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Misor enhances Cebu Pacific shrine into a tourism complex

February 2, 2021

SERVING as a pleasant surprise and enticing news for tourists and Misamisnons alike, Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano leads the blessing and inauauration of Northern Mindanao's newest toust destination, the Misamis Oriental Tourism Complex and Botanical Garden. A tribute to the success of Emano's flagship program of tourism, tnis landmark project seeks to bring about hope to Misamisnons amidst the pandemic. Led by Emano and provincial tourism head Atty. Jeffrey Saclot, the inauguration of the Misamis Oriental Tourism Complex and Botanical Garden, held in unison with the commemoration of the Cebu Pacific Flight 387 crash, aims to encourage people to have a wider array of options when visiting the area by boasting of amenities and attractions previously known to be available only from neighboring provinces. Located midway between the municipality of Claveria and Gingoog City, the relaxingly cool destination in addition to the beautiful botanical landscapes, will be equipped with new facilities and amenities such as coffee shops, fruit stands, camping areas, and cottages to help promote food tourism, historical/cultural tourism and fun tourism. A milestone project that will cement Misamis Oriental into the tourism map of the Philippines, the tourism complex will also present nevw opportunities for livelihood for many Misamisnons due to the expected influx of tourists. With the continued support of Governor Bambi Emano, the one of a kind Turism Complex and Botanical Garden is envisioned to become a top tourist destination not only in the country but all over the world. VVith the successful blessing and inauquration of the Misamis Oriental Tourism Complex and Botanical Garden, Governor Bambi Emano wants tourists, locals and foreigners allke, be given more reasons why they should #ExploreMisOrMore!

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Piñol urges Mindanao LGUs to grow own food

February 2, 2021

  DAVAO CITY - The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has urged Mindanao Local Government Units (LGU’s) to initiate self-reliant food production programs to feed their respective constituents as the whole country faces tight food supplies and soaring prices this year.   Among the strategies being proposed by MinDA to be adopted by the LGU’s are, Livestock Production through the establishment of LGU owned Cattle Fattening Feedlot using locally procured Cattle or Imported Steers, Hog Production Program through a Communal Hog Raising Concept where the LGU sets up facilities with sufficient biosecurity safeguards against the dreaded African Swine Fever which virtually wiped out the backyard hog industry, and Free-Range Chicken Production Program through the establishment of Provincial Breeding Centers for locally bred poultry for distribution to farming families.   Also, Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that fisheries and aquaculture development through the establishment of post-harvest facilities such as ice-makers and cold storage facilities are necessary to encourage fishermen to catch more fish.   He added that an Intensified Vegetable Production Program especially in the highlands is also important to ensure sufficient local supply at affordable prices.   “In my consultations with local government executives, I emphasized that while Mindanao could sufficiently supply the needs of its population, the rising prices of goods in Metro Manila and Luzon because of short supply could destabilize the food sufficiency programs of the region,” Piñol said.   The MinDA chief said that the best example is the increased demand for live hogs from Mindanao to be shipped to Metro Manila which has resulted in a dramatic increase in the farm gate price from P90 per kilo live last year to as high as P220 per kilo now.   He added that the demand for beef, vegetables, and fish has also intensified as Metro Manila LGUs grapple with skyrocketing food prices.   “While these developments would benefit Mindanao food producers, an intensified effort to produce more should be undertaken in the region to ensure local food sufficiency.   All of these LGU food production initiatives designed by MinDA will be supported with financing from its banking partner, the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP),” he added.

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Bago graces Tau Gamma Phi leadership symposium in Opol

January 31, 2021

OPOL, Misamis Oriental Councilor Jay Bago was chosen as the keynote speaker in the leadership symposium of the Tau Gamma Phi (Opol chapter) that was held Sunday, January 31 at Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort. Bago was chosen as the speaker due to his credentials as a lawyer. In his speech, Bago spoke first about divine law, then about the Constitution, then about national laws, then about laws on corporations where Tau Gamma Phi belongs as a non-profit civic organization. Bago also took the opportunity to thank Tau Gamma Phi (Opol chapter) for their continuing civic outreaches in the communities of Opol where his constituency belongs. "They were the ones who volunteered to assist in the covid response of the barangays. On a regular basis, they also have other activities such as tree planting, coastal clean-up drive, donation of trash bins in the barangays, donation of school supplies to students, and many other philanthropic works," Bago said. Tau Gamma Phi (ΤΓΦ), also known as 'Triskelions’ Grand Fraternity', is a fraternity established in the Philippines. Its members call themselves Triskelion. Its aims are to see a Fraternity System devoid of violence in lieu of the rampant violence pervading the university campus at the time of its founding, to avoid elitism if they can, and to earnestly propagate their fraternity's principles as their way of life without political influence or pressure. Based on these goals, the Triskelions categorized their formal group as a 'protest fraternity'. The Fraternity encourages its members to strive for spiritual growth and to organize socio-civic activities for the benefit of communities. Tau Gamma Phi is now one of the largest international fraternities, with about 2,500,000 registered members worldwide. Bago, has been very active in advocating for the passage and eventual implementation of local ordinances in his hometown.

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Villar's plastics recycling plant serving schools all over Mindanao

January 27, 2021

MORE than 2,000 classroom chairs made out of recycled plastic have been donated by the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (Villar SIPAG) in schools all over Mindanao. Since 2017, Villar SIPAG has operated a waste plastic recycling factory in Cagayan de Oro City, producing 200 chairs a month to be distributed in public schools. This is part of Sen. Cynthia Villar's plastic recycling program as part of her initiative as chairperson of the Senate committee on the environment. Only three such plants exist - one is in Las Piñas and the other in Iloilo - and the one here in Cagayan de Oro services the whole Mindanao. According to Cagayan de Oro operations in charge Suzette Townend-Gomera, they constantly receive requests for chair donations from the Department of Education and the local government units (LGUs). Thus, they need to distribute at least 50 pieces a week where the team goes as far as Mati, Zamboanga, Surigao and Marawi, among others. "On some occasions, the requesting parting will be the ones to pick up the items from our facility but if they don't have the means of transport, we can deliver the chairs to them," Gomera said. Each unit is made of 20 kilos of recyclable plastic which the facility generates from the its partner-provider, the provincial government of Misamis Oriental. The wastes are fed into a crusher, washed in a tub, dried, melted, molded into individual chair parts, pressed, assembled and painted before they roll out. “In turning plastic wastes into useful furniture like school chairs, we are not only reducing the amount of plastic garbage that goes into our water resources, which harms the environment. We are also able to provide livelihood sources to the poor, because the jobless, the non-skilled and even the physically disabled are employed by the factories,” Villar said. Villar has sounded the alarm on the country’s worsening problem on plastic wastes. She authored Senate Bill No. 1331 or the Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) Act of 2020 which seeks to institutionalize the practice of EPR in waste management. The senator also authored Senate Bill 333 or the Single-Use Plastic Product Regulation Act, which seeks to regulate the manufacturing, importation and single-use of plastic products.

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Provincial vet eyes hike in prices of meat

January 27, 2021

MISAMIS Oriental--A provincial veterinarian yesterday said that prices of meat products have increased especially in areas hardly hit by African Swine Fever (ASF). Dr. Benjamine Resma, veterinarian of the province of Misamis Oriental, said that prices of pork started to increase in the region. Resma said that one of the reasons for the increase is the lack of supply of pork "as we supply 16-20,000 heads of pork products in Luzon." He said that the daily requirement of the National Capital Region (NCR) is pegged at 3,000 heads per day "and we supply them." He said the local governments in the province have also strictly implemented the entry of pork products especially comming from areas hardy hit by ASF. As of today, Resma said that no ASF-reported cases in Misamis Oriental "that is why we are strict when it comes to the entry of pork products."

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Villanueva district hospital soon to rise

January 27, 2021

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oiental--If plans dont miscarry, the much-awaited groundbreaking of the P450-million worth Mindanao District Hospital is happening soon, said Mayor Jennie Uy-Mendez. Mendez said the hospital which will be constructed in one hectare land "and we will do the groundbreaking with Senator Bong Go soon." She said the construction of Mindanao District Hospital in this town was the legacy of the Uy family. Her father, Atty. Julio Uy is a former town mayor of Villanueva and former Vice Governor of the province of Misamis Oriental; her mother, a former town mayor of Villanueva and now a three-termer member of the House of the Representives representing the second district of Misamis Oriental; and mayor Jennie Uy-Mendez herself. Advocacy She said the idea of constructing a hospital in the town was conceptualized in 2014, at a time when she was working as congressional staff of her mother. "It was the time when everything was just our advocacy and now we will soon hold the groundbreaking. The fulfillment of our or our dream" she added. "Sa una, sa among nakita kulang gyud kaayo ang support sa atong healthcare especially ob public health," said Mendez. She emphasized: "Kining sa hospital, dili man gud ni siya bounded by any territorial or jurisdiction, its a universal need." Mendez said the hospital will be constructed under the funding of the Department of Health (DOH). It will be a 4-5 storey public hospital,said the mayor adding,"kani nga project dako kaayo ug ikatabang sa mga tawo." "Si mama, morag batang gamay nga mihilak sa kalipay nga ma put-up na gayud ang Mindanao District sa Villanueva," said Mendez. She emphasized that the hospital ws not constructed to compete with other public hospitals and to decongest the already crowded Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), also known as provincial hospital. Likewise, Mendez thanked her parents for inspiring her "because they seek to improve the quality of life of people through education, health, eave and order, employment, livelihood, and housing. House Bill 3462 Rep. Uy filed House Bill 3462 at the House of Representatives. Uy said HB 3462 seeks to establish the Northern Mindanao District Hospital of Villanueva, which will be under the supervision of the Department of Health (DOH). In her explanatory note, Uy said that the town of Villanueva is widely consideredas the growing industrial hub in the province of Misamis Oriental. Not only in Misamis Oriental, she pointed out, but even in Northern Mindanao as it has 16 medium to large scale industries. With its growing local economy and the influx of industrial plants, Uy said there is a steady increase in the population of Villanueva. "In line with this, there is a need to establish a hospital in the area to ensure that the population is given adequate health care in the quickest possible time especially during emergencies," said the lady lawmaker adding, "this is essential considering that Villanueva is 26 kilometers away from Cagayan de Oro City where the nearest hospitals are located."

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