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Xavier Ateneo students rank second in 1st Lockton Philippines Legacy Awards

February 22, 2020

Xavier Ateneo students rank second in 1st Lockton Philippines Legacy Awards   The XU Philippine Association of Agriculturists Juniors (PAA Juniors) have finished second as the  Mindanao entry to the 1st Lockton Philippines Legacy Awards.     Sponsored by Lockton Philippines, the just concluded first half of the 1st Lockton Philippines Legacy Awards is a first of its kind college-based action research contest on environmental risk management where participants pitch solutions on how a particular community in their respective areas of concern can alleviate their pressing environmental concerns.    The young group of Agriculture students from Xavier Ateneo seeks to expand the use of innovation and new methods to the community.    Their action research entitled “Promotion of Sustainable Adoption of Agricultural Technologies (Black Soldier Fly and Self-Circulating Hydroponics) to Students of Balulang Elementary School Cagayan de Oro City” talks about innovated agricultural technologies for food production activities and pollution prevention by creating an action plan to allow the youth to work with young kids and engage in a small scale vegetable production project for a more sustainable future.    The team is composed of Aliyah Cabilin; Kent Anthony Delgado; Vhone Fulgarinas;  April Gador; Brix Mexy Palmes; and Jade Tagotongan, with  Mr. Floro Dalapag, Adviser. Five winning teams were selected from 36 participating schools with 48 action research proposals  as the pioneering batch of awardees.  The action research is just the first part of this unique contest as the second half consists of a Student Partner Program where a participating company may fund and support the proposals. This is a great opportunity for a business establishment or corporation seeking meaningful CSR activity to adopt one of the student proposals and contribute to an important, long-lasting initiative.  Victorio C Valledor, president and CEO of Lockton Philippines Insurance and Reinsurance Brokers Inc, awarded Xavier Ateneo through Roel R Ravanera, vice-president for social development.   Certificates and cash prizes were award ed to the student-researchers and their moderator during a ceremony held on Wednesday, February 12 at AVR 8, SBM building of Xavier Ateneo.

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LTFRB 10 conducts apprehensions of colorum taxis and other passenger vehicles

February 21, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - With the present thrust of the National Government under the Duterte administration to clean the streets of illegal structures and colorum vehicles, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board regional office 10 (LTFRB 10) conducted surprise apprehensions yesterday in strategic areas in the city. The LTFRB apprehending team went to Koresco area in Upper Lumbia and apprehended these colorum taxis and other passenger vehicles plying the streets without the required government permits to operate. LTFRB 10 Regional Director Aminoden Guro had earlier told the media that there will be lots of apprehensions in the streets in the coming weeks for 2020 to get rid of colorum vehicles. Guro said these illegal operators are denying the government the right taxes and revenues which amounts to millions of pesos, to the detriment of the coffers of the government. These losses in government revenue every year could have been a big help to the people who will enjoy basic services such as medicines in hospitals and other forms of government support system. Earlier, the LTFRB team also conducted surprise apprehensions in Barangay Canitoan and the operations resulted to the apprehensions of many taxis and private vehicles without the necessary permits to operate.

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Kiwi Envoy promotes post-grad scholarship at Xavier Ateneo

February 21, 2020

Kiwi Envoy promotes post-grad scholarship at Xavier Ateneo Report by Karl Aparece Photos by Rogelio Amarille   New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Peter Kell, visited Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan on February 4 to showcase post-graduate scholarship opportunities in New Zealand. Kell was joined by Dyan Aimee Rodriguez (New Zealand Aid Program manager), Noelle Velasquez (policy adviser), and Education New Zealand represented by Desiree Lee, market manager (Education New Zealand), Angela Drake, manager for international relations (Massey University), and Yuki Fukui, regional market manager (University of Otago). Rodriguez said scholars are entitled to receive full scholarship, stipend, and other benefits shouldered by the universities. Courses offered include but are not limited to good governance, food security and agriculture, and disaster and risk management. The scholarship is geared towards development and graduates are required to go back to the Philippines for a minimum of two years to contribute to the country. Only 24 scholars aged 18-24 years old with a minimum of two-year work experience will be pooled from the entire country.  Lee assured that scholars would not feel lonely in New Zealand because of the cohesive international community that universities have aside from the local community culture. She relates having bonded with tight Filipino community there. Kell explained that so long as aspiring scholars can relate their majors to the Interdisciplinary courses being offered for scholarship and that they have a vision in mind on how they can contribute to the world, then they can be chosen as one of the 24 fortunate scholars. He added that the NZ Embassy will work harder to bring more scholarship opportunities in the future, as well as to expand the courses offered by their universities. ∎    Please visit www.mfat.govt.nz/en/aid-and-development/new-zealand-government-scholarships for more information regarding post-graduate scholarship opportunities.

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Xavier Ateneo Social Dev’t Week focuses on building ‘metropolized’ CDO

February 20, 2020

Xavier Ateneo Social Dev’t Week focuses on building ‘metropolized’ CDO Report by ZairaDehing Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan Social Development (SD) Cluster celebrated this year’s SD Week 2020 from January 20 to 24, with the theme “Urban Development: Social and Environmental Challenges and Opportunities.” The week-long celebration kicked off with the Tabuan and Food Festival at the Science Center grounds. The tabuan trading showcased the fresh fruits and vegetables by the farmers from Barangay Langaon, Bukidnon and the Manresa Farm. In the evening, an Opening Mass was held at the university church, presided by Fr Roberto C. Yap SJ and Fr Mars Tan SJ. It was attended by the SD Cluster family: vice-president, admin, directors, program officers, SD volunteers, staff, SD coordinators, and students. On the second day, the Forum on Metropolization: Social and Environmental Challenges and Opportunities was held at the XU Little Theater (XULT). The local government unit, organizations, and students were invited to the forum. Dr. Divina Luz Lopez, professional lecturer from the Political Science Department of De La Salle University, highlighted the onset of Cagayan de Oro City’s transformation from a common city into a metropolized city in her keynote speech. “Metropolization is important because we need to network resources, human technology and economic resources for economic growth,” Fr. Yap noted. The emerging development of the city entails more roads, buildings, infrastructures, and influx of people coming in and out. City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno told the audience that working together is one of the requirements to achieve a metropolized city.  “Metropolization must come from the heart and the willingness and the determination to work together, the ‘bayanihan’ is the keyword for metropolization,” Moreno said. Students and representatives from various schools and government agencies gathered together on the third day of the SD Week Celebration for the “Service Learning Summit 2020: Engaging Xavier Ateneo to the frontiers of Building Resilient Communities,” still at the XULT. SLP director Engr Gail de la Rita shared the summit rationale and the objective of the program. XU students also presented various SL engagements to the participants of the summit. The event served as a good avenue to learn about service learning engagement and to share their insights of the program. On the fourth day, the regional launch of the “World Bank Philippines: Economic Update 2019” was held, including a stakeholders’ roundtable discussion at the XU American Corner Library.  The SD Week 2020 culminated with Urban Greening Project: Urban and Mangrove Planting and SD Cluster Deepening Session. Urban Greening is an institutional project of XU that seeks to involve all its units in partnership with various groups and agencies from key sectors toward a cleaner and greener Mindanao, by planting trees in the urban and coastal area. Participants were gathered at Kiosko Kagawasan as early as 5:30AM to prepare for a short program. VP for social development Roel R Ravanera and Engr Armen Cuenca from the City Local Environment & Natural Resources Office (CLENRO) delivered their respective messages and explained the implications of the said activity. After the program, simultaneous urban and mangrove planting transpired in Barangay Tablon and Bonbon, respectively. The SD Cluster deepening session provided the avenue for the people behind every event to assess and appreciate their hard work and output. Positive feedback and gratitude poured out as Tan facilitated the said sharing. The whole SD family expressed its gratitude to the people who helped and participated in the week-long celebration. They also thanked their sponsors who shared their resources and the volunteers who devoted their time and effort in covering the events.

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Belgian ambassador visits Xavier Ateneo to discuss progress of BIMWAM Research Program

February 19, 2020

Belgian ambassador visits Xavier Ateneo to discuss progress of BIMWAM Research Program CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines --- His Excellency Michel Goffin, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium, visited Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan last January 29th, 2020 to join the semi-annual evaluation of the BIMWAM (Building up an Integrated Methodology for Water resources Assessment and Management) project.     Funded by ARES-CDD (Académie Supérieure de Recherche et d’Enseignement Supérieur- Cellule de Coopération au Developpement) the meetings are usually attended by University of Nammur professor Vincent Hallet, Université Catholique de Louvain professor Ignace Adant, University of Mons professor Pascal Goberniaux, La Salle Bacolod professor Ana Rosa Carmona, and Dr Guadalupe Calalang and Fr Mars Tan SJ  from Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan. Engr Noe Desmet from Louvain and Felix de Selys Longchamps join the group in this instance. After meeting with XU president Fr Roberto Yap SJ, HE Goffin was introduced to the team members after which Hallet, the North Coordinator and Calalang, the South Coordinator, introduced the BIMWAM Research Program.  Mark Sabines and Adrian Agbon, the two PhD scholars presented the progress of their studies immediately after. It was followed by a discussion of the different stakeholders, MERWASCO for Medina and OPWA for Opol. The meeting was also attended by members of the local government units of the two municipalities as well representatives from El Salvador where the research is being implemented. HE Goffin,expressed how the Belgian government through ARES is supporting projects helping local communities of Mindanao to improve their daily lives and is looking forward to other initiatives and partnerships involving Belgian universities and Xavier Ateneo

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Xavier Ateneo’s Fr Tan presents research on CDO river catchment

February 15, 2020

Xavier Ateneo’s Fr Tan presents research on CDO river catchment ENVIRONMENT SCIENTIST. Fr Mars P Tan SJ, director of XU McKeough Marine Center, presents his research at the 15th National Symposium on Marine Science. Supplied photo.  AKLAN, Philippines — A research paper titled “Sediment Plume Behaviour and Coastal Current Circulation Patterns in the Coastal Marine Environment of the Cagayan de Oro River Catchment” was presented by Fr Mars P Tan SJ, director of XU McKeough Marine Center, at the 15th National Symposium on Marine Science held at the Aklan State University, Banga, Aklan. The research revealed the behavior of river-borne sediment plume as it reached the coastal water and based on the surface current circulation in the bay within the vicinity of the Cagayan de Oro river mouth. To calculate the sediment plume movement and the coastal circulation pattern during certain months, the study employed the Delft 3D modelling tool. The model used information such as wind speed and direction, tidal action, river velocity, water discharge, and suspended sediment concentration to calculate the movement, direction, and reach of the sediments in the coastal water. To qualify the varying effects of bay-forcing factors, three categories based mainly from the suspended sediment concentration and the water discharge rate were made: zero sediment and low water discharge, average sediment concentration and average water discharge, and extreme sediment concentration and very high water discharge. The resulting effects of the modelling showed that the largest amount of sediments was deposited near the mouth of the CDO river and the dispersed plume generally moved in a southeast direction in the bay. The 15th National Symposium on Marine Science was organized by the Philippine Association of Marine Science and Aklan State University, with support from the Aklan provincial government, DENR-UNDP SMARTSeas PH Project, Oceana, DA-BFAR National Fisheries Research and Development Institute, and other environmental organizations of the country. ∎  

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