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Toyota CDO recommends Shell as official fuel brand

October 23, 2019

Pilipinas Shell and Toyota Cagayan de Oro(CDO) have reaffirmed their partnership with the latter recommending Shell as the official fuel for all their vehicles. Both companies’ dedication to quality and customer satisfaction has led to an expansion of the alliance from CDO to other Toyota branches in North Mindanao. Toyota Cagayan de Oro Senior Vice President Dr. Johnny U. Lu notes that this collaboration is only the extension of a historical partnership that began way back in 1960, when his father owned a Shell station in Kibawe, Province of Bukidnon. “We are driven by the intention of contributing in making Toyota more accessible to its customers.  For the past 50 years, we’ve been delivering quality products and services in the Northern and Western Mindanao. Through this partnership, we will be able to continue enhancing the energy landscape in the Southern Philippines,” Lu said. Toyota Cagayan de Oro joins Toyota Manila Bay and Toyota Talisay (in Cebu) in declaring Shell as their fuel brand of choice. Their customers will be given an efficient head start for their journeys with a Welcome Kit containing Shell Fuel vouchers and a Motorist Guidebook with tips for effective car maintenance and worry-free travels. “We are glad to be joined by the Toyota Cagayan de Oro group in integrating our aspiration to secure a more sustainable energy future and continue to cater to the growing needs of millions of motorists in the region,” Llex Denia, Shell Retail District Manager for Mindanao said. Shell has also established the North Mindanao Import Facility (NMIF) as part of their continued commitment in making the future in the Mindanao region. The facility is one of Shell’s pillars in helping provide energy security for Visayas and Mindanaoas it upgrades the downstream infrastructure, improving the country’s energy resilience through an increase in oil stockpile. On its 105 years of partnering with the Philippines in nation-building, Shell continues to power progress through more and cleaner energy solutions that focus on safety and social responsibility. For more information, visit   

Cagayan de Oro awaits arrival of Pimentel; CDO wake on Oct 23 to 25

October 20, 2019

 Residents eagerly await the arrival Wednesday of its most illustrious son, Aquilino Pimentel Jr., former Senate President and Cagayan de Oro Mayor from 1980-1984.   Kathryna Yu-Pimentel, wife of Senator Aqulino “Koko” Pimentel III announced via Facebook that the remains of the Pimentel patriarch, founder of the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP) and “Father of the Local Government Code,” will arrive in Cagayan de Oro on Wednesday afternoon.   She said there will be a public viewing immediately after arrival at the Cagayan de Oro City Hall, until October 25. From Cagayan de Oro, his remains will be brought back to Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City.   Pimentel Jr., passed away early Sunday morning in a hospital in Metro Manila.   “For those who wish to pay their final respects, this is the schedule of the wake of our beloved Tatay Nene Pimentel,” she wrote.   The date of interment has yet to be announced.   Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno earlier requested the family of the late senator to bring him home so residents of this city and Mindanao can pay their last respects. “The people of Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental would be especially honored to pay our last respects and to give a tribute to Senator Nene here in CDO, as I am sure that our neighbors here in Mindanao would also join us,” Moreno said. The death of Pimentel on Sunday morning, saddened his townmates in this city and leaders of Mindanao as they remembered with gratitude his contribution to the country as a legislator who championed local governance.. Martial law Residents here remember how Pimentel, fondly called here as “Tatay Nene” suffered under the Marcos regime. Every morning, residents would see him walk with his wife, Lourdes “Bing” Dela Llana to the Immaculate Conception Church of Xavier University from their residence along Archbishop Hayes Street in Cagayan de Oro City. The short walk would have been ordinary except that two or three armed soldiers escorted the couple to church. Going to mass every day was a concession from Marcos who had him jailed along with other opposition leaders when martial law was declared on Sept. 21, 1972. Pimentel was jailed four times under martial law. He served as mayor of this city from 1980 to 1984, and as Assemblyman representing Misamis Orientel at the Interim Batasanga Pambansa in 1984. When Marcos was ousted by People Power in February 1986, then President Corazon Aquino appointed him Local Governments Minister. He was elected and served in the Philippine Senate from 1987 to 1992 and for two terms from 1998 to 2004 and 2004 to 2010 where he authored the landmark RA 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991,  devolving powers held by the national government to local government units.   Well-loved In their Facebook reactions, Cagayan de Oro netizens expressed sadness over the passing of a well-loved townmate. “Rest in peace Sen Tatay Nene Pimentel,” Jun Gregorio, a pianist of a local band, posted. “We will fondly remember the good deeds he has shared with this city and the country,”  Cagayan de Oro City Administrator Maria Dulce Tiro Pontentiano said. “Thank you for service, Senator Nene,” businessman Marriz Agbon said. Zia Alonto Adiong , a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, said the late Pimentel was instrumental in the realization of a regional government for the Bangsamoro people and fought hard for the devolution of powers to the local government units across the country. “We owe to him the Local Government Code. Mindanao has just lost one of her cherished sons, “ Adiong said. Adiong also remembered how as mayor of Cagayan de Oro, Pimentel welcomed the influx of Meranaws fleeing to the city when Marcos declared martial law. Faced by sharp criticisms from some residents in the city, Adiong narrated Pimentel argued that Cagayan de Oro residents should not mistreat Meranaws and instead welcome them. “In the latest survey, there are more than a thousand Meranaw families who are permanently residing in the city. Daghan salamat Sen. Nene Pimentel,” Adiong said. Mindanao to the national consciousness Rep. Frederick Siao of the lone district in Iligan City, said throughout his political career, Pimentel brought Mindanao issues to the front and center of the national consciousness.   “No other native of Mindanao, particularly Northern Mindanao, was both fierce and compassionate as Senator Aquilino 'Nene' Pimentel, Jr.,” Siao said. In a statement, Local Governments Secretary Eduardo Ano said the entire Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) mourns Pimentel’s passing, describing him as “one of the country’s greatest political figures,” and together with President Rodrigo Duterte, “the country’s foremost advocate of a Federal system of government.” Ano asked all LGUs to “remember him in your activities as we commemorate Local Government month” and urged them to “place your flags at half-mast as a sign of respect to this great advocate of local autonomy and empowerment.” PDP Secretary General and Davao del Norte’s 1st District Rep. Pantaleon D. Alvarez described Pimentel as “the icon of democracy and a freedom fighter." "PDP-Laban is not what (it) is now, without his courage and determination to unite the political forces especially those from Mindanao to have a voice and be represented in the political capital,” he said. “He will always be our inspiration, he was selfless and a father to every member of the party,” Alvarez said, adding he hopes the seed of Federalism that Pimentel sowed “will bear fruits with the able leadership” of his son, Koko. "We are hoping that his death will be a reminder to each party member that service to the people is important, above political lines, that his sacrifices will become our source of strength to further foster the party towards a greater goal for the country," Alvarez said. South Cotabato Rep. and House Deputy Speaker Ferdinand Hernandez,  said “We lost a great leader, one of the best leaders Mindanao ever produced.” Hernandez added that Pimentel was an “epitome of a principled leader,” one of the pillars of freedom and democracy in the country who “never compromised his beliefs and principles.”

RDC-X approves NorMin’s RDP 2017-2022 midterm update

October 7, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY --The Regional Development Council of Northern Mindanao (RDC)-X approved the Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022 Midterm Update during its 119th Full Council Meeting recently at N Hotel, this city. The RDP 2017-2022 Midterm Update contains the assessment of the accomplishments in the first three years of the implementation of the plan which served as bases in the updating of the strategies; policy actions; and programs, projects, and activities for the remaining period of the plan. Presided over by RDC-X vice-chairperson and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño, the body also approved the proposed reconstitution of the Regional Gender and Development Committee; proposed creation of the Regional Halal Committee; membership of the Cooperative Development Authority in the Economic Development Committee and RDC-X Full Council; and proposed amendments to the RDC-X guidelines in the granting and utilization of region X’s share of the financial benefits under DOE Energy Regulation No. 1-94. RDC-X also endorsed the following: request for funding from FY 2020 budget of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Central Office for the rehabilitation of NTC-X regional office main building; request for the Department of Budget and Management to hasten the approval of the proposed organizational structure and staffing pattern of the Department of Information and Communications Technology for the regionalization of its offices; and request of the local government units of Tangub City to enjoin the Land Registration Authority to fast track the issuance of Decree of Registration for Portions of the following: Lot 123, Cad 271; Lot 2, Cad. 27; and Lot 106, Cad. 271. Moreover, the body expressed support to the OROBEST Innovation Program ad ORO BEST Expo; Philippine Industrial Summit on November 26-28, 2019 in Cagayan de Oro City; creation of a Regional Task Force “Juan Magsasaka”; creation of a Regional Task Force on African Swine Fever; institutionalizing tree growing during the International Day of Forest, Arbor Day and Philippine Environment Month; Agham Bayan Mindanao 2010; formulation of the Master Plan for Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Development in Metropolitan Cagayan de Oro; and RDC-IV A Resolution expressing objection to the release of former Mayor Antonio Sanchez and urging the Department of Justice to withhold the early release of the former mayor; among others. Additional non-voting members were also confirmed. These include the 1st Infantry Tabak Division, 403rd Infantry Brigade, 2nd Mechanized Brigade, Philippine National Police Regional Office 10, Philippine Commission on Women, Research Institute for Mindanao Culture, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Mindanao Indigenous People's Youth Organization, National Irrigation Administration Regional Office 10, and the Department of Information and Communications Technology Mindanao Cluster 2. The RDC-X the highest policy-making body in the Northern Mindanao. It coordinates and sets the direction of all economic and social development efforts in the region. (APB/PIA10)

SWU PHINMA students display knowledge, skills in Basic Education Day

October 7, 2019

Southwestern University (SWU) PHINMA students enjoyed a day of fun, games, and competition during the annual Basic Education Day on September 26. They showed their knowledge, talents, and capabilities and displayed STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in action through problem-based learning. The event features one of the biggest chess tournaments in Cebu City with about 280 pairs of players facing off against each other at the University Coliseum. The 7-round Swiss chess tournament is facilitated by Mark Mangubat, an arena grand master and SWU PHINMA’s Chess Sports Club coach together with international chess arbiter, Felix Poloyapoy Jr. This is part of SWU PHINMA’s initiative called Chess Time in which students are required to attend to a scheduled number of chess hours every week, giving them the opportunity to earn badges for every win and to enjoy and master chess under the spirit of sportsmanship. Chess Time, one of the initiatives under the STEM-based curriculum being implemented this school year for Grades 1 to 7, is designed to teach students 21st century skills, such as communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, computational thinking, decisiveness, and wise judgment. “Chess teaches the kids all these skills while developing their focus, discipline, and strategic thinking. It is one gateway for STEM education, and our chess program in the school is the path through that gateway for our budding future grandmasters,” said Glenda Roble, Basic Education principal. Another highlight of the Basic Education Day is the STEM Cosplay and Design Thinking Challenge of the Kinder students. “We challenge our students to expand their imagination while learning to sharpen critical and creative thinking,” said Roble. For more information about Southwestern University PHINMA’s Basic Education Department (Elementary and Junior High School), contact +63 (32) 416 4680 loc. 184 or visit ###

British national, Filipino wife kidnapped in Zambo Sur

October 5, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 05 October) -- Unidentified gunmen abducted a British national and his Filipino wife in Zamboanga del Sur early Friday evening. Capt. Clint Antipala, Army 1st Division public information officer said Allan Hyrons and his wife Wilma Paglinawan were taken by the gunmen at their beach resort in Barangay Alindahaw, Tukuran town in Zamboanga del Sur at around 6:50 p.m. Friday. Antipala said it was not immediately known where the gunmen took the couple or who the suspects are. He said the Army is coordinating with local police in the investigation of the latest kidnapping. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)

Leader of criminal group in Laguna killed in CDO

October 4, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 03 October) – A leader of a criminal gang in Laguna and two others were killed after they traded shots with a police assault team inside a posh subdivision here Thursday night. Cagayan de Oro City police spokesperson Major Evan Viñas said Marvin Fajardo and two of his men died upon arrival at the J.R. Borja Memorial City Hospital where they were brought for treatment. He said Fajardo was a notorious crime gang leader engaged in extortion, kidnapping, and robbery in Laguna and nearby areas, a high value target who came to this city to hide. Several SUV vehicles and firearms were seized by the police at the house where Fajardo and his men were staying in Cagayan de Oro, at Block 12, Lot 25, Portico II Grand Europa Village in Barangay Lumbia, Viñas said. “We are still sifting through the evidence to see how come they came to Cagayan de Oro to hide,” Viñas said. In 2010, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives arrested Fajardo in Malvar town, Batangas for drug trafficking. The case, however, did not prosper and Fajardo was set free. Viñas said Fajardo arrived in Cagayan de Oro sometime in June this year and rented the townhouse at the upscale Grand Europa Village. “We received information that Fajardo was hiding here sometime in July,” Viñas said. A joint team of policemen and elements from the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group from Laguna with an arrest warrant arrived Wednesday. Viñas said the warrant of arrest for direct assault was issued on December 1, 2013 by Judge Michelle Manaig-Calumpong of the 4th Judicial Region MCTC Tanauan City in Batangas. He said gunfire greeted the assault team composed of PNP Special Action Force as they broke into the house. Viñas said the policemen had to fire back in return. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews) 


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