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TESDA-X holds free TVET enrollment on Labor Day

May 1, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, --The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) in Region 10 spearheaded a free Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) enrollment at Limketkai Center as part of the 117thLabor Day celebration in the region. Tesda Region 10 Director Tarhata Mapandi said they are offering 1,800 scholarship slots worth Php14 million. The event aims to cater to the enrolment of applicants who are interested in availing free skills training, particularly those who think they are still lacking the required skills for their dream jobs. Fifty-two TVET providers, both private and public, participated in the enrollment.  Training of qualified applicants will start this month. Tesda-X also showcased various skills through a skills demonstration by selected technical-vocational institutions in Misamis Oriental. This includes motorcycle repair, facial care, dressmaking, baking, and coffee-making. Free massage, facial make-up, and haircut were also offered during the activity. (APB/PIA10)

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DTI-10 opens 2-day livelihood fair on Labor Day

May 1, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, --The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 10 led the opening of the two-day Trabaho, Negosyo, at Kabuhayan (TNK) Livelihood Fair which aims present the government-assisted livelihood projects. The livelihood fair is part of the activities for the 117thLabor Day celebration to advocate job seekers to consider entrepreneurial opportunities. DTI Region 10 Director Linda Boniao said the TNK is a signature event forged by the secretaries of DTI, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) in promoting employment across the country. She said entrepreneurs are not only self-employed but they are also employing other people from the production to marketing of their products. “That is why we promote business so that we multiply our workforce and create products for the development of our country,” Boniao further said. The fair features 20 livelihood projects assisted by DTI, DOLE, and Tesda, as well as Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Department of Agriculture (DA). One participant of the fair is the Abaga Muslim-Christian Farmers Organization which produces food products such as turmeric powder, salabat, peanuts, peanut butter, and palapa. The organization which is based in Baloi, Lanao del Norte started in 2014. Ansary Elias, the contact person of the organization, said he is glad that his organization is one of the recipients of government livelihood projects. Elias said DOLE assisted them through capitalization while DTI provided assistance on packaging and labeling. Through participation in various livelihood fairs organized by DTI, they were also able to market their products to the other parts of the country. Elias is proud that some of the orders they are receiving are coming from Cebu and Manila. (APB/PIA10)

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Declaration of June 15 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day pushed

April 29, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 26 -- Considering that the Anti-Elderly Abuse Ordinance was already approved in the previous council, we may now declare every 15th day of June each year as Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This was pointed out by Councilor Ian Mark Q.  Nacaya in his special report during the regular session presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy as he presented the draft ordinance declaring every 15th day of June of every year as Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.  Resolution No. 66/127 adopted and/or issued on December 19, 2011 by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, specifically section 21, designates every 15th of June as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and invites all member state organizations of the UN system and other international and regional organizations as well as civil society including non-governmental organizations and individuals to observe it in an appropriate manner, Nacaya stressed.  The ordinance aims to ensure the meaningful observance of the day when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations, he added.  The councilor clarified that the ordinance has no penalty clause.         It provides that a comprehensive public education and awareness program shall be undertaken on the issues which affect the health and human rights of older persons.  Under the ordinance, the CSWD shall oversee the implementation of education and awareness programs specifically on issues on  causes, consequences, treatment and the prevention of elder abuse, as well as the big importance of giving respect to the elderly and preserving their dignity for a holistic approach in battling the said abuse. It seeks to ensure that the education campaign shall be meaningful and that the intention to protect and defend the elderly are underscored.  The Office of the Senior Citizens and the CSWD, as well as the accredited non-government organizations (NGOs) and private sector, shall lead the implementation of intensive education campaign and awareness program for elderly abuse and protection within the city, among others.  The proposed ordinance was referred by Vice Mayor Uy to the committee on senior citizens chaired by Councilor Leon D.M. Gan, Jr., for appropriate action.

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Peace, security contribute to Region X significant increase in economy

April 29, 2019

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro, April 26 City – Northern Mindanao ranked seventh among the fastest growing regional economy in the Philippines; second in Mindanao after Davao Region based on the media forum of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA 10) held April 25, 2019 in Cagayan de Oro City.   The activity was spearheaded by NEDA 10 Director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño and participated by Wilma Guillen, assistant national statistician of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), PSA X chief Janith Aves, representatives from other government agencies in the region and members of the media.  Based on the presentation of Dir. Cariño, the 2018 Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) of Northern Mindanao has increased to 7% from 5.8% in 2017.  “Among the three major economic industries, Services like manufacture, transport, and communication remained to have the largest share of the region’s economy with 44.1%, followed by Industry 35.6% and Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry, and Fishing with 20.3%”, Cariño said.   Also, the poverty of Northern Mindanao drastically decreased from 35% in 2017 to 25% in the 1st semester of 2018.   Dir. Cariño added that if the region wants to continue with its economic growth, peace and security must be maintained and prioritized. “Peace, public security and safety must be number one on our considerations in order for Northern Mindanao to continue its growth. If we won’t have public law and order we will lose investors and the economy will significantly decrease,” Cariño emphasized.   Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio M Gacal, commander 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division said, “I am very happy that the 4th ID has contributed in the increase of the economy of Region 10 in 2018 by upholding peace. We assure our people that 4ID will continue with our mandate in pursuing long-lasting peace and development in Northern Mindanao and in CARAGA region.”   Gacal also said, “I am confident that Region's Convergence Areas on Peace and Development (CAPDev) will be able to help Northern Mindanao in its growth into becoming developed and conflict-resilient.”

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Masons holds 103rd AnCom 2019 in CDO

April 26, 2019

AN expected five thousand Filipino Masons from all over the country gather in Cagayan de Oro City, kicking off their 4-day yearly convention, from April 24 to 27, 2019.       Called the “103rd Annual Communication (AnCom 2019),” the meeting opens amid ceremonial pomp. Mayor Oscar Moreno delivers the welcome address, while Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, who is a Mason, is the guest speaker.       Governed by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines in Manila, Filipino delegates not only from the Philippines but also from countries such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan and the United States converge in this City of Golden Friendship. Foreign dignitaries from these countries are also here to attend the Ancom. They will discuss yearend reports on masonic agendas, which include their numerous charities and philanthropies. They will also vote for the “Junior Grand Warden” who will stand in line to hold the position of future “Grand Master,” the title of the supreme head of Masons.      On Saturday, April 27,2019, they will seat into office the new “Most Worshipful Grand Master” who will lead the fraternity for the year 2019 - 2020. He is Agapito S. Suan, Jr., a homegrown businessman of Cagayan de Oro City. Making a name in realty and advertising business, Most Worshipful Jun Suan is set to work under his administration’s theme of “Charity and Humility: Foundations of a True Mason.”       Noteworthy, the Grand Master’s lofty office passes from one Mindanaoan to another. Former Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo, from Surigao del Sur, is the outgoing Grand Master. Replacing MW Romy Momo is MW Jun Suan of Cagayan de Oro.       Credited as the oldest existing fraternity in the world today, Freemasonry took roots in the Philippines at the onset of the 1890s. Filipino heroes joined the society operating secretly at that time, namely: Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Antonio Luna, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Apolinario Mabini, Graciano Lopez Jaena, among others.      What is Freemasonry? It is a civic movement promoting brotherhood and good works. It is a system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols. Its meetings are characterized by initiations and rituals. As such, it is viewed by churches and governments as a secret society. But their charity and philanthropy are not a secret. They are an inseparable part of Freemasonry. Millions of dollars are spent in retirement homes, orphanages and hospitals to help the widows, the aged, the orphans and the burned and crippled children. They have a saying: “No man stands so tall as when he stoops down to help a needy child.”      With blazing hearts we can humbly say, that Charity and Philanthropy are the lifeblood of Freemasonry.

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Biggest sports training center in Mindanao to rise in Cagayan de Oro

April 26, 2019

Photo credits to CDOinfonet CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The biggest state-of-the-art sports training center will soon have its place in the City of Golden Friendship. Oscar "Boy" Dacoco, the city's sports consultant said it will definitely rise at a three hectare property of the city government in barangay Lumbia. The proposed Cagayan de Oro City Sports Training Center will be well-equipped with facilities such as rubberized track and field oval, football, softball and baseball fields, Olympic-standard size swimming pool, lawn tennis courts, archery range, boxing gym, athletes’ quarters (dormitory), canteen and parking spaces.  After Mayor Oscar Moreno's tremendous successes in establishing bigger school buildings in almost all the barangays in the city, the next big thing would be the proposed sports training center. Mayor Oscar Moreno envisioned the establishment of this sports training center to give athletes better venue for solid training that will also result into bagging of local and international awards and recognition in the future. "I hope to elevate into higher level the performance of elite athletes from Cagayan de Oro City and neighboring areas in the region, who will bring pride and honor to the city and Northern Mindanao in local, national and even international sporting events," the city mayor said.  To ensure a fully-sustained and scientific training approach, Moreno said, the city government plans to provide monthly stipend, food allowance, free education and dormitory accommodation so that the selected trainees-athletes could really concentrate and focus on their strenuous training.  Sports focal person Stephen ‘Pong’ Dacoco said the Philippine Sports Commission had already sent their technical experts who made the CDO sports training center’s perspective and 3D-format technical design as requested by Mayor Moreno, who sought the help of PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez.  The mayor, however said, the big project will need more funds from the local and national government.  

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