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  • Comelec warns Jasaan mayor of courting election offense

    Comelec warns Jasaan mayor of courting election offense

    THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial elections supervisor in Misamis Oriental has warned Jasaan Mayor Julius Pagaspas that he could be charged for violation of the Fair Elections Act if he would not allow a specific political party to hold campaign rallies in the municipality. In a three-page resolution dated April 12 this year, provincial elections supervisor Aleli Dayo-Ramirez stated that her office has received a complaint from PaDayon Pilipino represented by Floramae Jo Abbu alleging that the office of the municipal mayor in Jasaan had refused to act on the party’s request to conduct a rally in the said municipality on April 10. Upon receiving the complaint, Dayo-Ramirez immediately dispatched municipal elections officer Lailani Nazi to conduct an investigation on the matter. During the course of the probe, Nazi’s office discovered that the office of the mayor of Jasaan granted 29 days for another political party, Team Unity, to conduct a campaign rally in the said municipality while PaDayon Pilipino was asking only for one date. In her report to Dayo-Ramirez, Nazi concluded that the actions of the mayor of Jasaan constituted a violation of Section 32 of Republic  Act 9006, otherwise known as the Fair Elections Act, which stated that “the approving official shall give all candidates and parties equal and fair opportunity as to date, time and place, to hold public political meetings or rallies.” Upon receiving the report, Dayo-Ramirez immediately granted PaDayon Pilipino a total of eight days to conduct handshaking and campaign rallies in the said municipality in eight barangays. Dayo-Ramirez further stated that if the mayor of Jasaan would prevent PaDayon Pilipino from holding the sorties in those dates, he would be liable under the Fair Elections Act.

    April 21, 2019

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  • Jaraula clarifies issues on The Golden Mile Project

    Jaraula clarifies issues on The Golden Mile Project

    Former Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula has issued a clarification about his Golden Mile Project after allegedly being “ridiculed and vilified” by radio commentators on the “unfinished” renovation of the Amphitheatre.   In a statement sent to this newspaper, Jaraula explained the historical background of the project which eventually led to the controversial demolition of the former Amphitheatre known as the “Amphi” to Kagay-anons.   “The block referred to as the Amphitheater, from Burgos to Capistrano Streets, used to be the Public Market. The western half was the “wet” portion and the upper half was for dry goods. The other block from Capistrano to Rizal Streets was likewise for dry goods. In 1958 the Cogon Market was made operational under the leadership of Mayor Justiniano “Tinying” Borja and Vice Mayor Jesus “Jake”Seriña.”   “Under the same leadership the entire “Divisoria Park” from Burgos to Corrales was fully developed and was recipient of a national award in 1963 for “beautification” among local governments. City Engineer Herminio Lucero was the designer and trusted official of Mayor Borja.  It is unfortunate he died not long thereafter.”   Jaraula noted how even before he assumed office as Mayor in July 2007 the Amphitheater was non-operational and was enclosed with barbwire.   “It was “over-used” and needed rehabilitation. This was aggravated by the need for additional space in the City Hall complex so that taxpayers would not jump from one office to another area, wasting so much time in between,” he noted.   The Golden Mile   Thus, he conceived the Golden Mile Project in response to the crying need to expand the City Hall Complex at the time to accommodate the growing demands of the expanding city.   “When I took over in 2007 City Councilors did not have individual offices which we used to have. There was a demand for a One-Stop-Shop to consolidate City offices and save taxpayers time and expense. I humbly accepted the challenge and conceived of the Golden Mile Project.   Among the salient features of the project were enhancement of the river bank to prevent flooding; expansion of City Hall; construction of a multi-storey City Center to house a Public Library, Tourism and Museum,  with commercial floors to partly finance the Project; and redevelopment of the Amphitheatre to be integrated with the City Center.   In 2009, his administration was able to construct with local funds the Legislative and Administrative Buildings surrounding the Barangay/Tourism Hall by buying the old residential area of the late Assemblyman Isidro “Ñor Idroy” Vamenta and a portion of the late Edmundo Chaves property for a “discounted rate” of P13, 000 per square meter. This was considered a good bargain by former City Councilor Lourdes “Inday” Laviña since the prevailing price was at P25k/Sq.M.   The Golden Mile Master Plan called for the acquisition of all the areas bounded by the river bank and Burgos Street up to Hotel Ramon owned by the Chaves, Reyes, Roa, Montalvan, Gacula, and Pelaez families.   Moving Forward   “We started with the 782 Sq.M, lot of the late Angel Chaves right beside Hotel Ramon and at the back of the Amphitheater, with the very specific purpose of putting up the City Center, also at a bargain, thanks to Charisse (Chaves) and Rafael “Pepot”Fortich.”   “We paid off the “occupants” of the property for their houses (whether paying or non-paying of rentals) and they demolished the same and vacated the area. In fact, this generous couple donated One Million (P1,000,000.00) Pesos as their contribution to the construction of the City Center with the condition that proper acknowledgment thereof be placed in the Center Marker. The amount was deposited with the City Treasurer’s Office.”   The plan also called for the construction of a foot/pedestrian bridge at the back of the City Center towards Brgy. Carmen, in the area owned by the late Domingo Vamenta.   “This was and still is a necessity since the Ysalina Bridge is always congested and dangerous to pedestrians. A view from the Science building of Xavier University and the Golden Friendship Park would have been extended up to Brgy. Carmen. Of course, it was fully understood at the time that all these could not be accomplished in just “one term”.  And I only had one term.”   All Legal and Approved   Jaraula noted all the foregoing were covered by corresponding Resolutions and Ordinances, none of which has been repealed. They are available at the City Council for the honest and responsible commentators and scholars.   ·Resolution No. 9305 – 2008 “ResolutionAdopting the Golden Mile Project consisting of (600) Six Hundred Meters of Walkway from the junction of Toribio Chaves Street to the proposed Boulevard along the river bank , going upstream to the 5th Bridge, and 1 kilometer of Boulevard from Toribio Chaves Street going downstream to J.R. Borja Street (or thereabout).   Correspondingly authorizing the dredging and reclamation of the Cagayan River as may be convenient and necessary for the early completion of the Project; and for this purpose authorizing the Honorable City Mayor to negotiate with any person, entity, or Corporation to undertake the Project or any part thereof, provided that any and all agreements in relation thereto shall be subject to the final approval of the Sangguniang  Panlungsod.” (Unanimously Carried on September 8, 2008)   ·Resolution No. 9306 – 2008 “Resolution Authorizing the Redevelopment of the Golden Friendship Park (formerly Divisoria), including the extension of the same up to the proposed Boulevard along the River Bank and all the way to Barangay Carmen through a Walk Bridge, and the consequent acquisition of the area behind the Amphitheater, and for this purpose authorizing the Honorable City Mayor to conduct negotiations with any person, entity, or Corporation, as may be necessary to fulfill the foregoing functions, provided that any and all agreements in relation thereto shall be subject to the approval of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.” (Unanimously carried on September 8, 2008)   ·Ordinance No. 11262 - 2008  “An Ordinance Authorizing Honorable City Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula to immediately implement or undertake the Redevelopment of the Community Amphitheatre Area at Divisoria, this City, as part of the Golden Mile Project, and further authorizing: the City Mayor to negotiate with Mr. Angel Chaves for the acquisition of his property affected by the said Project and to file expropriation proceedings in Court in case of failure thereof.” (Unanimously Approved December 15, 2008)   ·Resolution No. 9560 – 2009 “Resolution Authorizing the Construction of a Multi-Storey City Center at the back of the Amphitheater (Chaves Lot to be acquired by the City) and the Immediate Bidding process therefor after compliance of basic requirements and in connection with the Redevelopment of the Amphitheater, further Authorizing the Construction of an Elevated Floor for the Amphitheater with the present Ground Floor serving as the area for Pay Parking and the Stage over Burgos Street, and other purposes.” (Carried by Majority on February 24, 2009)   ·Ordinance No. 11379 – 2009 “An Ordinance Appropriating the sum of P10,975,881.00 from the Item “Non – Office Land Acquisition/Expropriation” in the 2009 Annual Budget to be made available for the full payment of the claim for just compensation including Registration and Documentation expenses of the Lot owned by Mr. Angel Chaves, located at Barangay No. 6, this City, which was affected by the construction of a Multi-Storey City Center at the back of the Amphitheater; and for this purpose, authorizing the Honorable City Mayor to sign the Deed of Absolute Sale thereof. (Approved by Majority on May 5, 2009)   The Incomplete Amphi   Asked why the Golden Mile Project remained incomplete, Jaraula explained that the reconstruction of the Amphi was almost finished with stage already done but it had to await the construction of the City Center to which it has been integrated.   “In fact, the first to use it was ABS-CBN. This was specifically why the Angel Chaves lot was purchased to construct the City Center thereon and integrate the Amphi thereto,” he noted.   “In  the meantime, I used the ground floor of the Old Water Tank across Gaston Park to  “put up” the Museum which is being used until now as such without being expanded,” Jaraula added. Thus, he explained that the main reason why the Golden Mile Project, including the Amphi, was not completed was because the succeeding administrations did not elect to pursue it.   “There was an offer by a Korean consortium to put up a 30-storey building but my 3-year term ended faster. It was always assumed that the projects covered  by the resolutions and ordinances quoted could not be finished in just one term and subsequent administrations were expected to finish them through since they were neither amended nor repealed,” he said.

    April 20, 2019

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  • BREAKING NEWS!! DXJM radio commentator Francis Patindol stabbed dead on Black Saturday

    BREAKING NEWS!! DXJM radio commentator Francis Patindol stabbed dead on Black Saturday

    BREAKING NEWS!! CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (April 20,2019) - DXJM radio commentator Francis Patindol was stabbed to death on Black Saturday while with companions outside the Alba Copy Center on Narra Road, Barangay New Society, Butuan City. His unknown attacker immediately fled to still unknown direction to elude arrrest from responding police officers. Patindol was based in Cagayan de Oro City, but transferred to Butuan City after he accepted an offer to anchor a radio program on DXJM.  Patindol was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital in Butuan City but he died several minutes after due to a fatal stab wound inflicted by his attacker. The motive of the killing was still unknown at press time and police probers are still 'facing a blank wall' why the radio commentator was stabbed to death. His colleague and friend Ercel Maandig, who is also a practicing journalist in the city helped facilitated the transfer of Patindol's remains to his immediate relatives in Cagayan de Oro ...full blown story to follow        

    April 20, 2019

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  • FRANCIS PATINDOL CASE: Police release cartographic sketch of radioman's attacker

    FRANCIS PATINDOL CASE: Police release cartographic sketch of radioman's attacker

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The police have just released the cartographic sketch of the suspect who attacked and stabbed to death a radio commentator of dxJM Butuan City. Based on the initial profiling and investigation of the police, the attacker of Patindol was a drunk trisicad barker and dispatcher. The police did not  yet release the full name of the suspect at press time as it might jeopardize their follow up operations. But MDN digital has identified the suspect's identity from some media friends as a certain Ulating Macarampat Barapangcat aka Ola Saransamen. The suspect immediately fled from the crime scene and eluded arrest from responding police operatives.    The suspect, according to initial investigations of police probers of Butuan City, was a public utility jeepney (PUJ) dispatcher and barker and he was known in the place where he is usually barking for passengers.  Meanwhile, Caraga Police Regional Director BGen Gilbert DC Cruz immediately orderd the Butuan Police Office to conduct massive manhunt operations and arrest the culprit as soon as possible. Francis Patindol was a radio blocktimer of dxJM and he died at the MJ Santos Hospital in Butuan City due to a fatal stab wound in his left chest. Police probers are still 'facing a blank wall' as to the  motive of killing the radio broadcaster. Patindol's remains is now transferred to his immediate relatives in Cagayan de Oro with the efforts of his journalist-friend Ercel Maandig, who also sought the help of incumbent representative of the city's 2nd district Maximo Rodriguez.

    April 20, 2019

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mu-X Owners of the Philippines Embarks on an Epic 3-day Northern Luzon Loop

April 10, 2019

Motoring

By: , Proving that the Isuzu mu-X SUV provides the power, comfort, and fuel efficiency needed for its drivers and passengers to enjoy epic, long drives, the country's first Isuzu mu-X club, the mu-X Owners of the Philippines (mu-X OP), successfully concluded a 3-day caravan, 1,300-km loop of central and northern Luzon last March 29 to 31.      More than 100 mu-X OP members and their families joining the long caravan of mu-X SUVs, the itinerary included some of the most picturesque destinations in central and northern Luzon: Poro Point in San Fernando, La Union; Vigan, Ilocos Sur; Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte; the Burgos and Bangui Windmills; the Patapat Viaduct, the rolling hills of Kalinga province, and; Magat Dam in Nueva Ecija.      Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) officers and members of the motoring media joined the fun summer ride on board two 3.0-liter mu-X units and witnessed once more the joy and camaraderie mu-X OP members shared among themselves as they hopped from one breathtaking destination to another.      Mu-X OP has been actively engaged in numerous family tours and outreach programs, keeping the fun, friendly, family-centered and neighborly spirit of the club alive and thriving through their use and shared enjoyment of their Isuzu mu-X SUVs. These caravans are also meant to entice other mu-X owners join the Club.      Mu-X OP's Board of Trustee, Mr. Jomar Lianko described this latest ride of the Club:      "Like all our other trips in the past, this latest caravan has been very successful. Our Metro Manila members were joined along the way by other club members based in central and northern Luzon. And as you can see, every member of the family enjoyed the tour, despite the length of the trip and the fact that we're constantly on the road. It just proves that the Isuzu mu-X is very comfortable and safe that we hear no complaints from the passengers. Plus, the perfect blend of fuel efficiency and power of Isuzu mu-X provides our Club members a worry-free drive and lets them focus more on enjoying the trip."       He added: “With mu-X OP already counting more than 3,000 members nationwide, we envision all mu-X owners in the Philippines to join us. And one way of enticing new members is to show them how active we are in our organized fun tours and various community-building activities.”      Mr. Dennis Magbitang also expressed his gratitude to IPC for consistently supporting the Club in its endeavors. "IPC's support means a lot for the members, and it gives practical meaning to the company's motto of being 'Responsible Partners'."      For their part, IPC officers also expressed their thanks to mu-X OP members, stating that the Club's various fun and community-building activities exemplify how Isuzu mu-X can be an integral and dependable part of the Filipino motorist's lifestyle, enticing future mu-X owners to explore the many possible ways they can enjoy their Isuzu vehicle.

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Taking the Suzuki Swift on a Scenic Drive to Bataan

April 8, 2019

Motoring

By: , Combining a trial run and quick getaway in one occasion, Suzuki Philippines (SPH) offered members of the motoring media a chance to get behind the wheel of the all-new Suzuki Swift and experience first-hand its outstanding performance and quality craftsmanship. The two-day test drive last March 28 and 29 took the media to the scenic Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan from Suzuki Auto Caloocan and then back.       The well-loved Suzuki hatchback’s stylishly youthful vibe and sporty look made even modish with accessory kit provided a refreshing contrast to the restored Spanish-Filipino houses of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.      During the 3-hour drive to Bataan, the Swift was able to prove its fuel efficiency, powerful performance and advanced safety features as the motoring media navigated the straight lines of NLEX and bumpy roads of Bataan. Swift’s GL grade features contributes to solid footwork, making it easy to traverse rough roads of Bagac, Bataan.        Suzuki Philippines Director and General Manager for Automobile Keiichi Suzuki kicked off the media test drive with his welcome remarks at Suzuki Caloocan. “Since its launch in 2018, the all-new Suzuki Swift has been receiving good response, and this media test drive is another proof of the Swift’s reliable performance on the road. It is also a testament to our ability to keep up with the changing needs of Filipino drivers, especially the millennial market. The Swift continues to evolve to offer our young Filipino drivers a richer driving experience. This is another way we reach out to more Filipinos and share with them the Suzuki Way of Life,” Suzuki shares.

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Suzuki Philippines Showcases Full Line Up at 15th Manila International Auto Show

April 8, 2019

Motoring

By: , 16th Manila International Auto Show Pioneer compact distributor Suzuki Philippines joins the 16th Manila International Auto Show held this weekend at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. The most-anticipated event for auto enthusiasts and industry professionals throughout the country, this year‘s MIAS had an estimate of more than 130,000 visitors.       During the four-day event, Suzuki Philippines highlighted how its vehicles deliver combined fun, functionality and comfort to give Filipinos an optimal driving experience. The brand’s most-valued vehicles-the multifunction 7-seater Ertlga, multi-awarded subcompact sedan Ciaz, bold and relentless 4x4 all-new Jimny, welI-loved hatchback Swift, exquisite sedan Dzire and stylish SUV Vitara were available for preview so visitors to the SPH booth got the chance to examine these Suzuki best-sellers.       In line with SPH‘s nationwide advocacy of raising awareness about road safety, the Suzuki Safety Scouts were present during the trade show to encourage guests to join the campaign. Visitors could register kids 4 to 14 years old for free to become an official Suzuki Safety Scout.       In addition to a Safety Scout uniform. members will be given road safety activity books. They will also undergo safety training. Families were able to enjoy fun-filled activities located at Suzuki Philippines‘ booth and had chances to win attractive prizes.       SPH Director and Automobile Division General Manager Keiichi Suzuki noted how joining the MIAS helps Suzuki Philippines further its mission in the country. “We continue to pursue our goal of providing Filipinos with the right and fun-to-drive vehicles. For the 16th Manila International Auto Show, we are featuring our exciting lineup of vehicles that offers the right mix of reliable performance, functionality and fun. With these Suzuki vehicles, more Filipinos can enjoy the Suzuki Way of Life, be it in overcoming urban traffic, taking the family to a quick weekend escape or going on an off-road adventure with friends.” said Keiichi.

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IPC Entices Loyal Isuzu owners to ‘Upgrade their Drive’ in New Promo

April 4, 2019

Motoring

By: , Starting March 15 until September 30, 2019, Isuzu Philippines Corporation offers its “Upgrade Your Drive” promo to private individual (non-fleet) owners of Isuzu vehicles to make it even easier for them to own any of the brand-new variants of the Isuzu D-MAX pickup or Isuzu mu-X SUV.      Here are the two easy steps to upgrading your drive:      1) If you own any of the following Isuzu vehicles, regardless of year model or variant: Gemini, Hi-Lander, Fuego, Trooper, Alterra, Crosswind, D-MAX and mu-X- head on over to your nearest Isuzu dealership.      2) Present to your sales executive a copy of the following documents:      Accomplished Isuzu Upgrade your Drive application form;       Valid LTO Official Receipt (OR) and Certificate of Registration (CR) that reflects your name as original owner of the vehicle, and two valid IDs.      If you bought your Isuzu vehicle from a previous original owner, then bring a valid OR/CR of the vehicle that already reflects your name, or a notarized deed of sale/transfer if the vehicle’s OR and CR is still under the original owner’s name.      3) Upon verification of your documents, the Isuzu dealership can then qualify you for a P10,000 cash discount on your next purchase of any brand-new variants of the Isuzu mu-X and /or Isuzu D-MAX (except Cab & Chassis). This cash discount is on top of any other existing promo or discount schemes your dealership may give you during the promo period.      With the Isuzu “Upgrade Your Drive” promo, it’s now even easier to enjoy so many more years of that world-class Isuzu motoring experience.

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DOST Misamis Occidental brings Enhanced Packaging to Awezamiz Complementary Food

April 16, 2019

Corporate

By: , Words of gratitude and glee filled the City Mayor’s Office of Ozamiz City as the Supervising Administrative Officer of the Local Government Unit, Ms. Maria Lucy R. Cabalit together with the Ozamiz City Complementary Food Production Facility (CFPF) Head, Ms. Lelita G. Navarez received the 60,000 pieces of Rice Mongo Sesame (RMS) Baby Food Blend packaging material last 08 April 2019. In 2016, LGU Ozamiz City was one of the beneficiaries of the DOST-Food Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) project on the roll-out of complementary food production facility to address malnutrition of young children ages 6 to 59 months old. Ozamiz City CFPF is capable of producing RMS baby food blend for 6 to 24 months old toddlers and Rice Mongo (RM) Crunchies for 25 to 59 months old children. To continually improve and hasten production of these complementary food products, DOST Region 10 through the Provincial Science and Technology Center of Misamis Occidental headed by Ms. Eufresnie Ann D. Simbajon extended additional support to the facility amounting to more than P300,000.00. Mechanical bean roaster and electric double deep fryer were turned over last 11 February 2019. To compete with the existing commercial brands of baby food products in the market, DOST also provided assistance on the packaging and labelling design and initial execution of the RMS baby food blend. “Naa na gyud maka compete sa commercial brand (RMS baby food blend can now compete with the commercial brands)” Ms. Cabalit said. To support waste management, Ms. Navarez eagerly said that discounts will be given to the next purchase of the customers who will return the used packaging materials. These will then be utilized to produce eco bags, wallets and other novelty materials. The Local Government Unit of Ozamiz City was grateful to DOST’s assistance. “DOST are the people behind the scene”, Ms. Cabalit added with sincere gratitude. (Joanne Katherine R. Banaag, DOST-X) About the picture (IMG_0956-2.jpg) Turnover of 60,000 pieces RMS Baby Food Blend packaging to LGU Ozamiz City with Ms. Maria Lucy Cabalit representing the City Mayor, Ms. Lelitha G. Navarez head of the Ozamiz City Complementary Food Production Facility, and PSTD Eufresnie Ann D. Simbajon and the PSTC staffs The Department of Science and Technology – Region X (DOST-X) envisions to be an effective and competent catalyst of inclusive development by providing world class and innovative Science & Technology services in Region X.

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The Night Stalker: Botoy’s forays into resto business with Big Tummy’s

April 16, 2019

Corporate

By: The Night Stalker, The Johnny-come-lately-that-could from Bulua is stepping up its game with a foray into the restaurant business.      Botoy’s Litson Manok, BBQ and Liempo will be opening up its first ever restaurant in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental in about a month’s time.      During a briefing held for CDO Bloggers officers 2nd Quarterly Meeting held at their flagship store in Bulua, Joan M. Delatado, D.M., CEO of McAlba Foods Corporation said the new resto dubbed Big Tummy’s (The Foodies Den) will be a casual dining, self service establishment similar to big fast food chains that would serve as a template for future franchising opportunities.      “McAlba Foods is our company for our Botoy’s kiosks while Big Tummy’s will be under Paragon Foods & Catering Corporation which will handle all our company owned restaurants,” Delatado said. “Franchising for both will be handled by Botoy's Lechon Franchising Corp.”      The new resto is under construction at the site of the existing Botoy’s outlet in Tagoloan, which she said is a very promising location that’s near big industries facing the public plaza, near the church and municipal hall, and schools where there are currently no fast food chains or restaurants, and no other function rooms except for Paula’s hotel, so those wishing to have business or social functions often have no other choice than go to Cagayan de Oro city, a good hour’s commute away.      From the artist’s renderings of Big Tummy’s shown to us by Ms. Joan, a Botoy’s To Go counter will be standard for all future restos.  Big Tummy’s Tagoloan will be complemented by another in Gingoog City. Parking is available and so will the ubiquitous free Wifi.      “We also plan to expand this flagship store in Bulua to another Big Tummy’s,” she added, though a timeline for the expansion as yet to be set.      The all Filipino menu will have a fixed set menu for the ground floor restaurant serving the usual Botoy’s grilled staples BBQ, lechon manok, liempo, as well as grilled  seafood like panga, tuna belly, shrimps, kinilaw, calamares, boneless marine bangus from Balingasag.  Take note to look for the sintra board for specials. Affordable combo meals will also be available as well as family boodles fights for Sunday.      Beverages served include Coca Cola drinks, frappes and fruit shakes.      Its target demographic range from kids to adults and it will be open as early as 5AM to serve breakfast and close at 9PM.  Deliveries of call-in orders will be shared between the Tagoloan store and the Bulua store, whichever can serve the orders fastest. Catering for outside events will also be entertained.      Besides the restaurant on the ground floor, both restos will also have 2nd floor function room which can accommodate up to 100 persons.  It will also have a coffee shop serving pastries, coffee and the like when no function is scheduled as well as a kiddie’s corner, becoming a chill place to unwind on weekends with live acoustic music.      Besides the CDO Bloggers officers, we were also entertained by Romnick B. Morcina, who now supervises Botoy’s Divisoria and Tagoloan.      Ms. Joan has invited us to cover the opening of Big Tummy’s (The Foodies Den) in Tagoloan either this month or early May. We can’t wait!

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DAR to begin parcelization of collective CLOAs

April 15, 2019

Corporate

By: , The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently issued guidelines and procedures on the parcelization of landholdings with Collective Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CCLOA) through Administrative Order No. 02, Series of 2019 to stabilize ownership, tenureship and control of the lands awarded to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB). Secretary John R. Castriciones said pursuant to Section 25 of the Republic Act (R.A.) No. 5567, as amended by Section 10 of R.A. No. 9700, the DAR is mandated to immediately undertake the parcelization of CCLOAs over lands that are not collectively farmed or operated in an integrated manner. Castriciones added that in the past decades, many landholdings were awarded to ARBs under a collective and non-subdivided form of ownership wherein qualified beneficiaries may opt for collective ownership, through farmers’ cooperatives, associations or some other form of organizations for the issuance of CCLOAs. “There are reports from the field implementers and civil society organization regarding disputes or controversies among ARBs with existing CCLOAs due to boundary conflicts, inclusions and exclusions of ARBs, and other conflicts resulting to the splitting of groups into sub-groups and co-owners opting for individual ownership,” the DAR chief said. He added that there are landholdings covered with CCLOAs, which have been acquired and distributed under financing from the Land Bank of the Philippines, where the government has not been able to collect land amortization, while the ARBs have not been able to fully pay the lands  for them to become full owners, due to the difficulty in generating the Land Distribution and Information Schedule. Castriciones said that through parcelization, the DAR will subdivide and determine the exact meters and bounds of the areas, allocate lots for each ARB in a CCLOA, determine common use areas and portions with common service facilities, and establish areas capable of being alienated and disposed of by the government. CCLOAs refer to existing and registered certificates of land ownership award issued by the DAR to farmers’ cooperatives, associations, other organized groups, or group of ARBs who are not yet formally organized.

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IDC Promoting Green Initiative

April 12, 2019

Corporate

By: , Promoting a sustainable future and a green environment, Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) partnered with the Operations Wing Eastern Mindanao, Philippine Air Force to undertake mangrove tree planting activity in Punta Bonbon, Cagayan de Oro city. "It is fulfilling to see more and more mangroves trees planted in this area.  IDC was here in 2017 and initially planted a few hundred trees. We continued to do Mangrove planting activities here in 2018. And now, the mangrove area size almost doubled! If people continue to plant mangroves along the coastline of Cagayan de Oro, then there is good hope for a better and greener future" said Clara Marie Asuncion Elizaga, IDC Director of Corporate Affairs. The activity took place last April 6, together with Cagayan De Oro City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO), and Damiani Property Management and Services, Inc., the official leasing and property management of IDC’s Primavera projects in the city. "Partaking in a tree planting activity promotes green activism in making others aware of how important environmental protection is, especially nowadays. The activity is an overwhelming experience as it is not only participated by government agencies alone but also private sectors” added Mark Justine, Accounting Officer of Operations Wing Eastern Mindanao. Mark participated in the activity as part of the Philippine Air Force team. IDC has been partnering with Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO) since it developed its first project, Primavera Residences in the city of Golden Friendship.  Approximately 3,000 mangroves were planted by the company since 2017. Italpinas Development Corporation has been a leading green advocator of sustainable living in Cagayan de Oro. Both projects of IDC, Primavera Residences and Primavera City, won the International Property Awards for Best Mixed-use Development in the Philippines due to its use of passive green design.

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Personal Remittances Reach US$5.3 Billion for the First Two Months of 2019

April 15, 2019

Money Matters

By: , Personal remittances from overseas Filipinos (OFs) amounted to US$2.56 billion in February 2019, higher by 1.2 percent from US$2.53 billion in February 2018. This brought the cumulative remittances for the first two months of the year to US$5.30 billion, representing a 2.3 percent year-on-year growth, BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno announced today.1Personal remittances from sea-based and land-based workers with work contracts of less than one year rose by 8.5 percent to US$0.57 billion in February 2019 from US$0.53 billion in February 2018. This compensated for the 0.43 percent decline in the personal remittances from land-based workers with work contracts of one year or more, to US$1.93 billion from US$1.94 billion. Meanwhile, cash remittances from OFs coursed through banks posted a 1.5 percent growth to US$2.30 billion in February 2019 from US$2.27 billion last year. For the first tw o months of 2019, cash remittances amounted to US$4.78 billion, an increase of 3.0 percent compared to the US$4.65 billion level in the same period last year. This growth was supported by the increase in remittances from both land-based (US$3.73 billion) and sea-based (US$1.06 billion) workers, which rose by 1.0 percent and 10.5 percent, respectively. By country source, the United States registered the highest share of overall remittances for the period at 35.5 percent. It was followed by Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Canada, Qatar, Hong Kong, and Germany.2 The combined remittances from these countries accounted for 77.3 percent of total cash remittances for January to February 2019.

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Boost personal savings for retirement, Pinoys told

April 8, 2019

Money Matters

By: , Filipinos are encouraged to start saving and investing now to prepare for their retirement plans. Melissa Henson, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Manulife Philippines, said they should set up a retirement financial plan “sooner”. “How much money I am making? How much I am spending? How much I am saving? Of the amount that I am saving, where I am putting it and how quickly it is growing? Will it grow fast enough to give me enough for the years that I expect to live beyond my retirement or do I need to either save more or maybe diversify my investment plans so that I can put some money longer term and some instruments that will give me higher returns?,” she said in an interview on Friday. Henson gave this advice following release of a survey indicating that Filipinos have the lowest personal income saved for retirement across key Asian markets, and majority of them are looking into continuing working after leaving their employment. The 2018 Manulife Investor Sentiment Index (MISI) revealed that Filipino investors only have personal income equivalent to 3.6 months set aside for their retirement, lower than the average 2.9 years for other Asian investors. Investors in Taiwan have the highest retirement savings, with personal income set aside good for 4.5 years. They are followed by investors in China and Indonesia who both have retirement savings that can last for 4.1 years. The survey underscored the huge gap between Filipino investors’ current and ideal retirement savings. They also believe that savings equivalent to 2.1 years’ worth of personal income is enough, remarkably low compared with the regional average of 12 years. Henson said MISI results indicate that neighbor countries are “more active and more aware in terms of preparing for their retirement.” “What we found in the surveys that we done over the years is that Filipinos are really more optimistic in terms of their attitude towards investment and finances,” she said. “We are always happier about the results of our investments or the returns, we are always more optimistic even we are falling behind our savings goals, (thinking that) we can catch up. That optimism actually I think makes us maybe a little bit too confident that we can achieve the same goals within less time,” she explained. The MISI further revealed that as much as 84 percent of Filipino investors are looking into continuing working after retirement, either on a full-time or part-time basis. Top reasons for active retirement across age groups include keeping busy and occupied (66 percent), physical and mental health (65 percent), pursuing interests and enjoying life (63 percent), as well as financial considerations such as maintaining or improving living standards (59 percent), and saving additional money for the future (56 percent). According to MISI, there is strong interest among those 50 years old and above to pursue digital work, either on a full-time or part-time basis. More Filipinos participate in digital jobs compared to most parts of Asia, it added. Freelance work and e-commerce top the list of prevalent digital jobs in the country, accounting for 71 percent and 55 percent, respectively, of full-time digital jobs. MISI is a proprietary survey measuring and tracking investors’ views across eight markets in the region on their attitudes towards key asset classes and issues related to personal financial planning. It is based on 4,011 online interviews in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Respondents are middle class to affluent investors aged 25 years and above who are the primary decision maker of financial matters in the household, and currently have investment products. (PNA)

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Security Bank Foundation trains Math, Science teachers nationwide

April 3, 2019

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By: , SECURITY BANK  Foundation, in partnership with the Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED), conducted a three-day teachers’ training focused on strategies and tools in teaching Mathematics and Science subjects in Quezon City, Cebu City and Davao City. The annual teachers’ training programwas a major component of Security Bank Foundation’s “Build a School, Build a Nation: The Classrooms Project”. The training was attended by 301 Elementary, Junior High School and Senior High School teachers from the Foundation’s beneficiary schools nationwide. The training introduced different teaching strategies that will help the teachers engage the learners and encourage their active participation in class. Mentors from ACED shared various teaching approaches like drawing on past experiences and existing knowledge to discover new things and asking questions to enrich inquisitiveness.      The training emphasized the need to make learning collaborative, fun and interactive. Mentors introduced digital learning applications that teachers can customize to test students on their understanding of the lessons through gameplay.  They also provided online resources where teachers can download videos and other visual materials for presentation in class.  Teachers were asked to do Science experiments to highlight the importance of hands-on activities in sparking students’ interest, curiosity and critical thinking. Visualization was introduced as a tool in teaching Mathematics where students see first the concept before solving mathematical abstracts. The training was filled with simulations of different kinds of group activities that encourage creativity, collaboration and communication among students.      The teachers also attended a financial wellness learning session conducted byElsa De Gracia,Security Bank Wellness Coach, where they learned about managing their finances and growing their fundsthrough investments.       Since 2014, Security Bank Foundation has trained 1,003 teachers in Araling Panlipunan, English, Mathematics and Science teaching strategies.      Here are testimonials from some of the teachers who participated in the training:      “The training gave me ideas on how to enhance my teaching with the use of technology – applications that can make learning exciting and interesting.”      - Jovy Jane Casiple, Junior High School Science Teacher of Emiliano Lizares National High School (Bacolod City, Negros Occidental)      “The training challenged me as a teacher to do the best that I can for my students to like and love mathematics.”      - Marilyn Bucog, Junior High School Mathematics Teacher of Jagobiao National High School (Mandaue City, Cebu)      “The training made us realize that there are a lot of techniques on how the teaching and learning process can be made enjoyable and motivating for students to ensure productive learning. Now is the right time to start re-exploring.”      - Angelina Besa, Junior High School Science Teacher of Leyte National High School (Tacloban City, Leyte)      “Learners must have experiential learning from the very beginning of the class. That way, they will enjoy learning.”      - Brian Baluca, Elementary Science Teacher of Tagbilaran City Central Elementary School (Tagbilaran City, Bohol)      “The training opened my mind that Science should not only be taught because of the content itself. It should be taught for the learners to discover things. Teachers should deal more on how the learners will uphold the lesson and use it in the future.”      - Wilson Panes, Jr. Elementary Science Teacher of Inzo Arnaldo Village Integrated School (Roxas City, Capiz)      “To be honest, if the strategies I have learned from this seminar were already introduced during my elementary days, I know that I would have been very participative, excited and enthusiastic. As a teacher, I will let my pupils experience what I had experienced from this seminar.”      - Rolando Fuego, Elementary Science Teacher of Cugman Elementary School (Cagayan De Oro City, Misamis Oriental)      “The teachers’ training made us realize the importance of engaging learners in learning subjects such as physics, chemistry and research. These subjects sure are tough but one can make them exciting and interactive for our learners throughvaried learning activities.”      - Rowell Tuquib, Senior High School Science Teacher of Banisil National High School (General Santos City, South Cotabato)

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Security Bank Wins Big at The Asset Benchmark Research Awards

December 21, 2017

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By: , Since 2014, Security Bank Corporation has been consistent in winning this distinction, recognizingits potential for investors in the region. Security Bank Corporation (PSE: SECB) recently bagged three accolades from the prestigious Asset Benchmark Research Awards at the Conrad Centennial Hotel in Singapore. Lauded by local and regional financial institutions, Security Bank was recognized as “Top Bank for Government Bonds”, “Top Bank for Corporate Bonds” and “Top Investment House in the Philippines by the said body. The Asset uses the Asian Local Currency Bond Benchmark Review in determining the winners of the said award. The review is conducted annually with respondents from various investors in Asia using different methods to give subscribers detailed, actionable results. “We are deeply humbled by the awards we have received from The Asset. These achievements further inspire us to continue providing the best in market banking services that we offer to our loyal investors and banking clients,” says Security Bank Corporation President & CEO Alfonso Salcedo, Jr. “Fulfilling our BetterBanking promise, these awards prove that Security Bank is one of Asia’s most competitive banks in the region,” he concludes. Security Bank officers were also recognized on the same awards night: Ramon M. Arriola, Jr., Dino Aquino and Nicolo Cruz were recognized as Most Astute Investors; Carlyn Dulay and Angeline Sia-Uy were lauded for being Best Individuals in Sales while Rossanna Refuerzo was awarded as the Best Individual in Trading. More than 300 industrial fixed income investors across 11 Asian markets were surveyed to rate the best banks or securities companies using a strict criteria. Security Bank was deemed as one of the best banks and financial service institutions by investors. The Asset Benchmark Research Awards has produced peer-generated rankings of best individuals and most astute investors in Asian local currency and Asian G3 bonds for more than a decade. The Asset only awards the best financial institutions that vetted premium financial services to its investors.

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Irresistible Staycation Deals this Holy Week

April 16, 2019

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By: , The Holy Week is a special time for Filipinos. For devout Catholics, it’s a longstanding tradition to take part in different rites and rituals that commemorate one’s faith. While for others, the extended break is always a good opportunity to slow down from the hustle and bustle of daily life, reflect, and relax with loved ones. Either way people choose to spend their vacation, it’s good to know that there are awesome places – within or just a few hours away from metro – where one can go to for some quick (or lengthy!) respite. For those who want an easy but equally memorable escape this Holy Week, here’s a round-up of the best accommodations that won’t require a plane ticket nor a long drive. Apo View Hotel Davaoeños need not go far just to enjoy the long break. Situated in the heart of the city, the Apo View Hotel offers guests with modern accommodations and luxurious service that has since been the hallmark of the heritage hotel. Dubbed as the second oldest hotel in the country, Apo View Hotel has maintained its grandeur and continues to be a primer choice for the most discerning staycationers. This summer, Apo View Hotel offers promos that make it much more irresistible to overlook. These include a 50% off promo on all its Superior and Deluxe rooms with breakfast buffet which runs until May 30, 2019. Meanwhile, its Weekend Getaway promo offers Superior and Deluxe Rooms with breakfast buffet at 50% year-round.   Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar For those who don’t mind a couple of hours’ worth of driving, a gem of a resort lies 125km northwest of Manila in Bagac, Bataan. More than just a Filipino heritage site to behold, Las Casas Fipinas De Acuzar is a world-class resort that pays homage to the grandeur of Spanish-Filipino architecture amidst the backdrop of a sprawling beach and a grandiose natural landscape. Las Casas takes pride in being the only Philippine hotel to have received several international acclaims which include being recognized as part of the Historic Hotels Worldwide, being awarded as Asia’s Most Excellent Destination in 2017, and being included in Conde Nast Johansens Luxury Global Collection and Peninsula Hotels Pencities Luxe Guide. Go ahead and indulge this Easter break by booking a stay in any of its Deluxe Rooms that come with various inclusions such as breakfast as well as free heritage and workshop tours. During weekends, Deluxe Rooms for two are available for P5,000 and comes with a heritage and workshop tour while the rate of P5,500 includes breakfast as well as a heritage and workshop tour. On Weekdays, Deluxe Rooms are available at P4,600 and comes with breakfast as well as a heritage and workshop tour.   Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila The idea of enjoying the peace and serenity of the city during the Holy Week is also very inviting. Without having to go so far, one can easily unwind and relax in any of the city’s best hotels. One of which is the Golden Phoenix Hotel. Located less than a mile away from SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, the hotel offers contemporary and elegant accommodations, a great view of the cityscape, and an array of premium features such as free WiFi access throughout the property, en suite bathroom with shower, hairdryer, bathrobes, and free toiletries, as well as an iPod dock, a personal safe, electric kettle, minibar, and a flat-screen TV with cable and satellite channels. This summer, the hotel is offering a special rate of P6,800 nett until June 30 for an accommodation for two which comes with free buffet breakfast, Phoenix Wellness Lounge credits, unlimited hot and cold chocolate at Ground Up coffee, and food and beverage credits worth P1,000 or choice of house wine. Interested to book a stay in any of these hotels and resort even after the Holy Week? These hotels will also be offering exclusive discounts and promos at the upcoming Travel and Leisure Expo Davao 2019. Organized by Worldbex Services International, TLEX Davao 2019 will be held simultaneously with PHILBEX Davao 2019 on May 9 to 12 at the SMX Convention Center Davao in SM Lanang Premier. For more information, call (02) 656-92-39, email inquire@worldbexevents.com, visit www.tlex.ph, or follow @tlex.ph on Facebook and Instagram.

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DSWD Field Office 10 installs monitoring system to track payout for Marawi siege survivors

April 16, 2019

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By: , Marawi City – Information and Communication Technology experts of DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) Field Office 10 have developed and installed a monitoring system to track payout development for Marawi siege survivors here.      Members of the Regional Information and Communication Technology Management Section of DSWD Field Office 10 ran its pilot test of the monitoring system during the payout for the Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) and Transitory Family Support Package (TFSP) and it was successful.      The monitoring system shows a real-time update of the payout, both served and unserved beneficiaries of a certain barangay in this city.      Unserved beneficiaries are those verified recipients who failed to claim the LSG and TSFP grants during the scheduled payout while served beneficiaries are those who successfully claimed the assistance.      The program is fed by a database from the Kathanor (biometric profiling) which is the baseline data for the payout.      DSWD Field Office 10 Regional Director, Mari-Flor Dollaga-Libang, lauded the development of the information system of the RICTMS because it gives the user a real-time update of the payout.      Director Dollaga-Libang said the development has made the monitoring easy among rehabilitation partners of the city.      The system is hosted by a local server and can be accessed through a web browser using a computer or a smart phone.

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SWU Now Offering 5-Week Coding Courses

April 16, 2019

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By: , ·         Beginner and advanced courses available ·         Beginners’ course for those with little background in programming, advanced course offers immersive boot camp-style courses ·         SWU PHINMA to address demand for skilled IT professionals Southwestern University PHINMA’s College of Information Technology’s new 5-week Coding Program is now open for enrolment.  The program covers information technology (IT) courses geared towards both beginners and advanced IT professionals who wish to enhance their computer skills.  According to Rigan Ap-apid, Dean of SWU’s College of Information Technology, it “offers an opportunity for people wanting to acquire meaningful skills to make their lives better.” Dean Ap-apid envisions the program to help companies find great developers, and for developers with great potential to be discovered by companies in need of such personnel.  The Coding Program will feature the best programmers in the country as trainers and mentors, which will give participants great value for money, as they will be learning from and working with highly respected gurus of the industry.  Dean Ap-apid added that participants can also benefit by growing exponentially in their professional and industry network. Participants in the program will be working on real-life projects, with a series of activities that will team them up and require them to solve programming-related issues by writing the needed software. Another feature of the new program is that companies can choose to be involved in the training of these future developers. They can do this by sponsoring course projects as well as by lending their ace coders and IT personnel to participate as trainers. Companies are also encouraged to provide incentives such as providing opportunities for participants to get hired. “We are targeting new companies with small in-house development teams needing additional programming muscle for say, getting an important product launch. We are also looking at established organizations with existing products that they want to see leveraged in a new way," Dean Ap-apid said, describing some of the program’s additional goals.  “In any case, the coding program will provide access to innovative coders to create amazing things that these companies may not have thought of yet," he added. The program’s pilot run will focus on Google Cloud and Web Applications such as Git and Python. It will run for five weeks.  Interested individuals may message 0927-487-5761 or visit the SWU PHIMA College of IT.

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Key Nutrients identified to help in healthy aging

April 10, 2019

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By: , Fiber, fish and krill oil, calcium, Vitamin D, and Lutein are some of the vitamins and minerals that can contribute to healthy aging. This is according to leading nutrition expert Dr. Hamid Jan, the Chairman of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at University Sains Malaysia and an Associate Professor with expertise in nutrition and obesity.   "Fiber supports the regularity of bowel movement. Fish and krill oil support healthy cardiovascular function as they contain L-Arginine and L-Citruline. Calcium and Vitamin D, meanwhile, helps maintain healthy teeth and bones, and Lutein helps maintain the healthy cells in the eyes," Dr. Hamid said. He said that the the four major areas of concern to healthy aging as the following: digestive health, heart health, bone health, and eye health. Dr. Hamid explained how the said vitamins and minerals help in addressing these concerns during the Cagayan de Oro leg of the Herbalife Wellness Tour last April 4. He is expected to further discuss the results of the Healthy Aging Survey in the Luzon leg of the Wellness Tour this April 12 in Manila. The Visayas leg, meanwhile , will have multi-awarded nutrition sciences expert Dr. Zhen-Yu Chen in Cebu City this April 25. Herbalife Nutrition conducted the Healthy Aging Survey among 5,510 correspondents from the Asia-Pacific countries of the Philippines , Australia , Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. The survey was done to better understand where consumers are already taking charge of their health as they age and identify the key influencers in their healthy aging journey.  

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