. 2018) and the CAPDev program, the region’s banner program to address the root causes of insurgencies, internal disturbances and tensions, and other armed conflicts and threats for inclusive development.

Furthermore, the program shall institutionalize the “Whole-of-Nation Approach” through focused, coordinated, and sustained delivery of basic services and social development packages by government in poor, conflict-affected, and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas in the region.

It is also the objective of the workshop to enlist the support of local government units (LGUs) at the provincial/municipality/city and barangay levels, government agencies, and civil society organizations in the entire CAPDev program implementation.

The activity serves as a venue to validate the needs of ELCAC/CAPDev areas and the corresponding programs, projects and activities (PPAs) proposed by regional line agencies for FY 2020 for these areas.

Regional Development Council (RDC)-X Chairperson and Bukidnon Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri expressed his full support for EO 70 and CAPDev and thanked the regional partners, LGUs, the security sector, and other stakeholders for their strong commitment to achieve peace and development in the province.

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-X Regional Director Mylah Aurora Faye B. Cariño shared the CAPDev program’s objectives, focus areas, stakeholders, and implementing mechanisms. She said Bukidnon accounted for the largest share (59 percent or PhP25.26 billion) of the proposed FY 2020 budget for the focus areas.

The activity had two parts: a) plenary presentation on the salient features of EO 70, NTF/RTF-ELCAC, CAPDev, and the role of LGUs in localizing EO 70; and the province’s peace and security situationer; and b) workshop session to identify and validate community needs and proposed PPAs of the ELCAC/CAPDev areas.

Provincial Cascading on EO 70 and CAPDev to the provinces of Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Oriental are set on 30 and 31 May and 3 June 2019, respectively.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-led Line of Efforts (LoEs) namely Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) and Amnesty, Sectoral Unification, Capacity-Building, Empowerment and Mobilization, Basic Services, Local Government Empowerment and Local Peace Agenda will also conduct series of meetings in June 2019 to operationalize EO 70 in the region.


Socialized housing for informal settlers breaks ground in CDO

By Ercel Maandig (PNA)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Reelected Senator Cynthia Villar led the groundbreaking of a socialized housing project in the village of Balubal here Tuesday (May 28) under the City Housing and Urban Development Department (CHUDD) of the local government.

"There are about 40 two-story buildings that will be built in a lot owned by the city government in this hinterland village east of the city, wherein 24 units out of 40 has a floor area of 24 square meters from the total of 46,000 square-meter lot area," CHUDD department head, Engr. Ermin Stan Pimentel said.

Pimentel said the socialized housing program is intended for 960 informal settler families in the city, in partnership with the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board's (HLURB) BALAI program. BALAI stands for Building Adequate, Affordable, and Inclusive Filipino communities.

In his speech, Mayor Oscar Moreno expressed his gratitude to Villar for facilitating the project through the latter's socialized housing initiatives in the Senate.

OYDO welcomes applicants for leadership program

By JO ANN SABLAD

THE Oro Youth Development Office (Oydo) in Cagayan de Oro welcomed applicants for its leadership development program this year that aims to develop and empower the youth.

The Oro Youth Leadership Academy (Oyl), the primary leadership development program of the Oydo, is conducted through a series of modular workshops and trainings with a desired goal to develop the youth to become engaged citizens who are equipped to critically analyze social conditions, develop evidence-based and sustainable programs and policies, and organize constituencies and sectors towards a more progressive and equitable Cagayan de Oro.

According to the Oydo, the Oyla program is open to all emerging youth leaders in Cagayan de Oro City such as SK officials and sectoral youth leaders (in-school, out of school, faith-based, special advocacy-based, community-based, cultural identity-based and youth professionals).

Applicants should be from ages 17 to 25 years old, a resident of Cagayan de Oro, able to understand and communicate in English, Filipino and Bisaya, must have held a leadership position or have led a community activity/event, have strong interest in civic engagement and policy making, and have commitment to lead a project in their community or organization after the program.

The Oyla program is free of charge and its workshops and trainings will be conducted on selected weekend starting July until December of this year.

Interested and qualified applicants can submit their requirements, the accomplished application form and project brief and certification from competent authority certifying that the applicant is a bone fide member of the organization or company, to their email address: oroyouthcon@gmail.com or send the hard copies to the Oro Youth Center located at the roofdeck of the City Hall.

Application form can be downloaded in the following link: bit.ly/OYLAapp. Deadline for the submission is until May 31.

Oro athletes aim for golds in Batang Pinoy National Finals

(LLS with reports from PNA)

QUALIFIED athletes from the City of Gold are raring to see action in the National Finals of the Batang Pinoy Meet.

To be spearheaded by its formidable pugs and chess players, Cagayan de Oro city sports chief Jaymar Rivera is confident for the gold quest of Mayor Oscar Moreno's young wards in the multifarious event.

"We took the overall championship in boxing during the Mindanao qualifier in Davao del Norte wherein nangharos sab ang chess among other events. Of course, we're optimistic nga maka-deliver gihapon ang mga bata sa national finals," Rivera said.

The Palawan's capital city of Puerto Princesa will host the National Finals of the Batang Pinoy, according to the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

PSC Chairman William "Butch" Ramirez said the Batang Pinoy national secretariat have already discussed with Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron to finalize the details of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the tournament, which was scheduled from August 25 to 31 this year.

"We have happily accepted the offer of Puerto Prinsesa to host the national finals," said Ramirez in a statement.

An estimated 10,000 athletes, who took part in the qualifying legs held in Tagum City, Iloilo City and Ilagan City, will see action in 21 sports.

Participants in billiards, cycling, gymnastics, judo and muay thai were given automatic slots in the National Finals.

Last year's National Finals was co-hosted by Baguio City and the province of Benguet.

Thousands get free medical, dental service

By JO ANN SABLAD

SM FOUNDATION Inc., the charitable arm of the SM Supermalls, gave free medical and dental services to 1,000 patients in its Gamot Para sa Kapwa caravan held last Friday, May 24, at the upper third level parking area of SM CDO Downtown Premier.

The beneficiaries were residents of Barangays 22, 24 and 26 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Gamot Para sa Kapwa is a comprehensive medical and dental mission initiated by SM Foundation in response to the need of the indigent families to be provided with complete healthcare.

"We conduct medical missions yearly sa tanan (to all) SM Malls all over the country, Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and naka schedule kami dito sa (we have scheduled here in CDO) Premier," Doctor Blessie Bertos, the in-house doctor for medical and dental mission of SM Foundation, said.

"For medical mission, we tap the local government health unit, mga city health offices and then yung (the) medical societies at kung sino pang gustong mag join sa amin na (anyone who wishes to join along with their) organizations," she added.

SM Foundation has offered free X-ray, ECG, blood sugar screening, blood pressure monitoring, test for cholesterol, uric acid and hemoglobin, medical consultation, and dental services.

According to Bertos, most of the patients have high blood sugar levels or are diabetic. There are also some who were seen symptoms of hypertension.

After the consultation, the patients also received proper and complete dosage of medicines and vitamins.

SM Foundation’s Gamot Para sa Kapwa aims to provide ancillary services to communities which have limited or no access to such services, to give literacy programs to enable communities and individuals to prevent and manage diseases and illnesses after the medical mission, and to provide an avenue to encourage health advocacy, multi-sectoral coordination and community participation.

500 join free agri seminar

By JO ANN SABLAD

MORE than 500 farmers and agriculture enthusiasts have gathered at the event center of SM CDO Downtown Premier for a one-day seminar on urban agriculture last Friday, May 24.

A collaboration of Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Manila Bulletin, Bureau of Agricultural Research and SM Corporation, AgriTalk 2019 is a free one-day seminar intended to highlight opportunities in in agribusiness by featuring experts and success stories in various agricultural fields.

"Importante gyud ning AgriTalk kay para lang ma-abri bitaw nato ang huna-huna, maka-inspire sa uban, dili lang gyud para sa mga farmers kun dili pati tong mga gusto nga mag venture kay kami sa Agricultural Training Institute, as the training arm of the Department of Agriculture, dili gyud namo ma reach tanan," Maria Lydia Echavez, OIC center director of ATI, said.

(AgriTalk is important so that our minds would open up to many possibilities and would serve as an inspiration to others. This is not only for the farmers, but also to those who wish to venture in agriculture business. Because we at the Agricultural Training Institute, as the training arm of the Department of Agriculture, we could not reach everyone given our own capacity)

Three topics were discussed during the AgriTalk, namely: Mushroom Production, Squarefoot Gardening and Beekeeping.

The aforementioned topics were presented by resource persons such as Honorio Cervantes, a Ten Outstanding Farmers awardee and the owner of a 300 square meter farm devoted to squarefoot gardening which has been a popular destination for ari-enthusiasts; and Dr. Maria Dulce Mostoles of Central Bicol State University Regional Agriculture Center, who is an active advocate in the promotion of beekeeping using stingless bees.

"Isa sa among pangandoy nga mahikayat nato ang mga (one of our aim is to invite) young professionals, ang mga (our) young generations to go into agriculture, to go into farming or gardening," Echavez said.

"Even if you will not become a farmer, you are not enrolled in agriculture, but don't forget to plant para nga ma (to the) garden or para makatabang sad sa atong mga (in order to help) farmers," she added.

Last Friday's event in Cagayan de Oro City was the second AgriTalk conducted this year, Echavez said. The first one was held in March at SM Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Two more AgriTalks are scheduled in the third and fourth quarters of this year, in Cebu City and Dasmariñas, Cavite, respectively.

ATI is the extension and training arm of the Department of Agriculture, mandated to train agricultural extension workers and their clientele and lead in the delivery of e-extension services for agriculture and fisheries.

Garbage segregation dry run set

By PJ ORIAS

THE City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) will hold a one month dry run to prepare for the full implementation of its the No Segregation, No Collection policy on July 1.

The dry run will run from June 1 to June 30 and will be implemented only in barangays 1-40.

Clenro chief Engineer Armen Cuenca said this policy is mandated under the city ordinance Integrated Ecological Solid Waste Management.

This policy directs business establishments and households to segregate otherwise their trash won't be collected.

The ordinance also mandates that each households have different kinds of trash bins for recyclable waste, biodegradable waste, non-biodegradable waste, among others.

The biodegradable wastes will only be collected from 6am to 12 noon everyday, while non-biodegradable wastes will be collected from 6pm to 12 midnight everday.

Clenro also reminds the public to place biodegradable wastes in containers with covers, and not in plastic cellophane or even trash bags.

Cuenca said by 2020, they envision that all 80 barangays are already compliant to the policy.

The Clenro is also looking into imposing penalties for violators of the No Segregation, No Collection policy.

Food tourism cooking up in Oro

By JO ANN SABLAD

THROUGHOUT the years, food has become one of the reasons why people travel. The thought of the mouth-watering and tasty local food and beverages is one of the main motivating factors for travel.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has been scouring the country to find the taste of the Philippines and every region, its cities, its culture, has its own unique cuisine.

Showcasing a wide variety of local restaurants that offer the best of the taste in Northern Mindanao, the SM CDO Downtown Premier, in partnership with the regional office of DOT, launched an event called “Malling is More Fun in the Philippines: The Flavors of Northern Mindanao” last Friday, May 17.

Located at the Sky Park in the fifth floor of the said mall, the event features the flavors and delicacies of Northern Mindanao through the food prepared by SM CDO Downtown Premier’s tenants, namely: Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant, Hanabel, Hungry Plate, Arturo’s, Bingsoo, Ribs & Bibs, Dear Manok, Bucket O’ Shrimps, Panagatan, among others.

Nutcracker, Hinam-is, Cacao de Davao, Goldilocks, Mercedes Bakery, Slers, and others also displayed their products as part of the event’s regional food fair.

“We are proud of the variety of offers our tenants have and as such, it is but essential to showcase them in one momentous event,” SM CDO Downtown Premier Mall Manager Evangeline Ditona said.

The DOT-Northern Mindanao director Marie Elaine Unchuan, for her part, expressed her gratitude to the SM CDO Downtown Premier for promoting culinary tourism.

“I think food is one of the reasons why people travel and that’s why the Department of Tourism has really promoted culinary tourism as one of our major highlight. Not ot mention also that our secretary (Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat) is a foodie and one of her missions is to really promote Filipino cuisine and Filipino products, especially during food festivals,” Unchuan said.

The DOT regional director also said that the tourism secretary has emphasized the local food as one of the attraction in the Philippines and will propel the inclusive growth not just of the country but also the local communities.

“It will propel inclusive growth since our local communities have the chance now to showcase their products and also their skills and talents. They will also be earning from tourism as part of their enterprise,” Unchuan said.

Apart from the regional food fair, which will run from May 17 to 25, the SM CDO Downtown Premier will also be having special dining deals in its participating tenants for the whole duration of the event and a culinary demo of Kagay-anon’s renowned dishes with Chef Ed Dychauco on May 19 at the Sky Park.

“We invite you to tell your family and your friends to visit SM CDO Downtown Premier and enjoy the many offerings of our tenants because indeed malling is more fun in the Philippines,” Ditona said.

DOF: Trash exported to Cagayan de Oro to be shipped back to South Korea

By Ben O. de Vera (Reporter, Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines — Illegally imported garbage that arrived in Cagayan de Oro City last year will be returned to South Korea after Seoul committed to shoulder the cost of shipping the trash back, the Department of Finance (DOF) said Wednesday.

Quoting a recent report of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero to Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III, DOF said a total of 5,176 metric tons of waste materials currently stored within Phividec Industrial Authority premises in Misamis Oriental province entered the country in July and October 2018.

Guerrero said the plastic synthetic flakes were “unlawfully imported” by the Cebu-based Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corp.

“An order of forfeiture and order of re-exportation were issued by the Port of Cagayan de Oro against these waste materials, which arrived here in bulk and containerized shipments,” Guerrero said.

As the trash came from South Korea, Guerrero said its government already “expressed its commitment in collaborating with the Philippine government to execute the repatriation of these materials should Verde Soko fail to follow the notice of repatriation order which it issued, and its willingness to shoulder the shipping cost without the arrastre and demurrage charges.”

In fact, a separate shipment of waste material in 51 x 40 container vans were returned to South Korea in January through cargo vessel MV Kalireo, according to Guerrero.

“The remaining 5,176.9 metric tons of waste materials still stored at the Verde Soko compound within the Phividec Industrial Authority premises in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental will soon be balled and compacted to prepare them for shipment back to South Korea,” he said.

“The Port of Cagayan de Oro’s district collector informed that Phividec has already applied for power supply with the Cagayan de Oro Electric Power Light Co. (Ceralco) in order that the balling and compacting machine, which are already in place, can be used in the compacting and bagging of the waste materials prior to their shipment to South Korea,” he added.

CDO river basin council proposes Payment for Ecological Services

By Jasper Marie O. Rucat (JMOR/PIA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) – Catastrophic flooding especially for people living downstream is what urged Cagayan de Oro City River Basin Management Council (CDORBMC) to propose for a rewards system dubbed Payment for Ecological Services (PES).

In a meeting with CDORBMC technical working group, it was revealed that many areas in the river basin and watersheds in the city have already been degraded, and that its ability to absorb water has lessened.

According to Dr. Hilly Ann Roa-Quiaoit, executive director of CDORBMC, the high volume of rain will become surface run-off that will result to catastrophic flooding especially to communities downstream.

Cagayan de Oro has one major river basin and six watershed areas, namely: Iponan, Alae, Agusan, Gusa, Cugman and Bigaan watersheds; and three sub-watersheds areas, namely: Tignapoloan, Dansolihon, and Besigan.

These landscapes play a vital role in the delivery of the environmental services to the city such as water provision, climate regulation, and biodiversity.

A study by Rosalina Palanca-Tan of Ateneo de Manila University in 2003 entitled "Watershed and Groundwater Depletion in the Philippines: The Cagayan de Oro Experience" showed physical indicators of depletion of groundwater.

There is a fall in static water level and fall in pumping water level: Brgy Macasandig, 3 ft./year; Bugo, 1 ft./year; and Calaanan, 7 to 14 ft./year.

Causes to the groundwater depletion have been identified, such as Cagayan de Oro groundwater abstractions, Growth Urbanization, and Aquifer groundwater or salt water intrusion and sea level rise.

The proposed ordinance, “An Ordinance Imposing for an Ecological Service and Protection Fee, Providing for the Management and Use Thereof, and for Other Purposes," otherwise known as “Ecological Services and Protection Fee Ordinance of 2019," is a cost-effective and sustainable means to improve environmental management and restoration program in the city.

Based on the proposed ordinance, ecological service fees and agreements will be imposed on all water users in the city.

Meanwhile, sectors who are required to contribute to PES are commercial, household with own deep wells, industrial, land developers, water recreational facilities, water service providers, and water tourism.

Further, land developers, industries, and water service providers shall adopt a watershed within the identified High Risk Areas within watersheds in Cagayan de Oro and its river basin particularly Besigan, Dansolihon, Tignapoloan, FS Catanico Bayanga, Indahag, and Balulang.

The fund to be created under PES shall be utilized for the conservation, protection, and restoration of CDO river basin, its watersheds, and sub-watersheds.

Quiaoit said there is a need to take care of the watershed to continue water security and prevent flooding.

MisOr agriculture office to start giving seeds

By ALWEN SALIRING

AN OFFICIAL of the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) of Misamis Oriental Tuesday, May 21, said the capitol will begin distributing seeds to around 5,000 farmers affected by the dry spell, after the province experienced rains for several occasions recently.

PAO head Jose Apollo Pacamalan said seeds for corn, rice, vegetables and other crops have been pre-positioned and ready for distribution in towns affected by the El Nino.

“Nag-change nami karon og priority kay ulan-ulan naman since last week so ato karon is prepositioning sa mga binhi dayon land preparation ug pag-identify aha ang area nga sugod na ang ulan like sa Claveria tulo na ka adlaw ang ulan-ulan,” Pacamalan said.

(We have changed our priority now because rainy season is coming back since last week, so we are now prepositioning our seeds, and then to the land preparation, and identify them what area the rain will begin its landfall; like in Claveria where it rained for three days)

He said that most of the seeds come from the Department of Agriculture, but the provincial government also has its buffer stocks as well.

Pacamalan said before the recent downpours, a total of 1,200 hectares of corn were affected by the dry spell in the entire province. Badly hit was Claveria town.

Other affected municipalities were Tagoloan, Villanueva, Balingasag, Opol, Laguindingan, Alubjid, Libertad, Gitagum down to Lugait.

Pacamalan said the damage of El Nino on all crops in the province reached to P40-P60 million.

He said only Tagoloan was able to declare a state of calamity after the damage reached to P27 million.

“Ang Tagoloan lang ang naka-declare og state of calamity kay ang uban naapsan na siguro sa election and karon basin dili na priority kay sugod naman sad ang ulan,” Pacamalan said.

(Tagoloan is the only municipality to be declared under state of calamity, because the others might have caught up with the election season, and maybe now it’s no longer their priority because the rainy season has arrived)

Pacamalan added the state weather bureau said the onset of rainy season is middle of June but farmers in the province believed that the recent downpours are signal that rains season is about to start.

Corpus Christi School wins Allianz Futsal Minda crown

By Jack Biantan (PNA)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Corpus Christi School’s dominance in local football has spilled over to Davao City when they topped the Boys 16 division of the Allianz National Invitational Futsal Mindanao championship, which was held Saturday at the Davao National High School Futsal court.

The Corpus Christians won the title with a convincing 4-1 victory over PCT Aligators of Davao City in the championship match led by MVP Josh Go and CDO’s top young footballers, Mj Hojas, Geo Tacandong, Emilio Rubio, Mhel Tado Xavier Estrella, Jesse Bajarla, Andre Ebuña and reinforced by two Rosevale School players Dale Anoya and John Gementiza.

The lads of father and son coaching tandem of Wilbert and Marc Racines were undefeated from the elimination en route to the championship. They won over Lianga, 6-1, and Crocs Davao, 2-0, in the elimination round and then whipped Holy Cross of Camp Philips, Bukidnon, 3-1, in the semis to advance to the final.

The great applause of the night went to the son of football supporters Regner and Mercy, Josh Go. The former National U16 team player was key in all their matches, winning the MVP award.

However, a greater applause was reserved for goalkeeper Andre Ebuña, son of another football fanatic Pinky Ebuña, who was named to represent the Philippines in the 2019 Allianz Explorer Camp in Munich, Germany.

He was selected by select members of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), coaches, organizers and sponsor Allianz PNB Insurance Inc.

19 Spots To Visit In And Around Cagayan De Oro In 2019

By Darleen Sy

Anyone down for an adventure?

Cagayan de Oro isn’t tagged as the “City of Golden Friendship” for nothing. Besides the fact that Kagay-anons are extremely friendly and hospitable, most of the tourist spots and activities in the city are best enjoyed with the company of your BFFs. Bonus: There are also several gorgeous views to see outside of this bustling city! Here are 19 places to visit in CDO as well as in its neighboring areas.

1. Seven Seas Waterpark

If you’ve ever dreamt of visiting Dubai and Florida’s famous waterparks, you can make them come true at Seven Seas Waterpark. Located within minutes away from the bustling metropolis of Cagayan De Oro, it’s the first and largest world-class pirate-themed waterpark in the Philippines. Although it’s most known for ‘The Cyclone’ and ‘Plank Drop’—both of which are thrilling rides—there are also other options for those who prefer a laid-back experience.

2. Cagayan River

A trip to Cagayan de Oro isn’t complete without facing the rapids of Cagayan River. You can brave the river throughout the whole year but to get the full white water rafting experience, it’s best to plan your trip from July to December. During these months, the rapids are more challenging and are sure to get your heart pumping.

3. High Ridge

After a jam-packed day of activities, a chill night out over dinner and the twinkling city lights of Cagayan de Oro is the perfect way to relax and cap off the day. High Ridge, one of the most visited restaurants in the city, offers a delectable variety of food with a view that overlooks the city.

4. Macahambus Adventure Park

Macahambus Adventure Park is one of the more well-preserved nature parks in the city. There, you can immerse yourself within the glory of nature while riding through a zip line and crossing sky bridges. It’s also the home of the historical Makahambus Cave and 150 ft. tall gorge.

5. Dahilayan Adventure Park

Home to Asia’s longest dual zipline at 840 meters, Dahilayan Adventure Park is every adrenaline junkie’s dream. Located in Bukidnon, it has quickly become one of the go-to destinations for extreme sports and activities. The park has a total of eight attractions thrill-seekers can choose from.

6. Dahilayan Forest Park

For those who prefer family-friendly activities compared to Dahilayan Adventure Park’s, Dahilayan Forest Park offers activities that are suitable for all ages. Risk-averse people will be more comfortable exploring and trying out its attractions including the bumper boats, ATV adventure, mini golf, and the first and only luge carts (part go-cart, part toboggan ride) in the Philippines that were originally from New Zealand.

7. Mapawa Nature Park

Mapawa Nature Park is an ideal place for people who are looking to get away from the city buzz. It's a 2500-hectare eco-tourism destination that makes for a go-to spot for hiking and canyoneering enthusiasts. You’ll get to rappel alongside a 65-foot-tall waterfall or even try the waterfall slide.

8. Chingkeetea

If you thought the milk tea hype stops in Manila, think again. Cagayan de Oro has its very own local milk tea shop that is claimed to have the best Wintermelon Milk Tea according to Kagay-anons. Apart from offering authentic Taiwanese fruit and milk teas and their aesthetically pleasing interiors, Chingkeetea occasionally holds events such as mini markets and live music performances for local artists.

9. Eden’s Solace

Eden’s Solace is a lowkey hilltop spot that offers a 180-degree view of the whole city. Most tourists visit during the afternoon to catch the sunset and have picnics or dinner over the city lights. While you’re there, take it as an opportunity to catch up with your family or friends as you admire the breathtaking view of Cagayan de Oro.

10. Amaya View

If you love the feeling of free flying, then you’re in for a treat at Amaya View. Experience a full aerial view of the city by paragliding from the highest peak of Cagayan de Oro. It’s another great way to go out of your comfort zone and have a once in a lifetime experience that will surely be one for the books.

11. Mai’s Playground

Though a picture of a junkyard might come into mind when you mention the words "tire wanderland," Mai’s Playground is the exact opposite of what you might imagine it to be. Tires in the playground are upcycled and used as whimsical decor and interactive objects that kids and families can enjoy. While most of the activities on site cater to kids, the place is also filled with colorful Instagram-worthy spots that are perfect for your feed.

12. Panimahawa Ridge

If you have the extra time to spare, then a side trip to Panimahawa Ridge should be in order; it's just in Bukidnon, after all. Trekking to the summit requires little to no experience. But while it’s only approximately a two-hour climb, you’ll be rewarded with an incredible view of the mountain ridges and sea of clouds despite being an easy hike.

13. Mt. Kitanglad Agro-Eco Farm

Contrary to popular belief, Lord of the Ring’s Hobbiton was actually shot in Bukidnon. Just kidding! The Hobbit-inspired houses located in Mt. Kitanglad Agro-Eco Farm look too damn real that any LOTR fan would think they’re actually in Middle Earth. That’s not the only thing you can find in the eco-farm though. If you’ve never been to Bali, no problem! Now’s your chance to take Baliesque photos on their swing and manmade nests.

14. Museum of Three Cultures

Museum of Three Cultures as the name suggests is a museum that focuses on the Christian, Muslim, and Tribal cultures in Mindanao. The museum was created by Madame Laureana San Pedro Rosales in the hopes of preserving the heritage and culture among the tri-people. Inside, there are a total of five rooms or galleries that consists of artifacts such as indigenous crafts and photos.

15. Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism

Gardens of Malasag showcases the rich culture of the Northern Mindanao Tribe. As soon as you enter the site, you are welcomed by native dancers playing their instruments in colorful costumes and jewelry. Apart from the conscious effort to preserve the Mindanaoan culture, it’s where you can also enjoy a panoramic view of Macalajar bay. After a day of exploring the mini bird sanctuary, hanging bridge, and eco trails, treat yourself to a hot kawa bath at the Garden of Joy.

16. Larry’s Hill Adventure Hub

Unlike other mazes, Larry’s Hill Adventure Hub’s Maze Adventure is an upward maze that will test your strength and agility. Some other activities you can enjoy on the site are wall climbing and bungee trampoline. It is also home to the largest ball pit in the country and where kids and adults alike could enjoy. You’ll even spot life-size figurines of Bumblebee and Optimus Prime.

17. Divine Mercy Shrine

Above Macajalar Bay stands a 50-foot-tall statue of Jesus. Located in El Salvador, it has quickly become a pilgrimage site for many Divine Mercy devotees and considered one of the most miraculous shrines in the country.

18. Tubajon Aquamarine Park

Found in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental, the Tubajon Aquamarine Park is best known for its white sands and 22-hectare mangrove plantation. Although the cottages and mangroves surrounding the swimming area in itself is already a sight to behold, kayaking through the bamboo pathways and mangrove forest make for an even better experience.

19. Tinago Falls

Tinago Falls is one of the most visited waterfalls in Iligan City, despite its name. While it takes two and a half hours to get to the waterfall from the heart Cagayan de Oro, travelers who frequent CDO make it a point to include Tinago in their itineraries and with good reason. The waterfall is at 240 feet high and is hidden in a deep ravine that is only accessible through the 500-step winding case. If you’re looking for some more adventure, locals recommend cliff diving off the perch of some of the rocks.

Misamis Oriental remains with 'Padayon' dominion

By Alwen Saliring

THE regional party Padayon Pilipino still dominates in Misamis Oriental after majority of its candidates in the towns and provincial positions were hailed victorious in the recently concluded midterm elections.

All Provincial Board members-elect for the second district and reelected congresswoman Juliette Uy were proclaimed by the Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBOC) around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16. The rest of the winners were proclaimed around 9 p.m.

Governor-elect Yevgeny Emano won his third and final term with 248,847 votes, a difference of 51,641 votes from his rival Julio Uy.

Padayon bets Saysay Emano, Nancy Madjos, Boboy Sabal, Dexter Yasay, Win Militante and candidates from allied party Erik Khu, Bebing Dumadag, and Enteng Pelaez made it in the Provincial Board.

Jerry Khu and Jessa Mugot are likely to seat in the opposition in the Capitol's legislative body.

Sabal said the Provincial Board needs improvement and its house rules must be revisited and reviewed like attendance of the members, among others.

"Dunay kailangan i-improve sa SP (Provincial Board) ug dunay angay usabon sa house rules (there's a need to improve in the Provincial Board)," he said.

Yasay, for his part, has assured that the checks and balances will be maintained.

He said one of the committees he wanted to hold is peace and order.

Saysay Emano, another administration board member who topped the race in the Second District, said she will not fail the people who trusted her by making good of her promises during the campaign.

"Bisan bag-o kita sa SP pero maningkamot kita nga maserbisyohan ang katawhan (Even if we are new in the Provincial Board, we will do our best to give service to the people)," she said.

Meanwhile, congressional candidate in the First District, Christian Unabia, whom the Padayon Pilipino supported, won against Joey Pelaez with a difference of 17,268 votes.

However, Padayon's bet for vice governor, President Elipe, lost to his opponent, Jigjag Pelaez, by 28,633 votes, while the party's candidate for congressman in the Second District, Benjo Benaldo, lost to Uy with a wide margin of 84,343 votes.

Of the 23 municipalities and two component cities, eight mayors under the party won, six from allied party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, while 10 from opposing party National Unity Party.

Database for planning development pushed

By JO ANN SABLAD

THE Mindanao Migrants Center for Empowering Actions Inc. (MMCEAI) is pushing for a comprehensive profiling and sustainable database for local migrants in the country that would help in planning development strategies in Northern Mindanao.

MMCEAI executive director Inorisa Elento said that according to the figure provided by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) regional office, Northern Mindanao has a population growth rate of 1.92 percent, a bit higher than the country's growth rate of 1.84 percent.

Local migration, Elento said, plays a part in the increasing number of population in the region.

"If there are more people coming in to Northern Mindanao, it affects the host region. Kung pag-usapan natin yung (if we talked about) in-migration, people outside the region coming to Northern Mindanao. So meaning daghan na kaayo ang tao dinhi sa (there are many people in) Northern Mindanao. So what are they doing here?" Elento said.

"It's also a competition now of resources, job opportunities, facilities and services of the government," she said, adding that in a congested area, criminality rate will also be a consideration.

Another concern are the Indigenous Peoples (IP) or the Lumads.

Elento said the IP communities in the region are starting to dwindle.

At present, there are no available data for local migrants coming in and going out of each regions.

"Data is very powerful. If you really would like to deliver good services, effective services, create mechanisms to be more effective in terms of governance," Elento said.

"We have to look at migration not just a problem but it's also a solution of the problem. What is a challenge now is how do we make migration safe. How do we make migration as issue of development, not just a problem," she added.

The MMCEAI executive director said it is now a challenge how to make migration a safe option to people who would like to be developed or survive in other areas.

She said if people are so keen to ensure the safety of the migrants translating the movement of people into development, the government should have numbers, figures or data.

"It's not just an issue of peace and order. It's an issue of the whole development context. To come up with a data on how many people are coming in and migrating out of the city or region is to look into safe migration," Elento said.

DOST to hold food safety seminar for 30 street vendors in CDO

By Ma. Cristina Arayata (PNA)

MANILA -- The Department of Science and Technology - Region 10 (DOST-10) will organize a food safety seminar for 30 street vendors on May 28, a project assistant told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Wednesday.

This will be held at SEARSOLIN, Masterson Avenue, Cagayan De Oro City.

"The slots are limited, and we have tapped the municipal government for the invitation," said Stephanie Ibarra, DOST-Food Safety Human Resource Development Project (DOST-FS HRDP) assistant.

She added that a letter was already sent to the City administration, and that DOST-10 is just waiting for its response.

"Through this workshop, DOST-10 aims to provide the street food vendors more knowledge on the principles of food safety, requirements of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), and the importance of providing safe food to consumers," Ibarra explained.

Those who will train the street vendors are the participants of the food safety workshop that DOST-10 also organized last April 29-30.

With 39 attendees, the workshop last month aimed to produce food safety trainers that DOST can tap to train micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

The participants were from DOST-10 Food Safety Team, as well as one participant each from 20 stakeholders from the Northern Mindanao- Food Safety Regulation Coordinating Board (NorthMin- FSRCB), according to Ibarra.

"We wanted to enhance first the capacity of the NorthMin-FSRCB and the DOST-10 Food Safety Team to become trainers of the MSMEs, street vendors, restaurants and other food handlers to improve the compliance and competitiveness, and increase the awareness of street vendors about food safety," she added.

Ibarra noted that 80 percent of MSMEs assisted through DOST's Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) in the region are engaged in food processing. However, only 20-30 percent of them have a license to operate from the Food and Drug Administration.

"Food borne and water borne illnesses continue to be a concern in Northern Mindanao," she added.

Meanwhile, Ibarra said this was not the first time that DOST-10 held a workshop on food safety.

"DOST-10 has been doing food safety trainings as early as 2002. This (particular) project, the DOST-FS HRDP, just started last February."

The project's goal is to have a harmonized training manual that will capacitate food safety stakeholders in the use of science and risk-based analysis in compliance to food safety regulations, she added.

Aside from food safety workshops, DOST-10 has been conducting workshops on cGMP for Standard Sanitation Operating Procedures (SSOP) to help MSMEs get their license to operate, Ibarra said.

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