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City Mayor ‘Dongkoy’ Emano, 76, dies of Pneumonia

May 7, 2019

Former Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano, 76, died of Pneumonia, 12:28 Tuesday morning (May 7, 2019). His body is cremated and the wake is held in his residence at Santa Cecilia Village in Gusa, Cagayan De Oro City. Emano, the founding father of Padayon Pilipino, the accredited regional political party, served as Governor of Misamis Oriental in 1986 until 1995. He was elected City Mayor of Cagayan De Oro in 1998 until 2007. In 2007, Emano was elected and served as Vice Mayor of Cagayan De Oro City until 2010. In 2010 he was again elected and served as City Mayor of Cagayan De Oro until 2013. Emano filed his certificate of candidacy as Vice Mayor in Cagayan De Oro City on May 13, 2019 under the coalition political party of the Padayon Pilipino and the Centrist Democratic Party. The tribal community in Northern Mindanao, conferred the tribal title as “Datu Pilipino” because of his closeness to the indigenous people and the less fortunate. Emano is survived by his wife Alona and children Bambi, Trixia, and Nadia. Incumbent Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente “Bambi” Emano, the family spokesperson, said that the wake of his father will last for three days. 

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Fire razes Councilor Goking's home in Carmen

May 7, 2019

BREAKING NEWS ! CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, May 7, 7:10 PM) - A fire of still unknown origin razed the second floor of the ancestral house of City Councilor George Goking along Vamenta Boulevard in Barangay Carmen, this city. Firefighters from the Bureau of Fire Protection immediately dispatched their firefighting units to stop the fire from spreading further but due to the old nature of the house, the fire easily burned the residence of Councilor George Goking at the second floor.  Luckily, the ground floor of the building rented by Cepalco was spared from burning but considered badly damaged by the bulk of water from the fire fighting units. Cepalco personnel also came and retrieved some vital documents they can get. Councilor George Goking said he was shocked that the fire suddenly engulfed the second floor so he has nothing to do but to run outside for his safety. His siblings were also safe. "Back to zero gyud ta ani kay wala tay nadala nga mga gamit kay kalit kaayo ang pagdako sa kalayo," Goking told reporters in vernacular. Goking said the house was dilapidated and already 33 years old. "Pero na rewire naman na," he claimed.  The Road and Traffic Administration immediately closed Vamenta Boulevard to give way to the responding fire fighters from the different groups such as Del Monte Philippines, Chinese firefighting brigade and other private fire fighting groups to easily penetrate the fire scene. The Bureau of Fire has initially put the damage to property to 1 Million Pesos.  

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Magnitude 5.4 earthquake hits Ilocos Norte

May 6, 2019

Earthquakes continue to jolt different areas in the Philippines and this phenomenon puzzled officials of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology  and Seismology (Phivolcs) in the past month. The officials could not ascertain to what caused the series of quakes felt in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.  At around 10:48 this morning, a 5.4 magnitude quake was felt in Ilocos Norte but no damage to life and property has been reported yet as the government's local and national offices in Ilocos Norte were still accounting the extent of damage of the quake. The quakes epicenter, according to Phivolcs was recorded west of Pagudpud town in Ilocos Norte and it happened around 10:48 this morning. A strong tremor also hit Pasuquin town and it registered a total of Intensity 5. Intensity 4 was also recorded by Phivolcs in Paoay, ILocos Norte.  Phivolcs warned that there might be aftershocks and everyone is cautioned to be watchful if any eventualities such as aftershocks happened in their areas.  

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JR Borja Hospital in Cagayan de Oro modernizes laundry, linen buidling

April 29, 2019

THE city-owned JR Borja General Hospital has inaugurated its new modern laundry and linen building and cadaver holding area. JR Borja General Hospital head Ramon Nery revealed that the construction of the two buildings – including a third one which has not yet been completed, a sewerage – will total P10 million and is funded under the Department of Health’s (DOH) Health Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP). Nery said that the city government provided its own P1-million equity for the purchase of equipment in the laundry and linen buildings such as a state-of-the-art industrialized washing machine, spinner and dryer, among others. The transformation of JR Borja General Hospital not only greatly benefited the people of Cagayan de Oro and neighboring provinces, but also boost the morale of the men and women working to serve the people. MARK FRANCISCO

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Another magnitude 4.0 quake hits Surigao

April 28, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, April 28) - Another quake with a magnitude of 4.0 struck Surigao de Norte Sunday morning which continued to puzzle weather men at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). It was reported that the quake was an aftershock of the quake with a magnitude of 5.5 that also hit the province on Friday. Phivolcs said they are now carefully studying the series of tremblors that hit Mindanao over the weekend. Phivolcs said the quake was considered tectonic in origin with its epicenter situated 72 kilometers southeast of General Luna, this province.  Tremblors in Mindanao first hit Davao provinces last week but now the major locations are located in Surigao provinces.  This month, the first quake with a magnitude of 6.5 hit Luzon, killing over a dozen people and destroying some buildings and public and private structures. Then the quake has transferred target in the Visayas registering 6.1 in the richter scale.  

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Kagay-anon voters list major issues they want addressed, pick top poll bets

April 26, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – An independent poll survey conducted by Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan’s Kinaadman: University Research Office (KURO) has reveled the top issues voters wish local officials to address, as well as the local candidates they believe can solve these for them. Xavier Ateneo’s KURO survey also asked respondents to identify major barangay-level issues in Cagayan de Oro City. Voters Top Concerns Livelihood or income-generating projects (26.8%), followed by employment and jobs (23.9%) surfaced as the top Economic issues identified by 25.3 percent of the survey respondents, followed by Peace and Order (22.7%), Local Governance (12.3%), Basic Services (16%) and Environment (11.1%). For Peace and Order, the top concerns identified were (1) illegal drugs, (2) illegal parking of trucks and other vehicles, (3) traffic jam, and (4) theft and robbery. Meanwhile, (1) corruption at the city level, (2) implementation of barangay ordinances, and (3) corruption at the barangay level came out as the primary issues under the Local Governance category. Respondents named canals and drainage as the top issues in Basic Services, followed by lack of water supply and roads. The top three Environmental Concerns were (1) garbage disposal or waste management, followed by (2) sanitation and (3) cleanliness of seashores, rivers, and/or creeks. Independent Survey The XU-KURO survey used a systematic random sampling in the selection of households. The sample size of 800 was allocated proportionately to Districts 1 and 2. The survey was conducted among 800 registered voters in the city from April 4 to 11, a week after the start of the campaign period for the local elections. As in all past poll surveys by KURO, this research was fully funded by Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan. A second survey will be conducted by KURO closer to the election date, with an expected release date on the first week of May. Following the presentation of the top concerns of voters at the barangay level, KURO Deputy Director Dr. Astrid L. Singco presented the voting preferences of the survey respondents for local officials at the executive, local and national legislative levels. While stressing the survey was more an academic exercise designed to direct candidates for local officials to address top concerns as perceived by voters through the survey respondents, she also emphasized how a similar survey conducted by their office during the last local elections in 2016 correctly picked the 95% of the winning candidates preferred by the survey respondents. Voters Preferences 2019 At the mayoralty level, survey results showed incumbent City Mayor Oscar Moreno of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino - Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) leading Jose Gabriel La Vina of Padayon Pilipino. Moreno had a voter preference of 61.5%, and a statistical ranking of first place, followed by La Vina with a voter preference of 16.0% and independent candidates Felix Frias Borres (0.6 %,) and Benjamin Tiu Contreras (0.3%.) Undecided voters accounted for 21.4%, while 0.2% had no response. The margin of error was at ±3.4 percentage points with 95% confidence level. Moreno’s running mate Rainier Joaquin Uy (PDP-Laban) likewise topped voters preference for Vice Mayor with 55.0%, followed by former mayor Vicente Emano (Padayon Pilipino) with 23.6%. Undecided voters accounted for 21.3%, while 0.1% had no response. The margin of error was at ±3.4 percentage points with 95% confidence level. Voters’ preference for congress representatives In District 1, incumbent Rolando Uy (PDP-Laban) had a voter preference of 66.1%, followed by Caesar Ian Acenas (Padayon Pilipino) with 16.4% and Gil Banaag (PFP) with 1.9%. Undecided voters were at 15.6%. The margin of error was at ± 4.7 percentage points with 95% confidence level. In District 2, Rufus Rodriguez (CDP) was picked by of 59.2% of the survey respondents, followed by Alam Lim (PDP-Laban) with 19.4% and Roger Villazorda (PFP) with 0.9%. 15.9% of the voters were undecided, while 3.1% had no response as to their preference for a congressman. The margin of error was at ± 4.7 percentage points with 95% confidence level. City Council Picks 2019 Of the 13 city councilor contenders with a statistical chance of winning in District 1, 8 came from PDP-Laban while four are from Padayon Pilipino and one from Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP). Ranked from 1st -to-7th  were (in alphabetical order based on surname) Roger Abaday (PDP- Laban), Romeo Calizo (PDP-Laban), Reuben Roa Daba (PDP-Laban), Inday Dahino (PDP- Laban), George Goking (PDP-Laban), Zaldy Ocon (PDP-Laban), and Jay Pascual (PDP- Laban).   In the 8th-to-13th spots were (in alphabetical order based on last name) Jose Pepe Abbu (Padayon Pilipino), Ronald Acenas (Padayon Pilipino), Alden Bacal (Padayon Pilipino), Jundabs Yamut Daba (PDP-Laban), Manny Darimbang (PFP), and Lordan Suan (Padayon Pilipino). The margin of error was at ± 4.9 percentage points with 95% confidence level. Voters in the 2nd District also preferred PDP-Laban bets in the city council. Of the 13 candidates with a statistical chance of winning, seven were PDP-Laban, with four from Padayon Pilipino and two from Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP). In rank 1-7 were (in alphabetical order based on surname) Jun Acenas (Padayon Pilipino), . Edgar Cabanlas (PDP-Laban), Malou Gaane (PDP-Laban), Bong Lao (PDP-Laban), Ian Mark Nacaya (PDP-Laban), Eric Salcedo (PDP-Laban), and Ramon Tabor (Padayon Pilipino). In the 8th-to-13th spots were (in alphabetical order based on last name) Girlie Balaba (PDP- Laban), Suzette Daba (PDP-Laban), Alexander Dacer (Padayon Pilipino), Leon Gan Jr (Padayon Pilipino), James Judith II (CDP), and Bebot Rodriguez (CDP). The margin of error was at ± 4.7 percentage points with 95% confidence level. A total of 49 candidates (26 from the First District and 23 from the Second District) are gunning for 16 coveted spots in the city council. For further clarifications or queries, please contact Kinaadman: University Research Office (KURO) at Xavier Ateneo Main Campus. Xavier Ateneo as non-partisan In an April 1 memo to the academic community, Xavier Ateneo president Fr Roberto C Yap SJ iterated, “[The university] participates in a non-partisan way in electoral processes to contribute to the strengthening of democratic and patriotic values as enshrined in the Philippine Constitution.” Xavier Ateneo aligns with the advocacy for Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful, and Peaceful (CHAMP) elections, and enjoins everyone in the community to practice the Ignatian value of discernment in choosing candidates running for elective posts in government. The XU Social Development’s Student Involvement and Advocacy Program (SSIAP) is also facilitating the following activities to promote CHAMP principles and values: Kwentuhang Bayan Series - voters’ education sessions to be conducted in various sectors in the city and in some parts of Northern Mindanao, in collaboration with Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan; PAG-ILA: Candidates’ Profiling - in partnership with the City and Provincial COMELEC offices; Electoral forums for local and national candidates; and Election monitoring before, during, and after elections in collaboration with NAMFREL and PPCRV. Yap stressed: “Xavier Ateneo will maintain its non-partisan stand to facilitate objective and critical thinking and engagement for the academic community. We will actively support electoral programs and activities primarily as convener of the multisectoral LIHUK 2019 movement.” (RMB with a report from Stephen Pedroza/ XU Communications Office)

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