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Moreno: City Hall 'on the ball' in mapping out vaccination

January 15, 2021

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The people of Cagayan de Oro need not fear that they will be left behind by other cities in the vaccine rollout since their City Hall is  'on the ball' in mapping out the city's  vaccination program, Mayor Oscar Moreno said. "Ang gusto nako mahibaw-an sa (katawhan sa Cagayan de Oro), ayaw kabalaka kay (I want to tell the people of Cagayan de Oro, don't be worried because) we in City Hall are very much on top of the ball.  In fact our target and mission is maayo ang pagkaplano sa atong vaccine rollout sa  dakbayan (to ensure the proper planning and implementation of our vaccine rollout in the city)," Moreno said. The mayor reiterated his assurance during Wednesday noon's press briefing after disclosing that he had a conversation with (Court of Appeals Mindanao Executive) Justice Romy Borja who voiced his concern over the city's vaccine rollout program.   Acting City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said a task force will be set up within this week to map out the details of the city's vaccination program.  Moreno said he knows how important it is for the city's vaccination program to succeed not only for the people of Cagayan de Oro City but for neighboring local governments in Misamis Oriental and northern Mindanao.   "Kung maayo atong pagplano (if our planning is good) our vaccine rollout program will be replicated in the other parts of the region," Moreno said. In setting the example to Misamis Oriental province and the rest of Region 10,  Moreno said the COVID-19 pandemic taught Kagay-anons not to be parochial and unsympathetic to the plight of their neighbors in northern Mindanao because what happens to them will also impact on the city. "Kinahanglan tinabangay ta tanan (We need to help each other)," the mayor added. (CIO/PIA10) Photo release: The mayor reiterates his assurance during Wednesday noon's press briefing after disclosing that he had a conversation with (Court of Appeals Mindanao Executive) Justice Romy Borja who voiced his concern over the city's vaccine rollout program. (CIO)  

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NSC revival gets green light

January 15, 2021

ILIGAN CITY— IIigan City Mayor Celso Regencia has fired up  the green light  to proceed with the   country’s first €5-B ultra-modern integrated steel mill to replace the defunct National Steel Corporation following a landmark  virtual meeting held here today with a foreign investment group and its local  representatives Dante Sudaria and Ruffy Magbanua of the Mindanao Daily News Network. Earlier, the investors’ group had  forged a technical partnership  with a steel company from Europe for  the construction of the state-of-the-art Integrated Steel Mill to rise at the same site of the mothballed   National Steel Corporation. “We are bullish with the development to reconstruct the defunct NSC as this would place Iligan City once again in the country’s industrial map,” Regencia said. He said  the revival of the steel plant would not only push progress in the region but put back Iligan as the industrial city of the South.  He expressed optimism  that the   €5-B  investment of an ultra-modern integrated steel plant would boost the economy of Mindanao in the next three years and beyond. Regencia said once  the project will go on stream, the first three years  is expected to generate  6,000 jobs.  Upstream and downstream industries are also seen to  generate 10,000 more  jobs, he said. Technical  preparations are now in the final stretch, but initial adjustments had to be made due to coronavirus.  The   steel facility will be the country's first integrated steel complex and represents the biggest ever industrial foreign investment in Mindanao. The facilities in the complex will include sintering, coking, pelletizing and steel-rolling to produce basic iron and steel products for further processing. The project is expected to produce 4.5 million tonnes of hot-rolled coil and 600,000 tonnes of slab annually in first phase, with output reaching 8 million tonnes per annum in the second phase.  Overall construction and ramp-up are scheduled to take three to five years.    The leading technical partner- company will soon undertake the  construction at  the 400-hectare property formerly occupied by the old NSC.

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Opol’s lone lawyer-councilor leads in local legislation measures

January 13, 2021

OPOL’s only lawyer-legislator, Jay Bago, has been very active in advocating for the passage and eventual implementation of local ordinances in his hometown.  Bago disclosed that as a privileged representative of Opol in the national Inter-Agency Task Force {IATF] against Covid 19, he has pushed for moderated penalties in the local level. He said that he has proposed and eventually acquired approval of lower penalties for Opolanons, considering the economic difficulties everyone is facing in this pandemic.  Bago added that he helped craft ordinances and an executive order for the non-discrimination of frontliners, a localized liquor ban and a curfew and providing penalties for violators thereof. He said that there was no opposition to the then proposals although there were some delays as queries and comments had to be answered and heard. “Understandably, at the onset of the pandemic, there was confusion and apprehension but after discussions and consultations, I drafted an executive order that Mayor Maximino Seno eventually signed  as a local ordinance,” said Bago.

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Nadya's Balay Nenotchka hosting PGO Extension Office since 2019

January 13, 2021

FOR almost two years now, the Misamis Oriental provincial government extension office in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental has served more than 20,000 constituents since it opened in September 2019. That's thanks mainly to the owner of the place, lawyer and former Cagayan de Oro City Councilor Nadya Emano. Balay Nenotcka is a wide expanse of space and structures that house the various services of the provincial government extension office in Zone 11, Poblacion, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. After serving her term as councilor, Emano decided to return to her hometown in Tagoloan and assisted her brother Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano by hosting the extension office at Balay Nenotchka, named after their late sister. "Kining ako pure volunteerism ra g'yud ni. We do not just cater to Tagoloanons but to all constituents of Misamis Oriental," Atty. Nadya Emano said. Among the services that the extension office is offering are legal consultations, minor surgeries, circumcision, social services, 3-in-1 services (embalment, wake and funeral) and financial assistance. “Congratulations sa atong extension office sa may lungsod sa Tagoloan. Keep up the good work. Bisan paman ug unsay buhaton sa pagpangguba ug pangdaot kaninyo, ayaw mo pagpakahuyang, magmalig-on kamo kay tan-awa 21,000 na ka serbisyo ang inyong natunol,” Gov. Emano said. For her part, Atty. Nadya Emano urged the constituency in Misamis Oriental to continue patronizing the services in the extension office, saying they have an option if they cannot go to the provincial capitol in Cagayan de Oro City.

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Ex-Comelec commissioner rallies Filipinos to register

January 13, 2021

FORMER Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner Gregorio "Goyo" Larrazabal is rallying Filipinos to register for the upcoming 2022 elections. Larrazabal said that out of ten million expected new voters, only 950 have registered as of December 2020. Comelec reopened the period for registration on September 1. Voter registration is conducted Mondays to Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with Fridays dedicated for disinfection unless the concerned local government unit assigns a different day for it. In November, the poll body opened its online portal, iRehistro for voters' registration and updating of voter records. While it allows eligible Filipinos to turn in application forms online, registrants must still appear personally before their respective local Comelec office or for overseas Filipinos, their concerned Philippine embassy or consulate. "Yes, not everyone will share the same political views, but by encouraging them to register and vote, you help them as well in making their voice heard.Yes, not everyone will share the same political views, but by encouraging them to register and vote, you help them as well in making their voice heard," Larrazabal said. Stay safe.  Stay healthy.  Register as a voter and vote on May 9, 2022.

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HELPING THE POOR IN TIME OF PANDEMIC.

January 10, 2021

HELPING THE POOR IN TIME OF PANDEMIC. Thousands of residents in Cagayan de Oro, observing the health protocols, recive cash gifts from Department of Labor and Employment  (DOLE) under the TUPAD or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers due to the efforts of Deputy House Speaker Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District of Cagayan de Oro City) the distribution,was held held at Nazareth Gymnasium on Friday, January 8, 2021 is led by the congressman's wife Cagayan de Oro City Councilor Bebot Rodriguez and Nazareth Brgy. Chairman Janjan Rodriguez. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

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