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Media Wise wins second IABC Gold Quill Award of Merit

April 6, 2019

- Xavier Ateneo Alumnus does it yet again   The little boutique publishing house that could has done it yet again! Media Wise Communications/Muse Books has just won a 2019 IABC Gold Quill Award of Merit for its latest coffee table book On the March: The Jesuits in the Philippines since the Restoration under the Publications category, which is included in the Communications Skills division. Assessed against the IABC Gold Quill Award criteria and IABC’s Seven-point Scale of Excellence, On the March was the only Philippine entry to win in its category. Cruz expressed great pride not only in its newest titles but also in Media Wise’s latest award, explaining that for a boutique-sized yet agile publication company, it has consistently won more awards, including Philippine Quills, with each title improving from the last. Ocampo Cruz was first cited with a Merit Award by  IABC in the 2017 Gold Quill Awards program for Jesuits In Mindanao: The Mission  under the Communications Skills Division (Category 26: Publications). Cruz will personally receive the award during the Excellence Gala on 11 June 2019, as part of the 2019 IABC World Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The Gala will also recognize the winners of the “Best of the Best” awards, “IABC Gold Quill Agency/Team of the Year” awards and other special awards that will be announced later this month.  In addition to the gala, all awardees would also be recognized in an IABC news release, on IABC’s website and social media.  The 2019 Gold Quill Award Winners were announced last April 2, 2019 by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) in San Francisco, CA. For over 40 years, IABC’s Gold Quill Awards have recognized and awarded excellence in strategic communication worldwide.  The program is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards programs in the industry. “Only exceptional work earns an IABC Gold Quill Award,” said Cindy Schmieg, ABC, IABC Fellow, chair of the awards committee. “Each entry is rigorously reviewed by multiple experienced communicators from around the world who are trained in applying IABC’s Global Standard of the Communication Profession. The award winners represent our profession of ethical practitioners contributing to organizational outcomes.” In total, the awards committee selected 202 entries as world-class, with 86 entries earning an Excellence Award and 116 a Merit Award. Winners come from all over the world, with 10 countries represented in the award winners list. They represent a cross section of public and private sector organizations, both large and small. The field was very competitive this year, with almost 700 entries reviewed by more than 250 evaluators. “We congratulate all the Gold Quill Award winners for their work and dedication to excellence in strategic communication,” said Stephanie Doute, CAE, executive director of IABC. “Their success is a testament to the fact that professional communicators create solid business outcomes for their organizations.” Already the recipient of numerous local and international publishing awards in previous years, Media Wise romped off with four awards at the 16th Philippine Quill Awards held July 9, 2018 at the Manila Marriott in Pasay City for three of its recent coffee-table books:  PNB: One Hundred Years of Service Excellence and St. Andrew's School - One Hundred Years - Pro Deo et Patria (both in the Publications category) and The Maestro of Philippine Basketball (for Writing and Special Projects). Winners of a Philippine Quill are considered to have achieved the pinnacle in business communication excellence.  Previously, Jesuits In Mindanao: The Mission won the Philippine Quill Award of Excellence for Publications under the Communications Skills Division at the 2013 Quill Awards, and another at the IABC Asian Pacific Silver Quill Awards held in Singapore last year. On the March: The Jesuits in the Philippines Since the Restoration was also co-published with a fellow Xavier University alumnus Manuel Paras Engwa, with the proceeds going to the Philippine Jesuit Aid Association (PJAA) for the benefit of the elderly, retired and infirm Jesuits, and the promotion of Jesuit vocations. Meantime, PNB: One Hundred Years of Service Excellence also won a Gold Anvil Award at the 52nd Anvil Awards last year. Ocampo Cruz began his first eight years of education at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan in 1959 (Grade School, 1967). He moved to St. Andrew’s School in Parañaque City (High School, 1971) and the University of Santo Tomas (Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in painting, 1976). A visual artist, advertising and publishing professional, Monching (as he is known to friends), is a multi-awarded publisher and artist. After a stint with Sining Makulay CATV (a cable television company) and national broadsheet Manila Chronicle, he established his own graphic design and publishing company, Media Wise Communications, Inc. in 1993. He won his first Catholic Mass Media citation as well as a Philippine Quill award for publishing MUSE, a magazine dedicated to art, culture and travel. He has had three solo art exhibits. A proud product of XU Grade School, Monching also gained acclaim for his publication of the Ateneo de Manila University’s sesquicentennial coffee table book, 150: The Ateneo Way by Fr. Jose S. Arcilla, SJ (2009); and Veritas Integras Justita: 75 Years of the Ateneo Law School published for the Ateneo Law School. (RMB)

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Ensuring water security for the emerging city of tomorrow

April 5, 2019

• Metropolitan Cagayan de Oro master plan for sustainable urban infrastructure   A SUSTAINABLE water supply is one of the priorities in the Master Plan for the Sustainable Infrastructure Development of Metropolitan Cagayan de Oro now being formulated by the National Economic Development Authority Region 10.      As defined by the College of Engineering and Applied Science of the University of Colorado Denver, urban infrastructure refers to engineered systems such as water, energy, transport, sanitation, and information that make up a city.      However, challenges’ resulting from increasing population growth foresees a need for sustainable infrastructure that is high performing, cost-effective, resource-efficient and environmentally-friendly. (UCD, 2015) In the construction and physical and organizational structures that enable cities to function, meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the capabilities of the future generations is paramount. (Tiwari, 2016).      Metropolitan Cagayan de Oro is included in the Philippine Development Plan of 2017-2022 which envisions Region 10’s role in National Development with the emergence of Metro CDO as the Philippines’ 4th Metropolitan Center by 2025 as a major gateway & trans-shipment hub, and Key educational center with potential growth in the banana industry, rubber, bamboo, cacao, coco coir, coffee, agribusiness, and tourism.      With a total population of 1, 219, 005 as of 2015 and total land area of 2,221, 13 square kilometers, Metro CDO initially includes Cagayan de Oro and El Salvador cities in Misamis Oriental, eleven municipalities in Misamis Oriental (Initao, Gitagum, Libertad, Laguindingan, Alubijid, Opol, Tagoloan, Villanueva, Jasaan, Claveria, and Balingasag) and six municipalities in Bukidnon (Manolo Fortich, Baungon, Sumilao, Malitbog, Libona, and Talakag).      “Originally 11 municipalities and 2 cities were involved but the configuration of Metro CDO has evolved,” said NEDA 10 Regional Director Mylah Faye B. Cariño. “More municipalities are being considered.”      Population trends indicate Metro CDO will have a total population of 1,382,574 on 2.73 growth rate by 2020, to grow further to a populace of 1,559,475 on 1.28 growth rate by 2025.      Perhaps no entity appreciates the challenges presented by this metropolization better than the Cagayan de Oro City Water District (COWD) which has often been criticized for not being able to keep up with the demand for water in the booming metropolis.      At present, COWD provides water services to 64 of Cagayan de Oro’s 80 barangays, 7 of Opol, Misamis Oriental’s 14 barangays, and Barangay, Casinglot in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.      COWD General Manager Bienvenido V. Batar, Jr. acknowledges the enormity of the challenge facing the water district in keeping up with the growing demand for water in Cagayan de Oro.      “COWD relies solely on its water sales to fund its operations and implement improvements and expansion projects,” Batar noted.  He said COWD does not receive any form of subsidy from either the local or national government.      “For instance, even an extension of our service to one upland barangay like Indahag would already require a capital outlay of P300-million, which is currently beyond our means since we still have outstanding loans to the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) to settle,” Batar said.      To rectify this situation, COWD has formed a joint venture company, Cagayan de Oro Bulk Water Inc. (COBI) with MetroPac Water Investments Corporation (MWIC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation to undertake the supply of bulk treated water to address the increasing demand of Cagayan de Oro City.      The project has a term of 30 years, renewable for another 20 years, and involves the supply of up to 100 MLD of treated bulk water, as well as construction of transmission lines and rehabilitation of the Camaman-an Reservoir to supply the COWD, which currently has about 100,000 service connections serving some 700,000 residents.      During groundbreaking rites for a new pipeline held last August, 2018 at Barangay Camaman-an,  COWD Chairman of the Board of Directors Eduardo Montalvan said the water district is targeting a 24/7 water supply for every household regardless of their location in the city.      “We have been receiving complaints from various parts of the city that water is only available during certain times of the day,” Montalvan said in Bisayan. “With this project, we are striving to catch up to make sure water supply is available to anyone in the city during all times of the day.”      At present, COWD has estimated water demand in the East Service Area at 114.456MLD) which is barely covered by its 17 production wells in Barangays Bugo, Agusan, Tablon, Macasandig and Nazareth.      With the commissioning of the new pipeline, total supply for the East Area has risen 17.5% with an additional 20MLD from the COBI bulk water plant in Baungon, Bukidnon and further by 15% with an additional 20MLD by 2020.      “But this is not the end; we still have more projects to implement after this. Now we are catching up with the progress of the rest of the city, we will try even harder to keep pace and stay ahead by providing clean and safe water for all residents of the city,” Montalvan assured.      Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno acknowledged the import and historicity of the ground breaking event for the city’s future.      “This is a breakthrough and milestone which will propel Cagayan de Oro to a greater advantage that we really deserve. I cannot thank MWIC and COWD enough for doing what should have been done 20 years ago when CDO was starting to grow,” Moreno said.      “Now we have this chance to rectify the past. Cagayan de Oro will never be a team without the water district. The water district is very, very essential. In the same manner that all other utilities are essential. We need the COWD to grow; we need the COWD to be even ahead of the city’s growth.”      After the pipeline, COWD activated its Camaman-an Reservoir last November 9, 2018 after a P26 million Retrofitting and Waterproofing restored the facility after it had lain idle for some time.      With a storage capacity of 5,300,000 liters, the facility boosted water supply and pressure in barangays Camaman-an, Gusa, and Lapasan, especially within the Limketkai Center central business district.      The new pipeline and reservoir improved water pressure and supply to the East Service area was originally planned for completion by June 2019 was finished ahead of schedule.      The facility will initially supply an additional 20 million liters daily (MLD) of treated potable water to benefit the East Service Area from Barangays Lapasan to Tablon, (including Camaman-an) during its first phase, to be augmented by an additional 20 MLD during the second phase.      “The reactivation of this facility will help address the increasing demand for water supply in Cagayan de Oro City,” said Rodrigo O. Yabut, COBI general manager.      By the third quarter of 2019, some 50,000 households or an estimated 300,000 people stand to benefit from a new pipeline that will service the COWDS’s East Service Area from Barangays Lapasan to Bugo.      “The 600 millimeter (mm) steel pipeline will carry treated water from the COBI bulk water treatment plant in Baungon, Bukidnon to the eastern part of the service area,” Batar said. “Ultimately, this pipeline will carry 40 MLD and increase our capability to deliver water service to areas such as Taguanao, Mandumol, Upper Cugman, Upper Gusa, and Camaman-an.”      “This will also help us balance the existing supply from Macasandig and Bugo, and improve water service in the entire eastern part of the city,” Batar added.      The P251-million cost for the nine kilometer pipeline and the Camaman-an Reservoir retrofitting and waterproofing is entirely underwritten by (MWIC) but the facility would be turned over to and operated by COWD upon its completion under its joint venture Cagayan de Oro Bulk Water, Inc. (COBI).      The COWD has attained significant milestones since July 2016 when Mayor Moreno started his second term as Cagayan de Oro City Mayor.      Facility wise, the COWD’s pipeline network increased 12 kms. from 553.614 kms to 565.852, its production wells increased from 26 to 28 and while the number of reservoirs remained at 7, the Camaman-an reservoir has been rehabilitated and activated at no cost to the water district.      These facility improvements have enabled the COWD to increase its bulk water supply to its East Service Area from zero to 20MLD and supply from production wells from 86 to 91MLD. Similarly, bulk water supply to the West Service Area increased from 40MLD to 60MLD, more than compensating from the minimal decline in production wells volume from 34 to 33.      In toto, bulk water supply to the entire service area increased from 40 to 80MLD while production wells volume similarly rose from 120 to 124MLD, resulting in a net gain of 44MLD (+27.5%) to 204MLD.      These improvements have enabled COWD to increase its number of residential and government concessionaires from 83,430 to 91,629; commercial/industrial connections from 6,038 to 6,595, thus increasing its number of active service connections from 89,468 to 98,348 and consequently, the number of residents served from  89,468 to 700,000.      COWD has previously undertaken various expansion projects to improve water supply to existing and heretofore unserved and underserved areas of the city.      Its Phase I improvements with a P32M loan from the Local Water Utilities Administration      (LWUA) completed in 1978 included the construction of the Macasandig Booster Pumping Station, Bugo Pumping Station and wells, and transmission lines, enabling COWD to provide water to the residents of Gusa, Cugman, Kauswagan, Bayabas, Bonbon, Patag and Bulua.      In 1983, COWD’s water services reached barangays Balulang, Calaanan and Mandumol with the P95M-worth Phase II Improvement Project, followed by a third phase initiated in 1996 and completed in 2005.      This included the drilling of 22 deep wells; construction of 12 pumping stations and 3 reservoirs; purchase of 17 standby power generators; laying out of 23-kilometer steel transmission pipes and 69-kilometer uPVC distribution pipes and installation of 26,000 service connections.      This phase added 70 MLD to its water production and enabled COWD to serve another 203,000 people or 46,200 households in Cagayan de Oro City and the nearby municipality of Opol.      Not the least, COWD entered into a Bulk Water Supply Agreement with Rio Verde Water Consortium which started providing an additional 40MLD in 2007.

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Sara endorses Bambi, Ruthie

April 5, 2019

GINGOOG CITY - Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, the leader of Hugpong ng Pagbabago, on Friday (April 5) endorsed the candidacies of reelectionist Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano and Gingoog City mayoral candidate Ruthie Guingona, the outgoing vice mayor, respectively. In a jampacked Arturo S. Lugod Memorial Sports & Cultural Center in Gingoog City, more than 5,000 fans of Emano’s PaDayon Pilipino and Guingona’s Team Serbisyo cheered Friday noon as the hands of the leaders of their respective local parties were raised. Emano is running for his third and last term as governor of Misamis Oriental while Guingona preferred to switch posts for this May 13 elections with her daughter, the outgoing mayor Marie Guingona. Gingoog City has the largest voting populace among the 23 municipalities and two cities in the province at 63,130. Emano’s PaDayon Pilipino preferred to coalesce with Guingona’s formidable Team Serbisyo, ditching the candidacy of vice mayoral bet Rep. Peter Unabia, whose son Christian remains to be PaDayon Pilipino’s congressional bet for the first legislative district of the province in a separate coalition with PDP-Laban. Also present during the endorsement were vice gubernatorial candidate President Elipe, second district congressional candidate Jose Benjamin Benaldo and Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) candidates Dexter Yasay, Gerardo Sabal III, Nancy Madjos, Ken Niño Uyguangco, Wayne Militante and Syre Mae Emano – all organic PaDayon Pilipino members. Along with the younger Unabia, noticeably absent were the SP candidates from the PaDayon Pilipino-PDP-Laban coalition – Virgelia Dumadag, Frederick Khu and Vincent Pelaez. For Team Serbisyo, Duterte-Carpio jointly raised the hands of the Guingonas along with candidates for councilor Myrna Motoomull, Thaddeus Lugod, Wayne Militante Jr., Jerome Mercado, April Rose Vosotros, Anjun Gomez, Condrado Gomez Jr., Delia Ubalde, Fredeswinda Teatro, Miguel Paderanga and Judeline Bernaldez.

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Cops seize 3 sacks of marijuana

April 4, 2019

ILIGAN City--Police authorities recovered sacks of marijuana plants in Barangay Lumbatan Manacab in Buadipuso Buntong, Lanao del Sur last Sunday (March 31). The police managed to recover the three sacks of marijuana plants weighing 30 kilograms from the area from a tipster. Police Captain Jemar Delos Santos, information officer of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PRO-BARMM), said the plants were already uprooted and sacked when the police arrived in the area. “Sila na ang nagbunot ng marijuana plants… sa bundok daw po nakatanim sa malawak na taniman,” Delos Santos said. Delos Santos said there are leads on the identity of the owners of the marijuana plantation and is now under investigation. Police Brigadier General Graciano Mijares, regional director of PRO-BARMM, said the confiscated marijuana plants were brought to Buadipuso Buntong Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.

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Veterans Bank Receives an Anvil for Its History Wall

April 4, 2019

Philippine Veterans Bank wins a Silver Anvil for its History Wall project in the recent 54th Anvil Awards presented by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP).      The PVB History Wall project aims to educate the younger generation on the values, history, and legacy of our Filipino World War II veterans through informative and colorful panels in PVB branches that retell the story of one of the darkest chapters of our history. What makes the History Wall unique is that each wall is customized to include the local World War II history of where the branch is located.      The PVB History Wall won the prestigious Anvil citation under the Public Relations Tools: Exhibit and Special Event category for “inspiring nationalism and portraying the Filipino at his best through a History Wall that pays tribute to Filipino heroism and the sacrifice of men and women during World War II.”

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Oro amphitheater gets facelift

April 4, 2019

MAYOR Oscar Moreno on Thursday (April 4) led the groundbreaking for the P76-million renovation of the historic City Amphitheater in the old center city of Plaza Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City. The initial phase of the project - to be supervised by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) - will consist of an amphitheater at the back of Cagayan river along Burgos street with a river rafting-themed monument. (River rafting is a signature tourism destination in the city.) It will also consist of another building for office use with a footbridge leading to a multi-level parking building that can accommodate 40 vehicles. A boulevard park will be erected alongside the eastern bank of the river. But Moreno said the development won't stop there. The P76-million facelift, bankrolled by the office of Cagayan de Oro-born Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, will extend up to the five blocks of Plaza Divisoria. The new Divisoria pays homage to the old Divisoria which was constructed at the turn of the last century by entrepreneur Tirso Neri. "In any community, there is a landmark that connects generations upon generations. It is our duty to preserve such landmarks," Moreno said during the groundbreaking rite. The whole development is part of a larger infra-based resiliency project assisted by UN Habitat called Project Lunhaw. Project Lunhaw (green in vernacular) encompasses the installation of environmentally-sound and climate change-resilient structures from Duaw Park to Maharlika bridge. It will consist of picnic areas, biking and jogging lanes, ramps for persons with disabilities, among numerous others.  

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