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5th Cagayan de Oro Chinese New Year Festival lauded

January 29, 2020

Community leaders from the local government and people’s organizations are unanimous in their praise for the recently concluded 5th Cagayan de Oro Chinese New Year Festival held in this City of Golden Friendship from January 20-27, 2020. Fireworks make a spectacular backdrop to Bell Church Cagayan de Oro during Lunar New Year's Eve last Jan 24 (Wowel Condeza, CIO) The City Government through the Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, the Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese Community of 21 organizations and shopping malls put together a full calendar of events covering the Chinese Lunar New Year culture and traditions, performing and visual arts, culinary festivals, and Dragon Boat Races enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. “The celebration of the recent Chinese Lunar New Year was magnificent and amazing, thanks to the concerted efforts of the entire Cagayan de Oro community, Chinese and non-Chinese! Congratulations to everyone!” said City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno. Besides coordinating the launching program and festival events, the city government also held a Chinese Food Festival at the City Hall Mini Park and a daily Symphony of Lights at Gaston Park as its contributions to the week-long celebration. As a show of amity and fellowship with the Filipino-Chinese community, Moreno also led a delegation of city hall officials who attended the New Year’s Eve rites on January 24 at Bell Church Cagayan de Oro where he was accorded the traditional honor of lighting the first incense stick that would grant his wish for the New Year. Eileen E. San Juan, Local Economic and Investment Promotion Officer and city hall’s point person for this year’s festival, echoed a similar observation. “This year’s festival had more events and largely organized by partner organizations and malls. Presentations from participating schools have leveled up. Chinese Cosplay was well participated and higher performance quality. As ever, the Filipino-Chinese community has been most supportive in this celebration,” San Juan noted. This year also marked the first time a foreign delegation led by Edwin Hou, Vice Chairman of the Stanley Dragon Boat Association of Hong Kong attended the festival. The delegation was in town to help officiate the 2nd Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race and conduct training for local race officials. “I did not expect Chinese New Year to be celebrated so festively outside of China,” Mr. Hou remarked, who admitted it was his first time to experience the Spring Festival outside Hong Kong and China. Mayor Oscar Moreno and Greg Lao enjoy the Chinese New Year's Eve fireworks at Rodelsa Cirle. (photo by Mike Baños)   The Misamis Oriental Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.  (MOFCCCII) which has been instrumental in organizing this annual festival started in 2016, was similarly ebullient in their praise. “This is the fifth year that the Chinese New Year is celebrated with festivity in Cagayan de Oro City-all due to the efforts and good intentions of Hon. City Mayor Oscar Moreno and his vice mayor Hon. Rainier Joaquin Uy,” said Simon L. Ching, MOFCCCII President, during the January 20 launch of the festival at Gaston Park. “This simply shows that the government treasures its relationships with the Filipino-Chinese Community and that the friendship between the Filipino and Chinese community is paramount to the success of the city as a whole. I would like to take this time to thank the city government for its continued efforts to foster this friendship and that we can continue to grow it together.” Moreno was similarly upbeat in his recognition of the Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese community not only for the success of this year’s festival, but for their invaluable contribution to the progress and prosperity of the city and Northern Mindanao. The Filipino-Chinese Community of Cagayan de Oro includes 21 community organizations, including family associations, chambers of commerce, schools, martial arts, civic and religious fraternities,  including the following: Misamis Oriental Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc.;  Mindanao Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China in the Philippines; Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc.; Cagayan de Oro You We Tong Civic & Religious Fraternity, Inc.; Oro Christian Grace School; Misamis Oriental Liong Tek Fraternity Association, Inc.; Sejo-Lim Family Association-Northern Mindanao Chapter; Cagayan de Oro Bell Church Foundation, Inc.; Kong Hua School; Cagayan de Oro Volunteer Fire Brigade, Inc.; Phil. Wushu Federation-Cagayan de Oro Chapter; Phil. Kim Mun Association-Misamis Oriental Chapter ; Cagayan Gospel Church ; Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese Amity Club;  Cagayan de Oro San Lorenzo Filipino-Chinese Catholic Community; Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.-Misamis Oriental Chapter; Philippine Chinese High School Alumni Association-Cagayan de Oro Chapter; Misamis Oriental Progressive Mason Temple, Inc.; Kong Hua School, Inc.; and the Chee Kung Tong Chinese Free Mason Misamis Oriental Branch.    “I want to thank the Chinese community not only in Cagayan de Oro but the whole of Mindanao. Mindanao has had a period of brutal and cruel conflict. I’m sure in the past your forefathers could have though seriously of relocating elsewhere to find a more peaceful place. But they decided to stay on and remain permanently here in Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao, and that to me is a very heartwarming vote of confidence for the people of Mindanao,” Moreno said. Cagayan de Oro has consistently ranked among the top 10 cities in regional competitiveness since the inception of the rankings, ranking 5th in the latest 2019 edition. “ “It’s now up to us to take avail of the good peace and order condition to catch up, or even go higher than the national average. Mindanao has exhibited consistent growth, particularly Northern Mindanao and the Davao region. And Socsksargen is catching up. Caraga and Zamboanga peninsula are also picking up. We are hopeful and confident the BARMM would be able to catch up with the recent peace initiatives that had been finalized, “he added. “We wish to thank everyone for making Cagayan de Oro the way it is today. I would like to thank the community, particularly the Filipino-Chinese community, for being one with us in looking for a better tomorrow that will be enjoyed, not just by a particular sector, but by everyone here in Cagayan de Oro, and Northern Mindanao,” Moreno said in acknowledgment. Mayor Oscar S. Moreno plants the first incense stick during Lunar New Year's Eve rites at Bell Church Cagayan de Oro. (photo by Mike Baños)

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NorMin biz sector commits CSR funds for CAPDev program

January 29, 2020

Cagayan de Oro City – The National Economic and Development Authority-Regional Office X (NEDA-X), and the Department of the Interior and Local Government-Regional Office X (DILG-X) met with the business sector of Northern Mindanao on 24 January 2020 at the Mallberry Hotel, this city.     Unified in their pursuit of attaining sustainable peace and inclusive development in Northern Mindanao, the discussion focused on how to further strengthen collaboration and partnership in leveraging resources from the business sector through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds. Business sector partners that participated in the forum included the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Region X Chapter (PCCI-X), PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate-Misamis Oriental Industry Association Inc. (PIE-MO IA), Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Industry Association (COHARA), Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. in Northern Mindanao (PhilExport10), the Gonzalo and Carmen Abaya Memorial Foundation, Inc. (GCAMFI), Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (CEPALCO), FDC Misamis Power Corporation, First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FIBECO), Asia Brewery Inc., and the MINERGY Power Corporation. NEDA-X Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño emphasized the need for the government, the business sector, and the civil society organizations to synergize and sustain efforts and resources to operationalize Executive Order (EO) 70 or the Whole-of-Nation Approach in attaining lasting peace and inclusive development in the region. It can be recalled that on 23 October 2019, the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in Region X (RTF-ELCAC X), in partnership with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), conducted the Forum on CSR for Sustainable Peace and Inclusive Development to generate support from the private sector and business organizations on the operationalization of EO 70.  In that forum, the business sector partners committed, through a manifesto, to support the peace and development initiatives in the region. NEDA-X generated information from the business sector on their CSR-funded activities in the region for CY 2020, which will be targeted to the communities under the convergence areas for peace and development (CAPDev) program. For the MINERGY Corporation alone, around PhP 3.0 million of CSR funds are allotted for some of the CAPDev communities. The other companies are in the process of finalizing their CSR commitments for CAPDev program for this year. The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Region X Chapter, together with the companies representing the energy sector, recommended to the RDC-X the need to review the provisions of Energy Regulations (ER) 1-94 to consider aligning its policy with EO 70 on making funds available for the priority focus areas apart from the host communities only.    The ER 1-94 program is a policy under the Department of Energy Act of 1992 and the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA), which stipulates that host communities will get a share of one centavo for every kilowatt-hour (Php 0.01 / kWh) sold by power generation plants operating in its area.   The group reached an agreement that this undertaking will be a continuing engagement, and will be institutionalized in the Regional Development Council (RDC-X) through the conduct of quarterly RDC-X private sector representatives (PSR) meeting and with the appropriate Lines of Efforts (LoEs)/Task Groups. (Archimedes C. Lazaro and Ma. Estrella Luz R. Peñaloza, NEDA-X)   Inset (from left to right): Asia Brewery Inc. Manager Mr. Bienvenido Valdes; NEDA-X Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, CESO III; Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Area Vice-President for Mindanao Ms. Ma. Teresa R. Alegrio.

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3 DOST scientists vie for the prestigious Newton Prize PH

January 29, 2020

Cutting edge research will define who among the five Filipino scientists, three of whom are funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), will snatch the prestigious Newton Prize Award come 28 January 2020 to be held at the equally upscale Manila Polo Club in Makati City. The event is being hosted by the British Embassy Manila. The Newton Prize Philippines celebrates the partnership of the United Kingdom (UK) of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Philippines as well as the success of the Newton Agham rPogramme. This initiative that started in 2014 supports British and Filipino researchers and institutions that work together to develop science, technology, and innovation solutions to pressing problems in their respective countries. There are 17 Newton countries and the Newton Prize 2019 countries include China, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The Newton Prize is a 1 million pound-fund that recognizes the excellent research and innovation works in various disciplines like food security, health, and waste management that is aligned with the United Nation’s sustainable development goals. At the start, there were 20 Newton Prize applications from the Philippines that was trimmed down to five after passing through rigorous evaluation by the Newton Prize judges made up of experts from the UK and the 2019 countries together with feedbacks from expert peer reviewers. Four finalists are competing for the Newton Prize Philippines Award while one finalist will be competing with the other countries’ nominees for the coveted Newton Chair’s Prize. The first award will be given the prize of up to 200,000 pounds per country while the Newton Chair’s Prize has up to 500,000 pounds to be awarded to the project proposal that best demonstrates knowledge and partnership working. The winner for the latter will be announced in the Newton Prize London on 12 February 2020. One of the three nominees whose projects were funded by the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development and its counterpart in the UK, UKRI Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, are Professor Michael Angelo Promentilla from De La Salle University and Dr. Devendra Saroj from University of Surrey. Their project is titled “Water-Energy-Nutrient Nexus in the Cities of the Future”. The entire Philippine Team also included Professor Aileen Huelgas-Orbecido, Dr. Arnel Beltran, Engineer Carla Mae Pausta, and Professor Luis Razon. The next nomineesare Dr. Fe Espino from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and Professor Chris Drakely from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with their research project titled “ENSURE: Enhanced surveillance for control and elimination of malaria in the Philippines”. The entire team is composed of the following: Dr. Jennifer Luchavez, Dr. EdelwisaSegubre-Mercado, Ma. Lourdes Macalinao, Inez Andrea Medado, Alison Paolo Bareng, Ralph Reyes, BeaulahBoncayao, Ellaine de la Fuente, HenneseySabanal, and Christian Anthony Luna. The research project is funded by the DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development and UKRI Medical Research Council. The third, a nominee for the Newton Chair’s Prize, is composed of JopethRamis from the Technological Institute of the Philippines and Professor Felicity Rose from the University of Nottingham with their project titled “Tissue engineering of bronchi in health and sickness: assessing the effect of matrix stiffening on cellular changes in the airways”. Their work is jointly funded by the DOST-Science Education Institute and the British Council. The other two nominees are funded by the Department of Agriculture (DA) together with the UKRI Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The first is titled “Low-cost Portable Molecular Diagnostic Platform for Rapid Detection of Poultry Infectious Pathogens (LMDP) by Dr. Dennis Umali from the University of the Philippines Los Banos and Professor Wamadeva Balachandran from Brunel University London. The second is titled “Using genomics to trace Salmonella transmission and antimicrobial resistance in the poultry and swine food chains in Metropolitan Manila” by Professor Windell Rivera from the Natural Sciences Research Institute of the University of the Philippines Manila and Professor Taane Clark from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Since its inception, this will be the first time for the Newton Prize Philippines to be held in the country to showcase the best research or innovation that promotes economic development and social welfare of Newton partner countries. The application process was administered by the UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) in London by appointment from the UK Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Aside from the DOST and DA, the other Newton Agham Partner is the Commission on Higher Education.  (S&T Media Service)          

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RDC-X Execcom okays 2021 LGU priority projects

January 29, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY–The Regional Development Council Executive Committee of Northern Mindanao (RDC-X ExCom) endorsed the priority programs, activities, and projects (PAPs) of the local government units (LGUs) for FY 2021 national government funding during its meeting on 22 January 2020 at the Chali Beach Resort, this city. The meeting is part of RDC-X’s continuing effort to consult the LGUs on their priority PAPs that will support the region’s development thrusts and priorities as laid out in the Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022 Midterm Update. Thus, these PAPs shall be included in the Updated Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) 2017-2022 and FY 2021 Annual Investment Program (AIP) and as inputs to the FY 2021 budget proposals of concerned regional line agencies (RLAs) and state universities and colleges (SUCs). In his message, RDC-X Chairperson and Misamis Occidental Governor Philip T. Tan highlighted the need for stronger collaboration between national government agencies and LGUs in identifying and implementing PAPs that will improve the quality of life of all Filipinos in the region. “The national and local programs and projects that we propose to implement are just means to our higher goal—usa ka lig-on, hamogaway ug kinabuhi nga adunay kasiguradohan”, Tan said.  The Committee also approved the revised poverty targets and recalibrated poverty reduction strategies of the RDP 2017-2022 Midterm Update.  This is necessary to be consistent with the significant decline of Region X’s poverty rates based on the annual 2018 Official Poverty Statistics of the Philippine Statistics Authority that was released on 6 December 2019. In her presentation, RDC-X Vice Chairperson and NEDA-X Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño said that the region now aims to further reduce poverty incidence among the families and population to below 15 percent and 20 percent by 2022, respectively.  “The RDP strategies need to be recalibrated to support the revised targets, and channel resources to the region’s focus areas and lagging sectors,” Cariño said. The Committee also approved the following: (1) a Research to Determine the Factors Contributing to the Substantial Decline in the 2018 Poverty Rates in Northern Mindanao; (2) revised RDC-X Work and Financial Plan for CY 2020 which included breakthrough activities and initiatives to strengthen learning exchange and stakeholder engagement; and (3) Proposed Projects for Pre-Feasibility/Business Case Studies identified in the Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Development in Metropolitan Cagayan de Oro Master Plan

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Dahilayan Park bags "Best in Resort Industry Leaders" award

December 27, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Dahilayan Park, based in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon Province was one of the three awardees for "Best in Resort Industry Leaders" during the recently concluded 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel on December 13, 2019, and consistently organized by Mindanao Daily News Corporation, purposely to recognize companies, entities and leaders' outstanding performance which contributed to greater develoment in Mindanao.  Other awardees were two equally amazing industry leaders including Kampo Ni Juan also in Bukidnon Province and Club Tara. Dahilayan Park was chosen among the leaders in the resort industry due to its unique format which many vacationers were really amazed. Among those best attractions it offers to its clienteles include a zipall package, zipline 840 metrs, zipline 320 meters, dropzone single, double and dropzone tandem; sky jump, python rollers zipride, flying lizard, ropes course and a lot more packages you can chose from.     Dahilayan Park also bagged the award as "Best in Resort Industry Leaders" at it combined both accommodation and extreme sports and relaxation offerings to travellers and vacationers. This means you do not only stay in your accommodation but there are a lot of amazing attractions and extreme sports you can enjoy and try while staying for good inside the vast Dahilayan Park property in the hinterlands of the landlocked province of Bukidnon.  If you want to stay for more days you can simply check in at Pinegrove Hotel for as slow as P2,800 per night or as high as P6,000 for hotel accommodation. Other Amenities you can also check out: Zip Store  - The Zip Store offers food for meals with a lot of menus you can choose from. There are also snacks for hungry people whow want to crave for delicious food cooked by seasoned chefs in the country. Exclusive Transportation from CDO (w/in downtown area) to Dahilayan & back – P3, 000.00/day/van (maximum 12pax) - For travelers and vacationers, Dahilayan also offers van rental so that they can easily travel from one place to another especially enjoying the night life that the neighboring city of Cagayan de Oro can also offer. Gazebo Rental Fee For only a very minimal fee of P 200.00, you can rent Dahilayan's Gazebo for more family and friends enjoyment. Function Room for 8 hrs are also available at Dahilayan Park for a fee of P3,000.00 With the function rooms, you can choose to celebrate a birthday party, debut, weddings, and all other parties and team building seminar-workshops for companies.  Presentors of the recently concluded 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards include Veterans Bank, Ayala, BPI BanKo, Cooperative Development Authority, provincial government of Misamis Oriental, CORDS 10 and PCOO, Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Pepsi, Washington, Angela Soriano Fashion Design Studio, SELRAHCO PR, Dessert Boss, Pie Square Photo Booth, AVPro and Marzel Digital Studio. PANEL OF JUDGES  The Panel of Judges in this year's awards are Journalist Tessie Superioridad, Mindanao Daily News (MDN) Executive Editor Cris Diaz, MDN Managing Editor Ruel Pelone, MDN and BWM Training Director Joe Felicilda, and MDN Editor in Chief Allan Mediante, MDN columnist Raffy Magbanua, also the former president of the Cagayan de Oro Press Club, Inc. (COPC); and BusinessWeek Mindanao Editor in Chief Nelson Constantino.   One of the best accommodation rooms at Pinegrove Hotel, Dahilayan Park.

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Capitol University Hosts Knowledge Festival 2019

December 14, 2019

Capitol University celebrates the second year of its Knowledge Festival through short powerful talks from experts on Saturday, 14 December 2019. “Capitol University is proud to conduct KNOWLEDGE FESTIVAL 2019, a conference that goes beyond the book!” said Dr. Heidi Grace P. Mendoza, Manager, Knowledge Festival 2019, and Coordinator, Continuing & Professional Learning Program. “A celebration of learning through short powerful talks from experts, it is aimed to enhance the learning experience of students and augment the teaching environment through the sharing of practitioners,” she added. “We are looking forward to have an audience of five hundred students who come from different professions and organizations.” Ms. Mercedes Pelaez-Mejia, chairperson of the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (ECCP) Cagayan de Oro-Northern Mindanao, will be the keynote speaker for the opening ceremony. Power Talks by the powerhouse lineup of speakers immediately follow the brief opening program in AVRs 10-9 from 9:00AM-12NN, to resume at 1-4PM at the same venues following a lunch break. Among the varied topics to be discussed in the Power Talks are “Policy Formulation for National Growth and Development” (Engr. Ted Buenavista, Jr.); “Laws Governing Business Contracts and Agreements” (Atty. Christy M. Jugador); “How to Reduce and Prepare for the Risk of Disaster” (Ms. Margarette Broñola, CDODRRMC); “The Function and Aesthetics of Product Design” (Mr. Chris Gomez); “Keeping the balance between being a Teacher and a Coach” (Mr. Paul R. Juarez)’; “Finding and Keeping the Romantic Love Alive” (Ptr. Alonzo T. Chiong); among others. Festival participants can join two sessions in the morning (9-10:30, 10:30-12) and two in the afternoon (1-2:30, 2:30-4).  There are a total of eighteen topics in the morning and another 18 in the afternoon to choose from. Knowledge Festival 2019, a celebration of learning by the CU graduate school with the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency & Accreditation Program, is organized by the Continuing and Professional Learning Program with the CU Graduate School student body organization in partnership with European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines Cagayan de Oro-Northern Mindanao. Mindanao Daily, BusinessWeek Mindanao and the Metro Cagayan de Oro Times are the official media partners. Progressio Integralis, Pro Deo et Hominibus!

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