ASEAN info session with RAGCOM NorthMin held in CDO

An Information Session (Info Session) with the Regional Association of Government Communicators (RAGCOM) in Northern Mindanao was among the final highlights of ASEAN-info related activities set by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) region 10 this year.

Held on 18 December 2017 at N Hotel Cagayan de Oro City, Elaine Ratunil, ASEAN focal person shared highlights of ASEAN achievements this year. The Philippines as one of ASEANs founding fathers has been the chair of this year’s ASEAN’s 50th anniversary with the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.”


Among the important highlights of this year’s ASEAN summit is the cooperation on the six thematic priorities. First is People oriented and people centered ASEAN, where a consensus was signed to better promote and protect the rights of migrant workers which will provide them better social protection, easier access to justice and health services and treated more humanely and fairly.

In terms of peace and stability in the region, ASEAN will counter and eradicate violent extremism and forge maritime security and cooperation. With the completion of code of conduct in the south china sea, between ASEAN and China, the two sides will start negotiation which will help effectively to resolve the tensions and potential conflicts in the south china sea.

Further, ASEAN and China have also agreed to cooperate to protect coastal and marine environment in the south china sea.


Moreover, with regards to inclusive innovation led growth, free trade agreements, ASEAN will help MSMEs to be integrated in the global value chain inclusive of business representing the interest of women, youth and underserved sectors and encourage and reward firm and business that generate employment opportunities and harness science and technology and innovation for sustainable development.

On ASEAN’s resiliency, ASEAN will strengthen coordination and collaboration with various stakeholders in enhancing capacities to responding to disasters and health situations.

Ratunil said that this 50-year old regional organization continues to grow, envisioning a peaceful, stable and resilient community with enhance capacity to respond effectively to challenges.


Sha added that ASEAN sees that Member States like the Philippines are ready for a globalized world; our interest as a region is furthered and our needs as a region is addressed – economic, social or political; peace and order prevails all over the ASEAN, which is foundational to economic growth and social development and that the ASEAN is ready to face challenges, including calamities and disasters.

The info session also included basic photography and social media for government for information officers. (JMOR/PIA10)




A. No. of Persons Stranded: 100

B. No. of Vehicles Stranded: 100

C. No. of Ships Stranded:5

PRO 10 rescue 5

D. House/Infrastructure Destroyed: 113 Houses 4 Bridges

E. Flood Areas:62

F. Road Condition: -Lanao del Norte 4Bridges, 1 Prov’l rd are not passable.

G. No. of Evacuation Centers: 315

PRO 10 4

H. No. of Evacuees: 41,109 Individuals

I. CASUALTIES: 1. DIED- 135 Persons Died –

ILIGAN: 1 1 -NICK GOC-ONG ‘Y NAHUMAN, 32 years old MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL: 1 1-Joseph Gallo y Pobadora, 24 years old –

PRO 10 rescue

BUKIDNON: 6 1. Renan Ambutik Mantungohan, 12 years old; 2. Renan Cambanay Mantungohan, 14 years old; 3.Jayson Mantungohan Acain, all residents of Sitio Slide, Brgy. Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon; 4. Lother Coquilla, 40 yrs old; 5. Epifania Buntoyan Mirabueno, 65 yrs old, 6.Irene Baloc Mirabueno, 2yrs old;

LANAO DEL NORTE: 127 (111-Unidentified and 16 Identified) 1.MARIVIC CAÑETE of Brgy Dalama, Tubod, LDN, dead 2.MARCOS ALALONG, dead 3.JOHNREL LUMAYNO, dead 4.JOEL ABABA of Brgy Dalama, Tubod, LDN, dead, 5.NAIRA AMERIL GANDAMANAGAN ,23YO, dead 6. Jonaisah Pangantapan-f-9yrs old 7. Najefa Dumaptar-f-5yrs old 8. Ester Rosales-f-40yrs old 9. Maisalam Ameril-f-61yrs old 10. Almar Ameril-m-15yrs old 11. Naira Guindarangan-f-23yrs old 12. Camal Aga Pangantapan-m-27yrs old 13. Macabalang Ameril-m-85yrs old 14. Lusvimninda Yagono-f- 15. Earl Dejos-m-11yrs old 16. Naira Ameril-f-28yrs old 2. MISSING: 72 -LDNPPO-69 –

PRO 10 rescue 3

MISOR-3 3. WOUNDED: 23 LDNPPO-13 (8 Unident and 5 ident) 1.DWIGHT DEJOS of Brgy Dalama, Tundo, LDN, confined, 2.JASON LIBOT-LIBOT of Brgy Dalama, Tundo, LDN, confined, 3.JESTOR MANAGING of Brgy Dalama, Tundo, LDN, confined, 4.DIOSDADO ALALONG, son, of Brgy Dalama, Tundo, confined, LDN, 5. TAULI MULITUBA RAURI) ICPO-2 1. JAY PAMADOR, 38 years old, confined Don Gregorio T. Lluch Memorial Hospital 2. ROLLIE MAR SANGGUENZA male, 18 Y.O

CAGAYAN DE ORO:2 1.Joseph Lofranco, 25 yo 2. Michael Magallano, 33 yo

PRO 10 rescue 2

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL: 6 1. Juanito Inding, 42 y/o, Sapang Dalaga 2. Danny Go, 36 y/o, Sapang Dalaga 3. Anastasia T Sabijon, Aloran 4. Jerwin Mapiot Jr, 43 y/o, Panaon 5. Jerald Mapito, 2 y/o, Panaon 6. Unident, 1 y/o baby, Sapang Dalaga

J. No. of SAR Personnel deployed: 736 K. No. of SAR Personnel on Standby: 1,152


(via PNP region 10 Lemuel Gonda)

University Sports Centre inaugurated

The Xavier Ateneo Sports Centre (XASC), the newest facility of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, has officially opened to provide the academic community a venue for athletics programs and recreational activities, located in Pueblo de Oro.

During its blessing and ceremonial inauguration on Saturday, December 16, university president Fr Roberto “Bobby” C Yap SJ said that the XASC is dedicated to the Xavier Ateneo students. 


“This Sports Centre is for the students,” Yap told the crowd. “This is for their programs in sports and physical education so they will realize that physical exercise is essential for healthy living.”

He also pointed out the importance for the students to hone their athletic abilities to become gracious players and victors in sports.

XACS features a basketball court with 2 sub-courts for practices, retractable bleachers (2,000+ seats), four badminton courts, semi-Olympic-size swimming pool with shower area and locker rooms, track and field oval (8 lanes), regulation-size football field, and parking spaces for over 200 vehicles, among others.

According to Yap, the facility stands as a testament to accomplish the Jesuit educational principles of cura personalis and mens sana in corpore sano.

For the person’s mind and body

Cura personalis, which means “care for the whole person,” is a key Ignatian value in Jesuit education,” Yap said. 

The students are taught with the principle as part of the university’s formation programs that extend to all educational areas, including sports. 

In relation to their health and physical education, Yap emphasized the significance of adhering to mens sana in corpore sano which translates to “a sound  mind in a sound body.”

“Jesuit education includes a well-developed program of sports and physical education,” Yap stated, quoting The Characteristics of Jesuit Education’s 31st paragraph. 

“In addition to strengthening the body, sports programs help [young] men and women to learn to accept success and failure graciously, and to become aware of the need to cooperate with others using the best qualities of each individual to contribute to the greater advantage of the whole group.”

A venue for education

The commemoration plaque, situated at its entrance, states that the Centre is “dedicated to all students who enter the halls of Xavier Ateneo” who are aspiring to fulfill these Jesuit principles. 

Kristina Sancebutche, Xavier Ateneo Physical Education teacher for Grades 7 and 9, has testified that this will greatly help the students in their PE classes. 

“There are planned activities for them,” she shared. “If there are sports activities that require venues that are yet to be available on our campus, we can hold them here.”

For Sancebutche, distance is not a problem since the grade school campus in Pueblo de Oro is located directly beside the Sports Centre. 

“The facilities and equipment that we need are available here,” she added. “But we have to strategize everything, and utilizing the Sports Centre is part of our current plans.”

She enumerated volleyball and table tennis as sports presently being taught to her students. 

“We will be adding swimming in our curriculum,” she shared, eyeing the swimming pool in the exterior area of the XACS during the opening. 

Excellent education, as one of the primary thrusts of Xavier Ateneo since the university was established 84 years ago, extends beyond classes. 

For the tertiary level’s Central Student Government, the Sports Centre stands as “colossal option” for athletic events. 

“We are looking forward to holding some events in the university’s annual Intramural games here,” incumbent CSG president Ian Caezar Abadies said. 

The Xavier Ateneo Intramurals is organized by CSG each year. 

“Swimming has often been held at the Pelaez Sports Center, but with the Xavier Ateneo Sports Centre now open and accessible, we are hoping to use it as our venue,” he said. 

Active cooperation

The construction of the XACS, from planning to completion, which more than three years to the tune of over Php400M was made possible with the trust and active cooperation of various organizations and companies that have partnered with Xavier Ateneo. 

“It involved a significant number of consultations,” XU vice-president for basic education Dr Dulce Dawang recounted. 

Also engraved on the ceremonial plaque were Xavier Ateneo’s partner companies that aided the university to realize and fulfill this dream facility. 

With the university’s gratitude, Dawang expressed: “It is our ardent hope that we will be using the Sports Centre well to make sure that these will last for a long time.”

A gift from God

The blessing and opening program were graced by the presence of CDO City Mayor Oscar Moreno and Archbishop Antonio J Ledesma SJ DD.

It was also attended by guests from the Xavier Ateneo community — students, faculty from all levels, staff, administrators (led by VP for administration Edison B Sasoy), alumni, and a few members of the XU Board of Trustees.

Yap also emphasized the event as a celebration of thanksgiving in time for this year’s Christmas. 


“Above of all, today is a day to give thanks to the Lord for this blessing that is the Xavier Ateneo Sports Centre. … Our hearts are filled with gratitude to the Lord for this beautiful Christmas gift that He gives to the Xavier Ateneo community,” Yap said. 

“When God gives us a gift, we can only respond by cherishing the gift, taking delight in it, taking care of the gift, sharing it with others, and using the gift according to the purposes of the Giver,  which can only be for cura personalis, promoting mens sana in corpore sano,” he added. 

The Xavier Ateneo Christmas Party followed the inauguration of the XASC, bearing the theme “PaskOlympics: Paskong Masaya, Sa Hirap At Ginhawa, Nand’yan Ka!” hosted by XU Grade School. (XU Comm)

photos from Project LUPAD

NNC 10 awards nutrition implementers in NorMin

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) region 10 held a Regional Awarding Ceremony on 24 November 2017 in Cagayan de Oro City in recognition to the efforts of local government units in nutrition program implementation in region 10 at the same time introduce the Philippine Plan of Action (PPAN) 2017-2022 to stakeholders.


Northern Mindanao has produced eight Nutrition Honor Awardees.

This year’s regional awardees as confirmed by the Regional Nutrition Committee 10 (Resolution No. 1 series of 2017) are as follows: 43 Barangay Green Banner Awardees; Misamis Occidental as the Outstanding Province in the Region; Cagayan de Oro City as Outstanding City in the Region; Manolo Fortich as Outstanding Municipality in the Region and in the Province of Bukidnon and Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Awardee; Guinsiliban as Outstanding Municipality in the Province of Camiguin; Tudela as Outstanding Municipality in the Province of Misamis Occidental; Laguinding an as Outstanding Municipality in the Province of Misamis Oriental.


Meanwhile, Alberto O. Jacosalem of Bagontaas, Valencia, Bukidnon got the title for 2016 Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (ROBNS), Award of Merit for the Cities of Ozamiz, Malaybalay and Valencia and Municipalities of Kadingilan and Quezon as Nutrition Honor Award (NHA) Maintenance.

Finally, Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental and Maramag town in Bukidnon will be given Special Citations for this year’s contender/potential First Year CROWN Maintenance and Nutrition Honor Award, respectively.


The National Nutrition Council is mandated among others, to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the country‟s food and nutrition plan and program. Toward this mandate, NNC annually conducts the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation or MELLPI since 1978. It aims to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of local governments in planning and implementing local nutrition programs. In conjunction with the MELLPI, the NNC also evaluates the performance of the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (Barangay-based volunteers tasked to coordinate the delivery of basic nutrition and related services in their respective area of assignments).

The MELLPI and BNS Evaluation culminate with the recognition of LGUs and BNSs with exemplary performance in nutrition program management and delivery of nutrition services, respectively. Recognition comes in the form of incentives/awards such as the Green Banner Award, Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN), Nutrition Honor Award (NHA) and the National Outstanding BNS.


The Green Banner Award is given to a municipality, city or province, which has shown very satisfactory performance in implementing its nutrition program. An area awarded the Green Banner for three consecutive years as outstanding regional winner automatically is awarded the CROWN Award. NNC 10 also gives Green Banner Awards to barangays with exemplary performance in nutrition.


Recipients of the CROWN Award which have maintained a downward trend of malnutrition for three consecutive years qualify to vie for the Nutrition Honor Award, the highest award given by NNC to outstanding achievers in nutrition program implementation for another three consecutive years.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) for 2017-2022 is the country’s framework for nutrition action. It serves as a guide for national governments, LGUs, NGOs, development partners and other stakeholders who want to be involved in nutrition action as it lays the targets, directions and priority actions that will address malnutrition particularly stunting and wasting, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity.

The PPAN 2017-2022 is an integral part of the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022. It is consistent with the Duterte Administration 10-point Economic Agenda, the Health for All Agenda of the Department of Health (DOH), the development pillars of malasakit (protective concern), pagbabago (change or transformation), and kaunlaran (development), and the vision of Ambisyon 2040. It factors in and considers country commitments to the global community as embodied in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the 2025 Global Targets for Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition, the 2014 International Conference on Nutrition.


The NNC Governing Board approved the PPAN on February 2017. A national launch was held on 2 May 2017 in Iloilo City where the NNC Governing Board had a ceremonial turn-over of the PPAN to various stakeholders.


It consists of 12 programs and 46 projects serving as a framework for actions that could be undertaken by member agencies of the National Nutrition Council (NNC), other national government agencies, local government units (LGUs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, and development partners. For better accountability, a member agency of the NNC Governing Board has been designated as lead for one or more of these programs.

In Region 10, PPAN 2017-2022 focus areas are the provinces of Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte. (JMOR/PIA10)

Organic products showcased in CDO trade fair

 CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, November 21 – To broaden the market reach of organic products grown and produced in Northern Mindanao, a Regional Organic Trade Fair (ROTF) was staged on 17-19 November 2017 at the SM City Mall, Pueblo de Oro, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City.


A total of 28 exhibitors participated, coming from the city, municipal and provincial local government units (LGUs) and the private sector, who showcased their certified organic and naturally-grown products and other value-adding and product innovations locally produced in region 10.

This activity was also in line with Proclamation No. 1030, s. 2015, declaring the month of November of every year as the ‘Organic Agriculture (OA) Month’.


“Annually, we conduct this trade fair to focus our attention on the importance of Organic Agriculture as a viable farming system for development, environmental conservation, and health protection of farmers, consumers, and the public,” Carlene C. Collado, officer-in-charge regional director of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) said.

He added that it serves as a mechanism for agricultural producers and processors to change their mindset on farming as merely subsistence to a sustainable business enterprise.


“Once they will reap the fair returns for their products, the only option that they have is to drive themselves towards producing and growing in order to meet the demands of the market,” Collado explained.

The local government unit (LGU) exhibitors comprise the provincial LGUs of Misamis Oriental, who promoted and sold turmeric powder and duck eggs; Lanao del Norte – assorted varieties of rice; Bukidnon – vegetables and rice; and Misamis Occidental – kakanin and bottled processed fishery products; and the city LGU of Cagayan de Oro – fresh vegetables and fishery products.

Adding to the roster of LGU exhibitors are the barangay and municipal food terminals of Highland Fresh – flavored milk and vegetables and LGU Salay – fruits and vegetables, respectively. Further, the Organic Trading Post of Kauswagan – fruits and vegetables also displayed.


Meanwhile, the private sector also featured their respective agri-fishery products, namely: Quadro Onse – cranberry juice and planting materials; Engallado’s Nature Farm and Natural Food Products – assorted processed rice by-products; Agay-Ayan Multi-Purpose Cooperative – coconut sugar; Miel de Oro – honey and dragon fruit; Limonero Fruit Drinks – lemon juice; Gats Garden – fruit juice and cheese; NAS AgriCom – turmeric, salabat and ginger; VOPPTA – black rice; Queensland Farm – fruits and herbs; Kape Napalit – ground coffee; and GreenMinds Inc. – peanuts.

Completing the list of exhibitors are Venida Farm – herbs and dragon fruit; Buhian Diversified Farm – virgin coconut oil, coco sugar, fruit tree seedlings and duck eggs; Binahon Agro Farm – fruit tree seedlings and processed vegetables; Kape Maramag – ground coffee; NM Foods – banana chips; Firestar Dream Concoctions – condiments and honey; Gran Molucas – bottled palapa and processed meat; Alomah’s Garden – herbs and vegetables and Marvelous Organic Resources – farm inputs and sweet corn.

“With the participation of our different exhibitors, the visiting public will not only have the opportunity to patronize the organic products of the region, but they will also serve as our advocates for the further promotion and development of OA,” the regional director further remarked.

Now on its fourth year, the ROTF is spearheaded by the DA-RFO 10 through its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division and Organic Agriculture Program. (DA-10)

Road show highlights food safety

Carrying the theme: “Pagkaing Ligtas at Sapat, Tungkulin at Karapatan ng Lahat,” a Food Safety Road Show was staged on 9 November 2017 in Cagayan de Oro City to highlight how one’s behavior and activities contribute to the safety of food and how one can avoid potential health hazards.

Leading the information drive on Food Safety Act of 2013 was the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Regulations (OASR) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) headed by Atty. Hansel O. Didulo. It was participated by the different food safety regulatory agencies (FSRAs), food business operators (FBOs), agricultural and fishery councils (AFCs), provincial, city and municipal local government units, and farmers.

DA Sec

“The main purpose of the law is to protect the consumers of food-borne and water-borne illnesses, and unsanitary, unwholesome or adulterated foods,” said ASec. Didulo while also encouraging the participants to bank on this law, considering that it has earned support from the government with its enactment.

Provided in the law, he added, that it aims to enhance industry and consumer confidence on food regulatory system and to achieve economic growth and development by promoting fair trade practices, at the same time.

Stakeholders’ role towards food safety


With the purpose of bringing the Act down to the grassroots level, the road show centered its discussion on the law’s salient features, stating that national government agencies involved include DA for primary food and the Department of Health (DOH) for processed foods or pre-packaged foods.

Pedro R. Dumaraos, Jr., Ph.D., food safety coordinator of OASR, likewise highlighted the principal responsibility of the local government units (LGUs) on food safety. “They shall be responsible for the implementation of the food safety requirements of foods produced within their areas of jurisdiction and that they shall be guided by national regulations,” he said.

Meanwhile, he reported that FSRAs shall support the Department of Interior and Local Government and LGUs in executing its food safety functions and urge them to use the food safety regulations and standards.

DA2 roadshow

FSRAs under DA include the Bureau of Animal Industry, National Meat Inspection Service, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority, Philippine Coconut Authority, Sugar Regulatory Administration and the National Food Authority.

On the other hand, the FBOs, AFCs, LGUs and the farmers, who are the frontlines in guaranteeing food safety, were introduced to the codes of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP) and Good Aquaculture Practices (GAqP).  These are established government policies and programs for addressing food safety hazards.

Initiatives on Food Safety in R-10

At the regional level, Juliet B. Araos, chief of the Regulatory Division of DA-Regional Field Office 10 reported updates before the body on the initiatives that the region has undertaken relative to food safety.

DA3 roadshow

She said the agency serves as a member of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Environment and Health headed by DOH and has participated in the drafting of the proposed creation of the Regional Food Safety Regulatory Coordinating Board.

“We saw it as a very important entry point for different agencies to cascade food safety concerns at the local level and to have a smooth engagement with the LGUs thru the Regional Development Council,” Araos explained.

In addition, she conveyed that the region has intensified briefings for certification of farms, resulting to 14 GAP and three organic certified farms while other farms have on-going applications.

Despite the strides, Araos added that the region will continue to strengthen its mechanisms to stress food safety. It will collectively do so through the conduct of orientations on the said law, creation of modules, formation of a quick response team, capability building for implementers, among other activities.

With the affair at hand, the DA eyes that all involved in the food safety systems, whether from the government or the private sector, will help in the enhancement of regulatory services in adherence to the Act to ensure not only affordable and available food for all, but safety and quality food. (DA-10)

LTO advises motor vehicle owners against use of “generic” plate numbers

Northern Mindanao Land Transportation Office (LTO) has issued an official instruction to its district and extension offices to stop the practice of assigning ‘generic’ plate numbers to motor vehicles and motorcycles.


According to LTO 10 Regional Director Oscar S. Salcedo the practice is considered irregular and a violation of the existing law since it results to several motor vehicles having the same plate number.

Moreover, a “generic” plate number is not encoded in the LTO IT System database. Director Salcedo said it is, therefore, not a reliable basis to make an on-line or automated verification of the motor vehicle details.

The owners of motor vehicles or motorcycles with a ‘generic’ plate number are advised to promptly report to the LTO so that their vehicles will be issued the correct plate number which is either the regular plate number, if available, or a temporary plate number which is the MV File Number, with a written authorization issed by the registering LTO district or extension office. (LTO10)