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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

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.  

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)

Third quake rocks Davao Occidental anew

April 25, 2019

Cagayan de Oro City (MDN Digital, April 25) - The third quake recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Thursday morning (9:34 a.m.) trembled Davao Occidental. With a magnitude of 4.4, Phivolcs said, it reportedly originated southeast of Sarangani town in said province of Davao. Phivolcs claimed a tremor having a magnitude of 4 to 4.9 is already considered moderately strong and do not cause much damage especially if the epicenter is far from the populace. This quake is the latest of the five tremors that rocked the three islands of the Philippines; magnitude 6.5 in Luzon, magnitude 6.2 in the Visayas and magnitude 4.5, 4.7 and now 4.4 all in Mindanao region. The 4.7 tremor trembled Baganga, Davao Oriental on Wednesday (April 24) and 4.5 in other place in Davao but no damage has been reported yet. The one that hit Luzon last Wednesday, which was magnitude 6.1 was considered the deadly quake this year as it damaged to structures and properties in Luzon area, killing 16 people, 85 injured and 12 still missing at press time.

Region X economy grows faster by 7.0% in 2018

April 25, 2019

The economy of Northern Mindanao grew by 7.0 percent in 2018. This expansion was faster than the recorded economic growth of 5.8 percent in 2017. The acceleration was driven by Industry and Services. Among the three major economic industries, Services remained to have the largest share of the region’s economy with 44.1 percent, followed by Industry with 35.6 percent and Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing with 20.3 percent.      Services recorded the fastest growth of 8.9 percent in 2018 as all of the sub-industries grew faster during the period. The top contributors to the growth in Services were Trade and Repair of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles, Personal and Household goods, which grew by 7.4 percent; and Transportation, Storage and Communication, with a double-digit growth of 12.8 percent. Likewise, Other Services grew at a faster rate of 8.9 percent as compared with the growth of 6.1 percent in 2017. Meanwhile, Financial Intermediation grew by 8.7 percent; and Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities by 5.7 percent.      Public Administration and Defense and Compulsory Social Security also expanded by a double-digit growth of 12.6 percent as compared with the 6.3 percent growth recorded in the previous year. Industry likewise accelerated to 8.8 percent. Among its sub-industries, Construction grew the fastest at 16.3 percent, faster than the recorded growth of 2.0 percent in the previous year. Mining and Quarrying also expanded at a faster rate of 14.6 percent. Manufacturing also sped up to 6.6 percent, from 5.5 percent growth posted in the previous year. On the other hand, Electricity, Gas and Water Supply managed to grow by 4.4 percent, slower than the 13.8 percent growth in 2017.      Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing grew at a slower pace of 0.4 percent in 2018, from 4.7 percent growth recorded in the previous year. Agriculture and Forestry posted a decelerated growth of 0.8 percent, from the 5.7 percent growth in the previous year. Fishing declined further by 1.9 percent.      The 7.0 growth rate of Northern Mindanao was contributed mostly by Services with 3.8 percentage points, followed by Industry with 3.1 percentage points. AHFF contributed the least with 0.1 percentage point.

Miral's killing not election-related - Destura

April 24, 2019

THE shooting death of Napaliran, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental barangay chairman Claver Miral is not election-related. This was confirmed Wednesday (April 24) by Misamis Oriental provincial police director Col. Rolando Destura during a press conference here in Cagayan de Oro City. Destura said that based on their initial probe, police are already tracking several persons of interest in his April 21 ambush-assassination but the suspected perpetrators are not connected to the rivals of the politicians he is supporting. Although barangay officials are deemed non-partisan, Miral is closely allied with Balingasag mayoral challenger Alexis Quina who is supporting the candidacy of first district congressional candidate Christian Unabia and reelectionist Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano of PaDayon Pilipino. Destura refused to divulge to journalists though the circumstances behind the persons of interest that they are tracking. “Amo pa kini ginasuta og maayo pero moingon ako sa inyo nga dili kini election-related,” he said. Miral was on his way home from nearby Jasaan municipality when he was waylaid by two motorcycle-riding assailants at around 10:00 p.m. along the highway in Puntagorda, barangay Hermano in Balingasag. The barangay chairman sustained five gunshot wounds in his chest and torso and was rushed to a hospital here in Cagayan de Oro City where he died. In a press statement earlier, Emano called on authorities to immediately solve Miral’s killing, saying that murders like this have no place in the province which has already maintained a stable peace and order situation during his incumbency.


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