Pagatpat National High School turnover

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Mayor Oscar Moreno led the turnover ceremony of the newly constructed 3-storey 8 classroom building with covered roof deck of Pagatpat National High School Thursday afternoon, January 15, 2015.

Schools Division Superintendent Elena Borcillo along with DepEd school officials, Pagatpat Brgy Chair Achilles Babaran and its council, thanked Mayor Moreno and the Local School Board for giving education utmost priority including health and other services.

The newly constructed school building and many on-going constructions were funded under the Special Education Fund (SEF) and duly approved by the 15-man team of LSB.

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To enhance the city’s disaster and emergency response capabilities, the administration of City Mayor Oscar Moreno acquired two brand new ambulance units for use of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.The ambulance units are equipped with basic life support equipment and facilities, similar to those found at the emergency rooms in the hospitals.

According to Mr. John Michael Pagcaliwagan, the EMS team leader, these equipment include bag valve mask usually used for patients whose heart stop beating due to accidents or emergencies; suction machine; built-in and portable oxygen and other life-saving devices.
Pagcaliwagan added that the said ambulances also have an OB kit bag and manned by trained nurses who are capable of assisting pregnant patients while on mobile going to the hospital or health center.

Mr. Allan Porcadilla, the administrator officer of CDRRMO, said funds for the ambulance acquisition came from the 5% CDRRM Fund, which was approved in 2011. (Honeylyn Encabo, Lourdes College Intern)

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Welcome Reception for the CDO delegation in Norfolk, Virginia

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The Norfolk Sister City Association (NSCA) welcomes the delegation from Cagayan de Oro City led by Mayor Oscar S. Moreno upon their arrival in Norfolk City, Virginia, USA.

The NSCA had invited their sister-cities namely Cagayan de Oro, Philippines; Ningbo, China; Halifax, Nova Scotia and Tema, Ghana to attend an economic conference summit titled Going Global : Boosting Economic Growth for Hampton Roads featuring renowned speaker Amy Liu from the Brookings Institution. The summit was co-sponsored by the NSCA and the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.

In his invitation, NSCA president David Lanetti emphasized that this event shall allow the sister cities to better understand its local economy and strengthen economic ties among the sister cities.

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Mayor Moreno inaugurates new Balulang National High School

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“They have now a home of their own.”

This was how Mayor Oscar Moreno describes the just inaugurated 3 storey-16 classroom Balulang National High School of Brgy Balulang on October 28, 2014.

Mayor Moreno, during the inauguration, said the new Balulang National High School will now have its own site situated along a one-hectare lot along Sentro Ilaya of the said barangay.

Moreno said this is only the beginning of solving classroom shortage in the city which resulted to emergency classes that cause the deterioration of the of education of the children.

“It is very tragic since Cagayan de Oro is the center of education in Northern Mindanao and yet it’s (quality of education) especially in the public elementary and secondary high school is very deteriorating given that education was given less priority in the previous years,” Moreno said.

Ms. Ma. Dulce Potenciano, focal person on education of the city and executive director of the Local School Board, said the opening of the classroom building will serve the over 150 students and will no longer be called an annex high school of Cagayan de Oro National High School.

Potenciano added the Moreno administration vowed to solve the problems on education especially on annex high schools that has been neglected for years.

The P19.9 million school building project is funded under the Special Education Fund (SEF) and approved by the 15-man team of the Local School Board (LSB). 

Construction of classrooms started few months after Mayor Moreno took over the rein of leadership in Cagayan de Oro when he won against former Mayor Vicente Emano.

Also present during the turn-over ceremony were representative of 1st District Rep. Rolando Uy, members of the LSB and DepEd officials.

The SEF was taken from a percentage of the Real Property Tax collected by the city.

The Balulang National High School, along with the new 1 storey-3classroom building of Man-ai Elementary School in Sitio Man-ai Brgy Tignapoloan, 1 srtorey-6classroom Tumpagon National High School and 3-storey-21 classroom PN Roa Elementary School were among the many classroom buildings already turned over by the city this year.

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Businessmen, taxpayers, motorists and the general public will soon heave a sigh of relief in paying their taxes, water bill and even traffic citation as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the City Government of Cagayan de Oro formally launched Cagayan de Oro City’s Online Business Permit Registration and Mobile Money Ecosytem.

City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno and Ms. Gloria Steele, the Mission Director of USAID Philippines and the Asia Pacific, led yesterday’s formal launching ceremony at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel, this city.

Other guests were: Remo Garovillo, director of Merchant Acquisition Globe- Xchange Inc.; Ruben Vegafria, chairman of the board of Cagayan de Oro Water District; COWD general manager Rachel Beja; Edgardo Micayabas, chief executive officer of micro-financing institution First Community Cooperative (FICCO); Jaime Rafael U. Paguio, senior vice president of Cagayan de Oro Electric Power and Light Company (CEPALCO) and president of Promote CDO Foundation; and USAID's chief of party Mamerto Tangonan.

With the use of Globe’s Gcash, city residents can now use their mobile phones to pay or inquire their real property taxes, business permits, traffic citation and building permits through the mobile money system by dialing *137# to Globe network and simply follow the instructions.

This innovation as a faster, easier and convenient mode of mobile payment will soon be an acceptable payment method for COWD’s water bills, and can soon be used by Ficco’s loan disbursements and collections.

Businessmen and taxpayers can also access Cagayan de Oro City’s official website: for online business permit registration.

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