CDO, Belgian univs, coops join forces for local sustainable water mng’t

Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, University of Namur, Universite Catholique de Louvaine (UCL), and Académie de Recherche et d’Enseignement Supérieur (ARES) are working together for a project called “Building up an Integrated Methodology for Water Resources Assessment and Management in Urban Coastal Area (BIMWAM)” to empower Philippine universities and communities in the field of water sciences. 


The project aims to use their capacities and expertise in water sciences to collaborate with the country’s water stakeholders and leaders. It is intended to assess water resources, evaluate public water policies, and help water stakeholders to build their own vision of local sustainable development. 


The XU-BIMWAM project team is composed of project coordinator (for the south) Dr. Guadalupe D. Calalang, McKeough Marine Center (MMC) director Fr. Mars P. Tan SJ, Southeast Asia Rural Social Leadership Institute (SEARSOLIN) director Fr. Roberto E.N. Rivera SJ, Office of International Cooperation and Networking (OICN) director Elisabeth B. Enerio, MMC administrative officer Friday G. Atilano, and SEARSOLIN program officer Xyla Mercedita E. Gualberto.

The project stakeholders, including the Belgian partners Prof Vincent Hallet (University of Namur), project coordinator for the north, Prof Ignace Adant (UCL), Prof David Cammaerts (ARES), met representatives from the partner water cooperatives in Misamis Oriental, namely the Medina Rural Water and Sanitation Cooperative and Lugait Water Service Cooperative in an intensive four-day assessment and plan formulation, held on from July 5 to 8 at SEARSOLIN. 

The participants underwent a rigorous process of extracting the root causes of water-related issues, needs, and challenges. 

A participatory methodology was employed to ensure the project’s relevance and efficiency in its target communities. 

BIMWAM aims to investigate the socioeconomic impacts of changes in water operations in Medina and Lugait towns. This project is set to roll out this September. (Tat Gualberto/XU)

CDO farmers benefit from season-long training on selected vegetable agribusiness

Around 30 farmers from Cagayan de Oro city graduated from the season-long training on selected vegetables agribusiness held on 7 July 2017.


The season-long training ran from March to July 2017 and was spearheaded by the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Landcare Foundation Philippines, in partnership with Normin Veggies Marketing Cooperative, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Cagayan de Oro City, and private stakeholders and supported by the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10).

With the theme, “Ang panguma isip usa ka negosyo, makauswag sa kinabuhi (farming as a business could improve life condition),” the training was participated by the members of the Canitoan Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative (CAFAMCO) and the Pagatpat Cagayan de Oro Farmers Association Incorporated (PACAFAI), in which they were taught on land preparation, soil sampling, and strategies on planting vegetables such as eggplant, tomato, string beans and ampalaya.


Retailers from Bulua and Cogon market are invited to visit the CAFAMCO learning site on July 12, 2017 to encourage them to buy vegetables from the farmers.

Regional Technical Director Carmelita T. Bajarla, representing DA-RFO 10 chief Carlene C. Collado, thanked the LGU, headed by city councilor and committee on agriculture chair Annie YDaba and city agriculturist Dr. Hector R. San Juan, as well as the private sector that they were able to unite for agriculture as well as agribusiness. (AMBManto, DA-RFO 10)

NNC urges shift to healthy lifestyle to avoid non-communicable diseases

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) region 10 through Talakayan sa PIA on 12 July 2017 urged the young ones and even adults to change from fast food habits to healthy home-cooked meals diet.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a healthy diet emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, root crops, fat-free or low fat milk, lean meats, poultry, fish, egg, beans and nuts. It is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars.

Based on the national nutrition survey of FNRI-DOST, there has been a shift in the dietary pattern of Filipinos in terms of quality and quantity over the years. The typical diet consists mainly of cereals which are sources of carbohydrates. The consumption of meats, vegetables, milk and milk products and eggs has increased. However, there has been a decline in the consumption of starchy roots and tubers and fruits. Further, WHO recommends consumption of 400 grams of of fruits and vegetables per day. However, Filipinos only consume maximum of 249 grams of fruits and vegetables a day.


Meanwhile, in schools, Department of Education has issued Department Order No. 13 series of 2017 Policy and Guidelines on Healthy Food and Beverage Choices in schools and DepEd offices. This policy aims to make available healthier food and beverage choices among the learners and DepEd personnel and their stakeholders; provide guidance in evaluating and categorizing foods and drinks and provide guidance in the selling and marketing of foods and beverages in schools.


Sheila Rose Balbanida, nutrition dietitian of Department of Education (DepEd) region 10 said that they are currently holding trainings for health officers, canteen managers and public school personnel to identify which food or food groups to be sold in school cafeterias. Right now, they have identified foods that are categorized as healthy and unhealthy for consumption.

According to Marissa Navales, regional nutrition coordinator that they are campaigning to increase awareness on the importance of healthy diets which protect against both under and over nutrition and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases and certain types of cancer.


Unhealthy diet is composed of foods that are energy-dense yet nutrient poor and are high in saturated fats, trans-fats, refined carbohydrates or sodium. A diet low in fruits and vegetables or fiber is also characteristic of unhealthy diet. Meanwhile, this leads to poor nutrition and is one of the major risk factors for a range of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers, diabetes and other conditions linked to obesity.

NNC also encourages everyone to check the National Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF), Pinggang Pinoy and Nutritional Guide Pyramid to get a list of what to eat to become healthy through their website

The theme this year for national nutrition month is “Healthy diet, gawing habit – FOR LIFE!” (JMOR/PIA10)

44 barangays in Iligan city conduct barangay assembly

Barangays in Iligan city have complied the mandatory conduct of Barangay Assembly for the first semester set March 25 this year.

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According to Elizabeth Buna, local government operations officer of the Department of Interior Local Government (DILG) Iligan City, all the 44 barangays in the city have joined the nationwide Barangay Assembly Day.


Buna said, through this Assembly, barangay constituents would be informed on how barangay officials are spending barangay funds, and this is the proper venue to discuss community concerns. The punong barangay or the barangay chairman this time would report updates on programs and projects for calendar year 2016 second semester.


Meanwhile, in an interview with Punong Barangay Rodel Ocana of Bagong Silang, he said each Barangay Kagawad has their time to report according to the committee chairmanship they are assigned to.


But we focused our discussion to this year’s theme, ”Sulong Barangay Kontra Droga, Krimen at Katiwalian: Makialam! Makilahok! Makiisa!” the barangay chairman said.


With the DILG’s MASA MASID program, a barangay-based anti-criminality, anti-corruption, and anti-illegal drugs program that encourages volunteerism at the community level, we are guided now on how to do about our surrenderers under the Project Double Barrel of the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Iligan City Police office (ICPO).


MASA MASID stands for Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga.


Ocana said, they also discussed the peace and order situation of the barangay, disaster preparedness, and other concerns like No Parking Ordinance; Barangay Construction Clearance; No Zone Certification, No Barangay Clearance Policy for Renters Data requirement; Laws which relates to the protection of women and children.


Further, the problem on solid waste management especially on collection and garbage disposal; clogging up of canals due to plastics thrown that caused flood in most of the streets in the barangay. We shall go on with our dredging of canal/drainage, to keep us out of flood that we oftentimes experience in a 30-minute rain, Ocana pointed out.

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Some barangays, meanwhile, invited speaker to talk on salient features of federalism to promote public awareness and understanding of a federal form of government.


Republic Act No. 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991 requires barangays to hold a Barangay Assembly Day every last Saturday of March and second Sunday of October to give their constituents a chance to hear the developments and discuss concerns in their community. (LVG/PIA-10 LDN)

***photos from DILG X of Brgy Carmen assembly***

MUST, MOSCAT merged into USTP

The former Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) in this city and the Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT) in Claveria, Misamis Oriental have been merged into one big state university called the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP).

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The amalgamation of these two government schools was formally sealed in a recently held grand launch attended by university officials, alumni, students, faculty and staff, local officials, USAID representatives and other stakeholders.

USTP aims to be the premier university in science and technology in the country, offering courses in sciences, mathematics, technology, engineering and applied sciences.

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Speaking during the grand launching ceremonies, Congressman Maximo B. Rodriguez Jr. of Cagayan de Oro’s second district said the USTP could greatly “contribute to the country’s development through human resource development, technology solutions, and technology enterprise,” adding “it is only through education we can uplift the lives of the poor.”

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Aside from bringing the world of work into the actual training of students, USTP intends to contribute also to the national development goals of food security and energy sufficiency through technology solutions.


The university will soon build on its sprawling lot in Alubijid town a school campus and technopark.

Presently, USTP has campuses in Cagayan de Oro City, Claveria and Jasaan towns in Misamis Oriental, and Oroquieta City and Panaon in Misamis Occidental. (FPGumapon)

President Duterte awards 10 soldiers wounded in action in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte visits and awards 10 soldiers confined at Camp Evangelista Station Hospital (CESH) who are recuperating from wounds sustained in various military offensive operations in the area of responsibility of 4th Infantry Division (4ID) Philippine Army.

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Aside from the medals they received, President Duterte also gave each wounded soldier cash support and cellphone unit.

According to PFC Peter Ladera, he is thankful that the President gave time even if he is faraway to visit them and gave them the wounded medals and cash assistance. Ladera was wounded in his right soldier during an encounter on 10 March 2017 in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.


Meanwhile, the other nine soldiers also sustained wounds in the different parts of the body with encounters in Surigao del Norte and parts of Bukidnon in the month of March.

They are PFC Windyl Daayata, PFC Peter P. Ladera, Sgt. Ramie L. Valle, PFC Alfie G. Jauculan, Pvt Jeffrey C. Mallorca, Cpl Mhody Ramayrat, PFC Romeo C. Sajor, PFC Romer Quidit and Cpl. Michel D. Maagad.

 wounded soldiers

Ladera said that this incident does not hamper him to move on with his job. He said, after he is well, he will continue to be a soldier and do his duties.

Meanwhile, since lifting the ceasefire, 4ID has had 51 armed encounters, seized 12 NPA encampments, recovered six high powered firearms and three lowered firearms, had the NPA surrendered seven high powered firearms and four low powered firearms, recovered seven improvised explosive device (IEDs) and two IEDs surrendered and 12 NPA rebels either surrendered or killed during armed encounter.


Army’s 4ID has also supported law enforcement operations. In total, they had four joint AFP-PNP operations, two warrants served, four firearms recovered from other threat groups, 20 grams of shabu confiscated, five grams of marijuana and P35,000 estimated amount of drugs, and 540 pieces of illegally cut logs of Lawaan confiscated with estimated P 399,142.60 total market value. (JMOR/PIA10)

Duterte says ‘No letup of war against drugs’

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte after his visit to wounded soldiers in action at Camp Evangelista Station Hospital (CESH) in Cagayan de Oro City on 2 April 2017, spoke with the media and emphasized that his war against drugs is in full effect.


When asked about local officials involved in drugs, he warned those in the government that there is no letup of this war against drugs. He explained that if he cannot stop it he would have doomed the country and the next generation. ‘I have to preserve the next generation,’ the President said.

There are about four million addicts, he said. With the use of shabu, just eight months to one year, the brain shrinks. He said, it is a deadly chemical. Of the four million, we are already 1 million 800 mark. President Duterte asked, ‘How am I supposed to deal with them?’

We have to preserve our nation. It will not end until the last pusher, user. It is an apparatus, if there are illegal drugs and no runner, the illegal drugs will rot. Meantime, if there is demand, these producers and runners will find a way to produce. Why I persuaded congress not to push with elections? Because 40% of barangay captains of the country are either addicted, supporter of producer and user of drugs, he said.

On the other hand, he vowed that no police officers or military will go to jail for doing their duty. “I’ll pardon them,” he said. The constitution says the President can pardon absolute or conditional to anyone convicted with a crime or give amnesty. He said he will pardon with promotion to boot.

In Leyte, four police officers were killed because they are against drugs, the President lamented.


In terms of corruption, the President vowed to stop it. In due time, he announced that he will dismiss another government official. He added that in airports, opening of bags/luggage is not allowed. He said, “I don’t like oppression against Filipinos especially against OFWs and the poor.”

He added that he will embark on a neutral economic agenda. He said he went to China to let our products such as banana and pineapple get in their country. He emphasized, he has never entered any military alliance with any country.

President Duterte emphasized that he won the elections on his platforms of government: end corruption, war on drugs, improve the economy and peace and order. (JMOR/PIA10)