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Milk, diapers for babies, the Joshua Calderon legacy

May 12, 2020

PHILANTROPIST AT WORK SPECIAL NEWS FEATURE BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, MDN night editor   PICTURE PERFECT. Portrait of a generous and kind-hearted Joshua Alforque Calderon and his lovely wife. In this trying times of the covid-19 pandemic modern heroes are born and legacies were also made.  In this trying times of the covid-19 pandemic which shocked and shaken the world, heroes are born and legacies were made. In Luzon and Metro Manila, many moms have cried for their kids' milk and diapers. Moms asked for help from relatives and friends as they have emptied their pockets due to lockdowns and quarantines, which prompted their husbands to stop working and provide no more. Thousands of Filipinos who only depended on a daily income to survive have been in the dilemma of looking for money to buy for food, as the government's response is too late. The sad part is that, you were stayed home for a month and the barangay official only gave you 5 kilos of rice and some sardines and noodles. How would a family of three survive this crisis? But the good news is, In this trying times of our lives heroes are born and legacies were made too. Many good people with a big heart responded to the call of supplying for the milk and diapers of families in many parts of the countries. Other good samaritans also gave vegetables, chickens, eggs and many more, which could help the family survive the rising crisis of food. In Cagayan de Oro, one of those who responded to the call for food, milk and diapers was a philantropist Joshua Alforque Calderon. In his own little ways and resources he gave rice and small amount of money to the "people in distress in the city." The family of Vanjoe and Enday Lantuyan were recipients of the milk and diapers that Mr Calderon offered to help. On May 9, Vanjoe and his wife Julie and the family of Enday Lantuyan have asked for help, claiming they have no more money to support the diapers and milk needs of their little kids. Julie is taking care of 1 year old and two month boy Isaiah, while Enday Lantuyan is taking care of 1 year old baby girl she called Bagtak. "Wala na gyod koy diapers ug gatas sa akong batang gamay. Maayo unta kon adunay malumong kasingkasing nga makasuporta nato bisan gatas ug diapers lang. Ang kita sa akong bana nga drayber tag P100 nalang kada adlaw sa iyang pag drive ug pedicab kay tagduha raman ka pasahero gitugot tungod sa social distancing," Lantuyan lamented. Julie, for her part says, she was also emptied since her husband has no work at the moment. "Ako pud galisod na pud asa nami ug pang gatas ug diapers nga walay trabaho akong bana. Mahuman na unta ning covid oy! was Julie's only hope and prayer to stop her predicaments of surviving so hard in this trying times of the pandemic. THE GOOD NEWS Enday Lantuyan and Julie's sentiments have reached to the Philantropist Joshua Calderon and like he did in other people who are worthy to be helped, the good man of the masses never hesitated to offer some help. In the afternoon of that same day, Joshua Alforque Calderon responded by sending P5000 for the kids' milk and diapers and other needs of the families of Vanjoe and Enday Lantuyan. "It was a blessing in disguise. Wala mi magtoo naa diay mga instrumento ang ginoo nga maoy makatabang nato sa panahon sa kalisod ug panginahanglan. Salamat sa kabootoan ug pagka matinabangon ni Jocals. We will pray for more success in his business," says Julie in jubilation. Enday Lantuyan also enjoyed Jocals' milk and diapers support and some cash for her family. "Kinsay magtoo nga ang atong paghisgot hisgot sa kalisod nato nadungog diay sa ginoo ug karon adunay mitabang nato. Mabuhay ka Joshua Calderon! Daghan pang moabot nga grasya ug pagpapala tungod sa imong pagkamaayong tawo," Enday Lantuyan concluded with so much happiness in her heart.     Philantropist Joshua Alforque Calderon have also given rice to the poorest of the poor sector in society affected by the pandemic. Read more stories of Jushua's act of kindness and generosity in Cagayan de Oro, as well as his team in the whole of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Long live the Philantropist in this trying times of the pandemic!      OTHER STORIES YOU CAN READ FOR JOSHUA GOOD SAMARITAN JOSHUA CALDERON GOOD SAMARITAN REWARDS 'TRIKE' DRIVER TIME TO SHINE FOR JOSHUA CALDERON  

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Public transport resumes with more expensive fares

May 4, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- Buses from one of Mindanao’s leading public transport firms are back on the road for the first time since the enhanced community quarantine was downgraded to modified community quarantine. Rural Transmit of Mindanao Inc. (RTMI) resumed operations on May 1st on its route in Cagayan de Oro City to Lugait, Misamis Oriental. On April 30, Iligan Mayor Celso Regencia issued Executive Order No. 40 placing the city under MCQ which allowed public transportation (jeepney, taxi, tricycle. trisikad and calesa) to operate within the city proper.  This now allows Iligan residents, who are dependent on public buses, to go home after they got stranded in other places. However, since buses from outside Iligan are not yet allowed to enter the city, the RTMI buses are operating meantime from their terminal at the Centennial Park at the boundary of Barangay Dalipuga, Iligan City and Lugait town in Misamis Oriental. Robert Abanid, RTMI dispatcher assigned at the temporary terminal, said six units of aircon and 12 units of non-aircon bus are now plying the said routes from 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM. "We have to comply with social distancing and limit the number of our passengers as required by the LTFRB (Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board). To cope with the unoccupied seats, we have to implement the regular fare which is P165 pesos for aircon and P135 pesos for non-aircon in lieu of the 'promo fare' before the COVID (pandemic)," Abanid said. RTMI was offering a ‘promo fare” of only P100from Cagayan de Oro City to Iligan City for both for aircon and non-aircon buses prior to the lockdown imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Aircon buses can accommodate a maximum of 49 passengers and non-aircon buses 33 but with social distancing enforced, aircon units are limited to 25 persons at any one time and non-aircon, 17. From the boundary of Lugait town and Barangay Dalipuga, passengers have to disembark and take a jeepney to go to the city proper for P20 pesos, although fares can vary from P22-18, depending on the driver. Meanwhile, public utility jeepneys plying within Iligan City proper are also observing physical distancing and can only accommodate half of their usual capacity. An Armak Jeep that usually carries 26 passengers is now allowed only a maximum of 13, while smaller jeepneys with a 14-passenger rated capacity are only allowed seven at  one time, said Raul Permites, chairman of Coalition of Lanao del Norte Utility Transport for Change (CLUTCH). Thus, the CLUTCH has petitioned the LTFRB to allow them to collect P12 pesos per passenger (not 15 as earlier reported) for the duration of the quarantine.  Permites said the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 in Iligan already approved the request but CLUTCH is still waiting for the response of LTFRB Region X. Iliganons have mixed reactions to the proposed increase. Commuters Ruperto Ybañez and Jun Pacapat said a 100% increase of minimum fare to P15 pesos is quite expensive but they depend on public transportation to go around the city. "It is not okay with me but I am forced to pay the amount to get to my destination," Ybañez said. "I only have a daily salary of P300. If you take P30 from that for my fare, and 50 pesos for my lunch, how much will be left from my salary? But then, I also understand the driver's plight," Pacapat said. Joe Limbaring, a jeepney driver on the San Miguel route, said he has been charging P10 per passenger but if a passenger only gives him P7 he is fine with it. Flor Montebon, a jeepney operator on the Ubaldo Laya route, said she allowed her three drivers to operate the three units and she is not collecting rental but the drivers take care of their fuel. "Wala ko naningil og 'boundary' kay lu-oy man gud pero tubilan lang nila ang jeep. Ayha nako magningil kung mobalik na sa normal ang tanan, akong tabang sa ilaha, pero sila nalang magpa-gasolina," Montebon said. (I did not collect rental because I pity them. I'll only start collecting when we are back to normal. It's my way of helping them but they will have to spend for their fuel.)

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CDO health office now accepts online consultations

April 20, 2020

For Cagayan de Oro residents, please like the CDO City Health Office Doctors page. Starting April 22, they will be accommodating consultations, medical and health questions via this page. Just message them from 8 o’clock in the morning until 5 o’clock in the afternoon Mondays to Fridays.

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ACDO calls on clergy to open parishes to community food gardening

April 8, 2020

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro is encouraging the establishment of household and community gardening for local food production during the COVID-19 quarantine and lockdowns to help sustain especially vulnerable residents in the informal sector, the unemployed, and those unable to be gainfully employed at this time. In a statement released April 6 to all archdiocesan clergy and parishioners, Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J. called on all the clergy to open parish spaces to community food gardening and set up. nurseries to ensure a continuous supply of planting materials.  “I am encouraging parishioners to set up their individual home gardens which can be container gardens for those within tight urban areas,” Ledesma said. “I am also encouraging parishioners to help in the community gardens.” Ledesma said it is imperative that families and communities have access to locally produced food as the usual food chains from locked down areas like Bukidnon locally and rice sources like Vietnam and Thailand internationally tighten up. “We need to produce nutritious food like vegetables, both leafy and protein sources (beans and legumes), and rice substitutes for carbohydrate, like sweet potatoes (camote) and bananas,” the cleric stressed. “Let us intensify local food production through individual household and community gardening to help especially the poor, the unemployed, and those unable to be gainfully employed at this time.”  With sufficient local food supplies, the archbishop said not only is the family and the larger community assured of adequate meals and nutrition, bolstered immune systems, but gardening can also prevent hunger-related crime; and improve mental health. “I am encouraging parishioners to set up their individual home gardens which can be container gardens for those within tight urban areas, but also help in the community gardens.” He appealed to those with idle land to open them up for use as community gardens and for those who have special skills in agriculture, organic gardening, and food preservation, to volunteer their skills. Cagayan de Oro has pool of experience agriculturists who have been pursuing local production of food through communal and backyard vegetable gardens. Among them are Xavier University College of Agriculture which implemented the The Periurban Vegetable Project (PUVeP) as part of the Research and Social Outreach Cluster; In cooperation with the local government of Cagayan de Oro City as well as the municipality of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, barangay administrations, the Department of Education and local communities, it has implemented ten allotment gardens, three of which are located inside public elementary schools, equipped with ecological sanitation toilets for about 100 urban poor families.  Another is the Square Foot and Vertical Garden espoused by former COCPO Chief Col. Honorio Cervantes (Ret.) at his farm in Bgy. Pagatpat, an Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Learning Site that is hailed for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). He is a leading advocate of organic farming through urban gardening and regularly conducts seminars and orientations at his 300sqm farm.  Not the least, Cagayan de Oro City’s “Urban Household Container Gardening” (UHCG) Project aims to combat rising problems of malnutrition, poverty and high drop-out rates among school age children in Cagayan de Oro. At-risk communities are taught to feed themselves by planting their own vegetables with their own, sometimes limited, space. For its second phase, The UHCG Project added the integration of Solid Waste Management by recycling and re-integrating waste from the city into their container gardening projects. Paul Douglas Calingin, the city government's COVID-19 economic cluster head and acting city agriculturist, recently disclosed that the City Agricultural Productivity Office (APO) will be providing some 800 urban gardeners with seeds from the DA to immediately start plating to bolster the city’s local vegetable supply. The UHCG Project is a joint program of the City Housing & Urban Development Department (CHUDD) HOA Federation, APO and City Social Welfare & Development Department. The UHCG was awarded third place in the “Food Justice: Projects that improve food access in underserved communities” Category of the 2016 International Network for Urban Agriculture (INUAg) Awards.  However, Ledesma cautioned parishioners to strictly observe the mandated physical distancing in community gardens, and disinfect commonly used garden tools and seed packs and containers to be distributed. The ACDO’s Health/Ganda Natural Farming Ministry team headed by Ms. An-An Denuyo, and the archdiocese Social Action workers will be assisting parishes and communities willing to pursue local food production projects in collaboration with DA, LGU’s, and other partners. The Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro is an archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. It is a metropolitan see on the island of Mindanao which is composed of the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Camiguin and the municipality of Malitbog, Bukidnon. It is headed by Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J and its seat is located at Saint Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral in Cagayan de Oro City. A rack with plastic bottles for succesful container gardening in a small area (vertical gardening) photo by Robert J. Holmer   Efficient rainwater catchment with simple tools (photo by Robert J. Holmer)  

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Army’s 4ID combats CoViD-19 in Cagayan de Oro City

April 6, 2020

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – To combat the spread of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID) 19 in Cagayan de Oro City, the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division initiated a loud speaker operations through its 4th Civil-Military Operations “Kasaligan” Battalion and Task Force Oro this April 2, 2020 in Cagayan de Oro City. Armed with information and advisories from the Department of Health (DOH), the CMO operators conducted the said activity with film showing and distribution of leaflets at the Bulua Fish Landing with Ms. Irene Floro, President, CDO City Seafood Wholesaler Association, Cogon Market with Ms. Marse Dacoco, OIC, City Economic Enterprise Department (CEED) and Carmen Market with Ms Mary Sean Molig, Manager and Mr. Elvin Echeveria, spokesperson all in Cagayan de Oro City. Agnes Montealto, a resident of Brgy. Patag, CDO City appreciated the said activity, “Tama gyud ang gibuhat sa atong kasundaluhan tungod daghan pa ang mga katawhan nga wala kahibalo sa COVID-19 ug daghan ang wala nagatuman sa mga pahimangno sa gobyerno.” (What the soldiers did is right because many of the people don’t fully understand what COVID-19 is and many are still not following the advisories of the government.) Ms. Irene Floro said, “I really am thankful to our soldiers for conducting this activity because we really have to be informed about COVID-19 and we have to follow the law and cooperate.” Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, the Commander of 4th ID said, “We have just started with our loud speaker operations and we plan to deploy more teams in the coming days to cover the whole City of Cagayan de Oro. This is one of our ways of assisting our local government unit in managing and controlling the spread of the virus.” “We are at war against an invisible and invincible enemy. We must arm ourselves with information about the disease, how to contain its spread and protect our high risk elderly and other vulnerable. Let’s all observe the health protocols and stay at home to save lives,” Gacal ended

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Rotarians in Cagayan de Oro respond to government's call for assistance

April 2, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Council of Presidents of Rotary International District 3870 responded to the urgent call to help frontliners in the fight against the deadly coronavirus disease. RI District 3870 Zone 1 Council of Presidents and their members, under the active leadership of Z1 Council Chairperson Rosalinda Caragos, donated boxes of alcohol, face masks and other vital shield and protective gears to prevent frontliners from virus infection. It can be recalled that there were already 12 doctors in Metro Manila who have died after they were infected by the virus while in the call of duty. The Rotarians' donations were distributed to the frontliners of Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) and JR Borja General Hospital (JRBGH).  NMMC is a regional hospital supported and run by the Department of Health, the lead agency in the battle against the deadly coronavirus disease, while JRBGH is a local hospital run by the City Government of Cagayan de Oro. Meanwhile, Rotary International District 3870 is a prestigious and highly respected group of professionals and businessmen, who bond together despite their respective careers in business and profession, to do community service as one of the trusts of Rotary International. RI District 3870 is composed of different clubs in Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Bukidnon, Maguindanao, Cotabato City, Gingoog City, Valencia City, Malaybalay City, Isulan, Tacurong and Pikit. Bansawan Ibrahim is the current Governor of Rotary District 3870.

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