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)

City port tightens security due to martial law declaration in Mindanao

The Philippine Ports Authority-Port Management Office (PPA-PMO) in northern Mindanao tightened the security of the Cagayan de Oro city port due to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in the entire Mindanao.


During the Ang Rehiyon Karon episode at Radyo ng Bayan on May 26, Engr. Claro Samuel P. Fontanilla, chairperson of Bids and Awards Committee (BAC)-Civil Works, announced that city port raised the security measures to level two which is one higher than the normal security state of the area. This means that security checks every vehicle and passenger upon entering the port.


Due to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) directive, the lead agency for security of all ports is now the coast guards partnered with maritime police. They now have all the manpower and security compliments.


There are also presence of the K-9 units all over the place and additional personnel to the city port which ensure passengers that security of the area is under control.


“Kami makapasalig nga aduna kita’y enough nga security nga mu-handle sa mga security requirements diha sulod sa atong pantalan (We assure that we have enough security to handle the security requirements inside our port),” Fontanilla said.


Moreover, for the safety and security of the riding public, the PPA-PMO Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro put up two more x-ray machines–one at the pre-departure area at the passengers’ terminal and the other is at the pedestrian entrance. There is also one x-ray machine at the port workers gate at the access control center.


On the other hand, Lemuel Ian T. Moralda, Port Security Bids and Awards Committee (PSBAC) secretariat, requested the passengers’ patience due to the security tension.


“Muhangyo mi ug gamay na pagsabot sa atong publiko nga medyo tight ang inspections sa atong mga sakyanan ug sa mga tao so medyo malangan gayud no, (We ask for a little understanding from the public that we have tight inspections to the vehicles and passengers so we really have delays)” he said.


Also, Moralda asked the riding public to avoid bringing of the prohibited loads such as the alcoholic liquids and combustible materials like the lighter to avoid more delays during inspections.(Cherryl Juranes/PIA10)

Talakayan sa PIA showcases agriculture, fisheries programs

Talakayan sa Philippine Information Agency (PIA) showcased the development programs, projects and activities for the agriculture and fisheries sector in region 10 during its May episode at Limketkai Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City.


Audy Maagad, Department of Agriculture (DA) region 10 supervising agriculturist, presented the new programs and technology given to the rice farmer beneficiaries. Some programs includes: (1) seed stocking and storage warehouse facility; (2) agricultural machinery and equipment for calamity and epidemic quick response pool such as back hoe and pump and engine with complete accessories; (3) agricultural chemicals for epidemic mitigation and control; (4) enhancing competitiveness through expanded hybrids/cs seed utilization in low yielding areas; (5) provision of small scale irrigation projects in rice areas; and (6) agriculture and fishery equipment and facilities farm production-related machinery and equipment such as the mini/4WD tractor, hand tractor with implements, power tiller, transplanter and combine harvester and hauler.


On the other hand, Reynaldo Amatong and Jose Pepe Romo from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) region 10, presented the locally funded projects and the foreign assisted projects of the office. 


Among the locally funded projects are: (1) DAR-CRS (DAR-Catholic Relief Service) which utilizes the eight steps in agro-enterprise clustering approach popularized by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to increase the production and income of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) and their household through Agricultural Extension, Marketing Assistance, and Capacity-building to the municipalities of Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and Misamis Occidental which produce soy beans, milled rice, ginger powder, coffee powder and tilapia crunch; (2) VLPCEP (Village Level Processing Center Enhancement Program) which aims to provide technical and financial support to existing ARB products and enterprise in Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) to enhance its existing processing facilities, secure FDA (BFAD) permits/licenses and to penetrate the local and national markets in some municipalities of Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Oriental which produce corn coffee, tablea and turmeric. 


Foreign assisted projects (FAPs), on the other hand, includes Project ConVERGE which aims to enable agrarian reform beneficiaries, smallholder farmers and rural workers to become highly productive and competitive entrepreneurs and contribute to the achievement of broad-based rural economic growth. Their products include cassava production and processing enterprise, muscovado production and processing and trading in Bukidnon; coco sap sweetener in Misamis Oriental; and abaca production, processing and marketing in Camiguin.

Moreover, to help the fisherfolks and their families in the sea area of Northern Mindanao in their livelihood, Provincial Fisheries Officer Maxim Xerxes Cabio of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) region 10 said that the office has been distributing fiberglass boats with engine for faster and eco-friendly fishing as one boat lessen one tree to be cut in making a wooden boat. 


In the end, Maagad encouraged the students to be more interested in agriculture than electronics and technology as the Philippines has a lot of land to be developed. He encouraged them to make more scientific studies regarding farming so we could help our farmers, our lands and help our country make use of the abundant natural resources that we have. (Cherryl Juranes/PIA10)

Power interruption on Sunday, 23 April


NOTICE to All CEPALCO Customers

Subject: Scheduled NGCP Power Interruption on Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Cagayan Electric Power & Light Co., Inc. (CEPALCO) would like to inform all customers that the National Grid Corporation of the Phils. (NGCP) has advised CEPALCO of a SCHEDULED POWER INTERRUPTION on Sunday, April 23, 2017To make use of the interruption, CEPALCO will also facilitate line maintenance works on the same day as shown below.







8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (9 HOURS) 




1.    Cagayan Corn Products, Tablon

2.    Alwana, Cugman

3.    Limketkai Mall, Lapasan

4.    Gaisano City, CM Recto Ave.







1.    Along Kauswagan Highway, NHA Phase 1, 2 & 3 and RER Phase 1 & 2 Subdivisions, Westbound Terminal.


3.    CDO Medical Center area along Capistrano St. bounded by Echem St. up to corner Akut St., and CM Recto Ave. (UCCP side) including Licoan-Shell and Sacred Heart of Jesus Montessori School.

4.    Portion of A.Luna St. at former LTO office towards all of Mabulay Subdivision and Capt. V.Roa St. including portion of the Provincial Capitol and NMMC.

5.    All of Corrales Extension and Osmeña Extension.

6.    Portion of Osmeña St. from corner A.Luna St. to CM Recto including Discovery Hotel, Papa Juanito’s Square and Mallberry Hotel.



6:45 AM – 7:45 AM (1 HOUR) LOAD TRANSFER




1.    Portion of Carmen area from corner Agoho Drive at Waling-waling St. to Villarin St including Max Suniel St., Matilde Neri St., Lirio Extension, Gmelina St. and Seriña St.

2.    Brgy. PATAG and all of UPPER CARMEN up to SM City.

3.    All of UPPER BALULANG and Brgy. LUMBIA including Rio Verde and BPC HEP.

4.    Portions of Camaman-an at Carmelite area, Sta. Cruz, Bontong, Tipolohon and Alegria Hills Subdivision.



8:00 AM – 9:30 AM (1 HOUR 30 MIN) LOAD TRANSFER

5:15 PM – 5:45 PM (30 MIN) LOAD TRANSFER





1.    Brgy. MACASANDIG, TAGUANAO area, Lower Sumpong, CEPALCO PV Plant.

2.    Along Tomas Saco St. to Fernandez St. including Fernhill St. up to 15th-26th St., Nazareth.

3.    St. Augustine Cathedral, City Hall and DIVISORIA areas.

4.    Along the streets of Burgos, Capistrano and Rizal bounded from Hayes St. up to corner Mabini St. & along Tiano St. bounded from Fernandez St. to T. Chaves St.


Power will however be restored immediately without further notice when NGCP and CEPALCO line and switching works are completed earlier than scheduled.

We hope the affected customers and the public in general will be guided by this announcement.

Thank you.

Released by:

Ms. Marilyn A. Chavez

Assistant Vice President

Head, Customer & Community Relations Dept.

BIR Cagayan de Oro City holds ‘Panaghinabi kang Commissioner Billy’

True to his promise of paying this side of the country a visit, Commissioner of Internal Revenue Caesar R. Dulay held a dialogue with all the stakeholders of Revenue Region (RR) No. 16 – Cagayan de Oro City last 30 March 2017 at the Cattleya Function Room of N Hotel.

 BIR cesar dulay

Dubbed as “Panaghinabi kang Commissioner Billy (translated as a conversation with Commissioner Billy),” the gathering was in keeping with the Commissioner’s wish to hold talks with all the stakeholders of the revenue region, especially the taxpayers, to enlist their support for the BIR’s tax collection efforts for this year.

The Commissioner was supposed to meet the stakeholders last 28 February 2017 during the region’s tax campaign kickoff but was aborted in the last minute after he was summoned to attend a congressional hearing on the same date.

In his usual jovial mood, Commissioner Dulay thanked the select group for responding to the invitation of the revenue region. Turning serious, he told them that Cagayan de Oro City will be the next Mega City and that the future of the City is in their hands and the generations that will follow their footsteps.

Cagayan de Oro is a first class highly-urbanized city and the capital of the province of Misamis Oriental. It is a chartered city where governance is independent and separate from the province. It is also known as “The City of Golden Friendship” and other monickers such as “The Adventure Capital of the Philippines,” “River Rafting Capital of the Philippines,” “The Heart of Northern Mindanao,” “The Gateway to the Land of Promise,” and “The City of Gold.”

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He said that the main mandate of the BIR is to collect taxes and that it provides around 80% of government tax revenues to fund the expenditures of government – from the payment of the salaries of government workers to the building of roads and other infrastructures. The remaining 20% is sourced from other revenue generating agencies like the Bureau of Customs (BoC).

The tax agency collected P1.576 trillion last year as against its collection target of P1.620 trillion, or an achievement level of around 97%. Media, however, zeroed in on its (3%) failure to achieve its collection goal.

BIR Cagayan de Oro City collected P12.47 billion in 2016 as compared to its tax take of P10.75 billion in 2015, posting a growth rate of 15.96% or an increase of P1.72 billion. This year, the revenue region has been assigned a collection goal of P12.87 billion.

As an organization, the BIR is tasked to collect P1.829 trillion to which Commissioner Dulay said that it is precisely for that reason (collection goal) that he asked for the dialogue to appeal to all the stakeholders to help the tax agency achieve the said target, adding that the funds to be raised will be used to support the programs of the administration of President Duterte.

He asked everyone to pay their taxes correctly to help fund the government’s massive infrastructure spending that will benefit the country and most especially Mindanao.

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Commissioner Dulay quipped, “We appeal for your support and cooperation. We do not have to push you and this is exactly what this conversation is all about. I am humbled no end by your all-important presence in this gathering.

The Commissioner closed the dialogue with an assurance that the BIR – the regional and district officials – will be fair in making assessments and truthful in dealing with taxpayers.

The Revenue District Officers of the six (6) Revenue District Offices (RDOs) of RR No. 16 – Cagayan de Oro City are: Rolando C. Ompoc, RDO No. 97 – Gingoog City; Venerando B. Homez, RDO No. 98 – Cagayan de Oro City; Samer R. Muti, RDO No. 99 – Malaybalay City; Noel B. Gonzales, RDO No. 100 – Ozamis City; Amanoding D. Esmail, RDO No. 101 – Iligan City; and Nasrollah B. Conding, RDO No. 102 – Marawi City.

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“Panaghinabi kang Commissioner Billy“ was conceptualized to hold a friendly and caring dialogue, reach out to taxpayers of Region X, from as far as and including Misamis Occidental, Lanao Del Norte and Sur, Bukidnon, and the Island of Camiguin, and enlist collective support for the collection initiatives of the Bureau. It was staged on short notice with the collaborative efforts of responsible regional and district officials and personnel who gracefully overcame limited preparation time. The efforts produced an A-1 ensemble of taxpayers and stakeholders interacting with Commissioner Billy. (reytdlc)

***photos from Aimee Valencia of BIR R16***

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.

brgy assembly carmen

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***