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ACDO calls on clergy to open parishes to community food gardening

April 8, 2020

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro is encouraging the establishment of household and community gardening for local food production during the COVID-19 quarantine and lockdowns to help sustain especially vulnerable residents in the informal sector, the unemployed, and those unable to be gainfully employed at this time. In a statement released April 6 to all archdiocesan clergy and parishioners, Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J. called on all the clergy to open parish spaces to community food gardening and set up. nurseries to ensure a continuous supply of planting materials.  “I am encouraging parishioners to set up their individual home gardens which can be container gardens for those within tight urban areas,” Ledesma said. “I am also encouraging parishioners to help in the community gardens.” Ledesma said it is imperative that families and communities have access to locally produced food as the usual food chains from locked down areas like Bukidnon locally and rice sources like Vietnam and Thailand internationally tighten up. “We need to produce nutritious food like vegetables, both leafy and protein sources (beans and legumes), and rice substitutes for carbohydrate, like sweet potatoes (camote) and bananas,” the cleric stressed. “Let us intensify local food production through individual household and community gardening to help especially the poor, the unemployed, and those unable to be gainfully employed at this time.”  With sufficient local food supplies, the archbishop said not only is the family and the larger community assured of adequate meals and nutrition, bolstered immune systems, but gardening can also prevent hunger-related crime; and improve mental health. “I am encouraging parishioners to set up their individual home gardens which can be container gardens for those within tight urban areas, but also help in the community gardens.” He appealed to those with idle land to open them up for use as community gardens and for those who have special skills in agriculture, organic gardening, and food preservation, to volunteer their skills. Cagayan de Oro has pool of experience agriculturists who have been pursuing local production of food through communal and backyard vegetable gardens. Among them are Xavier University College of Agriculture which implemented the The Periurban Vegetable Project (PUVeP) as part of the Research and Social Outreach Cluster; In cooperation with the local government of Cagayan de Oro City as well as the municipality of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, barangay administrations, the Department of Education and local communities, it has implemented ten allotment gardens, three of which are located inside public elementary schools, equipped with ecological sanitation toilets for about 100 urban poor families.  Another is the Square Foot and Vertical Garden espoused by former COCPO Chief Col. Honorio Cervantes (Ret.) at his farm in Bgy. Pagatpat, an Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Learning Site that is hailed for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). He is a leading advocate of organic farming through urban gardening and regularly conducts seminars and orientations at his 300sqm farm.  Not the least, Cagayan de Oro City’s “Urban Household Container Gardening” (UHCG) Project aims to combat rising problems of malnutrition, poverty and high drop-out rates among school age children in Cagayan de Oro. At-risk communities are taught to feed themselves by planting their own vegetables with their own, sometimes limited, space. For its second phase, The UHCG Project added the integration of Solid Waste Management by recycling and re-integrating waste from the city into their container gardening projects. Paul Douglas Calingin, the city government's COVID-19 economic cluster head and acting city agriculturist, recently disclosed that the City Agricultural Productivity Office (APO) will be providing some 800 urban gardeners with seeds from the DA to immediately start plating to bolster the city’s local vegetable supply. The UHCG Project is a joint program of the City Housing & Urban Development Department (CHUDD) HOA Federation, APO and City Social Welfare & Development Department. The UHCG was awarded third place in the “Food Justice: Projects that improve food access in underserved communities” Category of the 2016 International Network for Urban Agriculture (INUAg) Awards.  However, Ledesma cautioned parishioners to strictly observe the mandated physical distancing in community gardens, and disinfect commonly used garden tools and seed packs and containers to be distributed. The ACDO’s Health/Ganda Natural Farming Ministry team headed by Ms. An-An Denuyo, and the archdiocese Social Action workers will be assisting parishes and communities willing to pursue local food production projects in collaboration with DA, LGU’s, and other partners. The Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro is an archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. It is a metropolitan see on the island of Mindanao which is composed of the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Camiguin and the municipality of Malitbog, Bukidnon. It is headed by Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J and its seat is located at Saint Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral in Cagayan de Oro City. A rack with plastic bottles for succesful container gardening in a small area (vertical gardening) photo by Robert J. Holmer   Efficient rainwater catchment with simple tools (photo by Robert J. Holmer)  

Army’s 4ID combats CoViD-19 in Cagayan de Oro City

April 6, 2020

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – To combat the spread of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID) 19 in Cagayan de Oro City, the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division initiated a loud speaker operations through its 4th Civil-Military Operations “Kasaligan” Battalion and Task Force Oro this April 2, 2020 in Cagayan de Oro City. Armed with information and advisories from the Department of Health (DOH), the CMO operators conducted the said activity with film showing and distribution of leaflets at the Bulua Fish Landing with Ms. Irene Floro, President, CDO City Seafood Wholesaler Association, Cogon Market with Ms. Marse Dacoco, OIC, City Economic Enterprise Department (CEED) and Carmen Market with Ms Mary Sean Molig, Manager and Mr. Elvin Echeveria, spokesperson all in Cagayan de Oro City. Agnes Montealto, a resident of Brgy. Patag, CDO City appreciated the said activity, “Tama gyud ang gibuhat sa atong kasundaluhan tungod daghan pa ang mga katawhan nga wala kahibalo sa COVID-19 ug daghan ang wala nagatuman sa mga pahimangno sa gobyerno.” (What the soldiers did is right because many of the people don’t fully understand what COVID-19 is and many are still not following the advisories of the government.) Ms. Irene Floro said, “I really am thankful to our soldiers for conducting this activity because we really have to be informed about COVID-19 and we have to follow the law and cooperate.” Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, the Commander of 4th ID said, “We have just started with our loud speaker operations and we plan to deploy more teams in the coming days to cover the whole City of Cagayan de Oro. This is one of our ways of assisting our local government unit in managing and controlling the spread of the virus.” “We are at war against an invisible and invincible enemy. We must arm ourselves with information about the disease, how to contain its spread and protect our high risk elderly and other vulnerable. Let’s all observe the health protocols and stay at home to save lives,” Gacal ended

Rotarians in Cagayan de Oro respond to government's call for assistance

April 2, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Council of Presidents of Rotary International District 3870 responded to the urgent call to help frontliners in the fight against the deadly coronavirus disease. RI District 3870 Zone 1 Council of Presidents and their members, under the active leadership of Z1 Council Chairperson Rosalinda Caragos, donated boxes of alcohol, face masks and other vital shield and protective gears to prevent frontliners from virus infection. It can be recalled that there were already 12 doctors in Metro Manila who have died after they were infected by the virus while in the call of duty. The Rotarians' donations were distributed to the frontliners of Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) and JR Borja General Hospital (JRBGH).  NMMC is a regional hospital supported and run by the Department of Health, the lead agency in the battle against the deadly coronavirus disease, while JRBGH is a local hospital run by the City Government of Cagayan de Oro. Meanwhile, Rotary International District 3870 is a prestigious and highly respected group of professionals and businessmen, who bond together despite their respective careers in business and profession, to do community service as one of the trusts of Rotary International. RI District 3870 is composed of different clubs in Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Bukidnon, Maguindanao, Cotabato City, Gingoog City, Valencia City, Malaybalay City, Isulan, Tacurong and Pikit. Bansawan Ibrahim is the current Governor of Rotary District 3870.

Leading online delivery platform foodpanda supports covid-19 frontliners

March 30, 2020

foodpanda delivers CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - As the deadly coronavirus disease continue to threaten people around the world, leading online delivery platform foodpanda has also thought of taking part as a support group by delivering free food and refreshment drinks to the covid-19 frontliners. In the Philipines, most particularly in Cagayan de Oro City, foodpanda in cooperation with its partners has recently distributed food and refreshment drinks to covid-19 frontliners in the city. foodpanda thanks SeaCakes Sweet Treats, Gabby's Cafe, Johniel’s Bakeshoppe by Wenzkytchen, PotsiCat & Co., Echostore, and Milktea Frappes And Us By Khaikha for their active participation which lead to the success of the food and drinks distribution. A team of foodpanda went to Northern Mindanao Medical Center, CDRRMO office and distributed food and refreshments to give them more encouragements and to continue doing their acts of heroism as frontliners in this fight against coronavirus disease. (Editor's Note: In order to know more about this very promising online delivery platform, MDN sent questionaires for our readers to understand and know them even more.) Here are our questions:   1. How many outlets do you now have in CDO?     - Cagayan de Oro has more than three hundred restaurants on the platform that you can order from the mobile application. Restaurants from fastfood such as Jolibee, Mcdonalds, Greenwich and Chowking to CDO’s favorite restaurants like Bigby’s, Boy Zugba and home concessionaires that want to deliver food made from their homes. Whatever you are craving for name it, and foodpanda has it.  2. Do you have promos for covid-19 in cdo as far as delivery?     - foodpanda is offering free delivery on all deliveries nationwide during the pandemic to help promote the stay at home campaign of our central government. There are also restaurant partners that are offering discount to customers during the pandemic.      In Cagayan De Oro, Kagaynons can have their food delivered for free as far as the Gusa area in the east, LGPIT in the west and Uptown part of the city in the North.  3. Is Panda company owned by Jollibee Corp?     - No, foodpanda is different from the Panda Express (restaurant) owned by Jolibee Coprporation. foodpanda is owned by a german company called Delivery Hero.      Delivery Hero is a leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace with number one market positions in terms of restaurants, active users and orders in more countries than any of its competitors across 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Delivery Hero also operates its own delivery service in 200+ high-density urban areas around the world.  4. What are available Panda menus to order for delivery?     - The menus available for delivery vary depending on the restaurant you choose from. Be it Chinese, Korean, Italian or Filipino food, menus from restaurants are present in the application.  5. Which places now in the Phils have panda outlets?         - foodpanda is expanding rapidly in the Philippines to cater the demand of the people who want their food to be delivered right at their doorstep. Over the last two years, foodpanda opened in key cities in the Philippines such as Davao, Cagayan De Oro and General Santos in Mindanao, Iloilo, Tacloban and Bacolod in Visayas, and Baguio, Lipa Batangas and Pampanga in Luzon.  foodpanda will constantly expand to new cities this 2020 to deliver food that Filipinos love right at the comfort of their home. About foodpanda: foodpanda is dedicated to bringing food lovers around the world their favorite meals from curated local restaurants. Since its creation, the on-demand food delivery service has grown to more than 100,000 partner restaurants in more than 325 cities across 13 Asian and Central Europe countries globally. foodpanda is active in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Romania and Bulgaria. It belongs to Delivery Hero, worldwide leader of the food delivery industry. For more information visit  About Delivery Hero: Delivery Hero is a leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace with number one market positions in terms of restaurants, active users and orders in more countries than any of its competitors across 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Delivery Hero also operates its own delivery service in 200+ high-density urban areas around the world. The Company is headquartered in Berlin and has over 21,000 employees. For more information, please visit

The One: The Magical Aerial Oddysey of Capt. Patrick Roa, Garbo sa Cagayan de Oro

March 10, 2020

The Magical Pilot story of Capt. Patrick Roa, Garbo sa Cagayan de Oro By Tonet Rivera for Clear Prop   Patrick Roa flies A320 and A321 airliners, and calls himself an accidental airline pilot. But was it really accidental? Patrick hails from Cagayan de Oro. Like many young boys, he dreamed of becoming a pilot. But he didn’t really know why. His grandfather died when Patrick was just 5. (You will meet the grandfather later in this tale.) Even today Patrick remembers holding a Matchbox toy, a green and white Cessna 421, during the funeral services at Xavier University. His grandmother, a Cebuana, left him a trust fund when she died ten years later. The money was for his higher education. Today Patrick considers his grandmother the primary enabler of his aviation career. Only later did he learn the other half of the story. Patrick first immersed himself in aviation at old Lahug airfield in Cebu, where the storied hangar denizens infected him with the passion for General Aviation. After Lahug closed, Patrick took his training at Archie Po's flying school at the AirSpan hangar at NAIA, where the high tempo of non-stop General Aviation operations exhilarated him. He soloed in a Cessna 152XP with a 150-horsepower engine, the equivalent of putting a BMW engine in a Volkswagen. In 1993 a close cousin flew a Pacific Airways Grumman Tiger into IMC between Cotabato and Lebak, and was lost at sea. Patrick has lost other friends in aviation, but that first loss was a wake-up call, like a railroad switch that rechanneled him with the knowledge that mistakes and misfortune in aviation are paid for in blood. After multi-engine training with Meynard Halili (also featured in Clear Prop), Patrick acquired a Piper Seneca, and with that and another pilot’s Cessna 421 he began what can only be described as a mix of “Air America” and “American Made” missions that will not be described here (NO, he wasn’t carrying poppy leaves or paratrooper pigs). Night flights, uncontrolled airstrips, Islanders, DC-3s, a pressurized Beech 88 Queen Air with generators instead of alternators – he was young, charged with adrenalin and flying with one of the legends of Philippine General Aviation. Patrick began to build the 13,000++ hours he now has in his logbooks, which also record an astounding 40+ different types and models of aircraft that he has flown. In 1996, Patrick visited the Asian Institute of Management to ask about its famed Airline Transport Management Course. The course was run by Professor/Capt. Roberto Lim, an Annapolis graduate who trained pilots in B-17s and B-29s during World War II. Capt. Lim pushed PAL into the jet age with the Douglas DC-8. Lim also established the Aviation Safety Foundation Philippines after his wife was lost in the PAL HS748 CFIT accident on approach to Baguio in 1987. Bobby Lim met with Patrick, as he did with all the applicants for the course. Looking Patrick straight in the eye, he asked about Patrick’s goals. Then Lim leaned back then asked, “Are you in any way related to the tall Olympian Pio Roa from Cagayan de Oro?” The question surprised Patrick. Pio Roa was Patrick's grandfather, an Olympian athlete, an Ateneo Hall of Fame sportsman, and a basketball coach for the pre-war Blue Eagles. Patrick was just 5 years old when his grandfather died. Now Capt. Lim of PAL/AIM was asking a grown-up Patrick if he was related to the elder Roa. “Yes sir, I happen to be his first grandson.” Lim smiled warmly and leaned back. “So, you’re the one.” It turned out that whenever Capt. Lim flew VIPs and ex-Presidents to Cagayan de Oro, grandfather Pio Roa would be Lim's host, wanting to talk about airplanes and aviation. The elder Roa often told Lim that he wanted his grandson to be a pilot, an aviador. When Patrick was a toddler, his grandfather took him to the Camp Evangelista Army airfield. Army officers made the tiny Patrick sit in Cessna 180 cockpits. His grandfather also took Patrick to Lumbia Airport to watch the C-123s, YS-11s, F-27s and the loud BAC-111s. His grandfather didn’t say much. He just carried his toddler grandson in his arms as the airplanes thundered in and out. Now the grandson WAS a pilot, and was beginning to understand where all the influence and passion for aviation came from. His grandfather was an aviation nut who had purposely infected his tiny toddler grandson. When Patrick heard these stories, his aviation career took on a deeper meaning and purpose. Patrick owed his aviation career to his grandmother AND his grandfather, after all. Even today, Patrick continues to read anything he can about aviation. He credits a lot of his aviation knowledge to reading, and labels himself an aviation nerd. As we’ve said before in Clear Prop, a good pilot never stops learning. Can the aviation passion bug jump across generations? One day, out of the blue, Patrick’s daughter proclaimed her desire to become a pilot. Patrick played it by ear to see how badly infected she was. Today Regine has a commercial pilot license and is closing in on her instrument check ride. Her next step is multi-engine training in the Baron that Meynard Halili used to own. Full circle. Accidental pilot? At Clear Prop, we don’t believe in accidents. Founded in 2018, Clear Prop we will inspire and motivate professionals and enthusiasts in Philippine aviation, by sharing knowledge and insight from the best aviation professionals in the country.   If you haven’t listened to Patrick’s advice to pilots and aspiring pilots, you can listen to him in all the episodes of  Clear Prop. Clear Prop is committed to sharing aviation knowledge and expertise without bias or endorsements. We will always feature the best pilots and aviation experts available to us, and we will always choose them thoughtfully and deliberately. Our video series is entirely free. Subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss a single episode. Clear Prop Inspiration for Pilots, by Pilots  

Alegrio heads PCCI Mindanao as Area VP

March 7, 2020

Ma. Teresa R. Alegrio, PCCI Area VP for Mindanao Former Oro Chamber Secretary-General and President Ma. Teresa R. Alegrio has been elected Area Vice President for Mindanao of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the country’s largest business organization. Alegrio is currently the Head of the Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Relations Dept. of STEAG State Power Inc. at Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. She is also the Vice Chair in the Board of Trustees of  Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan  .  Alegrio holds the distinction of being the first Secretary-General of the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (Oro Chamber) to become its President, and prior to her election as PCCI AVP for Mindanao, also served as the PCCI Regional Governor for Region X (Northern Mindanao from 2018-2019.  She will serve as part of the 20-member board of directors under former ambassador Benedicto Yujuico who was unanimously elected PCCI president during the PCCI annual meeting on December 6, 2019. Alegrio said she would focus on supporting Yujuico’s focus on entrepreneurship and innovation as essential catalysts to supercharge the Philippine economy in the coming years, and projects to assist local government units implement smart city technologies to improve efficiency and reduce corruption. The Oro Chamber and PCCI-X under Alegrio’s stewardship has been instrumental in pushing for the soonest implementation of the  proposal to Upgrade, Expand, Operate and Maintain the Laguindingan Airport of Aboitiz Infrastructure Inc. (AIC).  More recently, Alegrio met with PCCI affiliate chambers of  Southwestern  Mindanao  to organize the 29th Mindanao Business  Conference.   “PCCI is also finalizing a MOA with the Anti Red Tape Authority (ARTA) that will put up a desk in the regional chambers of Mindanao. Hopefully, we can have a MOA signing within this month.   Alegrio met with officials of the National Economic and Development Authority-Region X and Department of the Interior and Local Government-Region X on 24 January 2020 at Cagayan de Oro to discuss ways to further strengthen collaboration and partnership in leveraging resources from the business sector through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds. The meeting focused on how government, the business sector, and civil society organizations could best synergize and sustain efforts and resources to operationalize Executive Order  No. 70 (Whole-of-Nation Approach) in attaining lasting peace and inclusive development in the region. NEDA-X generated information from the business sector on their CSR-funded activities in the region for CY 2020, which will be targeted to communities under the convergence areas for peace and development (CAPDev) program. PCCI and the companies representing the energy sector, recommended to the Regional Development Council-X the need to review the provisions of Energy Regulation No. 1-94 to consider aligning its policy with EO 70 on making funds available for priority focus areas besides the host communities stipulated in I-94.  ER 1-94 program is a policy under the Department of Energy Act of 1992 and the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001, which stipulates that host communities are entitled to a share of one centavo for every kilowatt-hour (Php 0.01 / kWh) sold by power generation plants operating in their area. The group agreed to make this undertaking a continuing engagement, to be institutionalized in the RDC-X through quarterly RDC-X private sector representatives meetings and with the appropriate Lines of Efforts /Task Groups. Other members of the newly elected directors of PCCI include : Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr., Ma. Alegria Limjoco, Menardo Jimenez, Alfredo Yao, Francis Chua, Edgardo Lacson, Roberto Amores, Jose Leviste, Apolinar Aure, Edgard Sia II, Dennis Uy, Michael Chen, Felino Palafox Jr., Jeffrey Ng, Delia Jimenez (NCR), Gregoria Simbulan (North Luzon), Clarine Tobias (South Luzon), and Samuel Chioson (Visayas).  


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