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Oro hosts 3rd Philippine Environment Summit  on Feb 26-28

February 8, 2020

Cagayan de Oro will host the 3rd Philippine Environment Summit with the theme “Paradigm (re)Shift: Heeding Nature” on February 26-28, 2020 at the Grand Caprice Convention Center. This year’s Summit shall showcase programs and projects that contribute to the country’s social and economic advancement while protecting the environment. “Global warming and its flip side, climate change, has starkly revealed that our current paradigm for thinking and doing is unsustainable, and it is now undeniable that we must respect and return to nature’s principles if we are to continue the gains of cultural evolution and to save the environment on which our lives depend,” said  Dr. Angelina P. Galang, President of Green Convergence. The biennial Summit is unique to most fora on the environment that present the dire state of our planet in that it recognizes the countless efforts of many Filipinos who are taking positive steps to counter the destruction. “Our Summit proclaims the good news,” Galang stressed. “We celebrate the Philippine environmental movement, and call for the Filipino people to unite in accelerating the drive towards sustainable development.” Confirmed plenary speakers include Federico Lopez, CEO of the Energy Development Corporation and Mitos Urgel of the World Fair Trade Alliance Asia. Also invited are Hollywood star and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno. DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu will deliver the keynote address. Hosting of the summit is rotated among the three major island groups of the country. The Summit was first held in 2016 in Luzon at the SM Mall of Asia, Metro Manila, while the 2018 event was held in Visayas at the Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City. The 2020 Summit will be the first time that Mindanao hosts the event. The 3-day Summit will carry the themes of Safe Food, Healthy Environment, and Sustainable Economy. Each day will have plenary sessions in the morning and breakout sessions in the afternoon. Around 1,000 participants from all over the country are expected to attend. The 3rd Philippine Environment Summit is supported by the Energy Development Corporation and the Forest Foundation Philippines. Those who wish to attend are asked to pre-register at bit.ly/2020PESReg. For inquiries, send a message to greenconvergencephil@gmail.com.   REFERENCES:  Dr. Angelina P. Galang President +63 917 853 8841 Jofer B. Asilum Media and Communications Associate +63 921 621 2729 greenconphmedia@gmail.com Teresa Oliva Executive Director +63 915 737 0139

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Xavier Ateneo, DOH discuss Novel Coronavirus

February 6, 2020

Xavier Ateneo, DOH discuss Novel Coronavirus PRACTICAL ADVICE. Dr Ian Christian Gonzales discusses the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) at Xavier Ateneo. Report and photo by Karl Aparece The Xavier University Health Services Office, in collaboration with DOH Region X, organized a talk about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) given by Dr Ian Christian Gonzales at the XU Little Theater, Saturday, February 1. Dr Gonzales, a lauded alumnus who finished top 2 of his batch in XU Dr Jose P. Rizal School of Medicine, currently heads the management of various public health programs such as TB, HIV, dengue, rabies, and other infectious diseases in Northern Mindanao. He clarified ongoing misconceptions about nCoV, as well as provided practical advice to the concerned populace. Mapping the Novel Coronavirus Gonzales said the 2019-nCoV is one of seven human coronaviruses, some of which are only responsible for the common cold. These viruses are characterized by the crown-like spikes around its surface. Among these are the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). SARS-CoV, first recognized in China in November 2002, caused  8,098 probable cases and 774 deaths. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there have been no known new cases of SARS-CoV since 20041. On the other hand, MERS-CoV has caused a total of 858 associated deaths from 2,494 confirmed infections as declared by the World Health Organization (WHO)3. The 2019-nCoV was first recognized in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, China. Gonzales said the virus had its genome successfully sequenced in only two weeks, compared to two months for the SARS-CoV . Its symptoms are the same with influenza-like illnesses and can prove fatal to people with existing ailments. As of January 31, there is a total of 9,856 confirmed cases and 213 confirmed deaths from nCoV. If control measures are absent,  an infected person can only infect at most around 2-3 persons as the virus is not airborne. Therefore, having proper hand hygiene is more important than the wearing of face masks. With an “infectivity rate just like the flu and just as dangerous as measles with only a 2% fatality rate compared to SARS at 10% and MERS at 35%”, Gonzales assured that the Novel Coronavirus is not as deadly as its predecessors. Philippines’ medical capacity in emergent diseases As of February 2, the Philippines had reported the first case of nCoV death outside of China. The deceased is the companion of another confirmed case of n-CoV in the country, a 38-year-old female Chinese national who flew to Hong Kong from Wuhan City and thereafter went to Manila, Cebu, and Dumaguete. Local airlines had already started contacting the passengers and crew aboard the flights taken by the couple for quarantine. Moreover, there are currently 31 persons under investigation in the country who either traveled toHubei recently or came in contact with a person positive with the 2019-nCoV. For Northern Mindanao, the lone suspected case in Camiguin Island was confirmed to be negative of the virus and the patient already discharged from Camiguin General Hospital. Two more are being monitored in Cagayan de Oro City’s Northern Mindanao Medical Center for experiencing flu-like symptoms after travelling to China. Gonzales assured that “NMMC and DOH are equipped to manage the case” and that the country is capable of handling the situation with protocols in place and materials in standby should the situation get dire. The main focus as of now is on prevention. The first “line of defence” that Gonzales mentioned is thermal scanning in airports. Everyone with a fever coming in the country will be directed immediately to quarantine personnel for further monitoring. More preventive measures such as as disease surveillance coordinators and epidemiology units around the country regularly report any developments suspicious of the virus. Gonzales reiterated the importance of communication by coordinating updates of the disease with the Department of Education to prevent the spread of misinformation. Gonzales reminded participants to take preventive measure or  HANDS, which stands for: Handwashing regularly Avoid crowds and wild animals Never cough without a handkerchief or tissue Don a mask if sick or in health care settings Seek early consultation

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OTC endorses Mindanao Daily Express Transport Coop to CDA

January 31, 2020

The Office of Transportation Cooperatives (OTC) has endorsed the request of Mindanao Daily Express Transport Cooperative (MindexTransCo) to initially operate 15 routes in Cagayan de Oro and some areas in Misamis Oriental. The said endorsement by OTC was sent to the office of Regional Director Glenn S. Garcia of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) in Cagayan de Oro, for appropriate action. The routes applied by Mindextransco includes: Cugman to Cogon Public Market and vice versa Bayabas to Cogon Public Market and vice versa Bonbon to Cogon Public Market and vice versa Iponan to Cogon Public Market and vice versa Tagoloan to Agora Terminal and vice versa Jasaan to Agora Terminal and vice versa Villanueva to Agora Terminal and vice versa Lapasan to Cogon Public Market and vice versa Lapasan to Carmen Market and vice versa Talakag Bukidnon to Agora Terminal and vice versa Claveria Misamis Oriental to Agora Terminal and vice versa Tagoloan alae Manolo and vice versa Kisanlu Iponan to Limketkai and vice versa Kisanlu Iponan to Gaisano Mall and vice versa Cugman Rc to Cogon Public Market and vice versa Mindanao Daily Express Transport Coop is one of the biggest transport coops to operate in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental. The company will have its garage and shop at the three hectare property along the coastal highway in Igpit, Opol, Misamis Oriental Province. The second garage of the coop will be at the one hectare property inside the Phividec Industrial Estate in Sta Ana Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, near San Miguel Brewery plant. OFFICE BLESSING On February 18, this year, Mindanao Daily Express Transport Cooperative is all set for inauguration of their head office at Tanleh Building, Consolacion, this city.  It will be participated by top local and national officials from LTFRB, LTO CDO MAYOR, RTA. POLICE,  DBP, LBP and other transport leaders. Mindex Transport Coop has also invited Cooperative Development Authority Usec Orlan Ravanera and and CDA Region 10 Director Glenn S. Garcia to grace the occasion. Mindex Transport Coop is composed of different operators in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental. Meanwhile, the Dansolihon transport operators headed by its lady president Ms Veronica and Barangay Chairman Rodolfo Tabudlong had expressed their group's intention to join Mindanao Daily Express Transport Cooperative, during a consultative meeting held at the MDN Main office in Cagayan de Oro City last January 17, 2020. Barangay Dansolihon operators has 18 jeepney units already approved for transport vehicles modernization program of the President Rodrigo Duterte. "The intention of Dansoliohon to join Mindanao Express Transport Cooperative is a welcome development. This would mean many benefits not only to our riding public but to the drivers as well," MDN Publisher Dante M. Sudaria pointed out. He said Cagayan de Oro is a fastest booming city and the city's transport sector must also aligned with this development by way of having new and modern transport vehicles and more benefits to the drivers as well. The Mindanao Daily Express Transport Cooperative, Sudaria said, will soon ply modern mini buses in the city as well as other airconditioned modern SUVs to make the transportation industry in the cit becomes more exciting for the riding public. "Kung bag o na ang mga vehicles like these modern transport SUVs and mini buses plying the city then I think mas ganahan ang atong riding nga mao man gyod atong goserbisyuhan," the MDN publisher concluded.  Mindanao Daily Express Transport Coop also announced they are still accepting membership for operators and non-operators. For interested parties, please contact Mindanao Daily Express Transport Cooperative Head Office, Tanleh Building, Abellanosa Street, Cagayan de Oro City. Tel #s  (0917 712 1424; 0975 416 2375  

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1,679 runners join Army's Golden Diamond Run in Cagayan de Oro

January 29, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Around 1,679 runners’ enthusiast joined the Golden Diamond Run facilitated by 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army in partnership with the Circle Production as part of the week-long celebration for its 50th founding anniversary.   With three categories - three kilometers, five kilometers, and ten kilometers - the run was participated by various government agencies, security sectors, youth, media and other civilian stakeholders in different ages coming from Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions.   Aside from promoting a healthy lifestyle,  the proceeds of the run will be used for the procurement of medical equipment, prosthetics and enhancement of hospital facilities in Camp Evangelista Station Hospital (CESH), the only hospital in Northern Mindanao that caters to active and retired soldiers, veterans and their families.   Lea D. Ladaran, 23, student of Golden Heritage Polytechnic College, Cagayan de Oro City said, “I joined the 4ID Golden Diamond Run to show my support to our heroes (soldiers) and also my close friends assigned in 4ID. Besides, I love running to maintain my body fit."   Meanwhile, MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, commander of the 4ID said, “Today’s run is different and extra special to our soldiers because 4ID will be celebrating its 50th Founding Anniversary on February 1 and we are honoring the selflessness and heroism of our soldiers over the last five decades.”   He also emphasized that the participation of everyone will be a big help in improving the medical services that CESHl provides.    "I would like to thank all of you for showing your support, your care and respect to our soldiers. This will certainly boost the morale of our soldiers knowing that they are not alone in the fight in attaining peace and development in Regions 10 and Caraga,” Gacal added. (4ID, PA/PIA10)

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5th Cagayan de Oro Chinese New Year Festival lauded

January 29, 2020

Community leaders from the local government and people’s organizations are unanimous in their praise for the recently concluded 5th Cagayan de Oro Chinese New Year Festival held in this City of Golden Friendship from January 20-27, 2020. Fireworks make a spectacular backdrop to Bell Church Cagayan de Oro during Lunar New Year's Eve last Jan 24 (Wowel Condeza, CIO) The City Government through the Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, the Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese Community of 21 organizations and shopping malls put together a full calendar of events covering the Chinese Lunar New Year culture and traditions, performing and visual arts, culinary festivals, and Dragon Boat Races enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. “The celebration of the recent Chinese Lunar New Year was magnificent and amazing, thanks to the concerted efforts of the entire Cagayan de Oro community, Chinese and non-Chinese! Congratulations to everyone!” said City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno. Besides coordinating the launching program and festival events, the city government also held a Chinese Food Festival at the City Hall Mini Park and a daily Symphony of Lights at Gaston Park as its contributions to the week-long celebration. As a show of amity and fellowship with the Filipino-Chinese community, Moreno also led a delegation of city hall officials who attended the New Year’s Eve rites on January 24 at Bell Church Cagayan de Oro where he was accorded the traditional honor of lighting the first incense stick that would grant his wish for the New Year. Eileen E. San Juan, Local Economic and Investment Promotion Officer and city hall’s point person for this year’s festival, echoed a similar observation. “This year’s festival had more events and largely organized by partner organizations and malls. Presentations from participating schools have leveled up. Chinese Cosplay was well participated and higher performance quality. As ever, the Filipino-Chinese community has been most supportive in this celebration,” San Juan noted. This year also marked the first time a foreign delegation led by Edwin Hou, Vice Chairman of the Stanley Dragon Boat Association of Hong Kong attended the festival. The delegation was in town to help officiate the 2nd Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race and conduct training for local race officials. “I did not expect Chinese New Year to be celebrated so festively outside of China,” Mr. Hou remarked, who admitted it was his first time to experience the Spring Festival outside Hong Kong and China. Mayor Oscar Moreno and Greg Lao enjoy the Chinese New Year's Eve fireworks at Rodelsa Cirle. (photo by Mike Baños)   The Misamis Oriental Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.  (MOFCCCII) which has been instrumental in organizing this annual festival started in 2016, was similarly ebullient in their praise. “This is the fifth year that the Chinese New Year is celebrated with festivity in Cagayan de Oro City-all due to the efforts and good intentions of Hon. City Mayor Oscar Moreno and his vice mayor Hon. Rainier Joaquin Uy,” said Simon L. Ching, MOFCCCII President, during the January 20 launch of the festival at Gaston Park. “This simply shows that the government treasures its relationships with the Filipino-Chinese Community and that the friendship between the Filipino and Chinese community is paramount to the success of the city as a whole. I would like to take this time to thank the city government for its continued efforts to foster this friendship and that we can continue to grow it together.” Moreno was similarly upbeat in his recognition of the Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese community not only for the success of this year’s festival, but for their invaluable contribution to the progress and prosperity of the city and Northern Mindanao. The Filipino-Chinese Community of Cagayan de Oro includes 21 community organizations, including family associations, chambers of commerce, schools, martial arts, civic and religious fraternities,  including the following: Misamis Oriental Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc.;  Mindanao Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China in the Philippines; Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc.; Cagayan de Oro You We Tong Civic & Religious Fraternity, Inc.; Oro Christian Grace School; Misamis Oriental Liong Tek Fraternity Association, Inc.; Sejo-Lim Family Association-Northern Mindanao Chapter; Cagayan de Oro Bell Church Foundation, Inc.; Kong Hua School; Cagayan de Oro Volunteer Fire Brigade, Inc.; Phil. Wushu Federation-Cagayan de Oro Chapter; Phil. Kim Mun Association-Misamis Oriental Chapter ; Cagayan Gospel Church ; Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese Amity Club;  Cagayan de Oro San Lorenzo Filipino-Chinese Catholic Community; Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.-Misamis Oriental Chapter; Philippine Chinese High School Alumni Association-Cagayan de Oro Chapter; Misamis Oriental Progressive Mason Temple, Inc.; Kong Hua School, Inc.; and the Chee Kung Tong Chinese Free Mason Misamis Oriental Branch.    “I want to thank the Chinese community not only in Cagayan de Oro but the whole of Mindanao. Mindanao has had a period of brutal and cruel conflict. I’m sure in the past your forefathers could have though seriously of relocating elsewhere to find a more peaceful place. But they decided to stay on and remain permanently here in Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao, and that to me is a very heartwarming vote of confidence for the people of Mindanao,” Moreno said. Cagayan de Oro has consistently ranked among the top 10 cities in regional competitiveness since the inception of the rankings, ranking 5th in the latest 2019 edition. “ “It’s now up to us to take avail of the good peace and order condition to catch up, or even go higher than the national average. Mindanao has exhibited consistent growth, particularly Northern Mindanao and the Davao region. And Socsksargen is catching up. Caraga and Zamboanga peninsula are also picking up. We are hopeful and confident the BARMM would be able to catch up with the recent peace initiatives that had been finalized, “he added. “We wish to thank everyone for making Cagayan de Oro the way it is today. I would like to thank the community, particularly the Filipino-Chinese community, for being one with us in looking for a better tomorrow that will be enjoyed, not just by a particular sector, but by everyone here in Cagayan de Oro, and Northern Mindanao,” Moreno said in acknowledgment. Mayor Oscar S. Moreno plants the first incense stick during Lunar New Year's Eve rites at Bell Church Cagayan de Oro. (photo by Mike Baños)

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NorMin biz sector commits CSR funds for CAPDev program

January 29, 2020

Cagayan de Oro City – The National Economic and Development Authority-Regional Office X (NEDA-X), and the Department of the Interior and Local Government-Regional Office X (DILG-X) met with the business sector of Northern Mindanao on 24 January 2020 at the Mallberry Hotel, this city.     Unified in their pursuit of attaining sustainable peace and inclusive development in Northern Mindanao, the discussion focused on how to further strengthen collaboration and partnership in leveraging resources from the business sector through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds. Business sector partners that participated in the forum included the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Region X Chapter (PCCI-X), PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate-Misamis Oriental Industry Association Inc. (PIE-MO IA), Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Industry Association (COHARA), Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. in Northern Mindanao (PhilExport10), the Gonzalo and Carmen Abaya Memorial Foundation, Inc. (GCAMFI), Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (CEPALCO), FDC Misamis Power Corporation, First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FIBECO), Asia Brewery Inc., and the MINERGY Power Corporation. NEDA-X Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño emphasized the need for the government, the business sector, and the civil society organizations to synergize and sustain efforts and resources to operationalize Executive Order (EO) 70 or the Whole-of-Nation Approach in attaining lasting peace and inclusive development in the region. It can be recalled that on 23 October 2019, the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in Region X (RTF-ELCAC X), in partnership with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), conducted the Forum on CSR for Sustainable Peace and Inclusive Development to generate support from the private sector and business organizations on the operationalization of EO 70.  In that forum, the business sector partners committed, through a manifesto, to support the peace and development initiatives 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 the communities under the convergence areas for peace and development (CAPDev) program. For the MINERGY Corporation alone, around PhP 3.0 million of CSR funds are allotted for some of the CAPDev communities. The other companies are in the process of finalizing their CSR commitments for CAPDev program for this year. The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Region X Chapter, together with the companies representing the energy sector, recommended to the RDC-X the need to review the provisions of Energy Regulations (ER) 1-94 to consider aligning its policy with EO 70 on making funds available for the priority focus areas apart from the host communities only.    The ER 1-94 program is a policy under the Department of Energy Act of 1992 and the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA), which stipulates that host communities will get a share of one centavo for every kilowatt-hour (Php 0.01 / kWh) sold by power generation plants operating in its area.   The group reached an agreement that this undertaking will be a continuing engagement, and will be institutionalized in the Regional Development Council (RDC-X) through the conduct of quarterly RDC-X private sector representatives (PSR) meeting and with the appropriate Lines of Efforts (LoEs)/Task Groups. (Archimedes C. Lazaro and Ma. Estrella Luz R. Peñaloza, NEDA-X)   Inset (from left to right): Asia Brewery Inc. Manager Mr. Bienvenido Valdes; NEDA-X Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, CESO III; Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Area Vice-President for Mindanao Ms. Ma. Teresa R. Alegrio.

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